Delaware River System Current Conditions


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End of the season 2016

We have reached the end of our season here at West Branch Angler and currently have our cabins shut down for the winter. Although fishing opportunities still remain on the system we will no longer be updating the fishing reports.  If you're curious about current conditions give us a call at 800-201-2557 any day of the week and we will let you know what's going on.  Our shop does remain open all winter if you're in the area and need any gear or would like to make a reservation for 2017.  We would also like to thank everyone for a great season and look forward to seeing you on the water next spring.  


10/22/16

After a bit of rain overnight and a bump in the release from Canonsville the flow at Stilesville is 538 cfs and 797 down at Hale Eddy.  The mainstem down at Lordville is 1,370 cfs and 57.  With the higher flows the streamer fishing should continue to be a productive, especailly on the still-stained water of the West Branch.  Today is supposed to be rainy all day so we could see some BWO's and the 16 Dark Tan Caddis have been around in good numbers.  They are likely going to keep the release up unless we get a substantial amount of rain which would be great for the reservoir. Lotsa' Luck


10/21/16

The flows on the system have continued to drop overnight as the release has been cut back to under 100 cfs at Stilesville and currently we are looking at just above 200 cfs here at Hale Eddy.  They have cut the water back expecting the large storm just to the west of us to drop some water on our area but so far it has tracked just west of us by 30 miles or so.  It would be lovely if we go hit pretty hard as we desperately need the rain for the rivers and reservoir going into fall and winter.  Other than that the conditions are basically the same with a bit less water than yesterday.  Floating is gonna be near-impossible and not recommended anywhere for the time being.  The mianstem is going to have the most water of the system and Lordville is currently 784 cfs but that will continue to drop as well.  We will keep our fingers crossed, hoping the storm moves our way bringing us some much-needed rain.  Lotsa' Luck  


10/20/16

After the West Branch flowing pretty high all week they have started to "step-down" the flow as we've been getting rain most of the morning and it looks like we are forecast to get a half inch tomorrow as well.  The rivers should remain fishable as long as the rain stays steady and not too heavy in a short period of time.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing at 1,220 cfs and should stay fairly stable as the release drops.  We are seeing some #16 Dark Tan Caddis, #10 October caddis and a few small Olives.  Streamers are working pretty well and are good in the turbid water.  We will keep you posted as the rain continues.  Lotsa' Luck


10/16/16

We've got some good cloud cover going this morning and the release from Cannonsville is still flowing high and 1,090 cfs at Stilesville and down at Hale Eddy we are looking at 1,170 cfs.  Yesterday was a pretty good day for those who were out throwing some streamers.  A few fish were rising to but nothing too exciting on top with the higher flows.  We would expect the release to go down the next day or so but the flow downriver at Montegue is 950 cfs, about half of the minimum required flow down there.  The much needed rain for all of the northeast seems to be avoiding us.  The West Branch is going to be wadeable in some spots at these flows and the mainstem is going to be even more wadeable.  The East Branch is 177 at Fishs' Eddy which is on the low side but it is very clear and wadeable and the Olives and caddis have been pretty good over there lately.  Lotsa Luck


10/14/16

Today is starting out cool and sunny with a slightly lower flow/release coming out of Cannonsville on the West Branch.  Stilesville is flowing at 238 this morning and down at 327 cfs with a temp of 52 this morning.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing at 583 cfs with a temp of 51.  The fishing has been ok lately despite the up and down flow we've had the last few weeks on the system.  The nymphing has been pretty good throughout the system with the slots and riffles pretty obvious at these levels.  Small pheasant tails and BWO-specific nymphs are working well.  Bigger Zug bugs and Iso nymphs are good choices for larger flies.  Streamers are still working, especially early in the day.  Look for the small Olives and caddis in the afternoon hours.  Please remember that the river above the Pennsylvania border will be closed after Saturday, October 15th for the spawning browns.  Lotsa' Luck


10/13/16

We have had a bit of an increase in release over the last couple days bringing Hale Eddy's flow up to 427 which is a welcomed flow after the lower water we had last week.  Upriver at Stilesville the flow is 322 and 55 degrees.  There is still the fall stain to the water but the whole system is in good shape for the wade fisherman.  The lower East Branch at Fishs Eddy is 180 cfs then down on the mainstem at Lordville the flow is 531.  Small Blue Winged Olives in size 18-24 have been working in the afternoon hours and #12 Isonychia are great flies for the riffles and to run a dropper off of.  Small nymphs for the Olives and caddis pupa have been working while nymphing the faster water.  Even in the lower water streamers, especially small ones, have been working well and mornings have been great times to throw them.  


10/7/16

The water has come up a bit since yesterday, bringing Hale Eddy to 373 cfs with a temp of 55 degrees after a flow of 263 at Stilesville.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing 631 cfs and 59 degrees.  The lower East Branch at Harvard is 112 cfs and 53 degrees.  The flows have obviously been a little up and down over the last two weeks as the city is trying to meet the downstream flow at Montegue and conserve what they can in Cannonsville reservoir.  The anglers fishing the last few days have had decent luck with a few dries but primarily nymphing and dropper rigs.  The whole system is limited to wading at the time being as floating is going to be next to impossible with any watercraft.  Small Blue Winged Olives and their nymphs are good choices to pack for the day and #12 Isonychia for blind casting and running droppers.  Lotsa' Luck


10/6/16

Today is starting out foggy in the mid-40's.  They have really dropped the flow on the West Branch, bringing the flow at Stilesville to 130 cfs and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 237 cfs with temps in the mid 50's.  The lower East Branch at Fishs' Eddy is 200 cfs with a temp of 55.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing at just under 500 cfs with a temp of 59 degrees.  Some anglers we spoke with yesterday did well nymphing and there were some fish on the small Blue Winged Olives in the afternoon if you ended up in the right place.  A #12 Isonychia is a great fly to put over the randomly rising fish as many are not too consistent if there aren't ample bugs up top.  It's going to be a wade fishing game as it's too low to float throughout the system with any device.  The nymphing riffles and slots are very defined with the lower water and Isonychia nymphs and small stuff for the Olives have been good choices.  Montegue is now 2,700 cfs so expect the lower water until this drops a thousand cfs or so.  Lotsa' Luck


10/3/16

The water is up just slightly when compared to yesterday.  Stilesville is flowing at 688 cfs and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 828 cfs, both with temps in the 57 degree range.  The water is still pretty wadeable throughout the system and does have a bit of a stain that will last a while.  We've had  a mostly sunny day so far with a bit of cloud cover moving in and their is a chance of rain this afternoon.  We are going to have the same bugs for a while with small Blue Winged Olives in 18-22, Cahills in 14-16 and 12 Isonychia.  The streamer fishing has been decent on most days with many different patterns producing results while the smaller streamers seem to be a bit more effective for bringing fish to the boat.  The next couple days weather looks to be pretty similar to today with night time temps in the upper 40's.  Lotsa' Luck


10/2/16

We did have some rain last night but not enough to make much difference to the river but they did increase the release overnight bringing Stilesville up to 642 cfs and just under 800 cfs at Hale Eddy.  The river still has a decent amount of stain, especially on the West due to the release this time of year.  We've had rain the last few days and the streamer fishing has been decent for most.  We have had some Blue Winged Olives and Cahills but the dry fly fishing has been spotty at best overall.  The temps are in the low to mid 50's on the West and upper 50's on the mainstem.  The water is a bit cleaner down on the mainstem as the silt drops as you head down river.  Nymph fishermen are doing well now that the rivers aren't too high due to releases.  Lotsa' Luck


9/24/16

Today started out cool and sunny but is now fairly warm in the mid 60's.  The release from the West Branch has been lowered once again overnight with the current flow at Stilesville of 620 cfs and 54 degrees and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 721 cfs with a temp of 55.  The water still has a pretty good stain going on with several feet of visibility.  The water does clear as you head down the West Branch and onto the mainstem which is just under 1,000 cfs with a temp of 61 degrees.  There have been a few Blue Winged Olives in the afternoon hours in size 18-24 throughout the system as well as a few 14-16 Cahills.  There are still a few tricos around in the mornings.  Streamers are still a good bet on the West.  Lotsa' Luck


9/23/16

Today is looking like another sunny day with a bit of cloud cover here and there.  The good news for wade fishermen is today they have cut the water back coming from Cannonsville reservoir bringing the flow at Stilesville to 800 cfs and down at Hale Eddy we're looking at 965 cfs and 54 degrees.  Although the river is still fairly high at least you can wade in many places on the West Branch and the mainstem is going to be very wadeable and much clearer as far as turbidity goes.  The bugs will be the same as down below.  Lotsa' Luck


9/22/16

Today is starting out in the low 50's and it looks to be another clear and sunny day in the low 80's.  The West Branch is up to 1,300 cfs this morning at Hale Eddy after a flow of 1,130 cfs at Stilesville.  The river still has some decent stain to it, as it usually does in the fall, but any turbidity from the rain earlier this week is gone.  Temps are good, even pretty far down the mainstem due to the volume of release water.  The upper East at Harvard is 143 cfs and the lower East is 232 cfs so it's a bit on the low side but the water is very clear and wadeable.  So, if you're looking for some surface activity the mainstem and East are gonna be your best bet for some consistency and if you want to chuck some streamers and maybe have a few fish on top the West Branch is your river.  The flows are likely to stay the same but a lot is going to depend on the daily weather and precipitation that could affect the release any day.  Lotsa' Luck


9/19/16

After some heavy rain last night the West Branch got a nice slug that brought the river up from the mid-500's to around 2,000cfs in the early morning hours.  Right now the river is 1,300 cfs with a heavy stain to most of the river other than the upper few miles before you get to Oquaga creek.  There is some stain on the the south side of the river above Oquaga creek from another feeder stream across from Stilesville.  Stilesville is currently flowing at 326 cfs with a temp of 52 degrees.  The East Branch and down on the mainstem didn't get hit with the same volume of rain that we received and the East is very wadeable today and the main is going to have some stain but isn't in too bad of shape as the stain becomes less the farther you go down river.  It looks to be fairly warm the next few days without a chance for rain.  If you're looking to wade the West Branch we should be in good shape throughout the river by tomorrow morning.  Lotsa' Luck


9/17/16

Today is shaping up to be  a nice fishing day with pretty heavy cloud cover and cool air temps.  The flow on the West Branch has also been decreased down to 557 currently at Stilesville and it's still 950 at Hale Eddy but that will drop quickly over the next few hours.  All of the fishermen who haven't been able to wade will be happy with the new flow.  We will still have the same bugs as below and the fish will be a more likely to come to the surface with the lower water.  It looks like it could rain any minute and the forecast for tomorrow looks like we should get some much needed all-day rain.  Lotsa' Luck


9/15/16

This morning is starting out nice and cool with overnight temps in the low 40's and the high for the day is in the low 70's.  The flow on the West Branch remains pretty high after an increase in the release once again to keep the minimum flow down at Montegue, NJ.  The flow at Hale Eddy this morning is just shy of 1,700 cfs, making the river unwadeable but a nice flow for those with access to a boat.  The mainstem is going to be a more wadeable option for those coming to the area to fish this weekend.  With these high flows the water temps on the main are great for trout fishing  as far down as you want to go.  The streamer fishing on the West Branch has been pretty consistent and pretty good for most with smaller baitfish patterns working well.  There is a pretty good stain to the West Branch, which is pretty common this time of year, but there is still several feet of visibility and the water does clear as you travel down river.  For the bugs on top expect some small 18-24 Blue Winged Olives and a  few Cahills in size 14-16.  It looks like we may have some rain starting on Saturday and if we get enough the flow could be cut back but expect high water until we get a decent amount of rain in the area.  Lotsa' Luck


9/12/16

We had a very cool night last night with temps dropping into the mid-40's and tonight it's probably gonna be a bit cooler.  We are still getting a large release from Cannonsville reservoir due to the dry downriver conditions.  Currently the low at Hale Eddy is just shy of 1,300 with a temp in the low 50's and all the way down at Lordville on the main the flow is 1,670 and 57 degrees.  The Lordville temp has not got above 65 degrees in the past week so there is currently lots of water to fish even with warmer air temps.  The streamer fishing has been decent to pretty good, mainly depending on the angler as the slightly turbid water is near perfect.  There has been some decent dry fly activity, usually depending on the weather and the last few hours usually offer a bit of activity.  We've been seeing some small Blue Winged Olives in size 18-22 and some #14-16 Cahills.  We were seeing some small flying ants in size 18-22 but they haven't been the most consistent lately.  It looks like we will have this water for a while as there isn't much rain in the immediate forecast.  Lotsa' Luck


9/9/16

Today is starting out warm and muggy after we got a bit of rain last night that did add a few hundred cfs to the river bringing the flow at Hale Eddy up to 1,420 cfs with a temp of 52.  There is a bit of stain to the water but not from last nights rain.  Water temps are good throughout the West Branch and the upper mainstem as well with the temp at Lordville is currently 63.  Streamer fishing is going to remain pretty good with this volume of water.  The flying ants in size 18-24 will be around for a while as well as a few Isonychia and Cahills.  We don't know how long the water will last but will continue until we get a decent amount of rain to help the downstream flows.  Lotsa' Luck


9/8/16

The West Branch of the Delaware as well as the upper mainstem are currently full of cold water due to the release from Cannonsville to meet the downstream minimum flow at Montegue, NJ.  All of this is due to the very dry conditions most of the northeast is facing.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is currently 1,200 cfs with a morning temp of 52 degrees after a flow of 1,020 cfs up at Stilesville.  The mainstem all the way down at Lordville is 1,640 cfs and 59 degrees, pretty sweet numbers for the first week of September with temps in mid-80's.  The release water is a bit turbid coming out of the reservoir which isn't a bad thing and really makes for ideal streamer conditions.  The river does clear as you go downriver as the silt drops to the bottom.  We are still getting the same bugs on top and the fish are really getting used to higher water.  Side channels and tails of pools are great places to concentrate on if looking for rising fish.  The winged/flying ants were out in great numbers yesterday in size #18-22 in the afternoon hours.  There were also a decent number of Cahills yesterday and the fish are taking them.  The air temps today are supposed to be in the upper 80's with some rain possible this afternoon and a chance over the next few days as well.  If we get enough rain they will cut the release way back which will be good for some and not for others.  Lotsa' Luck


9/4/16

We are still happy to have a river full of cold water that extend down to the mainstem now with good temps in most areas due to the release and cool nights we've been having.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 841 this afternoon and a little over 800 up at Stilesville.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing just shy of 900 cfs with a current mid-afternoon temp of 64.  The turbidity of the West Branch has cleared a bit since the release started several days ago and now has pretty good visibility with over 3 feet of visibility on the upper half of the West and it clears more as you travel downriver.  The bugs have been a bit spotty over the last week or so, which is to be expected this time of year, after the Sulphurs have wrapped up on the upper West.  We are getting some small BWO's in the 18-24 range on most days, primarily the afternoons and are much better on days of clouds and rain.  A few Isonychia in size 12 are still around on most days and are excellent blind-casting bugs in the riffs if nothing is happening.  There are a few #16 Cahills that will be around in the afternoon hours as well.  A few tricos have been around in the morning and the mainstem and upper East are your best spots for those.  The streamer fishing has been decent on the West with the slightly stained water.  Lotsa' Luck


9/2/16

Happy September to everyone.  We are finally getting some cooler air temps and it looks like it will stay that way for the next 5-6 days.  Aside from a couple rainy/cloudy days which helped the BWO's the last week or so was pretty tough without many insects hatching.  We woke up today to much cooler air temps and a river flowing 885 cfs at Hale Eddy after a flow of 815 up at Stilesville due to the low river levels down at Montegue.  This water should stick around as it doesn't look like much rain in the immediate forecast.  Mixed with the cooler temps this will be great for the upper Mainstem which we've all been waiting for to cool down and rise a bit.  The streamer fishing on the West Branch should be solid at these levels and hopefully we will start to see a few more bugs on the surface.  The BWO's from 18-24 have been around and expect to see a few Cahills and Isonychia as well.  Flying ants are working well and we should start to see more on the water any day now, it's definitely that time.  Lotsa' Luck


8/26/16

Today is starting out fairly warm and humid with temps in the low 70's with a high of 85 today.  They are calling for some decent cloud cover until afternoon but the sun has been out quite a bit so far.  The West Branch has dropped a bit as we haven't had much rain this week.  The upper West at Stilesville is flowing at 478 cfs with a temp of 48 and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 611 cfs and 51 degrees.  As usual, with these warm nights, you will need to check the temp when fishing any of the other rivers or branches for high water temps.  The fishing was pretty good yesterday for most with cloud cover that stuck around all day.  We are still seeing a few Sulphurs on the upper West as that hatch winds down.  The 18-22 Blue Winged Olives have been pretty consistent, especially on the cloudy days.  A few summer Cahills in the 14-16 range can be seen on most of the river, same goes for the 12 Isonychia.  18-20 Winged Ants have been a good fly to throw at the picky fish in the river and we should start to see some good numbers of flying ants on the water, especially on the lower half of the West as we get closer to September.  We have had some decent streamer activity in the mornings or on days when the water is stained.  As we move towards fall the streamer bit is likely to get better as the surface activity slows and the browns are moving up for the fall.  Lotsa' Luck


8/20/16

Today is a bit sunnier than most of the week with scattered clouds at times.  The West at Hale Eddy has dropped a bit to 600cfs with a flow of 500 upriver at Stilesville.  Everything has cleared up pretty good as it's been a few days since any significant rain.  We are still getting decent flurries of Sulphurs in the upper West, around Deposit.  The Olives are also pretty solid bugs to have and even on the sunny days you'll see em mixed in with the Sulphurs.  Isos are also good bugs to have, even if you aren't seeing any on the water.  A few summer Cahills are also around on most of the river.  It's trico time on the lower West, upper East and the upper Main if temps are ok, should be a good week for them as the daytime and night temps are gonn cool a bit.  Don't forget a few terrestrials for the picky fish that just won't take your Sulphur.  Lotsa' Luck


8/19/16

Today is starting out sunny for a change after several days of clouds and rain.  The West Branch has a nice flow of 627 this morning and a temp of 51 at Hale Eddy.  The river is pretty clear at the moment after just a slight rain yesterday afternoon.  The upper East at Harvard is 232 cfs and 60 degrees, not a bad flow for August and a good option, especially for tricos in the morning hours of the day.  We have had some pretty good fishing this week, both on top and down below nymphing.  There are still some Sulphurs up around Deposit during the afternoon and we should see them for a little while longer.  The BWO's were pretty good this week too when the cloud cover was better.  The larger bugs like the Isonchia and random Potamanthus are getting grabbe quickly as they float down the river.  Lotsa' Luck


8/17/16

We did get a bit of rain last night which brought the West Branch up to 700 cfs this morning with a temp of 55 degrees at the bridge.  Up at Stilesville the river has remained unchanged with a flow of 510 and 47 degrees.  The steady rain events we've been experiencing have helped keep a slight stain in most of the West, a big help for all types of fishing.  The bugs and overall fishing the last few days have been good for most with the Sulphurs up top continuing to come off around 12pm, mixed with some good Blue Winged Olives.  Nymphing has also been productive lately with small pheasant tails and Isonychia nymphs.  The have been a few Isonychia and even some Potamanthus on the upper river.  When those big bugs do come off they usually get eaten before they go too far.  The streamer bite has been pretty good lately, especially early and late but also mid-day if the cloud cover sticks around.  Lotsa' Luck


8/16/16

We are starting today with quite a bit of cloud cover along with a bit of drizzle here and there.  They are saying we may get some heavier rain later but there isn't much coming towards us on the radar.  The West Branch is flowing at 664 this morning, a few cfs lower than yesterday and not much stain to the water.  We could have some decent Olives today with the overcast skies and it won't hurt the Sulphurs up on the upper West that are coming off in the early afternoon hours.  Streamer fishing will likely be productive as long as the clouds stick around.  Lotsa' Luck


8/15/16

After a weekend of rain and very hot weather the West Branch is looking good today with a flow of 715 cfs at Hale Eddy and a temp of 55 with a slight stain to the water.  Up at Stilesville the flow is 510 cfs and 48 degrees and is pretty clear.  We do have some decent cloud cover today which will hopefully help with the Blue Winged Olives this afternoon.  The upriver Sulpur hatch is still going, starting around 12-1pm and will come and go throughout the afternoon.  A few Isonychia and Cahills have been around and the fish have been grabbing those bigger bugs as they come down. Nymphing has been pretty good throughout the whole river and has been very good on the lower West Branch.  Iso nymphs and small pheasant tails are great options when going subsurface.  It looks like this week we are going to have some cloud cover most days along with an occasional rain shower.  Lotsa' Luck


8/14/16

The West Branch has cleared up pretty significantly over the last 24 hours down here at Hale Edddy and is even clearer up top around Deposit.  The current flow at Hale Eddy is 675 and 54 degrees with plenty of visibility for all types of fishing.  The forecast for today is calling for a chance of rain off and on throughout the day but that's what they said yesterday and we didn't get any rain.  Either way, you will have the same Sulpurs staring around noon today on the upper West and with the cloud cover today expect a few BWO's in size 18-22.  The streamer fishing will be decent today with the slight stain.  Lotsa' Luck


8/13/16

The area did get hit last night with several pretty heavy thunderstorms that brought all of local rivers up quite a bit.  The upper West Branch, from the dam to Oquaga creek, is running around 500 cfs and is clear.  After Oquaga the southern side of the river is going to be dirty while the north bank is cleaner.  As you go downriver and the water mixes the whole river is pretty turbid with minimal visibility.  The West Branch now is currently 1,020 cfs at Hale Eddy and dropping at 25 cfs per hour.  If we don't get hit with more rain today the river will clear quickly and we will have some nice streamer water on most of the river for a few days.  Above Oquaga creek expect the same activity as before as not much has changed.  Sulphur starting around noon - 1pm along with some BWO's, a few Cahills and Iso's.  Hey, we have some muddy conditions to deal with but the next few days should be good and we have cold water running through our river during this sticky heatwave.  Lotsa' Luck


 

8/12/16

After the rains and thunder of yesterday the river is looking good, with little stain in most places and maybe a bit  more right below the feeder creeks.  The level is actually a few cfs lower than yesterday, currently at 627 at Hale Eddy, so not much has changed.  It's actually sunny this morning and the radar shows a few small cells of rain coming our way but there is very little chance of much rain, if any, hitting us today.  With the slight stain streamers could be an option, especially early in the day.  Up top, around Deposit, should be good for the Sulphurs and Olives this afternoon.  Tomorrow's forecast is for some light rain most of the day so should be a decent weekend to be on the water.  Lotsa' Luck


8/11/16

Today is starting out hot and humid and the forecast looks the same for the remainder of the week with a chance of afternoon rain on most days.  After the rains we had yesterday morning the West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing 632 and 51 degrees after a flow of 486 at Stilesville.  The water does have a very slight stain in the upper sections and will have some spots that are fairly stained as you go through the gamelands and pass the feeder streams that are dirty.  Not a bad scenario for the streamer guys.  The upper river, around Deposit, has definitely been where you want to be during the day for the Suphurs and Olives.  The lower half of the West is pretty slow on top on most days unless you get some cloud cover.  You will likely see some larger 14-16 Cahills and a few Isonychia too.  The nymphing remains pretty good on most sections and the algae isn't too bad but there was a bit of debris in the water yesterday after the rains.  Lotsa' Luck


8/7/16

We are starting this Sunday morning with nice, cool air temps and blue skies.  The flow has been the same for a while now and looks to remain for the foreseeable future with no real rain in the forecast.  The West at Hale Eddy is flowing at 590 cfs with a temp of 49 after a flow of 486 up at Stilesville.  The bugs have been pretty steady with our mid-day Sulpurs upriver in the afternoon hours.  We have had some good luck nymphing in the morning with small pheasant tails, Isonychia and Sulhpur nymphs.  Swinging wets in the faster water has also been productive when the bugs are slow.  Lotsa' Luck


8/5/16

This Friday is starting out nice and cool with sunny skies which are likely to remain until this afternoon with a slight chance of rain overnight.  The rivers are all still in good shape and have dropped a little bit overnight.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 606 cfs currently with a temp of 50 degrees.  The upper East at Harvard is just under 200 cfs and 59 degrees.  As not much as changed your best bet for rising fish during the mid-day hours is going to be upriver around Deposit.  Subsurface fishing on the lower half of the West can be productive with small nymphs for the Sulphurs and Olives and the Iso nymph can be very productive as well.  The weekend's forecast looks to be pretty consistent with the sun and temps in the low 80's.  Lotsa' Luck


8/4/16

Today we are starting out with sunny skies and air temps in the mid 60's with a high today of 81 and the possibility of some clouds moving in later.  The rivers are still in good shape and the recent rains have left the local creek and freestone rivers with a bit of water in them.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 621 this morning with a temp of 49 at the bridge and the water is pretty clear as we speak.  The upper river at Stilesville is 486 cfs and 45 degrees above Deposit.  The upper East at Harvard is still puffed up a bit from the rain with a flow of 213 and 59 degrees this morning and could be a good place to check out in the morning hours for some trico activity.  Same goes for the lower West and upper mainstem.   We still have been getting some good Sulphur hatches on the upper West starting in the early afternoon hours along with a few Blue Winged Olives mixed in as the afternoon goes on.  A Cahill or Isonychia can be good fly to prospect with or put over that trouble fish that won't take your Sulphur pattern.  Ants and beetles also make great flies this time of year, despite the hatch going on, as they are always around in a trout's world during the summer months.  The streamer fishing was pretty good with the stained water but won't last forever as everything is clearing up quickly.  The nymphing has been pretty good also with not as much algae after the rains and the lower half  of the West is in great shape for nymphing.  Lotsa' Luck


8/1/16

Today is looking like a repeat of yesterday, which is a good thing, with plenty of cloud cover and maybe of bit of rain later this afternoon.  Really a perfect day for fishing and the West is currently flowing 687 cfs with a temp of 52 at Hale Eddy.  The water has a slight stain but is only a couple of rainless days away from getting gin clear once again, so enjoy the good conditions.  The upper East Branch at Harvard got a bit of rain over the weekend, bringing the river to 250 cfs up there which is a nice level.  The upper mainstem is even running at 64 degrees currently with the cooler air temps so it will be a good option today.  The Sulphurs were pretty good upriver yesterday and the BWO's were pretty thick on most stretches around mid-afternoon.  Those who streamer fished yesterday had plenty of activity too.  Bring along a few Isonychia if you're heading out as they tend to like the nasty days too.  Enjoy the cooler weather and ideal mid-summer conditions.  Lotsa' Luck  


7/31/16

Today is shaping up to be great day on the water with cloudy skies, an occasional river and a slight stain to the water.  We did get hit with a decent amount of rain yesterday that stuck around most of the day and brought the river up a few hundred cfs.  Currently the West Branch is flowing at 738 cfs and a temp of 53.  The water is a bit turbid but definitely clear enough for any type of fishing you may want to do.  Yesterday was a pretty good day for the bugs with a good Sulphur hatch early in the day and lots of BWO's later in the afternoon.  With the stained water the streamer bit should be good.  It also looks like the weather for the next few days is very similar and should make for some great fishing.  Lotsa' Luck


7/30/16

Today is starting out looking like a great day to be on the water with good cloud cover and a bit of light rain that just passed through the area.  We will likely see a bit more rain towards the afternoon but nothing that should affect the river to much.  The flows and bugs have been pretty consistent with Sulphurs, Olives and Isonychia still showing up throughout the West Branch which is flowing at 560cfs this morning.  The upper East Branch is fishable, especially early in the day when water temps are low.  Streamer fishing could be good today as well with the darker skies and rain.  


7/28/16

The rivers have pretty much returned to their previous levels after some heavy rains a couple days ago and the thermal release we had over the weekend.  The West at Hale Eddy is still at 561 cfs and 48 degrees and running very clear.  The upper East is 153 and 60 this morning and 280 down on the lower East at Fishs' Eddy and the mainstem is 934.  All of the rivers are very clear and will require long leaders and all the stealth you can bring.  We are still seeing the small, 18-20 Sulphurs starting in the early afternoon hours on the upper West Branch and continuing until evening.  You will likely see a few Olives mixed in with the Sulphurs, even on the bright and sunny days.  Terrestrials like ants and beetles have been working well, especially if you have a tough fish eating Sulphurs but he isn't liking your offerings.  There are a few Light Chills in the 14-16 range and their spinners throughout the system as well as some Isonychia.  The recent rains did clear a bit of the algae from the upper river, making nymphing a bit easier and the lower half of the river it isn't much of a factor.  Lotsa' Luck


7/24/16

After several days with very warm air temps it was nice to wake up today to a river with some more cold water running through it.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing a nice 822 this morning, a great little cold water bump that will help keep more downriver sections cooler during this heat wave.  The increased release is always a good thing, giving the slower moving sections of water a bit more texture throughout the river.  The Sulphurs are still coming off consistently starting in the early afternoon hours up around Deposit.  Even though it doesn't look like much cloud cover over the next few days you will likely see a few BWO's in the 18-22 range as well as some 14-16 Cahills.  The Isonychia are still around in small numbers.  Terrestrials are always safe bets this time of year so don't forget the ants and beetles.  Nymphing on the upper West has been pretty tough due to the algae in the water but the extra flow should help clear it out a bit.  Downriver, say on the lower half of the West, the algae isn't nearly as bad and nymphing is much easier.  Lotsa' Luck


7/21/16

The air temps are creeping up as we near the weekend with temps in the mid-80's after several cooler days and nights.  The rivers have remained very steady the last month and a half with a flow of 500 on the upper West Branch and 560 down at Hale Eddy with temps peaking in the low to mid 50's at Hale Eddy.  The Sulphurs are still going, especially upriver in Deposit, usually starting between 12 and 1pm.  The fish are pretty keyed-in on them as they've been seeing the same bugs for near a month now.  We are also seeing some small Blue Winged Olives in the 18-22 range.  There are also  a few Isonychia throughout the system and you usually see a few in days fishing and are great flies to try on a difficult fish that won't take your Sulphur.  Droppers off the back of your favorite Sulphur dry do work very well this time of year as many of the fish are eating just below the surface.  Pheasant tails or small Sulphur wets are great choices for the dropper.  Terrestrials like ants and beetles are also great flies to use this time of year as they're always present in the summer months.  The next few days are going to be warm but tomorrow, Friday, they are calling for a chance of scattered rain throughout the day which would be great, even if we only get the clouds.  Lotsa' Luck


7/15/16

We are starting today with a bit of cloud cover and a chance of rain this afternoon with highs in the low 80's.  We've had pretty much the same weather pattern all week with warm temps and lots of humidity.  The same goes for the river system, as not much has changed or will unless we get some rain that really bumps the river up.  That is a good thing with the West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 570 cfs with of 51 this afternoon.  The West is where you want to stick to with the current temps on the rest of the system.  We still have the mid-day Sulphurs starting at 12-1pm and continuing until evening.  The fish are pretty dialed in to the hatch by now and most of the fish are pretty sneaky with their surface feeding so take your time and be patient.  Oftentimes droppers fished off of the back of your favorite Sulphur work very well as a lot of fish are feeding just below the surface during the hatch.  There have still been some Blue Winged Olives in 18-22 and often come off during the Sulphur hatch so be aware, they may be taking the more random BWO.  There are also a few Isonychia in size #10 as well and make great blind-casting flies in the faster water.  It also looks like the short-term forecast for the upcoming days is very similar so enjoy.  Lotsa' Luck


7/10/16

We've had on and off rain since early this morning but nothing torrential, just a nice steady drizzle.  We did get rain off and on throughout the day yesterday as well but the river didn't get off color much and is currently 606 cfs at the Hale Eddy bridge and has a very slight stain with a current mid-afternoon temp of 52.  The East Branch finally got some much needed rain bringing the flow at Harvard to 266 and 61 degrees and after the Beaverkill the East at Fishs' Eddy is 1,340 cfs and 65 degrees.  Great news for all of those rivers East of us that really needed that shot of water.  The bugs are still the same and will be for some time with the Sulphurs starting mid-day around Deposit and continuing until evening.  This hatch is definitely the longest, most prolific and dependable hatch we get all season so if you haven't fished it now is a great time to fish the river with a fraction of the anlgers we have in the early spring months.  You will likely see a few small 18-22 Blue Winged Olives oftentimes mixed in with the Sulhurs.  The Isonychia are still around and you'll usually see a few in a day of fishing and the same goes for 14-16 Light Cahills.  The algae hasn't been too bad lately unless you are dredging the bottom with some nymphs.  Lotsa' Luck


7/8/16

We currently have some sunny weather with quite a bit of humidity as we've had the last few days.  The weather men are calling for some rain starting this afternoon and continuing throughout the day tomorrow, great news for those fishing this weekend.  It looks like as the front passes tonight the air temps are going to drop 10 degrees or so which isn't a bad thing.  The West Branch has been in great shape lately with some great bugs and fishing throughout the day.  At 575 cfs and 48 degrees at Hale Eddy the conditions are prime and the Sulphur hatch around Deposit has been excellent.  Starting around noon the 16-20 Sulphurs are very prolific so emergers, cripples and even droppers work very well as the fish tend to get a little fussy this time of year.  Sometimes an ant or beetle is the best fly to use if the fish seem to ignore your favorite pattern.  We are also seeing a few Isonychia in size 10 throughout the river and the fish are taking them.  They are a great fly to use in the faster moving water and make great blind-casting flies.  Bring the Blue Winged Olives as well, usually between 18-22, and the fish often take them during the Sulphur hatch so be prepared.  When we get the rain the fog is going to move in but be patient as it will usually clear back up and will do so sooner with a bit of a breeze.  Lotsa' Luck


7/2/16

The spotty clouds from yesterday are still around this morning, giving us bits of sunshine followed by longer periods of good cloud cover.  The conditions remain about the same as we didn't get any rain yesterday other than a few brief storms that blew through quickly.  The West Branch up at Stilesville is still 510 and 44 degrees and down at Hale Eddy the flow is slightly over 600 and 48 degrees.  The main at Lordville is 994 and 64 degrees.  Unless we get some rain to bring up the rivers the reports are going to stay the same, not a bad thing as the fishing has been pretty solid throughout the day with good mid-day Sulphurs starting upriver in the early afternoon hours.  Isonychia will be spotted randomly and are great for bringing fish up through the faster water or blind casting if you're in a boat moving from spot to spot.  The Isos tend to be better on the overcast days, kinda true for all the bugs.  We are also seeing some small Olives in 18-22 on most days and oftentimes mixed in with the Sulphurs.  The streamer bit as also been pretty damn good at the right times, think low light or if we get some rain from these random storms that muddies-up the water.  It can be pretty epic this time of year and our trout are fat and aggressive this time of year.  Lotsa' Luck


7/1/16

We've had some good cloud cover all day so far with a few little sprinkles mixed in, an excellent recipe for some great fishing.  The last few days have been really good, both on top and we had some really good streamer fishing when the water was up a bit after the rain late Tuesday into Wednesday.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 595 cfs and is currently very clear after a flow of 520 at Stilesville.  The upper East at Harvard is 156 cfs with a temp of 61 and below the Beaverkill the flow is 300 at Fishs' Eddy and 70.  The West Branch has still been the place to be with great mid-day hatches starting in the early afternoon hours with Sulphurs in the 16-18 range.  The hatch is usually very prolific with the Sulphurs upriver so you want bring your best emerger, cripple, dropper and spinner patterns to have the most luck.  We've been seeing some decent Blue Winged Olive activity, even on the sunny days, so today they should be very good with the clouds and rain.  The big #10 Isonychia has been a good fly to have the last few weeks, especially in the fast water.  Enjoy the good summer fishing this first day of July.  Lotsa' Luck


6/26/16

We did wake up this morning with a little bit of cloud cover mixed with some sun so far with a chance of rain this afternoon.  The West Branch dropped a few cfs overnight due to a decreased release from Cannonsville, bringing the flow to 566 with a temp of 48 degrees at Hale Eddy after a release of 500 cfs.  Again, the West is going to be your best option as everything but the upper East is starting out pretty warm.  The upper East at Harvard is 151 cfs this morning and 59 degrees and after the Beaverkill the lower East is 237 and 69  degrees.  The mainstem at Lordville is 839 cfs and 67 degrees.  The bugs on the upper West have been pretty consistent with #16-18 Sulphurs starting to show up in the early afternoon hours and going till evening.  Moving downriver later in the day is usually a good move as you tend to start seeing some bugs the last few hours before dark and usually a decent spinner fall on the clear and calm nights.  Isonychia are present throughout the system and make great flies for blind casting or hitting the occasional riser that isn't too consistent.  Lotsa' Luck


6/25/16

This Saturday morning is starting out fairly warm and sunny with a high of 86.  The release from Cannonsville into the West Branch has increased a bit over the last 24 hours, bringing the flow to 650 at Hale Eddy with a temp of 47 this morning.  The upper East Branch remains about the same with a flow of 150 at Harvard and 58 degrees.  The West Branch is your best option as the flow is perfect for both wading and floating.  The surface activity usually starts in the early morning hours, say 5am or so and goes for a few hours and there won't be much hatching but spinners and terrestrials usually work well for the sippers you'll find.  The hatching has been getting started around noon or a little later with Sulphurs on the upper West Branch.  You will see some Sulphurs and Isonychia throughout the West during the day but better hatches will be on the upper West as usual this time of year.  Isonychia in the riffles are great for drumming up fish if you don't see much happening.  The Sulphur hatch is a tough one and will really test your skill.  Bring your best cripples, emergers and droppers as you will likely use all of them if your fishing for any length of time.  As usual, long leaders of at least 12 feet will increase your odds.  The big fish have been through several months of pressure so the rises of the biggest fish are often the most subtle and sneaky.  You could always see some small 18-22 Blue Winged Olives, even in the sunny weather so be prepared.  Lotsa' Luck


6/22/16

This morning is starting out with a mix of some clouds and sun and we hopefully get some more cloud cover moving in as the day goes on.  The high temp today is a bit cooler at 76 degrees.  The West dropped just a bit with a flow of 556 and 48 degrees at Hale Eddy and 500 cfs up river near Stilesville. The upper East Branch at Harvard is 156 cfs and 58 degrees and after the Beaverkill the flow is 323 cfs at Fishs' Eddy.  The main at Lordville is just under 900 cfs this morning with a temp of 66 this morning.  Last night was cool and did bring the temps down a bit but if you're fishing the East or Main please check the water temp as the day goes on.  The West Branch, especially the upper sections, have been getting pretty consistent Sulphur hatches starting in the early afternoon hours and into the evening.  If you aren't seeing much happening up there you aren't seeing the subtle rises that occur this time of year.  You oftentimes don't see much of a disturbance, especially with the larger fish.  Good anglers and guides are doing very well with some great fish so the opportunity is there if you're up for a challenge.  The Isonychia in the riffles are working really well for those who do it and it will be an option for a while as the Isos will last until the fall.  The rises in the fast water can also be pretty tough to see but once you locate the fish they are easy pickings when compared to the fish in the slow water.  The fishing has been good and we're lucky to have the cold water we do as it's been pretty dry lately.  There aren't many easy fish this time of year when skill and knowledge are the only difference between a great day and a zero.  Lotsa' Luck


6/21/16

Today is sunny and in the low 60's after a few thunderstorms hit the area last night.  The storms dropped a bit of rain but didn't do much to the rivers as everything is pretty dry at the moment and most of the rain was absorbed quickly.  The West at Hale Eddy is still at 570 with a temp of 49 degrees after a release of 500 cfs from Cannonsville.  The Sulphur hatch has continued to be pretty steady on the upper West Branch with bugs in the 16-18 range starting in the early afternoon hours and continuing into the evening and usually followed by some spinners.  The spinners tend to be a little better late if you move downriver.  The mornings in the upriver sections are worth checking out if you are up and early is around 5 or so and you can usually find a few fish eating spinners or other small bugs.  There have been a few Isonychia around and the fish will eat them.  Blind casting them in the riffs does work.  The main is pretty warm until we get some cooler air temps.  Lotsa' Luck


6/20/16

Warm and hazy is the forecast today with a high in the upper 80's and maybe a bit of rain tonight and into tomorrow morning.  The West Branch is going to be the place to be for a few days until the air temps cool a bit.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit cooler with a high in the mid-70's.  The mid-day Sulphurs are getting going pretty well on the upper West from early afternoon on.  The spinners were pretty good last night in most spots and the biggest problem was competing with the naturals.  We are seeing a few Isonychia as well and their spinners in the evening.  If you want to nymph the lower West Branch is a little better with less of the algae present.  Sulphur and Iso nymphs are good choices.  Lotsa' Luck


6/19/16

Looks like the warm weather will continue through tomorrow with temps in the upper 80's.  The West will continue to be the place to be for a few days till the temps cool a bit.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 575 and 47 degrees so the West should be pretty good throughout the river all day but it's still good to check the temp on the lower river as the afternoon goes on.  The Sulphurs in size 18-20 have been decent to very good in the afternoon into evening hours.  We're still seeing a few #10 Isonychia as well.  The spinners were pretty good in most spots last night and the small Sulphur spinner was a good one one to have.  We are seeing a few Cahills as well  mixed in with the other bugs.  Don't forget to put on your sunscreen.  Lotsa' Luck


6/18/16

Another sunny day on the Delaware this Saturday morning and it's gonna be fairly warm with a high temp of 85 degrees.  The West Branch is going to be the place to be with these warm air temps and the other rivers have continued to drop throughout this week.  The West at Hale Eddy is currently 566 and 47 degrees at Hale Eddy after a release of 500 cfs from the reservoir.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is currently 167 cfs and 56 degrees and below the Beaverkill the lower East is 337 cfs and 65.  The mainstem at Lordville is 954 and 65 degrees as well.  The lower East and main are going to get too warm to fish very quickly, sometime this morning so be responsible and fish where temps are below 68 to protect our fish.  The West is still getting some decent Sulphur activity, especially on the upper stretches, starting in the early afternoon hours which come and go till evening.  There have also been some dark caddis in the 16-18 range and along with some small spinners make great flies for the morning hours.  We are still getting some large #10 Isonychia as well and they make great blind-casting flies.  During the Sulphur hatch watch for fish feeding below the surface, droppers are often the key to catching those fish.  Small, appropriately colored soft hackles and nymphs are great for this situation.  We should have some pretty good spinners tonight as well.  Lotsa' Luck


6/17/16

We've got another sunny day with a few clouds and a bit of wind with a high of 82 today.  The flow on the West Branch has been pretty stable with 570 cfs and 50 degrees in the early afternoon hours.  The upper East at Harvard is 173 cfs and 60 degrees and down at Fishs' Eddy the lower East is flowing 352 and almost 70.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing just under 1,000 cfs and 65 degrees.  With these warmer air temps we are going to be experiencing you'll have to watch the water temps going toward the 70 degree mark.  We are having some decent Sulphur hatches in the afternoons on the West Branch, usually between 2-4pm and they will come and go until dark and usually there are a few spinners of the various bugs.  There are a few #10 Isonychia throughout the system and a big comparadun or emerger are great blind-casting flies if nothing is happening or the fish are a little inconsistent.  The Iso nymphs are working well in the faster moving water.  We are seeing a few 16-18 tan caddis and the mornings are always a good time to find a few risers eating them or some spinners.  Small Blue Winged Olives in the #18-22 range are good to have and often show up amongst the other hatching bugs so be aware as they are much harder to see from a distance.  Looks to be sunny and warm the next few days but there should be some decent activity for the weekend.  Lotsa' Luck


6/15/16

Today is bright and sunny to start the day and in the mid 50's with some cloud cover moving in this afternoon.  The cooler night time air temps have really kept the rivers in good shape as they are slowly dropping a bit but are still in good shape.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 585 cfs with a morning temp of 47 degrees.  The upper East is 182 cfs with a temp of 55 degrees and the lower East at Fishs' Eddy is 387 cfs and 61 degrees.  The mainstem at Lordville is 1030 cfs and 60 degrees.  All of the rivers are gin clear and highly wadeable at the moment.  We are getting some decent Sulphurs in size #14-18 starting in the afternoon hours and you tend to see several waves of bugs throughout those hours.  There have also been a few Isonychia in the afternoon hours and make great blind casting flies and their nymphs are working well in the fast water.  Small Sulphur nymphs have also been working well.  The spinners should be good this evening and it doesn't seem like the wind will be a factor today.  We are also seeing some small Olives in #18-22 mixed in with the other bugs.  Lotsa' Luck


6/12/16

Today is starting out sunny with a bit of wind to start the day with a warmer temps than we've had the past few mornings with a current temp of 63 and a high of 67 today.  The rivers are still about the same level, just a bit lower as we got no rain from the storm that passed through yesterday.  The West is currently just above 600 cfs with a morning temp of 48 degrees.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 200 cfs with a temp of 54 degrees and the lower East Branch is 467 at Fishs' Eddy with a temp of 60 this morning.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing 1,160 cfs with a temp of 60 as well.  All of the rivers are very clear and wadeable.  The bugs for the day will likely be some Sulphurs in the 14-18 range, Grey Fox in size #14, Blue Winged Olives in size 18-22 and some Isonychia in size #10.  The mid-day winds will likely lie down for the last hours of daylight and the spinners have been pretty good of all of the above bugs.  Nymphing has productive as well with Sulphur and Isonychia nymphs before the surface activity starts in the morning.  Lotsa' Luck


6/11/16

Today is starting out nice and cloudy with a chance of rain throughout the day and not much wind to speak of, a great forecast for fishing today.  The rivers all dropped a slight bit overnight but the cool evening temps left the rivers in great shape for a day of fishing.  The West Branch is slightly over 600 cfs at Hale Eddy, the lower East is 467 cfs and 58 degrees and the mainstem at Lordville is 1,200 and 59 degrees.  It looks like the majority of  the storm is going north of us and should pass by in the next few hours.  Today is looking like an excellent day for for bugs and surface activity.  The Blue Winged Olives in size 18-22 should be good throughout the system as well as some 14-18 Sulphurs, a few 10-12 Isonychia.  Those who have been nymphing lately have done very well as the rains of last weekend did get rid of most of the algae.  Enjoy the cooler weather and great conditions.  Lotsa' Luck


6/10/16

Today is another cooler spring day on the Delaware with bluebird skies and a fair amount of wind.  The wind was pretty bad yesterday but those who put in the time did do well.  With these cooler air and night temperatures the rivers are all in good shape and fishable throughout the East Branch, West and Mainstem.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy the flow is 627 and 50 degrees, hard to beat for the second week of June.  The East is just over 200 cfs at Harvard and the Lower East at Fishs' Eddy is 501 with a temp of 63 degrees.  The mainstem at Lordville is 1,260 cfs and 61 degrees.  After the rains of last weekend the algae situation is much better and the rivers have all cleared nicely, so nymphing is back in the program and 14-18 Sulphur nymphs and larger Isonychia nymphs 10-12 have been working well.  We are seeing decent numbers of Sulphurs in the 12-18 range, 18-22 Blue Winged Olives even on the sunny days, a few Grey Fox in the 12-14 range, some 10-12 Isos are just getting started.  We are seeing some dark, charcoal colored caddis in the 16-18 range and some 18 tan caddis as well.  The wind is pretty bad but should lay around 6-7pm like last night and we will probably have some spinners before dark.  Lotsa' luck


6/7/16

Today is looking like another good day to be on the water with a decent amount of clouds after a little bit of rain last night.  The West is in great shape today with a flow of 715 at Hale Eddy and there is a bit of stain but at least several feet of visibility.  The upper East at Harvard is flowing 220 cfs and 59 degrees and the lower East has dropped to 854 with a temp of 63 this morning.  The main at Lordville is flowing at 1,990 cfs with a temp of 63 as well.  Most anglers did pretty well yesterday on streamers, dries and nymphs.  The flushing rains got rid of quite bit of algae that was becoming a pain on the West Branch over the last two weeks.  The cooler temps in the forecast should also really help the upper main and East Branch that had become very warm.  We are getting decent Sulphurs, mostly in the evening in the 14-18 range, small 18-22 Blue Winged Olives, a few March Browns in 12 along with a few 12-14 Grey Fox.  Bringing the spinners of the above bugs will be good and the evenings and mornings will be your best bet for them.  Streamer fishermen who knew what to do did very well yesterday with the stained water. Lotsa' Luck


6/6/16

The rain last night brought all of the rivers up quite a bit but they are dropping nicely and the turbidity level is getting better as the day goes.  The rain did flush a lot of the algae from the river that was present the last week or two.  The West Branch at Stilesville is currently 441 cfs and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is currenty 860 cfs and is 54 degrees.  The West is currently pretty wadeable in most spots and more so if you head up river.  Even though the rivers got muddied up pretty good last night the clarity level is definitely good for dries in the early afternoon hours and the rivers will only get clearer.  The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 274 cfs and 62 degrees and after the Beaverkill the lower East is flowing 1,320 with a temp of 64 this afternoon, much better than it's hot and low state of the past 10 days.  The main is running 3,280 today at Lordville and is 65 degrees.  It will likely take a day or so for it to really clear up.  But remember, clear water is not always your best friend and a little stain allows for heavier tippet and a few more mistakes.  The bugs don't care if the water is stained, when they're ready to hatch they hatch.  We are still seeing Sulphurs in the 14-18 range throughout the system, some 12 March Browns and small 18-22 BWO's.  Spinners of all of the above should be expected at some time on most days.  The streamer fishing should be pretty good for a few days with the stained water and early in the day is always a good bet for the big dogs.  Lotsa' Luck


6/5/16

This morning has brought some welcomed rain to the region and cooler air temps are in the forecast this upcoming week.  It looks like we will have some rainy, cooler weather for the next few days which is great news for the local rivers and should help cool down the East Branch and mainstem and if we get enough rain it should help scour some algae on the West Branch as well.  We did get a few hours of rain early today and  the West at Hale Eddy is flowing 600 cfs and rising with good visibility.  The upper East Branch at Harvard rose to 209 cfs and is currently 60.  The lower East at Fishs' Eddy is 496 and 67 degrees.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing 1,300 cfs and is 67 this morning.  The rain won't really cool the rivers but the nights in the 50's should help over the next week and with more water in the rivers they won't warm up as quickly throughout the day.  Today should be a good Blue Winged Olive day with the crumby weather in size 18-22.  We probably won't see much Sulphur activity until the afternoon hours but we should have some March Browns around and they are also great choices for nymphing.  Be on the lookout for some Isonychia as well as they tend to show up on days like this.  For all of the guys and gals who like to throw streamers it looks like we could have some ideal conditions very soon, something we haven't had much of this season.  Lotsa' Luck


6/3/16

Today is starting out looking good with a decent amount of cloud cover and in the 60's.  It looks like the we may get some rain this morning and again in the afternoon but most of the rain seems to be going south.  The fishing has been pretty good lately with most of the bugs present that should be around this time of the year.  The fishing has picked up over the last few days, likely due to the extra release water we got a couple days ago.  The West is at a good wading level and floatable as well with a flow of 575 at Hale Eddy and 49 degrees.  The West has been the place to be with the warm air temps that lead to warm water temps so keep checking your water temps if you are fishing elsewhere.  We have seen some good Sulphurs in size 16-18, 18-22 Blue Winged Olives, 12 March Browns, and some 8-10 Green Drakes and the spinners of all of the above coming off in the evenings and often in the mornings on these warmer days.  It looks like we are going to have some decent precipitation and cooler temps in the upcoming days which is great news for the fish and fisherman, especially those who want to get back to the East branch and mainstem.  We might even have some decent streamer water soon.  Lotsa' Luck


6/1/16

Today, the first day of June is starting out like the last ten days have, bright and sunny with an air temp in the low 60's and little wind.  The rivers are all still about the same as yesterday.  The upper West Branch at Stilesville is 366 this morning and 44, down at Hale Eddy the flow is 468 and almost 50 degrees.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is 162 cfs and 59 degrees and after the Beaverkill the river at Fishs' Eddy is 448 and 67 degrees.  With the air temps getting into the 80's today the West Branch is going to be the place to be.  The upper East has a decent temp now but you really need to check the water temps regardless of where you fish to make sure temps aren't above 68 degrees which is getting into the danger zone for trout.  The fishing has definitely been pretty technical lately but those who get after it are still doing very well on a daily basis, mostly on top.  There still is some algae in the upper half of the West that can be a pain but is manageable and it its what it is, you just have to check your fly.  Down below Balls Eddy or so the algae is much less of a factor and isn't really a factor.  As far as the bugs go we are getting a little bit of everything that could be coming off.  The Sulphurs in size #16 have been around, mostly in the afternoon into the evening along with some March Browns, Green Drakes and small 18-22 Blue Winged Olives.  The morning hours usually offer some great opportunity with small caddis and spinners.  Early in the morning it's pretty common, with these air temps, to see a good spinner fall.  And early isn't 8 am when the sun is already high in the sky.  Nymphing has also been productive for those who do it don't mind dealing with the algae.  Lotsa' Luck


5/30/16

Happy Memorial Day to everyone this morning, another warm and sunny day for the area.  We did get a brief shower early this morning but the rivers are all staying pretty steady over the last few days.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 481 and 52 degrees after a release of 381 from the reservoir.  The upper East at Harvard is currently 176 cfs with a temp of 61 to start the day.  The temps on the entire mainstem are already in the low 70's so will be too warm to fish for trout until everything cools down a bit.  The lower East after the Beaverkill is also in the unsafe temperature zone for the trout already this morning.  Mornings have been one of the best times to get out on the water before the heat sets in.  You will likely see a few tan caddis bouncing around early and spinners of the bugs we've been getting the night before and sometimes some small BWO's in the 20-24 range.  Nymphing has been productive for anglers during the mid-day hours.  We are seeing some Sulphurs, mainly in the evening hours towards dark.  There have also been some March Browns as well.  On the lower West there have been some Coffin Flies as well as the Sulpher and March Brown spinners right at dark.  Temps look to be pretty warm most of the week near the 80-degree mark so hopefully on the 1st of June we will get an increase in the release.  Lotsa' Luck


5/27/16

Today is starting out hazy in the mid-60's  as it stayed pretty warm last night.  With the recent summer-like weather we've been experiencing the last few days mornings are now a time you want to make the most of  before the mid-day heat sets in.  They are calling for some possible thunder showers and rain this afternoon which would be a welcome sight as we've had very warm weather and bright sun the last 48 hours and all of the local rivers are getting a bit lower by the day.  The upper West at Stilesville is now 253 cfs and 44 degrees and down at Hale Eddy the river is now 377 cfs with a temp of 53.  The upper East at Harvard is 165 and 58 degrees and after the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 531 and 64 degrees.  The main at Lordville is 1,110 and 66 degrees.  With these unusually hot air temps and warm water temps you'll need to check the temp before fishing anywhere you may go as any water above 68 or so is not a place you want to fish.  Mornings and evenings are going to be your best bet and the upper stretches of the river system will stay the coldest.  Yes, the conditions go tough quickly but persistent anglers and guides are catching fish.  Other than a chance of rain the next few afternoons the conditions look to be about the same with temps in the 80's throughout the holiday weekend. On the surface there have been some small tan caddis in the mornings and even spinners that drop early before the heat sets in.  There have also been some Sulphurs in the 14-16 range, mainly in the evenings along with some Green Drakes and coffin flies where they live.  Lotsa' Luck


5/23/16

Today is starting out bright and sunny with a forecast of some clouds later if you believe the weatherman.The rivers are still all dropping slowly by the day as we haven't had the rain that passed by us this weekend we were hoping for.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is now flowing at 427 cfs with a temp of 50.  The upper East is flowing at 194 at Harvard and below the Beaverkill the flow is 700 at Fishs' Eddy and currently 56.  We had some decent activity the last couple days and some spinners at dark but you definitely had to capitalize on your opportunities.  Those in the know who aren't scared to move around are doing very well with some awesome fish.  We are going to have some warmer air temps today and tomorrow and at these levels the water temps are going to follow and may kick off some of the bugs we've seen starting but not in full-bore yet.  We should have some good spinners tonight including some Sulphur spinners on the mainstem.  The nymphing has been solid on the system when done in the right places with the right flies.  Lotsa' Luck


5/21/16

Today is shaping up to be a good day on the water with good cloud cover from the early morning hours and a chance of rain as the day goes on but likely not much accumulation.  The rivers are still dropping slowly as we haven't had rain in a few days and all branches are easily wadeable at this point.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 556 cfs and is 50 degrees.  The upper East at Harvard si 213 and 55, lower at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 774 and 56 degrees.  The main Delaware at Lordville is 1,690 and 58 degrees.  Today should be a much better bug day on the water due to the cloud cover and the bright sun yesterday wasn't the best for bugs, especially on the mainstem.  We did have some decent bugs on the West Branch and some good spinners last night.  We have still been seeing decent #16 Hendricksons on the upper portions of the West and spinners as well.  Mixed in are some #10-12 March Browns and small Olives in the 18-22 range.  The main is also getting some March Browns and Grey Fox and pretty good Sulphurs in the #14-16 range.  A few Drakes can be found on the lower Main and East Branch.  Tomorrow looks to be another great day weather-wise with light rain starting in the afternoon hours and continuing throughout the evening.  Lotsa' Luck


5/20/16

Today is turning out to be bright and sunny with temps reaching 70.  The last 3-4 days have been dry so the rivers have dropped a bit but the fishing and bugs have been pretty good.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 670 cfs and 52 degrees with a flow of 400 up at Stilesville and the temp is in the mid-50's due to the spill.  We are still seeing some Hendricksons in size 16 on the upper half of the West Branch along with some Blue Quills in the 18 range with good spinners of both last night.  We are also getting some decent March Brown hatches on the rest of the West so look for their spinners as well. The upper East at Harvard is flowing 222 cfs and 59 degrees and after the Beaverkill the lower East is 824 at Fishs' Eddy and in the low 60's.  The main Delaware is 1,900 cfs and 58 degrees.  Throughout the system there have been some 16-18 tan caddis and some remaining apple caddis.  The main and East are getting some pretty good Sulphurs in the 14-16 range as well as a few drakes, so better pack a few coffin flies just in case.  Tomorrow is calling for rain in the afternoon and most of the day Sunday, so it should be prime fishing weather for the weekend.  Lotsa' Luck


5/17/16

Today is looking much better as far as weather goes, no wind and heading toward the 60's without the terrible wind we had the last few days.  As far as the river levels and bugs go nothing has changed, some of the rivers dropped slightly but nothing you would notice on the water.  We have good cloud cover today and it looks to be the same the next few days, which is great news.  The West at Hale Eddy is still a bit over 1,000 cfs and 680 at Stilesville.  The upper East is still 260 at Harvard and after the Beaverkill the flow is just below 1,000 cfs.  The bugs are also the same as the last few days with some more Sulphurs #14-16 showing up on the mainstem and lower East and we are still seeing a few drakes here and there down on those lower stretches.  On the West we are still getting some Hendricksons on the upper stretches as well as Blue Quills.  The March Browns and a few Grey Fox have been around it's just been tough the last few days with the wind but today should be different.  Expect good BWO's in 18-22 throughout the system with the cloudy/rainy conditions.  The rivers have been and will remain clear unless we get a good shot of rain so streamer fishing is an option but more than likely won't be that productive until we get some stained water unless you're fishing in low light conditions.  The larger March Brown wets and nymphs are great choices if nymphing along with Sulphur and Hendrickson nymphs in the appropriate stretches  of the river. Enjoy the great conditions we have the next few days throughout the system.  Lotsa' Luck


5/16/16

We have some sunshine this morning and the forecast is for partly cloudy conditions with a high near 60 degrees and unfortunately some pretty windy conditions.  The rivers are still healthy and full of water but very clear throughout the system.  With the temps picking up today we should continue to have some decent surface activity and finding a place tucked out of the wind will the first step in the right direction.  If the wind lays down today it will likely be around 6pm or so.  We are still getting a few remaining Hendricksons on the upper West Branch (675 cfs at Stilesville) which is starting out warmer than most areas due to the warmwater spill coming over the top of the reservoir and is going to be the most wadeable water on the West which is flowing a little over 1,000 cfs at Hale Eddy.  The upper East Branch is also going to be wadeable with a flow of 270 at Harvard.  The lower East Branch is flowing a bit over 1,000 cfs with a nice temp of 48.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing at 2,740 and 47 degrees.  There are still a few March Browns on most of the rivers and make nice, big bugs to blind cast if you don't see much consistency and the nymphs are great to dredge the depths with.  There have been some pretty small, 20-24 Blue Winged Olives on the water lately as well.  A 18-20 tan caddis has also been working, especially before the mayflies get going in the afternoon hours.  It looks like the temp is going to increase a bit every day as the week goes on.  Lotsa' Luck


5/14/16

Today has been pretty nice so far with a chance for rain later in the afternoon but as it moves closer it looks like it won't last long.  The rivers are all puffed up a bit after the recent rains but none are "blown out".  The West Branch upriver at Stilesville is flowing at 548 cfs after the spill and release, making it a good option for wade fishing today with a warmer temp than we've had recently.  Down at Hale Eddy the flow is just under 1,000 cfs with a temp of 52.  The upper East at Harvard is 299 and 55 degrees and at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 1,180 cfs and 57 degrees.  The main Delaware is 3,000 cfs with a temp of 56 degrees.  The rain we had yesterday ended in the early afternoon hours and evening hours fished well for some but there weren't many bugs from most reports.  Today looks good and though the rivers are higher and a bit stained they are all still fishable and pretty wadeable in most spots.  The slightly turbid water will allow for some successful streamer fishing for the first time in a long time.  The water is also clear enough everywhere for some dry fly fishing which will likely get better as the clouds move in this afternoon.  The air temps are going to stay fairly cool for the foreseeable future which is awesome, giving us more time to fish the main and East Branch  which will warm up when the air temps rise.  The bugs are still the same as below and we should have some good bugs this upcoming week as most days are looking nice and cloudy.  Lotsa' Luck 


5/13/16

Today is starting out with the conditions of an excellent fishing day with good water levels throughout the system.  We are getting a slight drizzle and it looks like at least some precipitation will be present most of the day.  Cannonsville has been spilling a bit of water for a day or so and the water temp is starting out today at 51 degrees at Hale Eddy with a flow of 675, a nice level for all fishing the river.  There is currently a bit of algae coming down the West Branch, likely from the rise of the reservoir mixed with the spill.  The upper East at Harvard is running at 252, not bad for this time of year and wade fishing and after the Beaverkill the Lower East at Fishs' Eddy is flowing at just under 1,000 cfs.  The main Delaware at Lordville is at 2,110 and is 58 degrees.  After a couple sunny days the rainy weather is a godsend for the fisherman that know that sun sucks and rain is good.  Our reservoirs are very full, most spilling, so that's a big positive for the rest of the season.  The bugs are still pretty much the same as below with some March Browns moving up on the West along with some Hendricksons and Blue Quills still.  And today is looking like a great bug day with almost-guaranteed Blue Winged Olives.  If you are fishing down on the mainstem or lower East Branch these warmer water and air temps from yesterday could cause some drakes to start popping.  Lotsa' Luck


5/10/16

Today started out sunny and cold but the air temp is in he low 60's now with a bit of cloud cover moving in.  The last two days the wind was pretty bad but today has been pretty calm so far and should be good for some spinners this evening if it doesn't cool off too much as the sun sets.  The water is still in great shape and it's looking like some good rain later this week into the weekend which we need to ensure a nice flow.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is now 552 cfs with a temp of 49.  The upper East is 288 and 53 degrees and down at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 1,200 with a temp of 53.  The main Delaware is flowing at 2,510 at Lordville with a temp of 54.  The next few days look to be warm with some cloud cover which should make for some good fishing. We are still getting pretty good Hendricksons and Blue Quills on most of the West, especially the upper half.  We are seeing a few March Browns on the lower to mid West Branch and they should be increasing in numbers up this way any day.  There have been decent March Browns on the main and lower East the last few days and the Apple Caddis have been pretty good to throughout the system.  Now that the weather has warmed back up and the wind has laid  it looks like the remainder of the week should fish well.  Lotsa' Luck 


5/7/16

Today started out with a bit of drizzle and overcast skies but it's currently mostly sunny and approaching 60.  The rain we had yesterday brought the rivers up a bit but all have crested and most are pretty clear by now.  The West Branch has a slight stain to it with a flow of 785 and 52 degrees, pretty hard to beat conditions for both boaters and wade fisherman.  The upper East at Harvard got some good precipitation bringing the East to 341 at Harvard and 52 degrees as well.  After the Beaverkill the lower East at Fishs' Eddy is 1,600 cfs and 53 degrees.  The main Delaware is just under 4,000 cfs with a temp of 51.  The bugs are still the same as below and with the warmer air and water temps today we were seeing rising fish a bit earlier than normal today.  If the temps hold out into tonight we could have a very good spinner fall.  Lotsa' Luck


5/6/16

The rain that just passed through the area did drop a decent amount of rain over the last 5 hours and all of the rivers bumped up a little bit and some have a bit of color now but are still wadeable and fishable in most spots.  The upper West at Stilesville is still the same with the minimal release giving it a flow in the mid 100's.  Down at Hale Eddy the flow is 744 cfs with a temp of 48 degrees with some stain.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is up a bit to a nice flow  of 295 and 49 degrees and below the Beaverkill the East at Fishs' Eddy is 1,350 cfs with a temp of 52 degrees.  The main Delaware at Lordville is 2,920 cfs and 50 degrees.  The last few days have continued to have some great hatches and fishing opportunities on all of the rivers.  The bugs vary a bit depending on where you're fishing and have been starting in the early afternoon hours.  On the West we have been seeing steady 14-16 Hendricksons, especially on the upper 1/2, 16-18 Blue Quills in great numbers, some 18-20 Blue Winged Olives mixed in.  The Quill Gordons have been good on the last few days on the West as well.  We are also seeing a few Apple caddis in size 14-16 amongst the mayflies.  On the main and lower West Branch the March Browns have been good on most days.  Oftentimes there have been lots of all of the above bugs on the water at one time, making it a bit hard to determine what a given fish is taking.  And 5 fish may be taking 5 different bugs and/or stages of a bug.  Now is when it really helps to take a minute and watch the fish feeding and try to determine from the rise form what he's feeding on.  A lot of the fish on Hendricksons seem to be eating the emerging nymphs right below the surface so a dropper hung off the back of a dry has been working well.  It also seems like in the later afternoon into evening the fish are turning to the smaller Blue Quills, BWO's and spinners.  The cloudy, rainy weather looks like it is going to stick around throughout the weekend. So good news for us fisherman and bad news if you like sun.  Lotsa' Luck.


5/4/16

Today is another great day to be on the river with excellent fishing conditions with a steady, all-day rain and drizzle.  If you're a fair-weather wimp and love sunny, fishless days this week isn't for you.  If you like epic hatches and big fish eating dry flies now is about as good as it gets.  Bring your rain gear and some warm clothing as the forecast for the coming days looks to be the same we've been experiencing, light rain and temps in the upper 40's to 50's.  We have had some great hatches with plenty of Hendricksons, Paraleps (Blue Quills), Blue Winged Olives and Quill Gordons in great numbers on the West Branch.  Many anglers who have been staying the last few days that have been coming up for years have remarked that the hatches are the best they've seen, ever.  The main has been fishing pretty well to with the addition of some March Browns and Apple Caddis to the mix.  There have been some spinners amongst the hatching bugs during the afternoon, not the last bit of daylight as you see in warmer temperatures so keep that in mind.  Water levels have been pretty consistent with the constant light rain.  Enjoy the great fishing while we have it, it won't last forever.  Lotsa' Luck

 


5/3/16

Today is looking like another excellent day on the river system with cloud cover and drizzle for most of the day.  Yesterday was another excellent day which will be hard to beat.  We've got a decent amount of rain the last few days which is great as they have cut the release on the West Branch back out of the reservoir but all of the rivers are floatable and mostly wadeable.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 590 cfs with a temp of 47 degrees.  The West Branch fished very well yesterday and many anglers that have fished the river for decades had their best day ever on the system.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 235 cfs with a temp of 47 as well.  The lower East at Fishs' Eddy is 1,260 cfs with a temp of 48.  The main at Lordville is 2,920 cfs with a temp of 48 degrees.  The West Branch had steady bugs from early afternoon on with lots of BWO's in 18-20, Blue Quills in 16-18, Hendricksons in 14-16, and lots of Quill Gordons.  If you venture down on the main Delaware or the lower East Branch the March Browns in 10-12 have been good too.  Not too many wrong places to be under these conditions.  Lotsa' Luck

 


4/29/16

We had some very slight rain in the early morning hours today and the cloud cover still remains as we go into the afternoon.  The air temps are a bit cooler today, currently in the low 50's and it's looking like the next few days are going to be about the same with a decent chance of rain as well.  The rivers continue to slowly drop a few cfs every day.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is currently 543 cfs with temp of 46 and the upper West at Stilesville is flowing 366 with a temp of 42.  The upper East at Harvard is 153 cfs with a temp of 51 and after the Beaverkill the lower is running 563 at Harvard with a temp of 53.  The main Delaware at Lordville is flowing 1,380 cfs with a temp of 52.  You can likely tell by these water levels that everything but the West is on the low side and very clear.  The good thing is you can comfortably wade all of the branches of the system.  We are still getting the same bugs and the numbers have been pretty good the last couple days.  We have been seeing Hendricksons, Blue Quills and BWO's on the top half of the West with the spinners of these mayflies oftentimes mixed in during the hatches.  We are also seeing some #18 tan caddis in the morning through afternoon hours.  Down on the lower West and main Delaware expect to see some #10-12 March Browns and #14-16 Apple caddis in the mix.  We should have some pretty good days ahead with the cloud cover and rain instead of bluebird days and sun we had a lot of the last month.  Lotsa' Luck


4/27/16

Today is starting out clear and sunny after a rainy and cooler day yesterday.  The rivers are still about the same level, up a bit in some areas.  The West is a little lower up at Stilesville as they cut the release back 100 cfs overnight bringing the Hale Eddy flow to 585 cfs with a temp of 44 this morning and 366 at Stilesville.  The upper East at Harvard is now 180 and 47 degrees and below the Beaverkill the East is 750 and 50 degrees at Fishs' Eddy.  The main Delaware at Lordville is 1,680 and 50 degrees.  The morning was pretty rainy and chilly yesterday and it was slow until afternoon when the skies cleared and the normal bugs resumed.  Bugs are going to be the same as below and will likely start in the early afternoon hours as usual.  It looks like today and the next couple days are going to be a bit cooler so the lower West, lower East and mainstem should be a safe bet.  Lotsa' Luck


4/25/16

The weather is looking pretty good for today's fishing with plenty of cloud cover which kept both the air and water temps high overnight.  The flows are still pretty steady with Hale Eddy flowing at 550 cfs with a temp of 47 after the 400 cfs release from Cannonsville reservoir.  The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 162 cfs with a temp of 52 degrees and below the Beaverkill the flow is 620 cfs with a temp of 55.  The main Delaware at Lordville is flowing at 1,430 cfs with a temp of 54 degrees.  The bugs were pretty good yesterday on most of the rivers after a cold and windy Saturday that was pretty slow all around.  The West Branch fished pretty well yesterday with good numbers of Blue Quills and some Hendricksons as well.  Some spinners were also around from afternoon into the evening.  We are also seeing a few different caddis flies throughout the system with some small, 18-20 Chimarras on the West as well as some small #20 tan caddis mixed in.  On the mainstem, lower East and West the Apple Caddis have been around too in size #16-18.  Nymphing has been good on all of the rivers too with various nymphs like appropriate sized pheasant tails and caddis pupa.  Swinging wet flies has also been productive, both before and during the hatches.  We are hoping to get some rain tonight and into tomorrow which would be lovely.  Lotsa' Luck


4/22/16

Today started out with much warmer water and air temperatures than we've been having lately which helped keep the river temps up a bit overnight.  The water levels are about the same with a slightly lower flows everyday.  We have a storm working our way that will hit sometime early this afternoon and it will be a welcome sight as it's been pretty dry lately.  The flow at Hale Eddy is 585 cfs with a temp of 48 after a release of 400 from Cannonsville reservoir.  The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 191 cfs with a temp of 55 early this afternoon.  The lower East at Fishs' Eddy is flowing at 885 with a temp of 57.  The mainstem at Lordville is flowing at 1,640 cfs with a temp of 56 degrees.  All of the bugs have been about the same the last week or more with a little more consistency the last few days on the main Delaware with some #16 Apple Caddis starting to show up.  The Hendricksons have been better on the mainstem and lower East with the warmer water lately.  We have been seeing them on the West Branch but not in any prolific numbers.  The Blue Quills and BWO's have been pretty good as well on most days.  On all rivers we are seeing good numbers of small, dark Chimarra caddis in size 18-20 as well as some small tan caddis in the #20 range.  Lotsa' Luck


4/19/16

This morning was much warmer than what we've been experiencing for the last week or so due to some welcomed cloud cover that is still around.  The air temp today is going to peak out in the low 60's.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is flowing at 580 cfs with a temp of 46 with a little wind out of the west.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 232 with a temp of 50, pretty good conditions for wading up there.  The East Branch below the Beaverkill is 924 cfs and 52 degrees.  The main Delaware is flowing just under 2,000 cfs with a temp of 53 degrees.  The rivers are all very clear at the moment and there have been pretty good bugs lately and we are hoping the cloud cover will increase the number of them as well.  The clouds will help out on many fronts, especially with the super clear water we now have.  We have been getting some more spinners and if tonight stays warm we could see a good number of them.  We are still seeing the same bugs as listed below with the best numbers being the Blue Quills, Hendricksons and small Black Stoneflies.  Again, with the clear water the fish are pretty spooky for this early season, so long leaders and stealthy wading will help.  The next few days and into the weekend are looking good.  Lotsa' Luck


4/17/16

The sun is out today with temps peaking out in the mid-70's, the warmest of the year so far and the forecast for this upcoming week looks promising.  The reservoirs are filled up with Cannonsville at 99% capacity, pretty close to spilling if we get a little rain.  All of the rivers in the system are very clear and both floatable and wadeable.  The upper West at Stilesville is flowing around 400 cfs and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 627 with a temp of 48 degrees.  The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 270 cfs and 51 degrees and down at Fishs' Eddy the river is 1,060 and almost 51 this afternoon.  The main Delaware is flowing 2,260 at Lordville with a temp of 49.  All of the rivers are really on the same schedule as far as diversity of hatches but is seems that the West Branch has been a little slower with the Hendricksons the last few days.  The lower mainstem was a little better with the Hendricksons this week.  You will see them everywhere but a few degrees of water temperature increase makes a difference.  The nights have still been cold, around freezing, so water temps are just now getting into the sweet spot for this time of year.  Before noon or so the bugs you are likely to see are going to be small Black Stoneflies in size #16-20 or Chimarra caddis in the #18-20 sizes.  Nymphing with appropriate sized nymphs and caddis pupa has been productive before the surface activity starts.  On top the bugs should remain the same for a while with Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, Blue Winged Olives and the caddis and stones mentioned above.  A few spinners have been coming down during the day as it's been pretty cold after the sun sets.  If you have a chance to fish this week it should be good.  Lotsa' Luck 


4/15/16

Today looks to be another sunny clear day in the area with a high in the low 60's after a cold night last night.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 709 cfs with a temp of 42 which will likely peak out around 50.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 333 cfs with a temp of 42 as well.  Below the Beaverkill the East at Fishs Eddy is 1,250 with a temp of 44 degrees.  The main Delaware at Lordville is flowing 2,720 with a warmer temp 45.  All of the rivers within the system are very clear with great flows for both wading and floating.  The bugs have been starting in the afternoon hours with a mixture of Little Black Stones in size #16-18, Hendricksons in size #14-16, Chimarra caddis in size #18-20 and a few #12-14 Quill Gordons.  Again, the surface activity will likely start around 2pm give or take an hour depending on the air temp.  Subsurface nymphing and swinging wet flies will be productive with nymphs of the above bugs.  A weighted pheasant tail and small stonefly nymph has been a good combo if you need some weight to get down.  We have been seeing some spinners at random time throughout the day so be prepared.  If it stays warm one of the upcoming evenings we could get some good evening spinner activity.  Lotsa' Luck


4/13/16

Today is starting out clear and sunny with temps that are supposed to hit the 50-degree mark and get warmer as the week goes on with a high in the 70's on Sunday.  We still have a good release coming out of Cannonsville giving Stilesville a flow of 407 and 40 degrees this morning.  Downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 835 with a temp of 41.  The upper East  at Harvard is flowing 400 cfs with a temp of 4l degrees and below the Beaverkill is 1,520 cfs at Fishs' Eddy with temp of 42 degrees.  The mainstem is flowing at 3,520 at Lordville this morning with a temp of 43 degrees.  All of the rivers are in great shape with clear water throughout the system.  The West Branch and upper East Branch are going to be your best bet with the flows and the bugs have been pretty consistent throughout the system.  We have been seeing plenty of 16-18 Blue Quills from mid-afternoon till 6 or so.  The Hendricksons and Quill Gordons are picking up a little steam and were pretty good yesterday, especially on the mainstem during the afternoon hours.  We've been seeing pretty steady bugs for a while now so be prepared with appropriate spinners which could fall any time of the day.  The nymphing has also been good before the surface activity picks up in the afternoon hours.  Lotsa' Luck


4/12/16

This Tuesday afternoon is looking good for fishing throughout the system after it rained most of last night and well into this morning.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is now flowing a bit over 1,000 cfs with a temp of 44 degrees, quite a bit warmer than what the river peaked at over the last week.  This should translate into more bugs even thought the hatches have been very good lately.  The higher West Branch is also due to the increased release from Cannonsville reservoir from NYC which finally gave the upper West some much-needed water.  I guess NYC is rethinking the long-term drought they were predicting as we've been getting steady rain lately and the reservoir is a small rainstorm away from spilling.  So much for common sense!  The upper East Branch at 470 cfs with a temp of 47 and below the Beaverkill the lower East is flowing at 1,620 and 46 degrees.  The main Delaware is flowing at 3,710 with a temp approaching 43 degrees.  The sun is currently out and the temps look to be getting warmer every day this week.  The fishing has been very good lately on all of our guide trips where there were skilled anglers on the water with ample surface activity.  There have been good numbers of 16-18 Blue Quills, 18-20 Blue Winged Olives, 12-14 Quill Gordons and some 14-16 Hendricksons.  We were seeing more Hendricksons before the last cold-snap and we expect them to really get into full swing over the next few days of warm weather.  The next few days are probably your best bet at some good fishing without the crowds.  Lotsa' Luck


4/10/16

The sun has been out all day today which makes for a nice change.  It looks like today will be the last of the cooler days with temps in the 50's starting tomorrow and continuing all week.  The West Branch is very clear and wadeable at 620 cfs at Hale Eddy with a temp of 42 degrees.  The Lower East at Fishs Eddy is flowing at 1600 cfs is also 42 degrees.  The main Delaware is 3,700 this afternoon with a slightly lower temp of 38.  The rivers have all cleared up nicely over the last few days but the air temps have been peaking out in the upper 30's so the surface activity was slower.  There were some Blue Winged Olives on the water in the afternoons with some fish feeding on top on West Branch and Mainstem.  With the temps rising into the 50's starting tomorrow we should start to see more and more Hendricksons, Blue Quills and Olives on all of the rivers.  We may even get a bit more rain this week which would be great for the system.  Lotsa' Luck


4/8/16

Yesterday we had rain pretty much all day and by mid-afternoon it was getting pretty dirty as the river rose.  We had some decent bugs before the water went up and some fish starting to feed on top but by 3pm the turbidity was getting pretty bad.  The rain was much needed and the West Branch crested at about 1,600 and is now dropping and is currently flowing at 1,490 cfs and is stained but not too bad for throwing streamers.  It's currently 32 degrees and snowing so it probably won't be the best day on the surface.  The upper West at Stilesville is still only 109 cfs so if you are looking to wade fish the upper river before you get to Oquaga creek will be your best bet.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is just under 1,000 cfs and the lower East is 3,000.  The Main at Lordville is 8,000 and is going to be pretty dirty.  The forecast is calling for temps in the upper 30's - low 40's until Monday with some occasional rain and snow.  We had good bugs earlier this week with the colder temps so if you are itching to get out you won't have any crowds to deal with.  Lotsa' Luck


4/7/16

Today is looking like a damn fine day for fishing.  I am certain anyone who is out on the local rivers today will do very well.  The air temp is already warmer this morning than what we've had the last few days, in the upper 40's.  There were already fish rising earlier this morning.  Even in the colder weather recently, even below freezing, there were pretty good bugs and fish feeding on the surface.  Yesterday peaked in low 40's but there were no shortage of mayflies from afternoon on.  The wind was pretty stout yesterday but the downwind banks were packed with mayflies that go blown into the slower water.  Guess what else was there cruising around?  Hungry trout.  There have been a mix of the usual mayflies we've been seeing; 16-18 Blue Quills, 18-20 Blue Winged Olives, 14-16 Hendricksons and some small 16-18 stoneflies to round out the mix.  The nymphing has been productive with the lower water making the slots pretty obvious.  Various mayfly nymphs and small stoneflies have been working well down below.  It looks like we are going to have some precipitation over the next 5 days and some cooler temps on the weekend but we should still have some good fishing.  This will likely be the last week before the rivers are going to get crowded.  Lotsa' Luck


April 3rd, 2016

The air temps have dropped off the last 24 hours with a current air temp of 26 and it likely won't get much warmer until tomorrow with a high of 40.  The next few days and nights are going to be pretty cold and then it looks like Wednesday will be back in the 40's.  The last few days offered good fishing for everyone, on all of the rivers with good surface activity.  The West Branch is flowing at 274cfs at Hale Eddy with temp of 44.  The lower East Branch is 626 cfs at Fishs Eddy with a temp of 44 as well.  The main Delaware at Lordville is 1,200 cfs and 45 degrees.  We aren't expecting too much surface activity with the colder weather but nymphing could be an option.  The last few days we had some good numbers of small black stoneflies in the #16-18 range that the fish were taking, both on top and down below.  You will also see some small, #18-20 Chimarra caddis mixed in with the stones.  We have been seeing more mayflies every day with warm air temps, especially on the mainstem and lower West Branch.  We have been seeing some 18-20 Blue Winged Olives and 16-18 Blue Quills.  We've been seeing some Quill Gordons on the lower West and mainstem.  A few Hendricksons have also been on the mainstem and have made for some great fishing for some happily guided clients.  All who fished the last few days did very well for this time of year so we are looking forward to some warmer temps.  Bundle up for the next couple days and we should have some better weather by mid-week.  Lotsa' Luck

March 28th, 2016

We are getting some consistent rain this Monday morning and it looks like it will last until mid-afternoon with highs in the low 50's.  We had some warmer weather this weekend with temps near 60 on both days.  The warmer weather did get the bugs going with a solid number of small stoneflies, a few small Blue Winged Olives, some small Chimarra caddis,  a few early Hendricksons and Quill Gordons on the main Delaware with the warmer water temps it had.  The rivers are all in great shape and the current rain will help keep them at healthy spring levels.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy has bumped up to 700 cfs with a temp of 41 degrees, the main Delaware at Lordville is 1,600 with a temp of 45 degrees.  The East Branch is 580 cfs below the Beaverkill with the warmest temp of 46 degrees this morning and above at Harvard the temp is 176 cfs and 44.  Tomorrow the temps are going to be a bit cooler in the upper 30's but the rest of the week is forecast to be in the upper 50's to 60.  The upper West Branch, from the PA border up will be open for fishing starting Friday, April 1st.    Lotsa' Luck


March 23rd, 2016

The last few days were a bit chilly with some pretty cold nights in the low 20's and daily temps in the 30's.  Today is supposed to get near the 60 degree mark and it looks like even warmer the following days.  Those warmer temps will definitely get the early season stones moving below the surface and on the surface too.  We should have some decent dry fly fishing for those looking.  Focus on the slower moving pools where the fish don't have to work too hard to grab a fly on top.  A dark-bodied elk hair caddis in the #16 range should work for most surface feeders.  Depending on the number of fish feeding and their consistency, it usually pays this time of year to get the fly to the fish quickly after seeing a rise.  Oftentimes they only rise once or twice and you have to get a fly over them quickly or your chances go way down.  The rivers are all beautiful with good water and temps.  The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 715 cfs and 40 degrees this morning, the lower East is 900 and 43 degrees - the warmest of the system.  The mainstem is flowing at a nice 2,020 cfs at Lordville and 42.  Nymphing will remain productive with small stones and mayfly nymphs in the #16-20 range.  The streamer fishing should also pick up with the water warming.  Your best bet is going to be the slower moving pools where you can fish the streamers slowly, imparting some movement but avoid too fast a retrieve.  It looks like we might have some light rain over the next few days which isn't a bad thing.  Lotsa' Luck


March 20th, 2016

We had some warmer temps earlier this week with a few more fish poking their noses up to take some of the little black stoneflies from the surface.  The last few days have been fairly cool, in the mid-30's during the day but in the low 20's at night.  This afternoon the only river with temps breaking the 40-degree mark is the West Branch, the mainstem is only a degree less.  It looks like we will have some warmer air temps, 50's to low 60's, mid-week so that should give you some decent fishing if you are anxious to get out.  Flows have been great lately with the West Branch in the mid-700's and the main just under 2,000 cfs, great flows for both wade fisherman and driftboats.  Again, a fly to mimic the little black stones is the only dry you'll really need for a few more weeks.  A dark-bodied elk hair caddis is a great fly for the fluttering stones.  Some gusting wind is also not bad this time of year, it blows the stoneflies back into the river after hatching and makes for some good fishing.  It's about the only time some wind isn't a bummer when fly fishing.  If you're nymphing stick to small stonefly imitations bounced off the bottom.  If there are a decent amount of stoneflies coming off the fish will also eat them right below the surface as the nymphs migrate towards the shore.  Remember the upper West and East Branches are closed until April 1st.  Lotsa' Luck


March 12th, 2016

This is our first river report after a pretty mild winter by all standards.  The sun is out this afternoon with highs in the low 60's today.  The West Branch is flowing right at 800 cfs with temps getting near 45 this afternoon.  Please remember the West Branch above the PA border is closed to all fishing until April 1st.  The West was flowing at about twice that level until Thursday of this week so the decreased flow has made wading possible.  The lower East Branch is running fairly high, at 1,200 cfs today, and that also brings the mainstem up to 2,500 cfs and a temp of 43.  As far as water temps, the West Branch is flowing the warmest due to the cold night we had last night and the warmer release water.  The main will only be warmer when our air temps stay above the water (release) temps most of the day.  Last night was in the 20's and we are going to have some days this coming week in the 30's as a high, which is usual for this time of year.  We are seeing a few small black stoneflies on the warmer days in size #18-20 and if you're nymphing the small nymphs will be a good bet.  So will small pheasant tails or Copper Johns that will get down in the heavy flow have a nice stonefly profile.  Slowly fishing streamers will also be an option over the next few weeks as water temps remain on the low side.  Any mayflies you may see will be small Blue Winged Olives until we get into April.  We should definitely start seeing our usual hatches a bit earlier than usual, possibly a couple weeks but we still have a few weeks until then.   Likely early April vs mid-April unless it gets very warm in the mean time.  


October 13th, 2015

Today is looking to be the last of the fairly warm days we will have this week. Currently we are getting a nice steady drizzle which won't do much to the river and if we get enough they will likely lower it if the main puffs up overnight. The flow is about the same as the last few days with 773 cfs at Hale Eddy and 58 degrees. Down on the main the river is around 1,000 cfs with 225 coming from the lower East Branch at Fishs' Eddy which is currently 53 degrees. The rain should help with the fishing today and the next few days as there have been some bug on top but the bright, sunny days aren't the best. Expect to see some small, 18-24 Blue Winged Olives, some 16-18 hebes and maybe some 12 Isonychia anywhere you may fish. Small pheasant tails are working pretty well when nymphing for the BWO's and hebes and a larger Iso nymph or zug bug for the Isonychia. Mid-day will likely be the best time to be out, especially on the next few days which will be quite a bit cooler than what we've had earlier this week. The streamer bite on the West Branch has been decent to good depending on the day's weather, usually much better with clouds and rain in the sky. Enjoy the fall colors and good fishing weather. Lotsa' Luck.


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