Delaware River Report / Conditions July 24, 2020

Jul 24, 2020 Comments Off by

There was some rain in the area yesterday but like normal it seemed to go around us here on the lower West Branch.  We had a total of 10 minutes of wind and rain and then the storms slid South of us.  We have clouds this morning but will see some sun break through in the afternoon.  The air temp will hit the low 80’s with no wind.  According to Wunderground the next chance of rain is Tuesday.  So the fishing should stay the same.  Your best shot at dry fly fishing on the lower West is early and late in the day.  Mid day will be mostly nymphs and wet flies.  The Upper West and Upper East close to the dams should have mid day sulphur and olive hatches.  Nymphing is tough in Deposit because of the algae but can be productive.

We’re going to leave this up for a bit:  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.


Ed started off early this morning and was rewarded.  Ron Reedy photo

Ed started off early this morning and was rewarded. Ron Reedy photo

The lower Beaverkill, lower East Branch, and Mainstem temperatures are all starting off at 70 degrees or warmer this morning.  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 445 cfs 47°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 547 cfs 51°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 173 cfs 63°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 393 cfs 72°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,030 cfs 71°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 184 cfs 72°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 540 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 60°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 52 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 79.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 88.4%


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