Delaware River Report / Conditions April 4, 2021

Apr 04, 2021 No Comments by

It took a while to warm up yesterday but y late afternoon it was pleasant outside.  We’re starting off a little warmer at 31 degrees this morning and we’ll end warmer than yesterday right around 60 degrees.  Wind should be around 10 mph from the North.  The release from Cannonsville is still 1499 cfs but the flow is dropping slowly at Hale Eddy.  the rest of the rivers in the system are dropping too and there are both wade and float options at these levels.  Streamers and nymphs early with the possibility of some stoneflies and caddis in the afternoon during the warmest part of the day.

 

The Hale Eddy is flow is dropping slowly due the higher release from Cannonsville

The Hale Eddy is flow is dropping slowly due the higher release from Cannonsville

What’s Hatching:
Early Black / Brown Stone – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx fasciiata, Brachytera sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,390 cfs
39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,830 cfs
40°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 505 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,450 cfs 41°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,860 cfs 40°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 798 cfs 35°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 905 cfs
40°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 3, 2021

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The thermometer is showing 16 degrees this morning but we should see it hit 50 by the afternoon.  We’ll see some sunshine and wind 5 – 10 mph from the North.  Even the wind will be better today.  The 10 day forecast still looks good with warmer days and cool nights.  The runoff is subsiding so most of the river flows are dropping.  The flow is pretty steady at Stilesville with a release of 1,499 cfs.  Cannonsville is spilling 19 cfs.  It will take a while for everything to warm up this afternoon so streamers and nymphs will be your best bets.  There stoneflies and caddis should be active by mid day so keep a dry fly rod handy just in case.

 

Tim Glynn with a nice one from last week.  He'll be back on it this week with the warmer weather

Tim Glynn with a nice one from last week. He’ll be back on it this week with the warmer weather

What’s Hatching:
Early Black / Brown Stone – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx fasciiata, Brachytera sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,390 cfs
39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,870 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 526 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,580 cfs 36°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,160 cfs 41°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 900 cfs 34°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 36°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 957 cfs
42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 2, 2021

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The snow wasn’t as bad as the news channel led us to believe.  We’ve had worse snow in April.  They nailed the wind forecast though.  The snow melted yesterday but it is 22 degrees this morning.  It looks like we’ll be on the unpleasant side of freezing until Saturday afternoon.  We should hit 50 degrees then and things look decent all week.

The water temps dropped a bit with the runoff and air temp so if you are fishing today nymphs and streamers fished slow will be your best bet.

John with a nice one from late March

John with a nice one from late March

Brandon AKA White Chocolate with a good one from late March

Brandon AKA “White Chocolate” taking care of business!

Let’s kick off the 2021 season with a limited run stonefly pattern tied by our own Daniel Williamson.  It’s become his favorite over the last few weeks.   Check it out in the online store here

Daniel's Stonefly look great and catches fish!

Daniel’s Stonefly look great and catches fish!

What’s Hatching:
Early Black / Brown Stone – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx fasciiata, Brachytera sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,390 cfs
39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,970 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 566 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,860 cfs 42°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,760 cfs 39°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,150 cfs 37°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,399 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 36°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,200 cfs
42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 97.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 1, 2021

Apr 01, 2021 Comments Off by

It’s finally April.  It’s also 33 degrees and snowing.  The weather warms up Saturday and looks really good through next week. March seemed pretty normal with a mix of cold days and really warm days.  People are catching fish now.  There are some caddis and stoneflies around plus just a few olives.  Streamers have brought most of the fish to net so far but nymphing has been working too.

Cannonsville is spilling a little (1.5 cfs) and the rain / snow has the river flows up a little this morning.  The release from Cannonsville is 1,499 cfs.

 

Guide Dan Treadwell has been having a good week

Guide Dan Treadwell has been having a good week

Let’s kick off the 2021 season with a limited run stonefly pattern tied by our own Daniel Williamson.  It’s become his favorite over the last few weeks.   Check it out in the online store here

Daniel's Stonefly look great and catches fish!

The Hackle Stacker Stonefly look great and catches fish!

 

What’s Hatching:
Early Black / Brown Stone – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx fasciiata, Brachytera sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,390 cfs
39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,010 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 557 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,900 cfs 42°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,490 cfs 41°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,370 cfs 42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 40°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,190 cfs
42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 97%

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Alpaca Dubbing from The Fly Warrior

Dec 24, 2020 Comments Off by

We’ve teamed up with Michael Johnson to offer a line of Alpaca Dubbing Furs.  Many people know Michael from the Delaware, the Fly Fishing Shows, and his Instagram Account @theflywarrior.

Michael sources the 100% natural Alpaca fur from the Upper Delaware Region.  It is then dyed and processed in small batches by Michael himself to match the major hatches.

Alpaca dubbing is a great substitute for baby seal, floats well, and is suitable for both dry flies and nymphs.  It is also a green and sustainable product.  Check it our in our online store here

Michael Johnson fly

Michael Johnson fly

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2020 Limited Edition Flies Week Five

Nov 29, 2020 Comments Off by

 

Every Sunday in November we will list a limited run of a new fly in our online store.  A different pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool but don’t have room for in the shop bins.

Week five is a Hi Vis Rusty Spinner.  These are tied in sizes 10-2xl – 16-2xl on a Daiichi 1280 hook, Delaware River Club Rusty Spinner Dubbing and Light Dun Hi Vis Wings.  The post is Hot Pink Hi Vis.  It’s a hard one to miss on the water!    Click here to see them in the store

DSC_0788RS

Click on the links below for the most recent flow updates:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity

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2020 Limited Edition Flies Week Four

Nov 22, 2020 Comments Off by

Every Sunday in November we will list a limited run of a new fly in our online store.  A different pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool but don’t have room for in the shop bins.

Week four are a few useful Sulphur options.  The Sulphur hatch is long lasting and notoriously difficult.  This sulphur nymph is an updated version of one we used 20 years ago to sight nymph fish on the Watauga and South Holston Rivers during their tough sulphur hatches.  The emerger is a low floating fly with a touch of orange in the thorax as a trigger.  The cripple is tied a lot like our spinner patterns.  Spinners make great cripples that look like mayflies with wings stuck in the film.  This one has a trailing shuck.   Click here to see them in the store

Sulhur_Trio_Nov_2020RS

Click on the links below for the most recent flow updates:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity

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2020 Limited Edition Flies Week Three

Nov 15, 2020 Comments Off by

Every Sunday in November we will list a limited run of a new fly in our online store.  A different pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool but don’t have room for in the shop bins

Week three is the Apple Caddis life cycle.  This can be a tough hatch simply because of the shear numbers of them in the system.  The fish can and will key in on different stages and you’re more likely to catch fish underneath than you are on the surface during the height of the hatch.   Click here to see them in the store

Apple_Cycle-RS

Click on the links below for the most recent flow updates:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity

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2020 Limited Edition Flies Week Two

Nov 08, 2020 Comments Off by

Every Sunday for next four weeks we will list a limited run of a new fly in our online store.  A different pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool but don’t have room for in the shop bins

Week two are three Hendrickson options. The Hendrickson hatch starts off easy but the longer it lasts the picker the fish can get- especially in low water conditions.  These three patterns work well on picky fish.  We did the Extra Red Compardun and the Floating Wet Fly last year but they are both worth repeating.  Click here to see them in the store

Trio_RS

 

Click on the links below for the most recent flow updates:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity

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2020 Limited Edition Flies Week One

Nov 01, 2020 Comments Off by

Every Sunday for next four weeks we will list a limited 4 dozen run of a new fly in our online store.  One new pattern each week.  These are patterns we think are cool but don’t have room for in the shop bins

Week one is the Psilotreta Caddis.  The Dark Blue Sedge hatch is an important from late May into June.  It’s hard to miss these big dark flies.  The larva isn’t readily available to trout so that’s unimportant to us.  The pupa, adult, and egg laying imitations are definite fish catchers.  These three patterns are in the online store in limited numbers here

Psilotetra_trio-RS

John found some risers on the river yesterday

John found some risers on the river yesterday

Click on the links below for the most recent flow updates:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY
East Branch at Harvard, NY
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY
Mainstem at Lordville, NY
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY
Cannonsville Reservoir Release
West Branch at 191 Bridge
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 31, 2020

Oct 31, 2020 Comments Off by

This is our last daily post for the season.  We will resume again April 1st.  In the meantime starting tomorrow we will be posting weekly limited run fly patterns at least through November.  Same as last Winter.

It’s a cold 27 degrees this morning but we should warm up to 44 by the afternoon.  At least we’ll have some sunshine mixed it today.  The runoff is still filtering through the system but the rivers are dropping.  The release from Cannonsville is around 150 cfs and the flow at Hale Eddy is just over 500 cfs.  Wind will be 5 – 10 mph from the South.  We should see some olives in the afternoon once the water temps climb a bit.  Otherwise nymphing or small streamers should work well to start the day.  It looks like the weather will be back and forth this week but it should fish if you choose the warm days with little wind.

 

Tonight

Tonight

There is some color in the West Branch from the release.  The higher the release the more color will be in the river.  It happens every Fall when the reservoir begins to turn over.

Click on the fly to see the patterns in our online store

Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 148 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 526 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 347 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,470 cfs 43°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,840 cfs 44°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 803 cfs 40°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 325 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 44°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 866 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 41%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 70.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 30, 2020

Oct 30, 2020 Comments Off by

It’s been raining since yesterday morning so the river flows are up this morning.  This morning we will change to rain mixed with snow for a bit and then hit 40 degrees in the afternoon.  It’s going to be a cold weekend and then warm back up next week.  The flow at Hale Eddy is already dropping but keep an eye on the gauge for the latest flows since it is still raining.  Streamers and nymphs will be your best bets this weekend but you may get a shot at little olives in the slow pools and tailouts.

There is some color in the West Branch from the release.  The higher the release the more color will be in the river.  It happens every Fall when the reservoir begins to turn over.

Click on the fly to see the patterns in our online store

Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 288 cfs
55°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,090 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 419 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,700 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,820 cfs 49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,050 cfs 46°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 325 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,200 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 43.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 72%

 

 

 

 

 

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