Delaware River Report / Conditions August 7, 2011

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We had a good, solid rain most of the day yesterday, which has brought the river up a little bit, added a tiny bit of color, but should not adversely affect the fishing. Olives were out in force, and the fish ignored the rain and came right up after them! Cloudy weather today as well, so we’re hoping for much of the same!

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 538 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 704 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 281 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,070 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,140 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 576 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.1% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 6, 2011

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Well, it happened last night.  That which many (especially the far-sighted) have been dreading – the fish were eating psuedos last night! At least right at dark. Earlier in the day we were seeing most of the same stuff as we have – olives when there are clouds, sulphurs for a bit in the afternoon, and the occassional iso and steno kicking about. Today is calling for scattered rain and thunderstorms, which to me, sounds just like, “pack your olives!”

Ron Reedy with a nice brown he caught this week! 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 538 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 561 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 173 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 388 cfs @ 68º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 68º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 154 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.1% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 5, 2011

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The river / weather decided to aggravate us last night, with the clouds burning off late, the bright sun put most of the bugs we had been seeing throughout the day down, making for a tough evening of fishing. Today calls for ‘partly cloudy,’ which can mean anything, as we have discovered as of late – but during periods of clouds (and in the morning, you can expect to see olives hatching, and towards the middle of the afternoon upriver, the “standard” sulphur hatch should be in full swing.

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 529 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 585 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 194 cfs @ 62º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 501 cfs @ 68º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,470 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 211 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.1% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 4, 2011

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Although I promised I wouldn’t say this, I am afraid I have to – You should have been here yesterday! The river was on fire – bugs throughout the system, and fish (particularly rainbows) coming up and chasing olives like crazy! The good news: today appears to be a carbon-copy of yesterday – cloudy with sporadic showers.  The only bummer yesterday was if you were out, you got SOAKED. All this rain hasn’t greatly affected the river level, so fish should still be in their ‘normal’ lies as they have for the last few weeks.

Proof that Bart gets out and fishes. Photo by: Ken Lagerveld

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 538 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 601 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 528 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,420 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 215 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.2% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 3, 2011

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A little bit of “opposite” day yesterday – up river didn’t see that much bug activity, but the lower river had a pretty decent run of bugs starting around 6:00 PM. We saw sulphurs, #16 olives, some MONSTER isos (#10) that the fish ignored, as well as psuedos and the occasional potomanthus distinctus. The fish took dries fairly sporadically at first, and then settled into a rhythm around *:00 or so. There is a bit more cloud cover expected today, so we are anticipating that both upper and lower should fish well throughout the day.

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 529 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 547 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 173 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 388 cfs @ 68º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,130 cfs @ 69º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 173 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 1, 2011

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The thunder is rolling overhead right now as I write this (9:00 AM), so hopefully everyone is off the water! Yesterday was back to ‘normal’ summer fishing, with morning and evening being the times with the most activity. The fish were active, and we continue to see sulphurs and olives during those times. Not too much in the way of spinner falls, very likely that they are occurring into the night. Today we expect a bit more cloud cover and a few sporadic storms rolling through, but these should not affect flows too dramatically.

Harold Berry with another nice brown caught on his trip last week. Photo by: Wiley Paul

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 529 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 557 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 171 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 384 cfs @ 69º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,130 cfs @ 68º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 171 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 31, 2011

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The low humidity and bright sun burned off much of the fog and mist that has been a problem the last few nights, giving way to an fantastic evening of fishing throughout the length of the West Branch. Sulphurs, olives, even a few isos have made a reappearance. During the late morning and into the afternoon, check the riffs for fish slashing at the emerging Hydropsyche caddis (tan #14 & #16) – they aren’t being picky!

A great summer brown caught by Wiley Paul on his day off. Photo courtesy of Wiley.

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 529 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 552 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 437 cfs @ 68º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 68º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 191 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 30, 2011

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FOG. Tons of it last night resultant from the super-high humidity brought on by the storms in the late afternoon. Fishing throughout the day was very good – a typical BWO day, and all the bugs on the side of the house this AM are evidence of that. Photo to come, unfortunately any camera you take outside right now immediately fogs over, so the chances of a picture are nil. I will update this post and slap one on soon. Today we are looking at partly cloudy, hot and 84 – a bit of a difference from  yesterday. Expect bugs during those periods of shade in the afternoon, caddis in the morning once the fog clears (it almost is as of 8:30), and evening olives and sulphurs!

Here is a cool video of Mergansers chasing bait around in the meantime:

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 529 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 556 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 561 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,350 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 267 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.6% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 29, 2011

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More of the same! The day-long cloud cover we have been experiencing over the last two days has been a God-send for all of those looking for good mid-afternoon fishing here on the Delaware. Bugs throughout the day, and cooler temps down towards the Main Stem have made it possible to fish and see bugs for the entire length of the  West Branch and a good ways down the Main Stem (at least to Stockport).  Cloudy with T-storms today, so a bit of a wild card – those wild pressure changes can both turn the bugs and fish on, or turn them off as the day progresses. Regardless, I’m  heading out to try my luck!

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 529 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 552 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 194 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 437 cfs @ 67º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,210 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 191 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.6% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 28, 2011

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We’re not sure what happened to these fish, but man are they hungry! Everyone out had a fantastic day on the river, catching fish on caddis early on, and sulphurs and olives into the evening. Fish were holding in SHALLOW riffles, almost as if they wanted to be in the sun! A #14 or #16 tan caddis (almost any pattern) was the trick for drumming them up in those riffles, and a good mix of rainbows and browns were there to be had! The ‘bows kept breaking a few of our guests off with their acrobatics – just what a purveyor of flies likes to hear!

Harold Berry with a nice WB Brown caught YESTERDAY on a tan caddis. Photo by: Wiley Paul

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 529 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 556 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 517 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,340 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 226 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 90.0% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 27, 2011

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Yesterday was an exciting day – at least as far as weather was concerned. Multiple heavy thunderstorms pounded us several times during the day, hence the ups and downs on the graph below. That being said, the river lit up (i.e. fish went crazy) before the rain and hail made its appearance, and folks were ripping lips left and right on tan caddis around a size #16. All the various pressure changes did mess with the hatching later in the day and into the evening, so we did have a bit slower night than we have been experiencing over the last few weeks. That has now stabilized, so we are looking for hatching throughout the day (due to the cloud cover), and another brilliant night! You have to love consistent 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 529 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 580 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 239 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 732 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,720 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 316 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 90.4% – 500 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 26, 2011

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Despite the thick fog and the heavy thunderstorm that hit us yesterday, the fishing was excellent. The sulphurs were strong on the upper West Branch with Iso’s mixed in. Small olives were abundant, in large part due to the overcast skies, which resulted in the fish keying in on them. We are back to the set 500 cfs and should continue at that rate.

.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 519 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 552 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 310 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,260 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 2,280 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 535 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level &Release 90.7% –500CFS

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