Delaware River Report / Conditions July 23, 2020

Jul 23, 2020 Comments Off by

We had a phone call expressing some concern about litter- especially on the Upper East Branch.  If your fishing up there please bring a garbage bag and pick up a few things after you’re done.  Just picking up a few beer cans everyday could go a long way with keeping the landowners happy and preserving access.  We will be hosting Pig Farm Ink’s Get Trashed in the Catskills on August 15th but please do what you can in the meantime.

We’re coming off a warm night and it’s 65 degrees this morning but the air temp will only hit 81 degrees so it will be cooler than yesterday.  We may see a few storms this morning but the rainfall total should be less than 1/4″.  By late afternoon we should just have cloud cover with wind 5 – 10 mph from the South.  They did not pulse the release from Cannonsville overnight so the flow at Hale Eddy is 547 cfs.  The Eastern drainage received some rain overnight so the flows are up slightly on the Beaverkill and East Branch.  It’s not enough to make a difference.  So the fishing should be the same as the last few days.  Nymphing and wets on the lower WB with a shot at some dry fly fishing early and late in the day.  Daytime sulphurs and olives close to the dams with a shot at a second early evening hatch.  The upper rivers may fog up a bit during the rain but there should be enough wind to blow it off.

Temps look great on the Upper West Branch

Temps look great on the Upper West Branch

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. 

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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

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 534 cfs 47°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 547 cfs 52°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs 62°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 441 cfs 72°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,020 cfs 71°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 184 cfs 72°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 540 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 61°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 56 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 80.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 88.7%


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