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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 23, 2014

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Well it looks like NY didn’t forget how to do the old “Yo Yo” releases after all.  The release from Cannonsville will drop to 600 cfs this morning so after all of the increases and decreases over the last few days we are back where we’ve been for most of the Summer.  The recording did mention a stepped down drop but that is not showing on the graph at Stilesville- it looks like it was just cut to 600.  The fishing was decent last night with large numbers of olives coming off on the lower West Branch and Upper Mainstem from around 5 PM into dark.  There are still some sulphurs on the Upper West and we had more success with Isonychias last night than we’ve had in a while. The cloud cover and slight color in the river made streamers productive in the morning before the hatching.  The lower West Branch is 54 degrees under the 191 Bridge this morning.

Ben with a nice one as the fog lifts.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Ben with a nice one as the fog lifts. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 687 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 360 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,580 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 125 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 22, 2014

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We had quite a storm last night with wind, heavy rain, plus some hail thrown in for good measure.  It caused a slight bump in flows over most of the system but has settled back down to normal.  The West Branch is rising this morning with a Cannonsville release of 862 cfs “until further notice”- Stilesville is currently 910 cfs and Hale Eddy is 918 cfs.  The West Branch has a tint of color this morning but looks decent and fishable out front right now.  Most of the rain either soaked into the ground or ran off quickly.  Accuweater is calling for cooler air temps and moderate winds today.  The sulphurs in Deposit are waning but still producing a decent number of bugs.  The hatches seem to come in flushes that last 30 minutes to an hour at a time with some lulls in between.  We are seeing decent olives throughout the West Branch- plus this summer’s staple bug- the summer steno.  Very tiny flying ants are also on the water bringing some fish to the surface in the slower sections of the river.

The bears have been out a lot this Summer- Photo by Bruce Miller

The bears have been out a lot this Summer- Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 910 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 918 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 371 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,730 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 132 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 20, 2014

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It was tough fishing on the lower West Branch last night with only a few mayflies coming off and most of the fish keying in on a large number of #26 flying ants.  We had just enough summer stenos on the water to get some of the fish interested in eating one but a number of fish keyed on the tiny ants and wouldn’t look at a different fly.  The wind was a bit more than Accuweather predicted but it settled down nicely for prime time.  The sulphur hatch is waning on the Upper West Branch but there were still some coming off plus a few small blue winged olives.  Today looks warmer with a few passing showers.  Hopefully the rain kicks off some decent olive hatches.  Last night was warmer than we’ve been used to but the West Branch under the 191 Bridge is still starting out at a respectable 55 degrees this morning.  The release from Cannonsville has dropped slightly and is now 602 cfs until further notice.

 

Evan with a West Branch Brown this week.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Evan with a West Branch Brown this week.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 637 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 352 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 114 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 19, 2014

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The wind was definitely calmer yesterday which helped the fishing.  In the morning nymphing definitely paid off on the lower West Branch.  The sulphurs and small olives came later in the evening offering some dry fly action.  Spinners are falling early due to the cold weather so if you get a refusal on a dun pattern check the water carefully.  The mid-day sulphurs on the Upper West Branch seem to be waning a bit but there is still a fishable hatch. the fish seem to have been keying on the small pseudos over the last few days.   Today looks warmer with light winds.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 53 degrees this morning.

 

Mitchell with a nice morning rainbow yesterday

Mitchell with a nice morning rainbow yesterday

 

Tyler with one of his own

Tyler with one of his own

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 688 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 709 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 367 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 120 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 18, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville was raised to 661 cfs this morning until further notice. The West Branch is still perfectly wadeable and floatable at 661 and most anglers will only notice a slight difference from yesterday.  Hopefully it flushes some of the green algae out of the upper river but it may not be enough of an increase to help.  The wind blew pretty hard fo rmost of the day yesterday taking the mayflies off the water as soon as they hatched.  When the wind dropped in the evening we settled into our usual sulphurs, stenos, and small olives.  Accuweather is calling for lighter winds today- let’s hope they are correct.  Cannonsville Reservoir is currently at 87.2% and the West Branch at Walton is flowing in at 80 cfs.  We’re wearing fleece again this morning due to the cool nights and the lower West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 54 degrees.

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Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 676 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 704 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 375 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 128 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 17, 2014

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It looks like our cool weather will continue with highs in the mid 70s today, a few clouds in the morning, and moderate winds.  Accuweather has had the wind predictions wrong all week so it’s hard to say what we will actually receive.  So far it’s calm this morning with a heavy mist.  The cool nights have put a damper on some of the traditional evening spinner falls- look for those spinners during the day – even mixed in with the duns in mid afternoon.  We are still seeing sulphurs on the Upper West Branch and a mix of sulphurs, stenos, and olives on the lower West Branch and Upper Mainstem.  Some of the activity on the lower sections seems to be different from pool to pool.

 

Old Green Eyes

Old Green Eyes

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 632 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 194 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 400 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,210 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 137 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 16, 2014

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Yesterday’s winds finally did calm down in the evening to the predicted 2 mph giving us some decent dry fly opportunity late in the day.  We saw a mix of olives and small sulphurs on the water with an occasional summer steno floating past.  The air temp dropped once the sun fell behind the mountains slowing the fishing down and making us look for fleece.  The clouds looked threatening all day but we didn’t receive any additional rain.  Today looks  sunny with clouds moving in during the evening and some very light showers overnight.  Similar o yesterday with fewer clouds.  Nymphing has been producing fish on the lower West Branch and Upper Mainstem.  Dry fly activity has been decent on the Upper West Branch during the day and the activity moves downstream in the late afternoons. The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 52 degrees this morning.

Rise

Rise

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 643 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 417 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,230 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 146 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 15, 2014

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Last night turned out to be very cool with a mix of light rain. The rain still did not cause the flows to rise but the weather certainly is keeping the water temperatures in great shape on most of the system.  Lordville is starting off a61 degrees this morning which is almost unheard of in mid- August.  Accuweather is calling for a high air temp here of 69 degrees today with sun and variable clouds.  The winds are predicted to be 2 mph which is a welcome change.  So far they seem to be a bit more than that so hopefully they drop during the day.  The Upper West Branch should offer the normal sulphur and BWO hatches while the Lower WB and Upper Main Stem should see some olive, summer stenos, a few Isonychias, and smaller sulphurs towards dark.  The Tricos have been hatching but the spinner falls are happening later in the day due to the cooler weather.  We’ve even seen them after lunch on some of the colder days.

Coming to the net

Coming to the net

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 654 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 453 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,310 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 162 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 13, 2014

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Most of the river system has seen little change from the overnight rains.  The flows bumped om most of the rivers but the amount is negligible.  The best news is that the water temperatures at Fish’s Eddy and Lordville are starting off lower this morning than they have over the last few days.  They are calling for a few more scattered showers today but nothing terrible.  The light rain and clouds should actually improve the fishing conditions.  The West Branch at Walton is climbing but is only 86 cfs. Cannonsville Reservoir is 88.4% capacity.  The Lower West Branch is clear so far this morning and looks top be in great shape.  I would expect the lower sections of the river to rise slowly today.  If we get hit with a localized storm that changes the conditions we’ll add an additional update here.  We should see our normal sulphurs and summer stenos, plus those rainy day olives in #18 -24.

Dave with a brown in the early morning fog

Dave with a brown in the early morning fog

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 681 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 439 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,240 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 162 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 12, 2014

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We are waking up to a light rain this morning that is a welcome change from the normal sunshine.  The forecast is calling for light showers off and on all day which should help the fishing by keeping the bugs on the water longer and making the fish a little less spooky.  The are calling for close to two inches total over the next two days but most of it should soak into the ground.  Yesterday saw decent sulphurs in the Upper West Branch and some evening activity on the lower West Branch an Upper Mainstem. Most of the river system is a healthy mix of sulphurs, stenos, small olives, with a few isonychias.  Over the last couple of days the water temps on the Mainstem at Lordville have peaked in the high 60’s and the Lower East Branch at Fish’s Eddy has peaked over 70 degrees.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 56 degrees this morning.

Home Pool rainbow in the sun.  Photo by Dave

Home Pool rainbow in the sun. Photo by Dave

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 413 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 144 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 11, 2014

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The West Branch is in great shape this morning. We had a small bump in the flow at Stilesville this morning and are running at 620 cfs.  The release is still 600 cfs “until further notice.” The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 56 degrees this morning.  Today looks like the last sunny day we’ll have to put up with at least through Thursday.  We’ll see how much rain the storms actually bring since most of our weather seems to be localized.  The clouds and drop in air temperature will be a welcome relief.  The best daytime dryfly activity continues to be on the Upper West Branch.  On the lower West Branch try nymphing during the day and look for dryfly action as the sun drops.  The lower East Branch peaked over 70 degrees yesterday and the Mainstem at Lordville peaked close to 67 degrees so fish with your thermometer if you fish anywhere other than the Upper East Branch and Upper West Branch.

Stay late

Stay late

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 643 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 408 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 154 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 10, 2014

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More of the same yesterday.  Mid-day sulphurs in the Upper West and evening sulphurs and cahills on the Lower West and Upper Mainstem.  The fish were eating despite the sun but were much happier when the clouds passed over.  We’ve seen fewer Isonychias lately but the Summer Stenos seem to be making up the difference for the fish.  Swinging wet flies and nymphing has been effective during the day on the lower sections but keep look around for the odd fish rising to stenos in the sun.  If you can mark them and cover them quickly you have a good chance of getting them to eat.  As of August 8th Cannonsville was at 90.3% capacity.  It’s another one of those cold mornings when you need to wear a fleece.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 56 degrees this morning.

Spinner patterns can make decent sulphur cripple imitations

Spinner patterns can make decent sulphur cripple imitations

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 434 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 164 cfs @ N/A

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