Delaware River Report / Conditions September 27, 2012

Sep 27, 2012 Comments Off by

Talk about a banner day! It was like spring had suddenly returned to us yesterday, with clouds, mist and rain mixed with warm, humid air – exactly what the bugs loved. The West Branch did not disappoint, with rising fish and hatching bugs throughout the day. The lower stretch of the river fished the best (from Hale Eddy down), with the Upper Main following closely behind insofar as success was concerned. Isos, pseudos, heptagenias, stenos – the whole kit and caboodle were on the menu. Today we’re seeing a bit of a change in weather, with the sun already starting to peek through the clouds. Temps are supposed to stay low, but I do not think we will see the quality of hatches we did yesterday – at least not until the evening, when each river should produce another great fall night!

A nice Main Stem Rainbow. Too bad the doofus holding it couldn’t look at the camera for the picture. 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 336 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 344 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 137 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 824 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 1,190 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 459 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 55.2% – 300 CFS release

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