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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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 12, 2011

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Just hit the copy button – we’re looking for an exact repeat of  yesterday, both in conditions and weather – hot and sticky! It makes that 45-degree water up in Deposit seem down right refreshing! We expect the same from the bugs as well – morning caddis and evening dortheas, stenos and isos. The fog has been staying off the lower river, so we’ve been able to fish all the way up until dark!

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 654 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 883 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,530 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,330 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 441 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.4% – 610 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 11, 2011

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Down we go – looks like we are down to our 600 CFS release from Cannonsville – the river is stable, as the flow was gradually decreased, there should be no real “shock” to the system – the good news is that the infamous ‘green crap’ has been mitagted, as the big flush of water kicked the majority of it downstream – now you can fish your sulphurs and they won’t turn into BWO’s! Give us a call at the shop for the most up-to-the-minute info.

PS – We still have a few Sage Z-Axis 5 and 7-weight rods for sale – 35% off and free shipping!

Sage Z-Axis Rod. Photo by: Matt Jones

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 659 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 908 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,530 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,450 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 484 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.4% – 610 CFS

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 10,2011

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The release has gone down to 712 cfs and continues to slowly get back to the 500 cfs set flow. The bright sun and warmer temperatures we faced yesterday made the fishing tough, but with forecast of thunderstorms in the near future we should see the fish become more active. The decrease in flow has enabled the wade fisherman to access most spots on the West Branch, while the Main Stem and East Branch still remain a little to high.

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 750 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 773 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 952 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,690 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 2,730 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 555 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level &Release 97.4% –712 CFS

Delaware River Report / Conditions July 9,2011

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 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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