Delaware River Report / Conditions August 15, 2012

Aug 15, 2012 Comments Off by

Another weird day here on the river. Clouds and occasional showers kept our water temps down, and the air temp fairly cool, but the insect activity we anticipated didn’t really show as well as hoped. Portions of the river fished well in spurts, especially upstream of Hale Eddy. The Game Lands had an hour or two of activity right at dark, but not the ‘all day’ BWO action that the clouds usually bring us. The barometric pressure did fluctuate a bit trhoughout the day as thunderheads moved through, so I’m going to blame the lack of river-wide hatching on that. Sounds like a plan. Anyway, today, we’re looking at a return to our normal August weather, with sun and heat, but not too oppressive. The Tricos should be early today, as we had a fairly warm night, so if you’re not out there already, why are you still reading this? Still? Seriously? Hit the water man!

Sam Dennis took a down river trip with Jeff White and landed some really nice Smallmouth! Looks like she’s even mimicking its fishy face! Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 (sporadic), #18 & #20

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Potomanthus distinctus – Golden Drake – #12-2xl (sporadic)

Ephemerella pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Pale Evening Dun – (Female) -#14 (sporadic)

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (when cloudy)

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 350 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 412 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 165 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 434 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,070 cfs @ 68º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 400 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 71.6% – 325 CFS release

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