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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 19, 2016

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Yesterday was interesting / strange.  Lots of caddis on the water and in the air, good blue quills, late hendricksons, and spooky fish.  We heard some reliable reports of a decent hendrickson spinner fall but not a lot of fish eating them at dark.  It sounds like that was very location specific since a few miles away I had spinners but definitely not large numbers.  The clear water, bright sunshine, and pressure (moon phase, barometric pressure, wind gusts, insert your favorite Delaware excuse here) seems to have some of the fish acting a bit spooky .  We saw a lot of fish eat a couple of times never to return and other fish were friendly.  It’s time for a real stealthy approach and accurate casting.  We have some wind and cloud cover this morning which is actually a welcome change from the summer like conditions of the last few days.  The clouds may make the fish feel safer and more willing to feed steadily one the bugs come.  The wind should be 4 mph with gusts to 15 mph.  Let’s hope there is actually a break in between gusts.
Cannonsville Reservoir level has dropped slightly due to diversions to NYC and the 400 cfs release.  Pepacton has come up a little.

 

Nick with a great fish yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Nick with a great fish yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Light Brachycentrus sp. – #16 – 18 – Apple Caddis
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs
42°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 585 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 235 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 940 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs 54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 500 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 634 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 18, 2016

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If anyone found a rods and reels left at the Long Eddy Boat Ramp this week please send us an email at flyfish@thedelawareriverclub.com

Don’t leave any of your Spring fly boxes behind.  We are seeing a lot of different bugs on the water and some of the fish are beginning to get selective.  Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Blue Winged Olives, Little Black Caddis, Apple Caddis, Dark Grannoms, Quill Gordons,and even Early Black and Brown Stoneflies are on the menu.  We even seen on tan caddis out there already.  We’re in for another warm day with bright sunshine today- maybe a shower overnight but the air temperature shouldn’t drop too far.  Accuweather is calling for low winds today.  Nymphing before the hatches has been productive and don’t hesitate to swing wets in the riffles to imitate all of the Apple Caddis coming up through the water column.  The system is in great shape for wading and floating.

 

Samantha with a pretty brown on the mainstem

Samantha with a chunky brown on the Mainstem

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Light Brachycentrus sp. – #16 – 18 – Apple Caddis
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs
41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 606 cfs
44°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 252 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 998 cfs 50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,110 cfs 52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 543 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 688 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 17, 2016

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If anyone found a rods and reels left at the Long Eddy Boat Ramp this week please send us an email at flyfish@thedelawareriverclub.com

The Hendricksons are still coming on strong in the late afternoon with a mix of Blue Quills.  We did see a couple of Quill Gordons yesterday too.  Stoneflies and caddis are definitely bringing fish to the surface before and after the mayfly hatches.  There are reports of Apple Caddis from some sections of the river.  The nights are staying warmer and the days almost feel like summer so the hatching should increase and begin earlier in the day as the water temps peak earlier.  Nymphing and swinging caddis pupa before the hatches has been productive.  Accuweather is forecasting a sunny day with air temperatures around 72 and winds from 2 – 6 mph.  Sounds like it’s going to be a great day to be out there.

 

 

Dave  with a nice fish yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Dave with a nice fish yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Light Brachycentrus sp. – #16 – 18 – Apple Caddis
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs
41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 632 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 274 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,080 cfs 47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,290 cfs 49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 657 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 764 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 16, 2016

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Yesterday was another day of strong hendricksons and blue quills followed by a decent caddis hatch in the evening.  The sun made some of the fish a little shy but there were enough rising to keep everyone busy out there.  Nymphing before the hatch was productive and there were even a few scattered fish eating caddis on the surface mid morning.  The hendrickson hatch is still progressing up the system and getting stronger each day.  They have been hatching in heavy numbers for a while now and we are getting warmer weather each day.  It’s time to stay out there a little later and look for spinner falls.  Cannonsville Reservoir capacity is 99% with the West Branch in Walton flowing  in at 855 cfs.

 

Bob Lewis with a nice fish yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Bob Lewis with a nice fish yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 413 cfs
41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 303 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,260 cfs 45°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,510 cfs 48°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 657 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 855 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 15, 2016

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Every day we are seeing more Hendricksons on the water. The hatch is moving up the system quickly and it won’t be long before we see them system wide.  We are also seeing good numbers of caddis, olives, and blue quills throughout the day.  The fish are happy and rising.  We had a few wind gusts yesterday overall it was pleasant out there and the bugs and fish didn’t mind.  Today looks great with air temps forecasted in the 60’s and light winds.  The rivers are still dropping from the rain last week and are hitting great levels for wading and floating.

Tony loving the weather and the Hendricksons

Tony loving the weather and the Hendricksons

Theo with a nice brown from yesterday

Theo with a nice brown from yesterday

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs
40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 715 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 337 cfs 43°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,260 cfs 45°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,750 cfs 47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 730 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 44°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 951 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 14, 2016

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The Hendricksons are still moving up the system and the rivers are fishing great.  We’re still seeing stoneflies, Blue Winged Olives, Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, and the chimarra caddis are showing up.  There is a lot of food out there in the mid-afternoon.  The hatches should begin earlier in the day and last longer as we hit warmer temperatures through the weekend.  The West Branch above Cannonsville is still flowing around 1,00o this morning.  Both Cannonsville and Pepacton levels have increased over the last few days.  The river flows are dropping back as the runoff subsides.  Everything is in great shape with plenty of wading and floating opportunities.

 

Mike with a brown yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Mike with a brown yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs
40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 767 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 370 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,350 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,060 cfs 45°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 820 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 43°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,070 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 95.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 13, 2016

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It’s a little cool this morning but the sun is shining and the forecast has us hitting a little over 50 degrees today.  The rivers have dropped back slightly overnight as the runoff subsides.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 400 cfs and the reservoir levels are still climbing.  The forecast remains the same through the weekend with sun and warm temperatures approaching the 70’s by Sunday.  Add in the Hendricksons, Blue Quills, and Blue Winged Olives that are hatching and this looks like a great time to be on the water.  This is going to be a good weekend!

Kevan Smaracko found this brown eating Hendricksons this week

Kevan Smaracko found this brown eating Hendricksons this week

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs
39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 847 cfs
40°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 407 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,560 cfs 42°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,460 cfs 43°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 991 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 41°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,280 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 95.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 12, 2016

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We had a little more rain last night that should continue through part of the day today.  Air temperatures are a little cool but we should peak close to 50 today.  Each day is forecasted to be a little warmer which is great news for the weekend.  Due to the recent rains the release from Cannonsville has been increased to 402 cfs under FFMP chart 4A.  Looking at the plan is seems we moved into Storage zone L1B.  Cannonsville storage is now 97.6% with the inflow at Walton coming in at 1,470 cfs this morning.
Yesterday was a nice overcast fishing day.  We saw fewer Hendricksons than the day before but the olives made up for it.  Fish were eating on top once the olives got going mid-afternoon.  Some river sections are fishing better than others right now so move around if you don’t see anything for a while.  Nymphing before the hatches start has also been productive.  Today may turn out to be the same with the light rain and cloud cover.

 

Jared had a good afternoon yesterday

Jared had a good afternoon yesterday

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 413 cfs
41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 898 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 461 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,560 cfs 42°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,500 cfs 42°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 947 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 402 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 42°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,470 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 97.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 94.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 11, 2016

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There were olives and Hendricksons on some river sections yesterday.  A little rain is falling now but the skies should clear today.  It is definitely warmer this morning and the rivers have come up a couple of degrees.  The West Branch has dropped to a decent level with 556 cfs at Hale Eddy.  The East Branch side is pushing more water with a flow of 1,470 cfs at Fishs Eddy.
The fishing should only improve from now as the air temperatures increase over the next few days.  The forecast is calling for 60 degrees over the weekend.  We should see more rain overnight which is perfect for keeping the rivers filled.

 

Jared with a Hendrickson caught fish yesterday.  Photo by Dan Treadwell

Jared with a Hendrickson caught fish yesterday. Photo by Dan Treadwell

Hatching:
Hendrickson- #12 – 14 – E. subvaria
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 108 cfs
40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 556 cfs
41°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 484 cfs 41°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,470 cfs 41°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,170 cfs 41°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 809 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 110 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 41°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,350 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 93.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 92.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 10, 2016

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According to the forecast last night should be the last really cold one we see for a while.  We are on a warming trend that should really feel like Spring now.  The water temperatures are low this morning but should come up nicely over the next few days as the water flows drop and the air temperatures rise.  That should bring an increase in the surface activity and put us back where were before the cold snap.  Olives, Stoneflies, Quill Gordons, and a few Blue Quills will start to hatch again.  You may find a few Hendrickson in the warmer sections over the next few days too.
Air temperatures are forecasted to be in the 60’s by next weekend.  Hopefully we get just enough rain to keep the flows up in the system.  the West Branch above Walton is still flowing into Cannonsville way over a 1,000 cfs.  The next reservoir level update should be good news.

 

We're still finding some early stoneflies so definitely carry the patterns on the river

We’re still finding some early stoneflies so definitely carry the patterns on the river

Hatching:
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 108 cfs
38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 681 cfs
38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 596 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,617 cfs 37°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,010 cfs 37°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 905 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 110 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 36°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,630 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 93.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 92.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 9, 2016

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The river flows are dropping back but still remain high this morning.  Stilesville is the best spot for wading based on the USGS graphs.  The forecasted snow missed us last night but we still may see a couple of snow showers today.  The overnight air temperatures were cold and the rivers all dropped back a couple of degrees.  Nymphing and streamers will be the most productive methods today but you may find a rising fish or two in the slow pools by late afternoon.  The reservoirs have come up a little in storage and should continue to fill.  Walton is still coming in at over 2000 cfs this morning.  We are looking at one more cold night and then we begin a warming trend tomorrow.  It will finally feel like Spring again by mid-week.

 

Bob Lewis sent us some artsy river photos from the fall.  This one he titled "Church"

Bob Lewis sent us some artsy river photos from the fall. This one he titled “Church”

Hatching:
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 108 cfs
38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 944 cfs
39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 793 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,150 cfs 38°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,570 cfs 39°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,170 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 110 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,090 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 93.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 92.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 8, 2016

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Mother Nature provided what the Decree Parties won’t – water.  We had decent rains yesterday morning and again overnight.  The Cannonsville release is still 110 cfs so the river should be clear and wadeable in Stilesville.  You have to stay above the feeders this morning for the low clear water.  The feeders are pushing a lot of water into the system plus some color.  Once below Stilesville it looks great for streamer fishing.  Be careful wading.  The West Branch should drop and clear first.  There is a lot of water coming down the East Branch side and the Mainstem is running slightly over 8,000 cfs at Lordville.
The best news is Walton flowing into Cannonsville at 3,400 cfs this morning.  The other Reservoir feeder with a gauge is Trout Creek.  It’s a small stream but peaked at 500 cfs and now flowing into Cannonsville at 228 cfs.  It will take a couple of days for the Reservoir levels to rise.  Hopefully this will be enough water that we move up a few charts on the FFMP and see better releases.
We do have another cold snap coming this weekend but today should be nice.

 

Fill that Reservoir!

Fill that Reservoir!

Hatching:
Blue Quill #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)
Quill Gordons #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taenopteryx & Strophopteryx spp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 109 cfs
40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,590 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 984 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,200 cfs 40°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,440 cfs 40°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,840 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 110 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 40°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 3,400 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 91.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 91.9%

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