Delaware River Report / Conditions October 1, 2016

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The Release hotline is saying we have a release from Cannonsville of 461 cfs this morning.  The Stilesville Gage is showing a flow of 391 cfs.  It has been around 8 hours since the last flow yo yo so I guess someone felt it was time to mix it up.  The runoff and releases from Wallenpaupack and Rio must be meeting the downstream flow requirements so we have been cut back again.  This winter we’ll put up some posts looking at how often the Upper Mainstem hit 70 degrees,   how they gradually ramped the flows up and down (or didn’t), and how often they let the temperatures on the lower West Branch climb unnecessarily high.  We could also look at all the days the West Branch releases were very high while the East Branch was dry and hitting 75 degrees but I’m not sure we have enough bandwidth to cover that BS.  In November the first thing we should look at is when they released additional water this season, how many times, and why.
We did find some fish eating on top yesterday with a mix of small olives and isonychias.  Some people found success swinging caddis pupa in the riffles.  Today looks like another good weather day with some light rain and an overcast sky.  Winds will be light under 10 mph.

 

Rob found a riser yesterday,  Photo by Jared Makowski

Rob found a riser yesterday, Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 394 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 570 cfs falling
55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 135 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 258 cfs
56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 974 cfs
56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 79 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 461 cfs  not correct
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 104 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 72.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 30, 2016

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10:30 am update.  Weatherunderground has increased our precipitation forecast to 1/2″

 

And we wake up to another ridiculous move.  Someone finally realized that the forecasted rain wasn’t going to increase the flows enough to meet the downstream targets so the release from Cannonsville has been raised to 589 cfs.  The Mainstem flow at Lordville hit an unbelievable low of 553 cfs.  For years we have watched them prematurely drop the releases counting on rain to meet the Montague target and for years we have watched the yo yo release increase when that rain misses us.  Nothing has changed.

The West Branch  is now back in good shape for wading and floating.  The Mainstem will come up a bit with the increased release but should settle in by evening.  Olives, isonychias and caddis have been out in good numbers when the river isn’t screwed up from Yo Yo releases.  We are beginning to see a few Heptagenia hebes on the water plus the flying ants are around.  During the off hatch times we have been doing well with small dark woolly buggers and smaller pheasant tails and hare’s ears.  We may see a 1/4″ of rain today with most of it falling in the morning.  We have been dry so we expect most of the precipitation to soak into the ground. They are still calling for decent cloud cover and light rain through Tuesday.  If they stop screwing with the release it should fish well over the next few days.

 

up again.  The last 4 days of yo yo releases

up again. The last 4 days of yo yo releases

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 567 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 516 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 117 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 180 cfs
58°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 553 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 67 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 589 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 75 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 72.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2016

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Ridiculous.  Yesterday the release from Cannonsville was 568 cfs.  The Stilesville graph shows an increase to 800 cfs late yesterday.  This morning the release has been cut back to 300 cfs.  Again regardless of the press there is absolutely zero concern or respect for the people downstream of the dams and the Flexible Flow Management Plan doesn’t seem all that flexible when it concerns the downstream habitat.

We have some rain this morning that should help the dry fly fishing.  Olives and isonychias mixed with a few caddis.  The weather forecast is now calling for light rain through Tuesday.  It should fish well if the forecast holds and wading will certainly be easy.

Ridiculous

Ridiculous.  Yo Yo

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 296 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 396 cfs
55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 184 cfs
59°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 924 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 71 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 300 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 81 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 28, 2016

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The West Branch flow is down slightly and the Cannonsville release is 568 cfs.  This keeps the river at a good level for wading and floating.  Today should be another day of clear skies but we should see some rain moving in overnight.  Weatherunderground has rain in the forecast through the weekend.  Most of the precipitation should soak into the ground.  The cloud cover will be nice after another day of sun yesterday.  Hopefully the clouds and light rain help keep the olives and the isonychias on the surface of the water longer.  The wind will be up a bit today gusting around 11 mph from the south.  The leaves are still on the trees so there are still quite a few protected areas where the wind wouldn’t be noticeable.

 

Good numbers of evening caddis

Good numbers of evening caddis

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 538 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 643 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 127 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 196 cfs
59°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 857 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 78 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 568 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 88 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 49.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 27, 2016

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The West Branch is up slightly this morning but is still in good shape for wading and floating.  The release from Cannonsville has been raised slightly to 594 cfs.  We had some light rain overnight but it wasn’t enough to change the flows.  The buildings are covered in small olives this morning which is a good start to Fall.  Along with the olives we’ve been seeing more caddis and #14 isonychias.  If the clouds stick around today we could see some decent fishing in the bigger pools.  Winds will be light under 10 mph all day.  We have light rain in the forecast from Thursday through Saturday night.  If we keep the clouds and light rain going this could be a very good weekend to be on the water.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 577 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 132 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 208 cfs
58°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 784 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 74 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 594 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 96 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 50.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 73.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 26, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 521 cfs this morning.  The cold nights have really helped the water temperatures on the lower East Branch and Mainstem and everything looks good this morning.  The weather looks great today with clouds, air temperatures in the high 60’s, and some light rain tonight.  Winds will gust around 10 mph.  Isonychias and olives are the main hatches now with a few light cahills still around.  The fall caddis hatches seem to be coming on offering some fishing when the get stuck on the water.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 606 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs 53°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 182 cfs
56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 802 cfs
57°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 67 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 521 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 98 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 52.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 25, 2016

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The West Branch release has been dropped slightly again to 574 cfs but is still floatable. Today will look much like yesterday: sunny and moderate during the day with a cool night. The nights have helped dropped the water temperatures, even on the low water of the East Branch. Olives and Isos have been working well, but make sure your box has flying ants and small dark Caddis. Lower water should make nymphing productive, even with the sun.

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 567 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 127 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 189 cfs
58°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 876 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 69 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 574 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 108 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 52.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 24, 2016

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Another drop in the release from Cannonsville brings us to 627 cfs this morning. A less drastic drop like this shouldn’t make the fish as cranky as the large drops in release and the river is still in good shape for wading and floating. The cooler nights are here to stay, keeping the river temperatures at a great level for trout fishing. Olives and cahills remain the mayflies to watch for but keep some isonychias and flying ants on hand. Nymphing should be productive with the slight drop in water level today.

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16 –
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs
53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 732 cfs
55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 132 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 198 cfs
63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,070 cfs
61°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 74 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 627 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 126 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 52.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 23, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville has been dropped to 741 cfs until further notice.  We are not sure when it will change again or what direction that change will be but right now it looks decent for floating and wading.  It’s going to come down to downstream flow targets and potential releases from Lake Wallenpaupack and Rio Reservoir.  Olives and cahills are still the main hatches followed by isonychias and flying ants.  If you see the hatches and no fish move around a bit and check other areas.  The drop in flow on the West Branch may help the dry fly fishing offering the fish more soft water rise in.  It is still high enough that streamers may work well.  Nymphing should also improve as the river drops.

and back down.  The release is 781cfs this morning

and back down. The release is 781cfs this morning

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16 –
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 885 cfs
53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,110 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 137 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 211 cfs
63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,450 cfs
60°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 78 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 781 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 149 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 53%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 22, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 1,142 cfs this morning.  Most of the runoff has subsided and the flows are steady.  The West Branch has the chalky color we get in the Fall but the fish do not mind.  Streamer fishing has still been decent with the higher release.  We are seeing some olives, cahills, and isonychias hatch- particularly in shaded areas in the afternoons.  Flying ants are still around too.  The cooler nights have helped the water temperatures and it’s really beginning to feel like Fall.  The next few days look decent with some clouds coming in tomorrow.  Air temperatures will drop but still be comfortable through the weekend.

 

Jim with a chunky brown this week.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Jim with a chunky brown this week. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16 –
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,130 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,310 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 143 cfs 58°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 232 cfs
64°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,520 cfs
60°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 85 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,142 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 188 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 53.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 21, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 1,151 cfs until further notice- which could mean anything.  Water temperatures are down a little this morning due to the cooler night and increased release hitting the lower West Branch and upper Mainstem.  The weather looks pleasant for the rest of the week with sun, a few clouds, low winds, and a slight chance of rain on Saturday.  We are still seeing small olives and cahills mixed with flying ants.  There have been flushes of isonychias but they have been hard to predict.  Streamers have been the best bet with the higher water and chalky color of the West Branch.  Nymphing should be better on the upper Mainstem with the relatively lower water conditions.

 

Bill with his first Delaware trout.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Bill with his first Delaware trout. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16 –
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,150 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,380 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 156 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 276 cfs
65°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,640 cfs
61°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 100 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,137 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 267 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 54.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 20, 2016

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Unbelievable.  The Cannonsville release has been raised to 1,137 this morning.  This is after a drop to 300 cfs from 1500 cfs over the last couple of days.  Any recent press about them caring about the downstream users is total BS.  Wading will be tough on the West Branch today.  There are a few pools that are fishable without a boat.  Streamers fished the best yesterday but there were some flying ants on the water.  The Mainstem started to warm up a bit yesterday but the additional release this morning will drop the temps again.  There is a little color on the West Branch but it is fine for fishing.  The lower Main has some mud color but will clear as the release hits it today.

Margaret with her first Delaware trout.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Margaret with her first Delaware trout. Photo by Bob Lewis

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – 12-2xl- 14- Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur – #16-20 – E dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16 –
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Light Blue Winged Olive – #16 – 20 E. attenuatta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 962 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 885 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs 58°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 400 cfs
63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,150 cfs rising
66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 152 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,137 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 499 cfs rising
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 54.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 75.9%

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