Delaware River Report / Conditions August 9, 2014

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The sulphurs continue to hatch like clockwork on the Upper West Branch.  They were were some decent fish rising but they were picky yesterday.  A lot of the fish are still eating just under the surface during the main part of the hatch.  We have been having some success with floating nymphs during this period.  As the hatch wanes and their underwater food supply dwindles the fish are turning to the cripples and stillborns on the surface.  The lower West Branch and Upper Mainstem fished better in the evening once the sun dropped with a mix of sulphurs and cahills.  The cahills are hatching sporadically throughout the day so if you are are patient you may find a fish to target even in the bright sun.  Nymphing has been decent below Hale Eddy.  Match your nymphs to the size of the naturals.  We have been using #14 -20 Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns with decent success.  The lower water on the East Branch has started to cause the temperatures to rise at Fish’s Eddy so check before you fish over there.  The West Branch at under the 191 Bridge is 55 degrees this morning.

Ron with a nice brown trout

Ron with a nice brown trout

Hatching:

Sulphurs #16 -20 E. dorothea

Light Cahill #14 – E. Invaria

Pale Evening Dun #14 Epeorus vitreus

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Light Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. cornutella, etc

Slate Drakes #12-2xl – Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

Golden Drakes – #12-2xl – Potomanthus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 609 cfs @ 46º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 648 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 462 cfs @ 63º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 64º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 178 cfs @ N/A

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