Delaware River Report / Conditions April 30, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been decreased to 996 cfs.  While there have been a few people wading the West the lower water will open up a few more areas today.  Overall the water is still dropping throughout the system and water temperatures look great this morning.  Yesterday was a mixed bag with some people finding fish on hendricksons, some on caddis, and some throwing streamers.  Look for the warmest water temperatures to find the best hatching.  We are finding a few ble quill and hendrickson spinners on the door in the morning too.  Today will be a little cooler with air temps in the low 60’s with good cloud cover.  winds will pick up in the afternoon as a front comes in.  Luckily the trees are beginning to leaf out so there may be some spots offering a little more protection today.  There is a chance of a thunderstorm so bring your raincoat.

 

George landed this well fed brown yesterday

George landed this well fed brown yesterday

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 888 cfs
42°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,100 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 425 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,050 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,130 cfs
51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 470 cfs 54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 996 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 44°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 639 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 29, 2017

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Caddis seemed to be the answer yesterday.  There were some hendricksons, blue quills, and even a few quill gordons around but the fish seemed to want to eat caddis.  It was warm with bright sun and one of the nicest days to be out there.  We were all hoping for a little cloud cover but the sun felt really good.  Today we should get the clouds.  The forecast is calling for warm air temperatures in the mid 60’s, light winds most of the day with a few afternoon gusts, and clouds.  We should see the normal mix of caddis, hendricksons, and blue quills. The cloud cover should make the fish a little more comfortable and not as picky.  Today looks like it will be a really good day.

 

Nick is back in town!  Photo by Steve Shen

Nick is back in town! Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,370 cfs
43°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,630 cfs
44°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 498 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,150 cfs
56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,600 cfs
53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 519 cfs 57°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 46°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 708 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 28, 2017

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We saw a little switch yesterday with fewer mayflies hatching and more caddis. The timing of the hatches seems to be unsettled right now so don’t leave the river too early- especially if it’s a warm day.  We should see the hatches settle into  a more “normal” feel over the next couple of days.  Streamers were also productive on sections of the river.  The flows are dropping back and there is more water that is safe for wading.  It looks like we’ll get through the weekend with little more than a  heavy mist.  Today’s forecast looks good with air temps in the low 70’s, wind below 10 mph, and some clouds thrown in for good measure.   The weekend should fish well.

 

Steve with a good dry fly fish yesterday.  Photo by Jared Makowski

Steve with a good dry fly fish yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,120 cfs
46°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,780 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 681 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,360 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,260 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 581 cfs 55°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 811 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 27, 2017

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Dry fly time is here!   Yesterday was the day we were waiting for.  Hendricksons on the water and fish eating on top.  It seems everyone we talked to found and landed fish on dry flies.  Besides the hendricksons some sections of river saw decent blue quill hatches.  Definitely carry your small black caddis patterns too.  The best part is that yesterday was only the beginning.  The forecast looks great for the rest of the week with only slight chances of showers, come cloud cover, and manageable winds.  the water levels are dropping and looking better each day.  The reservoir spills are subsiding so we may get some decent wading levels in the next few days.

 

John with beautiful dry fly brown.  Photo by Jared Makowski

John with beautiful dry fly brown. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,240 cfs
47°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,960 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 901 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,560 cfs
51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,680 cfs
51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 643 cfs 53°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 46°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 911 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 26, 2017

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The rivers look good this morning.  We did have some rain overnight but either we received less than predicted or the ground and vegetation absorbed most of it.  All the rivers around Hancock are running clear.  There is a slight bump in flows on the Beaverkill but so far it’s negligible.  The West Branch and the Mainstem are both still dropping as the runoff and spill subsides.  Streamers are still catching fish and the hatches are getting better each day.  Hendricksons, blue quills, and black caddis are definite must haves right now.  The weather looks great today with overcast skies and winds gusting to 5 mph.  Looking at the week long forecast we should see really good fishing through the weekend.

 

Hopefully we will be wading soon

Slowly dropping back to normal.  Hopefully we will be wading soon

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,360 cfs
50°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,210 cfs
44°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 849 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,550 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,860 cfs
48°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 705 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,050 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 25, 2017

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The dry fly fishing we’ve been waiting for has begun.  Yesterday seemed to be the first day the fish were happy and really eating on top.  We had a good mix of blue quills and hendricksons out there in the afternoon.  It took a while to get going but once the water warmed up enough things started to happen.  We have warm temperatures ahead so it should just get better and better over the next week.  The rivers are still dropping back and we’re seeing more people wading even if it’s along the edges.  We do have some rain coming this afternoon with a shot of .43″ as a possibility.  So far we are seeing a light shower and everything looks fine.  The greatest possibility of receiving the rain comes after dark.  After tonight the rest of the week looks fairly dry with a few light showers and warm air temperatures.

It's time

It’s time

 

Water tempes are looking great

Water temps are looking great

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,510 cfs
50°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,500 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 707 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,520 cfs
50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,130 cfs
49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 671 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,504 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,560 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 24, 2017

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Yesterday was the nicest day we’ve seen all year.  Low winds, sunshine, and comfortable air temperatures.  Today looks like a mirror image but with even less wind.  1 mph mid day from the East climbing to 8 mph in the evening.  It’s going to be a great day on the water.  The rivers are dropping back and there are a few people wading some sections.  Streamers are still catching fish and we are seeing hendricksons, blue quills, and black caddis.  The early hatches can be a bit sporadic in the beginning as they grow so be patient out there looking for risers.

Dave with a nice fish from the weekend.  Photo by Dan Treadwell

Dave with a nice fish from the weekend. Photo by Dan Treadwell

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,690 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,800 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 749 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,630 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,770 cfs
47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 761 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 44°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,560 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 23, 2017

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We found fish eating streamers and dry flies yesterday.  It was a bit chilly in the afternoon but the bugs and fish didn’t seem to mind.  White streamers worked well and for dry flies fish were hooked on blue quills and even hendricksons in some spots.  It looked like the true start of the dry fly fishing.  We should see that improve even  more over the next week as the water drops, air temperatures increase, and water temperatures continue to rise.  Today looks absolutely beautiful with air temperatures in the 60’s, sunshine, and very light winds.   Wading will be safest and best still on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc.  There are a few spots on the Delaware you can get out a bit and fish but you will definitely increase your chances of success by fishing from a boat.  It’s so nice to see rising fish after that cold, cold March.

 

Tim with a dry fly caught rainbow yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Tim with a dry fly caught rainbow yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – Ephemerella subvaria
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,770 cfs
45°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,110 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 838 cfs 42°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,840 cfs
45°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,650 cfs
44°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 870 cfs 44°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 43°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,560 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 22, 2017

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The East Branch came through the storms in good shape and the West Branch has cleared up nicely overnight.  Both rivers look great this morning.  All of the rivers are running high and are definitely fishable from a boat.  If you are looking to wade your best options are the upper Beaverkill and the Willowemoc.  We are doing well on streamers in the high water.  You may see some dry fly activity in the big, slow pools but streamers are the way to go today.  White has been the color.  If you happen to see a rising fish we are still seeing olives, blue quills, black caddis, and early stoneflies.  Today feels like Spring with air temperatures in the low 50’s, winds 10 mph and below, and some great cloud cover.  We shouldn’t see any additional rain today.

 

Tim found a few fish yesterday on streamers.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Tim found a few nice fish yesterday on streamers. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 1,670 cfs
46°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,450 cfs
44°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 937 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,180 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,950 cfs
48°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,120 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 46°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,850 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 21, 2017

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We were hit with a couple of decent storms overnight.  The rivers are up this morning.  We have a lot of color in the West Branch but it looks fishable with streamers.  The West should begin to clear up by this evening.  Some of the feeder creeks have color while others look fine.   We may see a little additional rain today but it shouldn’t amount to more than a sprinkle.  The weather looks clear until Tuesday.  Wading is not an option but boating is fine if you’re confident rowing the higher flows.    The feeder creeks should peak and begin to drop today.  We may see the spill increase.  This could turn out to be a decent streamer day and weekend.  Hopefully we see a larger flush of alewives coming over Cannonsville today as the reservoir inflow increases.

 

Steve with a nice streamer brown yesterday.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Steve with a nice streamer brown yesterday. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 859 cfs
42°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 4,660 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 973 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,770 cfs
47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,270 cfs
49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,070 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,238 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 46°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,050 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 20, 2017

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The rain moved through yesterday and the rivers bumped a little overnight. We had some wind in the morning but by late afternoon it calmed down. We’re in great shape this morning and the West Branch is clear.  Air temperatures should be in the low 60’s with some good cloud cover.  Winds are negligible staying under 10 mph.  We may see some showers but it looks like the potential is greatest after dark.  Streamers and nymphs have been producing well.  Today looks like a great dryfly day with the combination of low wind and cloud cover.  We’ve been seeing a mix of blue quills, quill gordons, olives, and stoneflies (plus the oddball hendrickson in some sections).

 

Definitely bring your blue quill patterns today

Definitely bring your blue quill patterns today

Hatching:
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 805 cfs
41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,550 cfs
43°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 620 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,310 cfs
47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,600 cfs
47°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 560 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,238 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 43°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 795 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 19, 2017

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Yesterday turned out to be as beautiful as advertised.  Great sun, warm temperatures and manageable winds all day long.  We saw a nice mix of caddis, blue quills, and stoneflies in the late afternoon.  Some people found some targets on top after lunch into the evening.  Streamers are still producing and the nymphing is really picking up as the blue quill and hendrickson nymphs get more active and ready to hatch.  We have some rain in the forecast this afternoon and tomorrow.  Looking at the radar it seems to be scattered storms so it’s tough to tell exactly how much we will get.    The wind should pick up when the front comes through late in the day and then drop back down.  This is great for the river system.  We always hope for a cool wet Spring to augment releases under the FFMP and overall that seems to be what we’re getting right now.  If enough rain falls and reservoir spill increases we may have a nice mix of alewife fishing and dry fly action this weekend.

 

Mainstem water temperatures are looking great for mid April

Mainstem water temperatures are looking great for mid April

Hatching:
Blue Quill – #16 – 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 818 cfs
41°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,430 cfs
42°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 601 cfs 44°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,230 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,320 cfs
48°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 473 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,238 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 42°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 639 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.6%

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