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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 12, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville has been dropped to 481 cfs until further notice.  This is a good level for wading and floating.   The lower flow should concentrate the olives making them more appealing and easier for the fish to rise to.  It will make it skinny in spots on the Mainstem since the East Branch has little water right now.  We are starting off with clouds this morning that should give way to sun in the afternoon.  Once the sun pops look for shaded banks like always.  The West is dropping fairly quickly so wading should be no problem even this morning.  Nymphing will pick up in the lower water levels too.  It looks like the rain is done for the next week but we should have clouds in and out- plus they change the forecast every hour.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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 518 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 310 cfs
60°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,310 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 128 cfs 59°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 481 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 84 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 56.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 11, 2017

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Today looks like a good fishing day.  We should have clouds moving in by late afternoon with some very light rain without much accumulation.  Winds should stay low between 5 – 10 mph.  The West Branch is still running over 900 cfs at Hale Eddy.  It is possible to wade some areas but the better wading will be on the other rivers in the System.  The West is pin perfect shape for throwing streamers from a boat.  Usually by the second day of a release increase enough of the algae has filtered out to make it doable.  Some of the bigger pools may have a fish or two rising in the afternoon so definitely bring a dry fly rod.  If you fish the lower East Branch keep an eye on the water temperature.  It crept up towards 68 degrees yesterday afternoon in the sunshine.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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 788 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 911 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 110 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 362 cfs
62°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,440 cfs
61°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 166 cfs 60°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 917 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 95 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 57%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 10, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been increased to 917 cfs this morning.  This flush of water will bring additional color and algae in the water – especially on the upper WB.  Dry fly and nymph fishing will be better on the East, Main, and Beaverkill.  Streamers have been working well on the West and that should continue with the higher flow.  We my have some sun this afternoon but overall it looks like we’re in for a cloudy week with maybe some light rain here and there.  There were a few olives and isonychias on the water yesterday but most of our fish were landed on caddis fished in the riffles.  The bushes are loaded with them so it’s a good time to work the shaded banks when they get active.

And we're back up

And we’re back up

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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 846 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 918 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 115 cfs 58°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 478 cfs
63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs
63°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 315 cfs 62°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 917 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 124 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 59.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 9, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville is back up to 535 cfs this morning.  The release was dropped below 2oo cfs yesterday due to either total incompetence or total disregard of the downstream users.  It almost looks like they thought the release from Rio Reservoir combined with the forecasted rain would meet the Montague Flow Target and they could save a few gallons of water in Cannonsville.  Lake Wallenpaupack does not seem to be a player in this one.  Add in the precipitous drop in release with no thought of ramping it down gradually and we’re going with a mix of 20% incompetence and 80% disregard for the downstream users.  These situations are so unnecessary it really feels mean spirited.  Our reservoir system is still 3% above normal capacity for early October.

So 535 cfs is not too bad for today since it keeps the riverbed wet.  We should see a bit more rain but the total amount in the forecast has been reduced to right around 1/4″.  It looks like we have a bit of rain and clouds ahead of us this week.  If DEP can control their instinct to shut it down every time there is a heavy dew we should have some good fishing ahead of us.  Keep the olive box handy.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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 558 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 348 cfs
59°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 88 cfs 59°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 235 cfs
63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,360 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 116 cfs 64°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 535 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 62°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 100 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 59.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 8, 2017

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When we walked outside this morning rain was actually falling.  It’s been a while.  We actually have quite a bit of rain in the forecast over the next few days.  The powers that be feel the runoff will be enough to meet the flow target in Montague so the release from Cannonsville has been decreased to 309 cfs.  Hopefully the forecast is correct since a lot of the initial rain will soak into the ground.  So things look good this morning.  Dropping water, overcast sky, intermittent light rain, and decent water temps sound real good.  We’re still seeing decent olives and caddis with a few isonychias and hebes on the water.  It feels like a fishing day.  Go fishing

 

Danny's first Delaware trout.  Photo by Samantha Dennis

Danny’s first Delaware trout. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 534 cfs
56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 785 cfs
56°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 80 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 203 cfs
63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,360 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 77 cfs 63°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 309 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 52 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 59.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 7, 2017

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There were enough small olives and caddis on the water to get some fish looking up in the evening.  The steadiest fish were on the slower edges and tailouts.  If you found a fish eating they didn’t seem picky on pattern, just presentation.  The Main has had more isonychias and hebes so if you’re looking for bigger bugs start there and watch the shaded sides of the river.  The East is low but that makes it nice to blind cast isonychias and cahills in the riffles and seams.  The flows remain pretty much the same as yesterday so parts of the West Branch are wadeable but it’s definitely easier on the Mainstem and East Branch.  Throwing streamers on the West has been okay- much better before the sun hits the water so earlier is definitely better.  Our rain has been pushed off until tomorrow so we’ll be dealing with mostly sun this afternoon.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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 1,030 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,130 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 84 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 203 cfs
61°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,360 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 77 cfs 61°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,122 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 52 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 59.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 78.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 6, 2017

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We had clouds for most of the morning but by mid-afternoon they gave way to a blue sky.  Nymphing seemed to be the most productive method with some risers showing in the late afternoon.  It really helped to concentrate on shaded areas and dropoffs.  Think small on the nymphs to match the olives that are hatching.  And we’ll say this all Fall- swing caddis pupa and wet flies to match the caddis emerging and diving to lay eggs.  We’re see a lot of diving egg layers this time of year.  It looks like the rain pushed off until Sunday and Monday but we should still have cloud cover today and tomorrow.  Winds should be light today.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,030 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,140 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 84 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 206 cfs
60°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,340 cfs
58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 77 cfs 60°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,122 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 54 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 60.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 79.1%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 5, 2017

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Today looks better already with clouds already in the sky.  The chance of rain has been reduced to 10% with no accumulation but even a few clouds will beat the bright sun we’ve had lately.  We’re seeing little olives during the day so hopefully the clouds make the fish feel comfortable enough to rise earlier.  There are some hebes and isonychias out there but tons of caddis on the Mainstem.  We haven’t seen a lot of caddis eaten off the surface so they are probably eating them as they emerge or when they dive to lay eggs.  The weather looks good for the the next week.  Hopefully the forecast doesn’t change and we see more clouds with rain.

 

Ted Smith with a nice rainbow this week.  Photo by Les Hughes

Ted Smith with a nice rainbow this week. Photo by Les Hughes

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,030 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,130 cfs
54°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 86 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 206 cfs
60°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,390 cfs
59°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 79 cfs 59°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,108 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 54 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 61.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 79.3%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 4, 2017

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The release from Cannonsville was dropped slightly to 1,139 cfs – just a small adjustment so you’ll notice no real change this morning.  It looks like they will not be releasing from Lake Wallenpaupack at least through Saturday night.  Any rain we receive over the next few days will soak right into the ground.  It looks like we should keep the higher release to meet the Montague flow target.  We’re going to have another warm day with sunshine today.  Look for the banks that get shade early if you’re looking for rising fish.  The little olives are around in good numbers even sometimes mid-day in the sun.  The cahill / stenos, isonychias, and caddis have been more active towards evening.  There have been a lot of caddis out there both hatching and diving to lay eggs.  A good caddis pupa should work well in the riffles.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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 1,070 cfs
54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 84 cfs 53°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 208 cfs
55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,540 cfs
56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 80 cfs 55°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,139 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 52°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 54 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 62.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 79.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 3, 2017

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Today looks like it will be a carbon copy of yesterday.  Starting off cool with decent fog giving way to sunshine and warm temperatures.  Kind of a pleasant Fall day ahead of us.  There are a few people out throwing streamers early trying to beat the sun.  You will find some willing fish once the fog burns off but it it has been better in low light conditions.  We have decent water temperatures throughout the system so if you want to nymph lower water with more seams and structure the Mainstem and lower East are solid options now.  The West is still running high but there are spots good for wading depending on your comfort level.  Olives are still our mainstay with some cahill / stenos, hebes, and isonychias.  Dry dropper combos can be deadly in some of the riffles.  We should have more clouds moving through tomorrow setting us up for a good weather weekend with light rain and overcast skies.

 

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,200 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,330 cfs
52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 84 cfs 51°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 213 cfs
55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,550 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 82 cfs 54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,303 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 51 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 63.7%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 2, 2017

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The weather is warming up a bit again despite the frost warnings this morning.  We should have another day of 70 degrees with sunshine making for a pleasant Fall afternoon.  The bright sun has made the fish a little hesitant to rise so nymphing was probably a better option yesterday.  Once the sun drops we are seeing decent numbers of olives mixed with our normal array of players.  We are still doing better on smaller nymphs since most of the food is small right now.  Caddis pupa and wets mimicking the hatching and egg laying caddis out there should be productive.  The West Branch still has some color in it but streamers have been more productive in low light conditions.

 

Dave with a nice WB brown yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Dave with a nice WB brown yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,200 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,330 cfs
51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 85 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 224 cfs
55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,550 cfs
54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 84 cfs 54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,207 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 59 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 66.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 1, 2017

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Everyone seemed to find fish eating on top yesterday.  Interestingly it seemed everyone threw different flies to catch fish.  The olives were the main players of course.  There were a lot of tiny olives in the #22 -26 range.  Some people saw bigger olives mixed in with fish eating #16 – 18 olives.  A few people found fish eating cahills on sections of the West Branch.  Then towards dark some people were throwing Isonychia patterns.  The Fall caddis are doing there thing.  While you do see some get eaten off the top a lot of times a wet fly or pupa covering the emergence and egg laying stages will work better.  Don’t put any of your boxes away yet.  The cool weather and overcast sky certainly helped the fishing.  It felt raw out there for a while but it seemed worth it.  Besides the better dry fly fishing streamers were still producing some nice fish on the West Branch.  We should feel a little warmer today with air temperatures in the mid 60’s and some more sun.  Winds should be light and variable so overall we’re looking at a nice Fall day.

 

Tom and Jess on the West Branch.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Tom and Jess on the West Branch. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
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.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,180 cfs
52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,320 cfs
51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 110 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 249 cfs
53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,490 cfs
52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 87 cfs 54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,207 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 60 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 66.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.9%

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