Delaware River Report / Conditions May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013 Comments Off by

Yesterday went just about as expected with the wind and extremely cold temperatures (Mother Nature threw a couple of flurries in just for added effect) – not a ton of dry fly activity, but the fish were still hungry once the water temps started to climb in the mid-afternoon. There were some risers here and there, but no real, good, steady fish to speak of. Today, we’re looking at a warmer day, but our water temps are  back to early April numbers, with the Main starting under 50 for the first time in several weeks. All this means is that it will take a little while for the river to heat up, so I wouldn’t rush to get out there until the afternoon. That being said, the predicted sun should heat up the rivers pretty well, and that always gives us a chance of great hatching once it does.

VICTORY! Tony May celebrates his first Brown of the year as Jeff White holds for the pose. This nice fish definitely put on a show as he was brought to the boat, complete with dives under the deck! Photo: Nate Eckhaus

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning)

Stenonema vicarium – March Browns – #10-2xl

Stenonema fuscum – Grey Fox – #12-2xl

Hydropysche species – Tan Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Epeorus vitreus – PED, Pink Lady – #14 – Getting Started

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Waning, spinners still around

Current Flow Conditions:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 40º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 296 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 303 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,240 cfs @ 45º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,150 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 700 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 98.2% – 150 CFS release


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