Delaware River Report / Conditions April 19, 2015

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The wind was unkind yesterday but at least it was blowing down stream for most of us.  We are finding more fish rising each day but the majority of the fish landed are still coming on nymphs and streamers.  We are seeing stoneflies, little black caddis, and just a few upright wings on the water.  Dry fly fishing should improve over the next week with the warmer water temperatures.  Our air temps will cool off down to the low 60’s and mid 50’s over the next few days with some rain moving in- which is awesome for the reservoirs.  That should happen overnight so we should stay dry today with mid 60’s air temps, light winds, and moderate gusts.

The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is starting off at 47 degrees this morning and peaked around 54 degrees yesterday afternoon.

Art fought the wind and found a brown on the Main.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Art fought the wind and found a brown on the Main. Photo by Bob Lewis

 

Art and the girls taking a break on the Mainstem

Art and the girls taking a break on the Mainstem.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 381 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 270 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,560 cfs @ 46º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,940 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,160 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 18, 2015

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The reports from yesterday are a bit mixed but it seems most success came on nymphs.  There were a few stoneflies and very few mayflies around in the afternoon.  There were fish rising but they were inconsistent making them tough to target.  You had to be in the right place at the right time and cast quick to target them.  Hare’s ears, copper johns, and pheasant tails in #14 -16 seemed to work well.  We still have decent water temperatures this morning with air temps of 70 degrees in the forecast.  They are calling for wind gusts around 15 -156 mph in the afternoon so find a bend in the river or some other wind break.  Hopefully the wind will blow more stoneflies on the water.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 46 degrees this morning.

 

Larry makes the blog two days in a row!  Photo by Samantha Dennis

Larry makes the blog two days in a row! Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 452 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 337 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,870 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,540 cfs @ 46º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,440 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 17, 2015

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The fish have reacted nicely to the warmer water and are staring to get more aggressive.  The streamer and nymph fishing has improved while the dry fly fishing has still been sporadic due to the nature of the stoneflies.  We did see some mayflies on the surface yesterday but not enough to get the fish looking.  The hatching should improve over the next few days with the warm days in the forecast.  We have light rain this morning and overcast skies.  It looks like a fishing day.  The West Branch at the 191 Bridge peaked around 52 degrees yesterday but we are starting off at 47 degrees already this morning.  That’s around 5 degrees warmer than this time yesterday morning.  Cannonsville Reservoir is at 95.4% capacity with an inflow at Walton of 1,220 cfs.

 

Larry with a nice East Branch brown yesterday.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Larry with a nice East Branch brown yesterday. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 477 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 484 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,980 cfs @ 46º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,730 cfs @ 47º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,490 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 16, 2015

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The water temps look pretty decent this morning throughout the system.  Hale Eddy is starting off at 44 degrees this morning.  The forecast is calling for an air temp high of 66 degrees, sun, with some clouds moving in later.  That should heat the rivers up a bit hopefully triggering some activity.  Some minor rain might move in tonight but the best news is the cloud cover will keep the overnight low air temps in the mid 40’s.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge peaked around 51 degrees yesterday and looks to be in great shape for nymphing and some stonefly activity.  Cannonsville Reservoir is 94.5% capacity and the WB at Walton is flowing in at 1420 cfs.

Kevan with a nice brown this week.  Molly finds it mildly interesting.  Bob Lewis photo

Kevan with a nice brown this week. Molly only finds it mildly interesting. Bob Lewis photo

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 547 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 591 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,410 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,680 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,810 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 15, 2015

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The weather yesterday confirmed that Spring is finally here.  The fish continue to chase streamers and seem more willing to commit with the warmer water temperatures.  There are still plenty of  early stoneflies and we have seen fish eating them in the slower pools.  A few chimarra caddis have been spotted on the West Branch so that hatch should increase over the next week.  We are looking at another great afternoon with air temperatures peaking around 61 degrees.  Cannonsville is at 93.1% capacity with an inflow from The West Branch at Walton of 1780 cfs.

 

Checking out some fish food on the West Branch

Checking out some fish food on the West Branch

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 698 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 782 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,390 cfs @ 42º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,190 cfs @ 44º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,430 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 14, 2015

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The last two days of warm weather have done wonders for the system and we are beginning to see signs of life.  There was a large number of early stoneflies around yesterday with a few fish sporadically looking up but the fish seemed to have turned on a bit to the streamers and nymphs.  The West Branch at the 191 bridge peaked at 49 degrees yesterday and this morning the whole system is warmer than we’ve been all season.  Cannonsville is at 91.6% capacity with an inflow from the West Branch at Walton of 2,100 cfs.  It finally feels like Spring!

Bradley with his first Delaware fish of the season yesterday

Bradley with his first Delaware fish of the season yesterday

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 92 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 866 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 921 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,580 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,340 cfs @ 42º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3,120 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 13, 2015

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Yesterday was the most pleasant day of the year so far and the forecast is calling for high 60’s to low 70’s today.  The warmer overnight air temperatures have helped the rivers a little.  Hale Eddy is starting off at 41 degrees this morning and the flow has dropped below 1000.  The stoneflies were hatching well yesterday with some coming back for their egg laying flights but the risers were sporadic with a lot of one and two timers.  Hopefully the warmer temps will make the fish more active and willing to rise steady.

 

Jared found some stoneflies in the boat yesterday

Jared found some stoneflies in the boat yesterday

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 89 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 951 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,010 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,810 cfs @ 39º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,450 cfs @ 42º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,620 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 12, 2015

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The flows throughout the system are dropping back now that the rains have stopped and the melt has slowed.  We still have a little snow and ice left in the hills but a few days of warm weather should take care of that.  At this point we are just waiting for the water temps to increase enough to get the bugs active.  The sun shining this morning is certainly a welcome sight.  The first mayflies have been spotted on the system but no risers yet.  We just need to gain a few degrees in water temp to see more insect activity.  The Upper West Branch is still low due to the release from Cannonsville so nymphing is definitely an option there.  The lower sections are beginning to look great for streamers as the water drops and clears up.  The air temps should be in the high 50’s to low 60’s this week which is great news.

 

Upright wings are always a welcome sight this early in the season.  Photo yesterday by Fred Nelson

Upright wings are always a welcome sight this early in the season, even if the fish don’t think so yet.   Photo yesterday by Fred Nelson

 

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 90 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,280 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,410 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,310 cfs @ 39º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9,010 cfs @ 38º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,560 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 11, 2015

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The recent rains have made fishing tough but on the positive side Cannonsville Reservoir was at 82.4% capacity yesterday and the inflow from the West Branch in Walton is 5000 cfs this morning.  The rivers are still high and off color this morning but there is a noticeable improvement on the West Branch.  Visibility looks like a couple of feet making streamer fishing from a boat a decent option.  We just need the water temps to rise about 10 degrees to get the fish active.  Today should be cooler with some wind gusts in the 20’s.  Accuweather is forecasting a warming trend over the next few days but it will take a while for the high water to warm up.

Fill that reservoir!

Fill that reservoir!

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 91 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,080 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,170 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 7,210 cfs @ 39º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 14,300 cfs @ 38º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 4,030 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 10, 2015

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Yesterday ended up being another cold wet day.  The air temps stayed cool and with the combination of no sun and high water the water temps stayed in the 30’s throughout most of the system.  The colder water over the last few days has slowed the stonefly hatches down and has made the fish more lethargic.  Streamer fishing has slowed down too and slow swinging big flies is working better than strip retrieves again.  When the water temps climb back up they will be chasing streamers more aggressively again. The system has a lot of color from the runoff so the clearest water continues to be above Oquaga Creek on the Upper West Branch. It’s also the safest place to wade and one of the few spots low enough to nymph effectively.  We have just under a 1/4 inch of rain in the forecast today but the air temperature should hit 60 degrees.

 

High water with a little snow still on the banks.  This weeks warmer temps should help

High water with a little snow still on the banks. This weeks warmer temps should help

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 94 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,530 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,930 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 5,640 cfs @ 39º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 11,500 cfs @ 38º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3,830 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 9, 2015

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We were hit with a pretty decent rain storm last night after a day of sproradic rain.  Most of the rivers in the system have risen and just begun to drop back this morning.  We have quite a bit of water moving down towards Delaware Bay so the best and possibly only wading option is above Oquaga Creek on the Upper West Branch.  Below the feeders most of the rivers are off color and colder this morning.  We do have a fantastic forecast ahead of us with air temps in the 60’s tomorrow and some sun on Saturday.

Despite the high water the early stonefly nymphs are still active. Photo by Jared Makowski

Despite the high water the early stonefly nymphs are still active. Photo by Jared Makowski

 

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 93 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,290 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,830 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 5,670 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 12,400 cfs @ 38º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,840 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 8, 2015

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We are getting some much needed rain this morning- great news for the reservoirs.  Most of the rivers in the system have risen overnight leaving the Upper West Branch as the best option for wading and nymphing.  The lower West Branch looks decent for a streamer run with color in the water and over 1500 cfs flowing at Hale Eddy.  The precipitation should become a little more sporadic during the day with air temps in the low to mid 40’s.  There were some stoneflies ont he water yesterday but the fish haven’t become happy yet.  We need the water temperatures to come up a little more.

Finally seeing some signs of life this Spring!

Finally seeing some signs of life this Spring!

Hatching:

Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 92 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,700 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,290 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 5,070 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 10,400 cfs @ 39º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,920 cfs @ N/A

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