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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 16, 2014

Jun 16, 2014 Comments Off by

With the bright sun yesterday, the streamer bit was ok and the bugs started around 3pm on the lower river.  Among the mix were dorotheas, isos, invaria, green drakes, pseudos, and even some March browns still! With the dropping water levels, the fish are becoming more active in the afternoon and today should be fairly similar to yesterday.  The West Branch is wadable nearly everywhere and so is the Upper main.

Jordan found a few little guys to take his green drake.

Jordan found a few little guys to take his green drake.

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 773 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 292 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1540 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2860 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 917 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 15, 2014

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By yesterday evening, the water had cleared up enough to produce some decent dry fly fishing.  Sulphurs, iso’s, and some small olives were among the hatches yesterday.  Many places are now becoming wadable, and more should become available by this evening.  With these higher water levels, the fish should be less cautious and the hatches more plentiful.

 

A great fish taken just before dark!

A great fish taken just before dark!

 

 

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 938 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 326 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2180 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4300 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1390 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 14, 2014

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We asked for water, and we got water….but we are currently still off color.  The West branch peaked at almost 2000 cfs and is now dropping at about 100 cfs an hour.  We should expect decent fishing tomorrow into next week with the higher water.  The water at Stilesville, above Oquaga creek, is wadable and starting to clear.  The lower river should start to clear by this afternoon.  In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the World Cup and tying flies.

Hopefully we will clear up so I can stop posting bug pics.

Hopefully we will clear up so I can stop posting bug pics.

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 502 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1660 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 461 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4580 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 8210 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 3050 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 13, 2014

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DSC_0276We finally received some well needed rain and the West Branch is starting to rise!  There is currently a light tint to the water, but that will clear up by tomorrow at the latest.  Yesterday the river displayed hatches of sulphurs, cahills, epeorus, and of course those miniscule pseudocleon.  With no fierce gusts of wind today, we should have a repeat of yesterday with more rising fish.

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Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 519 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 698 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 203 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 681 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,580 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 417 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 12, 2014

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With clouds and light rain, today is starting to look like a typical BWO day.  So make sure to carry some small olives, #18 -22. Despite the gusting winds, yesterday yielded more green drakes, isonychias, and sulphurs.   Nymphing has been productive with small pheasant tails and hares ear patterns.  If you head out today, don’t forget your raincoat!

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Iso’s are starting to show themselves! Photo by Jordan Davenport

 

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 543 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 638 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 333 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 11, 2014

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The March Brown, Gray Fox, and Green Drakes are waning but are being replaced with decent Sulphurs, Pseudos, Stenos, and my favorite mayfly- the Isonychias.Today looks cooler with some much needed rain (not enough but we’ll take it).  It should be a good BWO day with Pseudos and hopefully some of the deficiens mixed in.  They were defintely on the water yesterday so today should be a continuation of that hatch.

Jordan with a self shot picture from yesterday

Jordan with a self shot picture from yesterday

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 543 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 632 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,320 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 324 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 10, 2014

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We had good cloud cover for the most part yesterday but the bugs didn’t cooperate like we expected.  There were enough fish working to keep it interesting.  The evenings have been fishing well and a lot of action happens right at dark and into the night.  There are still some Green Drakes around with the Coffin Flies coming at night.  Sulphurs are providing the most consistent fishing at this point and we are having our best success with a half and half emerger pattern.  The weather looks good again today with some clouds and maybe a thunderstorm.  We are on a warming trend with our air temps so hopefully some of these T storms drop some rain on us.

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

 

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 547 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 746 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,370 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 403 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 9, 2014

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While we had clouds for most of yesterday we actually had fewer bugs.  The fish were happier though and we saw more consistent risers during the day.  A lot of bugs came off in the dark and the fish responded.  The front that moved in also dropped the air temperature which usually means slower bug activity.  Today looks good for fishing with some clouds, maybe a few quick storms, and air temps in the 70’s.  Last night’s rain was helpful but most of it was soaked right into the ground.  The Beaverkill  is still rising slightly this morning but looks fine on the USGS graph.

Joel finishing the day.  Photo by Jeff White

Joel finishing the day. Photo by Jeff White

Hatching:

March Brown #10 – 2xl  – S. Vicarium

Gray Fox # 12-2xl – S. Vicarium (formerly fuscum)

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 552 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 585 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 305 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 8, 2014

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The bright sun for most of the day made the fish very shy and the fishing very tough.  There were a lot of one and two time risers that never seemed to come back up.  There was an okay mix of Green Drakes, Stenos, small olives, and sulphurs but the fish never really got going until the sun dropped.  Once the sun left the water the fish found the sulphurs and played nice right into dark.  Some spots had coffin flies and other spots were all sulphur duns.  The weather looks a little better for today with some clouds rolling in late afternoon and some showers tonight with a 1/4 inch of rain.

Hatching:

March Brown #10 – 2xl  – S. Vicarium

Gray Fox # 12-2xl – S. Vicarium (formerly fuscum)

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 486 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 529 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 608 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 302 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 7, 2014

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Yesterday fished well from the afternoon on- lots of Gray Fox, some March Browns, Green Drakes, and Sulphurs.  The fish were looking up- even if they weren’t steady they were catch-able if you could mark them and be patient.  The system has cleared after the rain earlier in the week and everything is now wadeable and in good shape.  We have some sun predicted for today with temps around 80 degrees.  Nymphing may be the best bet during the day until we get some shade on the river or the sun drops in the late afternoon.

Nick with a nice rainbow in the dark.  Photo by Steve Shen

Nick with a nice rainbow in the dark. Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:

March Brown #10 – 2xl  – S. Vicarium

Gray Fox # 12-2xl – S. Vicarium (formerly fuscum)

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 543 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 194 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 700 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,490 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 368 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 6, 2014

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The weatherman was wrong again but at least this time it was in our favor.  Instead of sun all afternoon the clouds rolled in and just stayed.  That made the bugs and the fish happier than they’ve been during the day in a while.  Nymphing was decent but there were fish on top eating March Browns, Gray Fox, and the odd Green Drake dun.  A few sulphurs mixed in for good measure.  The coffin flies are in the air but no one here saw them hit the water in decent numbers yet.  Today looks like sun with some wind.  The Beaverkill, Lower East Branch, and Mainstem are all clearing nicely.  The West Branch avoided the color completely and is great shape this morning.

Keep and eye out for these throughout the system

Keep and eye out for these throughout the system

Hatching:

March Brown #10 – 2xl  – S. Vicarium

Gray Fox # 12-2xl – S. Vicarium (formerly fuscum)

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 552 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 203 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 877 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,730 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 492 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions June 5, 2014

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We had some more rain this morning.  The Mainstem and Lower East Branch both have some color but the West Branch looks good.  Most of the color seems to be coming off the Beaverkill / Willowemoc.  The color seemed to get the fish interested in streamers in some areas which was a nice change of pace.  The fish seemed interested in feeding on top in both the clear water and the dirty water to a mix of March Browns, Gray Fox, Green Drakes, Sulphurs, and tan Caddis.

 

Dick with a Mainstem brown yesterday.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Dick with a Mainstem brown yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

March Brown #10 – 2xl  – S. Vicarium

Gray Fox # 12-2xl – S. Vicarium (formerly fuscum)

Sulphurs #16 -18 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Green Drake #8-2xl E. Guttalata

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 494 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 869 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,780 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 484 cfs @ N/A

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