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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 24, 2013

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I swear there is some sort of force-field around the West Branch Basin that is keeping water out of our river. While there were some crazy storms out an about yesterday, none of them decided to drop rain on us. The East did receive some of the rain, and is still going up a little bit this morning. That being said, Home Pool lit up last night, with tons of fish and up and feeding – primarily on junk. That would be basically anything that floated over top of them, if presented properly. Definitely NOT something to complain about! Today, they are calling for much cooler temps and a little bit of rain. We will see what actually transpires. The lower pressure is definitely a boon, so we should see some great hatching as the day progresses. PS – Green Drakes are starting!

A March Brown making friends! Photo: Norm Price

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 224 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 377 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 249 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,430 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 62º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 882 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.1% – 225 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 23, 2013

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Rain! While we definitely had some pretty substantial storms yesterday, the majority of the water fell on the East Branch basin, and the West yet again missed substantial refill. As a result, the East and Main are definitely off-color but clearing quickly, while the West remained clear, and is definitely wade-able. We are starting at 348 at Hale this morning, and it appears to be fairly steady. Outside the club, we are closer to 600 cfs (rough estimate) which is a great level. The only issue we see currently is water temperatures – the rain was warm, and as such we are starting already at 57 degrees at Lordville – let’s hope that sun stays hidden through the day today! More rain is forecast, so we should see passing showers throughout the day, which should not affect us too greatly (in theory). The low pressure is definitely a boon for both fish and bugs, so it could be a great day for everyone out on the water for sure.

Pat McPartland holds a GORGEOUS Main Stem Brown! Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 224 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 348 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 292 cfs @ 65º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,350 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,320 cfs @ 67º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 882 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.1% – 225 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 22, 2013

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Well it was definitely a scorcher out there yesterday, with blazing sun, high humidity, and very little breeze. A typical August day on the Delaware, basically. In typical summer fashion, the water temps rose dramatically throughout the day, “shocking” the fish into a bit of a lull until the sun dropped behind the mountains. While there was some pretty good hatching activity towards the evening, the fish did not go crazy in response. That being said, plenty were still taken on March Browns, some tan caddis, and even a Hendrickson or two way up river on the West Branch. Today we’re looking at another smoker of a day, but hopefully the thunderstorms that have been predicted will actually materialize in the PM, and bring us some cooler water into the system.

Al Mikalaukis (left) poses with a nice chromed-up Rainbow, and guide Bob Lewis. I will let you guess which one is the fish! Photo: Bill Kracht

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 221 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 287 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 63º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 552 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 67º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 350 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.2% – 225 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 21, 2013

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A bit of a split personality day out on the water yesterday. The heat and sun definitely warmed things up, but the bugs and fish cooled down quite a bit on the Main Stem and the East Branch. However, those who took to the West had a pretty spectacular day despite the sun beating down, with March Browns showing up in droves for the first time, and big fish coming up to eat them. We also had some small, black “bugs” working on the West, which were possibly some diving caddis, but reports definitely vary. The rain / thunderstorms predicted never materialized, so our water levels are still decreasing. We are definitely expecting a warm day today (in the 80s), but clouds should be present and hopefully we’ll get this rain that is continually predicted but never actually appears!

A trophy of a different sort! A beautiful baby brown, which shows us that our Brown Trout population is still self-sustaining! Photo: George Scott

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 163 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 243 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 597 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,230 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 390 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.4% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 20, 2013

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It was certainly a bit of an oddball day out there yesterday. The weather was perfect (for hatches) with overcast skies and a slight drizzle throughout the day, but only certain areas of the river had the type of bugs one would expect. The Main was one, and sections of the West as well. Unfortunately, the East had a bit of a shut-down yesterday, with very very few bugs, and just as many fish. Definitely strange! Today we’re looking at a warm, cloudy, humid day, with a chance of some good thunderstorms in the afternoon. Let’s hope they bring the water levels back up a little bit!

George Fielding with one of his chunkier fish from Sunday. Photo: Kevan Smaracko.

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 163 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 249 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 191 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 656 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,300 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 434 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 19, 2013

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Mother Nature certainly provided the cloud cover yesterday which in turn yielded some decent hatches depending on the stretch of river you fished. The Main and West saw a few March Browns, and even some Sulfurs later in the evening. Although there were some dortheas in the mix, do not fret, the majority of the bugs were Ephemerella invaria in a size #14. The fish were a bit apathetic to much of the hatching at times, but definitely turned around a bit in the evening, with some nice fish caught towards dark. Today, more clouds are called for, and hopefully the fish will decide to be a bit more cooperative!

Lou Gauci with a great Rainbow from the East Branch! Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 163 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 252 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 668 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,320 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 424 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 18, 2013

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It was a toughie out on the water yesterday, with bright sun bearing down on the water for most of the day, and a nice stiff wind early on just to make things interesting. That being said, certain areas lit right up in the evening, with decent hatches of tan caddis, as well as March Browns and the start of the Ephemerella invaria – Light Cahills. Out front in Home Pool, we had several nice fish feeding consistently, and in true Delaware style, it was nearly impossible to figure out exactly what it was they were eating! People had success on drowned caddis as well as the trusty Rusty Spinner in a size #16. Today, we’re expecting some cooler temps, very little wind, and hopefully a bunch more cloud cover to entice those olives to pop!

Mark Li does it again, finding fish taking March Browns. Photo: Mike Phillipe

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 255 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 213 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 713 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,410 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 444 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 17, 2013

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We certainly had a bit of a strange day out there yesterday. There were strong yet sporadic hatches throughout the afternoon on the entire system. In some areas it was dictated by the wind, in others your guess is as good as mine! The evening brought some PERFECT hatching/spinner fall conditions, but aside from an insanely brief flush of bugs around 8:30, none was really to be had. Today we are expecting some more clouds and slightly cooler temps, which should (in a perfect world which I know we do not live in) have a bit more consistent mayfly activity throughout the day, and hopefully the spinner fall that we were denied last evening!

Geoff Adams holds an OBESE Brown Trout! Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 264 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 232 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 810 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,560 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 492 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.0% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 16, 2013

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While we had a cold start yesterday morning, the sun came out and warmed the water up quite a bit in the early afternoon. Unfortunately, it did bring some pretty significant wind gusts throughout the day as well, adding a little degree of difficulty to everyone’s casting. There were decent hatches of March Browns on the Main and East, but the fish were a bit spotty on them, preferring some caddis in certain areas. Today, we are expecting a MUCH warmer day, so water temps should rise quickly back into the 60s, and our hatches should start off right with them. It is certainly going to be bright, so we are not expecting to see many olives out today, and there will be some wind with the sun as well, so be ready for some opposite shoulder casting!

Drew holds his first Delaware trout! A beautiful Main Stem Rainbow! Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 280 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 259 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 965 cfs @ 51º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,760 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 564 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.0% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 15, 2013

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The cold weather definitely affected the activity yesterday, with a slow start to the hatching (mid-afternoon), and a quick stoppage to it as well (early evening) when the air temps plummeted much deeper and faster than expected. There were decent rising fish to be found, but their feeding behavior was definitely spotty at times, even though they did not seem to be all that picky over all. The good news for today is that we are starting with some warmer water temps, so the bugs should start earlier today, and the warmer weather predicted should also help keep the hatch going well into the evening, getting us right back on track!

 

Ron McKnight holds a SLAB of a Brown caught yesterday afternoon. Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 287 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 274 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs @ 48º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,890 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 611 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.2% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 14, 2013

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Yesterday went just about as expected with the wind and extremely cold temperatures (Mother Nature threw a couple of flurries in just for added effect) – not a ton of dry fly activity, but the fish were still hungry once the water temps started to climb in the mid-afternoon. There were some risers here and there, but no real, good, steady fish to speak of. Today, we’re looking at a warmer day, but our water temps are  back to early April numbers, with the Main starting under 50 for the first time in several weeks. All this means is that it will take a little while for the river to heat up, so I wouldn’t rush to get out there until the afternoon. That being said, the predicted sun should heat up the rivers pretty well, and that always gives us a chance of great hatching once it does.

VICTORY! Tony May celebrates his first Brown of the year as Jeff White holds for the pose. This nice fish definitely put on a show as he was brought to the boat, complete with dives under the deck! Photo: Nate Eckhaus

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

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 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 296 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 303 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,240 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,150 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 700 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.2% – 150 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 13, 2013

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Man, windy and cold yesterday – it felt more like a March fishing day than it did May, that much is for sure. It was cool and damp as well, so while there were a few bugs hatching, we had no real reliable reports of decent spinner falls towards evening. Like a typical March / early April day, fishing seemed to shut down right as the water temp peaked for the day, around 5PM or so. Today we are also looking at cooler temperatures, but the wind should mercifully lay down a bit. A “bit” as in 25MPH gusts as opposed to the 35+ we saw in places yesterday. The sun is supposed to show up at some point, which will definitely aid the fishing a little bit, but I am not optimistic about good spinner falls. Water temps should get warm enough to wake the fish up a bit, so they will hopefully be active later in the afternoon.

Good friend of the shopgot an unwanted piercing the other day, which was NOT wind-related, from his fishing partner. Photo by:

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

Brachycentrus species – Apple Green Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 174 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 310 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 318 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,480 cfs @ 49º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,560 cfs @ 53º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 848 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.4% – 175 CFS release

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