Delaware River Report / Conditions July 25, 2020

Jul 25, 2020 No Comments by

There was a brief pulse release from Cannonsville overnight so the flow is up but should drop back down to the 500 cfs range by the afternoon.  Today will be warmer than yesterday with fewer clouds.  The fishing should be similar to what we’ve had with the best dry fly chances being closest to the dams in the coldest water.  Nymphing will probably be tough in Deposit since the release likely broke some algae loose.  If you want to throw nymphs or wet flies stay on the lower West Branch.  Most of our dry fly fish have come on small olives and sulphurs.  Have a few flying ants in your bag just in case.  We haven’t seen great numbers of them yet but we’ve seen enough around that fish probably have seen them too.

 

Adele with a nice fish yesterday.  Dan Treadwell photo

Adele with a nice fish yesterday. Dan Treadwell photo

 

Derek with one towards dark.  Dan Treadwell photo

Derek with one towards dark. Dan Treadwell photo

Beth killing time waiting for the evening hatch

Beth killing time waiting for the evening hatch

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.

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. 

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

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 698 cfs 47°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 853 cfs 49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 170 cfs 62°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 365 cfs 71°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 991 cfs 71°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 167 cfs 70°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 540 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 59°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 52 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 79.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 88.2%

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