Delaware River Report / Conditions September 5, 2020

Sep 05, 2020 Comments Off by

The bright sun didn’t help anyone out dry fly fishing on the river yesterday.  Nymphing and swinging wets were definitely the best bets.  The low release combined with the bright sun pushed the water temps up just enough to hold the hatching back.  For anyone not fishing it was an absolutely gorgeous day.  Today looks similar except we should have some clouds rolling in during the afternoon.  If you’re really looking for dry fly action concentrate on long riffles and look for caddis or blind cast isonychia patterns.  Plus keep you eyes open for flying ants.  They are around but unpredictable.

 

Les found some fish on top the other day.  Ted Smith photo

Les found some fish on top the other day. Ted Smith photo

We’re going to leave this up for a bit because it’s important.

The PA Fish and Boat Commissions Conservation Acquisition Partnership Program came up on a fishing forum yesterday and it sounds like a great idea that could use some promotion. It was created by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to solicit and accept donations to be used solely to obtain additional access to Pennsylvania’s water.

Click here to read about it here and consider making a donation

While you can’t earmark donations specifically for the Upper Delaware every bit of help the Commission gets benefits us.

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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – stenocron sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 -20 – Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 383 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 586 cfs
51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 769 cfs 63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,480 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 369 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 214 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 69.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 81.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 4, 2020

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Yesterday was a good mix of clouds and sunshine.  We didn’t get any more rain on the lower West which felt weird after pretty much 5 days of storms.  Today we’ll see more sunshine and a few clouds.  75 degrees with little wind.  The night time temps are dropping back into the 50’s for the weekend so we should see the water temps improve on some rivers. Olives and some isonychias have been out.  Some people are seeing the heptagenias in small  numbers too.  And always have your flying ants ready this time of year.

The PA Fish and Boat Commissions Conservation Acquisition Partnership Program came up on a fishing forum yesterday and it sounds like a great idea that could use some promotion. It was created by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to solicit and accept donations to be used solely to obtain additional access to Pennsylvania’s water.

Click here to read about it here and consider making a donation

While you can’t earmark donations specifically for the Upper Delaware every bit of help the Commission gets benefits us.

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

Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – stenocron sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 -20 – Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 387 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 627 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 222 cfs 58°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,050 cfs 64°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,900 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 563 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 280 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 70.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 82%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 3, 2020

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We had a light rain most of yesterday and like normal the Eastern drainage flows came up quite a bit but the West Branch is is fine shape this morning.  The flow at Hale Eddy is 737 cfs and has peaked and is beginning to drop.  The release from Cannonsville is around 340 cfs.  The West is clear and still wadeable.  We’ll be warmer today at 79 degrees but we should keep most of the cloud cover.  There is a chance of a little more rain this afternoon.  Wind will be 4 – 7 mph from the South.  Olives, caddis, and a few isonychias should cover most of what you see.  Definitely carry flying ants- especially since we’ll be warmer today.

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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 383 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 737 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 259 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,360 cfs 63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,860 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,040 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 373 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 70.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 82%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 2, 2020

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We woke up to more rain this morning but it should taper off in over the next couple of hours.  Rain total will be between 1/4 and 1/2 inch.  After that we should have cloud cover with a small chance of thunderstorms for the rest of the day.  Wind will be from 4 to 12 mph so a little bit more than yesterday.  The air temp will reach 75 degrees this afternoon.  The release from Cannonsville has been cut back and the flow at Stilesville is 380 cfs this morning.  Olives, isonychia, and caddis will cover most of what you’ll see.

Two Bruces starting off September with a nice brown

Two Bruces starting off September with a nice brown

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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 383 cfs
49°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 550 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 500 cfs 63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,180 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 230 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 203 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 72.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 82.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 1, 2020

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We woke up to an overcast sky and light rain at 6 this morning.  Wind will be 2 – 5 mph from the South.  The rain won’t amount to anything and the air temp will be 73 degrees.  Pretty much sounds like an awesome day to start September.  It will probably fish best with nymphs and wets early but it the weather holds there’s a good shot at some olives mixed with a few isonychias in the afternoon.  Water levels and temps are pretty much the same as yesterday.

 

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 438 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 609 cfs
51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs 59°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 584 cfs 63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,330 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 257 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 450 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 243 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 72.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 82.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 31, 2020

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It’s 49 degrees this morning and should only hit 73 today.  We’ll have sun mixed with a few clouds and nor real wind.  It looks like a great day to be on the water.  The lower air temps should help the river temps- especially if the clouds stick around.  Nymphing was good over the weekend with some dry fly action with tiny olives.  There are still some cahills / stenos around and caddis.  The flying ants are here but they are unpredictable.  Definitely have some in your box just in case.

Curt with a nice one from the weekend.  Dan Treadwell photo

Curt with a nice one from the weekend. Dan Treadwell photo

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 438 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 627 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 226 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 815 cfs 62°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,650 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 336 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 450 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 335 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 72.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 82.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 29, 2020

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At 6:30 this morning the gauges show the river flows pretty much back to normal after Thursday’s rain.  We do have some light rain falling this morning but so far everything seems fine.  Today we have a chance of isolated thunderstorms so conditions will depend on where the storms hit.  If anything dramatic happens to the flows we’ll do a mid day update.  Keep an eye on the latest flows by clicking on the gauge links below.

The rivers cleared up nicely and looked good yesterday afternoon.  There were a lot of flying ants around plus a few olives.  It looks like another

 

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
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 461 cfs
49°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 718 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs 60°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 596 cfs 66°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,640 cfs 67°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 237 cfs 67°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 63°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 277 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 72.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 82.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 28, 2020

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We had some heavy thunderstorms pass through last night and all of the river flows are up this morning.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is already dropping is is at 1,080 cfs.  Stilesville is only flowing at 461 cfs so the river is fine above Oquaga Creek.  The last two days of cloud and rain have pushed the olives and we’re finding quite a few on the buildings every morning.  Today looks good for streamers but keep and eye on the foam lines and tailouts for rising fish.  The lower West has 6 – 8″ of visibility and should clear more throughout the day.  Good looking for streamers but it is clear enough for fish to eat in the slow water.  We got lucky with this storm.

Today’s weather sounds pretty good with the air temp hitting 78 degrees, wind 5 – 10 mph from the North, and cloud cover.  We may see a bit of rain overnight totally 1/4″.

 

The flow at Hale Eddy is dropping fast this morning

The flow at Hale Eddy is dropping fast this morning

Vince with a good one yesterday afternoon.  Bruce Miller photo

Vince with a good one yesterday afternoon. Bruce Miller photo

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
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 461 cfs
49°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs
57°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 227 cfs 59°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,170 cfs 65°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,960 cfs 65°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 536 cfs 65°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 62°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,050 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 72.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 83%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 27, 2020

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The release from Cannonsville has been increased this morning to 500 cfs.  We woke up to some light rain and according to Wunderground should end up with just over 1/4″ by the end of the day.  The rain looks intermittent on the hourly forecast but we should keep the clouds.  The ground is dry so it should soak up a lot of the precip.  There is a chance of some thunderstorms so keep an eye on the radar.  Wind will be 10 – 20 mph from the West.  Definitely have your olives handy today.  If the wind does come find a protected area.  The clouds and light rain so far make it look like a great fishing day.  We’d rather deal with the wind than another sunny day in the 90’s.  If the thunderstorms do hit and the flows change dramatically we will do mid day blog updates but check the gauge links below for the latest flow information.

 

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
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 490 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs 59°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 357 cfs 65°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,010 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 144 cfs 65°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 126 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 73.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 83.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 26, 2020

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We had a couple of brief rainstorms yesterday that brought out some olives.  The fish were happy during the rain and people landed some fish on dries.  The sun popped out in the afternoon and nymphing / wets were the better bet.  Fish were eating on top again towards dark with a mix of olives and few caddis.  Today is a whole new ballgame with the air temp only reaching 73 degrees.  Wind will be 10 – 25 mph from the North as this front pushes through.  We shouldn’t see any rain until tonight.  We warm up again tomorrow tomorrow to the low 80’s but we should see a bit over 1/4″ of rain.  That should be good for the fishing.

 

Chris Calabrese took a few days off from the Delaware and it payed off

Chris Calabrese took a few days off from the Delaware and it payed off

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
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 408 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 565 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs 58°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 393 cfs 66°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,030 cfs 67°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 167 cfs 66°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 151 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 75.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 84.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 25, 2020

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We woke up to a little rain this morning.  The front that brought the rain should drop the air temp back to the low 80’s today with wind 10 – 15 from the North.  The total rainfall should be less than 1/4″.  We had some other thunderstorms go north and South of us yesterday but aside from brief clod cover we didn’t see much out of them.  So far the river flows are steady so everything is clear and looking good for today.  It looks like a good olive day and hopefully the weather pushes some isonychias.  We’re seeing more caddis as Fall aproaches too.  Tonight we drop to 54 degrees so that combined with the cloud cover today should help the water temps on the other rivers.

The lower Beaverkill, lower East Branch, and Mainstem temperatures are all peaking over 70 degrees.  Give those rivers a break until they cool down. 

So far the flows are steady this morning

So far the flows are steady this morning

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
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 408 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 570 cfs
51
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs 61°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 357 cfs 70°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,020 cfs 70°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 148 cfs 70°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 61°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 106 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 75.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 84.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 24, 2020

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Today we have a better shot of some afternoon thunderstorms.  Wunderground is calling the odds about 40%.  Total rainfall will only be .03″ but the cloud cover will be a welcome sight.  Wind will be 5 – 10 from the South.  While the nights are still cooler we’ve slid back into summer like days after being spoiled with cool weather last week. Hopefully the temps break over the next couple of days.  Nymphing will be your best bet early but there has been some trico activity mid morning.  It’s been spotty and pool to pool so move around and look for the clouds of spinners.  We’re seeing olives and caddis once the sun drops in the evening.  There are more isonychias being spotted but  it seems a lot of them are coming off after dark with the stenos / cahills.  Those hatches will shift to earlier in the day once the water temps drop back a few more degrees.

The lower Beaverkill, lower East Branch, and Mainstem temperatures are all peaking over 70 degrees.  Give those rivers a break until they cool down. 

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
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 408 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 565 cfs
51
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs 61°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 379 cfs 69°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,050 cfs 70°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 159 cfs 69°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 61°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 110 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 75.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 84.8%

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