Delaware River Report / Conditions May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 Comments Off by

Morning update. 9 am.  The stream runoff has caught up with us on the lower West Branch and we are off color.  It is still safe to float.  Hold off fishing the West today.  It should be clear enough to fish tomorrow


The bright sun made fishing tougher than we’ve been used to but bugs hatched and fish were landed.  We still have the mix of hendricksons and caddis on some river sections while other sections are caddis and the first few march browns.  Hopefully the march brown and gray fox hatches push soon.  It looks like the western drainage got more rain than the Eastern side last night.  The Beaverkill / Willowemoc still offer the best bet for wading.  The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls flow bumped to 1,000 cfs but it looks like it is peaking.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is over 4,000 cfs so definitely no wading over here.  It is fine to float and is fishable this morning.It looks like the rain is done for the most part and we’re in for a warm day.  We should cool down tonight and have normal temperatures for a while.


Pat made a successful appearance on the river yesterday.  Michael Johnson photo

Pat made a successful appearance on the river yesterday. Michael Johnson photo

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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 1,960 cfs 51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 4,400 cfs 47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 997 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,170 cfs 56°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,810 cfs 56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,070 cfs 59°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 2,100 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.3%


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