Delaware River Report / Conditions October 25, 2014

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The wind was definitely a factor yesterday until late afternoon.  Once it settled down it was actually very pleasant out for the end of October and there were a few fish rising to the left over olives.  Today looks much better on paper with winds at 5 mph and gusts to 8 mph.  The air temperature should be around 60 with mostly sun.  We should see decent Pseudo hatches mid afternoon plus the odd left over Isonychia.  We have been seeing a lot of caddis in the evenings.  They are mostly flying but occasionally one hits the water while laying eggs  and the fish get a chance to eat. If you see a slashing one timer try putting a #16 dark caddis over it.

 

The eagle shot you end with after forgetting to check your shutter speed

The eagle shot you end up with after forgetting to check your shutter speed

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 408 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 170 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 602 cfs @ 47º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,340 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 260 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 24, 2014

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Yesterdays rain did add a little water to the system but all the rivers remain wadeable and in decent shape this morning.  It looks like the flows at Hale Eddy and Fishs Eddy have leveled off and should be dropping during the day.  The wind made fishing tough yesterday and traffic was light but some people braved it and were rewarded with some fish rising to Pseudos in the afternoon.  The weather looks decent today with highs in the high 50s to low 60s.  Hopefully Accuweather is wrong about the wind today.  We have a bit of a warming trend moving in over the weekend that looks great for the end of October.

 

Hale Eddy is at a great fishing level this morning

Hale Eddy is at a great fishing level this morning

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 56º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 456 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 179 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 720 cfs @ 48º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,410 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 353 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 23, 2014

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So far we’ve had a little sporadic rain this morning but nothing major and the rivers have come through it just fine.  We should see brief showers during the day with highs close to 50 degrees.  The wind was not s bad as predicted yesterday so lets hope it stays down today too.  We are seeing more pseudos hatching than other insects so make sure you have them covered in #22 – #26.

Clearing some pictures on The Bobs camera card

Finding some pictures on The Bobs camera card

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 56º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 392 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 153 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 457 cfs @ 50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,210 cfs @ 51º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 184 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 22, 2014

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We had some rain overnight but so far the flows have only seen a slight bump up since yesterday.  Most people reported fewer olives yesterday than the previous few days but there still were enough to get some fish eating on the West Branch in the late afternoon.  Today we are looking at temps in the low 50′s with some intermittent rain so hopefully the hatching comes a little earlier today.  There have been a few fish eating sporadically already this morning likely on a mix of left over olives from yesterday and a few caddis that found there way on to the water.  If the wind stays down this could be a decent day for late October.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 52 degrees this morning.

A nice October morning so far

A nice October morning so far

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 174 cfs @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 404 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 140 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 375 cfs @ 50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,020 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 152 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 21, 2014

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We had a little rain overnight but so far the flows on the system have barely budged.  Yesterday fished well for October with pseudos and a few Isonychias on sections of the Mainstem.  The wind picked up a little but never became a real problem.  We are looking at sporadic light showers over the next few days with air temps peaking in the low 50′s.  I hope Accuweather is correct on their wind predictions with gusts only reaching 4 mph today.  This could turn out to be a great olive afternoon.  The entire system remains wadeable and the flow at Stilesville is 171 cfs this morning. The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 50 degrees this morning.

It seems NY forgot how to ramp down the releases from Cannonsville.  Hopefully not too many redds were exposed on the upper West Branch this week.

 

NY can protect spawning fish from anglers but not from their own water policies.

NY can protect spawning trout from anglers but not from their own water policies.

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 56º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 362 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 135 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 48º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,000 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 118 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 20, 2014

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The wind made fishing extremely tough yesterday.  Once the cold front started pushing in the gusts increased and the air temperature dropped.  We even had a brief mid-morning five minute snow storm.  Despite all of that there were still some pseudos on the water but nymphing was definitely more productive and the way to go.  We had our first frost this morning but temperatures are climbing now and we are on a warming trend over the next few days.  We should have some rain moving in but so far it looks like the largest part of the storm will go north of us.  The predicted winds seem manageable today with gusts to 9 mph. Last nights cold air temps have dropped the water temps so things should start a little slower today until we warm up.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 47 degrees this morning.  The entire system is wadeable and the flows continue to drop slowly.

Congratulations to John on his first Delaware fish!  Photo by Bob Lewis

Congratulations to John on his first Delaware fish! Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 412 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 140 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 383 cfs @ 46º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 132 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 19, 2014

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The rivers have settled down and everything remains perfectly wadeable this morning.  We’ve had a little off and on light rain this morning that should end until later in the afternoon.  The air temps have dropped but so fat it’s a comfortable Fall day.  It looks to be shaping into a great blue winged olive type of day.  The winds have definitely been variable over the last few days but even on the windy days there are still enough leaves on the trees to provide some breaks on the river and the fish seem to be eating well in between the gusts.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 53 degrees this morning.

 

Bob with a nice brown this month.  Photo by Jordan Davenport

Bob with a nice brown this month. Photo by Jordan Davenport

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 56º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 494 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 151 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 453 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,430 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 162 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 18, 2014

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The rivers have receded dramatically since the rain leaving all of the system is wadeable and floatable this morning.  The West Branch flow is lower than we’ve seen in quite a while which is great news for the waders.  The lower flow should also make the fish more apt to rise to the smaller olives.  The rivers fished well yesterday once the wind died down in the afternoon.  We did find fish earlier in wind protected spots too.  Today looks like another decent olive day with clouds and a 40% chance of a light shower mid-day.  The rivers should continue to drop throughout the day offering even more opportunities for wading this week.  The olive hatch continues and we are still seeing a few Isonychias on the water just to keep things interesting.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 56 degrees this morning.

This turned out to be a beautiful Fall to fish

This turned out to be a beautiful Fall to fish

 

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 171 cfs @ 58º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 606 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 167 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 608 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,020 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 226 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 17, 2014

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The runoff is currently meeting the flow targets down stream so the release from Cannonsville has been cut back and the current flow at Stilesville is 168 cfs.  The flow at Hale Eddy is 992 cfs and still falling as the streams drop.  As the flows drop we should be set up for some of the better wading opportunities we’ve had on the West Branch in months.  We expect the river to clear as it drops with the lower release putting less particulate in the river.   Remember the West Branch above the Monument is now closed for the season but the border water is open for fishing.  Today should be pleasant with temps in the mid 60′s and some light showers and clouds coming in for the weekend.  According to Accuweather we should not receive any significant rain over the next few days which is perfect for the river right now.  The Mainstem is dropping back quickly but still getting quite a bit of water from the smaller tributaries.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 57 degrees this morning.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy has started a fundraiser to improve the Long Eddy access – check it out at:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/improve-the-long-eddy-river-access

Hopefully once this project is complete someone will take a serious interest in improving the Lordville access.

Yes they are still around!

Yes they are still around!

 

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 168 cfs @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 992 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 222 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,150 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,010 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 459 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 16, 2014

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We finally got the rain we have been wishing for this fall.  We’ve had steady showers leading into downpours since yesterday afternoon giving some much needed water to the Beaverkill and East Branch.  While a lot of the early rain soaked into the ground we now have some pretty decent runoff coming down the river.  The release from Cannonsville has been cut and Stilesville is flowing at 725 cfs this morning and dropping.  The flow at hale Eddy is 2,770 cfs and dropping quickly.  We should clear nicely with the lower release once the rain stops and the flow drops back another 1000 cfs- possibly by this afternoon.  Once the runoff subsides we should have less reservoir sediment in the West Branch allowing much of it to filter out by the time it reaches the lower river sections.  This could be great news for people wanting to fish the West Branch over the next week.  The lower East Branch definitely has color to it and usually takes an extra day or so to clear.  Keep an eye on the graphs – once hale hits a little under 100 cfs we should be in great shape.  This morning the river looks prime for a streamer run.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 59 degrees.

artist Flick Ford getting some casts in before the rain hit this week

artist Flick Ford getting some casts in before the rain hit this week

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 725 cfs @ 59º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,770 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 219 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 585 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,590 cfs @ 60º

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 15, 2014

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Everything looked great yesterday except for the wind!  There were decent Psuedos hatching mixed with a few Isonychias.  We did find fish rising in wind protected areas during the day and once the wind dropped in the late afternoon the activity definitely increased. Today is going to be in the low 70′s with some light rain and fair wind.  The key will be finding the edges that are wind protected and watching for the subtle rise forms when the fish are sipping olives.  The release from Cannonsville has bee dropped to 868 cfs this morning which should help some of the color settle out as it moves down river.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 57 degrees this morning.

Bob with a nice brown.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Bob with a nice brown this week. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 962 cfs @ 59º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,090 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 96 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 175 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,340 cfs @ 62º

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 14, 2014

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It seems that Cannonsville Reservoir is turning and we have warmer temps on the West Branch.  We are 59 degrees this morning from Stilesville all the way down to the 191 Bridge in Hancock.  The air temperatures have also climbed over the last 24 hours so the hatching should be a little earlier in the day than usual.  Some sections of river had olives beginning around 12 pm yesterday.  Accuweather is calling for air temps in the low 70s with some light sporadic showers today.  It sounds like a great olive and Isonychia day.  Keep an eye out for mid day spinner falls too.  We have seen the Steno and Psuedo spinners fall anytime between noon and 5 Pm.  The release hotline has not been updated but the flow at Stilesville is 1160 cfs this morning.

 

Bruce with a decent brown this week.. Photo by Bob Lewis

Bruce with a decent brown this week.. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

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

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

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 59º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 96 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 173 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,390 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 57 cfs @ N/A

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