Delaware River Report / Conditions May 17, 2017

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Yesterday was a great day on the water.  The air temperatures stayed pleasant and the clouds stayed around for most of the afternoon.  There seemed to  be fewer hendicksons hatching but the massive amounts of caddis and hendrickson spinners definitely made up for it.  Today should be warmer with some winds that will drop in the afternoon.  There are finally enough leaves on the trees to give some wind protection.  Wading is getting better and better each day as the feeder creeks drop back and the reservoir spills slow down.  If the wind drops in the afternoon do not leave the river early.  We’re seeing quite a few spinners so it’s been worth sticking it out until dark.

Bill with a nice brown yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Bill with a nice brown yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Hendrickson – #16 – Ephemerella X
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
March Brown – #10 -2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema fuscum)
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Dark Grannom – #14 – 18 – Brachycentrus spp.
Apple Green Caddis #16 – 20 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,450 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,790 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 762 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,490 cfs
51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,300 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 634 cfs 51°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 602 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 963 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.5%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 16, 2017

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The hendricksons hatched and the wind blew.  There were fish eating and they were friendly if you could get the fly to them.  All in all not a bad day on the Delaware given the conditions.  The water levels continue to drop and more wading opportunities are opening up.  We are now in a warming spell with air temperatures approaching 70 today with some wind (but less than yesterday).  March browns are moving up the system and hopefully the caddis become more active in the sunshine.

Theo found a good one on top yesterday

Theo found a good one on top yesterday

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Hendrickson – #16 – Ephemerella X
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
March Brown – #10 -2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema fuscum)
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Dark Grannom – #14 – 18 – Brachycentrus spp.
Apple Green Caddis #16 – 20 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,430 cfs
51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,810 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 854 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,620 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,710 cfs
50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 715 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 470 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,090 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.5%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 15, 2017

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Yesterday fished very well with hendricksons through most of the day.  We had some spinners mixed in with the duns in the afternoon.  Some people never had to leave their spot to find more fish.  We had a few showers pass through in the afternoon and overnight but the rivers look good this morning and are still dropping back.  There were some caddis out there and still some blue quills but the hendricksons seemed to be the bug of choice for the surface feeders.  We’ll be in the high 50’s today with some wind but the bugs should come and the fish will rise along the banks and protected areas.  We start a warming trend tomorrow that will make it feel like summer out there.

 

Art with a really healthy dry fly eater yesterday.  Photo by Al Caucci

Art with a really healthy dry fly eater yesterday. Photo by Al Caucci

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Hendrickson – #16 – Ephemerella X
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
March Brown – #10 -2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema fuscum)
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Dark Grannom – #14 – 18 – Brachycentrus spp.
Apple Green Caddis #16 – 20 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,410 cfs
51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,870 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 915 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,800 cfs
51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,150 cfs
51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 842 cfs 49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 470 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,240 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 14, 2017

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Most of the rain seemed to miss us yesterday and we had a light steady rain all day.  It seemed like the perfect Spring fishing day.  The flows did rise throughout the system overnight but are dropping now.  The East Branch drainage came up the most but is running clear under the Rte 97 Bridge in Hancock this morning.  The West Branch looks good and is slowly dropping now.  The Beaverkill and Upper East are going to be tougher to wade today so keep driving upstream to the Willowemoc.  We had decent hatches of hendricksons on some sections while others saw a smattering of march browns.  We may see a few additional showers today.

 

Steve with a healthy brown yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Steve with a healthy brown yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
March Brown – #10 -2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema fuscum)
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Dark Grannom – #14 – 18 – Brachycentrus spp.
Apple Green Caddis #16 – 20 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,320 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,890 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 927 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,950 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,340 cfs
50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,010 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 470 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,470 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 13, 2017

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We’ve been watching the weather closely over the last few days and the forecast has been all over the place.  The latest forecast this morning is .4″ or less of rain today.  That’s way better than some of the earlier reports.  Winds look light at 7 mph too.  If the rain spreads out over a long period it shouldn’t be an issue.  If things change we’ll post a mid-day update.
We’re still seeing decent hendricksons in sections. We are seeing some of the X hendricksons in #16.  Decent #16 fishing can’t be too far behind so definitely add those to your box.  There are March browns on some sections offering some good big bug fishing.  The East Branch drainage looks good for wading with the flows at both Cooks Falls (Beaverkill) and  Harvard (East Branch) dropping below 600 cfs.  Water temperatures look good with most of the system starting off around 50 degrees this morning.

 

Mr T with a hefty brown yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Mr T with a hefty brown yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
March Brown – #10 -2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema fuscum)
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Dark Grannom – #14 – 18 – Brachycentrus spp.
Apple Green Caddis #16 – 20 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,270 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,610 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 561 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,290 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,850 cfs
53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 581 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 764 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 12, 2017

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We are still seeing a good mix of hendricksons, blue quills, and caddis.  There were a few spinners mixed in but we are still waiting for the massive blue quill and hendrickson spinner falls.  You may see some spinners mid day or early evening over the next few days.  Possibly even mixed in with the hatching duns.  Yesterday was a decent day with low wind and clouds.  We started off cool so it took a while for things to get going.  We were a bit warmer last night so most of the system is starting off a few degrees warmer today.  Today looks like another great weather day with light winds and a mix of sun with some clouds.  The flow at Harvard has dropped to 641 cfs this morning which opens up a little more water for wading.

 

Rob found an eater yesterday.  Photo by Samantha Dennis

Rob found an eater yesterday. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,450 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,840 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 641 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,430 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,430 cfs
51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 652 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 849 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 11, 2017

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Yesterday was another good day of strong hendrickson hatches.  Again we saw decent numbers of caddis and blue quills but the hendricksons overshadowed them.  We are also beginning to see some March Browns on some sections so things are really looking good for the next few days.  Flows are still dropping back slowly but more water is wadeable each day.  Floating is still the best option the West but the East side and Beaverkill system are beginning to look real good.  Air temperatures will be close to 60 today, winds around 5 mph, and good cloud cover.  Things look really good today.

 

Nick with a nice rainbow yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Nick with a nice rainbow yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,670 cfs
51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,150 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 849 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,600 cfs
47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,110 cfs
49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 695 cfs 46°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 963 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 10, 2017

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Blanket hendricksons.
There were some caddis and blue quills yesterday but they were overshadowed by a memorable hendrickson hatch that covered some sections the water.  The fish were up and everything was right with the world.  There’s really not much more to say about yesterday.  The flows are dropping back – especially on the East Branch drainage and more water is becoming wadeable. The Beaverkill, Willowemoc, and Neversink are still the best wade bets but keep an eye on the Fishs Eddy gauge over the next few days as flows continue to drop.  Today looks nice with air temperatures in the 50’s, sun mixed with clouds, and winds under 10 mph.

 

Mike with a chunky brown yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Mike with a chunky brown yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,870 cfs
51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,510 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,070 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,860 cfs
47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,010 cfs
48°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 782 cfs 45°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,260 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 9, 2017

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The rivers are still dropping back this morning and it looks like no rain in the forecast until some light showers on Friday.  The air temperatures are down a bit but the hendricksons and blue quills are still hatching and fish are still eating them off the surface in the afternoon.  We will see some sun over the next few days which should help warm the water temperatures a bit and maybe push the hatching a little earlier.  It should also make the caddis a little more active and we may see some egg layers in the afternoon.  Streamers have been catching fish before the hatches start.  Winds look light today peaking around 8 mph.

 

Nick was doing well yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Nick was doing well yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,100 cfs
50°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,930 cfs
47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,380 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,230 cfs
45°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,090 cfs
47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 888 cfs 44°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,260 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 8, 2017

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The water levels are dropping today since the rain stopped but the East Branch drainage is dropping faster than the West.  We are still seeing hendricksons, blue quills, and caddis hatch in the high water.  You have to hunt to find the slower pools and tailouts where the fish will rise.  Streamers may be a good option today while the water temps try to come up.  Today looks like a cool day with some rain.  We should be on a warming trend beginning tomorrow but staying cooler than what we’ve been used to.  The water and cool air temperatures should keep the hatches going longer and carry us over with cold water and decent flows through at least next week.

 

Theo with a nice brown yesterday.  Photo by Dan Treadwell

Theo with a nice brown yesterday. Photo by Dan Treadwell

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,250 cfs
49°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,430 cfs
47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,790 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,800 cfs
46°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,590 cfs
47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,050 cfs 45°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,480 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 7, 2017

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Yesterday morning there was a brief, heavy storm that dropped rain somewhere along Oquaga Creek.  We never got a drop here but by mid morning the West Branch came up and had color in it that eventually made it’s way all the way down the Mainstem.  The bugs still hatched and the fish still ate in the slower pools and edges.  We were seeing good numbers of blue quills and hendricksons.  Everything looks clearer this morning and definitely fishable.  Most of the off color water seems to be pushing through the lower Mainstem this morning while things look good up here on the West, East, and Upper Main.  The bugs will come so it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  The best wading is still on the Beaverkill / Willowemoc systems and the Neversink.

 

Peter with a nice one yesterday.  Photo by Steve Shen

Peter with a nice one yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Quill Gordon – #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,290 cfs
51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,870 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,180 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,450 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 10,100 cfs
50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,160 cfs 49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,760 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 6, 2017

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So that was an odd storm.  We sat in normal rain and winds all day while violent storms hit East and West of us.  There were actually decent numbers of blue quills and hendricksons hatching with fish eating them later in the afternoon.  The rain was steady but never really came down hard.  The flows are up a bit this morning but the West Branch looks good and definitely fishable by boat.  We got lucky on this one.  Water temperatures are similar to yesterday mornings with no real change.  Air temperatures are a comfortable 60 degrees today.  We may have some afternoon winds but so far they look manageable.  If you are wading sections of the Willowemoc should be okay and the Neversink at Bridgeville is flowing at 316 cfs and dropping back to normal quickly.

Steve with a nice streamer fish this week.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Steve with a nice streamer fish this week. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia. adaptiva
Quill Gordon – #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Black Caddis – #18-20 – Chimarra sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,160 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,049 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,510 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,000 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9,440 cfs
50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,320 cfs 49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 475 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,760 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101%

 

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