Delaware River Report / Conditions September 30, 2012

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It was an interesting day out on the West Branch yesterday. The streamer bite was in full force until just after lunch time, with the browns being very territorial and nasty, ready to strike at anything in their immediate viciniity. As the afternoon began, they seemed to calm down which meant a big lull in the streamer action, but fortunately a big rush of Stenos made up for it, with good dry fly activity for the rest of the day. The fish were a bit spotty and sporadic, but would definitely be accommodating if you put a nice presentation over their heads. The West Branch has slowed its drop in flow, so we should steady out a bit over the next few days and see some conitnued decent hatching / feeding. With clouds and rain predicted today, we can hopefully look forward to a few more psuedos out and likely a return of the heptagenias as well.

An outside wall of the shop this morning – covered with everyone’s favorite tiny BWO – the Pseudo! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female (waning & sporadic)

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 (sporadic when cloudy)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 331 cfs @ 49º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 481 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 246 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,600 cfs @ 55º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 2,330 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 882 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 54.9% – 305 CFS release

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