Delaware River Report / Conditions September 30, 2015

Sep 30, 2015 Comments Off by

We did get some decent rain overnight but like we predicted most of it was immediately soaked into the ground.  We should receive a little more today (around 1/4″) and then dry up in the afternoon with no additional precipitation until Friday evening.  The rivers are coming up and there is some color coming in form some of the feeder streams (definitely Sands Creek in Hancock).   Hale Eddy is currently 621 cfs this morning and rising.  The Beaverkill is currently flowing at 274 cfs and may likely be dirty if history tells us anything.  It looks like a decent olive day with overcast skies and light rain right now.  Watch the river levels if you are fishing today.  There is still a chance for an odd storm to dump on us bringing the feeder creeks up to flood stage.  Check the gauges often today using the links below for the latest flows.

Reservoir numbers:  The current storage for the NYC Water Supply is 76.6% capacity.  Normal storage for September 30th is 71.9%.  We are above normal storage with decent rains falling plus additional rain in the forecast.  The WB inflow to Cannonsville Reservoir at Walton is 261 cfs this morning and rising.  The other reservoir feeder with a gauge is Trout Creek running at 44 cfs and rising.  There is absolutely no reason NYC DEP should have completely shut off the directed releases in one move on Monday.  A stepped down program makes so much more sense for the health of the river system below the dams.   Stepping down the releases would not have been a threat to the NYC water supply.

 

Dave and Beth from the weekend.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Dave and Beth from the weekend. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:
Slate Drake #12 – Isonychia bicolor
Sulphur #18-20 – E. dorothea
Light Cahills #14 – various steno species (invaria, etc)
Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22-26 – Pseudo sp. (now classified as Acentrella sp.)
Charcoal Caddis #14 -16 – dark Brachycentrus sp.
Tan Caddis #16-18 – Hydrosyche sp.
Blue Winged Olives #16 – 18 – Baetis sp.

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 326 cfs 59°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 621 cfs 59°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 197 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 364 cfs 62°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 820 cfs 64°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 274 cfs N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 300 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 62°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 231 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 55.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 74.9%

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