2016 Somerset Fly Fishing Show

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Join us January 29th, 30th, and 31st in Somerset, NJ at The Flyfishing Show.  Like normal, we will be discussing the upcoming season’s prospects and booking rooms and guides for 2016.  We will also have a limited supply of our Spectrumized Dubbing and books. Our booth location is C22 &C23 in the Main Hall.

Double-Trouble

Delaware River Club Guides Bob Lewis and Steve Shen will be presenting:

The Upper Delaware: Strategies For Success

Friday, January 29th – 1:00 PM, Hillsborough Room
Saturday, January 30th –12:00 PM, Hillsborough Room
Sunday, January 31st –11:00 AM, Hillsborough Room

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 1, 2015

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We’ve reached the end of the season for daily reports.  Click on the gauge links below for up to date flow information.  We are looking at a warm week with little precipitation so we should continue to see some little olives hatching until the cold really sets in.  This turned out to be one of the oddest years on the Delaware with the best fishing happening in July.  Hopefully we’ll return to a more “normal” season this coming Spring.  We will do periodic updates here as conditions warrant.

We’d like to thank everyone who got involved in the current fight for a better plan when they cut the release from Cannonsville.  While that is a worthy distraction hopefully we can settle that issue quickly and move back to the real fight for better releases under the FFMP plan.

Hatching:
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
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 31, 2015

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We have a decent frost on the ground this morning and the river temperatures dropped overnight.  It will take a little longer for the system to warm up today.  The flows are dropping back and now the West Branch is in great shape for wading with a flow at Hale Eddy of 374 cfs.  It will be higher as you move down stream due to the runoff from the tributaries.  Clarity isn’t bad throughout the system.  We should see some sun today with air temperatures in the low 50’s.  Winds shouldn’t be a factor with gusts to 4 mph.  We may have some light rain moving in overnight but we should see any precipitation until after dark.  Hopefully the lower water on the West Branch concentrates the small olives enough to get the fish looking up.

 

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 145 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 362 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 374 cfs 43°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,240 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,250 cfs 46°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 798 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,060 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 30, 2015

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The upper sections of the system have dropped back quickly after the rain.  The West Branch is now 473 cfs at Hale Eddy.  There is still a lot of water coming in from the tributaries so the river will be definitely be higher as you move downstream.    Sections are definitely wadeable this morning and looking decent.  It seems like the whole East Coast is in a cool down right now and we are looking at air temperatures reaching 50 today with some sun breaking through in the afternoon.  Winds will be manageable with gusts going just above 10 mph.   Streamers worked well yesterday in the higher off color water.  Hopefully the olives come off today as the water drops more.

 

Flick Ford landed a nice brown yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Flick Ford landed a nice brown 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 145 cfs
53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 473 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 502 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,970 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,450 cfs 50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,490 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,530 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 29, 2015

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We were hit with some heavy rains overnight and the flows throughout the system jumped considerably.  This would be fine if they would have slowly ramped down the releases rather cut them off in anticipation of the rain and risk exposing redds and trapping fish.  As usual the West Branch came through the storms in the best shape with a flow of 1,250 at Hale Eddy.  There is a lot of water coming down the small tributaries so the flow is actually much higher than that on the lower West Branch.  If you do fish today pick your wade spots carefully.  Generally the West Branch recovers quickly so we should be in fine shape for the weekend.  The Beaverkill flow jumped from under 100 cfs to over 5,000 cfs.  That water still has not hit the lower East Branch so expect that part of the system to continue to rise during the day.  The Beaverkill generally throws a lot of color into the East Branch side after a big rain event.  The flow on the Mainstem should also increase during the day as the East Branch flow makes it’s way downstream.

The fog it too thick this morning to take a river picture

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 155 cfs
55°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,250 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 883 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,710 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,050 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 5,530 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,990 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 28, 2015

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The release from Cannonsville is 150 cfs this morning leaving the Mainstem at Lordville flowing at a ridiculous 583 cfs.  Luckily is is raining this morning although it’s light so far.  Accuweather is predicting a little over 1/4″ by 6 pm tonight with an additional inch falling before tomorrow morning.  Hopefully Accuweather really is accurate this time.  Winds will make fishing tough today with gusts reaching 44 mph.  Sustained winds should be in the high teens.  Let’s hope they are wrong on that part of the forecast.  If you can find a spot where the wind is blocked we have been fishing small olives in slower water on most afternoons.  If it’s impossible to hide from the wind nymphing the riffles will be the best option.  If enough rain falls and the rivers color up streamers may be an option but that’s more likely to come into play tomorrow.

 

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 142 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 232 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 229 cfs 46°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 583 cfs 49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 99 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 140 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 27, 2015

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NYC DEP once again shows a total disregard for the rivers below their dams.  Yesterday’s release from Cannonsville Reservoir was 874 cfs.  They shut the release down and we immediately dropped below 200 cfs at the Stilesville gauge.  At 1 AM this morning the release was increased to 227 cfs.  At 3 AM the release was increased to 292 cfs, and raised again at 6 AM to 357 cfs.  We need NYC DEP to step down the releases gradually rather than simply turning off the spigot.  The additional water they would use to ramp the flows down would be minimal on their end but the benefits to the health of the system below the dams would be huge.  Please let the following people hear your voice:

Paul Rush (NYCDEP) prush@dep.nyc.gov ph:845-334-7107
Thom Murphy (NYCDEP) tmurphy@dep.nyc.gov ph: 914-742-2006
Mark Klotz (NYSDEC) maklotz@gw.dec.state.ny.us ph:518-402-8233
Fred Hensen (NYSDEC) fghenson@gw.dec.state.ny.us ph: 518-402-8901
Mark Hartle (PAFBC) mhartle@pa.gov ph: 814-359-5133

 

Not good for spawning browns

Not good for spawning browns

 

 

Not the first time this season:  NYC DEP turned the spigot off on September 28th.  The release was cut from 1,290 cfs to 300 cfs.  Soon after on the upper West Branch Jared Makowski and Bruce Miller found dead young brown trout that had been trapped in the weeds.

Dead browns found not long after the release was cut on

Dead browns found not long after the release was cut on September 28th.  Coincidence?

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 897 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 287 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 125 cfs 43°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 246 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 867 cfs 50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 110 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 357 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 159 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 26, 2015

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The rain over the last few days has increases the flow slightly on the East Branch side by about 50 cfs this morning.  The flow increase was less in the West Branch drainage so you shouldn’t notice much of a change today.  The wind made fishng tough yesterday but there were some fish rising to olives in the big slow pools and on edges in some river sections.  Accuweather is calling for maximum wind gusts of 5 mph today so we shouldn’t have any problems today.  Air temperatures will reach the low 50’s but it will take a while to warm up this morning.  We have a light frost on the ground.

 

Jared with a rainbow this week

Jared Makowski with a rainbow this week

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 897 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,010 cfs
55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 137 cfs 43°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 279 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,240 cfs 50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 137 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 874 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 211 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 25, 2015

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We saw decent olives on the water by mid afternoon yesterday.  There were fish rising on both the Mainstem and the West Branch for a few hours.  The rain didn’t come until after dark and has pretty much ended now.  Caddis were also out flying around with a few ending up on the water.  The wind was a bit of an issue at times but the fish ate between gusts.  We should have cloud cover for most of the morning with some sun breaking through in the afternoon.  Air temperatures should hit the mid 50’s with wind gusts staying below 10 mph.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been raised slightly to 874 cfs.

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
57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,020 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 132 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 229 cfs 46°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 96 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 874 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 119 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 24, 2015

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The West Branch release was micro adjusted down to 859 cfs this morning so there won’t be much of a noticeable change on the system from yesterday.  The forecast is calling for air temperatures in the 50’d with some rain moving in overnight.  We may end up with a little over 1/4″ of precipitation by morning but it shouldn’t begin until after dark.  We’ve been dry for a while so most of that will soak into the ground.  Small olives are still the main hatch with some caddis and just a few isonychias in the mix.

 

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 885 cfs
57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 958 cfs
55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 112 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 186 cfs 46°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,120 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 81 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 859 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 106 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 23, 2015

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Last night was the beginning of a slight cool down.  Air temperatures dropped but the water temperatures only dropped a degree or two throughout the system.  We should have sun and air temperatures reaching into the 50’s today.  Olives are still hatching in sections with just a few isonychias and some left over heptagenia spinners.  It looks like most of the forecasted rain missed us so we should stay about the same over the next few days.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been raised slightly to 913 cfs this morning.

 

Jared found some rising fish yesterday on the Mainstem

Jared found some rising fish yesterday on the Mainstem

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 936 cfs
57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,010 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 112 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 196 cfs 49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,100 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 84 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 913 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 111 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 22, 2015

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Today looks like a great fall fishing day.  The Accuweather forecast is calling for air temperatures in the mid 60’s, a few light rain showers, and winds only gusting 6 – 8 mph.  It looks like the air temeperatures will begin to drop tonight leaving us with a cooler but comfortable weekend.  We are still seeing olives hatching in certain areas around 4 pm.  The hatching may begin a little earlier today with the overcast sky and light showers.  Streamers on the West Branch and nymphing on the lower East and upper Main are still viable options before the hatching starts.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 880 cfs.

 

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
58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 978 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 112 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 196 cfs 50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs 57°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 85 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 880 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 115 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.4%

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