Delaware River Report / Conditions April 9, 2012

Apr 09, 2013 Comments Off by

We’re definitely looking down the barrel of our first truly warm day of the year today, and with temperatures in the water already starting in the mid-40s, we’re likely going to have a great day of dry fly fishing out on the water today. Yesterday saw smatterings of fish feeding on top system-wide, with most being fairly irregular when it came to their rises. No real steady guys, but that also was a result of not-so-steady hatching. That’s a nice way of saying that the stoneflies and caddis were out, and they never do anything ‘regularly’ on this system. The warmer temps are definitely going to start pushing the mayflies to hatch, and don’t be surprised if you see some odd ball early guys out there – Hendricksons, and even March Browns. This won’t necessarily signify that they are starting, but are instead a product of the super-early season last year. We’ll definitely have a few broods in selective places hatching a bit off-schedule. We will definitely let you know when those guys start in earnest!

That being said, be ready for these guys! A Paraleptophlebia adopitva (Blue Quill). Photo by: 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:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 221 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 473 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 222 cfs @ 46º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 981 cfs @ 48º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,730 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 662 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 89.2% – 218 CFS release

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