Delaware River Report / Conditions July 26, 2020

Jul 26, 2020 Comments Off by

The was a quick short lived pulse release from Cannonsville again overnight but it looks like the flows have peaked and begun to drop back to normal.    It will take a bit for the slug of cold water to filter down the West Branch and into the Mainstem where it really doesn’t do much good anyway.  It’s cool on the river this morning with some fog that will give way to sunshine with a few clouds.  The air temp will hit 88 degrees with wind 5 – 10 mph from the West.  So it will fish the same as it has for the last couple of weeks.  The best shot at dry fly action will close to the dams in the coldest water.  Small sulphurs, olives, and maybe a few flying ants will cover most of what you’ll see.  Nymphing will be better on the lower West since the pulse from Cannonsville probably knocked a bunch of algae loose up top.


Dave with a good rainbow yesterday morning

Dave with a good rainbow yesterday morning

Beth found a nice smallmouth on the lower Main yesterday

Beth found a nice smallmouth on the lower Main yesterday

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. 

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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 716 cfs 47°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 866 cfs 49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 165 cfs 62°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 323 cfs 72°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 939 cfs 70°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 148 cfs 71°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 540 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 60°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 47 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 79.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 88.2%


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