Delaware River Report / Conditions April 21, 2013

Apr 21, 2013 Comments Off by

It felt like winter had crept back at us yesterday, that much is for sure. By “crept,” I mean blowing with seemingly gale-force wind at times. With the East Branch and the Main pretty much blown out yesterday, the West Branch was the only real game in town, with plenty of waders and boats taking advantage. Successs was a bit tough to find for some, as certain areas of the river had active fish, while others were quiet. The big news of the day? HENDRICKSONS!!! Good hatches were seen on the West, and there were even a few fish feeding on them as well. The Parleps were still going strong, as well as Baetis, but for the most part the wind kept the dry fly fishing to a minimum. Today on the other hand, we are looking at a partly sunny day with temps in the low 50s, but the winds are supposed to lay down for the first time this season. The bugs are ready to pop, and today could be the day the fish really start looking up and seeing them!

Theo May holds a nice West Branch Brown caught on a #14 Hendrickson Comparadun yesterday. Photo: Jeff White

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 @ 39º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 721 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 447 cfs @ 42º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,440 cfs @ 43º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,400 cfs @ 45º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,610 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.9% – 200 CFS release



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