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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 3, 2013

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Well that got a bit out of hand yesterday. The morning deluge we saw brought the feeders WAY up around mid-day, and the West Branch turned chocolate brown, and was running dang near 7,000 cfs here at the club. It has since dropped precipitously and cleared dramatically. There were bugs still hatching amid the craziness, but as there weren’t any boats out due to the conditions, we are lacking a good report to see what the fish decided to do. My guess would be hunker down and wait! With the clearing water and overcast skies today, we could definitely be in for a great day of fishing. There are some scattered storms predicted, but so long as they don’t inundate us, we should continue to clear and drop throughout the day – exactly what the fish like!

Bob Lewis holds a beautiful West Branch Brown. Photo: Steve Shen

Bob Lewis holds a beautiful West Branch Brown. Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,310 cfs @ 63º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,620 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 345 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,110 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,990 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 611 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 100.8% – 902 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 2, 2013

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UPDATE: Some of the upstream feeders were inundated with rain this morning, and Hale Eddy is now at 4,000 CFS and climbing steadily.

Once again the rain just circled around us, only giving a little bump in the flows. The cloud cover and scattered showers yesterday made for some pretty good dry fly action river-wide, even into the evening. The streamer bite was still there, but like the dry fly fishing, it quieted down any time the sun poked out from the clouds. Today is looking very similar, with cloud cover and scattered storms throughout the day, as well as pea-soup-thick humidity. The bugs should be active, and with a bit more water spilling over the dam, the fish should be looking for Alewives as well!

Theo May with a BIG West Branch fish. Photo: Jeff White

Theo May with a BIG West Branch fish. Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 790 cfs @ 57º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,460 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 333 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,180 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,980 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 793 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 100.6% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions July 1, 2013

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Definitely different out on the water yesterday, but not necessarily bad. The hatches were definitely not as prolific as Saturday, but the fish did not seem to notice, and were still up and looking for a little mayfly snack. Water clarity improved throughout the day, and we’re looking at almost normal visibility in Home Pool this morning. The big question mark is the weather. There is a chance of major storms and additional rain over the next few days, and with the feeders already swollen, we could see another big bump in the flows and a pretty good blow out. Today there are some good thunderstorms predicted, so if you do head out, be safe. Otherwise enjoy the cloud cover, and hopefully the heavy sulphur hatches that it may bring!

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to damage caused by the flooding, both Shehawken and Ball’s Eddy public accesses  are closed to ALL  USE – that’s boats and waders – until they can be repaired. I have been assured that we are on the top of the list, so this should be a short delay. Our local ECO (Environmental Conservation Officer, i.e. Game Warden) has said they will be strictly enforcing this closure. I will of course keep you updated with any changes, and the progression of the repairs. In the meantime, the 191 access on the Hancock side is still open and viable for those looking to launch boats or wade.

Rich Baker holds an EXCELLENT Rainbow! Photo: Bud Sherry

Rich Baker holds an EXCELLENT Rainbow from his weekend! Photo: Bud Sherry

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 665 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,390 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 357 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 753 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,210 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 362 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 100.0% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 30, 2013

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Well, it certainly was a bit tougher out there yesterday than we thought it was going to be. The water clarity was pretty poor on the West Branch, even up river. That being said, take a look at the picture below and you’ll have an idea how much the bugs cared about the clarity. The side of the shop is STILL covered with them this morning, and right towards evening the fish were actually seeing them as well, if you could find the right spot. Today, we have finally had some additional clarity come into the river down here, so it should start to greatly improve throughout the day. Cloud cover, and a few passing showers are all that is in the forecast, so it could definitely turn into a spectacular day!

 

We counted close to 10 different mayfly species on the shop last night and this morning. I guess we know there are still plenty of bugs! Photo: Bart Larmouth

We counted close to 10 different mayfly species on the shop last night and this morning. I guess we know there are still plenty of bugs! Photo: Bart Larmouth

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 688 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,730 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 403 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 900 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,260 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 362 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 100.0% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 29, 2013

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Yowza. It was BIG out there yesterday. Definitely a strange day with the flow dropping quickly above Hale Eddy, but tons of water still coming in from the feeders downstream from there. Rain late in the evening bumped us right back up again, and we are starting to fall quickly, just like yesterday. The additional rain did not help the river color clear much, as we are still pretty brown out front as of right now. The Beaverkill is running very clear, which is helping the East clear quickly as well. The other good news is very little rain in the forecast for today, so we should see the West continue to drop and clear throughout the day, which is slated to be nice and cloudy. The fish are definitely streamer-hungry, and if we get a bit more spill over top of the dam in the next day or so, this will only increase with additional Alewives coming over the top. For now, yellows and blacks are definitely a good call, and keep your eyes on the slower spots for fish taking Isos as well!

 

Hello there! Bob Lewis holding a nice, confused-looking brown. Photo: Steve Shen

Hello there! Bob Lewis holding a nice, confused-looking brown. Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,210 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 470 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,210 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,340 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 507 cfs @ N/A
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Conditions UPDATE June 28, 2013

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The river is dropping like a stone around Hale Eddy, but is definitely staying higher downriver. We have TONS of water coming in from the feeders still down this way, and much of it is still off-color. The forecast is constantly changing, so we are not quite sure what kind of precipitation  we will get through tonight / tomorrow. Feel free to call the shop for an up-to-the-minute report!

 

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 28, 2013

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Looks like we finally got one of those big storms to hit us, and not swing around. The rain just stalled over top of the Catskills last night, particularly on the West Branch basin. The river crested last night near 4,000 cfs, and is down to 3,440 at Hale Eddy as of this morning, but is definitely blown out at this point. It is dropping steadily, so I would expect the river to clear in short order, but would not expect much to happen at least this morning, but the streamer bite could definitely be back on as we progress throughout the day. If anything changes dramatically, I will certainly put an update here!

Here's a nice brown to take your mind off the brown water. Photo: Bart Larmouth

Here’s a nice brown to take your mind off the brown water. Photo: Bart Larmouth

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,440 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 817 cfs @ 60º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,030 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 20,600 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 929 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.3% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 27, 2013

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Yesterday definitely was interesting out on the river, and certainly different from Tuesday. With cloud cover for the majority of the day, as well as humid air, we expected to see some consistent hatching, but instead had sporadic (yet thick) hatches, varying in location. It seemed whenever the mist/fog that settles on the river this time of year came down, the bugs stopped, and as soon as it lifted – bam! They were back. What made it odd is when one pool was covered in the fog, just a half mile down or upstream it was clear and the bugs were out. Definitely an odd one! The fish were also SUPER spooky for some reason, let’s hope they drop that attitude and settle in to their new water levels. Today, we’re looking at some “big” storms. Considering we received exactly 0.00″ of rain yesterday, and storms were also predicted, I’m going to take that with a grain of salt. However we will have some great cloud cover, so the bugs should be out all day long.

Believe it or not, we STILL have these guys (Shad) swimming around and taking flies! Photo: Bob Lewis

Believe it or not, we STILL have these guys (Shad) swimming around and taking flies! Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 478 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 590 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 252 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 569 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,560 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 324 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.3% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 26, 2013

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It’s rare that we see two pretty much identical days out on the river, but yesterday and Monday were definitely twins. Ok, so maybe fraternal twins, but still twins. Amid the humidity and heat, we definitely had good cloud cover in the afternoon, with a few gentle storms mixed in just to keep it interesting. Sulphurs and Isos were the name of the game again, with a few people finding fish that were taking pseudos amid big dorthea hatches. I guess after all the alewive gorging, the fish are now on a diet! We are expecting similar conditions today weather-wise, but as always we’ll just have to head out on the water and see!

Steve Shen with a well-fed, colorful fish. Photo: Bob Lewis

Steve Shen with a well-fed, colorful fish. Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 478 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 595 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 263 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 644 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,680 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 356 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.4% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 25, 2013

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The stormy weather yesterday became quite a pleasant surprise, with cloud cover throughout most of the afternoon, and just a few passing thunderstorms to wait out. The bugs certainly loved it, and were popping all over the Upper West Branch. Down here we were seeing them, but not in as large a number as they had upstream. The fish were active, and definitely less spooky than the day before. Today we’re looking at some pretty similar conditions, with some excellent clouds hanging over us as we speak. With air temps down slightly, we could see even a bigger rush of sulphurs and isos starting earlier in the day.

Guide Bruce Miller always looks so enthused when having his picture taken! Photo: Bernie Halderman

Guide Bruce Miller always looks so enthused when having his picture taken! Photo: Bernie Halderman

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 478 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 601 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 284 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 694 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,780 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 375 cfs @ N/A
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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 24, 2013

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That was more like it! Great hatches of sulphurs and isos popping off throughout the day yesterday, and some of the happiest fish we’ve seen in the last few days, and very few people on the river to boot. Water temps are great, and it looks like the fish have acclimated to the new levels. Today appears to be similar in nature to yesterday, with the air temps more towards the high 70s, low 80s, and some possible storms rolling through in the afternoon, so it should be another good one out there!

Bernie Halderman holds a nice mid-day brown! Photo: Bruce Miller

Bernie Halderman holds a nice mid-day brown! Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 676 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 791 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 493 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 883 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,110 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 381 cfs @ N/A
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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 23, 2013

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Well the spill is over, and we are now down to our basic release of about 600 cfs. Great news for all of you waders who have been chomping at the bit to hit the water, but it definitely limits the amount of cold water miles we have to fish. The West Branch will shortly become the only game in town – in other words, summer is truly here! That being said, 600 is a good number, and will keep the water cold all the way into Junction Pool, and should definitely start our sulphurs popping up in Deposit during the mid-day hours. They were out yesterday, but the fish were not overly active, likely a result of the water levels dropping, giving them a bit of a shock to the system. Now that we have stabilized, I would expect that they will be up and at it again for sure!

Bob Lewis holds a MONSTER Rainbow - almost looks like a steelhead! Photo: Steve Shen

Bob Lewis holds a MONSTER Rainbow – almost looks like a steelhead! Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 676 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 810 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 526 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 981 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,330 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 430 cfs @ N/A
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