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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 3, 2013

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It was another tough one out there yesterday. While some browns were out and active swiping at streamers, the majority decided to lay low for the majority of the day. The bugs did a little bit of the same, with sporadic flushes appearing from mid-afternoon on, with just a little glimmer of action right at dark. I am not really sure why it was slow, but we did have a mild pressure change sweep through, bringing the warm weather in, which could be the culprit in this case. Today we’ve got a carbon-copy on our hands with warm air temps, very little wind, and a decent amount of cloud cover. Coupled with a fairly steady release, this should get the bugs (and fish!) up and moving today!

Pat McPartland with a nice blue-hued Von-Behr Brown! Photo: Bob Lewis

Pat McPartland with a nice blue-hued Von-Behr Brown! Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

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 801 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 892 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 179 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 356 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,380 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 122 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 79.2% – 812 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 2, 2013

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While an absolutely stunning fall day yesterday, it was definitely better for looking at the changing foliage than the fishing. Bugs were slow to come throughout the day, and there was just a little baby flush at night, nothing really to write home about. Those swinging streamers had decent actions on pre-spawn browns, but otherwise it was pretty quiet overall. Today we are expecting more cloud cover, and similar temperatures to yesterday, with the only main variable is a drop in flow – down from a 1,050 release to 812. This is not a drastic swing, but it could definitely affect the fish further. The good news is there is only one way to find out what is going on – get out there and fish!

Dave Price with a BIG West Branch 'Bow. Photo: Bob Lewis

Dave Price with a BIG West Branch ‘Bow. Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

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 836 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 931 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 179 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 364 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,650 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 125 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 80.0% – 812 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 1, 2013

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Happy October! Business first: Don’t forget, if you have a NYS Fishing License, it expiered yesterday, and it is time to get a new one. They are available at most sporting goods shops in New York (being in PA, they won’t let us sell them), and also online using the NYS DECALS system. Click there to be taken over, but read the rest of the report first – it’s the polite thing to do!

Yesterday was a bit of a tough one for the dry-fly enthusiast, with little or no bug activity until right before dark, and even then the fish were not too keen on rising with any regularity. Those blind casting Isos did pretty well, with the fish in the shallower riffles and along the banks eager to please. Those throwing streamers also had another great day, at least on the West Branch. Today the flow has been raised again (let’s just be glad they are ramping it, instead of just yo-yo-ing us) by another 100 cfs. This should not be overly noticiable to those who were out yesterday, and hopefully will not adversely affect any action that might take place today. We are expecting another warm afternoon, with highs in the mid-70s, and some decent cloud cover to boot. Although yesterday was tough, today definitely could be a whole different animal.

Chris Anderson with a beautiful West Branch Brown caught this past Sunday. Photo: Bob Lewis

Chris Anderson with a beautiful West Branch Brown caught this past Sunday. Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

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 1,050 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,140 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 375 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,600 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 129 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 80.9% – 1,026 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 30, 2013

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What a difference a day can make (at least on the West Branch!). The higher flows were as hock to the system early on, but the fish have certainly adapted. The Browns were highly aggressive for the majority of the day on streamers and wet flies, and the late afternoon turned into some great dry fly fishing, with the trout up and after the psuedos, cahills, hebes, and isos that were coming off. Much to my delight, Bob had great luck just throwing the cheeseburger (Iso) last night – convincing fish that were obviously sipping the psuedos to come and eat the big flies instead. Today, we’ve got a bit more cloud cover predicted, which can only help both the streamer fishing as well as olives popping more throughout the day. The release has also been bumped up to 950 cfs, which should not make too much of a difference in where the fish are hanging out. Time to put in the boat!

Self Explanatory.

Self Explanatory.

What’s Hatching:

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 976 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,090 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 383 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,480 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 134 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.6% – 950 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2013

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Well that was disappointing. Despite some better flows and a bit of good color in the water, the fishing yesterday was mediocre at best. The browns were certainly not as aggressive as they were the previous day, and even though there were very good numbers of Stenos hatching, they did not entice the fish to rise until the very last light of day. Looking in the crystal ball for today, it remains just as foggy as the air outside currently is here at the club. The  flows have been bumped up again to help with Montague flows, so there will be another good surge of cold water making its way through the system today. This increase could depress the action a little bit, or it could also mean that the fish will be more active during the bright sunlight predicted for today. Fortunately, there is a way to find out – go forth and fish!

Geoff Adams caught this funny looking trout on the West Branch yesterday. Just look at that kype! Photo: Nate Eckhaus

Geoff Adams caught this funny looking trout on the West Branch yesterday. Just look at that kype! Photo: Nate Eckhaus

What’s Hatching:

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 872 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 971 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 400 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,400 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 140 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.6% – 763 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 28, 2013

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Definitely an interesting day on the river Friday. With a small bump in release, there was great color in the water, and the browns were very active, and chasing streamers on the West Branch. Emphasis on “chasing,” as hooking them seemed to be a challenge at times! The dry fly action was pretty slow throughout the day, with a big flush of bugs around 3PM, but nothing else until about 20  minutes before dark – likely a result of all the sunshine hitting the water. Today we are in for an interesting day. The release has been brought up to 763 CFS to meet the Montague minimum flow level. This will certainly be flushing a bunch of vegetation down, and certainly affect where the fish want to hold in the river itself. It should also make for some excellent streamer fishing while the water is high with a bit of color, and the browns being as aggressive as they are, could definitely be a boon for everyone!

Jeff Biller rocked this colored-up Brown yesterday on an olive and white streamer. Photo: Bart Larmouth

Jeff Biller showing one of the reasons he leads our customer contest. He rocked this colored-up Brown yesterday on an olive and white streamer. Photo: Bart Larmouth

 

What’s Hatching:

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 750 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 841 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 417 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,100 cfs @ 59º(will go up)
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 146 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.6% – 763 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 27, 2013

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Well, it definitely did not turn out as planned yesterday. The fish were hunkered down for much of the day, ignoring streamers and nymphs for whatever reason, but turned on briefly during the evening. “Briefly” is a euphemism for about 20 minutes right before dark. Certainly a tough day, as we did not get the active behavior we were expecting from the fish, but I guess that’s why we call it fishing! Today, we’re looking at a slightly cloudier day (excellent), with temps in the mid-70s. I would postulate that we will see more dry fly and sub-surface action today than yesterday due to the break from the sun, but if all my predictions came true, I would have been the guy with the $400M Powerball ticket last week!

Bart holds a very toothy, true Von-Behr brown - super blue with orange spots just on the tail (not visible). Killer photo by: Bob Lewis

Even the Von-Behr browns are getting colored up!  This guy was dang near blue with orange spots just on the tail (not visible). Killer photo by: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

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 441 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 552 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 194 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 430 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 576º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 152 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 83.1% – 447 CFS release

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Delaware River Repor t / Conditions September 26, 2013

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Did you know that the fish will actually eat a Pseudo? Well last night they were definitely into them, up and down the West Branch, as well as the Main. There were definitely good numbers of Stenos and Isos out yesterday as well, and the fish were keyed in on them at times. Today we’ve got a pretty much an identical, beautiful day on par, with bright sun, and warmer (high 60s) temps. While normally we cringe and the sun, this time of year it can certainly warm up the water a bit and actually get the bugs and fish working, so don’t be surprised to see hatches right in the middle of the day today.

This is what they did yesterday. Sat there. Awesome (Insert sarcasm here). Photo by: Jeff White

The  Browns are still here, and certainly moving around in anticipation of the spawn!. Photo by: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

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 383 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 498 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 448 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 161 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 83.6% – 396 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 25, 2013

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Hey! The fish were looking up yesterday! We had a good mix of bugs when the wind quieted down, and the warmer air temps were a nice respite from the previous day, that much is for sure. The browns were definitley interested in streamers (in the shade at least), while the ‘bows were up and taking Isos and Stenos on the Main, with a few eating the plentiful Pseudos on the West. Today, we’ve got pretty much a carbon-copy day in the works, albeit with (mercifully) less wind. I would anticipate the bugs showing up late morning, with the possibility of a good Trico spinner fall around 11 or so. Regardless, the evening should be a fun time to be out there as well – good luck!

An outside wall of the shop this morning - covered with everyone's favorite tiny BWO - the Pseudo! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

An outside wall of the shop this morning – covered with everyone’s favorite tiny BWO – the Pseudo! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18 – starting to wane

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 372 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 490 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 203 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 476 cfs @ 53º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,110 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 171 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 84.1% – 375 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 24, 2013

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60 degrees yesterday? The weathermen need to check the mercury in their thermometers. The wind blew steadily downstream yesterday, and it definitely made for a bitter, biting day on the water. As the afternoon progressed the bugs did come out to play – especially the Pseudos which hatched en masse for the majority of the afternoon. The fish on the other hand were having a hard time seeing these critters as the wind was futzing up the surface tension. The Isos they saw were definitely gobbled, but the rises were definitely sporadic and slow, unfortunately. The fish never seemed to get as active as they should have been with the number of bugs on the water. Today, they are calling for a much warmer day, with hopefully a whole lot less wind than yesterday!

Brian Pocrass fights a nice Main Stem Brown as Bruce Miller readies the net. Photo: Frank Howard

Brian Pocrass fights a nice Main Stem Brown as Bruce Miller readies the net. Photo: Frank Howard

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18 – starting to wane

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 372 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 490 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 516 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 187 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.2% – 375 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 23, 2013

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What a difference a day can make. Sunday was a 180 degrees change from Saturday, literally in the case of the wind! There were bugs and fish active throughout the day, especially the times when the wind quieted down. Folks were seeing good numbers of fish on the West and Main, pretty much from Hale Eddy all the way to Buckingham and a bit beyond. It was a good mix of bugs, with huge numbers of Pseudos going untouched, but the Isos, big stenos, and white flies certainly made up for it! Today we have another shift in weather, this time to bright sun. We’ll still have some wind out there, but the temps are supposed to stay in the low 60s, which will hopefully mean the bug activity continues, possibly with some Trico action thrown in for good measure. Otherwise, it will likely be an evening game when the sun starts to drop behind the mountains. The cold nights is also starting to bring out the colors in the trees, so if nothing else, things are going to get beautiful around here in a hurry!

Our other kind of favorite fall colors! Photo: Steve Shen

Our other kind of favorite fall colors! Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18 – starting to wane

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 366 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 507 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 219 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 597 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,300 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 221 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.2% – 375 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 22, 2013

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Well, that sucked. That’s pretty much the only way to describe the fishing yesterday. It had potential early on, and several folks had good hatches of isos early on in the day, but then the wind came up ( the air pressure also began to fluctuate wildly), and the fish just quit for the rest of the day. Nymphs, streamers, dries – it basically didn’t matter, the fish just didn’t care, and hunkered down. We did have a good, steady rain as well, which bumped us up infinitesimally, but definitely did not color up the water in the slightest. The hope for today is that overcast skies and cooler temps (along with a whole lot less wind) will entice the fish to come back around today. The atmospheric pressure balancing out will also help us. Although the fish were not cooperative, there was some excellent hatching yesterday – with some crazy stuff like Ephoron Lukon – White Flies on the Main, along with decent Isos, and hebes as well just for good measure. If they keep popping, the fish should start looking!

The day wasn't a total loss for Frank Howard, as he caught this big rainbow yesterday with Bruce. Photo: Bruce Miller

The day wasn’t a total loss for Frank Howard, as he caught this big rainbow yesterday with Bruce. Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18 – starting to wane

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 361 cfs @ 50º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 520 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 242 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 638 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,260 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 246 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.2% – 375 CFS release

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