Delaware River Report / Conditions May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013 Comments Off by

A bit of a split personality day out on the water yesterday. The heat and sun definitely warmed things up, but the bugs and fish cooled down quite a bit on the Main Stem and the East Branch. However, those who took to the West had a pretty spectacular day despite the sun beating down, with March Browns showing up in droves for the first time, and big fish coming up to eat them. We also had some small, black “bugs” working on the West, which were possibly some diving caddis, but reports definitely vary. The rain / thunderstorms predicted never materialized, so our water levels are still decreasing. We are definitely expecting a warm day today (in the 80s), but clouds should be present and hopefully we’ll get this rain that is continually predicted but never actually appears!

A trophy of a different sort! A beautiful baby brown, which shows us that our Brown Trout population is still self-sustaining! Photo: George Scott

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 163 cfs @ 43º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 243 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 56º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 597 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,230 cfs @ 61º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 390 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.4% – 150 CFS release


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