Delaware River Report / Conditions August 8, 2012

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The cooler temps on Sunday night coupled with cloudy days both on Monday and Tuesday yielded some excellent evening fishing on the lower West Branch – the best we’ve had in a week or two. Dortheas were popping, as well as those big Golden Drakes – the Potomanthus distinctus! The fish that have migrated up from the Main Stem due to the warm temperatures down that direction were more than happy to take advantage of all the food floating around on the surface! It was again fairly cool last night, so we expect a little bit of a late Trico hatch. Today is supposed to be muggy and warmer, with T-storms appearing sporadically as well, so if that holds true, it is going to be a day of light switch activity -off and on, on and off river-wide. We’ll see if our favorite sooth-sayers (read: weathermen) get it right today or not!

For those who didn’t receive our monthly newsletter (sign up at the upper right of the blog!), you missed this photo of Bob Lewis’ unique technique for instructing school students in something confusing for many of us at one time – how to properly fish from a drift boat! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

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 345 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 370 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 148 cfs @ 59º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 352 cfs @ 68º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 867 cfs @ 71º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 162 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 73.1% – 325 CFS release

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