Delaware River Report / Conditions October 23, 2013

Oct 23, 2013 Comments Off by

We started off with clouds and rain first thing yesterday, which gave way to mostly cloudy skies by the afternoon. Even with this change in pressure, the fish and bugs definitely responded in a positive way. Pseudos, Stenos, Hebes, and Isos were all out on the water yesterday from about 12:00 PM on, and the fish while seemingly sporadic, were actually quite catch-able if you could put the fly down in front of them fast enough. As the day wore on, the streamer bite also turned on, with browns actively chasing smaller white streamers, all the way up until dark. The bugs shut down around 6PM or so, when the temperatures really started to drop, aside from a few stray stupid caddis here and there. This morning we have our first frost of the year, and are expecting the temps to just hover around 50, with mostly cloudy skies. If you’re dry fly fishing, I would sleep in and give the water a bit to warm up. Those fishing subsurface will likely have an earlier start, but I wouldn’t expect anything great to happen early in the morning.

Bruce Miller with a nice, big, pregnant female he caught yesterday on a white streamer. Woh - and look! He's smiling! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Bruce Miller with a nice, big, pregnant female he caught yesterday on a white streamer. Woh – and look! He’s smiling! Photo: Bart Larmouth

Isonychia bicolor – Iso – Slate Drake – #12-2XL, #12

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Ephemerella lata – Dark BWO – #18

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 538 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 580 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 148 cfs @ 44º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 356 cfs @ 46º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 954 cfs @ 49º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 156 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 72.3% – 545 CFS release

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