Delaware River Report / Conditions September 25, 2011

Sep 25, 2011 Comments Off by

The rain we expected yesterday seems to have gone around us! Finally we catch a little bit of a break! All three rivers are steadily dropping, and we have seen some clearing in the river outside of the shop. There is still a good deal of turbidity (cloudiness), but not so much that fish won’t break through looking for some dry flies if they present themselves, and if you are in slower water. Black has been the streamer color of choice, with white a very close runner-up, depending on  your proximity to the dam (white works better the closer you get). Have a great Sunday everyone!

Hatches:

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

Pseudocloeon - Little BWOs- #22-#26

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

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

FLOWS AS OF 9:00 AM :
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 2,170 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,070 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,820 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,870 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 695 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.3% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 24, 2011

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Wow. Rain. Who would have guessed a weekend was coming and the river would get rain and double in flow? Well, I should have considering that’s how most weekends went this year! Sheesh! Anyway, the river did jump up to 3,000 cfs overnight, but it is quickly dropping. The color was already off from the reservoir likely ‘turning’ but the rain did not further add to it. Looks like another great streamer day! Dave and Bruce had a fantastic day out yesterday, landing several serious piggies. Since it’s David’s birthday today, I might just let him take the day off and go out to try again, since these browns are definitely hungry and ready for the spawn!

David Burgher with a BIG WB Brown. Photo by: Bruce Miller

 

Hatches:

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

Pseudocloeon - Little BWOs- #22-#26

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

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

FLOWS AS OF 9:00 AM :
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 2,780 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,190 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,430 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,520 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,060 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.3% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 23, 2011

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Cloudy and overcast this morning, with rain predicted this afternoon – perfect Olive weather! The West Branch is a bit off-color today which does present a small problem for dry fly fishing, but hopefully the reservoir will clear up, and we will get back to normal visibility!

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Hatches:

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

Pseudocloeon - Little BWOs- #22-#26

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

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

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 55º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,710 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 859 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,020 cfs @ 53º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,370 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 437 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 22, 2011

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Yet more clouds and rain! We are starting to wonder what the sun looks like down here. That being said, we are looking at a great day for pseudos and other olives throughout the day, as well as killer streamer weather. River levels are still up, but we talked to a few fishermen that found wadeable water on the West Branch – if you’re willing to look for it!

Hatches:

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

Pseudocloeon - Little BWOs- #22-#26

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

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

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 55º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,710 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 871 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,950 cfs @ 53º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,260 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 387 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 21, 2011

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BUGS!! We we ecstatic to see our fall mayflies hatching in BIG numbers yesterday on the main stem. Isonychias were hatching in droves, and pseudos made their appearance later on in the evening, with fish rising to take them. This is a VERY good sign, a sign that the flooding has not adversely affected them. The fish are typically unaffected by the higher water, as they can seek shelter down at the bottom, but the bugs on the outsides of the river where it is shallower are always at risk. Glad to see they made it through, let’s hope for another good day out there today!!

Hatches:

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

Pseudocloeon - Little BWOs- #22-#26

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

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

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,710 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 883 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,020 cfs @ 51º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,370 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 410 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.6% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 20, 2011

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The fall reservoir spill is officially over! Cannonsville is back down under 100%, so we are now looking at pure release, and the input from various small feeders as well as Oquaga Creek. Temperatures will remain more steady as a result of this, which can only be beneficial for our late season hatching! Today we are expecting clouds and scattered rain, with a high near 70, making this a fantastic BWO day – let’s see if they decide to come out and play!!

Hatches:

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

Pseudocloeon - Little BWOs- #22-#26

Stenonema sp. - Light Cahill #12-#14

Ephemerella deficiens- Blue Wing Olive #14

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

FLOWS:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,750 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 902 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,050 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,390 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 413 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.6% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 19, 2011

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The cold nights we are receiving have been very beneficial for the water temps on all three branches of the Delaware, dropping all of them into the mid to low 50’s. That said, with the forecast of overcast skies and showers in the near future for some time, fishing should be great on all three. With the high water streamers continue to be the way to go, however you can still find fish rising throughout the day. Iso’s, caddis, pseudo’s, trico’s, and Heptagenia hebe’s are the main bugs that we are seeing on the water.

 

Remnants of the flooding. Photo by: Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis with a fantastic Delaware River brown! Photo by: Bruce Miller

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 @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,710 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 946 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,090 cfs @ 50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,460 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 430 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release OVER 101.1% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 16, 2011

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BRRRRR! It was in the 40s this morning when we went to get our coffee – looks to barely get above 60 today! Great weather for keeping the water cool and the fish / bugs active! We have two boats going out today, so expect a full report of their outing tomorrow morning!

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 2,050 cfs @ 59º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 2,360 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,520 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,110 cfs @ 51º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,380 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 666 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release OVER 100% – 1,500 CFS release & 2,200 Spilling

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 15, 2011

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Rainy and cool! Water temps are dropping quite nicely across the entire system. We do not expect the rain to significantly impact the flows, just the temperartures. Air temps are also slated to stay MUCH cooler today, and on through the weekend – it appears that fall may have arrived!

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 2,390 cfs @ 64º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 2,700 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,680 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,180 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,890 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 681 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release OVER 100% – 1,500 CFS release & 2,200 Spilling

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 14, 2011

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We keep falling! Hopefully we should be a good fishing level by this weekend. Also, notice the discrepancy between the temperature at Stilesville and Hale Eddy – the reason being that the gauge at Stilesville is on the river right bank – the same side as the spillway from the dam. As such, the warm water from the spillway does not have time to mix with the cooler water coming out from the bottom of the dam – use Hale Eddy as a good estimation of the temperature! With cold nights coming, it should drop even further over the next few days.

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 3,110 cfs @ 66º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 3,380 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,010 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,810 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,380 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 777 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release OVER 100% – 1,500 CFS release & 2,200 Spilling

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 13, 2011

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The flow has been increased out of Cannonsville Dam to 1,500 cfs,  which is good news all around, as it will help lower water temperatures up river. Water clarity is great, and the streamer fishing has been pretty spectacular. I would expect a bit of a slowdown today as the fish re-acclimate to the new water temps, but this should put things a little bit more into the ‘normal’ category!

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 4,050 cfs @ 66º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 4,620 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,670 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,960 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9,980 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 960 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release OVER 100% – 1,500 CFS release & 2,200 Spilling

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 12, 2011

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The water keeps clearing and falling, and as such the fishing should start to pick up again soon! That being said, had an excellent day yesterday throwing streamers with two friends – here’s a result:

Kenny Turano with a BIG West Branch Brown. The third of three monsters he caught over two days.

Kenny with his first fish of the day - a big fat female!

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 4,300 cfs @ 66º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 5,060 cfs @ 64º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 3,100 cfs @ 63º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,140 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 12,000 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,220 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release OVER 100% – 400 CFS release & 6,200 Spilling

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