Archive for Uncategorized

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 10, 2013

Jun 10, 2013 Comments Off by

For a change, yesterday pretty much went according to plan! The upper West fished well early on in the day, even in the bright sunshine, then quited down towards evening, when the lower west really started to shine. HUGE flurries of Dortheas were making their way down river, but the fish keyed in on the big (12-2XL) Isos that were hatching as well. Towards dark the fish switched over to the little yellow guys, but proved pretty picky overall. Right at dark there was a big sulphur spinner fall, with tons of fish up and feeding well into the pitch black. Today, we’re already getting the rain that has been predicted, which may get heavy at times. There is a chance it will really bring us up – so we will play the ‘wait and see’ game!

Nate Eckhaus showing you the business end of a big brown! Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 725 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 860 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 521 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 869 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,910 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 362 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 101.2% – 600 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 9, 2013

Jun 09, 2013 Comments Off by

Yesterday definitely panned out to be similar to Friday in many ways, especially in the areas that fished (or did not). The Upper West fished well from 2PM on, with cloud covers helping both the fish and the bugs be active. Below Hale Eddy the dry fly action was quite slow, but there was definitely a good streamer bite in full effect throughout the day. During the evening however, the whole river lit up with everything from Sulphurs to Isos to a great Coffin Flies. It all depended on where you were! Today, we’re looking at warmer temps and more sunshine, which will likely mean the hatching will be pushed back to late afternoon / early evening. But if last night was any evidence of what to expect, it’s going to be a fun evening for sure!

Sam Dennis showing the fish some love! Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 885 cfs @ 58º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,020 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 736 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,260 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,910 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 462 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 101.2% – 600 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 8, 2013

Jun 08, 2013 Comments Off by

Well the rain that much of you received yetserday (and called me about) never really materialized up here, with maybe 3/4″ falling throughout the whole day and into the evening. This made for some great olive fishing in spots, and the streamer bite was incredible throughout the day as well. Dry fly action in the evening seemed to be limited to the upper reaches of the West Branch for some reason, with not a ton going on in the stretches below Hale Eddy after 5PM. Today, we’re looking at a slightly warmer air temp (72F), with morning clouds giving way a bit in the afternoon. There are chances of some scattered storms, so don’t be caught in the middle of the river with a big graphite lightning rod in your hand if one shows up!

Tony May (left) celebrates with Jeff White on a nice fish caught on a great day! Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 989 cfs @ 60º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,130 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 908 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,540 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,050 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 643 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 101.2% – 600 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 7, 2013

Jun 07, 2013 Comments Off by

Nice, overcast and slightly wet up here yesterday.  The majority of the rain missed us (yet again), so there was no real bump in the flow, and we are still running nice and clear. We did not see as many of the bugs in the earlier part of the day yesterday as expected, but they definitely showed later, in FORCE- our dortheas made a big appearance, and the fish were definitely up and on them. Isos were hatching, as well as olives and caddis in droves, but the little yellow snacks were what the fish were most interested in. Definitely the great kind of fishing you would expect from a day like yesterday. Today we are looking at 1/4″ of rain throughout the day, with little to no wind. Definitely could be another great one out there!

These! Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,000 cfs @ 60º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,160 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 823 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,220 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,770 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 424 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 101.3% – 278 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 6, 2013

Jun 06, 2013 Comments Off by

Interesting day on the water Wednesday, depending on where you were wetting a line. Interesting, but productive for those with patience. The day was brighter and sunnier than predicted, so it certainly started off as a typical summertime day, with a few bugs and fish popping here and there. Fish were active on streamers during this time, despite the sunshine. As evening approached, so did the bug soup. Green Drakes, Grey Fox, Isos, caddis, and of dorthea in droves on the West Branch at dark. Most would take a coffin fly, but others were definitely choosing one bug to feed on, so you had to have it right! Today we have cloud cover and rain in the forecast, with just a little bit more of a breeze (15 MPH gusts) expected. This could make for one heck of a day out on the river, let’s see what it brings!

The cloudy rainy days can be the best! Photo: Norm Price

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,130 cfs @ 63º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,280 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 823 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,190 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,050 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 375 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 101.8% – 278 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 5, 2013

Jun 05, 2013 Comments Off by

Apologies on the late post, internet has been more than a little bit spotty today. Regardless, we are starting to love this high water, along with the cooler air temps we have been experiencing. It has brought us some decent hatching throughout the day, and some good streamer action as well! Today, we’ve got some clouds rolling in, not quite sure how many, but that should be enough to get us some mid-day dry fly actions.

<<Imagine a  nice, beautiful Brown Trout here – uploads seem to be a luxury today>>

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 61º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,380 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 991 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,430 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,430 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 410 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 102.3% – 278 CFS release

 

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 4, 2013

Jun 04, 2013 Comments Off by

Boy do the bugs love some cloud cover! Folks out on the water yesterday were treated to some nice daytime hatching, mostly sulphurs and smaller olives, with a decent spinner fall at night, depending on where you were on the system. Coffin Flies are still around, as are the first batch of Isonychia spinners. The cool night helped us out as well, keeping the spilling water from Cannonsville from getting too hot. Today, we are expecting some relief from the heat, with temps in the mid- to high 60s. Mix in a little cloud cover, and we could have a great day out there!

The streamer bite has been on with these high waters! Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,410 cfs @ 63º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,600 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,330 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,800 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,070 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 477 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 102.3% – 278 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 3, 2013

Jun 03, 2013 Comments Off by

Another “summery” day yesterday, with bright sun early, and patchy clouds throughout the hot, humid afternoon. The predicted 1.5″ of rain turned into about .015″ of rain, as we only had a few brief, passing showers. There was not much for hatching during the day, aside from some sporadic Iso and Sulphur action in shady areas. However there was a great Coffin Fly (Green Drake) spinner fall on the lower West Branch last night. Emphasis on “night,” as it happened about 5 ’til dark-thirty. The fish were certainly into that buffet, and several very nice fish were taken right at the buzzer. As far a as conditions go, there is still quite a bit of water spilling over the dam, which is mercifully keeping us full as our release has been cut back to 275 CFS. Yet again, Mother Nature saves our bacon. Imagine 275 and this heat we’ve been having? There are some things I just don’t want to think about. As for today, we are looking at some more cloud cover and slightly cooler temps moving into the area, which will hopefully trigger some daytime hatching and earlier spinner falls – hopefully when we can still see them!

 

If you are wondering why Theo May looks a bit like a drowned rat, that is because he decided whilst fighting a fish to take the creature on in his own turf. Wet wading at 3000 cfs over the side of the boat? Not recommended. Watch out for those gunwales next time Theo! Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella invaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,480 cfs @ 63º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,730 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,590 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,180 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,400 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 543 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 103.7% – 273 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 2, 2013

Jun 02, 2013 Comments Off by

UPDATE: The Release from Cannonsville Reservoir has been dropped to 275 CFS, and we are still at the lowest Table (4a). Please do not try to apply logic in this situation, it won’t work.

 

It was definitely a summertime day yesterday – except for the part where we have oodles of water, of course. Bright sun, hot air temps made for a slow day of dry fly fishing, but the streamer bite was incredible! That being said, as we approached evening, there were good hatches of Dorthea and Isos, as well as psuedos and Green Drakes. Even in the heavy current the fish were coming up and eating – even more so in the slower back eddies and shallower flats. The DEP is still releasing 1,000 CFS as best we can tell (they have not updated the notification), as our temps are definitely lower on the West. The “1.5 inches” of rain predicted for today has evaporated, but we are still expecting some thunderstorms to roll through in the early afternoon. The additional cloud cover is welcome, and will do nothing but help the fishing overall!

Paul and Samantha Chain show off a nice MS Brown. Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

Stenonema vicarium – March Browns – #10-2xl

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerellainvaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,970 cfs @ 60º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,430 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,950 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,650 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,110 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 607 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 103.7% – 1,000 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions June 1, 2013

Jun 01, 2013 Comments Off by

There is certainly water everywhere, and we saw something rarely seen – over 50+ miles of the river system all at the same temperature – about 59F, which is fantastic considering the blistering heat we felt yesterday. The bright sun kept the streamer bite down a bit, until it lowered into the hills. By then we did have rising fish in the slower water and back eddies, with fish taking Isonychia and (believe it or not) Pseudos – tiny blue wing olives. How they could see them, I have no idea! But, the water has cleared tremendously, and now the powers that be have decided to release 1,000 cfs out of Cannonsville. Don’t ask me why, or on what regulation, as the most water we were supposed to get was a 525 release. This will cool down the water coming over the dam, and defintely help to further clear the West Branch. All that being said, today should be a great day, if we get the cloud cover predicted – clear, high, cool water always = good bugs, and good fish!

Jim Swift getting it done in the rain the other day! Photo: Billy Rivellini

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

Stenonema vicarium – March Browns – #10-2xl

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerellainvaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 3,290 cfs @ 60º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,380 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,470 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,500 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,700 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 710 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 103.7% – 1,000 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013 Comments Off by

As much as we beg, plead, and pray for water, Mother Nature has certainly given it to us in spades. While both the West Branch and East are high, it seems as though they have peaked, and out front the West is already looking much cleaner than it did yesterday. The sudden influx of color (i.e. mud) was from the high flows hitting the dry banks. Now that we’ve peaked, the water is going to drop, and be continually clearing. Since we are at 3,000 cfs this morning, wading will be dangerous pretty much anywhere aside from the bank, until we drop down under 2,000 cfs or so. That being said, those with boats are in for a treat, as we already have seen alewives in Home Pool, and the streamer bite is likely to be spectacular in the short term (provided our cloud cover holds). The dries are certainly still there, and the fish will be looking up for them, but only in the slack water on the rivers’ edges, as we saw last night. This makes for some fun drifts – like the kind where your fly lands where you want, then magically goes upstream instead! Regardless, the water is a definite boon with the hot weather we are having, and will definitely extend our day-time dry fly fishing further into June. No complaints there.

MIke Chain, Sr. with a chunky MS Brown. Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

Stenonema vicarium – March Browns – #10-2xl

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerellainvaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 3,080 cfs @ 59º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,130 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,770 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 4,030 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 7,780 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 836 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 101.9% – 250 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more

Delaware River Report / Conditions May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013 Comments Off by

What a difference a day can make. With the heat and humidity, the air felt just plain thick yesterday, and the patchy sun definitely kept the bugs down for a good chunk of the day. There was decent action to be found, depending on where you were fishing, but definitely slower than it has been for the previous few days. The spinners (Coffin Flies in particular) are starting to fly out over the water, but no real large falls at this point. The Dragonflies were out in force, mowing down mayflies and caddis like the little Apache attack helicopters they are – always cool to watch! Also, there is pretty big spill-off coming from both reservoirs now, coloring up the East and Main, while blowing quite a bit of the dreaded “green slime” downstream from Deposit in the West Branch. This will eventually settle out, but until then expect times where your Sulphur will turn into a BWO.

Last Minute Note: The crazy thing just brought to my attention is the fact that Walton (the inflow into Cannonsville) is at 6,100 cfs this morning, meaning the spill will continue for quite awhile.

Mike Chain, Jr. holds a THICK Main Stem Brown. Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

Stenonema vicarium – March Browns – #10-2xl

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerellainvaria- Sulphurs – #14

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 59º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 989 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,100 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,090 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,790 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,170 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 100.7% – 250 CFS release

Uncategorized Read more