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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 12, 2013

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Happy Mother’s Day! Yesterday was definitely interesting on many levels, with rain throughout the day, heavy at times on the West, but barely bringing us up, while the East jumped dramatically after dark. Both fished fairly well, although the activity was spotty throughout the day, a likely result of all the crazy air pressure changes we were experiencing. People were still seeing some Blue Quills (Paraleps) as well as Hendrickson spinners and even some Baetis thrown in for good measure. Today the air temps drop, and we are expecting a bit more wind as well, with the possibility of some afternoon showers or thunderstorms. If the cloud cover stays, expect a pretty decent day on the West, and likely the Main as well once it begins to clear.

 

Mike Philipe stands a bit off center in this pic of a nice Brown taken between showers! Photo: Mark Li

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 @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 348 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 337 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,130 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,370 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,260 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.4% – 175 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 11, 2013

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Our friendly neighborhood weathermen did it again. What started as 1.10″ of rain predicted slowly fell throughout the day as the storms that were supposed to roll through never materialized. Instead we had nice slow, steady rain throughout the night, which unfortunately did not equate to significant increases in river flows at all. I won’t look the gift horse of flow stabilization in the mouth, but it would have been nice to see a big surge from the feeder streams to help us get through the weekend. All of that being said, the fishing was a little bit spotty yesterday, with some folks finding good pods of rising fish early, and others seeing the bugs disappear as the day progressed, possibly due to the change in atmospheric pressure. Today we are looking at a slightly cooler day, with the possibility of more rain and some occasional thunderstorms in the area. The good news is the cooler temps and heavy cloud cover should yeild some decent hatching throughout the heart of the day.

John Wakelee holds a nice Main Stem Brown – one of his FIRST on the Delaware, always a big deal! Photo: Jeff White

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 @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 323 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 222 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 846 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,550 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 484 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.4% – 175 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 10, 2013

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What a day yesterday! For those fishing the West, there were small Olives out from about 2PM on, and then as evening approached, it virtually did not matter where you were, you had bug soup on the water, ingredients: Hendricksons, Paraleps, Olives, Caddis, and Mach Browns. The fish were on one of those rare benders where they would eat just about any of those (if the imitation and presentation were proper), and were not necessarily keyed in on one particular bug. Definitely a great day all around. Today, we still have some storms predicted, with some bigger thunderstorms being called for later in the evening / night, so we will see what that may bring. Pressure changes throughout the day will also play with the hatching a little bit, but will hopefully not shut it down completely. Let’s see what happens!

See? Bart does get to fish every now and then! The hippie hair gets in his eyes sometimes, making for some interesting poses. Photo: Dave Lisnock

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 @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 320 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,310 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,740 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 515 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.4% – 175 CFS release

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Lost Rod!

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A good friend of the shop lost his rod and reel this past weekend down in the pool below Buckingham access. He is offering a reward for its no-questions-asked return. The rod is a 10-footer, and has a blue blank, with NO writing on it, with a Charlton 8450 5/6 attached. If anyone has it, please contact me at the shop and we will get it back in his hands. Thanks!

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 9, 2013

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Perfect trout weather outside this morning – warm, humid, and not a hint of sunshine, and the forecast makes me think it could be amazing out there today. Yesterday we had some serious storms roll through the area in the mid-afternoon, but unfortunately the West Branch basin missed out on the majority of the precipitation, with both bands of storms more or less sailing around us. The East Branch basin did get quite a bit, and both the Beaverkill, East, and Main have directly profited from this. The West has no real change in color, and looks spectacular out there. Reports are saying there is some cloudiness in the East, but I have not heard the words “blown out” yet this morning. I will update if I do. Otherwise, let’s give a nice big Thank You to Mother Nature, as she has been gracious enough to give us the needed water that NYC will not.

A cool shot of a male Brown grabbing a fly. Photo: Fred Nelson

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 194 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 392 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 256 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,310 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,090 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 700 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.2% – 175 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 8, 2013

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The cloud cover definitely helped out there yesterday, as we did see some more hatching in the afternoon than previously. It was not quite gangbusters as the wind decided to ignore the weathermen and blow pretty decently throughout the day. The house had lots of Hendrickson spinners near the lights this morning, mirroring what happened out in Home Pool last evening. Today is the game changer – we already have clouds, and there are some thunderstorms predicted in the late afternoon. As usual, this can be one of those “river turns on or river turns off” moments. We’ll see what it does, but pray that it fills the feeder streams back up again!

Greg Yothers holds a great Main Stem fish from his float this last weekend. Photo: Kevan Smaracko

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 194 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 268 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 156 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 421 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,010 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 284 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.4% – 175 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 7, 2013

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Definitely a bit tougher out there yesterday. With bright sun and falling waters, the fish were not very keen to rise during the heat of the day, and the bugs were not inclined to pop out of the water just to get baked. However, the evening ended up being decent (read: not great) with some flushes of caddis as well as a small spinner fall in places. Today, we’re looking at cloudier weather (we have them for the first time in what feels like weeks) that should definitely help the daytime hatching. Tomorrow rain is predicted – let’s hope it’s a ton since they dropped our water level down to a 175 cfs release from Cannonsville.

THIS is what a 25″ fish looks like. This MONSTER Brown took a “secret” dry at a “secret” location (insert sarcasm here). Good friend of the shop Les Hughes is the lucky angler, and it holding it without extended hero pose arms. Well done! Photo: Lindsey Flexner

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 194 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 271 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 162 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 448 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 300 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.6% – 175 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 6, 2013

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Another “western day” out on the river yesterday, with a smidgen of Patagonian wind thrown in for good measure. Those on the West and Main were treated to strong upstream winds (at times), and bright beautiful sunshine. The fish were sporadic during the day, but as the sun went behind the mountains the bugs took off and the fish started rising in earnest. Caddis were the appetizer, with Hendrickson spinners working their way in as the dessert, with all kinds of randomness thrown in for a main course. Today we’re looking at a slightly cooler day, but only by a degree or two, and the clouds they have been promising will hopefully materialize and give us some more consistent afternoon risers.

The Great Grey Heron (aka Club favorite Sandy Bing) made a triumphant return to the West Branch today, fought the upstream wind (along with some line tangles on the leg locks) to land this beautiful rainbow on a rusty spinner. Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

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

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

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

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 238 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 327 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 170 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 476 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 316 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – 224 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions Cinco de Mayo, 2013

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Another western bluebird day out on the river yesterday, mercifully with a whole lot less wind. Rising fish weren’t terribly easy to find, but those who were persistent had their hard word rewarded in spades. Fish were taken on the West Branch with everything from caddis to Hendricksons. In many instances, it was fish-to-fish as far as what was being eaten, so it definitely kept everyone on their toes. The big news is that down river we’re seeing March Browns start to make an appearance, so the hatch should be headed upstream over the next few days. Expect continued spinner falls over the next few as well, as we are expecting more clear, calm days and nights.

Mike Tiguiam holds a great Main Stem Brown from yesterday in the bright sun! Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

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

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

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

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 238 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 337 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 176 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 506 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,230 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 342 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – 224 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 4, 2013

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It was a little bit different out there yesterday, which is a polite way to say it was definitely slower out there on the river today. The upstream winds on the Main and West made for slower dry fly fishing, but the fish were active subsurface for a good chunk of the day. When the wind laid down, the caddis were flying in full force, complete with egg sacs, but weren’t really what the fish were interested in. As evening came there was a bit more activity, along with a decent paralep spinner fall, depending on your location (i.e. not the main). The lower West upped the ante with a Hendrickson hatch/spinner fall at dark. Today we’re expecting less sun but slightly warmer temperatures, and less wind. The clouds could be a boon, but we will see what it brings!

Bob Hesse with a great Main Stem Brown. Photo: Jeff White

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

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

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

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

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 238 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 536 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,320 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 362 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – “300” CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 3, 2013

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We had our first real hot day out there yesterday (at least as far as air temps are concerned) with it getting a bit over 80 degrees in the sun. That being said, we had pretty darn good hatching sporadically throughout the day across the system, varying from Hendricksons to Apple Caddis, depending on your location. It definitely waxed and waned throughout the day, but the evening really saw it turn on when the sun dipped below the mountains. Here at the club we had clouds of Paralep spinners out over the lawn late in the afternoon, that eventually made it over the water to fall. We are expecting a bit more clouds today, and with that some cooler temps, so those periods of little activity should grow even shorter. However, the powers that be have cut our release on the West Branch to “300” CFS, although Stilesville Gauge is only at 229 CFS currently. We’ll see how that affects things as the day progresses.

Max Russick holds a GREAT West Branch Brown caught in the bright sun yesterday. Photo: Kevan Smaracko

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

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

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

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

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 229 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 591 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,380 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 394 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.3% – “300” CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 2, 2013

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It was another great day out on the river yesterday, but not quite as hot as the one previous. We had rising fish from just after lunch all the way until dark, with a few lulls here and there, depending on where you had decided to get your waders wet. Fish could definitely be picky at times, and landing one on a particular pattern didn’t necessarily mean that his buddy next door would take the same thing. We had Hendricksons, Caddis (Apple Green & Tan), as well as a good flush of Paraleps yet again, this time the smaller size 18 variety. Today we are expecting even warmer temperatures, so the water should heat up pretty quick across the system, and hatches will likely start earlier as a result. The heat of the day might slow things down a bit, but don’t worry – that just means a great evening of rising fish!

Mark Li holds a nice upstream Brown caught on the West Branch. Photo: Mike Phillipe.

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

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

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

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

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 394 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 538 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 213 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 668 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,680 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 434 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.5% – 401 CFS release

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