Delaware River Report / Conditions October 23, 2012


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Yesterday was a picture-perfect Autumn day, which is to say bright sun, no clouds, and a variable breeze whipping the leaves into the air. While perfect in concept, those conditions do not make for an optimal day of dry fly fishing. The river did warm up around 2:00 PM, and we started seeing Stenos and Isos in pretty decent numbers, with the fish again being sporadic-yet-catchable. Today, we’re expecting some slightly warmer temps, with a few passing showers heading through the area. If the clouds hold, the Pseudos should be out en masse today, and their big Slate Drake compatriots will hopefully be in tow!

Pat Giordano made a return to the river after a few months off – obviously he’s forgotten to TILT the the fish when having a picture taken! Nice Brown Pat! Photo: Michael Johnson

Isonychia bicolor – Isos – #12-2XL & #12 & #14

Heptagenia hebe – Olive Sulphur – #16 & #18

Pseudocloeon– Tiny BWO- #22-26

Stenonema stenocron(et al) – Light Cahill – (Male)- #14 (sporadic)

Ephemerella invaria – Large Sulphurs / Light Cahills – #14 (waning)

Hydropsyche- Tan Caddis- #18

Ryacophilia- Olive Caddis- #16

Baetis species – #18 & #20 (sporadic when cloudy)

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 150 cfs @ 47º
West Branch at Hale Eddy,NY 320 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Harvard,NY 395 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy,NY 1,880 cfs @ 49º
Mainstem at Lordville,NY 2,620 cfs @ 50º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls,NY 825 cfs @ N/A
Cannonsville Reservoir Level & Release 61.7% – 150 CFS release