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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 7, 2014

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Yesterday was the nicest day we’ve seen since early October!  The water temps climbed to the mid 40s on most of the system bringing  us closer to decent hatching.  The weatherman is calling for low 50s today with some rain starting in the afternoon lasting through the night.  They are calling for some wind today but they are never correct anyway.  Water temps are low again this morning so streamers and nymphing will be your best option.  Hopefully by mid afternoon the temps will increase enough to get the fish looking up for stoneflies.  If the warming trend continues we should see Blue Quills before too long.

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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 463 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 985 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 566 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,150 cfs @ 40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,240 cfs @ 41º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,340 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 6, 2014

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Most of the rain seemed to miss us over the last few days but the temps stayed cool and the rivers stayed full.  Last night was cold but we are definitely on a warming trend.  Today should be in the high 50s and the sun is already shining.  The best activity is going to be mid to late afternoon when the water is at it’s warmest.  Most of the system is starting out in the hi 30s so it will tale a while today.  Strip smaller streamers slowly through the long pools and nymph using smaller patterns.  You may find a fish or two on stoneflies depending on the water temps.  If you do see a rise cover it quickly – they don’t seem to stay up for long this time of year.

 

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It’ll be a long time before we see big stoneflies but I like the picture

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 427 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 632 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,410 cfs @ 37º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,820 cfs @ 37º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,460 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 5, 2014

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We wanted a cool wet April and that is what we had yesterday- bone chilling and damp.  Today should be 45 degrees, partly sunny with brief showers.  The last of the runoff and rain is keeping the rivers filled and the Cannonsville level is still slowly rising.  Those are tow encouraging signs for this season.  The water temps are still low for any meaningful dryfly activity so you best opportunities will come from fishing smaller streamers slowly and nymphing above some of the feeder creeks.  The sun is popping out this morning and it looks like a nice early Spring day overall.

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 restocking hendrickson comparaduns – photo by Jordan Davenport

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 388 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,220 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 736 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,880 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,690 cfs @ 38º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1790 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 94.2% – 391 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 4, 2014

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After a very cold dry March we have been hoping for a cool wet April with enough rain to fill the reservoirs and keep the water temps cool- it looks like we are getting our wish so far.  Accuweather is calling for an inch of rain over the next couple of days.  Air temperatures continue to be pleasant for early April and water temps on the West Branch seem to be on a warming trend every morning bringing closer to the hatching.  Streamers fish slow are still your best bet along with nymphing the upper WB above most of the feeder streams.

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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 383 cfs @ 38º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,160 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 659 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,950 cfs @ 31º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,740 cfs @ 41º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1940 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 91.8% – 391 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 3, 2014

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We missed yesterday’s post- there’s nothing more fun than starting off a new season with computer issues beyond our control!

Overall the fishing is still slow.  While the air temperatures have improved significantly over the last week, the water temps are still a little low to get the fish moving.  That should improve over the next few days as our warming trend continues and the runoff continue to subside.  Right now the river West Branch still has that greenish tint I would describe as “glacial”.  There have been a lot of stoneflies in the afternoons but the fish aren’t really on them yet.  Most of our success has come on smaller streamers fished slowly.

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 Yesterday on the river- photo by Jordan Davenport

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 383 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,250 cfs @ 38º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 675 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,030 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,310 cfs @ 39º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1920 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 91.8% – 391 CFS release

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 1, 2014

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Well that was a long winter.

Lots of rain and ice this past week but it looks like we are finally on a warming trend.  The rivers are dropping and beginning to clear.  Streamers have been working okay on warm afternoons with most success coming on small flies fished slowly.  Stoneflies have been out off and on for the last month but no real dryfly activity yet.  As the river levels continue to drop nymphing small flies during the warmest part of the day will be your best bet.  Stay tuned- it’s only going to get better from here forward.

Hatching:

Tiny Black Stoneflies #18 – Capniadae sp.

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

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FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 158 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1330 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 793 cfs @ 36º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,070 cfs @ 37º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,090 cfs @ 37º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1830 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 88.4% – 140 CFS release

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Not Quite Spring Yet

Mar 21, 2014 Comments Off by

But we’re standing in the snow watching patiently.  Stay tuned, Winter will end.

 

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Somerset Show Contest Winner

Feb 20, 2014 Comments Off by

Congratulations to Tom Moseley, who stopped by our booth at Somerset this past month! Thanks to all who entered, or just dropped by the booth to say hello.

We have tons of snow up here in Starlight, which bodes well for the upcoming spring. If you haven’t booked your stay or trip yet, look at your calendar and give us a call, we are filling up quickly, and season will be upon us before you know it!

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Come See Us at the Fly Fishing Show This Weekend!

Jan 20, 2014 Comments Off by

Happy New Year to everyone! January is upon us, which means it is once again time for the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ at the Garden State Convention Center. For a change of pace, our booth will be in the Lobby of the show, and we would love to see you there, so please stop by for a visit.

Guide Bob Lewis will also be making a presentation each day of the show entitled, “Taming the Delaware,” which will have great information for both the novice and veteran angler alike, so be sure not to miss it!

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 31, 2013

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Well here we are, the end of the season here at the Delaware River Club. I would like to thank each one of you for your continued business, as well as constant readership. It certainly makes it easier to publish the report daily, knowing how many are looking forward to it each morning. Keep checking back, as I will be adding content here and there, as well as announcing our Client of the Year winner(s) shortly! While we will be “closed,”  please feel free to call the shop / check out the online store if there is anything you need over the winter months, and we’ll be glad to get it out to you! Now for the normal business:

Wednesday turned into another good day of dry fly fishing, on both the West and Main. When I closed the shop up around 6 yesterday, we still had fish rising in Home Pool, taking Pseudos, most likely. I had reports of Stenos and Isos mixed in with the Pseudos on the Main Stem yesterday, starting around 1 PM or so, and continuing until dark. The larger fish were caught in the slower water at the end of the pools, but weren’t so picky that you needed to drop below 5.5X or 6X tippet. Today we’re starting with cloud cover, and will likely have some rain coming our way as well. This will likely delay the hatches a bit, but with warmer weather (mid 60s) we could still see some decent activity. Looking forward, I would expect the Pseudos to hang around well into November, so long as the weather stays warmer in the mid-afternoon. Don’t be scared to come up and wet a line just because winter is coming – the bugs will still be here for a bit, as will the fish! Thanks again for a great season!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL, #12 (sporadic)

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14 (sporadic)

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 441 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 627 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 96 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 285 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,060 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 132 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 67.1% – 450 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 30, 2013

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Once again, things actually went according to schedule. Bugs and fish on the West from about 2PM until 5:30 PM or so, mostly olives but with the occasional Iso thrown in for good measure. Today we’ll likely see it start a bit earlier, as the temps will be in the mid to high 50s, and hopefully go a bit longer into the evening. NYC did drop our flows a tad down to a 593 release, but that should not adversely affect the fishing too much. There are still a handful of Stenos out there, so be looking for yellow bugs, as well as the possibility of some late season flying ants, at least on the Main Stem – had a report of those guys being out yesterday! Get out there and have some fun while the season is still here!

A very unusual Steno on the porch yesterday. I obviously lack Jeff's talent for Bug Photos. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

There were a few of these on the porch from yesterday – pale Steno spinners! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 577 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 785 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 99 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 270 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,250 cfs @ 48º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 132 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 67.9% – 593 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 29, 2013

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Ended up being cloudier than expected yesterday, which made the Olives very happy, as well as the trout up and eating them. They started a bit later on the West Branch, more towards 3 or so, but kept going until past 5. The Lower Main (below Buckingham) picked up a bit earlier, as the water temps were a bit warmer down that way. We’re cooling off a bit today, with temps not quite hitting 50, and a good amount of cloud cove, so I’d expect the bugs to hatch a bit later in the day again, and likely continue on a bit more into the evening as well.

Bob Lewis holding a FAT WB Brown. Photo by: Steve Shen

Bob Lewis holding a FAT WB Brown. Photo by: Steve Shen

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 737 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 828 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 279 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 47º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 134 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 68.5% – 760 CFS release

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