Delaware River Report / Conditions April 19, 2013

Apr 19, 2013 Comments Off by

If you see anyone who was on the river yesterday, and they look a bit red-faced please understand it’s not from embarrassment but the windburn they are likely recovering from. Even though the wind was whipping, the water temps got above 50 pretty much system-wide, and we saw some pretty active fish out there, albeit almost completely subsurface. Those fishing streamers and nymphs found hungry trout almost anywhere they looked. In the lee of the wind you could find some risers sporadically up and down the river, but it was not anything to really write home about. Today we’re looking for a bit more precipitation, but it is coupled with warmer weather, which equates to yet warmer water – exactly what we need to get these bugs moving! The wind is still going to be a factor, but it looks like it will come and go throughout the day (thus far – we’ll see how right the witchdoctors are!) giving us a bit of a break to put on some Chap-stick.

Randy Rueb holds one of his many fish from yesterday! Photo: Steve Shen

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 @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 529 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 299 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,180 cfs @ 49º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,500 cfs @ 48º – ESTIMATE
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 720 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.5% – 200 CFS release



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