Delaware River Report / Conditions October 21, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 89 cfs this morning.  We were likely dropped in anticipation of rain making up the difference for the downstream flow targets.  It seems that most of the rain in yesterday’s forecast missed us and what did fall soaked right into the ground.  The forecast is calling for 1/2″ of rain today and another 1/2″ tomorrow.  Let’s hope.

There are redds on the West Branch and Mainstem.  There is no way de-watering the West and Main during the spawn makes for “Good Neighbors” to the downstream users.  Looking at the graphs for the last month it’s hard to see where there should any good press.  For years the release has been dropped in anticipation of rain and for years we have watched that rain miss us.  Here we are again.  As a side note the credit for the steady Summer flows goes to Mother Nature under the FFMP.

 

What can you even say

What can you even say.  Screw the people below the dams I guess

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 249 cfs
59°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 112 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 216 cfs
54°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 820 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 61 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 89 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 106 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 35.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 65.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 20, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been dropped to 312 cfs this morning on the following schedule:

8 am 396 cfs
10 am 312 cfs

There doesn’t seem to any water coming in from below to meet the downstream flow targets so it looks like they are anticipating the rain to bring the flows back up.  Weatherunderground is calling for .6″ today, .6″ tomorrow, and right around .25″ on Saturday.  The initial rain will soak right into the dry ground but if the amounts in the forecast are accurate we should see some decent runoff.  We are still seeing some olives, heptagenia, and isonychias on the water but streamers still seem to be the most productive method.  If we do get the rain and runoff streamer fishing should get better over the weekend.

 

Ron and Terry with a nice one yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Ron and Terry with a nice one yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 510 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 767 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 235 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 289 cfs
52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,230 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 53 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 312 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 48 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 36.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 66.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 19, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 883 cfs.  We are in the middle of an October heat wave but the rivers are staying in good shape.  The West Branch release is coming from a warmer reservoir level so everything seems pretty steady across the board.  The flow at Downsville is 259 cfs this morning- it’s nice to see the East get a little something in the streambed.  Streamers are still working well with a few fish finding the caddis, isonychias, and small olives on top.  We do have some heptagenia on the door this morning so definitely have a few of those in your box.  Today’s weather looks good with high air temperatures approaching 70 and light winds gusting only to 6 mph.  This warm spell feels really nice out there – almost like early September.  We do have some rain coming over the next few days but the amount of precipitation in the forecast seems to change every few hours.  Most of it will soak into the ground anyway and the cloud cover should be good for the olives.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 848 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 938 cfs
61°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 299 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 352 cfs
55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,180 cfs
62°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 55 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 883 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 61°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 48 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 37.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 66.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 18, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 1,028 cfs this morning.  The flow release from Pepacton has been raised this morning and the flow at Downsville is 259 cfs.  It’s nice to see a little more of the East Branch river bottom covered in water.  Yesterday looked like it would fish well and it did.  Streamers worked well and we did see some fish eating little olives mixed with isonychias.  The cloud cover really helped the fishing.  There are still a lot of caddis around but the fish still seem to be eating most of them under the surface.  Things are looking good with at least partly cloudy weather in the forecast through Sunday morning.  Thursday and Friday look like the best days for rain.

 

It's good to see some water flowing down the East Branch

It’s good to see some water flowing down the East Branch

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 989 cfs
58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,080 cfs
59°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 288 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 337 cfs
55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 56 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,028 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 49 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 38.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 67.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 17, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 1,140 cfs this morning.  The East Branch is still low.  Water temperatures are up a bit on the West Branch.  The release is now coming from a warmer level in the reservoir and we are coming off a much warmer night.  Temps still look good overall throughout the system.  The fish were eating streamers well yesterday.  There is that chalky color to the West Branch from the release that makes the fish fell more comfortable during the daylight.  We are in for quite a warm up over the next few days with air temperatures in the 70’s.  We’ll have clouds today and maybe a little light rain.  It looks like another good fishing day ahead of us.

 

Tim and Peter with a double yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Tim and Peter with a double yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,090 cfs
58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs
59°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 177 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 56 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,140 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 50 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 41.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 16, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 1,134 cfs.  It’s almost like someone forgot to change the release up or down last night.  The steady flow should make the fishing a little better today since the fish should be settled into their new homes.  Streamers were the best bet on the West Branch yesterday.  Some of the fish were eating while a lot of them were simply chasing the streamers and not opening their mouths.  This is pretty common on the first day of a major flow change.  Today we should find more fish willing to eat.  There were some olives in the afternoon in some areas.  The West Branch is still okay for wading in certain areas while the Mainstem is fine throughout it’s length.  The East Branch is still ridiculously low because DEP will not split the Cannonsville release with Pepacton.  Poor river management for the rivers and people below the dams.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,070 cfs
58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,170 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 177 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,300 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 55 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,134 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 49 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 41.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 15, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville was increased to 1,687 cfs overnight.  It is dropping this morning on the following schedule:

1,587 cfs 1:30 am
1,486 cfs 2:30 am
1,386 cfs 3:30 am
1,286 cfs 4:30 am
1,185 cfs 5:30 am
1,151 cfs 6:30 am until further notice

So we started yesterday morning at 280 cfs.  The release was increased to 1,687 cfs.  Now we are dropping back to 1,151 cfs.  I don’t see how anyone could justify these extreme release fluctuations as being good for the river system or how NYC DEP is a “Good Neighbor” to the downstream users as reported in a press release earlier in the season.  The East Branch is still bone dry.  It appears Lake Wallenpaupack is done releasing for a while so we should have higher releases for a while.  It would be nice to see these releases split between Cannonsville and Pepacton but that would be asking too much of our “Good Neighbors”

This looks like it could be a good streamer day on the West Branch.  We’ve been seeing decent olives on some afternoons mixed with a few cahills and isonychias.  There are caddis around but most of them seem to be being eaten under the surface either rising pupa or diving egg laying adults.

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,180 cfs
57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,150 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 177 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,460 cfs
51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 56 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,687 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 51 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 41.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 14, 2016 Mid- Day Update

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Update:  The insanity continues.  The release from Cannonsville will be raised today beginning at 9 am (after being dropped last night).  Despite press releases about  “good neighbors”There is absolutely no consideration given for the down stream users or the river habitat below the dam.  And the East Branch is still starving for water with Pepacton at 68.6% capacity.

Here is today’s release schedule:
9 am = 288 cfs
9:30 am = 380 cfs
10:30 am = 480 cfs
11:30 am = 582 cfs
12:30 am = 682 cfs
1:30 pm = 783 cfs2:30 pm = 883 cfs
3:30 pm = 984 cfs
4:30 pm = 1,085 cfs until further notice

Earlier

After increasing the Cannonsville release slightly over the last few days it has now been cut back to 280 cfs this morning.  The flow at Hale Eddy is 359 and dropping this morning but should level off by mid morning.  The Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic Creek flow at Lordville will fall and level out later in the day.  Once they are done dropping Lake Wallenpaupack and get past the whitewater releases from Rio Reservoir we expect the release up here to increase.  Hopefully that happens soon so the Mainstem riverbed will actually be covered with water.

Temperatures are not an issue and we are coming off a cool night that was down in the 30’s.  The river did fish well yesterday with decent olive hatches in the afternoon.  Definitely carry isonychias, cahill spinners, and caddis patterns too.  Nymphing and swinging wet flies should work well until the afternoon hatches begin.  Today should be clear with winds below 10 mph.  The air temps will be in the upper 50’s.

 

Yo Yo

Yo Yo

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 238 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 359 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 182 cfs
50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 591 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 57 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 280 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 53 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 41.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 68.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 13, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville has been bumped up slightly to 381 cfs this morning.  Hopefully Lake Wallenpaupack is getting low enough they will cut the discharge to the Lackawaxen river and use a combination of Pepacton and Cannonsville to meet the downstream flow targets.  We still have a decent chance to for some showers today but the amount of precipitation looks lower than originally predicted.  Weatherunderground is now calling for .04″ rather than 1/4″.  Some of the rain may be in isolated cells so hopefully one sits on us for a while.  Winds will be around 10 mph today with cloud cover.  We are still seeing most of the fish eating under the surface but some river sections had decent heptagenia hatches yesterday mixed with the olives.

 

Hopefully these crazy releases from Lake Wallenpaupack end soon

Hopefully these crazy releases from Lake Wallenpaupack end soon

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 322 cfs
55°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 419 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 180 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 531 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 56 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 381 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 52 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 42.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 12, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville has been raised to 326 cfs this morning.  Yesterday fished better with a nice hatch of small olives, caddis, and isonychias.  Nymphing and swinging wets is still the most productive method but there were enough fish feeding on the surface to make it interesting.  Today’s weather looks similar to yesterday with winds under 10 mph, sun, and air temperatures in the mid 60’s.  We have a decent chance of receiving 1/4″ of rain tomorrow but most of that will soak into the ground.

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 279 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 348 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 182 cfs
50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 446 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 56 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 326 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 54 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 42.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 69.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 11, 2016

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The Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic Creek is still low this morning with a flow of 406 cfs at Lordville.  The release from Cannonsville has been raised to 244 cfs this morning so we will se a very, very small bump in flows on the West Branch and Mainstem.  Very small.  We will have to live with this until they stop dropping the level of Lake Wallenpaupack.  Luckily we have had some very cool nights with a little frost so water temperatures are in great shape.  The wind made dry fly fishing tough yesterday but some fish were caught on top.  Blind fishing isonychias in the riffles seemed to be the best bet for surface action.  Nymphing and swinging wets are still the most effective methods.  We are seeing decent numbers of heptagenia and caddis mixed in with the olives.  The wind forecast looks better today with gusts staying under 10 mph.

 

Dan with a dry fly caught rainbow yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Dan with a dry fly caught rainbow yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 200 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 264 cfs
51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 182 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 406 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 59 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 244 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 57 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 10, 2016

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The release from Cannonsville is 193 cfs.  The Mainstem at Lordville is a ridiculous 419 cfs. What can you even say about that.
The wind was tough yesterday so while we saw a fair amount of mayflies and caddis most of the fishing was underneath.  We are coming off a cooler night so water temperatures have dropped a bit on the East Branch and Mainstem.  Today will stay cool with some winds in the afternoon dropping into the evening.  I looks like another good day to nymph, swing wet flies, or strip small woolly buggers in the riffles.  If you find a wind break definitely have your small olives, isonychias, and heptagenia patterns ready.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake – #12 – 14- Isonychia bicolor
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20– Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Blue Winged Olive – #22 – 26 – Psuedocloeon spp.
Blue Winged Olive – #18 – 20 – E. lata
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 163 cfs
53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 237 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 110 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 184 cfs
51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 419 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 59 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 193 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 60 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 71.2%

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