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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 15, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 Comments Off by

Crazy April weather!  The wind blew yesterday, but al least it was warm.  We have rain right now with pleasant temps hitting the low 60s but tonight it drops below freezing changing our rain into snow.  Then tomorrow we’re basck in the 40s and improving everyday right through the weekend.  Fish we’re eating streamers but we haven’t had consistent rising to the stoneflies yet.  Look for the warmest water in the system for you best opportunity of seeing fish on top.  Hpefully we get enough rain and snow to get Cannonsville spilling!  We’re at 98.2% capacity with a release of 1499.  That number makes me laugh- you know somewhere there was a meeting about releases and 1500 cfs came up.  Some guy in the back had to stand up and say “no, no that’s too much water.  Lets go with 1499 cfs”

Early Stone trying to get off the water

Early Stone trying to get off the water- don’t be afraid to add some action to your fly

 

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,880 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 829 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,070 cfs @52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,840 cfs @ 51º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,140 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 14, 2014

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The East Branch temperatures peaked over 50 degrees yesterday but the 30 mph wind gusts did not help the fish rise.  Today looks like a mirror image of yesterday.  Air temps in the 70s, beautiful morning with winds coming in the afternoon gusting in the high 20 mph range.  The fish have been chasing streamers on the West Branch and Mainstem, a few have been committing to the fly but most are turning off.  We need the water temps to come up a few more degrees.  We have some rain coming in tonight and lasting for a couple of days.  We should receive over an inch- hopefully making Cannonsville spill.  The Cannonsville release is currently 1499 cfs and the reservoir level is 97.9%

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Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,900 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 556 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,940 cfs @50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,730 cfs @ 48º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,280 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 13, 2014

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If there was a day so far this season the fish would eat stoneflies this looks like it- they are calling for 75 degrees today!  It may be just enough to raise the water temps a few degrees to get the fish active.  The winds don’t sound great- decent gusts pushing 30 mph.  Let’s hope they’re wrong on that part.  Hopefully this trend continues and blue quills start coming off soon.  Looks like some decent rain coming our way over the next few days.  Hopefully Cannonsville spills and we get some alewife fishing! Cannonsville is 97.9% with a release of 1499 cfs.

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Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,930 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 507 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,070 cfs @ 46º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,990 cfs @ 43º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,360 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 12, 2014

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Yesterday afternoon’s rain brought more needed water into the system.  The rivers came up slightly overnight and Cannonsviile is still rising slowly (97.9% capacity this morning)  The WB  release continues to be 1499 cfs.  Accuweather is calling for 65 degrees today, which is going to feel like summer!  We should have decent stonefly activity this afternoon, we’re just hoping the water temps warm up enough to energize the fish.  Otherwise stick with small streamers fished slow and nymphs- The program of the spring so far.

DCIM101GOPRO

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,050 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 561 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,530 cfs @ 44º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,690 cfs @ 43º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,640 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 11, 2014

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Yesterday was the nicest day we’ve seen since September.  We had some wind in the afternoon but the sky was blue and the sun was shining bright.  The warm weather brought the stoneflies out in force.  The fish still are keyed on them completely but that should change as the water temps come up and the bugs keep hatching.  If you looked hard enough yesterday you could find a fish eating off the top here and there but nothing to get crazy about.  The streamer action was okay and should improve over the weekend.  The river temps are starting a little higher this morning which should be good for the fishing.  Cannonsville is now at 97.9% capacity and the release continues at 1499 cfs.

Matching the hatch

Matching the hatch

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,870 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 502 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,100 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,880 cfs @ 44º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,430 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 10, 2014

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The wind blew yesterday.   On a good note the fish seemed a little more active chasing streamers than they have been.  The afternoon water temps are still peaking a little higher everyday so it’s only going to get better.  We had a little frost this morning but Accuweather is calling for a high of 66 degrees.  Even if we discount that number a little since they are not always quite “accurate” we’re in for a warm Spring day!  Streamers should be a great bet this afternoon.  Keep an eye out for stoneflies- looks like a great day!

Cannonsville:  97.8% with a 1499 cfs release

West Branch streamer run - by Jordan Davenport

West Branch streamer run – by Jordan Davenport

 

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,930 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 551 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,390 cfs @ 39º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,580 cfs @ 40º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,540 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 9, 2014

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Yesterday was a classic spring mix of periods of sun, then wind, then rain, then back to sun.  The weather really improves Thursday and lasts through the weekend with air temps in the 60s every day.  Cannonsville is at 97.8% capacity and they are releasing 1499 cfs (FFMP table 4G for those of you that follow the plan).  I’d rather see spill right now and a flush of alewife protein for the trout!  Nymphing is a tougher with the higher flows so I’d start with streamers fished slow and keep an eye out in the tailouts and edges for fish eating stoneflies.  We’re keeping an eye out for the early olives and blue quills.  The water temps need to come up just a few more degrees.

 

Everyone is looking for fish

Everyone is looking for fish

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,050 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 606 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,970 cfs @ 40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,540 cfs @ 39º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,060 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 8, 2014

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Great news- Cannonsville is 97.4 % full!  Another interesting number according to the phone message – The release from Cannonsville is now 1,499 cfs. I’m really glad they’re conserving that 1 cfs.

According to the weatherman we are on a warming trend.  The daytime temps look comfortable and the night time temps are climbing over the next few days.  This should help the water temps climb closer to the magic number of 50 degrees bringing some insect activity.  Add in a little light rain and the conditions are definitely improving!  As the water warms the fish will be more likely to come to the surface to eat the early brown and black stoneflies.  Keep an eye on the slower pools and edges for splashy rises and cover them quick.  Streamers and nymphs should be more productive as the water warms up too.

Brown Head

Brown Head

 

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,080 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 586 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,340 cfs @ 40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,040 cfs @ 39º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,340 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 7, 2014

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Yesterday was the nicest day we’ve seen since early October!  The water temps climbed to the mid 40s on most of the system bringing  us closer to decent hatching.  The weatherman is calling for low 50s today with some rain starting in the afternoon lasting through the night.  They are calling for some wind today but they are never correct anyway.  Water temps are low again this morning so streamers and nymphing will be your best option.  Hopefully by mid afternoon the temps will increase enough to get the fish looking up for stoneflies.  If the warming trend continues we should see Blue Quills before too long.

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Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 463 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 985 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 566 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,150 cfs @ 40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,240 cfs @ 41º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,340 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 6, 2014

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Most of the rain seemed to miss us over the last few days but the temps stayed cool and the rivers stayed full.  Last night was cold but we are definitely on a warming trend.  Today should be in the high 50s and the sun is already shining.  The best activity is going to be mid to late afternoon when the water is at it’s warmest.  Most of the system is starting out in the hi 30s so it will tale a while today.  Strip smaller streamers slowly through the long pools and nymph using smaller patterns.  You may find a fish or two on stoneflies depending on the water temps.  If you do see a rise cover it quickly – they don’t seem to stay up for long this time of year.

 

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It’ll be a long time before we see big stoneflies but I like the picture

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 427 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 632 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,410 cfs @ 37º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,820 cfs @ 37º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,460 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 5, 2014

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We wanted a cool wet April and that is what we had yesterday- bone chilling and damp.  Today should be 45 degrees, partly sunny with brief showers.  The last of the runoff and rain is keeping the rivers filled and the Cannonsville level is still slowly rising.  Those are tow encouraging signs for this season.  The water temps are still low for any meaningful dryfly activity so you best opportunities will come from fishing smaller streamers slowly and nymphing above some of the feeder creeks.  The sun is popping out this morning and it looks like a nice early Spring day overall.

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 restocking hendrickson comparaduns – photo by Jordan Davenport

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 388 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,220 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 736 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,880 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,690 cfs @ 38º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1790 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 94.2% – 391 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 4, 2014

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After a very cold dry March we have been hoping for a cool wet April with enough rain to fill the reservoirs and keep the water temps cool- it looks like we are getting our wish so far.  Accuweather is calling for an inch of rain over the next couple of days.  Air temperatures continue to be pleasant for early April and water temps on the West Branch seem to be on a warming trend every morning bringing closer to the hatching.  Streamers fish slow are still your best bet along with nymphing the upper WB above most of the feeder streams.

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Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 383 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,160 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 659 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,950 cfs @ 31º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,740 cfs @ 41º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1940 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 91.8% – 391 CFS release

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