Delaware River Report: May 11, 2022

We’re looking at the third summer type day in a row. We’ll hit 77 degrees with sunshine and 5 – 10 mph wind from the North. The fish are eating on top but the bright sun and clear water have made them a little spooky. Presentation and approach have become more important than what we’ve dealt with so far this season. Hendricksons, apple caddis, a few quill gordons, and some blue quills are still on the water. Nymphing has worked early before the hatches but you also may see dry fly shots with caddis before the mayflies hatch. It definitely feels like a spinner evening. The release from Cannonsville was dropped slightly and the flow at Stilesville is 479 cfs. That gauge has been reading a little low. The release is likely 500 cfs. There is no significant rain in the 10 day forecast so conditions should stay the same through the weekend.

Nicky Bulleit with a great fish yesterday. Steve photo
Mike with a nice one. Mike D’Accurzio photo
Steve found some fish yesterday. Jeremy Shurites photo

What’s Hatching:
Dark Hendrickson – #14 – 16 – E. subvaria (male)
Light Hendrickson – #12 – 14 – E. subvaria (female)
Quill Gordon – #14 – Epeorus pluralis
Blue Quills – #16 – 18 – Paraleptophlebia adoptiva
Apple Caddis – #16 – Brachycentrus sp.
Little Black Stonefly – #18 – Capniidae sp.
Little Black and Brown Stonefly – #14 – 16 – Taeniopteryx fasciata & Brachytera sp.
Dark Blue Wing Olive– #16 – 18 – Baetis vagans
Little Black Caddis – #18 – 20 – Chimarra sp.

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY479 cfs42°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY578 cfs44°
East Branch at Harvard, NY249 cfs50°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY643 cfs54°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY1,660 cfs56°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY339 cfs53°
West Branch at 191 Bridge49°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)201 cfs54°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release500 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity97.3%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity98.6%