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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 3, 2015

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I guess one bonus of the pathetic May releases under the FFMP is that the West Branch and Upper East Branch are now a waders paradise.  The Lower East and Mainstem are decent for both floating and wading.  The flow at Callicoon is now 1,710 cfs and dropping.  Luckily the water temps have stayed cool so far.  We are seeing a mix of blue quills and hendricksons, plus the little black caddis are active.  Much of the dry fly activity is happening later in the day.  The low, clear water are making the fish a bit shy and pickier than normal for this time of year.  We are finding success fishing emergers, cripples, and floating nymphs.  Nymphing has been decent in the riffles early in the day.  We haven’t seen many spinners yet but they should be coming over the next few days.  Today’s forecast is sun, light winds, and a high of 72 degrees.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 50 degrees this morning and peaked at 57 degrees yesterday afternoon.

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Hatching:
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 196 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 300 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 120 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 767 cfs @ 50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,330 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 400 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 2, 2015

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The Cannonsville release was raised to 160 cfs yesterday.  The spill is ending so the net gain in flow will not amount to much additional water in the West Branch.  Yesterday was a great fishing day with overcast skies and moderate winds.  The blue quills, hendricksons, and little black caddis continue to hatch.  The amount of mayflies on the water is increasing each day so the dry fly fishing is improving each day.  The rivers should warm up more today with a forecast of sun, 70 degree air temps, and maybe a very brief rain shower in the afternoon.  The winds should be around 5 mph with gusts peaking around 8 mph.  Overall this should turn out to be a great fishing day.
Cannonsville Reservoir is 100.4% capacity with an inflow at Walton of 423 cfs.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge peaked at 55 degees yesterday and is starting off at 49 degrees this morning.

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Steve with a brown on the Mainstem.  Photo by Samantha Dennis

Steve with a brown on the Mainstem. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:
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 213 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 341 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 130 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 832 cfs @ 49º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,510 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 441 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 1, 2015

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According the recording the release from Cannonsville remains 74 cfs this morning.  Nymphing was effective yesterday and the dry fly fishing improved by late afternoon.  We had a decent flush of blue quills, little black caddis, and a few hendricksons mixed in for good measure.  The warmer air temps and sunshine forecasted for the next few days should force the bug hatching to increase.  The topwater action has been a little later in the day than we’re used to but with the increasing water temperatures the timing should move up.  There is some sporadic caddis action in the mornings.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 52 degrees this morning and peaked at 56 yesterday afternoon. Cannonsville Reservoir was 100.5% capacity with a spill of 65 cfs this morning.

Larry with a Mainstem Brown.  Photo by Jim Swift

Larry with a Mainstem Brown. Photo by Jim Swift

Hatching:
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 157 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 327 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 127 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 885 cfs @ 51º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,680 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 477 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 30, 2015

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The leading edge of the hendrickson hatch has begun.  We are seeing a few on the river mixed with blue quills and the fish have just begun to notice.  The winds have been an issue for the risers this Spring but today looks like we’re only getting winds around 5 mph with gusts to 7 mph.  If Accuweather is correct this should be a great fishing day once the clouds move in during the afternoon.  The West Branch is getting low due to the terrible release schedule under the FFMP and the spill slowing down.  The temperatures throughout the system are great so far this season. The release from Cannonsville is 74 cfs and the spill has dropped to 107 cfs.  Cannonsville is 100.6% capacity.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy peaked at 56 degrees yesterday and is starting off at 48 degrees this morning.

Jared releasing a nice rainbow yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Jared releasing a nice rainbow yesterday. Photo by Jared Makowski

Hatching:
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 205 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 377 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 140 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 965 cfs @ 50º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,830 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 519 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 29, 2015

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Yesterday fished well with nymphs and some dry flies in the afternoon. The blue quills were hatching and the fish responded in between wind gusts.  Fortunately the wind forecast shows the gusts dropping over the next few days which should help the dry fly action.  We are seeing a mix of blue quills, olives, and the occasional hendrickson.  The few hendricksons we are seeing are the leading edge of the hatch and many of the nymphs don’t look ready to go yet.  Hopefully this will lead us into a more “normal” spring with a few weeks of hendricksons.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is starting off at 46 degrees this morning and peaked at 52 degrees yesterday afternoon.  Cannonsville is still spilling a small amount with a capacity of 100.6% and an inflow from Walton of 507 cfs.  The weather looks great today with sun and a high of 66 degrees.

 

Jeff and Doug with the double yesterday!  Photo by Steve Shen

Jeff and Doug with the double yesterday! Photo by Steve Shen

Hatching:

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 229 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 427 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 159 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs @ 47º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,020 cfs @ 48º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 585 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 28, 2015

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The flows and river temperatures haven’t changed much from yesterday morning which is a good sign for fishing today.  Despite yesterday’s wind the fish did get active on the surface in between gusts and in protected areas.  The hatches have been brief in the mid afternoon but should increase in length over the next few days.  The forecast looks fantastic with the rest of the week in the 60’s with a mix of sun and clouds.  Blue winged olives, blue quills, and a few of the first early hendricksons have been spotted.  Nymphing is still the most effective method but definitely keep your eyes open for risers.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 44 degrees this morning and peaked at 46 yesterday.  It will climb higher today.  Cannonsville is at 100.5% capacity with an inflow at Walton of 673 cfs.

 

Ann with a great Delaware rainbow

Ann with a great Delaware rainbow

Hatching:

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 229 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 464 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,120 cfs @ 44º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,180 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 652 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 27, 2015

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It was a long cold wait but yesterday we finally had some consistent rising fish.  There was an afternoon flush of olives and blue quills with a few little black caddis thrown in for good measure.  The bugs and the fish should get more consistent towards the weekend as our warmer weather picks back up.  Nymphing was effective for most of the day and dark streamers were still producing some fish when the sun wasn’t hitting the water.  Accuweather did not live up to it’s name yesterday and we spent most of the day with clouds and chilly temps.  We have some light intermittent showers moving in today. Luckily the small spill over Cannonsville is helping the downstream flows.  We need it due to the pathetic 74 cfs release under the FFMP Chart 4A.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 43 degrees this morning and peaked at 49 degrees yesterday afternoon.

Chris with a nice brown yesterday.  Steve Shen photo

Chris with a nice brown yesterday. Steve Shen photo

Hatching:

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 205 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 468 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 213 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,210 cfs @ 44º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,140 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 735 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 26, 2015

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After the last few weeks a day at 53 degrees with sunshine makes it feel like July out on the river!  Yesterday’s warmup certainly made the fish more active and pushed some of the bugs to hatch.  We saw early stoneflies, little black caddis, and some blue winged olives hatching yesterday with a few fish starting to eat off the surface.  The surface activity should continue to improve with the weather this week so the blue quills can’t be too far behind.  Nymphing was still the most effective method yesterday and yesterday was definitely the best day so far this season.  Today’s air temperature should hit 55 degrees,  sun, with winds around 7 mph.  The river system is warmer this morning than yesterday so our water temperatures should peak higher today.  After starting off around 38 degrees yesterday morning the West Branch under the 191 Bridge peaked at 49 degrees by the late afternoon.  Today we are starting off at 44 degrees.  Cannonsville reservoir is spilling 36 cfs this morning which is great news to help counter the pathetic release of 74 cfs under table 4A of the FFMP.  The spill should continue with an inflow from Walton of 830 cfs this morning.

 

Jason with a rainbow from yesterday.  Photo by Stev eShen

Jason with a rainbow from yesterday. Photo by Steve Shen

Keith with a brown yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Keith with a brown yesterday. Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

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 114 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 460 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 246 cfs @ 40º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,310 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,750 cfs @ 44º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 820 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 25, 2015

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Yesterday was another cold day with some odd snow showers and wind.  Despite the weather some people did land fish nymphing.  This morning it looks like a whole new world.  The sun is shining, there is no wind, and the forecast is calling for air temperatures in the 50s.  We are on a warming trend this week so hopefully the bugs will show again over the next couple of days.  The rivers are starting off cold this morning but should warm up by the afternoon with the help of the sun.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 39 degrees this morning.  The flow is 500 cfs at Hale so the sun will do a world of good for the WB temps today.  Cannonsville Reservoir is 99.7% capacity with an inflow from the WB at Walton of 921 cfs.

 

Allen pushed through the snow and wind for a rainbow yesterday. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Allen pushed through the snow and wind for a rainbow yesterday. Photo by Samantha Dennis

Hatching:

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 94 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 503 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 284 cfs @ 37º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,450 cfs @ 38º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,150 cfs @ 40º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 941 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 24, 2015

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Yesterday was an odd late April day with snow flurries and a morning frost.  The temperatures warmed up enough that the snow didn’t stick and people still fished.  Streamers seemed to be the best producer followed by nymphs.  A few fish were landed despite the weather.  Today looks a little nicer with air temps predicted to peak in the 40’s and they should continue to climb over the next few days.  Winds will be blowing in the teens today so find the protected bends or side channels for protection. The releases are still low due to the current flow plan.  One benefit of that is lower water for wading and nymphing as you move upstream and get above some of the feeder streams.  Cannonsville reservoir is at 99.2% capacity with an inflow at Walton of 1,040 cfs.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge peaked at 44 degrees yesterday and is starting off at 40 degrees this morning.

 

Peter found some success on the West Branch last weekend.  He's going to be a great fisherman!

Peter found some success on the West Branch last weekend. He’s going to be a great fisherman!

Hatching:

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 94 cfs @ 37º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 606 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 326 cfs @ 39º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,650 cfs @ 40º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,690 cfs @ 42º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,100 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 23, 2015

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Yesterday was the first day we saw decent numbers of upright wings on the water.  The Baetis vagans were hatching mid afternoon but only a few fish figured out there was food on top.  The fish should eat on top more over the next few days once they figure that out and the water temps rise.  The positive news is that means the nymphs are very active too so the nymphing should get really good.  We are in a cold snap this week so the water temps are starting off around 4 degrees lower this morning.  Most of the rain fell south of us yesterday so the rivers are in decent shape this morning.  The insect activity may be pushed to a little later in the afternoon since the water will take longer to warm up.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 41 degrees this morning and peaked at 46 degrees yesterday afternoon.  Cannonsville Reservoir is at 98.6% capacity with an inflow at Walton of 1,200 cfs.  Hopefully we spill a small amount over the next few days to make up for the pathetic release schedule for April under the current flow plan.

 

We're finding a lot of blue quill nymphs getting ready

We’re finding a lot of blue quill nymphs getting ready to hatch.  Coming soon.

Hatching:

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 95 cfs @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 779 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 382 cfs @ 41º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,940 cfs @ 41º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,510 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,360 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions April 22, 2015

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The flows have dropped overnight and the rivers have cleared up nicely. We woke up to a great Spring morning with some sun and clouds. There are some showers moving in that are predicted to give us a 1/2 inch of precipitation throughout the day. The rain should be spread out over the next 12 hours so the rivers should be fine today. We’re still picking up most of our fish on nymphs and streamers but the mayfly nymphs are looking good. We are finding a lot of blue quill and hendrickson nymphs in our kick seines so it shouldn’t be too long before the upright wings are on the surface. Cannonsville is at 97.7% capacity with an inflow in Walton of 1,200 cfs. The West Branch under the 191 Bridge peaked at 51 degrees yesterday and is starting off at 47 degrees this morning. The water temperatures are there so the mayflies can’t be too far behind.

Jared with a nice West Branch rainbow from a couple of days ago

Jared with a nice West Branch rainbow from a couple of days ago

Hatching:

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 95 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 853 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 361 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,100 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,200 cfs @ 48º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,510 cfs @ N/A

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