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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 14, 2015

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Yesterday’s rain showers caused little change to the flows in the system.  The Cannonsville release has been raised slightly and now sits at 753 cfs.  We should have cloud cover for most of the day with a very, very light rain shower in the late afternoon.  Air temperatures should reach the high 50’s with light winds and gusts staying under 9 mph.  Small olives are still the main hatch followed by a few isonychias and heptagenia.  We are seeing a few isonychia spinners in the evening so carry a few just in case.  There are a lot of caddis in the air and in the bushes.  We haven’t seen great numbers of the on the water but swinging caddis pupa could be a decent technique.

The Bob out in the rain yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

The Bob out in the rain yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 763 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 828 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 235 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,120 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 102 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 752 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 162 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 53.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 72.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 13, 2015

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The flows throughout the system didn’t change much overnight.  Once the sun came out in the afternoon it was feeling like t-shirt weather on the river.  Unfortunately the bright sun made the fish shy even when there were bugs on the water.  We ran into a decent but short isonychia hatch but the fish just couldn’t get happy in the sun.  Shaded areas were much better.  Nymphing and swinging wet flies during the hatch were definitely better options to catch fish.  Today looks like a better fishing day with clouds rolling in and a few showers.  Air temperatures should stay in the low 60’s with winds gusting only around 7 mph.

Patrick releasing a nice brown.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Patrick releasing a nice brown. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 712 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 779 cfs
57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 120 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 229 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs 57°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 100 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 736 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 159 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 54.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 12, 2015

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Despite the cold morning the sun popped out and yesterday afternoon turned into a beautiful Fall day.  The system hasn’t changed much over the last few days with the flows and water temperatures remaining fairly steady.  The small olives have come mainly in the afternoon mixed with a few heptagenia and isonychia spinners.  The hatching and topwater actions still seams very spot specific so move around if you don’t see any activity.  There are a lot of caddis in the air and on the bushes so you just have to be patient and lucky to find them on the water.  Streamers are working okay on the West Branch but the action slows down once the bright sun hits the water.  Nymphing is a better bet on the East Branch and Mainstem until you see a riser.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 737 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 797 cfs
57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 125 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 237 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,090 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 105 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 736 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 178 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 54.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 11, 2015

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The air temperatures are starting off in the high 30’s this morning so it will take a while for things to warm up.  We’re in for a big swing with Accuweather predicting afternoon air temperatures of 67 degrees.  It looks like we’re done with precipitation for the weekend and the winds should be negligible with gusts to 6 mph.  The predicted the same winds yesterday but we definitely had gusts peaking over that so be prepared and bring a warm fleece.
Hatching was slow again for most of the day so streamers and nymphs seemed to be the best bet.  There were some flushes of olives late but they were very river section specific.

Kevin keeping warm on the West Branch yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Kevin keeping warm on the West Branch yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 688 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 744 cfs
57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 127 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 249 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,180 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 112 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 676 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 222 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 54.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 10, 2015

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While we had steady rain for a while the river flows remain about the same as yesterday.  Most of the precipitation was soaked into the ground.  We are coming off another cool night so water temperatures are in great shape this morning- even the Mainstem at Callicoon has dipped own into the 50’s.  There were not a lot of mayflies hatching yesterday but there are spinners and lots of caddis around.  The trick is being in the right place at the right time when they finally hit the water.
Accuweather is calling for cooler air temperatures today with highs in the 50’s.  Winds should only gust to 6 mph and not be a factor today.

 

Jared Makowski holding a nice brown

Jared Makowski holding a nice brown

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 737 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 810 cfs
57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 140 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 264 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,180 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 121 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 736 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 354 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 54.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 9, 2015

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The release from Cannonsville is being scaled back this morning and should settle in around 700 cfs around noon.  We should receive a little over 1/4″ of rain today and the runoff should help meet the downstream flow targets. That means the lower West Branch should drop slowly through the afternoon.  The cloud cover and rain should push up the pseudo hatch to a little earlier in the day compared to what we’ve seen lately.  There are some isonychias and heptagenias hatching so definitely carry those patterns.  The hatching doesn’t seem to be river wide so don’t hesitate to move and check other areas if you’re not seeing any hatching activity by mid-afternoon.  Dark streamers are working okay on the West Branch.  The East Branch and Mainstem are still the better bets for nymphing with their comparatively low flows and clearer water.

 

Bret on the river yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Bret on the river yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 910 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs
57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 120 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 243 cfs 55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,440 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 112 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release  cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 128 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 55.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 8, 2015

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The Cannonsville release continues to be around 1,000 cfs this morning.  We’re looking at another nice Fall day today with air temperatures reaching the mid 60’s and virtually no wind in the forecast.  We may have some rain moving in overnight with showers until Saturday morning.  Keep an eye on the river gauges in case NYS DEP decides to cut the directed releases hoping the rain helps meet the downstream flow targets.  When the sun is out the pseudos have been hatching a little later in the day leaving time in the morning for throwing streamers.  If you want to nymph or swing wet flies try the East Branch or the Mainstem where the flows are lower.

jared brown 2

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,070 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 255 cfs 56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,520 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 117 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,054 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 140 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 55.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.4%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 7, 2015

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The release from Cannonsville has been raised slightly to 1,054 cfs this morning to meet downstream flow targets.  This seems like a good opportunity to switch a few hundred cfs of the Cannonsville release to Pepacton and add some water to the East Branch drainage.
We’re still fishing small olives mixed with a few isonychias and heptagenias.  The bright sun seemed to push the hatching to later in the evening.  There were some heptagenia spinners in sections towards dark.  The amount of caddis we are seeing seems to be increasing so it feels like the start of our normal fall fishing.  There is some chalkiness to the West Branch so the East Branch and Mainstem should offer better nymphing opportunities.
Today’s air temperatures should hit the mid 60’s with negligible winds.  The nighttime air temperatures are dropping into the 40’s so bring a fleece.

 

Patrick and bob teamed up for this rainbow

Patrick and bob teamed up for this pretty rainbow

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,070 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,080 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 125 cfs 52°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 267 cfs 56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,340 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 127 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,054 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 164 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 56.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 6, 2015

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The release from Cannonsville was bumped slightly higher this morning and has settled in at 900 cfs.  It’s time to find your high water wade spots on the West Branch and concentrate on the slower edges and tailouts of pools for rising fish. Both the East Branch and Mainstem are a little on the low side and offer great wading opportunities.  Those two rivers would be my first choice for nymphing before the hatches start.  We have seen the olives coming off mid-afternoon despite the sunshine.  Some sections are also seeing the beginning of the Heptagenia and Fall Isonychia hatches.

 

Tom again from a few days ago.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Tom again from a few days ago. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 923 cfs
58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 931 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 130 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 279 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,260 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 138 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 900 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 164 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 56.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 5, 2015

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The release from Cannonsville has been increased this morning.  They are ramping it up and we should settle in around a 783 cfs release. Right now the flows are still rising on the West Branch but should settle in by the afternoon.  Small olives are the fly of choice but we are seeing some of the Fall isonychias show up plus the odd leftover flying ants and cahills.

We are on a warming trend again and air temperatures should hit the mid 60’s with mostly sun showing through a few clouds.  Winds will be mild with gusts only reaching 5 mph.  All in all in sounds like a great Fall day.

And up we go to 783 cfs

And up we go to a 783 cfs release

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 407 cfs rising
55°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 237 cfs rising 56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 139 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 309 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 749 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 154 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 191 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 56.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 4, 2015

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Yesterday was the coolest, wet day we’ve had since Spring.  The weather did not stop the Pseudos from hatching or the fish eating them.  It was another of risers from just after lunch until 5:30 or so.  There have been a few Isonychias starting to show up the bulk of the hatches are the little olives.
Today looks like it should be another good day with clouds in the morning with some sun breaking through in the afternoon.  Air temperatures should reach the high 50’s making it a lot more comfortable than yesterday’s mid to high 40’s.  Winds should be moderate with gusts only reaching 8 mph.

 

Jared Makowski with a Mainstem dry fly fish yesterday

Jared Makowski with a Mainstem dry fly fish yesterday

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 153 cfs 56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 220 cfs 54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 145 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 344 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 802 cfs 53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 184 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 231 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 56.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 3, 2015

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We’re coming off another cold night and woke up to some light rain this morning. The rivers look decent now and have settled down to great levels for wading.  Today should be cooler with air temperatures only reaching the high 40’s to low 50’s.  Luckily the wind forecast has changed and we are looking at gusts only reaching 8 mph.  Hopefully Accuweather is accurate on that one.
We had good olive hatches yesterday beginning around 1 pm and lasting until after 5:30.  The fish out front were rising steadily to the #22 -26 Pseudos offering decent targets.  It was the most and steadiest rising fish we’ve seen in a while.  Today should be similar with cloud cover sticking around once the rain showers subside.

 

Tom with a nice brown.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Tom with a nice brown from the other day. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
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 sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 149 cfs 55°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 212 cfs 54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 149 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 356 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 830 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 182 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 240 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 56.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.3%

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