Delaware River Report / Conditions May 18, 2013

May 18, 2013 Comments Off by

It was a toughie out on the water yesterday, with bright sun bearing down on the water for most of the day, and a nice stiff wind early on just to make things interesting. That being said, certain areas lit right up in the evening, with decent hatches of tan caddis, as well as March Browns and the start of the Ephemerella invaria – Light Cahills. Out front in Home Pool, we had several nice fish feeding consistently, and in true Delaware style, it was nearly impossible to figure out exactly what it was they were eating! People had success on drowned caddis as well as the trusty Rusty Spinner in a size #16. Today, we’re expecting some cooler temps, very little wind, and hopefully a bunch more cloud cover to entice those olives to pop!

Mark Li does it again, finding fish taking March Browns. Photo: Mike Phillipe

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:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 161 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 255 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 213 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 713 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,410 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 444 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.8% – 150 CFS release

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