Delaware River Report / Conditions October 2, 2011

Oct 02, 2011 Comments Off by

Well despite the rain and off-colored water, there were still fish to be found yesterday on the West Branch – both with streamers and also on dries (albeit few and far between!). Black appears to be the streamer color of choice, while fish were found eating both Isos and Pseudos when they could be found – which was typically in calmer, slower water. Today is calling for scattered rain showers, so we expect similar conditions to yesterday, hopefully with more hungry, pre-spawn browns!

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 @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 2,400 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,760 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,400 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,890 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,950 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.7% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 1, 2011

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Happy October! Fall has definitely arrived here at the DRC, with cooler temperatures hitting the area overnight, and our high today is slated to be around 57. That being said, the rivers continue to drop, and the color on the West Branch, while not great by any stretch of the imagination, has gotten significantly better during the last 36 hours. Streamers are still your best bet, and wading is still a no-go for the foreseeable future (at least this weekend). With the spawn quickly approaching, the fish will still be active and feeding heavily in anticipation of that big energy burn. Strangely enough, they have also been purchasing cigarettes in anticipation of the post-spawn……….

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 @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 2,580 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,700 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 7,020 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 10,400 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,270 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.7% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 30, 2011

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Well the rain has gone for at least ONE day (so they tell us) – we are looking at sun and mid-sixties today – it appears that fall has finally reached us! That being said, the rivers are still running VERY high, and there is more rain expected for this coming weekend. I mean, it’s a weekend, so therefore it will rain. We will call this the Fishing Season 2011 Proof.

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 @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 3,270 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,290 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 9,640 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 15,100 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 4,460 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.2% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2011

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Seriously Mother Nature? It’s going to be like this huh?

More stinking rain, and the rivers are starting to rise again. The East Branch system (East, Beaverkill, Willowemoc) are all blown out, and really rising, where the West has just leveled out at “only” 4,200 CFS – needless to say, not wadeable, and might not even be decent for streamer fishing, due to the color of the water. While hopeful they will suddenly drop for the weekend, we are not optimistic.

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 @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 4,240 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,040 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 7,160 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 14,800 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 4,230 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.3% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Condtions September 28, 2011

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Rain. Always before I have a trip planned. As you can see from the graph below, we got hammered last night with thunderstorms and rain, jumping all of the rivers up substantially, while also blowing out the once-clear Beaverkill and East Branch. All are dropping quickly, and will likely clear by the weekend (the West Branch stayed about as turbid as it has been, and will likley remain so), but today looks like a tough one out there.

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 @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 4,290 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,500 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,720 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 16,500 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,600 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.3% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 28, 2011

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Indian Summer. Although everyone may smile when they hear it, it was not such a good thing for us here on the river yesterday. Bright sun and 80+ degree temps made for a day more like August than late September, and kept both the bugs and the fish down. As it has been over the last few series of days, the streamer fishing has been decent, with the brown trout eagerly feeding in anticipation of the upcoming spawn.

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 @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 1,910 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 984 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,310 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,230 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 473 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 96.3% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 26, 2011

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Fishing on the West Branch was a little bit tough yesterday, but definitely picked up on the Main Stem, which is running much cleaner and clearer than the West. We had hatching on both rivers, but the fish did not seem very active on the West aside from a handful of quick caddis strikes. We will have some more boats out on the water today, so hopefully will be bringing good news for you tomorrow!

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 2,000 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,030 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,460 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,770 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 547 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.3% – 1,500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 25, 2011

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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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