Delaware River Report / Conditions July 22, 2020

Jul 22, 2020 Comments Off by

They did not do a pulse release from Cannonsville overnight so we are starting off with 538 cfs at Hale Eddy.  Today is going to be a warm one with the air temp hitting 87 degrees.  We have sunshine this morning but should see some clouds roll in during the afternoon with a chance of some thunderstorms.  Precipitation should only be 1/4″ which will soak right into the ground.  If the storms miss us we expect some kind of release or pulse to cool down the Mainstem since it the night time air temp is only dropping to 69 degrees.  So the advice remains the same.  Go to the coldest water for your best shot at dry flies.  Sulphurs and small olives should cover most of what you’ll see but have a few cahills and isonychias with you just in case.  If you want to nymph and avoid the algae stick to the lower West Branch.  There are definitely tricos around in the morning.  Fish are eating them but not in every pool.  If you see spinners on the water and no fish switch pools and look to the slow tailouts.

The lower Beaverkill, lower East Branch, and Mainstem temperatures are all starting off at 70 degrees or warmer this morning. Even the East Branch at Harvard peaked over 70 degrees yesterday.  Give those rivers a break until they cool down. 

Hatching:
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Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Epeorus vitreus, stenocron sp., invaria
Sulphur – #18 – 20 – E. dorothea
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophillia sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Light Blue Wing Olive – 16 -20 – E. attenuata, cornutella

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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 534 cfs 47°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 538 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 167 cfs 64°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 352 cfs 72°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 972 cfs 71°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 161 cfs 71°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 540 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 61°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 56 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 81%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 89.4%

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