Delaware River Report / Conditions July 9, 2011

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Hello and good morning – internet issues today, sorry for the delay in posting.

The release is down to 950 cfs, which means we can expect almost a carbon-copy of yesterday! Olives were abundant on the upper West Branch, and fish were up and feeding. There was a TON of heavy fog over the river starting in late afternoon, but it only affected visibility for the fishermen – not the fish. Bugs kept coming and fish kept rising! Let’s hope for more today!

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 962 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 999 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,010 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,910 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,230 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 705 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 950 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 8, 2011

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And again, more confusion this morning – the release on the WB  has been reduced to 1,150 CFS, also not part of the FFMP release plan.  We are trying to get to the bottom of exactly what is going on – one possibility is that the DEP is lowering the flow gradually to get back to the 600 CFS level, which is better than the yo-yo flows of yesteryear.

Confusion aside, there was great bug activity all day yesterday, including a rush of what appeared to be deficiens – blue wing olives along the entire West Branch. Fish were rising, but gave even the most season angler fits – it was hard to figure what they were feeding on – sometimes and olive worked, but many times it did not. With cloud cover and sporadic storms today, we are looking forward to hitting the water and finding out!

Gorgeous sunset in the fog on the Main Stem. In the boat: Wiley Paul, Randy and Sue Wagner. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,200 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,180 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,160 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,750 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 756 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 1,150 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 7, 2011

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Confusion this morning – the release on the WB  has been reduced to 1,350 CFS, which does not correlate with the FFMP, and the table they are quoting. We’d love to hear from anyone with a good explanation as to why they are not releasing to the defined levels.

Regardless, this drop won’t affect the fishing too much, as the fish will be able to mostly hold where they have been over the last few days. Last night we had bugs everywhere, and quite a few fish making appearances as well both on the Main and the West Branch. The fog rolled in around 8:00 PM (the air was 90 and the water is 50), which did pretty much kill the rest of the evening. We expect similar circumstances today, and hopefully bugs throughout the day.

Pretty WB Brown caught before the fog last night. Photo by: Sasha Vaut

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,370 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,400 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,670 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,760 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,700 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 929 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 1,350 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 6,2011

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The hot air temperatures, bright sun, the jump in flows below the dam, and heavy amounts of moss being washed down river yielded poor fishing conditions yesterday.  However, the fish should become acclimated to the increased flow soon, resulting  in spectacular fishing on both the West Branch and Main Stem! Keep your fingers crossed for more rain so that the Cannonsville Reservoir will remain above 95% and we will continue to see these higher flows.

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor –Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea –Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. –Tan Caddis –#16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill –#12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom –Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,570 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,580 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 2,110 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 3,500 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 5,720 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 1,170 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level &Release 98% –1,501 CFS
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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 5, 2011

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Wow – look at that graph below – we’ve got some water in the West Branch. The good news: All release – we’ve hit a level with the FFMP (flow plan) that has bumped us up to a 1,500 CFS release until further notice (until the reservoir drops to a certain level). The not-so-good: the fish will be shocked for the next day or so in the upper stretches of the river. The lower West should recover quickly, and this bodes VERY well for good daytime fishing. 1,500 is wadable in certain places, but other will definitely be more difficult in the coming days.

This Means WATER!!

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,570 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,590 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,510 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,660 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,020 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,730 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.6% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 4th, 2011

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HAPPY FOURTH of JULY!!! We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!

Now for the news: instead of “scattered thunderstorms” yesterday, we had pretty close to storms ALL day. Fishing was GREAT on the West Branch as a result of the cloud cover and wet conditions, but the East, Willow and Beaverkill quickly blew out and are still running obscenely high. This has of course muddied the Main Stem as well. The East Branch peaked around 13,000 CFS – and yes, that comma is in the correct place. It is dropping quickly, so we hope to have the Main Stem fishable again by the end of the week. Otherwise, the West Branch is still the best bet!

An outside wall of the shop this morning - covered with everyone's favorite tiny BWO - the Pseudo! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 611 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,920 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 8,040 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 11,500 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3,350 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.6% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 3, 2011

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A bit of surprise clouds and rain this morning here at the club – it bodes real well for some great hatching! We are looking at scattered thunderstorms in the mix, but as of yet the radar doesn’t look too harsh, so hopefully the cloud cover is all we get!

Almost to scale (kidding) - size 8-2XL caddis - Platycentropis radius. Photo by: Jeff White

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 575 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 370 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,390 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,310 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 803 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 2, 2011

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Bugs! The upper West was covered in them from about 12:00 PM on  yesterday – the fish were a bit harder to find, but definitely not as spooky as they have been lately. Fish were also caught later in the evening on the Main Stem on Steno spinners. With a partly-sunny day today, we expect water temps to remain good throughout the system.

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 519 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 585 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 429 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,650 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,640 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 917 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 1, 2011

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Summer reared its ugly head yesterday, and we had bright sun and a bit of wind throughout the day. The upper West Branch fished well, with sporadic hatching throughout the day, but the lower stretches held off until dark. The Main and East were still a bit discolored, so there wasn’t too much action over there, however they are clearing fast and we expect them to pick up again soon. July fishing on the East, who would’ve thought!

Tarpon or Trout - you decide! Photo by Tony May

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Emphemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 585 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 517 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,060 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,160 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,190 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 30, 2011

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Wow – almost July, and it still feels a bit like spring fishing. The West Branch had tons of bugs throughout the day yesterday, but also tons of people, due to the Beaverkill anglers being forced onto our river – you guys know who you are! Despite the pressure there were some nice fish caught, and with the Main Stem clearing, we are looking forward to a great day system-wide! Now if we could just get a few more clouds……..

Crazy Yellow Mystery Steno from the lower Main Stem. Guesses? About a #12. Photo by: Jeff White

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Ephemerella cornuta – Light Blue Wing Olive #14

Ephemerella deficiens - Dark Blue Wing Olive #16

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Ephemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Stenonema stenocron – Light Cahill – #14

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 611 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 654 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,930 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,420 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,790 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 94.7% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 29, 2011

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Heavy, heavy rain last night on the West Branch’s basin, and as such our level jumped quite a bit, discoloring the river. While we are not chocolate milk, it is still stained. The gauge at Hale Eddy is giving us a value of 710 CFS this morning, but we are easily over 1000 CFS here at Home Pool , most likely the result of all the feeder streams and springs between Hale Eddy and Hancock. The river is dropping quickly, and we are expecting a partly cloudy day, so hopefully will see some bug activity. Yesterday was a bit tough in the bug department, but searching with Isos definitely was the ticket.

Bart: "If you're going to catch Chubs, you better catch Chubs that you can put on a Boga Grip - almost 4 lbs!" Photo by: Jeff White

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Ephemerella cornuta – Light Blue Wing Olive #14

Ephemerella deficiens - Dark Blue Wing Olive #16

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Ephemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Stenonema stenocron – Light Cahill – #14

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 519 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 715 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,090 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 8,450 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,870 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 4,540 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 94.7% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 28, 2011

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Yesterday was a warm one, resulting in slow and sporadic bug activity throughout the day. When the bugs are sparse, it is always a good idea to use a large Iso as a searching pattern and drum the banks, foam lines, current seams, as well as swift riffles. Using this technique seemed to be the ticket on the Main yesterday when the fish were not consistently rising. It was difficult to find a bug on the East Branch, until right before dark when the sky was filled with Stenocron spinners resulting in mass feeding throughout the river. Even though the water is high on the East and the Main, they are remaining clear and fishable.

Hatches:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso/Slate Drake #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Ephemerella cornuta – Light Blue Wing Olive #14

Ephemerella deficiens - Dark Blue Wing Olive #16

Ephemerella dorothea – Sulphur- #16/18/20

Hydropsyche sp. – Tan Caddis – #16-#18

Ephemerella invaria - Light Cahill – #12

Stenonema stenocron – Light Cahill – #14

Brachycentrus sp. (Dark Grannom – Charcoal) #16- #18

Pseudocloeon - Little BWO’s- #22-#26

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 570 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 314 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,400 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,420 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 820 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 94.7% – 500 CFS
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