Delaware River Report / Conditions October 24, 2019

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The flows throughout the system are still dropping slowly as the runoff subsides.  Fish were landed yesterday mostly on nymphs and dries blind casted along seams.  We have a light frost on the ground this morning but will hit 65 degrees this afternoon.  The sunshine will feel good out there too.  Wind will be 10 – 15 mph from the South but should drop  back in the late afternoon.  We should see some clouds for the weekend with some possible rain on Sunday.  Have your caddis ready in case they come out of the bushes today.  Small olives and #14 isonychias should round out your selection.

 

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

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Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 153 cfs 51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 400 cfs 49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 276 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,550 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,160 cfs 50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 676 cfs 47°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 847 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 23, 2019

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The heavy rain held off for most of yesterday.  The trick was staying out of the wind.  Some river sections had decent numbers of pseudos mixed with a couple isonychias.  The caddis seemed to stay in the bushes.  Most of the risers we found were in the slower foam lines and tailouts since the pseudos were size 24 ish.  The rain came heavier after dark and the rivers are up a bit this morning but not as much as we expected.  The clouds should give way to sunshine today.  The air temp will be close to 60 with wind 10 – 15 mph from the West.

 

Patrick with a nice rainbow yesterday.  Bob Lewis photo

Patrick with a nice rainbow yesterday. Bob Lewis photo

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

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Slate Drake – #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 154 cfs 54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 627 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 320 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,510 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,850 cfs 52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 771 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 979 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 22, 2019

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Yesterday was a beautiful day to be on the water.  The sunshine made it feel like it was 70 degrees in the afternoon.  Just a few olives and isonychias on the water.  Most of the caddis seemed to stay in the bushes but there are still a lot of them out there.  Today looks more like an olive day with some rain starting around 1 pm.  We should see showers most of the afternoon with the heavier rain coming after dark.  Total rainfall by tomorrow morning could be close to .75″.  The wind may get tough at times today as the front pushes in giving us 10 – 20 mph from the South.  If that happens finding a windbreak and nymphing behind an island may be a good bet.  The weather settles down tomorrow and we’ll see the sun again.

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 186 cfs 54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 352 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 252 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,270 cfs 50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,530 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 519 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 662 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 21, 2019

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Yesterday ended up being great olive weather.  The air temp stayed in the 50’s and we had some light rain and the little olives were out in good numbers in the afternoon.  There were some caddis and isonychias in the faster water but the happier fish were in the slow tail outs eating pseudos in the foam lines.  Streamers and nymphs also worked well yesterday.  Today we’ll have more sunshine but the air temp will hit the mid 60’s.  Wind will be from the East 5 – 10 mph.

 

Tom with his first fish in his new boat.  Curtis Glaab photo

Tom with his first fish in his new boat. Curtis Glaab photo

 

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 188 cfs 54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 427 cfs 51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 294 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,510 cfs 49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,770 cfs 49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 625 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 841 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 20, 2019

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It’s starting off coll this morning but it should turn into a good fishing day.  Clouds, light wind, and a few showers are in the forecast.  The air temp should be in the mid 50’s and the rain total should stay under 1/10″.  Combine that with the lower water flows and we could have a really good olive day.  The caddis are still out in good numbers.  They were hitting the water yesterday with a lot of small fish and a few good ones coming up.  Some fish were reasonably steady eaters but others you had to patient for and mark and cover. We’re still finding some isonychias and isonychia spinners in the afternoons.  Not too bad for mid October.

 

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 188 cfs 55°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 473 cfs 50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 335 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,700 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,110 cfs 48°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 735 cfs 46°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 993 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 19, 2019

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The air temp is in the 30’s this morning but should climb close to 60 degrees by the afternoon.  We’ll have sunshine and light and variable wind.  The wind only hitting 2 – 5 mph is the best part.  The flows are still dropping slowly and the rivers look good.  It’s going to be a nice day on the water- especially after the cold, wet, and windy days we’ve just been through.  There’s still a lot of caddis around, some isonychias and isonychia spinners, and a good mix of olives in different sizes.  The feeders are still pushing some water but the West Branch is at a decent level for floating and wading.

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 188 cfs 57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 566 cfs 49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 423 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,150 cfs 48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,870 cfs 47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,000 cfs 46°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,380 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 18, 2019

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The runoff is subsiding and the rivers are dropping back to normal flows.  The West Branch is already at a wadeable level at 750 cfs at Hale Eddy.  We’ll be a bit chilly today at 44 degrees with wind from the North 10 – 20 mph.  The lower West Branch looks good this morning with just a slight tinge.  That all settles down tomorrow when we get an air temp back in the 50’s, sunshine, and wind under 5 mph.  It looks like a nice weekend for mid October.

 

The West Branch is in good shape this morning

The West Branch is in good shape this morning

The border water on the West Branch and Mainstem are open to fishing year round.  The Upper West that flows only in NY is closed.  That puts it roughly around the Beaver Mountain Log Homes display on Rte 17.  The lower EB stays open until November 30th.  Check here for exact regulations:  http://www.eregulations.com/newyork/fishing/delaware-county/

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 177 cfs 56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 750 cfs 50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 589 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,180 cfs 49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,490 cfs 49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,750 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,260 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 43.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 67.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 17, 2019

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If you are not already here and committed to float today stay home and regroup for the weekend.  We’re looking at a bit more rain today but the real downer will be the 20 mph wind from the North with gusts 30 to 40 mph possible.  The weather will be nicer and flows should be settled by Saturday.

The rain finally started after lunch here yesterday.  It never seemed really heavy, just a slow steady rain all day.  All of the feeders are carrying a lot of water this morning and most of the rivers are blown out and dirty.  The West Branch generally drops and clears the quickest.  The flow at Hale Eddy peaked a little over 2,000 cfs and is already dropping so it is at a fishable level from a boat.  It is definitely off color but should clear up a little today as it drops.  We didn’t see any logs or junk floating out front this morning but be careful if you do float it. The best advice is to hold off.  The Mainstem flow will jump today as the Beaverkill and East Branch flows pass through.


Keep in mind the Upper West Branch above the border is closed.  Only border water on the West Branch is open right now.  Check the regs before you fish the system to be sure.

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 186 cfs 57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,800 cfs 51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,680 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,970 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,180 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 4,490 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,970 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 43.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 67%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 16, 2019

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Wunderground is calling for right around 1.75″ of rain today.  The forecast has changed every time we’ve checked so we’ll have to wait and see what we really end up with.  If the river flows change dramatically during the day we’ll do another update.  The release from Cannonsville has been cut back to 135 cfs so someone in an office somewhere is convinced we’re getting a lot of rain.  Most of the weather channels have the rain starting around lunchtime and lasting all day.  If that is accurate there will be opportunities to fish today before the runoff really hits.  While we’ve had some rain lately the ground is still pretty dry and should soak up the early rain.  Wind will be 7 – 12 mph from the South and the air temp will peak around 60 degrees.  Yesterday was a mix of olives and caddis.  The water was low so the bugs were concentrated in the foam lines.  It ended up being a good day on the water.

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 183 cfs 57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 373 cfs 55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 103 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 241 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 646 cfs 54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 109 cfs 49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 135 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 75 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 43.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 67.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 15, 2019

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The release from Cannonsville has been dropped to 300 cfs.  They are counting on tomorrow’s rain to meet the downstream flow targets.  Tomorrow’s forecast changes every time we look.  We should get somewhere between 1/2″ and 1″ of rain.  The latest updates have us closer to the 1/2″ mark.  Yesterday ended up okay once the wind died down in the evening.  Nymphing was decent early and we had good caddis and isonychia spinners in the evening.  There were some iso duns, olives, and heptagenia out there but the caddis were the most prolific.  The weeds floating down were annoying but manageable.  They’ll definitely settle today with the lower release.

 

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Yellow Sally – #14 – Isoperla sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 299 cfs 58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 529 cfs 56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 105 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 251 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 907 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 113 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 300 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 81 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.5%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 14, 2019

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The release from Cannonsville was increased slightly to 831 cfs.  It looks like the flow at Lordville is flat so the runoff has settled down the release has made it down that far.  Today will be warmer than yesterday hitting 65 degrees with wind 10 -15 from the South.  We’ll have sunshine most of the day.  We still have enough leaves to find spots hidden from the wind.   The increased release increased the dolor and the weeds on the WB but it is fishable.  Wading will be best on the EB and Mainstem but it is possible in spots on the West.   Nymphing and streamers will be your best bet early.  Most of the dry fly opportunities have been late afternoon and ending before dark.  Isonychias and caddis should cover most of what you see but have your olives ready just in case.

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Yellow Sally – #14 – Isoperla sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 871 cfs 59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs 57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 264 cfs 52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,150 cfs 54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 118 cfs 51°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 831 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 87 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.5%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 13, 2019

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We were wondering when they would increase the release from Cannonsville to help meet the Montague Flow Target.  It was last night.  The release from Cannonsville is now 760 cfs.  The increased flow may push some extra weeds down during the day until things settle down.  It’s still going to be fishable but you will have to deal with the weeds. It will also increase the color in the West we get every Fall.  There is enough visibility out front this morning for fish to rise.  The Upper Mainstem should be a better option to start off.  Streamers and nymphs will be your best bets early.  There were some caddis and olives out yesterday afternoon.  The caddis generally cause some sporadic feeding since they rarely hit the water at the same time.  If you’re looking for dries pick a god foam line or tailout and be patient.  Try to find places where the bugs will get pushed together.  You may have to cover the fish multiple times to get them to come back up.  We’ll hit 63 degrees today with wind under 8 mph from the South.

 

 

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Olive Sulphur – Hept. hebe – #18 – 20
Slate Drake – #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 20 – E. lata, deficiens
Tiny Blue Winged Olives - #22 – 26- Pseudo sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Yellow Sally – #14 – Isoperla sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 782 cfs 59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 767 cfs 56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 110 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 278 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 717 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 125 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 760 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 98 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.5%

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