Delaware River Report / Conditions September 24, 2012

Sep 24, 2012 Comments Off by

It was a wacky day out there on the river yesterday. Tons of bugs on both the Main and West Branch, with fish up and actively eating them one minute, and completely shutting off the next. The fish were fairly cooperative if you did catch them (pun intended) in that window when they were feeding, but otherwise it was a bit tough. Heathens…sorry, I mean people who were nymphing actually had an incredibly slow day. The current theory is that the high pressure system that moved in likely pushed the fish down a little bit. At least that’s the best theory I’ve got this morning. We had a very cold overnight, and we’re starting out in the mid-40s this morning, so I would expect the activity to be slow starting off, but good throughout the day as pressure has stabilized, and the clouds are supposed to hang around for a bit. As always, we’ll see what happens.

Marc DeJong with a nice Main Stem Brown caught this past weekend. Photo by: Jeff White

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning)

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL and BIGGER!

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

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

Ephemerella deficiens- Dark. BWO -#12-20 (when cloudy)

Ephemerella attenuata- Light BWO- #16-20 (when cloudy)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

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

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 326 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 348 cfs @ 50º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 159 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,240 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,600 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 681 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.4% – 300 CFS release

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