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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 9, 2013

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It started out a lot less cloudy than we expected yesterday, but they definitely thickened up by evening, and the intermittent rain made for some foggy stretches of river. The river is starting to rise after last nights rain, but we are still waiting for gauges to react to the increase in flow. The olives took full advantage of the cloud cover, and we had a range of them up and hatching. The fish seemed interested, but were not rising with the gusto we would expect from that many bugs being on the water. Those who threw cheeseburgers (Iso duns) at them were rewarded! Today we are looking at a similar scenario, with patchy clouds and rain, which should mean another good day so long as the feeders don’t blast a ton of mud into the river.

A little bit of this yesterday just to spice things up! Photo: Bob Lewis

A little bit of this yesterday just to spice things up! Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 627 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 203 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 421 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,120 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 234 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 86.5% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 8, 2013

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We definitely love clouds! They made for a spectacular day out on the river yesterday, with the bugs popping and the fish eating! There was definitely a smorgasbord with Isos, hebes, dortheas, psuedos, and a couple other olives thrown in for good measure. Towards the end of the day we had a very nice sulphur spinner fall, and the fish were up and sipping, until the fog rolled in around 8PM or so. Today we are looking at rain and t-storms throughout the day, which is good from a cloud-cover standpoint, but we will likely see heavy fog intermittently on the river as well – definitely not good for visibility. Water levels should remain pretty steady, and of course we will update you if anything changes!

Not all spinners are rusty! This blurry photo was taken on the shop this morning. Photo: Bart Larmouth

Not all spinners are rusty! This blurry photo was taken on the shop this morning. Photo: Bart Larmouth

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 486 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 258 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,040 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 116 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 87.1% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 7, 2013

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Another good day and night yesterday! The clouds rolled in early afternoon, which did get the fish and bugs up and working. Upriver the fish were very spooky and picky, despite the clouds, and they finally got a little easier to work with as the evening set in. A very good hatch of Isos was the big story for the evening, with fish slashing and grabbing them as they came down through. It did cool off a bit before dark, which stifled the hatching a bit, but the fish kept rising into the dark on some of the remaining duns, as well as cripples, and a few spinner thrown in for good measure. Today we are expecting some weather to move in, with rain and scattered t-storms throughout the day. The changes in pressure will likely have an affect on the bugs – we will just have to see what that is. Otherwise, the cloud cover should keep the fish nice and happy, hopefully all day long.

As much as we love fish, sometimes Mother Nature gives us other kinds of things to see. Photo: Bob Lewis

As much as we love fish, sometimes Mother Nature gives us other kinds of beautiful things to see. Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 486 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 249 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,040 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 108 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 87.7% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 6, 2013

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It was a good day (and night!) out on the river yesterday! The bugs popped later in the afternoon up high, and “moved” downstream as the day progressed, culminating in some nice evening hatches of Isos and Hebes, that the fish were definitely in the mood to feed on. Today we’re seeing a definite change in the weather, the question is how much. There is supposedly rain moving in at some point this afternoon, but we will have clear skies until it does. The amount remains to be seen, but it is unlikely to adversely affect flows / water clarity at least today. So more clouds usually equals more bugs – let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Nothing nicer than a fish that fills the net! Photo: Bruce Miller

Nothing nicer than a fish that fills the net! Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 255 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 113 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.3% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 5, 2013

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We had one heck of a strange day weather-wise yesterday. Even with a “0% chance of rain,” we had some sudden, torrential downpours hit us throughout the day. They were quite brief, and did not adversely affect the river, but definitely slowed the hatching down for a bit. Towards evening we had some pretty good wind gusts as well, which also put the bugs down for a bit, unless you found a nice spot in the lee of the breeze. We are starting off very cool this morning, around 50 degrees, and should warm up into the mid-70s by aftrnoon. This means that the hatching will likely start a little later up top, if you are heading that way. We did have good Isos, Cahills and Sulphurs yesterday, so we should expect to see them come and play today as well – and hopefully the tricos will start making their appearance for the season!

Pat Kirse with his FIRST fish on the fly! Great job! Photo: Jim Swift

Pat Kirse with his FIRST fish on the fly! Great job! Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 585 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 276 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,120 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 124 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.9% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 4, 2013

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Another strange day yesterday, with some folks doing real well early, and others not seeing much action at all. Those who went subsurface with smaller (#18 & #20) flies had the best day, as the fish were active from mid-morning all the way until dark. Our evening hatch was a bit stunted, as it threatened to break open around 6:30 PM, and just sort of fizzled as the evening progressed. There were definitely rising fish, and big Isos were the fly of choice for the evening. Today we are starting with some cooler temps, as well as some beautiful cloud cover. If it persists (Which it is supposed to), our bugs should be a bit more cooperative today, and bring these finicky fish up!

Jeff Biller with a end-of-the day MONSTER from Friday night! Photo: Jim Swift

Jeff Biller with a end-of-the day MONSTER from Friday night! Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 601 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 305 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,210 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 141 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.9% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 3, 2013

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Despite the nice cloud cover and showers yesterday afternoon, the bugs just didn’t quite appear as we expected them to. Just another great example of Mother Nature showing us that we don’t have her figured out! There were some big stenos (size 12-2XL) towards evening, but that was pretty much the extent of it. The streamer bite was pretty good, and I will have some good photos of a big fish taken last night for you tomorrow! Today, they are calling for a full mix of sun, clouds and rain, so we can expect to see definite changes in the air pressure throughout the day which will likely push the bugs to pop early – and the cloud cover should keep them going all day long! Be ready and have a great day out there!

Even I can get the job done now and then! Photo: Jim Swift

Even I can get the job done now and then! Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 632 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 379 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,350 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 178 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.9% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 2, 2013

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What a beautiful, misty day out there yesterday! We had sporadic bugs throughout the day (not as many as we suspected we’d have), but the fish were up, active, and definitely less picky than they have been as of late. The evening saw the best hatching, and it started earlier on (5PM or so), and made for a pretty good night overall! Today, we’re looking at more sun, but some scattered thunderstorms to start us off – we’ll see what kind of affect it has on the fish / bugs, as they are calling for some pretty serious pressure changes as well. Otherwise, expect another nice summer day!

Ken Bowers didn't let his son have all the fun! Photo: Bruce Miller

Ken Bowers didn’t let his son have all the fun! Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 213 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 367 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,370 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 230 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 90.8% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 1, 2013

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Happy August! It was definitely an odd one yesterday to finish out the month. During the cloudier portions of the day there were good Sulphur hatches, as well as big stenos as well, but our Iso hatch was one of the weakest in the last few weeks – no real explanation for that one. As the day went on, the sun actually popped back out (exactly the OPPOSITE of what was “predicted”), and slowed the hatching down until later in the evening as it began to set. Then we had all the above bugs, as well as a nice big rush of Heptagenia Hebes (Olive Sulphurs) just for fun. Today is slated to be cloudy, cool, with scattered showers and a late T-storm in the works. Definitely the makings of a great BWO day! We’ll see what happens!

Austin Bowers with a great Brown caught Tuesday evening. Photo: Bruce Miller

Austin Bowers with a great Brown caught Tuesday evening. Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 580 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 273 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,100 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 118 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 90.8% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 31, 2013

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It was another good day out there yesterday, both in the morning and later on as well! Good flushes of bugs came off from about 10:30 AM on down river, and the afternoon sulphurs made their appearance in Deposit also. The real gem was the evening, when we had BIG flushes of Isos, Stenos, Pseudos, and Dortheas – with the fish keying in on the Isos in particular. Certain sections of river saw the fish being a bit more selective (read: PICKY) than they should have been with Isos on the water, but that’s the Delaware for you. Today we are looking at a slightly warmer one, but with even more clouds shielding us throughout the day. Without anything drastic predicted, we will (hopefully) see the same amount of activity as we did on Tuesday.

The Dinallo brothers had a rare double this past Monday fishing with Jim! Photo: Jim Swift

The Dinallo brothers had a rare double this past Monday fishing with Jim! Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 486 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 295 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,150 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 129 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 91.1% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 30, 2013

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Well the release from Cannonsville has been dropped to 500 cfs as of yesterday afternoon. Still trying to figure out why the drop, I will post once we find out. Otherwise, we had a great night on the river yesterday, with lots of bugs, and eager fish both in the riffs and the still water. Good flushes of Isos and dortheas, as well as a few little golden stones (yellow sallies) thrown in just for some added excitement. Today, we’re expecting similar conditions, with even a little more cloud cover to help us out. We have some dense fog this morning, so early hatches are likely not going to happen, and we’ll hopefully see our normal early-afternoon action pick up, then give way to some great evening fishing as well!

Ed DeSalvio with a honker of a brown caught this weekend. Photo: Jim Swift

Ed DeSalvio with a honker of a brown caught this weekend. He’s got to give these fish a break! Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 486 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 585 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 356 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,310 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 152 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 91.5% – 600 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 29, 2013

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Definitely a different  morning out there today – we woke up to bright sun already, quite a difference from the clouds and drizzle on Sunday. There were some late-day showers that brought the rivers up slightly in the evening, adding color to the lower West for sure. This did clear up, and we look great out front once again. There were good hatches of Isos and Stenos throughout the evening, and it looks like a nice big rush of Pseudos decided to join the fray as well, judging by the sheer number of them on the side of the shop this morning. Todya we’re back to more “normal” July weather, with partly cloudy skies, but temps only in the mid-70s. I would expect the upper river to fish early in the afternoon, and the activity to shift down as the day progresses, and there are definitely still plenty of bugs to go around!

Pat McPartland with an excellent WB Brown from this weekend. Photo: Jeff White

Pat McPartland with an excellent WB Brown from this weekend. Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 588 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 709 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 277 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 644 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,600 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 243 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 92.9% – 600 CFS release

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