Delaware River Report / Conditions September 5, 2012

Sep 05, 2012 Comments Off by

Overcast day? Check. Warm, humid conditions? Check. Slight rain and drizzle throughout said day? Check. Bugs hatching profusely to take advantage of ‘perfect’ conditions? ……..not so much. Yesterday seemed like it was going to be absolutely amazing, and aside from a few flurries of activity during the afternoon upriver, downstream was dead yesterday evening, with just the occasional fish rising to chase a sporadic Iso or caddis. Pressure changes maybe? This becomes one of those ‘smile and nod’ moments for me. We did experience some rain last night, and it has bumped the lower west up slightly to 400 cfs. Better for boats, but it should not affect the fishing too dramatically. We have more overcast skies today, and we are hoping they carry on throughout, and that the bugs decided to behave for a change.

Although there is no scale reference, this Iso was pushing a size #6! He hung out all day on the picture window for us. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Tricorythodes species – #22 male and female

Ephemerella dorthea – Sulphurs – #16 (sporadic), #18 & #20

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

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon- Tiny BWO- #22-26

Epeorus vitreus – Pale Evening Dun – (Female) -#14 (sporadic)

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 350 cfs @ 48º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 400 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 188 cfs @ 58º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 383 cfs @ 58º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 811 cfs @ 66º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 148 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 61.8% – 325 CFS release

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