Delaware River Report / Conditions August 19, 2013

Aug 19, 2013 Comments Off by

Cloud cover – gotta love it! The fish and bugs were definitely happy without the sun beating down on them yesterday, and definitely got even happier as the day progressed. There were TONS of BWOs kicking around (Latas, Deficiens, and Pseudos), but they must have been invisible below the surface as they were completely ignored by the fish. Sulphurs were the name of the game, as well as some larger Heptagenias (olive sulphurs) and of course, my favorite – Isonychia. I also had my first decent reports on teh Main Stem, which has been markedly cooler over the last few days. There seems to be little daytime hatching activity, until the “magic hour” in the evening. Unfortunately, that seems to only be a 20-minute hour some evenings, but the fish are quite active, and markedly less picky than their West Branch Counterparts. Today, we are heading into some warmer weather, and the clouds will be patchier. Chances are we will be slipping back into a late-afternoon hatching program, but the thicker the clouds, the earlier it will get started!

Brendan Canvanagh took advantage of the cloud cover yesterday, fishing with his Grandfather, Norm Price who took the photo.

Brendan Canvanagh took advantage of the cloud cover yesterday, fishing with his Grandfather, Norm Price who took the photo.

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16 – starting

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 577 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 692 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 222 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 580 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,500 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 232 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.9% – 600 CFS release

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