Delaware River Report / Conditions July 25, 2011

Jul 25, 2011 Comments Off by

The temperature-control release ended yesterday afternoon, bringing us back down to a 600 CFS release without much incident. Even with the steep drop, the fishing remained unaffected – the upper river lit up last night with sulphurs, olives and GIANT Isos! A great all around! Today we are expecting a good amount of cloud cover with passing showers (mayyyyyybe a thunderstorm) – in other words, perfect dry fly weather!

Ephemerella dorthea female dun. Photo by: Matt Romano

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 620 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 627 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 371 cfs @ 69º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,200 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 161 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 92.8% – 610 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 24, 2011

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It appears that the worst is over (if the weathermen are to believed – really, what other job can you be wrong all the time and still keep?) and the heat has broken for the most part. Temperatures should only get into the low 80s today, with variable clouds – couple this with the 1010 CFS release on the West Branch, and you have the potential for a truly great day of dry-fly fishing!

Nice Summer Brown. Photo by: Tom Noble

  • Hatches:
  • Potamanthus distinctus – Cream variant #12-2XL

    Tricorythodes – Tricos #22-26

    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 1,070 cfs @ 45º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,060 cfs @ 46º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 59º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 379 cfs @ 73º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,600 cfs @ 66º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 167 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 92.8% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report/Update 7/23/2011

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    The release from Cannonsville was increased to 1001 cfs to help keep the river cool during this heat wave.  The temperature change should be minmal on the upper West Branch, and we expect the sulphur and olive hatches to continue as normal.  It will likely take a day or two for the green algea to filter through, making dry fly fishing your best option up top.

  • Hatches:
  • Potamanthus distinctus – Cream variant #12-2XL

    Tricorythodes – Tricos #22-26

    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 1,070 cfs @ 45º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,060 cfs @ 46º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 61º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 392 cfs @ 73º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,580 cfs @ 73º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 176 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 93.8% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 22, 2011

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    As expected, yesterday was the definition of brutality, weather-wise. I hope everyone stayed safe and cool – we came up with some creative ways to move the A/C from the shop into the office, which helped immensely, and having a pool never stinks either!

    Those out on the water were doing the “Deposit Dance” as I call it – get in the water, freeze, get out to get warm, start losing 5lbs / minute in sweat, get back in the water and freeze, repeat process. Those that did were rewarded with some decent mid-day and afternoon fishing, however! We are still seeing dortheas and mid-size BWOs (latas, mostly), and the fish are starting to key in on psuedos when they are around, so bust out the 6X tippet. We also are still seeing a plethora of various stenonema species, in sizes 16 through 12, and the fish will pick those guys off on occasion. The fog has hampered the trico activity, but I suspect that once it burns off (almost gone now, for example) we should start to see those little guys bouncing as well!

    Random #14 Steno found on the house this morning. Photo by: Jeff White

  • Hatches:
  • Potamanthus distinctus – Cream variant #12-2XL

    Tricorythodes – Tricos #22-26

    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 620 cfs @ 45º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 627 cfs @ 46º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs @ 61º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 423 cfs @ 73º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,240 cfs @ 72º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 189 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 93.8% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 21, 2011

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    Well, 8AM and we’re already near 80 degrees here on the river – it’s going to be a scorcher out there. The 600 CFS release is still going stron, which is the only  reason you don’t see us panicking. About the trout / bugs / river, at least. I am more worried about becoming welded to my chair in the office right now.We still had a good showing of bugs yesterday whenever the sun went behind the clouds, and sometimes when it didn’t – sulphurs, olives, a late (1PM) Trico hatch, and caddis in the morning made for an interesting day – let’s see how it reacts to the mid-90 temperatures coming our way. The only possible ‘serious’ negative impact will be fog on the river if the humidity gets as high as predicted.

    Graphic Representation of Thursday, c/o the Orange County Register

  • Hatches:
  • Potamanthus distinctus – Cream variant #12-2XL

    Tricorythodes – Tricos #22-26

    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 620 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 627 cfs @ 46º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs @ 59º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 447 cfs @ 70º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,290 cfs @ 69º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 205 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 93.8% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 20,2011

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    Strong sulphurs on the upper West Branch followed by small olives.  Lots of fish eating just under the surface.  We are seeing a few tricos on the West Branch mid- morning, mixed with brown caddis.

    West Branch Tricos Photo by Jeff White

  • Hatches:
  • Potamanthus distinctus – Cream variant #12-2XL

    Tricorythodes – Tricos #22-26

    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 620 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 632 cfs @ 45º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 203 cfs @ 55º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 476 cfs @ 66º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,320 cfs @ 62º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 221 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.1% – 610 CFS

     

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 19, 2011

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    Mostly cloudy skies yesterday yielded some pretty good temperatures, however the sporadic thunderstorms managed to increase the humidity, ‘fogging out’ most of the river. The good news is that today is supposed to be mostly cloudy, and virtually all the AM fog has already burned off – this could be a great one out there!

    Lamprey Larva - fish will key on on these this time of year

    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 609 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 643 cfs @ 45º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 55º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 507 cfs @ 66º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,350 cfs @ 62º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 239 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.1% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 18, 2011

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    I thought Texas was hot….sheesh. But it was a ‘dry heat,’ right? Anyway, lots of sun and humidity yesterday, but it didn’t stop the fish up in Deposit from rising to small deficiens (#16) in the morning, VERY steadily. We had some fog this morning, so I would anticipate that timing would be pushed a little later in the day. We are also expecting some serious thunderstorms during the day and into the evening, which as usual will either turn everything on, or shut it right down. Gotta love those pressure changes!

    Photo: Imagine something nice here. The uploader is giving me fits this 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 609 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 632 cfs @ 45º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 57º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 507 cfs @ 68º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,350 cfs @ 66º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 239 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.1% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 17, 2011

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    It looks like summer has finally struck here in Starlight – the East Branch is low and warm, doing the same to the Main Stem – it will be fishable in the evenings, but I would avoid it during the heat of the day. The steady 600 CFS release down the West Branch is doing well to keep the upper-upper main cool, as well as itself. With the bright sun, we are back to  morning / evening dry fly  – type scenario, but still will plenty of bugs popping before and after the sun hits the 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 609 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 632 cfs @ 45º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 219 cfs @ 55º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 550 cfs @ 64º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,410 cfs @ 63º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 257 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.1% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 16, 2011

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    Happy Saturday to those who have a traditional “weekend!” Starting off with bright sun and no fog this morning, so the temps should climb early, yielding good insect activity EARLY down low, and earlier in the afternoon up high (close to the dam). Bugs and methods are the same today, the only big change of note is that the release from Pepacton Reservoir (East Branch) has been cut, and the Beaverkill has also dropped below 300 cfs – this means much warmer temps on the East system (i.e. more typical summertime conditions), and that the lower Main will start to heat up  a bit as well – great news for all you smallmouth fishermen out there!

    Summertime on the West Branch! Photo by: Barry Beck

    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 609 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 632 cfs @ 45º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 263 cfs @ 52º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 684 cfs @ 60º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,710 cfs @ 63º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 282 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.1% – 610 CFS

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    Delaware River Update and Conditions 7/14/2011

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    Lots of bugs on the water last night after a day of mixed clouds and sun.  The weather has cooled down a bit making it more comfortable on the water.  Keep an eye out for risers on shade banks and riffles.  Looks like bright sunshine today, but fishing should turn on towards evening.

    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 609 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 637 cfs @ 45º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 622 cfs @ 48º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,110 cfs @ 57º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,940 cfs @ 63º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 347 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.9% – 610 CFS

     

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    Delaware River Report / Conditions July 13, 2011

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    Clouds! At least that is what the forecast is calling for, which should make for some excellent mid-day fishing here system-wide. We had reports of golden drakes (potomanthus distinctus) on the East Branch last night, which has been maintaing a low temp due to the increased flows from Pepacton. On the West it was bug soup last night – Stenos, pseudos, dortheas, deficiens, and on, and on – made for a tough night trying to figure out what the fish were eating – Delaware fun at its finest!

    A White Fly (Ephoron leukon) shuck - they change from dun to spinner almost immediately after hatching - sometimes in mid-air! 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 620 cfs @ 43º
    West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 648 cfs @ 46º
    East Branch at Harvard, NY 643 cfs @ 48º
    East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,150 cfs @ 596º
    Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,050 cfs @ 63º
    Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 381 cfs @ N/A
    Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.9% – 610 CFS

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