Delaware River Report / Conditions May 3, 2013

May 03, 2013 Comments Off by

We had our first real hot day out there yesterday (at least as far as air temps are concerned) with it getting a bit over 80 degrees in the sun. That being said, we had pretty darn good hatching sporadically throughout the day across the system, varying from Hendricksons to Apple Caddis, depending on your location. It definitely waxed and waned throughout the day, but the evening really saw it turn on when the sun dipped below the mountains. Here at the club we had clouds of Paralep spinners out over the lawn late in the afternoon, that eventually made it over the water to fall. We are expecting a bit more clouds today, and with that some cooler temps, so those periods of little activity should grow even shorter. However, the powers that be have cut our release on the West Branch to “300” CFS, although Stilesville Gauge is only at 229 CFS currently. We’ll see how that affects things as the day progresses.

Max Russick holds a GREAT West Branch Brown caught in the bright sun yesterday. Photo: Kevan Smaracko

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella subvaria – Hendricksons – #12 & #14

Brachycentrus species – Apple Green Caddis – #16 & #18

Chimarra species – Charcoal Caddis – #16 & #18

Taeniopteryx fasciata – Early Black Stonefly- #18

Baetis species – BWO – #16 & #18 – Very sporadic

Paraleptophlebia adoptiva - Blue Quill – #16 & #18 – Still very fishable!

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 229 cfs @ 42º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 591 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,380 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 394 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.3% – “300” CFS release

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