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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018 Comments Off by

We had a few snow showers overnight that left us with a dusting in the grass.  It won’t last long today once the air temp warms up.  We should see high 40’s today.  Wonderground has better weather arriving Saturday and sticking around.  It may be Spring now.  The flows are still up this morning but are beginning to drop back.  The Beaverkill and The WB at Stilesville are both dropping back quickly.  Stilesville is dropping because they cut the release from Cannonsville back to 1,120. It is still spilling 365 cfs this morning.  Pepacton Reservoir is spilling bringing the East Branch flow at Downsville to 2,290.  Streamers are still the best option but things look good for the next two weeks.  Water temps should climb over the weekend and it warms up and the runoff subsides.

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,530 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,310 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,640 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,980 cfs 38°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8,840 cfs 38°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,880 cfs 37°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,120 cfs  Spill = 365 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,940 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 17, 2018

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It looks like both Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs are spilling this morning.  We did not get the rain totals that people east of us did but we received enough.  The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing over 3,000 cfs this morning.  It will take a few days for the runoff to subside over there.  The West Branch flow just started to climb around midnight so it’s just beginning the register on the gauge at Stilesville.  There is just a lot of water out there right now so if you fish be careful.  It definitely looks like streamers on today’s menu.  There’s not a lot of precipitation in the forecast for the rest of the week and we should have a bit of a warm up on Saturday.

 

The East Branch at Downsville is way up this morning

The East Branch at Downsville is way up this morning

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,550 cfs 39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,520 cfs 39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,190 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,170 cfs 40°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9,290 cfs 41°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3,220 cfs 39°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs  Spill = 169 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,870 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 16, 2018

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We were missed by a lot of the rain and ice yesterday but we did not get missed by the falling air temp and wind.  As a result most of the water temps are starting off a lot lower today.  Most people fished streamers yesterday mainly because the wind made it tough to do anything else.   According to Wunderground we will see the air temp climb to almost 50 today but will not be able to shake off the wind.  Gusts are going to be pretty strong.  We should see a little over 1/2″ of rain today.  That may be enough to get both Pepacton and Cannonsville Reservoirs spilling.  This all seems kind of crazy after seeing all the people with sunburns fishing Saturday.  If you fish today your best bet will be to nymph the upper East or throw streamers on the other sections.

 

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,430 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,840 cfs 39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 456 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,830 cfs 40°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,240 cfs 40°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,170 cfs 38°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,130 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 15, 2018

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Yesterday really did feel like Summer.  It was t shirt weather by late afternoon.  We’re hearing mixed reports but most people found some bugs.  Fish eating them seemed to be a little harder to find.  That’s not too uncommon in the beginning of the season.  Most people seemed to be sticking with streamers.  We went from Summer right back to early Spring this morning.  Air temps will be lower for the next few days.  We may see a few showers and even some freezing rain so be careful on the roads up here.   Despite the cooler night the water temps are up a little from yesterday morning.  The Beaverkill and lower East Branch flows are up a little more but are beginning to drop back.  The Upper East is still flowing under 500 cfs at Harvard.

Hatching:
Blue Quills #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,430 cfs 39°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,880 cfs 40°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 447 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,190 cfs 47°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,320 cfs 46°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,680 cfs 43°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 41°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,120 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 14, 2018

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It’s going to be a beautiful day with a high in the mid 60’s.  The Beaverkill flow is up a bit bringing the lower East Branch with it.  The West has dropped a bit with a release of 1,499 cfs and the spill dropping to 7 cfs.  Yesterday’s sunshine made the stoneflies more active with a lot of them buzzing around the river in mid-afternoon.  Caddis  and olives were mixed in after lunch too.  The higher flows on the West Branch and lower East Branch are still best for streamers and nymphs.  If you’re looking for rising fish check out the longer, slower pools and be patient.  Very patient.  The Upper East is still running low and is in good shape for nymphing.

A small dark caddis pupa could be a good nymph choice today

A small dark caddis pupa could be a good nymph choice today

Hatching:

Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,410 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,850 cfs 39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 390 cfs 43°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,660 cfs 44°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,620 cfs 43°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,120 cfs 42°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 39°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,050 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 13, 2018

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According to the hotline the release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 1,499 cfs.  It is currently spilling 23 cfs.  The rain has bumped the flow in the Beaverkill which has bumped the flow in the lower East Branch.  The East Branch above the Beaverkill remains low.  It’s already warm out this morning.  We will be in the mid to high 60’s for the next two days so it will feel like Summer out there.  Streamers are still the most reliable method but there has been an increase of stonefly activity plus a few mayflies spotted.  We’re looking forward to some decent fishing over the next few days.

 

Have a stonefly rigged this weekend

Have a stonefly rigged this weekend

Hatching:

Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,430 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,810 cfs 39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 378 cfs 40°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,360 cfs 40°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,430 cfs 40°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 720 cfs 39°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 39°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,060 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 12, 2018

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is still 1,499 cfs.  The spill has dropped to 76 cfs as the reservoir level has dropped.  On the other side of the system the level of Pepacton Reservoir has slowly been creeping up and sits at 98.9%.  The air temp should hit the mid 50’s with a light rain.  Total rainfall should be under 1/4″ so it’s shaping up to be a nice day.  Wunderground is still calling for unseasonably warm temps Friday and Saturday so the weekend looks good.  We should see some more rain push in Sunday through Monday.  The stoneflies were a little more active yesterday afternoon once the air warmed up.  Your best shot at fishing those on top are long, slow pools or back eddys.    Streamers are still your best bet right on the West Branch right now.  the EB and Beaverkill are still dropping offering a good mix of nymph and streamer fishing.

 

East Branch at Harvard

East Branch at Harvard

Hatching:

Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,490 cfs 38°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,860 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 378 cfs 38°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,290 cfs 39°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,520 cfs 39°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 625 cfs 37°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 37°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 928 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 11, 2018

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The flows are dropping throughout the system as the runoff subsides.  The release from Cannonsville is still 1,499 cfs but the spill has dropped to 248 cfs this morning.  There’s not a lot of rain in the forecast through the weekend so the rivers should be in good shape.  We’ll see around 1/4″ fall tomorrow and maybe the same amount on Sunday.  The air temperature will be in the low 40’s today but will climb until we peak close to 70 on Saturday.  It’s really shaping up to be a beautiful weekend on the water after a really long winter.  The lower water will help the sun warm it and hopefully push a few olives along with the stoneflies.  Nymphing should be better now with more structure visible.  Streamer fishing has been the go to method to find the fish.  We’ve had fish on just about all the colors so play around and switch it up until you start getting eats.

 

Carry a few alewife patterns during the spill

Carry a few alewife patterns during the spill

Hatching:

Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,670 cfs 37°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,110 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 403 cfs 37°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,380 cfs 38°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,960 cfs 38°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 681 cfs 36°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 36°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,200 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 98.5%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 10, 2018

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Yesterday afternoon was beautiful in the sun but we woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground.  The  warming trend is definitely here and the snow is melting.     We should hit 40 degrees this afternoon.  If Wonderground is correct we may see 70 degrees over the weekend.  The warmer air and yesterday’s sun helped this morning’s water temps giving most of the system a 3 degree boost over yesterday morning’s temps.  The fishing should improve over the next few days as the temps increase even more.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 1,499 cfs with a spill of 497 cfs.  Most of the flows are dropping back and there is more wadeable water available.  The nymphing should get better in the lower water.  The slower currents are better for the fish eating stoneflies so keep and eye out for surface takes.

 

Chris Calabrese with a nice one from the weekend.  Photo by Jared makowski

Chris Calabrese with a nice one from the weekend. Photo by Jared makowski

Hatching:

Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,940 cfs 37°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,420 cfs 38°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 438 cfs 39°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,360 cfs 39°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,400 cfs 39°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 745 cfs 38°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 38°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,200 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 9, 2018

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Yesterday started off as cold but warmed up when the sun was out.  We had a few intermittent snow showers but no appreciable accumulation.  We’re really looking forward to the warming air temperatures in the forecast this week.  We should hit 41 today which will feel like Spring.  If we really see 50 and 60 degree air temps by the weekend it will feel like summer!  We may see a few snow showers today and tomorrow but it shouldn’t last long once we warm up.  Streamers are still your best bet bet.  The color seems to change every day so switch it up and see what the fish want to eat.  The warmer air temperatures should help the water temps.  A little sunshine hitting the water would go a long way too.  Once the water temps come up a few days we should start to see some olives on the water and more stoneflies.  The release from Cannonsville is 1,499 cfs and there is 696 cfs spilling.

 

Jared with a nice fish yesterday.  Photo by Chris Calabese

Jared with a nice fish yesterday. Photo by Chris Calabrese

Hatching:

Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,160 cfs °  Equipment Failure
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,720 cfs 37°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 474 cfs 36°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,440 cfs 35°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,960 cfs 36°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 798 cfs 34°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 36°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,290 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 8, 2018

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The sun is out but today is going to stay cooler with air temps staying in the 30’s.  The warmer weather starts tomorrow and looks like it’s sticking around.  Cannonsville Reservoir is spilling 910 cfs and the release is 1,499 cfs.  The Upper East Branch and Beaverkill flows have both drooped back and will offer some wade opportunities.  Keep in mind the water is cold so dress appropriately.  The stonefly activity should increase as we warm up this week.  Put some olives in your box just in case.  They can’t be too far off.  you may find some alewives in the Cannonsville spill.  Their numbers should increase as the reservoir surface temperature increases.  There is still some snow pack left to melt in the higher elevations.

 

The Upper East is in good shape and dropping slowly this morning

The Upper East is in good shape and dropping slowly this morning

Hatching:

Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,350 cfs °  Equipment Failure
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,050 cfs 37°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 546 cfs 37°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,630 cfs 37°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,670 cfs 37°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 929 cfs 35°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 36°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,590 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 7, 2018

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We had a couple of inches of snow fall yesterday morning.  The afternoon turned out warmer and switched to some rain.  There is just a dusting left in the yard this morning.  Cannonsville is spilling 925 cfs with a release of 1,499 cfs.   We’re in for a couple of cooler days staying in the 30’s before we warm up a bit.  Nymphing the soft edges may turn up some fish but there is a lot of water flowing down the river.  Throwing streamers and covering water looking for the aggressive fish may be the better option.  Plus moving a lot will help keep you warmer.

Wunderground shows an improvement in the weather beginning Monday and lasting through the week.  If the pattern holds we should see air temperatures in the 50’s on Friday and Saturday.

 

Can't wait for the warmer weather beginning Monday!

Can’t wait for the warmer weather beginning Monday!

Hatching:

Early Black Stoneflies #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,350 cfs °  Equipment Failure
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,250 cfs 37°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 611 cfs 37°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,870 cfs 37°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,200 cfs 37°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,140 cfs 35°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 37°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,100 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 96.6%

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