Delaware River Report / Conditions May 1, 2013

May 01, 2013 Comments Off by

Welcome to May! And April definitely went out with a bang! Yesterday was some of the best dry fly fishing that we have seen this year, with fish up and rising on every river, pretty much in every riffle run and pool for near the entirety of the day. Hendricksons were back on the West Branch, as well as the East, but Apple Caddis were the fly of choice on the Main Stem, with a few Hendos thrown in for good measure. The warm, humid weather predicted over the next three days bodes well for this type of action to continue, so long as our water temps stay where they are.

Mike Phillipe with a KILLER West Branch Brown caught on a Hendrickson Parachute. Photo: Mark Li

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

Brachycentrus species – Apple Green Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic, getting started

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Same as Baetis

Current Flow Conditions:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 394 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 556 cfs @ 43º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 226 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 746 cfs @ 49º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,840 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 496 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.6% – 401 CFS release


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