Delaware River Report / Conditions May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019 Comments Off by

Yesterday was a mix of dry fly fishing and nymph fishing.  People who swiched up methods did well overall and there were some really nice fish landed.  There are still hendricksons and blue quills on some river sections while we wait for the march brown hatch to intensify on other sections.  Different caddis species are hatching on different river sections but we are seeing them just about everywhere.  The warm weather continues and we should see the air temp hit 70 degrees today.  We should have sunshine with a few clouds with wind 5 – 10 out of the North.  The river flows are dropping slowly.  The reservoirs are still spilling so the West Branch and East Branch will drop the slowest.  The Beaverkill flow has dropped below 1,000 cfs so there are some wade opportunities there now.  There is no real amount of precipitation forecasted in the near future.


Ed with a nice fish yesterday.  Steve Shen photo

Ed with a nice fish yesterday. Steve Shen photo

Doug and Bruce with a nice brown yesterday

Doug and Bruce with a nice brown yesterday

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Dark Hendrickson  – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Light Hendrickson
– #12 -14 – E. subvaria (female)
March Brown – #10- 2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema vicarium)
Gray Fox – 12-2xl – Maccaffertium vicarium (Stenonema fuscum)
Blue Quills
– #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva – mostly spinners
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Brachycentrus sp.
Dark Grannom – #16 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Blue Wing Olives  – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis – #18 – 20 – Chimarra

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 2,020 cfs 52°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,630 cfs 45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 1,430 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,800 cfs 49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 6,300 cfs 49°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 972 cfs 49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,270 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.7%


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