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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 6, 2015

Apr 06, 2015 Comments Off by

We had some snow on Easter but most of it melted as soon as it hit the ground here along the river.  Some places in the hills received three inches which will be great for the reservoirs.  The runoff has subsided a bit and the rivers are dropping.  The best opportunity for wading is still on the Upper West Branch due to the low release from Cannonsville.  The water temps are cold this morning but the air temp should hit 58 degrees later today.  Below Oquaga Creek streamers fished slow should be your best option.  There are some stoneflies around so keep an eye on long slow sections by mid-afternoon.

Jared Makowski's variation of a Willie Gunn for swinging in the cold.

Jared Makowski’s variation of a Willie Gunn for swinging in the cold.

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 90 cfs @ 36º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,110 cfs @ 35º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 871 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,320 cfs @ 36º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,390 cfs @ 36º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,380 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 5, 2015

Apr 05, 2015 Comments Off by

On paper The Upper West Branch looks the like the best section of the system to fish again this morning.  The flow throughout the rest of the system is dropping back a bit but that should begin to level out by this afternoon.  We still have some color coming in from the feeder streams but the West Branch is clear above Oquaga Creek.  There are some stoneflies hatching below Oquaga but at the current levels fishing streamers slow will likely bring the most action.  Accuweather is calling for some chilly air temps today but we should return to the 50’s tomorrow.  They are also calling for some light sporadic rain over the next few days.

We had a light dusting of snow overnight but it should melt today.

We had a light dusting of snow overnight but it should melt today.

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 91 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,000 cfs @ 35º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,280 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,810 cfs @ 36º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 10,600 cfs @ 35º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,050 cfs @ N/A

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 4, 2015

Apr 04, 2015 Comments Off by

The warm weather and rain over the last couple of days has kicked runoff into high gear.  Most of the system is clear of standing ice but the Mainstem and lower East Branch still had decent sized icebergs floating down this morning.  The West Branch still has some logs and stumps floating down but not as much ice.  All of the rivers are off color due to the feeder streams.    The best and maybe only spot to wade today is the Upper West Branch above Oquaga Creek. The flow at Stilesville is low but increasing so keep an eye on the gauge as the rain and melt continue throughout the day.

 

A big change over the last two days

A big change over the last two days. 

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,830 cfs @ 35º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,240 cfs @ 35º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,050 cfs @ 36º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 11,200 cfs @ 35º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2540 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 3, 2015

Apr 03, 2015 Comments Off by

Yesterday’s warmer weather and overnight rain has really helped the system open up from the ice.  The feeder creeks have started pumping some water down and you can now see chunks of ice floating in the Lower East Branch and Mainstem.  The West Branch is in the best shape over but here does have some color from the feeder creeks.  We are mostly ice free now on the West.  The gauge at Hale Eddy still says ice for the current cfs but the river has risen from 2.5 feet to 4.5 feet since yesterday morning.  The flow should continue to increase throughout the day as the melt continues and the remaining rain moves through.  Hatching remains sporadic with a few stoneflies here and there and a few fish finding them on the surface.  Streamers fished slow looks like the best opportunity to put a fish in the net today.

 

Looking for risers and matching the hatch on the West Branch.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Looking for risers and matching the hatch on the West Branch. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 85 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY Ice cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY Ice cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY Ice cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY Ice cfs @ 33.5º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY Ice cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 2, 2015

Apr 02, 2015 Comments Off by

Yesterday was a cold start to the season but the warmer afternoon is helping the rivers open up a bit.  The forecast today is calling for a high of 58 degrees although I suspect it will be a little lower than that.  Winds should be around 12 mph with some decent gusts as the warm front and rain storms move in.  The weather today and tomorrow should be great for the system and we should see more stoneflies over the weekend.  We’ve seen a few fish rise but the low water temperatures have kept the surface quiet for the most part.

 

Fishing has been interesting this week. The winter scenery has been awesome.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Fishing has been interesting this week. The winter scenery has been awesome. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 85 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY Ice cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Harvard, NY Ice cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY Ice cfs @ 34º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY Ice cfs @ 32.5º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY Ice cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 1, 2015

Apr 01, 2015 Comments Off by

Winter is slowly losing it’s grip on us, slowly.  We had a bit of snow yesterday afternoon but luckily we are looking at warmer temperatures and sunshine today and a much needed warming trend towards the weekend.  Most of the system has open water in faster sections and ice on the larger pools.  The Beaverkill seems to be the most fishable river right now.  Water temps dropped to the low 30’s overnight so it will take a while for the rivers to warm up today.  We are seeing some little black stones hatching and a few sporadic fish eating them.  Nothing to target yet.  The hatching should increase as the river warms up over the next few days.  Nymphing and slowly stripping streamers should offer the best opportunity to connect wit a fish.

 

Jared Makowski found a rainbow willing yesterday afteroon

Jared Makowski found a rainbow willing to eat a streamer yesterday afternoon on the lower West Branch

 

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

 

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 85 cfs @ 36º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY Ice cfs @ 34º
East Branch at Harvard, NY Ice cfs @ 34º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY Ice cfs @ 33º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY Ice cfs @ 32.5º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY Ice cfs @ N/A

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March 29, 2015

Mar 29, 2015 Comments Off by
The West Branch is a good mix of ice and open water.  Spring is coming!

The West Branch is a good mix of ice and open water. We’re seeing more open water every day.  Spring is coming!

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March 24, 2015

Mar 24, 2015 Comments Off by

Spring is creeping in slowly and there is a little open water on the system.  Hopefully the slightly warmer weather and rain predicted for later this week comes to pass.

Stonefly on a rock while Jim Swift fishes the Beaverkill today.  Photo by Jared Makowski

An early stonefly on a rock while Jim Swift fishes the Beaverkill today. Photo by Jared Makowski

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February 5, 2015 More Snow Pack Coming

Feb 05, 2015 Comments Off by
Let's hope the snow keeps coming!

Let’s hope the snow keeps coming!

Cold weather and another 6″ to 12″ of snow in the next few days will be great news for the Reservoirs!

 

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February 2, 2015 Decent snow!

Feb 02, 2015 Comments Off by

Today looks great for the snowpack around the reservoir.  It’s not so great for a 12 year old Redbeau!  The weather channel is calling for snow until 5 PM today.

 

Redbeau

 

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The 2015 Flyfishing Show in Somerset, NJ

Jan 16, 2015 Comments Off by

Come see us in Somerset NJ on January 23, 24, and 25th 2015.  We will be in booth # C-22-23 inside the show.

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While you’re there make time to watch Bob Lewis and Steve Shen present:

Cracking The Code Of The Upper Delaware

 Friday - 12:00 PM In The Bridgewater Room

 Saturday – 12:00 PM In The Bridgewater Room

 Sunday – 11:00 AM In The Princeton Room

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The Crazy Glue Splice

Dec 30, 2014 Comments Off by

Delaware River Club Guide Jim Swift explaining the Crazy Glue splice for attaching leaders to fly lines.

 

 

More knot videos in HD are here: The Delaware River Club Knot Tying Videos
 

 

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