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Delaware River Report/Conditions May 2, 2017

May 02, 2017 Comments Off by

We got hit by thunderstorms last night. The rivers are not wadeable today. But our guides will be out on the West Branch throwing streamers. We’ll update the blog with the flows once our power comes back on.

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Tying the East Branch Caddis

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 27, 2016

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The West Branch is up slightly this morning but is still in good shape for wading and floating.  The release from Cannonsville has been raised slightly to 594 cfs.  We had some light rain overnight but it wasn’t enough to change the flows.  The buildings are covered in small olives this morning which is a good start to Fall.  Along with the olives we’ve been seeing more caddis and #14 isonychias.  If the clouds stick around today we could see some decent fishing in the bigger pools.  Winds will be light under 10 mph all day.  We have light rain in the forecast from Thursday through Saturday night.  If we keep the clouds and light rain going this could be a very good weekend to be on the water.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 577 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 132 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 208 cfs
58°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 784 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 74 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 594 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 96 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 50.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 26, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 521 cfs this morning.  The cold nights have really helped the water temperatures on the lower East Branch and Mainstem and everything looks good this morning.  The weather looks great today with clouds, air temperatures in the high 60’s, and some light rain tonight.  Winds will gust around 10 mph.  Isonychias and olives are the main hatches now with a few light cahills still around.  The fall caddis hatches seem to be coming on offering some fishing when the get stuck on the water.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 606 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 53°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 182 cfs
56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 802 cfs
57°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 67 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 521 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 98 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 52.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 10, 2016

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Another chilly night means the water temperatures continue to stay cool even though the levels are dropping. The air temperatures are starting to rise and we will have some decent wind to contend with this afternoon. The release from Cannonsville remains at 500 cfs so the West Branch and upper Main Stem are both wade and boat friendly. We’re still seeing good numbers of Sulphurs, Isonychia, Stenos and Light Blue Winged Olives.

Geoff with a beautiful brown and a good cigar. Photo by Bob Lewis

Geoff with a beautiful brown and a good cigar. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- Isonychia bicolor
Green Drakes – 8-2xl – 10-2xl – E. Guttalata
Brown Drakes – 10-2xl- E. simulans
March Browns – #10-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl- Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema fuscum)
Pink Lady – #14 – Epeorus vitreus
Sulphur – #16-18 – E dorothea
Light Blue Winged Olive – #14 E. cornuta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs
43°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 637 cfs
47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs 52°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 531 cfs 55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,310 cfs 57°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 248 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 225 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 96.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 9, 2016

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We had some rain showers yesterday morning but the heaviest precipitation fell to the south. The rivers are dropping down to the levels we had before Sunday’s rain and are fine for floating or wading. The cool nights have helped to lower the water temperatures throughout the system. The East Branch and Main Stem are finally cooling down. Today looks like a sunnier version of yesterday with strong wind gusts and another cool evening. The hatching remains the same with Sulphurs, Isos, Tan Caddis and Olives.

Jared netted a brown yesterday.

Jared netted a good looking brown yesterday.

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- Isonychia bicolor
Green Drakes – 8-2xl – 10-2xl – E. Guttalata
Brown Drakes – 10-2xl- E. simulans
March Browns – #10-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl- Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema fuscum)
Pink Lady – #14 – Epeorus vitreus
Sulphur – #16-18 – E dorothea
Light Blue Winged Olive – #14 E. cornuta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs
43°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 687 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 226 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 707 cfs 55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,490 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 308 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 277 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 96.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 8, 2016

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The thunderstorms yesterday mostly hit the West Branch. Luckily they were brief, the river did not get muddy and is up only a small amount. The cool night has the water temperatures starting off a little lower today. These next few days of milder air temperatures and lows in the 40’s will help the system stay fishable. Sulphurs, Isonychia, Light Blue Winged Olives and tan caddis were the most common hatches.

Bob with a nice rainbow.

Bob with a nice rainbow.

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- Isonychia bicolor
Green Drakes – 8-2xl – 10-2xl – E. Guttalata
Brown Drakes – 10-2xl- E. simulans
March Browns – #10-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl- Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema fuscum)
Pink Lady – #14 – Epeorus vitreus
Sulphur – #16-18 – E dorothea
Light Blue Winged Olive – #14 E. cornuta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs
44°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 738 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 266 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 824 cfs 61°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,780 cfs 62°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 356 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 507 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 362 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 96.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 17, 2015

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The release from Cannonsville has been raised another 100 cfs to 1,099 cfs this morning. That will make the lower West Branch more difficult to wade. The best bet is still the Main Stem and sections of the upper East Branch that are open to fishing. We saw varieties of spinners in the evening, make sure you have something that floats flush in your box. The forecast is calling for a chilly and windy day with a mix of clouds, sun and possibly a sprinkle or two.

fall-leaves

Fall is in full swing on the river.

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 1,100 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 221 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,240 cfs 54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 96 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,099 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 153 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 52.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.9%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 16, 2015

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We continue to receive water from Cannonsville to meet downstream targets. The forecast is calling for scattered showers and overcast conditions throughout the day but no significant precipitation amounts. Watch for fish rising in the afternoon and early evening. Wading the Main Stem remains the best option given the higher flow from the West Branch.
The upper West Branch (from Deposit to the NY/PA border) and upper East Branch (from Pepacton Dam downstream to the Shinhopple Bridge) are now closed to fishing for the season. The lower West Branch, lower East Branch and Main Stem remain open but are now catch and release only. For more information, view the Delaware County fishing regulations and the border water regulations.

home-pool

Home pool showing off it’s fall colors.

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 1,020 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,100 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 120 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 221 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 97 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 986 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 142 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 52.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 72.1%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2015

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Due to the forecasted rain NYC DEP decided they could save some water by dropping the Cannonsville release from over 1000 cfs immediately down to 300 cfs.  There was no gradual step down, no thought about giving the insects on the sides of the stream-bed room to migrate, no regard whatsoever for downstream users.  Hopefully Accuweather really is accurate this time and we get a lot of rain spread out from today through Sunday.  We expect the first inch or so to soak right into the ground so we are watching the radar carefully.  Feel free to call Paul Rush at DEP and let him know your thoughts about dropping the release from 1200 cfs to 300 cfs in one move.  845.334.7107 or email at prush@dep.nyc.gov

If there was ever a question on whether or not NYC DEP cared about downstream users

If there was ever a question on whether or not NYC DEP cared about anything downstream of the dams…

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 286 cfs 58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 408 cfs 57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 137 cfs 66°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,010 cfs 62°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 63 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 300 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 60°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 43 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 55.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 28, 2015

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The release from the reservoir continues at the same level as yesterday. The West Branch remains off-color and the East Branch is clear but very low. The forecast is calling for cloud cover today and sporadic rain over the next few days. Cooler air temperatures for the rest of the week should keep the water temperature down throughout the system. Streamers have been working well the past few days, but look for rising fish as evening falls.

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Not bad for Vince’s second fly fishing experience. Photo by Bruce Miller.

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Tricos #22 – 26 – Tricorythodes sp.
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.
Flying ants #16-24

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,230 cfs 58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,400 cfs 57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 135 cfs 60°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,490 cfs 60°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 63 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,210 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 45 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 58.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 76.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 27, 2015

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The release on  the West Branch has been stepped down slightly again this morning. The water remains off-color but is clearing slowly and there has been less algae. Streamers continue to be the best bet. If the cloud cover sticks around, that may help get the bugs going today. Look for olives and isos especially as the sun goes down.

jessie with a brown-edit

Jesse with a nice brown. Photo by Jared Makowski.

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Tricos #22 – 26 – Tricorythodes sp.
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.
Flying ants #16-24

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,230 cfs 57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,400 cfs 56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 103 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 139 cfs 59°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,520 cfs 59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 65 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,210 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 47 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 58.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 76.3%

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