Delaware River Report / Conditions May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 Comments Off by

Yesterday looked like it should have fished well and it did.  Caddis were out in good numbers early followed by some hendricksons.  Spinners showed up on time and the fish were happy.  It was one of the better dry fly days we’ve seen this week (one of the calmest wind days too).  We did get hit with a good thunderstorm overnight but the rain hasn’t seemed to affect the West Branch.  We’ve dropped a little and it’s pretty clear.  We still have a lot of water in the system so the best wading is still on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc.

We have a few thunderstorms in the forecast this afternoon but none are predicted to drop a lot of precipitation on us.  If we’re real lucky we just see good cloud cover.  Wind should be around 10 mph with the air temp hitting the low 70’s.  It looks like a good day to be on the water.


Jim with a good fish yesterday.  Bob Lewis photo

Jim with a good fish yesterday. Bob Lewis 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)
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 2,080 cfs 56°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 2,550 cfs 48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 829 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,780 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 4,570 cfs 53°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 602 cfs 55°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,499 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 1,060 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.8%


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