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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 5, 2015

Jul 05, 2015 Comments Off by

Yesterday’s rain, overcast skies, and no wind made it one of the most productive fishing days of the season.  Fish were eating streamers very well for most of the day and there were afternoon hatches of olives, isonychias, and a few sulphurs that brought fish to the surface in some river sections.  Finding consistant risers has been tougher than normal due to the higher flows but that should improve as the water drops this week,
The flows are stil high so floating is the best option on the West, East, and Mainstem.  Sections of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc should be fine for wading.  The East Branch cleared up well during the afternoon yesterday but the West Branch still had quite a bit of color.
Accuweather is calling for sun, warmer air temps, and light winds today.  Water temperatures look great throughout the system.

 

Beth with a nice fish yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Beth with a nice fish yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Golden Drake #12-2xl – Potomanthus distinctus
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,370 cfs 60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,100 cfs 58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 811 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,830 cfs 56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,460 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 602 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 992 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 4, 2015

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Happy 4th of July!
We woke up this morning to overcast skies with a little light rain falling.  It looks like it should be a good fishing day.  While the flows are still high, the rivers are dropping slowly and clearing.  Floating is still the best option on the West Branch, East Branch, and Mainstem.  Wading is an option on sections of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc.  We are seeing some fish rise to sulphurs and olives with th eoccassional isonychia but streamers are still producing the most fish.
Accuweather is calling for a 1/4″ of rain today, air temps in the low 70s and almost no wind.

 

with a nice brown yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Josh with a nice brown yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Golden Drake #12-2xl – Potomanthus distinctus
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,700 cfs 64°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,100 cfs 58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 981 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,970 cfs 57°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,840 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 638 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,080 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 3, 2015

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Cannonsville, Pepacton, and the Neversink Reservoirs are still spilling this morning.  The Rivers are still off color but the West Branch looks to be in the best shape this morning.  Streamers worked well yesterday with white patterns working the best.  There are some mayflies around but dryfly fishing won’t improve until the flows drop a bit.  Today looks like a great day with little wind, some sun, and air temperatures in the mid 70’s.  Floating is the best and safest option right now.  The release from Cannonsville was ramped up throughout most of yesterday and sits at 1,103 cfs.

 

Dave with a nice streamer fish yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Dave with a nice streamer fish yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Golden Drake #12-2xl – Potomanthus distinctus
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,640 cfs 65°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,050 cfs 56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,320 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,340 cfs 55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,830 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 725 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,103 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,330 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 2, 2015

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Cannonsville, Pepacton, and the Neversink Reservoirs are now all spilling.  Good thing they starved the rivers in May and saved all that water for the drougt.
The rivers are off color this morning but the West Branch has cleared enough to fish.  It looks like a streamer day but there is always a shot of finding risers in the eddies and tailouts of longer pools.  The flows are up so wading is not a great option but fishing from a boat is safe at this level.  You’ll notice the water temperature is higher at Stilesville this morning due to the warmer water spilling over the top of the dam.  The gauge at Stilesville 5:45 am update still shows the upper West Branch on the rise so keep an eye on that throughout the day.  There is no additional rain in the forecast for the next few days.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 701 cfs and the current spill is 925 cfs.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Golden Drake #12-2xl – Potomanthus distinctus
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,760 cfs 60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,990 cfs 56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,590 cfs 52°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,950 cfs 56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,410 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 947 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 701 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,330 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100%

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Mid-day update / Conditions July 1, 2015

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Double check the USGS graphs on the links below.  The West Branch is beginning to drop but we are still dirty.  The flow at Stilesville has risen slightly over the last couple of hours.

Stilesville

 

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 1, 2015

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Well it seems we received a little more rain yesterday and last night than was originally forecasted.  The rivers are high and off color this morning but there are no debris coming down the West Branch.  This could end up being a very good streamer day.  As the water drops keep an eye out for rising fish.  We’ve found a number of fish eating on top this season when the river is off color, especially when it’s dropping and beginning to clear.  The West Branch around Stilesville should be fine for wading and should be clearer as you move above the feeders in Deposit.  Below that you should stick to floating until the rivers come down.   Accuweather is calling for an additional 1/4″ of rain throughout the day.  Keep an eye on the gauges to keep up with the latest flows.

 

Madison found a nice one in rising water yesterday.  Photo by Samantha Dennis

Madison found a nice one in rising water yesterday. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Golden Drake #12-2xl – Potomanthus distinctus
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 588 cfs 43°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,920 cfs 55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 971 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,630 cfs 57°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,040 cfs 59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,060 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,850 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 30, 2015

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The rivers have dropped back and look good overall.  We have cleared nicely on most of the system and water temperatures look great this morning.  Accuweather is calling for overcast skies and a 1/4″ of rain spread throughout the day – sounds like a great olive day!  Sulphurs, olives, and cahills are still hatching in decent numbers with the isonychias mixed in for good measure.  As we clear, the nymphing action should pick up offering more opportunities during the day.  Streamers have been working well in the off color water.  As we clear up smaller streamers should still interest some fish.  We should get some additional rain overnight which is great news for fishing over the next few days.

Bruce MIller with a nice brown yesterday

Bruce MIller with a nice brown yesterday

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 557 cfs 42°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 797 cfs 50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 318 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,480 cfs 59°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,890 cfs 59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 700 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 597 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 29, 2015

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The rivers are dropping back and clearing this morning.  Despite the rising water yesterday some people were able to find fish on top eating cahills, olives, and a few sulphurs.  Others found success throwing streamers in the off color water.  The West Branch should clear well by this afternoon increasing the dry fly activity.  Accuweather is calling for overcast skies with the potential of light showers today.  Air temps should stay in the high 60’s to low 70’s today.  Between the flows and overcast skies water temps should be decent today on most of the system.

 

Jason with a nice brown in yesterday's rising water.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Jason with a nice brown in yesterday’s rising water. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
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Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 557 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 357 cfs 53°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,680 cfs 57°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,370 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 954 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 744 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 97.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.5%

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Mid-Morning Update / Conditions June 28, 2015

Jun 28, 2015 Comments Off by

Keep an eye on the river gauges today by clicking on the links below.  We are still getting some rain this morning and the runoff from the tributaries is causing some of the rivers in the system to rise.  We haven’t seen any off color water on the West Branch but have heard of some coming down the Beaverkill system.

 

The WB is beginning to climb at the 9:45 update

The WB is beginning to climb at the 9:45 update

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 28, 2015

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While it did seem to rain most of yesterday afternoon and overnight the flows look decent this morning.  The West Branch is clear with barely a budge so far.  The East Branch and Beaverkill are climbing but the lower East and Mainstem were clear at 6:30 this morning.  We’ll have to wait and see what the feeders add to the system as the day goes on.  Water temps look great this morning all the way down to Lordville with the system in the 50’s. We’re still fishing small olives, isonychias, and sulphurs.   Hopefully the hatching is early today with the lower water temps, overcast skies, and light intermittent rain.
Accuweather is calling for air temps in the high 60’s today with just under a 1/4″ of rain from a number of light passing showers.

 

Just a slight bump at Hale Eddy so far this morning

Just a slight bump at Hale Eddy so far this morning

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 557 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 632 cfs 48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 330 cfs 52°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,570 cfs 57°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,460 cfs 57°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 960 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 468 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 97.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.5%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 27, 2015

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We have overcast skies this morning with the Accuweather forecast calling for close to an inch of rain during the day.  While Accuweather is always accurate, looking at the state radar we should get something.  We are in wait and see mode for the river later this afternoon.  Some light rain should start around 10:30 am so we may have decent fishing earlier in the day than we’ve had lately.  We’ll watch the storm closely and update the blog if river conditions change during the day.
Olives, suphurs, and isonychias are still the best hatches right now eith more sulphurs than anything.  Keep a few cahills in your box just in case.  If the river comes up from the rain streamers could be  a great option mid-day.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl  – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
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Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 548 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 525 cfs 48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 274 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs 61°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,150 cfs 64°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 503 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 377 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 97.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.5%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 26, 2015

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The predicted storms missed us yesterday but there were rising fish.  The fish were tough but #18 sulphur emergers seemed to be the answer.  The river system is in great shape again this morning.  Nymphing shoud be good during the day with most of the hatching coming late afternoon into dark.  We should have a mix of sun and clouds with a scattered shower late.  Most of the rain is forecasted to hits us tomorrow afternoon.  That could start the hatching earlier and the increased flows should keep the rivers up through next week.  The release from Cannonsville continues to be 500 cfs

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Hatching:
Slate Drake #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
PED / Pink Lady #14 – E. vitreus
Large Blue Winged Olive #14 – D. cornuta
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Flows and Temps as of 8:00 AM:
Click on the gauge below to view the latest update

Flow Temp
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 548 cfs 41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 566 cfs 49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 303 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,320 cfs 61°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,270 cfs 62°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 594 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 435 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 97.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.4%

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