Delaware River Report / Conditions October 1, 2017

Oct 01, 2017 Comments Off by

Everyone seemed to find fish eating on top yesterday.  Interestingly it seemed everyone threw different flies to catch fish.  The olives were the main players of course.  There were a lot of tiny olives in the #22 -26 range.  Some people saw bigger olives mixed in with fish eating #16 – 18 olives.  A few people found fish eating cahills on sections of the West Branch.  Then towards dark some people were throwing Isonychia patterns.  The Fall caddis are doing there thing.  While you do see some get eaten off the top a lot of times a wet fly or pupa covering the emergence and egg laying stages will work better.  Don’t put any of your boxes away yet.  The cool weather and overcast sky certainly helped the fishing.  It felt raw out there for a while but it seemed worth it.  Besides the better dry fly fishing streamers were still producing some nice fish on the West Branch.  We should feel a little warmer today with air temperatures in the mid 60’s and some more sun.  Winds should be light and variable so overall we’re looking at a nice Fall day.


Tom and Jess on the West Branch.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Tom and Jess on the West Branch. Photo by Bruce Miller


Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer SulphursStenocron spp.
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,180 cfs
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,320 cfs
East Branch at Harvard, NY 110 cfs 49°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 249 cfs
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,490 cfs
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 87 cfs 54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1,207 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 60 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 66.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 80.9%


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