Delaware River Report / Conditions May 2, 2013

May 02, 2013 Comments Off by

It was another great day out on the river yesterday, but not quite as hot as the one previous. We had rising fish from just after lunch all the way until dark, with a few lulls here and there, depending on where you had decided to get your waders wet. Fish could definitely be picky at times, and landing one on a particular pattern didn’t necessarily mean that his buddy next door would take the same thing. We had Hendricksons, Caddis (Apple Green & Tan), as well as a good flush of Paraleps yet again, this time the smaller size 18 variety. Today we are expecting even warmer temperatures, so the water should heat up pretty quick across the system, and hatches will likely start earlier as a result. The heat of the day might slow things down a bit, but don’t worry – that just means a great evening of rising fish!

Mark Li holds a nice upstream Brown caught on the West Branch. Photo: Mike Phillipe.

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

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 394 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 538 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 213 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 668 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,680 cfs @ 55º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 434 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.5% – 401 CFS release


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