Delaware River Report / Conditions May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019 Comments Off by

The rivers are dropping slowly and the West Branch is clear enough to fish today.  The wall of mud came through around 7 am but seemed to begin to clear up by late afternoon.  We still have color in the West but it looks much better than it did at lunch time yesterday.  The Eastern drainage is clear.  That must have been quite a thunderstorm that hit above Cannonsville and upstream on Oquaga Creek.  The best wading is still on the Beaverkill / Willowemoc.  The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls flow has dropped back under 1,000 cfs again this morning.  We’re back to cooler air temps but we’ll have to deal with the wind today as the front finishes pushing through.  That should be finished tomorrow and the wind will drop and we may see some sunshine.  There were a lot of hendrickson spinner flying in the yard last night so definitely have that box ready today.  Nymphing will be a good option in the wind.


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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 2,440 cfs 54°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 3,170 cfs 47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 939 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,180 cfs 54°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 5,810 cfs 54°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 853 cfs 55°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,630 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.1%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.1%


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