Delaware River Report / Conditions September 23, 2017

The release from Cannonsville is now 953 cfs.  We were looking forward to writing that the release has been steady for a whole 12 hours but our dreams were dashed just after midnight.  This is one of those perfect situations where the powers that be could release 500 – 600 cfs from Cannonsville and the remaining water needed from Pepacton.
There is color in the West Branch but it is fishable.  There was quite a bit of algae in Deposit yesterday but it flushed out enough to keep the lower sections fishable.  It sounded like very few bugs on the WB but the fish were chasing streamers.  There was better hatching on the Mainstem with small olives and white flies mixed with cahills / stenos and just a handful of isonychias. As people left the water at dark their boats, oars, and waders were covered with brown caddis.  It may be a good time to swing wets or fool around diving egg laying caddis patterns.  We are looking at another warm day with sunshine.  If you want to find fish on dries the best advice seems to be to find a shaded bank on the Upper Mainstem and be patient.  Very patient.


Slate Drake #12 – 14 – Isonychia bicolor
Light Cahill – #14 – Summer Sulphurs, Stenocron spp.
Little BWO – #22 – 26- Pseudocloeon sp.
Blue Wing Olives – #18 – Baetis sp.
Olive Sulphur – #18 – 20 – Heptagenia hebe
Little Tan Sedge – #16 – 18 – Glossosoma sp.
Green Caddis – #16 – Ryacophilia sp.
Tan Caddis #16 – 18 – Hydropsyche spp.


Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 888 cfs
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 978 cfs
East Branch at Harvard, NY 117 cfs 56°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 295 cfs
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,250 cfs
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 108 cfs 61°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 953 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 51°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow) 89 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 72.6%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 83.1%