Delaware River Report / Conditions October 20, 2012

Well that was dramatic. Yesterday morning saw some of the loudest thunderstorms I have ever experienced, and they dropped a massive amount of rain here at the club as well as the surrounding areas. The Upper West did not seem to jump as much as the lower (as Oquaga creek likely didn’t take the brunt of the storm), but while Hale was at ~600 cfs, we were at an easy 2,500 cfs in Home pool for the majority of the day. Heck, the creek coming out of  our pond was likely flowing more than the DEP is releasing – enough so that Winterdale Road was flooded in spots, directly outside the club for example. As of this morning, the West is clearing rather nicely, and will likely fish well tomorrow for dries, with today being a pretty good day to throw some streamers to the browns getting ready for the spawn. The East is still raging, and definitely not dropping as fast nor clearing as well as the West, so likely it and the Main Stem will take a few more days to get back down to a ‘reasonable’ level. I guess too many of us were doing a rain dance simultaneously.


Winterdale Road in between the Club’s two driveways. Please don’t drive through this stuff when this happens – you never know if the road is washed out underneath. Photo: Bart Larmouth

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL & #12 & #14

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon– Tiny BWO- #22-26

Stenonema stenocron(et al) – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (sporadic when cloudy)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 150 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 534 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 1,150 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 5,260 cfs @ 52º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 8,980 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 2,180 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 56.5% – 150 CFS release