Delaware River Report / Conditions May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013 Comments Off by

Well it was definitely a scorcher out there yesterday, with blazing sun, high humidity, and very little breeze. A typical August day on the Delaware, basically. In typical summer fashion, the water temps rose dramatically throughout the day, “shocking” the fish into a bit of a lull until the sun dropped behind the mountains. While there was some pretty good hatching activity towards the evening, the fish did not go crazy in response. That being said, plenty were still taken on March Browns, some tan caddis, and even a Hendrickson or two way up river on the West Branch. Today we’re looking at another smoker of a day, but hopefully the thunderstorms that have been predicted will actually materialize in the PM, and bring us some cooler water into the system.

Al Mikalaukis (left) poses with a nice chromed-up Rainbow, and guide Bob Lewis. I will let you guess which one is the fish! Photo: Bill Kracht

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 221 cfs @ 44º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 287 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs @ 63º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 552 cfs @ 65º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 67º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 350 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.2% – 225 CFS release


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