Delaware River Report / Conditions May 26, 2021

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Update:  Wundergound’s forecast for today has changed every time we’ve looked.  Click on the river gauge links below for the latest information.

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Yesterday showed a bit more sun than the forecast had called for but people found fish.  Nymphing worked well early and people did find fish on dries in the evening.  Caddis, the last of the small hendricksons, march browns, gray fox, and the beginning of the sulphurs are out there.  Definitely have your blue wing olives.  No sign of green drakes yet but they will be here soon.  Most of the surface activity was in the evening.  Today is going to be warmer with the air temp jumping into the high 80’s.  We should have cloud cover and some much needed rain.  Wunderground is only showing 1/10″ total for today.  Wind will be 10 – 15 mph from the South.  We cool back down again tomorrow.

Wendy with a good fish yesterday.  Samantha Dennis photo

Wendy with a good fish yesterday. Samantha Dennis photo

Nicky Bulleit with a nice fish.  Steve Shen photo

Nicky Bulleit with a nice fish. Steve Shen photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Sulphur – #16 – E. dorothea
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X – very tail end of the hatch.  definitively have spinners
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Tan Caddis – #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche sp.
Apple Caddis – #18 – Light Brachycentrus sp. just a few left
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp. just a few left
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 417 cfs
44°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 536 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 cfs 59°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 426 cfs 65°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,260 cfs 66°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 228 cfs 63°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 387 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 58°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 246 cfs
65°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 25, 2021

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Yesterday was a tough one. There was quite a bit of bright sun for most of the day. People found a few fish but mostly on caddis.  The caddis are around in good numbers but there is some luck involved in being in the right place at the right time to find the sporadic rises and cover them.  Overall nymphing was the best option.  Enough march browns and gray fox have hatched that we are seeing some spinners in the air in the evening.  We haven’t seen them hit the water in good numbers yet so keep those in your boxes just in case.  Sulphurs should show soon in good numbers.

Today should be a little warmer hitting 77 degrees with wind 5-10 mph from the South.  We should have better cloud cover.  There is a good chance of 1/4″ of rain tomorrow.  That will soak right into the ground but still be good for the rivers.  Most of those storms tend to slide South of us but we’re hopeful.

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 417 cfs
45°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 539 cfs
50°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 188 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 457 cfs 62°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,300 cfs 63°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 241 cfs 60°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 387 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 56°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 270 cfs
62°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 98.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 24, 2021

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It did cool down overnight and the air temp is 49 degrees this morning.  The air temp will hit 70 degrees this afternoon with a mix of clouds and sunshine.  Wind will be 5 – 10 mph from the South.  It sounds like a pleasant day to be on the water after the heat.  There are still a lot of caddis around plus the last of the small hendricksons.  March browns and gray fox have been coming ff sporadically and we should see the sulphurs in good numbers soon.  We have a chance of rain later in the week that would be good for the Beaverkill and Willowemoc.

 

Pierce with a good one yesterday.  Steve Shen photo

Pierce with a good one yesterday. Steve Shen photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 417 cfs
45°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 545 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 209 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 506 cfs 60°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,380 cfs 64°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 264 cfs 60°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 387 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 303 cfs
61°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 23, 2021

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We had just enough rain overnight to knock the dust down on  the back roads.  The rivers are pretty much where they were yesterday morning.  The cloud cover and wind felt good yesterday.  There were some fish working when the wind dropped – mostly slashing caddis where we were.  Nymphing was a good option during the wind.  Today is going to be cooler with a high of 79 degrees.  We may see a stray thunderstorm which would be great.  Wind will be 10 – 20 mph from the North.  The air temp will drop to 49 degrees tonight so pack a fleece if you stay late.

 

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Light Hendrickson – #14 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 417 cfs
45°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 552 cfs
49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 216 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 547 cfs 63°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,450 cfs 65°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 284 cfs 62°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 387 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 321 cfs
64°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.7%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 22, 2021

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Hopefully Wunderground has the forecast nailed down and today will be the last day we see in the 80’s for a while.  We’ll hit 83 degrees with good cloud cover.  Wind will be 10 – 15 mph from the North.  It already sounds better than yesterday.  Tomorrow we should drop back into the high 70’s at least.  Hopefully the cloud cover makes the caddis more active during the day and pushes the mayfly hatches a little earlier.  Watch for spinner falls in the morning and at night.  There are still some #16 hendricksons around and the spinners are definitely around some river sections.

The last few days of bright sun and hot air temps have driven up the water temps on the lower East Branch, Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, and Upper Mainstem.  The river temps peaked above 65 degrees yesterday afternoon so please check the gauges or use a thermometer before you fish the lower river sections.  It’s disgusting that we have to temp the lower river sections in May with both Cannonsville and Pepaction over 99% capacity.

A good one in yesterday's sunshine.  Bruce Miller photo

A good one in yesterday’s sunshine. Bruce Miller photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 396 cfs
44°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 558 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 222 cfs 57°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 590 cfs 64°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,520 cfs 65°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 302 cfs 62°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 387 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 57°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 350 cfs
64°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.7%

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 21, 2021

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We saw some clouds yesterday but did not get the cloud cover we were led to believe we’d see from Wunderground.  There were some fish landed during the day on caddis but the better dry fly fishing happened after the sun started to drop.  Nymphing and swinging wets were the best bets during the day.  If you do see some slashes in the fast water mid day go with caddis patterns.  Today looks similar to yesterday with the air temp hitting the upper 80’s, a few clouds, and wind 5 – 10 mph from the West.  We are seeing some hendrickson spinners on some sections so don’t leave the river too early.

 

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 396 cfs
44°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 568 cfs
48°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 232 cfs 45°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 656 cfs 62°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,600 cfs 63°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 330 cfs 60°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 387 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 55°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 397 cfs
62°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.9%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.8%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 20, 2021

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The releases have been cut back from both Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs. The 5 am update at Stilesville shows the flow at 417 cfs.  Hale Eddy is 601 cfs but will probably show lower at the next update.  Today is going to be hot again with the air temp reaching 83 degrees. Luckily we should see some clouds moving in during the afternoon and there is a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm.  We need some cloud cover.  Wind will be 5 – 10 mph from the South.  There are still a lot of caddis and some hendricksons hatching in sections.  The march brown and gray fox are slowly pushing up river too.  In the bright sun it’s fishing a lot like July so don’t get off the river too early.  Hopefully it fishes more like May now with the clouds coming in this afternoon.

 

Nikcy Bulleit with a god one yesterday. Steve Shen photo

Nikcy Bulleit with a good one yesterday. Steve Shen photo

Jonny King with a solid fish.  Bruce Miller photo

Jonny King with a solid fish. Bruce Miller photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 417 cfs
44°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 601 cfs
47°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 246 cfs 55°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 729 cfs 59°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,810 cfs 60°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 365 cfs 57°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 53°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 440 cfs
60°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 19, 2021

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Yesterday was bright and sunny.  Probably a bit too sunny.  A lot of the bugs and fish laid low during the day so nymphing was the best bet early.  People did find some rising fish mid afternoon but the best action was towards dark.  It felt a lot like summer fishing out there.  Today looks similar with lots of sunshine and a high of 83 degrees.  Wind will be 5 – 10 from the North.  Wunderground shows some clouds moving in tomorrow afternoon which will be a big help.  The river flow are dropping slowly and most of the rivers are at a decent level for floating and wading.

 

Steve Shen with a nice one on a dry yesterday.  Nicky Bulleit photo

Steve Shen with a nice one on a dry yesterday. Nicky Bulleit photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Gray Fox – #12-2xl –  M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Dark Hendrickson – #16 – E. X
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 629 cfs
46°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 785 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 307 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 866 cfs 55°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,110 cfs 58°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 407 cfs 54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 50°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 499 cfs
56°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.4%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.9%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 18, 2021

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The river flows are still dropping and it seems lie the reservoirs are just about done spilling.  We’re on a warming trend and today should hit 76 degrees.  We’ll see mostly sunshine with 5 – 10 mph wind from the North.  Caddis are still strong with some hendricksons in areas and march browns / gray fox in others.  It’s time to keep an eye out for sulphurs at dusk in the lower river sections.  The rest of the week looks similar to today with a bit more cloud cover.  We’re not seeing a lot of rain in the 10 day forecast.

 

Theo with a good fish yesterday.  Steve Shen photo

Theo with a good fish yesterday. Steve Shen photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 685 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 879 cfs
46°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 431 cfs 50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs 53°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,380 cfs 55°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 451 cfs 52°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 574 cfs
55°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 100.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 17, 2021

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The river flows dropped a bit more overnight and everything looks good this morning.  We did have some brief rain showers yesterday but not enough to affect the flows.  Today looks beautiful with the air temp hitting 71 degrees and sunshine.  Wind will be 5- 10 mph from the West.  There is a slight chance of a thunderstorm.  That would be helpful if we could get some cloud cover with it.  Depending on where you fish it will be caddis and hendricksons  or caddis and march brown / gray fox.  The caddis have been very prominent over the last week.

 

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 788 cfs
48°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,060 cfs
46°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 471 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,170 cfs 50°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 2,710 cfs 52°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 500 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 47°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 656 cfs
54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 16, 2021

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The river flows have dropped to decent levels for floating and wading.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 1,300 cfs this morning.  Today looks like a great fishing day with the air temp climbing to 70 degrees, cloud cover, and wind 5 – 10 from the South.  We may see a stray shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon but the precipitation will be negligible.  A lot of river sections are seeing heavy amounts of both apple caddis and grannoms.  There are still hendricksons hanging on in areas and march browns / gray fox in others.

 

Steven found some yesterday.  Steve Shen photo

Steven found some yesterday. Steve Shen photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,010 cfs
49°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,300 cfs
46°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 522 cfs 48°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,280 cfs 51°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,130 cfs 51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 555 cfs 50°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 46°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 742 cfs
53°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.2%

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Delaware River Report / Conditions May 15, 2021

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Everyone is talking about the huge amounts of caddis they saw on the rivers yesterday.  Overall it sounded like a good fishing day.  Today looks just as nice with the air temp hitting 68 degrees, sunshine, and wind 5 – 10 from the North.  there is a shot of a stray shower or thunderstorm so bring the raincoat.  The flows are dropping on the all the rivers.  The East Branch and Beaverkill are in great shape for wading.  The West Branch is coming down slowly but is 1,600 at Hale Eddy this morning.  There are sections that are wadeable at this level.

 

Tony with a nice one yesterday.  Steve Shen photo

Tony with a nice one yesterday. Steve Shen photo

What’s Hatching:
March Brown – #10-2xl – M. vicarium
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – E. subvaria (male)
Light Hendrickson – #12 – E. Subvaria (female)
Blue Quill – #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Blue Wing Olives – #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Apple Caddis – #16 – 18 – Light Brachycentrus sp.
Grannom Fly – #14 – 18 – Dark Brachycentrus sp.
Little Black Caddis - #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,240 cfs
50°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,650 cfs
45°
East Branch at Harvard, NY 607 cfs 46°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1,460 cfs 49°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 3,710 cfs 50°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 636 cfs 49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 600 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge N/A 45°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 833 cfs
51°
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 101%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 100.2%

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