Delaware River Report / Conditions June 12, 2016

Jun 12, 2016 Comments Off by

Yesterday’s weather forecast was way off.  We had more sun, less wind, less rain, and certainly didn’t see anything resembling a “tornado” out there.  While we were hoping for a day of overcast skies and light rain that was not to be.   Overall it was a pleasant day to be on the water.  We did have enough cloud cover to get some fish happy earlier in the day.  As soon as the sun popped the fish stopped until the clouds came back so it definitely called for patience.  The river seemed to fish by section yesterday.  Some of us saw olives and caddis during the day and very little in the evening while other people saw little during the day and decent sulphurs as the sun dropped.  It was definitely a day to be flexible with your planning and timing.  Nymphing worked well before the hatches although you will still find some green slime on the upper West Branch.  Definitely not as much junk in the water as we saw a week ago.

If the Forecast is correct we’ll have cooler air temperatures today with highs only reaching the mid 60’s.  Wind may be an issue with wind gusts predicted at 20 mph but the trees are leafed out so it’s easier to find wind protected spots now than it was a few weeks ago.  Hopefully they have messed up the forecast again and the winds will be lower than predicted.

Theo and Lucinda taking advantage of some cloud cover yesterday.

Theo and Lucinda taking advantage of some cloud cover yesterday.


Slate Drake – 12-2xl- Isonychia bicolor
Green Drakes – 8-2xl – 10-2xl – E. Guttalata
Brown Drakes – 10-2xl- E. simulans
March Browns – #10-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema vicarium)
Gray Fox #12-2xl- Maccaffertium vicarium (formerly Stenonema fuscum)
Pink Lady – #14 – Epeorus vitreus
Sulphur – #16-18 – E dorothea
Light Blue Winged Olive – #14 E. cornuta
Tan Caddis – #16 – 20 – Hydropsyche spp.
Dark Brachycentrus sp. – #14 – 18 – Dark Grannom
Little Black Caddis #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans (updated name: Baetis tricaudatus)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 486 cfs
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 606 cfs
East Branch at Harvard, NY 200 cfs 54°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 471 cfs 58°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs 60°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 226 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 273 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 96.2%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 97.8%



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