Delaware River Report / Conditions May 26, 2013

May 26, 2013 Comments Off by

Wow. Simply WOW. Yesterday was one of the strangest yet amazing days I’ve even heard about on the Delaware. We started with frigid water temps, which were never helped by the cold, biting wind and rain. That soon developed in to some of the most prolific mayfly hatching many have ever seen. March Browns, Grey Fox, Green Drakes, Hendricksons, Paraleps, Pseudos, Rotunda, Dorthea, Invaria, Vitereus…..all hatching simultaneously and en masse. This varied a bit based on where you were located system-wise, but the onslaught of bugs was definitely felt everywhere. Even better? The fish were up and eating them in between the heavy bursts of wind. It looks like I will have some great pictures to share over the next few days, just as a result of all that craziness. Today, we’re looking much warmer (the fact that into the 60s is warmer on Memorial Weekend is pretty crazy), with a break from the rain and sleet. Water temps are starting low again, so the action likely won’t begin until the afternoon. Let’s hope for a repeat of yesterday’s performance!

NIck Christon holds a piggy from yesterday! Photo: Steve Shen

What’s Hatching:

……yesterday? EVERYTHING.

Ephemera guttulata – Green Drakes – #8-2XL

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

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14 (waning – Upper West Only)

Current Flow Conditions:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 227 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 443 cfs @ 45º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 326 cfs @ 47º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2,130 cfs @ 47º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,670 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 1,510 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 97.2% – 225 CFS release


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