Delaware River Report / Conditions September 5, 2020

Sep 05, 2020 Comments Off by

The bright sun didn’t help anyone out dry fly fishing on the river yesterday.  Nymphing and swinging wets were definitely the best bets.  The low release combined with the bright sun pushed the water temps up just enough to hold the hatching back.  For anyone not fishing it was an absolutely gorgeous day.  Today looks similar except we should have some clouds rolling in during the afternoon.  If you’re really looking for dry fly action concentrate on long riffles and look for caddis or blind cast isonychia patterns.  Plus keep you eyes open for flying ants.  They are around but unpredictable.


Les found some fish on top the other day.  Ted Smith photo

Les found some fish on top the other day. Ted Smith photo

We’re going to leave this up for a bit because it’s important.

The PA Fish and Boat Commissions Conservation Acquisition Partnership Program came up on a fishing forum yesterday and it sounds like a great idea that could use some promotion. It was created by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to solicit and accept donations to be used solely to obtain additional access to Pennsylvania’s water.

Click here to read about it here and consider making a donation

While you can’t earmark donations specifically for the Upper Delaware every bit of help the Commission gets benefits us.

Click on the fly to see the patterns in our online store

Slate Drake – #12-2xl – 12 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – stenocron sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 -20 – Heptagenia hebe
Tiny Olive – #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.
Tan Caddis - #18 – 20 – Hydropsyche sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olives – #18 – 20 – E. deficiens, lata
Flying Ants # 16 – 20

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 383 cfs
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 586 cfs
East Branch at Harvard, NY 206 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 769 cfs 63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,480 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 369 cfs 58°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 400 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 214 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 69.8%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 81.8%


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