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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 25, 2014

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The wind blew again yesterday but the river fished well in between the gusts.  There were some fish rising in protected areas to a mix of Blue Quills and Quill Gordons.  Unfortunately there were not too many areas protected from the wind.  The fish have definitely turned on to streamers and that seemed to be the best answer with the weather.  Today looks much better with highs in the 60s and some wind, but not anything like we just experienced over the last two days.  The release from Cannonsville is currently 1,499 cfs.

 

Fish are still eating in the wind!

Fish are still eating in the wind!

Hatching:

Blue Quill #16 – Paralep sp.

Quill Gordon #14 -Epeorus pluralis

Little Black Caddis #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,540 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,710 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 908 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,570 cfs @ 41º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,870 cfs @ 43º

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 24, 2014

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The wind was not kind yesterday.  Streamers worked if you could stick with it and not be frustrated by the weather.  A few one time risers were spotted but the bugs were being blown so fast and so far there wasn’t much of an opportunity for the fish to even see them.  Today’s high is 54 degrees with more wind, but significantly less than yesterday.  Streamers will still be your best bet but you may find a few fish rising in protected areas.  The rivers are dropping and if we don’t have any more rain the reservoirs should stop spilling soon.  Cannonsville is 100.7% capacity and Pepacton is 100.2% capacity.

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Hatching:

Blue Quill #16 – Paralep sp.

Quill Gordon #14 -Epeorus pluralis

Little Black Caddis #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,620 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,820 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 984 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,710 cfs @ 41º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,340 cfs @ 43º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 705 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 23, 2014

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Finally!  Yesterday we found the first steady rising fish eating a mix of stoneflies, Blue Quills, and Quill Gordons.  They were feeding steadily for about an hour in the late afternoon in the slower edges and pools.  The streamer fishing improved dramatically and the fish were very active and happy.  It was a great day to be on the river.  The air temps are cooling down today but it looks like we will be on a warming trend over the weekend until Sunday.  Cannonsville is at 101% capacity with a release of  1540 cfs.

Samantha comes through again showing off one her fish from yesterday

Samantha comes through again showing off one her fish from yesterday

 

Hatching:

Blue Quill #16 – Paralep sp.

Quill Gordon #14 -Epeorus pluralis

Little Black Caddis #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,710 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,000 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,170 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,980 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,770 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 771 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 22, 2014

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Yesterday was tough compared to Sunday.  Fewer bugs on the water, including stoneflies.  Streamers produced some activity but the bright sun didn’t help. Todasy looks better for streamers with cloud cover this morning wit a little rain moving in this afternoon.  Hopefully the change in weather  kick starts the bugs!  I’ll take the high air temps in the low 60’s anytime!  Cannonsville is at 101.4% and the rivers are dropping.  A lot depends on how the storm tracks and how much rain we receive.

 

Still waiting to see these in large numbers.  It can't be long!

Still waiting to see these in large numbers. It can’t be long!

Hatching:

Blue Quill #16 – Paralep sp.

Quill Gordon #14 -Epeorus pluralis

Little Black Caddis #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,880 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,130 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,460 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,340 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,390 cfs @ 46º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 825 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 21, 2014

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Yesterday was a good day!  The water is beginning to warm up- looks like the West Branch peaked around 46 yesterday.  The streamer fishing improved along with the temperature.  White streamers seemed to be the ticket but I think anything presented in front of an aggressive fish would have been hit.  We had a lot of stoneflies on the water mixed with a few Blue Quills and Quill Gordons.  Surface activity was slow but is definitely improving.  I expect to see more heads this afternoon as the rivers fall and warm up.  Today looks like a great day with highs in the low 70’s and a little rain moving in tonight into tomorrow.

 

Samantha starting 2014 out right!

Samantha starting 2014 out right!

Hatching:

Blue Quill #16 – Paralep sp.

Quill Gordon #14 -Epeorus pluralis

Little Black Caddis #18-20 – Chimarra sp.

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,140 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,420 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,910 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,820 cfs @ 41º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,360 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 935 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 20, 2014

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Happy Easter!  Lots and lots of bugs on the water and in the air yesterday.  Not a lot of fish rising.  We saw mostly stoneflies, Quill Gordons, and a few Blue Quills.   The wind in the afternoon didn’t help.  We have the bugs.  It won’t be long before the fish realize their food is here and the fishing breaks wide open.  A few more degrees of water temp should help tremendously.

There will be some unbelievable fishing sometime in the next 7 days.

chimarrars

 

Hatching:

Quill Gordon -Epeorus pluralis #14

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,470 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,780 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,320 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,390 cfs @ 41º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,700 cfs @ 44º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,090 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 19, 2014

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Yesterday was another cold water day.  There were some Quill Gordons floating by but the fish never responded to them- we still need a few more degrees to get them going.  A few fished chased streamers and there are rumors of a fish or two being landed.  The river is ready to explode- we just need those temps!

Paralep spinner

Paralep spinner

Hatching:

Quill Gordon -Epeorus pluralis #14

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,720 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,130 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,810 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,260 cfs @ 41º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9,100 cfs @ 42º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,310 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 18, 2014

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We’re still waiting for the water temps to climb a bit more before fishing really takes off. The cold nights, releases, and spill are keeping the temperatures low.  We had reports of a few- very few upright wings mixed with the stoneflies on the West Branch yesterday.  Nothing was eating them.

Streamers fished slow are still your best bet to connect with a fish right now.  Hopefully the water warms up over the next week and the bugs really begin to pop.

Blue Quills- coming soon!

Blue Quills- coming soon!

 

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,900 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,430 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 3,360 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 5,230 cfs @40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 10,600 cfs @ 42º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,610 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 17, 2014

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That last storm filled the reservoirs and both Pepacton (100.1%) and Cannonsville (100.7%) are spilling.  All the rivers in the system are up and the cold, cold nights mixed with cold spill have dropped the water temps.  We are on a bit of a warming trend.  Daytime highs in the 50’s and nights in the 30’s over the weekend.  The best bet for fishing over the next few days is fishing streamers in the slower sections.  Nymphing may be effective in some of the riffles with a good drop off.  I would keep the nymphs small to imitate the naturals so mostly #16 & #18 thin body pheasant tails and copper johns.

We'll see Hendrickson nymphs doing this at some point this Spring.   We need the water to warm up

We’ll see Hendrickson nymphs doing this at some point this Spring. We need the water to warm up first!

 

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,670 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,510 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 3,160 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 5,670 cfs @40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 11,500 cfs @ 42º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,140 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 16, 2014

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Well that was an interesting storm yesterday.  Lots of rain, some ice, and then some snow.  The wind was a bonus!  The West Branch is off color but starting to clear like normal.  Today air temps are going to be in the mid 40’s and in the 20’s at night.  If you are going to fish today the upper West Branch looks like the clearest and lowest water in the system.  Above Oquaga Creek should be fine and the rest of the river will continue to clear throughout the day.  Cannonsville is 98.1% and the release is 1502 cfs.

Lets look at the Cannonsville inflow.  The West Branch above Walton is 4,220 cfs and Trout Creek is running 198 cfs.  Add in all the little feeders to the reservoir and we have a lot of water flowing in right now.  Great news for the next few weeks!

 

The view out front this morning- it will look better by the weekend!

The view out front this morning- it will look better by the weekend!

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,610 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,450 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,320 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 6,990 cfs @52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 15,700 cfs @ 41º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3,390 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 15, 2014

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Crazy April weather!  The wind blew yesterday, but al least it was warm.  We have rain right now with pleasant temps hitting the low 60s but tonight it drops below freezing changing our rain into snow.  Then tomorrow we’re basck in the 40s and improving everyday right through the weekend.  Fish we’re eating streamers but we haven’t had consistent rising to the stoneflies yet.  Look for the warmest water in the system for you best opportunity of seeing fish on top.  Hpefully we get enough rain and snow to get Cannonsville spilling!  We’re at 98.2% capacity with a release of 1499.  That number makes me laugh- you know somewhere there was a meeting about releases and 1500 cfs came up.  Some guy in the back had to stand up and say “no, no that’s too much water.  Lets go with 1499 cfs”

Early Stone trying to get off the water

Early Stone trying to get off the water- don’t be afraid to add some action to your fly

 

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,880 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 829 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,070 cfs @52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,840 cfs @ 51º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,140 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 14, 2014

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The East Branch temperatures peaked over 50 degrees yesterday but the 30 mph wind gusts did not help the fish rise.  Today looks like a mirror image of yesterday.  Air temps in the 70s, beautiful morning with winds coming in the afternoon gusting in the high 20 mph range.  The fish have been chasing streamers on the West Branch and Mainstem, a few have been committing to the fly but most are turning off.  We need the water temps to come up a few more degrees.  We have some rain coming in tonight and lasting for a couple of days.  We should receive over an inch- hopefully making Cannonsville spill.  The Cannonsville release is currently 1499 cfs and the reservoir level is 97.9%

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Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

Early Black and Brown Stoneflies #14 – 16 Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,900 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 556 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,940 cfs @50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,730 cfs @ 48º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,280 cfs @ N/A

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