Delaware River Report / Conditions May 4, 2013

May 04, 2013 Comments Off by

It was a little bit different out there yesterday, which is a polite way to say it was definitely slower out there on the river today. The upstream winds on the Main and West made for slower dry fly fishing, but the fish were active subsurface for a good chunk of the day. When the wind laid down, the caddis were flying in full force, complete with egg sacs, but weren’t really what the fish were interested in. As evening came there was a bit more activity, along with a decent paralep spinner fall, depending on your location (i.e. not the main). The lower West upped the ante with a Hendrickson hatch/spinner fall at dark. Today we’re expecting less sun but slightly warmer temperatures, and less wind. The clouds could be a boon, but we will see what it brings!

Bob Hesse with a great Main Stem Brown. Photo: Jeff White

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 238 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 344 cfs @ 48º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 182 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 536 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,320 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 362 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – “300” CFS release

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