Delaware River Report: May 7, 2023

The rivers fished well again yesterday. While we didn’t see as strong of a hatch compared to the overcast days there were plenty of bugs and people found rising fish. It was another good dry fly day to be on the river. Hendricksons and blue quills are making up the bulk of the hatch. there are good numbers of apple caddis on some river sections. Cannonsville is spilling 1,502 cfs with a release of 673 cfs. Oquaga Creek has dropped to 152 cfs. Floating is still the only option on the tailwaters. The Beaverkill flow has dropped below 1,000 cfs opening up more wade options there and on the Willowemoc.

We’ll see sunshine early today with clouds moving in during the afternoon. There is a chance of a rain shower but the rainfall total will be negligible. 72 degrees with wind 5 – 10 mph from the West. It looks like a good fishing day.

The Jims getting it done two days in a row. Tim Glynn photo
Theo with a nice one. Steve Shen photo
Pierce with a chunky rainbow. Bruce Miller photo
Mike Brewer found some eating yesterday

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

View the current local weather conditions.

Click on any gauge for the most recent data:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY2,230 cfs51°
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY2,760 cfs49°
East Branch at Harvard, NY1,950 cfs47°
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY3340 cfs48°
Mainstem at Lordville, NY6,670 cfs51°
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY911 cfs47°
West Branch at 191 Bridge48°
West Branch at Walton (Cannonsville inflow)1,180 cfs49°
Cannonsville Reservoir Release673 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity103.5%
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity100.9%