Delaware River Report / Conditions September 1, 2014

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So far most of the predicted rain has missed us.  They have dropped the release from Cannonsville to 600 cfs so we have settled in right around the level we’ve had most of the Summer.  On the graph it looks like they dropped us a little too much and then caught their mistake and raised the release.  Dry fly fishing was tough yesterday.  Early in the day the water was still rising, then it started falling towards evening.  The combination of light rain and humidity also blanketed most of the West Branch in dense fog or most of the day.  Nymphing turned out to be the best option. Pheasant tails and Copper Johns in #14 – 20 brought some nice fish to the net during the day.  There was lots of green algae floating on the upper West Branch so fishing nymphs and streamers is more productive on the lower river and Upper Mainstem.  The small olives are definitely the strongest hatch right now so keep and eye on the slower sections of pools and eddies for rising fish.  We should see a warmer day today with a few scattered storms that look light and brief on Accuweather.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 53 degrees this morning.

Light wind will make the fog roll in and out on humid days

Light wind will make the fog roll in and out on humid days

 

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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 609 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 681 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 179 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 295 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,380 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 87 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 31, 2014

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It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of August and the West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is starting off at 54 degrees this morning.  The weather this summer has been incredible for the fishery.  The release from Cannonsville is 823 cfs this morning and looks level on the graph.  I would expect NY to drop the release sometime late tonight or tomorrow if there are plans to run water out of Lake Wallenpaupack on Tuesday.  Fishing was tough yesterday with fewer olives than normal.  Hopefully that was a result of the rising water and stalling water temperatures caused by the increased release.  Accuweather is calling for clouds, early evening rain, and low winds.  On paper today looks like a great day to be on the water.

 

Fighting a Delaware River Rainbow

Fighting a Delaware River Rainbow

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 872 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 866 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 295 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 86 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 30, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir was increased to 724 cfs as of 7 am this morning.  According to the recording this release will  last until further notice.  This release looks like it’s being used to cover the flow target at Montague NJ so keep an eye on the Stilesville gauge for changes.  If we get enough rain or if they are going to begin releasing from Lake Wallenpaupack on Tuesday they may drop our release over the weekend.  The flow at Hale Eddy will continue to climb this morning and level out just under 800 cfs.  Wading is still possible at this level- just choose your spots carefully.  last nights fishing was decent with lots of olives and fish were on them.  The wind stayed down all day which was a nice change from Thursday.

Small dark olives have been hatching in decent numbers

Small dark olives have been hatching in decent numbers

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 750 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 709 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 295 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,080 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 86 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 29, 2014

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The high wind made dry fly fishing extremely tough yesterday.  Accuweather had called for winds between 10 and 20 mph and they actually go that one correct.  During the day most of the bugs were blown off the the water and nymphing was definitely the best option.  Things did calm down right before dark and more Psuedos hatched offering some dry fly fishing in the slower sections of the pools.  Today they are calling for winds between 3 and 4 mph hour- lets hope they are correct two days in a row.  We should be cool today with air temps in the mid 70s and some sun with a few clouds.  Make sue you have your sulphurs, summer stenos, and lots of pseudos.  Isonychias are still working well in some riffles.  The cool night last night helped the East Branch at Fishs Eddy and the Mainstem at Lordville- both are starting off in the low 60s this morning.   The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 54 degrees.

 

Iso shuck

Iso shuck

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 643 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 302 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,090 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 90 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 28, 2014

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Yesterday’s humidity made it feel a lot hotter than it actually was and made the cool air coming off the river feel great.  There were some trico spinners around mid afternoon but not enough to get the fish really interested.  The cool nights are still putting a damper on that hatch with the spinners coming much later in the day than expected.  We had the usual small olives, summer stenos, and sulphurs towards dark but the fog made finding the risers tough.  The cloud cover stuck around most of the day threatening rain but we never got hit with any precipitation.  Watch the water temperatures if you wander away from the West Branch or the Upper East Branch.  The East Branch at Fish’s Eddy peaked over 70 degrees, and the Mainstem at Lordville peaked around 69 degrees.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 54 degrees this morning and peaked around 59 degrees yesterday afternoon so we are in fantastic shape for the end of August.

 

Lots of small and medium fish are being seen- great for the future.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Lots of small and medium fish are being seen- great for the future. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 309 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,120 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 93 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 27, 2014

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Yesterday was definitely hotter than we’ve become accustomed to lately.  The bright sun kept the fish down during the heat of the day making nymphing the best technique.  As the sun dropped we saw our usual hatches of pseudos, sulphurs, and summer stenos.  There are a few Isonychias around so definitely carry a few to blind cast in the riffles.  Today looks like another hot day in the 80s with some sun giving way to showers in the afternoon.  Days with high humidity, heat, and light rain can be fantastic flying ant days so be prepared.  Sometimes they are hard to see on the water so take a close look at the surface film if you see fish rising but don’t see any insects.  The lower East Branch and Mainstem at Lordville are starting off with warmer water temperatures this morning so if you are planning to fish those sections check it with a thermometer first.  The West Branch is in great shape for the end of August with a water temperature of 56 degrees under the 191 Bridge in Hancock.

Hopefully we see some of these today

Hopefully we see some of these today

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 654 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 316 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 97 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 26, 2014

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We had more sun yesterday than we’ve seen in a while and it definitely felt hot if you were out standing in it.  Nymphing was decent on the lower West Branch and Upper Mainstem in the morning.  We are mostly fishing #14-20 Copper Johns and Pheasant Tails to match the size of the naturals that are active.  If you want to go bigger we have had fish eating Isonychia wet flies in the riffles.  As evening came we had more surface activity with small blue winged olives, sulphurs, a few summer stenos, and some flying ants.  Again the small olives were the star of the show.  It looks like today will repeat of yesterday with mostly sun and warm temperatures.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 56 degrees this morning.

Dave landing a few this week before the fog lifts.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Dave landing a few this week before the fog lifts. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 659 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 326 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 102 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 25, 2014

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Yesterday afternoon started off with a nice flying ant drop that had the fish interested in eating on top for a few hours.  Most of the ants on the water were bigger than earlier in the week allowing us to fish #16 – 18 which was a welcome change.  There we some psuedos and summer stenos on the water around the same time but they didn’t hold the attention of the fish like the ants.  The evening was finished with a nice sulphur hatch going into dark.  The Upper West Branch is still seeing some mid-day sulphur hatches and the reports yesterday mentioned less green slime in the water.  Accuweather is calling for warmer air temps today with a few clouds.  The water temp under the 191 Bridge is 56 degrees this morning and peaked around 60 degrees yesterday.

The big flying ants were out into dark last night

The big flying ants were out into dark last night

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 333 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 108 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 24, 2014

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Last night we saw another strong hatch of olives on the West Branch.  The light intermittent rain and cloud cover made for classic conditions for a mix of pseudos and small deficiens.  There were a few stenos and Isonychias mixed in but the fish really favored the olives.  The tricos have been around for a while but they are falling later in the day due to the cold water and nights.  We’ve seen them as late as 2 pm and have not seenlarge clouds of them or a lot of fish eating them.  Accuweather is calling for warmer air temperatures today with a few clouds rolling in and out. It looks like we have settled into the 600ish release- hopefully we’ll keep that all week.  The water temps on the West Branch and Mainstem are in unbelievable shape for the end of August.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 54 degrees and Lordville is starting off at 60 degrees this morning.  Cannonsville Reservoir is at 83.3% capacity.

 

Pat with a good Upper Delaware brown- photo by Bob Lewis

Pat with a good Upper Delaware brown- photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 687 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 352 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 118 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 23, 2014

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Well it looks like NY didn’t forget how to do the old “Yo Yo” releases after all.  The release from Cannonsville will drop to 600 cfs this morning so after all of the increases and decreases over the last few days we are back where we’ve been for most of the Summer.  The recording did mention a stepped down drop but that is not showing on the graph at Stilesville- it looks like it was just cut to 600.  The fishing was decent last night with large numbers of olives coming off on the lower West Branch and Upper Mainstem from around 5 PM into dark.  There are still some sulphurs on the Upper West and we had more success with Isonychias last night than we’ve had in a while. The cloud cover and slight color in the river made streamers productive in the morning before the hatching.  The lower West Branch is 54 degrees under the 191 Bridge this morning.

Ben with a nice one as the fog lifts.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Ben with a nice one as the fog lifts. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 620 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 687 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 360 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,580 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 125 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 22, 2014

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We had quite a storm last night with wind, heavy rain, plus some hail thrown in for good measure.  It caused a slight bump in flows over most of the system but has settled back down to normal.  The West Branch is rising this morning with a Cannonsville release of 862 cfs “until further notice”- Stilesville is currently 910 cfs and Hale Eddy is 918 cfs.  The West Branch has a tint of color this morning but looks decent and fishable out front right now.  Most of the rain either soaked into the ground or ran off quickly.  Accuweater is calling for cooler air temps and moderate winds today.  The sulphurs in Deposit are waning but still producing a decent number of bugs.  The hatches seem to come in flushes that last 30 minutes to an hour at a time with some lulls in between.  We are seeing decent olives throughout the West Branch- plus this summer’s staple bug- the summer steno.  Very tiny flying ants are also on the water bringing some fish to the surface in the slower sections of the river.

The bears have been out a lot this Summer- Photo by Bruce Miller

The bears have been out a lot this Summer- Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 910 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 918 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 371 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,730 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 132 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 21, 2014

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There is still an unfortunate amount of the green goo plaguing the waters in Deposit, but the fish can still be caught!  Despite the several abrupt changes with the release from Cannonsville, there were still plenty of bugs and rising fish. As for the bugs, the cloudy weather and the rain brought a great deal of #18-24 olives. There were also some stenos and little sulphurs in the mix. Today looks like it should be a repeat of yesterday with some cloud cover and an evening thunderstorm. Hale Eddy is currently at 791 and the graph shows it is stable.

 

 

 

Rich with a pretty bow!

Rich with a pretty bow!

 

 

 

 

 

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

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.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12 – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 700 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 791 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 348 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,380 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 124 cfs @ N/A

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