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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 16, 2014

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We were hit with a bit more rain yesterday but the West Branch came through just fine again.  Most of the system is high and off color so the best wading / fishing today will be the Upper West Branch for the daytime sulphur hatches.  The lower West Branch is slightly high but wading is still possible while floating is possible throughout the river.  They are calling for a bit more sun today so fishing areas that get shade early in the afternoon would be a great place to start.  We are still seeing sulphurs and Cahills during the day mixed with a few Isonychias.  While it doesn’t look like a classic Blue Winged Olive day definitely carry some Pseudos in #22 – 24.

 

Another brown head.  Nice to see the smaller fish in the system!

Another brown head. It’s great to see the smaller fish in the system!

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 918 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,350 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,260 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,390 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3,960 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 15, 2014

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The lower West Branch has dropped down to 898 cfs at Hale Eddy this morning and is definitely clear enough for dry fly action.  The flow at Stilesville has level at 609 cfs and is in great shape.  Today’s forecast is calling for a few periods of light rain and clouds- perfect weather for the Olives and Isonychias to hatch.  We are still seeing summer Sulphurs hatching sporadically throughout the day offering some decent opportunitites for those who are patient and hunt for the risers.  The sulphurs on the Upper West Branch are continuing mid day but look out for the masking hatch of the small pseudos.  Most of the recent storms have been slightly south of the reservoir.  Cannonsville is at 97.1% capacity with an inflow from the WEst Branch at Walton of 269 cfs.  The rest of the system is still high but is dropping and slowly clearing.  The rainy days and cool nights have helped hole the cooler water temperatures and the West Branch under the hancock Bridge is 59 degrees this morning.

 

Theo with a mid day brown on a small olive

Theo with a mid day brown on a small olive

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 898 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 952 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,180 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,250 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,750 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 14, 2014

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Good morning everyone! We finally received the rain we were waiting for.  While the river is high and off color for the moment, Stilesville should still be fish-able.  The rest of the West Branch should begin to clear by this afternoon and become prime for wading by sometime tomorrow.  This rain should keep the system fishing well for the rest of the month.

 

The graph shows the waters here are still clear enough to fish!

The graph shows the waters here are still clear enough to fish!

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1470 cfs @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 620 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,100 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 7680 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9780 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 4560 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 13, 2014

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Yesterday was a continuation of the normal sulphur hatching on the upper river plus a light mix of sulphurs, olives, and Isos on the lower sections.  The fish were willing to rise during the day in shaded areas.  We had more clouds than the weatherman called for during the day which was a huge help.  Today it looks like they are calling for periods of rain, some brief periods may be heavy.  We’ll wait and see- most of their recent predictions of heavy rain have fallen short for those of us on the West Branch.  The water temps remain cool with the West Branch under the Hancock Bridge at 58 degrees this morning.  On July 11th Cannonsville Reservoir was at 97.9% capacity.

An awesome rainbow picture sent to us by Michael Kaliner

An awesome rainbow picture sent to us by Mitchell Kaliner

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 654 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 596 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,310 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,120 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 496 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 12, 2014

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That was an interesting night.  It seems the best hatching was late afternoon into early evening with sulphurs and a few summer stenos mixed in for a few hours.  The normal sulphur hatches were going in Deposit but the fish were hesitant to rise in the bright sun so people who moved a bit and searched out rising fish did better.  The air temperature dropped at dark and while there were a few fish eating left over duns the spinners never really materialized- hopefully we see them tonight!We may get a brief shower late this afternoon that could turn on the small olives and Isonychias.  Tomorrow looks like we are going to have intermittent storms all day which will be a welcome relief to the sun.  The West Branch is 56 degrees under the Hancock Bridge this morning.

Dan with a nice fish this week.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Dan with a nice fish this week. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 664 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 606 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,410 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,350 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 560 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 11, 2014

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We had a few extra clouds come in yesterday afternoon that helped us deal with the heat.  We are seeing a continuation of the evening hatches on the mid to lower West Branch with a few more Summer Stenos than Isonychias showing up on the water.  The sulphurs are still coming at dark followed by the spinners into dark.  Nymphing is best on the mid to lower river due to the green slime on the upper sections.  It’s been most productive in the mornings before the sun really hits the water.  The Upper West Branch still has the daytime sulphurs mixed with a few Isos and small olives on rainy days.  If we do get a shower move down river to alleviate some of the summertime fog.

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Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 622 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,520 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,440 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 666 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 10, 2014

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We had a very brief heavy rain storm hit the West Branch around 5 Pm last night that really seemed to get the bugs and fish going but did little to the flow or clarity of the water.  Isonychias, Olives, and Cahills fished well into the evening with a flush of sulphurs coming at dark.  The flow at Hale Eddy is 676 cfs so we are in good shape for wading and floating while the temperature under the Hancock Bridge is 56 degrees this morning.  Today looks warm with some sun and very little wind.  As of yesterday Cannonsville is at 98.4% capacity and Pepacton is 99.5%.

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Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

 

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 588 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 676 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 648 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,790 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,770 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 870 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 9, 2014

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We had some violent storms pass through the area last night and some frightening weather warnings but the West Branch came through just fine.  Stilesville is still running a steady 598 cfs and Hale Eddy is 687 cfs.  The West Branch is clear enough to fish this morning with just a touch of color that may actually help the fishing by making the fish feel a little safer.  We are at decent levels for floating and wading and the mid to lower WB should drop slightly throughout the day.  The temperature under the Hancock Bridge is a cool 59 degrees this morning.  It looks like the Beaverkill and lower East Branch were affected the most by the storms and both rivers are still rising this morning.

A small bump last night and we're already dropping back to normal

A small bump last night and we’re already dropping back to normal

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 598 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 687 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 714 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,600 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,820 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,290 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 8, 2014

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We had a bit of rain last night but not enough to really change the rivers.  The flow at Stilesville is up to 598 this morning but looks like it has leveled off.  Hopefully this slight rise will help flush some of the green slime out of the upper river.  The slime hasn’t hurt the dry fly fishing but has made nymphing above Hale Eddy difficult.  The daytime sulphur hatches are still going strong with the occasional Isonychia mixed in.  The mid to lower West Branch has been fishing in the late afternoons and evenings with the usual mix of sulphus, summer stenos, and Isonychias.  They are calling for isolated T storms today and tomorrow.  Tough to say whether they will hit us or not but the cloud cover and rain would be a welcome sight on the river.  The temperature under the Hancock Bridge was 58 degrees this morning and Cannonsville is 98.7%.

Bob Lewis with a good Delaware River rainbow

Bob Lewis with a good Delaware River rainbow

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 598 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 659 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 638 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,650 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,400 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 735 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 7, 2014

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The daytime sulphurs are hatching on the West Branch offering some decent shots at fish even in the sun.  They have been challenging in the clear water so we’ve found emergers and half and half patterns to be the most effective.  There are Isonychias in the riffles and a few Cahills mixed in during the day with the majority of them coming off in the evening.  The lowe West also has sulphurs coming off at dark offering some decent spinner fishing.  We may get some T Storms over the next few days which will be a welcome sight- hopefully they bring lots of cloud cover and the olives!  The temperature at the Hancock Bridge is 59 degrees this morning- not too bad for July 7th.

 

Back to the river

Back to the river

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. conutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 370 cfs @ 63º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,520 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,460 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 876 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 6, 2014

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It seems like the normal Delaware pattern is in place.  Morning s can be decent with caddis and nymphing the riffles.  The mid day Deposit sulphur hatches have started and offer some decent fishing during the day.  In the evening keep an eye out for a second round of sulphurs, some summer stenos / cahills, and Isonychias.  The West Branch is clear and perfect for wading and floating.  The other rivers in the system have begun to drop and clear.  The cool temperatures yesterday and last night really helped the rivers and we are starting off at 57 degrees under the Hancock Bridge this morning.  If we get some clouds rolling through the West Branch could fish throughout the day with stenos and small olives.

Christine with a nice fish from this weekend

Christine with a nice fish from this weekend

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 580 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 541 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,120 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,120 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,190 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 5, 2014

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We hope everyone enjoyed their fourth! Despite the wind, yesterday was a real taste of summer: afternoon sulphurs in Deposit, drifting iso’s through the riffs, and some pseudocloeon .  Today should be an exact repeat!  If you come up, dress a little warmer because the mornings and the evenings have been slightly chillier than usual.

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A nicely colored brown from yesterday!

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 590 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 638 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3140 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4730 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2070 cfs @ N/A

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