Delaware River Report / Conditions May 6, 2013

May 06, 2013 Comments Off by

Another “western day” out on the river yesterday, with a smidgen of Patagonian wind thrown in for good measure. Those on the West and Main were treated to strong upstream winds (at times), and bright beautiful sunshine. The fish were sporadic during the day, but as the sun went behind the mountains the bugs took off and the fish started rising in earnest. Caddis were the appetizer, with Hendrickson spinners working their way in as the dessert, with all kinds of randomness thrown in for a main course. Today we’re looking at a slightly cooler day, but only by a degree or two, and the clouds they have been promising will hopefully materialize and give us some more consistent afternoon risers.

The Great Grey Heron (aka Club favorite Sandy Bing) made a triumphant return to the West Branch today, fought the upstream wind (along with some line tangles on the leg locks) to land this beautiful rainbow on a rusty spinner. Photo: Steve Shen

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:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 238 cfs @ 41º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 327 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 170 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 476 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,160 cfs @ 59º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 316 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 99.1% – 224 CFS release


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