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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 5, 2017

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Yesterday started off nice but a little windy.  It looked good for swinging caddis pupa in the riffles or nymphing the drop offs.  The wind dropped around 4 and some olives came off and the caddis came out of the bushes.  There were even a handful of Isonychias hatching but few spinners.  There were some steady fish on the olives but the ones that were sporadic liked any dark caddis pattern.  We didn’t see anything eat the isos.  There is a little wind already this morning that Wunderground shows sticking around all day.  Definitely bring the nymph box but keep some dries handy in case they are wrong.  We have a decent chance of some light rain but it won’t be enough to budge the flows.

 

drowned Isonychia dun on the East Branch

drowned Isonychia dun on the East Branch

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 186 cfs
53°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 330 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 177 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 921 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,550 cfs
49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 589 cfs 47°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 200 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 533 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 4, 2017

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The weather looked great for most of the day yesterday.  We had clouds, some light rain, and light wind.  There were a few olives here and there and a fish or two were beginning to eat.  Then around 1:30 the wind picked up and never stopped.  There are still a lot of caddis in the bushes but they did not want to fly in that wind.  There were some big splashy one time rises so nymphing or swinging wets would have been the best plan.  While it will be a little cooler today the wind should be 5 – 10 mph.  That’s a great improvement over yesterday.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 186 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 359 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 199 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,070 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,820 cfs
50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 705 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 200 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 668 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 3, 2017

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There were some olives and a few isonychia spinners out towards dark but most of our fish came on caddis.  Today should be a lot like yesterday with warm air temperatures and maybe a brief shower or two.  There may be a little more wind but hopefully the gusts are spread out like yesterday.  The rain totals look negligible.  If the long term forecast is correct we’re looking at a nice weekend.  For November it seems like a great weekend.  Nymph or swing wets until the fish start rising.  We didn’t find a lot of consistent fish  but if you could mark them most would eat the caddis.

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 184 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 385 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 224 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,230 cfs
52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,130 cfs
51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 842 cfs 51°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 200 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 743 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.6%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 2, 2017

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We are in for a beautiful day today.  Flows have dropped back and are looking good.  The air temperature will be in the low 60’s and winds should stay below 10 mph.  We’re going to see some sunshine by mid afternoon but we should see some olives and maybe some isonychia spinners when the sun starts to drop.  Nymphing or swinging wets should be better now with the lower flows.  Tomorrow looks like it should be a repeat of today with a slightly better chance of a rain shower

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 184 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 423 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 267 cfs 47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,470 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,580 cfs
46°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,060 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 888 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 48%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.4%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions November 1, 2017

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The rivers are dropping and are looking better.   The West Branch is back to normal levels already.  Today is going to be cooler with a light shower in the afternoon.  No real accumulation is expected so the rivers should keep dropping.  We’ll look around for the isonychia spinners but we should have olives until it gets real cold.  Tomorrow we should see air temperatures in the 60’s.  This has been a crazy, crazy weather year.  Winds look fine over the next few days.  If the olives don’t show nymphing the riffles should work well. Water temperatures are decent and the fish are  active.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 188 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 503 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 341 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,880 cfs
46°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,580 cfs
46°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,420 cfs 46°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,160 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 79.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 31, 2017

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The rivers have dropped back quite a bit from yesterday.  There was some flooding along the Willowemoc and Beaverkill but things seem to have settled down.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is already flowing under 1,000 cfs this morning and should continue to drop throughout the day.  A lot of people in the Northeast are still without power but we seem to have come through fine in Hancock.  Air temps have cooled down a it but are still above normal for the end of October. When the winds are calm we are seeing decent caddis and tiny olives in spots.  There are some isonychia spinners around but the wind and rain have played havoc on the spinner falls the last few days.  We’ll supposed to have some wind today so it may be good start off with streamers and then go to nymphs and wets on the West.  If you can find a wind protected spot in the afternoon you have a shot of seeing a fish rise that you can mark.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 188 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 756 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 519 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,660 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,730 cfs
53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 2,590 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,900 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 44.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 30, 2017

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The Eastern side of the drainage is blown.    The Beaverkill just hooked and is flowing at 19,500 cfs.  The flow at Fishs Eddy is around 23,000 cfs.  The West Branch came up but no where near the change experienced over there.  The high flows have not hit the gauge at Lordville but that will happen soon.  It looks like a lot of the rain has passed with just a few minor showers left.   If you’re in the area be careful.  There could be some flooding in the feeder creeks too.  The Beaverkill is still over National Flood Stage Level.  If you’re planning on fishing give it a few days to drop.  Right now the Beaverkill and East are at a dangerous level.  There are probably logs and junk floating down the rivers thats best not to get hit by.  Plus the 25 mph wind gusts in today’s forecast.  If you are in the area today go visit the Catskill Flyfishing Center or check out one of the local breweries.  The West Branch will calm down quickly.  Stay safe.  Tomorrow is another day.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 198 cfs
57°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,800 cfs
53°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,720 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 23,200 cfs
52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,730 cfs
53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 19,500 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,560 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 77.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 29, 2017

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We were defeated by the wind.  There were good numbers of isonychia spinners gathering on the West Branch last night.  They were going to fall.  Fish were going to eat.  One good gust of wind and they went back to the trees.  The wind was tough and overall it would have been a good day to nymph or swing wets.  There were enough bugs out that there was a shot at dry fly fishing if you found a protected area.  The bushes are still full of caddis and the olives will hang around for a while still.  It looks like we are all getting the same storm today.  It looks like it’ll be off the a slow start and building towards the afternoon.  Hopefully there is a window to fish  before the wind and rain come later.

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 184 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 232 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 86 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 337 cfs
52°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 693 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 186 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 150 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 64 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 77.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 28, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 232 cfs.  they are counting on the rain tomorrow to meet the Montague Flow Target.  Wunderground still shows a 100% chance of a lot of rain tomorrow afternoon.  In the meantime today looks like it will be an exact copy of yesterday.  Air temperatures in the 60’s, a few clouds, and some winds that will drop back towards dark.  There are still caddis, a few isonychias, and of course olives around.  Yesterday looked like a good day to nymph or swing wets.  Most of the bugs we saw hatching got of the surface quickly in the sun and wind.  There were some fish rising but you had to look hard for a consistent riser.  Big slow pools have produced the best for us.  A lot of the fish have been moving so be patient

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 274 cfs
58°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 359 cfs
55°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 86 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 359 cfs
48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 870 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 206 cfs 47°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 232 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 67 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 77.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 27, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is 456 cfs this morning.  It is scheduled to drop at 8 Am to 379 cfs and again at 10 Am to 348 cfs until further notice.  The forecast is calling for quite a bit of rain on Sunday- actually a few inches that should be enough to meet the Montague Flow Target.  In the meantime today and tomorrow look decent with sunshine and air temps around 60 degrees.  We may see some winds around 15 mph tomorrow afternoon as the front moves in but overall it doesn’t look too bad.  Yesterday was raw and windy in the afternoon.  It looked like a good day to swing streamers through the bigger pools or nymph the drop offs on the Mainstem or lower East Branch.

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 526 cfs
59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 721 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 88 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 413 cfs
49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,400 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 254 cfs 48°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 456 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 78 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 45.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 77.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 26, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville has been increased a bit to 843 cfs.  The flow on the lower East Branch and and on the Beaverkill have dropped dramatically since yesterday morning.  The runoff from the rain is subsiding and the West was likely increased to help meet the Montague Flow Target.  We had some caddis and isonychia spinners in the air last evening.  There were some fish eating on top but it looked like they were chasing the caddis pupa or the diving egg laying caddis.  Nymphing and wets would be the most successful methods.  There is still color in the West Branch coming out of the dam.  It’s definitely fishable and it makes it a little more tempting to through streamers.  We should have clouds for most of the day.  There may be some wind but there are enough leaves out there that you can still find sheltered areas if you need to.

 

Hatching:
Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 780 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 898 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 94 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 536 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,450 cfs
56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 375 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 843 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 101 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 77.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 25, 2017

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We had some rain in the morning but by afternoon we had sunshine, periods of no wind, and warm air temperatures.    We were able to fish until dark without having any high water issues.  Honestly it was kind of weird after listening to the doom and gloom weather reports.  The Beaverkill / East Branch has come up quite a bit from a relative standpoint but they are both at fishable levels this morning.  The release from Cannonsville is now 659 cfs leaving Hale Eddy with a flow of just over 700 cfs.  Wunderground shows us much cooler than yesterday but 60 degrees is 60 degrees in late October.  Winds should be light staying under 10 mph.  We did see some isonychia spinners last night but there were more tiny olive spinners in the air than anything else.  Some caddis showed up towards dark but the olives were what the fish wanted.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #14 – Isonychia bicolor
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 653 cfs
60°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 732 cfs
58°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 125 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,080 cfs
57°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,080 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 793 cfs 55°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 659 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 86 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 47.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 77.8%

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