Delaware River Report / Conditions April 18, 2013

Apr 18, 2013 Comments Off by

UPDATE: Lordville guage is down as of 9:28 AM – so take the flow and temps there with a grain of salt.


It finally started yesterday! Well, at least on the Upper West Branch. Lots of Paraleps and Baetis flying around, and fish up and actively eating them (albeit sporadically at times) – our first real good dry fly day of the season. The only downer to that was the Upper West was the only portion of the river really fishing, despite huge numbers of hatching Chimarra caddis system-wide. The good news is, the Main Stem is already above 50 degrees at Lordville, meaning that if we maintain these consistent temps, the dry fly seasons should start in earnest in the very near future. Maybe even today! As far as weather is concerned, we have highs in the 60s today, with some passing showers rolling through as well. Let’s hope they get the rivers back up a little bit!

Tim Didas holding a nice Main Stem Brown caught in the wind this past weekend. Photo: Bob Lewis

What’s Hatching:

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

Brachyteraspecies- Early Brown Stonefly – #12/#14

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic, getting started

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Same as Baetis

Current Flow Conditions:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 221 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 575 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 314 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,260 cfs @ 47º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,990 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 771 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 94.9% – 200 CFS release


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