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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 18, 2015

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Yesterday’s warmer water temperatures and bright sun slowed the daytime hatches down.  It seems that most of the mayflies hatched very early in the day or after dark.  We did run into enough tan caddis and tiny blue winged olives on the water to get some fish looking up. A #18 tan caddis pupa turned out to be the dry fly of the day. The fishing was definitely better during periods of cloud cover and in shaded areas.  Nymphing was the most productive method yesterday.  The rivers colored up a bit from the rain and the fish seemed to less shy than they have been lately.  A few people had success throwing streamers in the off color water.
Today is another day to check the water with your thermometer before you fish.  Lordville is 66 degrees already this morning so I would stick to the East and West Branches.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 59 degrees.  The East Branch at Fishs Eddy is 63.  Air temps will be in the high 70’s or the next two days but we should have some cloud cover with a chance of showers.  Wednesday the forecast is calling for cooler temps which will be a great help.

Dave holding a nice brown caught by

Dave holding a nice brown caught by Dave

Hatching:
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
March Brown #10-2xl – S. vicarium (now classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl – S. fuscum (now also classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 300 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 412 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 159 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 585 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,330 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 246 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 17, 2015

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Good cloud cover and a brief afternoon thunderstorm kept the river temperatures down throughout most of the system yesterday.  We had a decent mix of march browns and olives on the water during the afternoon.  Most of the fish eating on top were focused on the olives and spinners.  Just about everyone we spoke with saw decent mid-day spinner falls and very little at dark. The fishing was decent overall with enough risers to keep it interesting for most of the day.   Hopefully the fish recognize the bigger bugs as food soon.
The thunderstorm and overnight rain has added some water to the system.  We are looking at an air temperature of 80 degrees today with a mix of clouds and sun.  There is a chance of another thunderstorm so bring your rain gear.
The Mainstem at Callicoon peaked around 67 degrees yesterday.  The higher flows should provide some protection from today’s heat but definitely fish with your thermometer.

Marc with a nice fish from yesterday.  Photo by Samantha Dennis

Marc with a nice fish from yesterday. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:
March Brown #10-2xl – S. vicarium (now classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl – S. fuscum (now also classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 350 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 637 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 817 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 319 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 16, 2015

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The water temperatures are okay throughout the system this morning.  Lordville is starting off at 63 degrees so definitely check the water with your thermometer before fishing this afternoon.  The release was increased to 325 last night to help meet the flow target at Montague, NJ.  This is still not enough cold water to protect the Mainstem from thermal stress on hot sunny days so keep pressuring the politicians.  We have some warm air temps coming today and tomorrow but luckily today we will have some cloud cover with the potential for brief showers.  Hopefully it will be enough to protect the exposed rocks from heating up.
The hatching is still bug soup.  Bring everything and definitely do not forget the March Browns.  We still have some blue quills and plenty of #16 hendricksons on the water.  Sulphurs can’t be too far behind.

Please check the water temps often over the next two days and if you see temps approaching 67 just move up river closer to the dams.

Dane with a nice brown yesterday.  Photo by Stephen Shen

Dane with a nice brown yesterday. Photo by Stephen Shen

Hatching:
March Brown #10-2xl – S. vicarium (now classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl – S. fuscum (now also classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 340 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 135 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 426 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 811 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 205 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 15, 2015

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It looks like we have a very small directed release to help meet the minimum flow target of an average of 1750 cfs at Montague, NJ.  The release from Cannonsville is 176 cfs this morning.  Hopefully they will increase the directed release this afternoon or tonight and not release any water from Lake Wallenpaupack or Rio Reservoir.  The cooler temperatures have left the system in good shape this morning with a water temp at Lordville of 60 degrees.  Our daytime air temperatures are going to climb over the weekend but the overnight temps look okay.  The water is still low exposing a lot of the gravel and boulders.  Sun can heat the rivers up quickly in this situation so double check the water temperatures with your thermometer before you fish, especially on the Mainstem and lower East Branch.
The system fished well yesterday with the smaller #16 hendricksons seeming to be the hatch of the day.  It’s still bug soup with everything from blue quills to march browns hatching.  We are still finding blue quill nymphs on the West Branch so carry everything.  Nymphing has been very productive in between hatches but most people are finding enough rising fish to keep it interesting.  Do not forget to bring hendrickson spinners!
Bottom line- we need releases for the weekend to protect the Main.

Richard with a healthy rainbow in the sun yesterday.

Richard with a healthy rainbow in the sun yesterday.

Hatching:
March Brown #10-2xl – S. vicarium (now classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl – S. fuscum (now also classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 200 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 218 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 115 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 383 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 757 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 187 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 14, 2015

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Well it’s been an interesting couple of weeks.  We went from winter right to summer, and yesterday felt like early spring.  The water temperatures have dropped throughout the system but the flows still remain low.  Last night’s air temps in the 30’s did wonders for the river.  We should hit mid 60’s today with another cold night tonight.  We are on a warming trend so without additional releases keep an eye on the water temps towards the weekend.  Accuweather isn’t calling for extreme heat like we had but it’s good to be vigilant just in case, especially on the lower sections of the Main Stem. Hopefully we get some directed releases for the Montague flow target soon.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 49 degrees this morning.
Wind made fishing tough yesterday but there were rising fish plus plenty of nymphing.  The hatching can best be described as bug soup.  Bring all your flies.  We still have blue quills and hendrickson, plus march browns and gray foxes are starting.  It should make for some interesting fishing over the next week or so.

 

Cam with a West Branch brown on top yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Cam with a West Branch brown on top yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:
March Brown #10-2xl – S. vicarium (now classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl – S. fuscum (now also classified as Maccaffertioum vicarium)
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 168 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 226 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 122 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 417 cfs @ 53º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 802 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 201 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 13, 2015

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Last night’s cool weather has provided us some thermal relief.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is starting off at 58 degrees this morning.  The cool weather today and frost warnings tonight should help immensely.  We do need to keep an eye on the forecast for the rest of the week.  The air temps will creep up into the 60’s by Friday with some sun.  Additional releases from the reservoirs are still needed to protect the system from thermal stress.  The low water exposes too many rocks that are heated up by the sun.  Bright sun can heat the rivers up faster than hot air temperatures.

The West Branch has fishable temperatures this morning but the Mainstem is still on the edge.  The Lordville gage is registering 65 degrees this morning.  We feel this gage registers a few degrees cooler than the actual temperatures so please check the water with your thermometer before fishing.  That should apply to fishing anywhere on the system still as the water temps can climb quickly during sunny periods.

Right now the entire system is a wade game.  The flow at Lordville is only 731 which is too low to take a boat down.

 

Hatching:
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 174 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 226 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 125 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 430 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 731 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 211 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 12, 2015

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It looks like everyone including the fish get another day off due to the high water temperatures.  We are not fishing or guiding today.  The lower West Branch, lower East Branch, and the Mainstem all peaked over 70 degrees again by mid day yesterday.  The Lordville gage on the Mainstem is already measuring 71 degrees this morning.  That gage seems to read on the cool side so add a few degrees to that number.  We are going to see air temps in the high 70’s today so the rivers will heat up even more by late afternoon.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 67 degrees as of 5:30 this morning.  Unbelievable.

There is a potential for T Storms and .15″ of rain this afternoon.  That likely won’t be enough to bring the rivers up.  Hopefully the storms sit on us for a while and dump some real water.  Luckily the overnight air temps will drop to the 30’s with highs tomorrow in the 50’s.  This should give us some thermal relief.  If you insist on fishing the West Branch above Hale Eddy managed to stay below 70 degrees again so what little water there is up there is okay.  The closer you get to the dam the better off you will be with water temperatures.  Anything fish caught below that will likely die from stress.  No matter where you fish check the water with a thermometer first.

Hopefully Accuweather is correct and we can report on some thermal relief in tomorrow’s post.

 

I'm tired of posting depressing temperature graphs.  Here's a Green Drake nymph

I’m tired of posting depressing temperature graphs. Here’s a Green Drake nymph

Hatching:
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 226 cfs @ 62º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 127 cfs @ 64º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 457 cfs @ 67º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 830 cfs @ 71º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 228 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 11, 2015

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Take today off from fishing.  The Lordville gage is showing 69 degrees already this morning.  We believe that the Lordville gage registers cooler than the actual river temperature so the Mainstem is a little over 70 degrees already.  It looks likes the potential for rain has been decreasing and we are only looking at around a 1/10th of an inch this afternoon with air temperatures in the 80’s.  A little more rain should fall overnight but much of it will be soaked up by the ground and vegetation that is leafing out.  The air temps will remain warm tonight but will begin to drop on Tuesday night offering a little relief.  We are watching the system closely and making decisions day by day.

We are not going to fish or take anyone fishing today.  Like yesterday we suggest everyone take today off to give the fish a break.  Hopefully mother nature provides us some relief over the next few days.

The West Branch at Hale Eddy peaked at 67 degrees yesterday.  The lower West Branch, East Branch, and Mainstem all peaked over 70 degrees.  Callicoon peaked over 75 degrees.

The West Branch in Hancock peaked over 70 degrees yesterday.

The West Branch in Hancock peaked over 70 degrees yesterday and is starting at 65 degrees this morning.

Hatching:
Hendrickson #16 – E. X species
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 229 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 76 cfs @ 63º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 471 cfs @ 66º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 811 cfs @ 69º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 234 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 10, 2015

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The bright sun, heat, and low release has caught up to the Mainstem and even the lower East Branch and lower West Branch.  The bright sun has been especially bad the last couple of days heating up the exposed rocks making the rivers warm up quicker.  The warm nights haven’t cooled the rivers down so we are starting off with high temperatures this morning.  If you are going to fish head out very early and end early or wade fish the upper West Branch above Hale Eddy or the upper East Branch above Harvard.  Definitely check the water temps everywhere you go with a thermometer.  Fishs Eddy and the West Branch at 191 both peaked at 70 degrees yesterday afternoon.  Callicoon peaked at almost 75 degrees. As a staff we have decided to stop floating and fishing the Mainstem until water temperatures recede to more normal levels, we expect that you do the same. With that being said a little water, either from nature, or from the dams and this river system will bounce back.

If we are lucky we will get the forecasted 1/2″ of rain over the next few days plus a cooling trend beginning Tuesday night.  Some water and a couple of nights with air temps in the 30’s will help the river immensely.  Hopefully.  We believe the water temps at the Lordville gage are hotter than it is registering.

A lot of companies would kill to have a sales graph that trended like the Mainstem temps

A lot of companies would kill to have a sales graph that trended like the Mainstem water temps

Hatching:
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.
Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 252 cfs @ 61º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 88 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 563 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,130 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 284 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 9, 2015

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Yesterday was another mix of hendricksons, blue quills, and apple caddis.  We had periods of mid-day cloud cover that made the fish feel comfortable enough to eat the caddis.  Once the sun dropped a bit the fishing fishing picked up with the mayflies and ended with a hendrickson spinner fall in some areas.  Shaded banks payed off for people who were patient in the sun.  The fish seem picky but a lot of that is caused by the huge amount of food out there right now.  Bug soup. Each fish seems to want something different so change flies often if you get refusals.  Today is going to feel like summer with sunshine and air temps approaching 80 degrees.  The rivers are starting to warm up due to the high air temperatures and low releases.  Check the water temperatures with your thermometer before fishing.

A nice rainbow in the sun yesterday.  Photo by Kevan Smaracko

A nice rainbow in the sun yesterday. Photo by Kevan Smaracko

Hatching:
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.
Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 243 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 84 cfs @ 65º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 526 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 924 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 267 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 8, 2015

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Yesterday was a day of sunshine but the blue quills, hendricksons, and apple caddis still came off.  The fish were picky but willing to rise.  Emergers seem to be the pattern of choice.  If you want to fish underneath before or in between hatches try swinging wet flies to mimic the huge amounts of caddis out there right now.  The blue quills and hendricksons have been hatching for a while now so definitely stay late and watch for spinner falls.  Today is going to feel like summer with the warmest air temperatures we’ve seen so far this year.  Let’s hope Accuweather is correct and we get some decent precipitation between May 10th and May 12th.  Cannonsville is currently at 98.8% capacity.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 58 degrees this morning.

 

Dave with one of his good browns yesterday. Photo by  Steve Shen

Dave with one of his good browns yesterday. Photo by
Steve Shen

Hatching:
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.
Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 252 cfs @ 61º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 88 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 563 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,130 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 284 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 7, 2015

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Yesterday was another mix of hendricksons and blue quills but the apple caddis stole the show.  At times they looked like snow coming up the river.  The cloud cover certainly made the fish feel comfortable and we saw rises in sections right after lunch.  Nymphing has been producing in the morning before the hatches plus there has been some sporadic morning risers to caddis.  Stay on the river late because there have been some blue quill and hendrickson spinner activity at dark. Today will be warmer with negligible winds.  The air temperature dropped last night so the rivers are starting off cooler this morning.  Cannonsville Reservoir is now at 99.1% capacity.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is starting off at 54 degrees this morning.

Nick had a decent day yesterday.  Photo by Stephen Shen

Nick had a decent day yesterday. Photo by Stephen Shen

Hatching:
Apple Caddis #16-18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Hendrickson – #12 – E. subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – Paralep. adoptiva
Quill Gordon #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Dark Chimarra sp.
Little Black Stoneflies #14 – 18 – Capnidae sp. and Taeniopteryx sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 158 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 268 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 94 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 597 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 305 cfs @ N/A

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