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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2012

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What a roller-coaster yesterday. The West Branch finally peaked around 1,200 yesterday, and has been immediately tapering back off. The fishing was pretty slow as a result of the big slug, and there weren’t too many mayflies kicking around. We’re at just over 600 right now, with stained, but not dirty water out front of the club. This could be a banner day out on the river, for sure! With clouds predicted for most of the day, coupled with the influx of water, expect bugs and fish to be very active today. The drop in flow has slowed down so expect the river level to fall at an even pace today – definitely another check in the ‘win’ column!

One of our smaller Isos made an appearance recently. This guy is a #14. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning & sporadic)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (sporadic when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 340 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 606 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 292 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 2,210 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 3,540 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 1,330 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 54.9% – 305 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 28, 2012

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UPDATE! looks like we just went through the roof at Hale Eddy. The slug hasn’t hit us here at the Club, but I am sure we’ll be seeing it shortly. Give me a call at the club if you need an up-to-the-minute report!

For a change, everything pretty much went as predicted yesterday (not the weather, but the fishing at least). The middle of the day was fairly slow, with little hatching activity, but as soon as the sun hit its apex and dropped a bit, we saw good numbers of pseudos and heptagenias coming off, with the occasional Iso thrown in for good measure. Nothing spectacular, but it was pretty consistent action into the evening. The rain started around midnight last night, and has been slow and steady ever since. Hale has jumped a bit (100 cfs) and the rain is still going this morning. It looks like the system is just about all the way past us, so we shouldn’t get too much more precipitation today, and hopefully the river stays clear. The other good bit of news is the cloud cover that is predicted for today – we could be looking at another repeat performance of Wednesday, where the pseudos and deficiens were out in full force during the over cast portions of the day. Let’s also hope that the air temps stay warm until I can get out of here to take advantage of what’s shaping up to be another good day!

Curtis McElhinney with a great Main Stem Smallie – his first EVER, caught on Jeff’s Messy Craw. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning & sporadic)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (sporadic when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 355 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 419 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 156 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 824 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,190 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 484 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 54.9% – 305 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 27, 2012

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Talk about a banner day! It was like spring had suddenly returned to us yesterday, with clouds, mist and rain mixed with warm, humid air – exactly what the bugs loved. The West Branch did not disappoint, with rising fish and hatching bugs throughout the day. The lower stretch of the river fished the best (from Hale Eddy down), with the Upper Main following closely behind insofar as success was concerned. Isos, pseudos, heptagenias, stenos – the whole kit and caboodle were on the menu. Today we’re seeing a bit of a change in weather, with the sun already starting to peek through the clouds. Temps are supposed to stay low, but I do not think we will see the quality of hatches we did yesterday – at least not until the evening, when each river should produce another great fall night!

A nice Main Stem Rainbow. Too bad the doofus holding it couldn’t look at the camera for the picture. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 336 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 344 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 137 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 824 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,190 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 459 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.2% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 26, 2012

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It was a pretty beautiful fall day out there yesterday, with a much warmer evening than we’ve had over the last few days, producing some pretty decent hatches as we approached dark. The Iso spinners still decided to tease us and not fall, but at least they were there! On the water, the heptagenias were coming off strong, as were Iso duns in certain sections of the river. It seems Stockport was the most productive run of the evening, yielding some nice fish in both the pool and the riffles. Today looks to be a spring day in September. We already had some rain overnight, which did not greatly affect the flows. What we are looking forwrad to today is cloud cover, humidity, sprinkles, and maybe an t-storm in the afternoon. Sounds like a BANNER olive day to me!

 

Colorful Brown Trout. Photo by: George Fielding

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 340 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 351 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 140 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 869 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,240 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 484 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.5% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Condtitions September 25, 2012

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Apologies on the late update to you early readers – internet issues here in Starlight this morning. You know how it is out here in the sticks – the wind blows, we lose wireless. Anyway, yesterday turned out to be a pretty decent day, with activity throughout the afternoon. It wasn’t gangbusters by any stretch of the imagination, but depending on where you were there were some good sporadic hatches with feeding activity. The evening cooled down dramatically, and this did shut down the hatching as we approached dark. Today we’re looking at slightly warmer temps during the day, with a few more clouds in the forecast. This should (hopefully for those of us who won’t get to fish until evening) keep the air temps up a bit, and allow the hatching to continue into the evening.

Mike Gazzara with an awesome Main Stem Brown caught on Saturday. Photo by: Bruce Miller

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 326 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 341 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 148 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,020 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,510 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 543 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.5% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 24, 2012

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It was a wacky day out there on the river yesterday. Tons of bugs on both the Main and West Branch, with fish up and actively eating them one minute, and completely shutting off the next. The fish were fairly cooperative if you did catch them (pun intended) in that window when they were feeding, but otherwise it was a bit tough. Heathens…sorry, I mean people who were nymphing actually had an incredibly slow day. The current theory is that the high pressure system that moved in likely pushed the fish down a little bit. At least that’s the best theory I’ve got this morning. We had a very cold overnight, and we’re starting out in the mid-40s this morning, so I would expect the activity to be slow starting off, but good throughout the day as pressure has stabilized, and the clouds are supposed to hang around for a bit. As always, we’ll see what happens.

Marc DeJong with a nice Main Stem Brown caught this past weekend. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 326 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 348 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 159 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,240 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,600 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 681 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.4% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 23, 2012

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Apologies on the late post. In this modern era, Cell Phones should not take a front seat to good old fashioned alarm clocks. Either way, yesterday was a boom or bust, depending on whom you spoke to. We had areas of the river fish like gangbusters, and others where there was a dearth of action. Late afternoon we were smacked with a BIG rainstorm, that while it didn’t affect the river level that dramatically, certainly affected the fishermen dramatically, with guys being soaked to the bone and running for dry clothing right after the weather passed through. Those that were brave (or dumb) enough to hang out after the storm were rewarded with some great late evening hatching when the pressure balanced out. As for today, there is not as much volatile weather predicted, but the sun may be out for the majority of the day, so when you hit the water, be looking for the shady spots, and prep yourself for a great evening!

Mike holds one of his first Delaware browns! Photo by: Bruce Miller

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 331 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 359 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 185 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,650 cfs @ 57
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,810 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 972 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.4% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 22, 2012

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A very strange day out there yesterday. With morning clouds (not predicted), there were quite a few bugs kicking around before noon. Then, the wind picked up (also not predicted), and picked up with a vengeance. White caps going upstream at Stockport kinda vengeance, even though every weather site listed “current conditions” as winds of 3MPH. Love those guys. The wind shut down the fishing for the most part, even though there were some serious hatches of both Isos and small tan caddis throughout the day and evening. If you could find a small area sheltered from the wind, there were definitely fish to be found and caught. Today there is a big mid-afternoon thunderstorm predicted that could bring near a 1/4″of rain in just an hour. We’ll see if that materializes. Regardless, there are cloudy skies predicted, so until that storm comes by, have those Isos and olives ready!

Isonychia bicolor female dun. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 331 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 351 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 176 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,420 cfs @ 57
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,810 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 809 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.4% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 21, 2012

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It was a pretty dang decent day out there yesterday on the river (well, at least the West Branch). The East and Main are still running pretty muddy, and appeared to actually get dirtier as the day went on yesterday. Let’s hope that trend changes. The West is clear, and good hatches of Stenos and Isos last night kept the action going. Today we’re starting off with a fairly warm morning (compared to the last few days), so I would expect the morning action to take place a bit earlier today. It’s definitely cloudy and foggy still, so we should see some olives as long as the clouds decide to stick around. Speaking of sticking around, due to the high flows on the other two branches, don’t expect the release out of Cannonsville to change in the near future. This 300 cfs flow should stick around for awhile.

One of the smaller stenos that have been hatching as of late. Photo by: Jeff White

 

 

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 331 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 362 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 200 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,840 cfs @ 57
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 2,350 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 1,130 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.4% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 20, 2012

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It looks like all the rivers are dropping nicely. Not TOO nicely, as I am looking forward to finally floating the East Branch sometime this week. We had one of our first fairly cool days yesterday, and it helped drop the water temps on all three branches pretty dramatically. As a result, we had some pretty good hatching here on the West, and the fish were very active throughout the day. The ‘other side’ and the Main were / are still pretty cloudy, but definitely clearing quickly. I would anticipate them fishing by the weekend for sure, if not a little bit sooner. Today they are calling for a few more clouds and a slightly warmer day, but I see no reason it shouldn’t be a carbon-copy of yesterday (with hopefully a few more isos!).

Big Olives

Yes, I know this is a Cornuta – but some of the Ephemerella deficiens I caught on the house were almost this green, so it works for reference purposes. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 331 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 388 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 252 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 2,890 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 3,890 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 1,940 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.1% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 19, 2012

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That was some rain. We had it falling both calmly and in driving sheets throughout the day yesterday, and on the West Branch, it seems that the ground absorbed most of the water. We have had a slight bump in flows on the West, but the East / Beaverkill obviously took the brunt of it, with the East Branch near Fish’s Eddy peaking near 25,000 cfs (yes, you read that correctly). This is blowing the Main Stem out as well, so the West looks like the only game in town for the next few days. We are looking at a brighter day today, but temperatures are not supposed to get above 65, which will be a good thing for those heading out in the afternoon, as well as the evening. The bugs took advantage of the lower atmospheric pressure brought on by the storm yesterday, and the side of the shop is covered with a little bit of everything listed below. Thanks rain!

A little stained, but not bad at all this morning on Home Pool. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 336 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 516 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 412 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 10,900 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 20,600 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 6,410 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.1% – 300 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 18, 2012

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One mystery solved! The big peak in flows two days ago? Well, there is a new ‘release master’ at the Cannonsville Dam, and they didn’t exactly give her the best on-the-job training her first day, so she raised the flow instead of dropping it as she was supposed to. I can’t make this stuff up people. Now if there was only some way to bribe her…… Anyway, yesterday was a pretty good day out there, with sporadic hatches throughout the afternoon on pretty much every section of river. Today, it’s already raining steady, and has been since about 6AM or so. Up to 2″ is predicted, based on whatever weather witchdoctor you check with. This may make the river a bit unfishable by late in the day today, but it means some nicer flows by week’s end and hopefully some amazing fishing to boot!

Fish head!

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 331 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 334 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 110 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 216 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 631 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 98 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.5% – 300 CFS release

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