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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 5, 2014

Apr 05, 2014 Comments Off by

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

Apr 04, 2014 Comments Off by

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.

rainbowhead_november_mt_2Rainbow head from last October

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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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 3, 2014

Apr 03, 2014 Comments Off by

We missed yesterday’s post- there’s nothing more fun than starting off a new season with computer issues beyond our control!

Overall the fishing is still slow.  While the air temperatures have improved significantly over the last week, the water temps are still a little low to get the fish moving.  That should improve over the next few days as our warming trend continues and the runoff continue to subside.  Right now the river West Branch still has that greenish tint I would describe as “glacial”.  There have been a lot of stoneflies in the afternoons but the fish aren’t really on them yet.  Most of our success has come on smaller streamers fished slowly.

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 Yesterday on the river- 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 383 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,250 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 675 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,030 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,310 cfs @ 39º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1920 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 91.8% – 391 CFS release

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 1, 2014

Apr 01, 2014 Comments Off by

Well that was a long winter.

Lots of rain and ice this past week but it looks like we are finally on a warming trend.  The rivers are dropping and beginning to clear.  Streamers have been working okay on warm afternoons with most success coming on small flies fished slowly.  Stoneflies have been out off and on for the last month but no real dryfly activity yet.  As the river levels continue to drop nymphing small flies during the warmest part of the day will be your best bet.  Stay tuned- it’s only going to get better from here forward.

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADave Price starting the year off right!

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 158 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1330 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 793 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,070 cfs @ 37º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,090 cfs @ 37º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1830 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.4% – 140 CFS release

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Not Quite Spring Yet

Mar 21, 2014 Comments Off by

But we’re standing in the snow watching patiently.  Stay tuned, Winter will end.

 

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Somerset Show Contest Winner

Feb 20, 2014 Comments Off by

Congratulations to Tom Moseley, who stopped by our booth at Somerset this past month! Thanks to all who entered, or just dropped by the booth to say hello.

We have tons of snow up here in Starlight, which bodes well for the upcoming spring. If you haven’t booked your stay or trip yet, look at your calendar and give us a call, we are filling up quickly, and season will be upon us before you know it!

Thinking Trout

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