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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 10, 2013

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It turned out to be a pretty good day out there yesterday, despite the sun baking the water for the majority of it. Tricos did come out, and those on the bigger pools had good luck with them, and as the clouds rolled in yesterday evening, we had some great Olives coming off, as well as sporadic spinner falls that both fish and fishermen were happy to see. Today, they are calling for an AM thunderstorm, and mostly cloudy and humid – perfect bug weather! A little bit of rain won’t hurt either, as it will definitely keep our water temps down where we like them, revitalizing the East and the Main (which should start to fish again in the very near future). Some pressure changes throughout the day will likely mess with the hatches some, but the heavy moist air should balance it out nicely!

Dave Price holds a nice brown aloft that he caught this past weekend - they are getting colored up for the spawn! Photo by the angler.

Dave Price holds a nice brown aloft that he caught this past weekend – they are getting colored up for the spawn! Photo by the angler.

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 456 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 601 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 242 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 650 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,430 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 228 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 86.8% – 470 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 9, 2013

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Man did that wind blow yesterday. Gusts up to 30 or so, with more regularity than I would like to admit. It did lay down in the evening, but those fishing subsurface during the worst of it had a great time with eager rainbows ready to eat. We had Olives in the evening, as well as a smattering of hebes, stenos, and the occasional Iso. The bright sun was not a big help, but the wind did blow some flying ants into the water in spots, and the fish were definitely eager to take those. Today we are looking at a much calmer day wind-wise, as well as temps in the low 70s, with “partly cloudy” skies. If those clouds ever decide to thicken, we will likley have some good afternoon action. Otherwise, the evening will be the way to go!

These guys were out yesterday as well, with the fish on them until the wind blew them off the river. Photo: Jeff White

These guys were out yesterday as well, with the fish on them until the wind blew them off the river. Photo: Jeff White

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 456 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 601 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 259 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 720 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,510 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 253 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 86.4% – 470 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 8, 2013

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Well it finally happened to me last night. I couldn’t make them eat an Iso. Typing those words is more than painful to me, as I have enjoyed fishing little other than Iso comparaduns and parachutes for the last three weeks. The fish woke up and realized that BWOs were a viable food source. Actually, they realized there were plenty of food sources – we had sulphurs, hebes, stenos, (occasional Isos), as well as olives in everything from 18 to 22. It seemed that each fish was on something different however, even in the same pod – one woudl be on sulphur spinners (plenty out in the evening #16), the guy right next to him wanted psuedos (#22) and the fish adjacent was eating hebe duns (#18). But no one was eating Isos. Sigh. Today, it is supposed to turn sunny and breezy as the day progresses, which means we will see fewer olives during the daytime, but the likelihood of ants will increase pretty dramatically, so keep your eyes open. Warmer water temps also mean the hatching should go right up until dark (As it did yesterday) – so be ready!

 

This is what the fish said last night. What a sad, sad day it is when I have to admit my iso did not work. Photo: Bart Larmouth

This is what the fish said last night. What a sad, sad day it is when I have to admit my iso did not work. Photo: 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 463 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 621 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 288 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 869 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,650 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 287 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 86.4% – 475 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 7, 2013

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Tough day out there. As a friend put it, it was a “Big Sky Day” – lots of bright, warm sun during a day that felt cold when you were out of it. With the sun, there was not a great abundance of activity early on in the day, save for some nice big Trico flights in Home Pool, Methodist Pool, and Junction Pool. Not many fell on the water, but it definitely provides a reason to head out on the water around 9:30 – 10:00 AM. Otherwise, there were decent flushes of bugs here and there from Hale Eddy all the way down to Buckingham, and while the fish were only up sporadically, they were definitely eating and catch-able if you could put a cast over them in time. Today, we’re looking at warmer weather, with the possibility of some showers as well. The additional cloud cover coupled with the warmer air temps definitely bode well for hatching, and we should certainly see more day-time action as well!

While the browns are starting to move upstream, we are still seeing plenty of hungry ones in the West Branch! Photo: Jim Swift

While the browns are starting to move upstream, we are still seeing plenty of hungry ones in the West Branch! Photo: Jim Swift

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 471 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 318 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,020 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,830 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 322 cfs @ N/A
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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 6, 2013

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Windy! That is definitely what yesterday was, but fortunately only in bursts, unlike what was predicted. The oddball aspect of the day was the hatching – it was pool-to-pool, instead of river-wide. Certain sections would see great flushes of stenos, hebes, and BWOs, but move just a few hundred yards downstream, and there could be nothing happening at all. The fish were definitely up in the evening, but only steady in those areas with the aforementioned heavy flushes of bugs. The Main Stem was cool all day (water temp wise) and it showed, with a bit more consistent hatching than the West Branch. With incredibly cool overnight temps (it is only 41 at the club as of 7:45 AM), the Main and the East will start to fish again in fairly short order. The West will take a little while to heat back up this morning, so don’t rush out on the water – with partly cloudy skies, and temps under 70, it may take awhile for the bugs to kick in, and the fish to start looking up for them!

Look out Rainbow! Joe Galgano is going to eat you!!! Joe caught this nice fish last night on the Main. Photo: Bruce Miller

Look out Rainbow! Joe Galgano is going to eat you!!! Joe caught this nice fish last night on the Main. 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 471 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 681 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 370 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,250 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,050 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 384 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 86.3% – 475 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 5, 2013

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It was opposite day yesterday evening – when the sun was out, there were bugs, when the shade hit the water, the bugs disappeared. Up is down, left is right, cats and dogs, living together – mass hysteria (kudos to all those getting the last reference). There were a few isos out, as well as some larger (#18) olives, and fish were very sporadically taking them, with barely visible sips. Definitely catchable if you could put the cast over them quick enough. The daytime was pretty quiet, even on the subsurface front, likely due to the high pressure system that moved in during the afternoon. Today, we’re looking at cooler temperatures, variable cloudiness, but definitely some wind thrown in throughout the day which will make things interesting. The pressure is slated to remain steady at least, so hopefully the bugs will be active during the day, and certainly during the evening as the wind dies down as well.

Everything was upside down yesterday! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Everything was upside down yesterday! (Isonychia bicolor  dun) Photo: 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 471 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 732 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 461 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,600 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,460 cfs @ 63º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 477 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.8% – 475 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 4, 2013

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The river definitely cleared up yesterday as we thought, starting upstream and working down. Cloud cover throughout the day did produce some good hatches in various spots throughout the river, albeit spotty insofar as timing went. The evening saw the wind come up a little bit, which pushed some of the smaller olives off the water early, but there were flushes of stenos and isos to keep the trout at least looking up. Today the water temps are starting much cooler thanks to our cold overnight, but we are expected to get up into the high 70s today – our warmest day of the week, with the witchdoctors calling for “sunny and pleasant” – not the best for daytime fishing, but there should be some trico activity this  morning, and I would fully expect some very nice hatching in the evening as well.

Nice Summer Brown. Photo by: Tom Noble

They’re still hungry! Nice Summer Brown. Photo by: Tom Noble

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 471 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 810 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 617 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,290 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,430 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 690 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 84.4% – 475 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 3, 2013

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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Now, take a look at that graph below – it could be the path for a new roller coaster, or it could just be the West Branch flow at Hale. Pretty crazy huh? We actually got quite a bit of rain last night, but it appears the majority hit the reservoir and the East Branch Basin (which is currently ripping). We are definitely up, but are by no means blown out this morning (at least across the street). The river is already beginning to fall, so we will likely have a good day here today, especially if the cloud cover persists. The fish have finally realized that the small olives are actually food, and as such those fishing BWO emerger patterns have been doing pretty well. There are still ants about, and the Isos have not taken a break yet either. We have a little more rain in the forecast today, but it doesn’t look like it will affect the flow / river color – just make the olives happy!

Jeff Biller took advantage of some night time action this weekend! Photo: Dave Price

Jeff Biller took advantage of some night time action this weekend! Photo: Dave Price

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 471 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,070 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,430 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 5,070 cfs @ 62º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,150 cfs @ 65º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,600 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.5% – 475 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Condtions September 2, 2013

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Another day that didn’t quite turn out as planned. With good clouds, and fairly steady pressure, there were olives popping throughout the day yesterday, but the fish did not seem to notice for whatever reason. Later on, there were definitely ants on the water (#18 black), and even sporadic risers could be tricked into snacking on them, but the key word there was sporadic – even into the dark there was not much in the way of steady, rising fish. Very strange for sure. We are expecting another warm, humid, cloudy day today, which will hopefully let the olives continue. I am also praying that the fish realize that they are food, because if they do, it will be a rip-roaring day out there today!

Dave Price with a nice brown taken in Home Pool this weekend.

Dave Price with a nice brown taken in Home Pool this weekend. I think he caught it on a nymph, so I am not sure if that really counts. Photo: Jeff Biller

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 463 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 853 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 252 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,180 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,850 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 394 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.5% – 475 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 1, 2013

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Apologies on the delay this morning – rural internet connections are always fun.

When Mother Nature decides to put on a light show, she sure means business! We had some serious thunderstorms roll in throughout the late afternoon and into dark that many were wise enough to hide from. There were breaks in the weather that allowed you to get back in the water, but unfortunately there was not a ton of activity during all those crazy pressure changes. Those heathens….I mean fishermen throwing nymphs actually did quite well, as the fish seemed very eager to feed, but the bugs did not cooperate. That being said, those in certain areas were able to see an amazing sight – HUGE clouds of Iso spinners, going up 50+ feet into the sky. The picture below hopefully does it some justice. Unfortunately, they were blown back off the water before they could have a chance to fall. Today, we’ve got high water as a result of the rain, and quite a bit of color as well. It is definitely not as bad as early in the week, but it will take a little bit to clear throughout the day. The weathermen were completely off yesterday insofar as amount of precipitation / storm prediction goes, but what is new there. Today they claim we will be warm, with little wind and the “possibility” of afternoon t-storms. Basically the same call as yesterday. That being said, if they are correct, we could certainly see some decent action throughout the day in the cloud cover, and as the river clears up.

 

Those are Iso Spinners. What a beautiful sight! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Those are Iso Spinners. What a beautiful sight! Photo: 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 494 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,170 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 252 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 767 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,980 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 305 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.5% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 31, 2013

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That did not go as expected yesterday. The cloud cover never really materialized, depressing the afternoon hatches / action, and even when evening rolled around there were fewer bugs than expected, and certainly fewer fish than expected. Some did see good flushes of Isos once the sun dropped down, but the fish never really got too excited about them, much to everyone’s chagrin. This morning there are plenty of olives, stenos, and flying ants on the side of the house, so the bugs did hatch at least a little – we just need more. Hopefully we will get it today, as they are actually calling for clouds all day, and the possibility of a few thunderstorms thrown in for good measure. No real extremes of precipitation to bring up the river(s), but hopefully enough of a pressure change to get the bugs rocking.

A newly-molted Steno spinner with its shuck. Photo by: Jeff White

A newly-molted Steno spinner with its shuck. More of this please! Photo by: Jeff White

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 494 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 709 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 277 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 924 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,870 cfs @ 67º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 239 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.5% – 500 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions August 30, 2013

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While the river did not clear as quickly as we anticipated yesterday (due to another bit of storms up by deposit late the previous night), it did drop and clear enough for the fish to see the bugs popping off. We had good numbers of dark Blue Wing Olives early, then the sun decided to make an appearance, which curtailed the hatching activity until the clouds rolled in yesterday evening. We had big flushes of BWOs at night (size 18 to 22), with a good number of Isos popping off in the mix. The fish were seeing the bugs through the colored-up water, and some folks had a pretty decent night. It does appear that the East Branch Basin caught a good amount of water last night, which has brought up the Main significantly both in flow and temps. That should drop quickly as well, but due to the higher water temps, I would avoid the upper Main for a bit. With more clouds predicted today, and just the right amount of color in the West Branch, it has the potential to be a great day – let’s see how it turns out!

 

Just the perfect amount of color - it means we might be able to get away with 5X all day! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Just the perfect amount of color – it means we might be able to get away with 5X all day! Photo: 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 486 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 804 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 382 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,390 cfs @ 64º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,490 cfs @ 67º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 330 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 82.2% – 500 CFS release

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