Delaware River Report / Conditions September 22, 2013

Sep 22, 2013 Comments Off by

Well, that sucked. That’s pretty much the only way to describe the fishing yesterday. It had potential early on, and several folks had good hatches of isos early on in the day, but then the wind came up ( the air pressure also began to fluctuate wildly), and the fish just quit for the rest of the day. Nymphs, streamers, dries – it basically didn’t matter, the fish just didn’t care, and hunkered down. We did have a good, steady rain as well, which bumped us up infinitesimally, but definitely did not color up the water in the slightest. The hope for today is that overcast skies and cooler temps (along with a whole lot less wind) will entice the fish to come back around today. The atmospheric pressure balancing out will also help us. Although the fish were not cooperative, there was some excellent hatching yesterday – with some crazy stuff like Ephoron Lukon – White Flies on the Main, along with decent Isos, and hebes as well just for good measure. If they keep popping, the fish should start looking!

The day wasn't a total loss for Frank Howard, as he caught this big rainbow yesterday with Bruce. Photo: Bruce Miller

The day wasn’t a total loss for Frank Howard, as he caught this big rainbow yesterday with Bruce. Photo: Bruce Miller

What’s Hatching:

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 & #18 – starting to wane

Epeorus vitreus – PED / Pink Lady – #14

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

Stenonema species – Various Light Cahills – #14

Pseudocloeon species – BWO – #22 – sporadic

Heptagenia hebe - Olive Sulphurs – #16

Current Flow Conditions:

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 361 cfs @ 50º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 520 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 242 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 638 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,260 cfs @ 60º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 246 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 85.2% – 375 CFS release

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