Delaware River Report / Conditions April 11, 2017

Apr 11, 2017 Comments Off by

Yesterday was as beautiful as advertised and most people we saw landed some fish.   White streamers produced best for us imitating the good numbers of alewives in the river.  We saw a lot of alewives floating on the surface on the West Branch and Upper Main but the fish were eating the the streamers fished deeper and slow.  We did find some fish rising to stoneflies mixed with a few olives.  If you’re looking for dry fly action pick a slower edge and be patient.  The fish we found were a little sporadic but it was nice to see after a long winter.  The dry fly fishing will improve as the water temperatures climb this week.  Wading is still not a great idea but fishing from a boat is fine.  Today looks beautiful with air temperatures in the high 70’s, winds 10 mph or less, and maybe a shower in the afternoon.  Rain totals look under 1/4″ overnight which shouldn’t be a problem.  The bump in flow on the West Branch was an increase in release to 1,078 cfs.

 

Theo with a West Branch streamer eater

Theo with a West Branch streamer eater

Hatching:
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Tiny Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Early Brown and Black Stoneflies – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 3,620 cfs
40°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 4,450 cfs
39°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 2,460 cfs 39°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 3,620 cfs
43°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 9,840 cfs
43°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,170 cfs 45°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1078 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 40°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,530 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 104.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101.3%

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