Delaware River Report / Conditions July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018 Comments Off by

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The best bet for dry fly action right now is above Hale Eddy on the West Branch.  The daytime sulphurs are hatching along with cahills and a few isonychias.  The fish have been a bit shy in the bright sun so if you see bugs and no fish keep moving and look for shade, broken water, or seams on drop offs.  A dry with a small dropper can also be good in these conditions.  Today looks like a mirror image of yesterday with sunshine, winds 5 – 10 mph, and an air temp around 80 degrees.  The sulphurs and cahills were definitely better the farther you went up the West Branch.  The low flow and bright sun pushed the water temp into the mid 60’s in Hancock.  That can push the hatching to late at night or even the morning.   We’re starting of a couple of degrees cooler on the West Branch today but the sun is already shining.   Hale Eddy only peaked at 60 degrees so start looking for the water in the 50’s up there.

While the overnight cold temperatures have helped drop most of the water temps in the system we are still dealing with low flows and bright sun.  If you are fishing for trout do not fish the Mainstem, lower East Branch, or the lower Beaverkill.  Check the water temperatures in other areas before you fish.  The West Branch and upper East Branch are your best bets for cold water and fish.

Sulphur – #16 -18 – E. dorothea
Light Cahill – #14 – 16 – S. ithaca & canadense
PED / Pink Lady – #14 – Eperorus vitreus
Isonychia – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Blue Wing Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #20 – 26 – Psuedo sp.
Dark Blue Sedge #14- Psilotreta sp.
Spotted Sedge #16 – Hydropsyche sp.

There is construction on Winterdale Road. A short stretch is closed near the Methodist Camp between us and Hancock. We have detours listed on our website here:

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 383 cfs 43°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 456 cfs 47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 179 cfs 59°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 285 cfs 67°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 835 cfs 68°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 96 cfs 67°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 415 cfs Chart 4E on the FFMP
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 113 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 87.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 90.2%


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