Delaware River Report / Conditions July 20, 2013

Jul 20, 2013 Comments Off by

The drop in flows did affect the fishing a bit upstream yesterday, even though it was “ramped” down as opposed to immediately dropped. There were bugs, but the fish were not immediately interested, until much later on in the day. The hatches were also a bit sporadic at times, but as evening came, folks started seeing more targets, and more eager fish. The heat wave has finally broken it appears, but that also means that we will have a front moving through, creating storms and cloud cover throughout the day today. The former is concerning, but the latter is excellent. With temps in the low 80s, it is going to be a definite respite from the hot weather this week. The fish should have settled again, so hopefully they will be up and ready to feed with that big ball of fire in the sky hiding behind the clouds!

Mike Darcy with a nice West Branch Brown caught in the fog the other night. Photo: Jim Swift

Mike Darcy with a nice West Branch Brown caught in the fog.  Photo: Jim Swift

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18

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

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

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:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 567 cfs @ 45º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 670 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs @ 64º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 305 cfs @ 74º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,240 cfs @ 70º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 148 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 95.1% – 600 CFS release


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