Delaware River Report / Conditions September 23, 2014

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Last night was definitely the coldest yet this season with temperatures dropping into the high 30′s.  We should hit close to 70 today with the warming trend coming but it definitely feels like Fall in the Catskills.  The hatching remains the same with lots of olives mixes with a few Isonychias and Cahills.  There have been some charcoal caddis #16 -18 on the water too.  The sun is already hitting the water this morning so nymphing is the best option until the bugs begin to pop off mid afternoon.  The colder nights have been cutting the hatches off earlier around 6 PM and the spinners have been falling  mixed with the duns mid afternoon rather than at dark. The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 50 degrees this morning.

Photo by Jim Swift

Photo by Jim Swift

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,180 cfs @ 50º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,180 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 191 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,520 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 63 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 22, 2014

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Despite the mid day sun and the unrelenting wind, the fish were still eager to rise and take duns off the surface.  On the Main Stem, size 14 Isos, 18-24 olives, 14-16 steno’s, and 26 flying ants were served to the fish yesterday.  Reports from the west branch are very spotty with minute amounts of bugs and fluctuating water levels. There was some early morning streamer action before the sun rose, but the fish ceased to be aggressive once the light shined upon the water.  Today is supposed to be mostly cloudy with a high of 58 with a chance of showers this morning and a downstream wind.

 

Nothing like your first day on the Delaware!

Nothing like your first day on the Delaware!

 

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 50º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,230 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 103 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 198 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,510 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 65 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 21, 2014

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Yesterday the clouds hung around longer than expected.  Although the wind gusts were an issue at time the olives, Isonychias, and Cahills came and the fish responded.  Primetime now appears to be 2:20 – 6 pm for dry fly activity but that may start earlier today with the predicted warmer air temperatures and light scattered storms moving through the area.  Nymphing and streamers are still producing well when the sun is not hitting the water directly.  The bite drops off on bright days once the morning fog burns off.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 1297 cfs until further notice.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 52 degrees this morning.

Hojin with his first Delaware Rainbow.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Hojin with his first Delaware Rainbow. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 50º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,230 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 103 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 198 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,670 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 65 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 20, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been increased to 1297 cfs this morning until further notice.  There is a little color in the river but it is definitely clear enough to fish.  The Mainste is in great shape while the East Branch and Beaverkill could use some water.  Streamers should work well this morning until the sun burns the fog away.  Look for olives mixed with a few Cahills and Isonychias in the afternoon.  The weather looks decent today although we may have a bit of wind as a front moves in this afternoon.  Tomorrow looks great with cloud cover and some possible showers.

Dan holding a nice one on the Main.  Photo by Art Bartholomew

Dan holding a nice one on the Main. Photo by Art Bartholomew

 

Jim holding a dryfly brown

Jim holding a dryfly brown

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,330 cfs @ 50º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,350 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 103 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 198 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,670 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 65 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 19, 2014

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The mayflies started mid afternoon yesterday on some sections of the river with a mix of olives, Cahills, and just a few Isonychias.  The olives ranged in size from #16 – 26 but luckily the fish were interested in the larger sizes.  The weather held nicely for most of the day but fishing definitely dropped off towards dark when the air temperature dropped.  Today looks pleasant and cool with this being the last chilly day before another warm front moves in on Saturday.  The release from Cannonsville is 866 cfs until further notice.  The West Branch water temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 51 degrees this morning.

Bill with a nice brown on the Main.  Photo by Jim Swift

Bill with a nice brown on the Main. Photo by Jim Swift

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 910 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 918 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 120 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 203 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 68 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 18, 2014

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They have been dropping the release from Cannonsville reservoir overnight.  The recording states we will eventually end up with a release of 820 cfs until further notice.  We had decent hatches of olives in the evening mixed with a few Cahills and Isonychias.  During they day nymphing was the best option once the sun hit the water and burned off the fog.  We are coming off a cool night so temperatures look good.  The East Branch and Beaverkill could definitely use some water.  The West Branch temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 50 degrees this morning and topped out around 56 degrees yesterday afternoon.

 

Nice fish from the weekend

Nice fish from the weekend

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,000 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,080 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 120 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 213 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,580 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 70 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 17, 2014

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Yesterday was a decent olive day with clouds and a little of the rain hanging around longer than Accuweather predicted.  We also had the Cahill type mayflies and a few Isonychias mixed in.  Streamers are producing well early before the fog burns off and the sun hits the water.  Nymphing mid- day has brought some fish to the net before the afternoon hatches.  We’ve had success matching the naturals coming off with #14 – 20 Copper Johns and Pheasant Tails.  It is cool this morning with air temps predicted to be in the mid 60s today.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 50 degrees this morning.

Another in the net

Another in the net

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,230 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 127 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 224 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,640 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 74 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 16, 2014

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The olives are still going in the evenings with some Isonychias and Cahills.  The hatching should be decent today if the light rain and clouds stick around through the afternoon.  So far the precipitation has been light and hasn’t changed the rivers too much.  Shame since the Beaverkill and East Branch could use some additional water for the Fall.   The clarity is decent on the lower West Branch and definitely fishable.  We should clear up a bit during the day and have a nice afternoon in the mid 60′s.  The current release from Cannonsville is 1,177 cfs until further notice.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 51 degrees this morning.  It’s beginning to feel like Fall with cool nights and mild days.

 

Ted with a great Mainstem brown trout

Ted with a great Mainstem brown trout

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,260 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 159 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 264 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,610 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 77 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 15, 2014

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Yesterday was cool with more sun but the olives still hatched in the afternoon bringing fish to the surface.  There were some dark caddis, Isonychias and Cahill type mayflies on the water but the fish seemed keyed on the olives.  The shaded sections of the river fished well early plus a few fish were still chasing streamers in the higher flows on the West Branch.  Accuweather is calling for cooler air temps and sun today so it should fish the same as yesterday.  Tomorrow looks great with some rain moving in overnight.  The West Branch temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 49 degrees this morning.

 

Joel with a healthy brown with a belly.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Joel with a healthy brown with a belly. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,210 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 159 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 273 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,600 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 86 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 14, 2014

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Yesterday’s sporadic showers turned into a steady rain for the most of the day.  The change in weather was great for the fishing bringing decent hatches of Isonychias and Cahills- and blanket olive hatches in sections.  For the most part the fish ignored the pseudos and were eating Isos and Cahills.  Streamer was also productive on the West Branch- especially once the color turned a bit from the rain.  Accuweather is calling for mid 60′s air temps today with sun and a few clouds coming through.    The release from Cannonsville is 1,112 cfs until further notice.  The West Branch temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 49 degrees this morning.  There is a little color in the lower West Branch but it is fishable this morning.

Joel with a nice West Branch brown.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Joel with a nice West Branch brown. Photo by Bruce Miller

Steve with a West Branch brown trout.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Steve with a West Branch brown trout. Photo by Bruce Miller

 

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 167 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 279 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 93 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 13, 2014

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The current release from Cannonsville is 1264 cfs so we are up a little from yesterday.  We had a decent flush of olives in the evening that brought some fish to the surface.  There were some Summer Stenos and Isonychias mixed in but most of the fish preferred the olives.  We are started off cool this morning and are looking at a high air temp of 62 degrees with some sporadic showers.  Sounds like a great olive day!  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 50 degrees this morning.  The cool nights have helped the water temperatures throughout the system down to Callicoon.  The Beaverkill / East Branch side could definitely use some rain.

 

Ted with a nice rainbow on a dry fly.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Ted with a nice rainbow on a dry fly. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,280 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 153 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 249 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,430 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 74 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 12, 2014

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The light rain and overcast conditions were great for the mayflies yesterday but the wind put a damper on the rising activity.  There were decent numbers of olives mixed with a few Isonychias and Summer Stenos but you had to hunt and be patient to find fish rising.  The fish were chasing streamers with some of them eating them and others just flashing.  all in all not a bad day for early September.  We’re coming off a cool night and the water temperatures have dropped a few degrees throughout the system.  We are looking at some clouds coming through today and a light storm  coming in overnight giving us a few sporadic showers over the weekend.  The release from Cannonsville is 989 cfs until further notice.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is a cool 52 degrees this morning.

 

Frank on the West Branch yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Frank on the West Branch yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

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

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

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,060 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 156 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 258 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,460 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 80 cfs @ N/A

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