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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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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 21, 2013

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More summertime fun out on the water Friday, with bright, HOT sun, and temps into the 80s (if you weren’t in the shade!). Many of the bugs could care less, and were hatching during the day – including some smaller olives. The fish on the other hand, were not that impressed with the hatching, and laid fairly low until the sun started to drop in the afternoon, when they started paying attention, and fed well on the Lower West, and in places on the Main Stem. Big changes are afoot today insofar as weather is concerned, with rain predicted throughout the day, as well as some pretty windy conditions at times as this warm front moves out of the area. Sounds prime for Olives, but I would fully expect to see Isos and Stenos kicking around as well, river-wide.

Steno..... mmmmmm yummy! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Steno….. mmmmmm yummy! 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 366 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 485 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 226 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 563 cfs @ 57º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 201 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.2% – 375 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 20, 2013

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Mixed bag out there yesterday, with some folks having lots of luck, and others seeing really picky, annoying fish. Regardless, there were plenty of bugs to be found, on every river. The fish were not too keen on the bright sun on the Main, but there were some steady fish rising on the lower West in teh heat of the day. Tricos did fall later than usual (noon), and those out in Methodist Pool seemed to see the majority of them. Today we are looking at more of the same – bright sun, and Indian Summer weather – highs around 77! We will see what that does to the fish today, but it should make for good evening fishing, as there is not supposed to be a large temp drop once the sun goes down.

Dark-thirty pictures are tough, but not as tough as this big Rainbow Doug Ewing landed last night! Photo: Jeff White

Dark-thirty pictures are tough, but not as tough as this big Rainbow Doug Ewing landed last night! 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 377 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 498 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 235 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 614 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 219 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.6% – 375 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 19, 2013

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Another beautiful day out on the river Wednesday, and the bugs definitely showed themselves again. The fish were not as enthusiastic in the bright sun as they have been lately, but as it dropped in the sky, they certainly became hungrier and active. There were good numbers of Isos on the Main, as well as olives and the occasional hebe and steno. Today we’ve got a warmer day predicted, with similar amounts of sun expected. Yesterday, that brought decent trico action in the morning, and I would suspect the same today. Hopefully the fish have acclimated to the slightly lower levels in the West, and will be looking up for a tasty treat in the mid-day sun.

Rich Baker with a colorful Main Stem fish! Photo: Bruce Miller

Rich Baker with a colorful Main Stem fish! 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 377 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 503 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 246 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 656 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,320 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 232 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.9% – 375 CFS release

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 18, 2013

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The bugs were out in force yesterday, especially as the day wore on into evening. Plenty of smaller stenos on the main, olives on the West, with some brown caddis (#16) popping out, but the fish did not seem to key in on them. We had a very cold overnight, which brought our river temps right back down, and today we expecting another mostly sunny day, but a bit warmer – in the low 70s. If the sun does stay out and bright, there is a good chance for flying ants this afternoon as well – there were a handful reported on the lower West yesterday, so there is always hope! Otherwise, the tricos should come when the morning sun burns through the fog, and get things rolling for the day.

Stu Baker with a monster rainbow caught this weekend with Bruce. Photo: Bruce Miller

Stu Baker with a monster rainbow caught this weekend 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 366 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 516 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 256 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 707 cfs @ 53º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,410 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 253 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 86.2% – 375 CFS release

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