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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 28, 2013

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Sunday was definitely a much calmer, sunnier day overall, and the fish did respond in the mid-day hours to flushes of Isos and Pseudos taking advantage of the warmest part of the day. The West fished a bit more than the Main, and the fish were super-spooky over on the East and Beaverkill, which is no surprised based on the low flows that direction. We still have higher water on the West thanks to directed flows keeping Montague as high as it needs to be, which makes it perfect for both wading and floating. We’ve got similar days for the rest of the week, so hopefully the pattern will continue, giving everyone a chance to sleep in if they choose, without missing the majority of the action!

Pat Giordano made a return to the river after a few months off - obviously he's forgotten to TILT the the fish when having a picture taken! Nice Brown Pat! Photo: Michael Johnson

Pat Giordano with a nice October Brown! Photo: Michael Johnson

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 761 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 143 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 326 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 47º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 141 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 70.5% – 600 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 27, 2013

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I couldn’t hear the reports over all the wind out on the water yesterday. With cold temps, the 20+ gusts definitely made for a brutal, chilly day, with just sporadic insect activity to boot. Those throwing streamers fared better, but not much, as if the fish decided to hide from the wind as well. Today we are looking at much more reasonable weather wind-wise, and with partly cloudy skies we should see a return of the bugs and the fish up and eating them. We’ll still be in the low 50s temp wise, so be sure to pack a fleece or two!

This is the monster the Pickerel took - shown here for size. Another Jeff White creation. Photo: Jeff White

Sometimes, as Lefty Kreh says:, “if it ain’t chartreuse, it ain’t no use!” Another Jeff White creation. Photo: Jeff White

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 688 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 841 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 143 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 341 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs @ 46º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 146 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 70.5% – 693 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 26, 2013

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Despite the colder weather Friday, it turned out to be a good day for dry fly fishing, with lots of olives popping up between 2 and 5 PM. The only bit of trouble was the wind, which put the fish down at times, and certainly made you wish for a nice set of hand warmers at the same time. We’re looking at similar conditions today, with hopefully less of a stiff breeze during the afternoon. There will likely be a little smattering of rain/sleet/snow as the day progresses, so keep the warm and waterproof gear handy!

Sandy Bing with a great West Branch Rainbow. Photo: Steve Shen

And don’t forget the Rainbows are still hungry! Sandy Bing holds a nice WB fish in this 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

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 688 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 841 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 143 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 341 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs @ 46º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 146 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 70.5% – 693 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 25, 2013

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There is definitely a chill in the air, and the bugs felt it as well. With the colder air temps, our hatching yesterday was limited to about 3 hours – from 2 to 5, the warmest part of the day. That being said, I had a few people telling me it was good streamer / nymph day, as the water temps in the West were still in the mid to high 50s. Today is forecast to be a whole  bunch like yesterday, except with the possibility of some actual rainfall. The flows have been fairly steady in the West, so we should see similar activity (both bug and fish) throughout the day, but if you’re looking for dry fly action, I would take a nap, and wait until the afternoon.

An attempt to show the width of this fish - my hand is 4.5" from that thumb to heel. Photo by: Jeff White

Now THAT is wide brown! Photo by: Jeff White

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 688 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 779 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 145 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,140 cfs @ 46º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 148 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 71.2% – 693 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 24, 2013

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Well Fall finally reared its ugly head yesterday, with cold temps, a good frost, and spotty rain throughout the day. The reports I received spoke of cold-ass weather, but not too many fish. I think they decided that this sudden summer-to-winter transition wasn’t cool either. Today we’re expecting a little more of the same, sans rain. NYC is also yo-yo-ing the flows to meet the Montague release, which could likely have an adverse effect on the fishing as well. Regardless, you can’t win if you don’t play, so if you have a chance to head out today, definitely take advantage – our browns are definitely randy and upset, so any streamer or nymph coming their way will likely elicit a response.

Nothing nicer than a fish that fills the net! Photo: Bruce Miller

Nothing nicer than a fish that fills the net! Photo: Bruce Miller

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 567 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 785 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 145 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 352 cfs @ 44º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,280 cfs @ 47º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 152 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 71.8% – 575 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 23, 2013

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We started off with clouds and rain first thing yesterday, which gave way to mostly cloudy skies by the afternoon. Even with this change in pressure, the fish and bugs definitely responded in a positive way. Pseudos, Stenos, Hebes, and Isos were all out on the water yesterday from about 12:00 PM on, and the fish while seemingly sporadic, were actually quite catch-able if you could put the fly down in front of them fast enough. As the day wore on, the streamer bite also turned on, with browns actively chasing smaller white streamers, all the way up until dark. The bugs shut down around 6PM or so, when the temperatures really started to drop, aside from a few stray stupid caddis here and there. This morning we have our first frost of the year, and are expecting the temps to just hover around 50, with mostly cloudy skies. If you’re dry fly fishing, I would sleep in and give the water a bit to warm up. Those fishing subsurface will likely have an earlier start, but I wouldn’t expect anything great to happen early in the morning.

Bruce Miller with a nice, big, pregnant female he caught yesterday on a white streamer. Woh - and look! He's smiling! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Bruce Miller with a nice, big, pregnant female he caught yesterday on a white streamer. Woh – and look! He’s smiling! Photo: 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

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 538 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 580 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 148 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 356 cfs @ 46º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 954 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 156 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 72.3% – 545 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 22, 2013

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Not too shabby for a Monday. Despite the bright sun, there were some pretty good hatches of mayflies throughout the day, culminating with a spinner fall yesterday evening, pretty much river wide. Isos and Psuedos through the day, with Stenos and steno spinners during the night. Today we’ve got a cloudier day on par, with scattered rain showers throughout the area, and highs only in the mid 50s. Definitely a good day to pack an extra fleece, but the lack of wind and good cloud cover will certainly make all the little bugs happy, and then bring the trout up to get them!

A nice close up of a beautiful, feisty  'Bow. Photo: Jeff White

A nice close up of a beautiful, feisty ‘Bow. Photo: Jeff White

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 361 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 494 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 173 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 364 cfs @ 48º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 934 cfs @ 51º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 141 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 72.8% – 370 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 21, 2013

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Shockingly, yesterday actually turned out  as predicted! When there was wind, the bugs were down, but fish were active subsurface. When the wind died, we had fish working on the top. Overall, not a bad day to be on the river! Today, we have another cooler morning, with a fall-ish afternoon predicted – sun and clouds around 62 degrees. The fish will likely be asleep this morning, but will certainly turn on once the water starts to warm up. I am hoping for more dry fly action when that occurs, but I won’t be putting the boat in today – with flows at 875 at Lordville, that will only mean scratches I don’t need. Let’s hope for some rain to push things up a little bit.

Found another good one of Kal! A nice Main Stem Brown with big spots!  Photo: Bob Lewis

Found another good one of Kal! A nice Main Stem Brown with big spots!
Photo: Bob Lewis

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 326 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 412 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 173 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 375 cfs @ 48º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 876 cfs @ 51º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 151 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 73.8% – 325 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 20, 2013

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So much for the “calm” winds predicted for yesterday – the white caps on Lake Lenore definitely told a different story. There were bugs, and fish ready to eat, but the all day breezes did not allow the former to be seen by the latter, so rises were few and far between, as the wind did not die down until well into dark. We had cold overnight temps, which will definitely slow the start to the action today, and are looking at actual fall temps in the mid 50s, with a mix of clouds and sun. NYC dropped the release a bit again today, which will certainly have an affect on the West, but the Main should not feel too much of a jolt.

Les Hughes holds a beautifully-colored Main Stem Rainbow caught on an Iso wet tied by Michael Johnson. Photo: Lindsey Flexner

Les Hughes holds a beautifully-colored Main Stem Rainbow caught on an Iso wet tied by Michael Johnson. Photo: Lindsey Flexner

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 286 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 490 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 396 cfs @ 50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,090 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 156 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 73.8% – 260 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 19, 2013

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Interesting day on the river Friday. Even with the flow drop, the fish were active in the morning, and we were seeing bugs early, until the wind picked up around lunch time. There were some seriously stiff breezes which made casting fun, but the bugs reappeared in evening (Isos and Pseudos), and the fish were definitely up and on them. Today we are already starting cloudy, and there are rain showers predicted for later in the day and into the evening. The actual amount of precipitation does not look like much, but with calm winds and overcast skies, we could see some excellent hatching activity!

We're glad to have guide Kevan Smaracko back from Alaska, and here he's holding his girlfriend Tanya's great WB brown! Photo: Bob Lewis

We’re glad to have guide Kevan Smaracko back from Alaska, and here he’s holding his girlfriend Tanya’s great WB Brown from this week! Photo: Bob Lewis

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 420 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 534 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 179 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 430 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9840 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 178 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 73.8% – 615 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 18, 2013

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Hey! Some Rain! The witchdoctors actually made a 100% chance of rain prediction for last night, and lo and behold, they were right! Unfortunately, it means that NYC is turning off the spigot. We’re back down to a 300 cfs release today, not sure what that means for the fish, as we are expecting a bit more cloud cover and rain this morning, yielding its way to sunshine in the afternoon. What an aweso me fall……for all those non-fisher-folk. Yesterday was a pretty decent day on the river, with bugs and active, happy fish once we hit the afternoon hours, once the sun dropped down a bit. I also want to say thanks to all of you continuing to read, even though I have been demoted on the “fishing prediction scale” from Nostradamus to Miss Cleo. I am always looking for a bit more consistency, let’s hope the river gives it to us today!

Kal Kallaugher with an awesome looking Brown from his float with Bob this past Wednesday. Photo: Bob Lewis

Kal Kallaugher with an awesome looking Brown from his float with Bob this past Wednesday. Photo: Bob Lewis

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 773 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 367 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 138 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 74.7% – 615 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 17, 2013

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A mixed bag out there yesterday, with the West seeing plenty of active fish subsurface with little bug activity, and the Main having the opposite! The fishing did pick up as the day progressed, and active feeders were found on the Main from Stockport down on both Stenos and Pseudos. The fish on the West had streamers on the mind, but were also happy to take a well-drifted nymph. Today, we’re back almost to 70 degrees, but with moderate to heavy clouds predicted. If it stays that way, the pseudos should be out in force on the West Branch as well, and the Main should continue to produce as well.

A bow that almost has that steelhead look to it! Photo: Jeff White

While some are colored up, plenty of our ‘bows almost have that steelhead look! Photo: Jeff White

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 773 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 367 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 138 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 74.7% – 615 CFS release

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