Delaware River System Current Conditions
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We are starting today with some steady drizzle that is supposed to last most of the day, which is a good thing as the rivers have all continued to drop this week. We are supposed to get around .3" of rain today which should be good for both the day's fishing and the river levels with really no chance of getting high and muddy. The wind isn't bad now and is supposed to decrease as the day goes on. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is currently 365 cfs and 51 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy we are looking at 561 cfs and 52 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is currently 194 cfs and 55 degrees and the lower East at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 766 and 58 degrees. Lordville is now 1,480 cfs and 60 degrees to start the day. Yesterday was pretty windy most of the day until evening which didn't help much but there some caddis and smaller mayflies to keep a few fish working. The upper West is still getting a few Hendricksons and Blue Quills as well. There were a few March Browns in the evening and spinners once the wind died for the last hour of daylight. Today should be a different day with the cloud cover and rain, maybe a good day to be on the mainstem. It looks like we will get some rain tomorrow as well and that is really the best case scenario for the fishing and the rivers. Lotsa' Luck
Today is starting out nice and sunny, a bit better than yesterday which was cool and windy to start and didn't fish that well. Today should be a good one to be on the water. Same bugs as below with a few more March Browns on the West Branch as the days go on. Flows are pretty good for all anglers with 617 on the upper West and 688 at Hale Eddy. The upper East is 240 cfs and 52 degrees. Below the Beaverkill the East is flowing 914 cfs and 55 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is 1,820 cfs and 56 degrees. The upper West is still getting a few Hendricksons and Blue Quills as well as their spinners along with some Apple Caddis. A few random drakes and Sulphurs have been spotted on the mainstem. Lotsa' Luck
We've got a nice overcast morning to start the week and it looks like most of the rain is going to miss us. The rivers are still dropping and it is currently 646 cfs and 46 degrees at Stilesville and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 734 with a temp of 54 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is currently 282 and 54 degrees and Fishs' Eddy is just under 1,000 cfs and 57. The mainstem at Lordville is 2,010 cfs and 57 degrees. The river system is pretty wadeable at the moment and floatable as well. The fishing has been consistently good the last few days other than a little wind that has made fishing a little tough at times. Bugs have been good as well with some Hendricksons and Blue Quills on the upper West Branch and as you move down river you should see some decent March Brown and Grey Fox activity. We are still seeing some Apple Caddis as well so be prepared. Lotsa' Luck
We are starting the day quite a bit cooler than the last few mornings with some steady drizzle that won't last too much longer. The West Branch dropped a bit over yesterday and currently the flow at Stilesville is 846 cfs and 56 degrees while downriver at Hale Eddy we are just under 1,000 cfs and 53 degrees. At these levels most anglers can wade quite a bit throughout the West Branch in most areas. The upper East at Harvard is flowing 409 cfs and 54 and below the Beaverkill the flow is 1,220 cfs and 58 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is flowing 2,550 cfs and 59 degrees. The high sun yesterday made the fishing a bit tougher than some of the better days of the last two weeks. We are still getting some good Hendricksons and Blue Quills on the West Branch along with their spinners, dark Rusty's in size 14-18. There are some March Browns out there as well and with the cloud cover the main and East should fish a little better than the last two bright and sunny days. Enjoy the cloud cover and wadeable water. Lotsa' Luck
We've got another very warm day on the water today with temps topping out in the mid-80's. The rivers continue their slow drop and currently Stilesville is flowing a little over 1,200 cfs with a temp of 56 degrees, fairly warm for that area due to the warmwater spill coming over the dam. Down at Hale Eddy the flow is 1,500 and 54 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is 632 cfs and 58 degrees and below the Beaverkill the flow is 1,320 cfs and 61 degrees at Fishs' Eddy. Lordville is currently flowing 3,580 and 59 degrees. The rivers are all still very clear and there is quite a bit of wadeable water throughout the system and wade fishermen have been doing very well lately. If wading you just have to keep in mind that the water is still high and you likely won't wade across the river but you can get in enough to fish to a lot of rising fish. We are still getting some Hendricksons on the West Branch along with some Blue Quills and their spinners on these warm evenings. We are seeing some March Browns as well in limited numbers along with lots of Apple Caddis that are going all day from morning till dark. This should be a good weekend to be on the river with plenty of surface activity to make everyone happy. Lotsa' Luck
We finally have some warmer weather for a few days and the fishing should remain good and the rivers will continue to drop at a slow rate over the next few days. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is flowing 1,390 cfs and 53 degrees and down river at Hale Eddy the flow is 1,600 cfs and 53 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is now 832 cfs and 51 while below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy is flowing 52 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is 4,620 cfs and 52 degrees. We have had some great fishing lately with lots of Hendricksons and Blue Quills still on the West with a few March Browns on the lower sections and main and East Branch. We have also had lots of Apple Caddis around in the #16 range which are hard to miss if you're out on the water. We should have some good days the rest of the week and some good spinner falls on the warmer and calm nights. Lotsa' Luck
There's currently pretty good cloud cover this morning with an air temp of 44 degrees. The West Branch at Stilesville is 1,410 cfs and 51 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 1,870 cfs and 48 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is 904 cfs and 49 degrees and the lower East at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 1,770 cfs and 50 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is 5,110 cfs and 51 degrees. All rivers are still very clear after a weekend of some off and on rain. We are still seeing some pretty prolific Blue Quill hatches on the West Branch and the Hendricksons slowed down a little bit this weekend but should pick back up as the temps creep up. We've had lot's of caddis around lately too with some pretty good numbers of Apple caddis throughout the system. We are going to have a bit of wind today but the rest of the week looks to be quite a bit warmer so we should see some good bug activity coming up and likely some good spinner falls in the evening. The streamer fishing has remained pretty good lately with the high volume of water we currently have. Lotsa' Luck
We've got some cloud cover this morning with temps in the 40's. It looks like today should be a great day to be on the water if you can get out with a chance of light rain this afternoon for a few hours. We did get some rain yesterday but the rivers only came up slightly and clarity remains unchanged and very good. Most anglers did well yesterday on both streamers and dry flies in the afternoon hours. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is flowing 1,330 cfs and 52 degrees and Hale Eddy is now 1,870 cfs and 49 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard did jump up to 950 and is currently 49 degrees and down at Fishs' Eddy we are looking at 1,950 cfs and 49 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is now 5,390 cfs and 50 degrees. We should have some good activity today and there will be very little traffic on the river which is typical for Mother's Day every year. We had some great Blue Quill and Blue Winged Olive hatches yesterday with some Hendricksons on the West Branch as the rain petered out in the early afternoon hours and should have similar activity today. The main is still getting some good mayfly activity too along with some Apple caddis during the day. We are supposed to get very little rain today and then it looks to be dry and warm all week, it should be a good one. Lotsa' Luck.
We've got a nice steady but very light drizzle this morning and it looks like it should be an excellent fishing day today with current temps in the mid 40's. We are supposed to get about a half inch of rain today but spread over 12 hours is perfect for good fishing and bugs. The past week has been very good on the system with some excellent dry fly fishing on most sections. The upper West Branch at Stilesville 1,270 cfs and 52 degrees and Hale Eddy has dropped to 1,600 cfs and 49 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is down to 566 cfs and 50 degrees, a good option to wade if thats what you're looking for. Down the East below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 1,290 cfs and 52 degrees. The Hendricksons have been very good lately as well as some Blue Quills and a few March Browns on the main and East Branch. If you have a chance get out to today should be a good one. Lotsa' Luck
We do have a bit of sun this morning with a forecast of cloud cover for most of the day with highs in the mid-60's. As the rivers slowly drop the upper West Branch is down to 1,410 cfs and 53 degrees this morning and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 1,820 cfs and 49 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is flowing 632 cfs and 47 degrees and below the Beaverkill the flow at Fishs' Eddy is 1,400 cfs and 50 degrees. Lordville is flowing at 4,380 cfs and 50 degrees. All of the rivers are very clear and the fishing has been very good lately and all of the branches are very floatable and wadeable in a few select spots. The West Branch has been fishing very well lately thanks to the warmer water coming over the dam and the hatches of Blue Quills and Hendricksons have been very good starting in the early afternoon hours and going pretty strong till around 6-7pm. The main and East have been fishing well too with both bugs on top and the streamer fishing has been filling in the blanks. The fishing the last few days has been very good and should remain pretty solid for a while. We are supposed to get some rain all day tomorrow but it's spread throughout the entire day as opposed to 1/2 downpour. Lotsa' Luck
Today is another clear morning with some cooler temps to start the day. We are still watching the rivers slowly drop, some getting closer to wadeable levels many have been waiting for. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is now 1,650 cfs and 51 degrees and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,140 cfs and 48 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is now flowing at 844, the lowest levels on the Delaware and below the Beaverkill Fishs' Eddy is flowing 1,590 cfs and 47 degrees this morning. The main at Lordville is just over 5,000 cfs with a temp of 49 degrees. Yesterday was a very good day for most anglers on guide trips with plenty of surface activity with Blue Quills and Hendricksons on all branches of the Delaware. Be ready for spinners of the above bugs any time from mid-day on as most aren't falling at dusk but in the afternoon hours. A few March Browns are being seen on the lower East as well as the Main Delaware. Streamer fishing is a good option on the rivers before the hatches get going or when moving from spot to spot. Lotsa' Luck
Today is stating out sunny and a bit chilly with morning temps in the mid-30's and a high of 55 today. The rivers are still high, clear and slowly dropping. The upper West at Stilesville is currently 2,080 cfs and 50 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy we are looking 2,890 cfs and 47 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is 1360 cfs and 45 degrees and below the Beaverkill the East Branch at Fishs' Eddy is flowing 2,189 cfs and 46 degrees. Today should be a good day on the water and the hatches have been consistent and good. We are still seeing some good numbers of Blue Quills on the West with some Hendricksons mixed in and on the Main and East Branch we're seeing some March Browns showing up during the afternoon hours. The streamer bite has still been pretty good and some great fish are being caught. Looks like some nice weather the remainder of the week with no rain till the weekend. Lotsa' Luck
We finally have a sunny day this morning, even though it started out a bit on the chilly side. The rivers are still dropping slowly but are all very clear at the moment. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is flowing 2,230 cfs and is 50 degrees this morning and down at Hale Eddy we're looking at 3,340 cfs and 47 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is now down to 1,700 cfs and 46 degrees and below the Beaverkill the flow at Fishs' Eddy is 2,680 cfs and 47 degrees. The main Delaware is still running pretty high with a flow of 8,270 cfs adn 47 degrees this morning. We are still getting some pretty good hatches throughout the system with #16-18 Blue Quills, #14-16 Hendricksons, #16 Apple Caddis and the spinners of the mayflies oftentimes mid-day with the current cooler temps. We are waiting for the flows to drop as the spill over the reservoirs slowly drops and once that occurs the release from the reservoirs will stop too. The streamer fishing has been pretty good, making the time between hatches a bit more productive. Lotsa' Luck.
We did get a bit of light rain in the early hours today but now it's clear and calm with a chance of some light rain in the afternoon. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is currently 2,290 cfs and 51 degrees with some stain but it did clear some overnight from yesterdays rains. Down at Hale Eddy the flow is 3,840 cfs and 49 degrees and quite a bit clearer than yesterday afternoon. The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 2,140 cfs and 48 degrees and is still a little clearer than the East below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy where the flow is 3,400 cfs and 49 degrees. We do have some pretty good water temps now and there were lots of bugs yesterday with some fish rising in the afternoon hours in slack water sections on most of the branches. The West got a little dirty after some hard early morning rain yesterday and didn't help the surface activity on the West. Most anglers who fished yesterday caught some fish and some big fish. We are still seeing pretty good Blue Quills, Hendricksons and BWO's and their spinners in the afternoon hours and in the right water the fish are feeding on top. The upcoming week looks like we will get some reprieve from the rains and water levels can change quickly, especially if the reservoir quits spilling. Lotsa' Luck
We did just get a little bit of rain this morning and it muddied up the river a little bit after the feeder creeks but it is still fairly clear considering the rain we got the last 24 hrs. Yesterday was a pretty good day for steamer fishing and a few fish were feeding on top in the slow water. The sun is currently out and there's not too much wind in the forecast and a high of 61 degrees. We should see some Hendricksons and Blue Quills this afternoon and hopefully a few fish stick their noses up. The upper West is flowing at 2,230 cfs and 52 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 3,620 and 50 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is just under 2,500 cfs and 49 degrees and downriver at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 3,930 and 50 degrees. The main at Lordville is still pretty high with a flow of 9,340 cfs and 51 degrees. It looks like a little rain tomorrow but not enough to affect the river much. Lotsa' Luck
5/5/17 - PM update
Just an afternoon update on the storm that passed through the area early this morning and the rain ended about 1:30 this afternoon. It was a steady rain that did bring the rivers up slightly but the clarity on the Delaware system is still very good. The freestone rivers East of here like the Beaverkill and Willowemoc came up a bit and are slightly stained, a little more than the West and East Branches. There should be some decent surface activity this afternoon with good cloud cover still. Tomorrow looks like on and off light rain with only .2" for the day with a high in the low 60's. Should be a good day to be in a boat.
This morning is starting out with an steady drizzle with an expected .7" to fall throughout the day. All anglers we talked with so far that fished yesterday did very well, most on top with Blue Quills and Hendricksons on the West Branch. Probably the best day on the West Branch this year. Again, we are getting rain today but currently the rivers are very clear, just high. We are hoping if the rain is spread out throughout the day the river will handle it without getting too dirty and a temp of 60 degrees for a high. Same for tomorrow, .25" but spread throughout the day. The West has been fishing quite a bit better this week as it warmed up a bit and we've been seeing good numbers of the above bugs every day. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is flowing at 1,890 cfs with a temp of 51 degrees. Downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,500 cfs and 48 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 2,430 cfs and 47 degrees and below the Beaverkill is 3,520 cfs and 48 degrees. Lordville on the mainstem is flowing at 8,010 cfs and 48 degrees. With a high of 60 today we should have some good bugs today and we are just hoping the rain remains a steady drizzle so the system can handle it and not get too muddy. Lotsa' Luck
Today looks like we are in for a partly sunny day with temps in the mid 60's but as of now it's 40 degrees and a bit chilly. With the rains we got Monday night and early Tuesday the reservoirs are spilling but most have cleared up pretty good. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is running 1,940 cfs and 48 degrees with very good visibility and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,600 cfs and 45 degrees. Most of the fishermen that were out yesterday were throwing streamers on the West Branch but the wind was pretty bad. There were quite a few Blue Quills on the water but the wind didn't make for the best day on top. The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 3,210 and 42 degrees while downriver at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 3,210 cfs. The mainstem at Lordville is currently 9,680 cfs but is pretty clear considering the volume of water. There were some Blue Winged Olives and Blue Quills on the West Branch yesterday and we haven't had any reports from the main with the higher flows. Today looks to be quite a bit warmer and we should expect more bugs and a few more fish rising this afternoon and we'll keep you posted. Lotsa' Luck
There is quite a bit of cloud cover this morning with temps in the 50's and highs today in the 70's. We are supposed to get some rain starting tonight about 6pm and going till tomorrow morning. They have lowered the West Branch to very wadeable levels with Stilesville currently flowing at 268 cfs and 42 degrees. Downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 632 cfs and 45 degrees. The East is flowing about the same 1,010 cfs and 50 degrees at Fishs' Eddy and above the Beaverkill the East Branch is 380 cfs and 47 degrees. We've been seeing some decent hatches throughout the system with some Hendricksons on the mainstem along with Apple Caddis, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons. We haven't seen many Hendricksons on the West Branch but the Blue Quills have been around in good numbers and some spinners in the evening along with some caddis.
Today is starting out cloudy and the rain passed us last night so the rivers continue their slow drop. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is now 1,370 cfs at 42 degrees. Downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 1,630 cfs and 44 degrees, slightly wadeable in a few spots. The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing 467 cfs and 50 degrees and is highly wadeable. Below the Beaverkill the East is flowing 1,130 cfs and 56 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is flowing 3,540 and is 52 degrees. We had good bugs yesterday on all of the rivers with more Hendricksons on the mainstem and East Branch along with Blue Quills in #16-18, #16 Apple Caddis, #18 Chimarra caddis and a few #12-14 Quill Gordons. The dry fly fishing wasn't banner on all of the rivers and the West Branch is a bit behind the other rivers as far as the hatch progression for the season with the main bug being the Blue Quills but fish were taking them on top in the afternoon hours. The top bugs number-wise on the main and East were Hendricksons and the Apple caddis. We should start to have some good Hendrickson activity sooner than later on the West with the warming water temps. The streamer fishing is still an option on most of the rivers and is a good way to kill some time waiting for the bugs to start up. Lotsa' Luck
Today is another warm day with temps already nearing 70 with sunny skies for today. Tomorrow looks to be rainy, starting late tonight/early tomorrow. The rivers are dropping slowly but Cannonsville is still spilling, bringing the flow at Stilesville to 1,450 cfs and 47 degrees. Hale Eddy is running at 1,740 cfs and 47 degreees as well. The upper East at Harvard is running 591 cfs and 52 degrees, still the most wadeable section on the Delaware system. The lower East Branch at Fishs' Eddy is flowing at 1,310 cfs and 55 degrees. The main Delaware at Lordville is flowing 4,070 cfs and 53 degrees. The main Delaware and the East have been getting better hatches the last week due to the higher water temp. On those two rivers we are seeing some #16-18 Blue Quills, #12-14 Quill Gordons, #14-16 Hendricksons, #18 Black Stoneflies and some #18 Chimarra Caddis. On the West, due to the colder water temps, we are seeing the Chimarra caddis, stoneflies and some decent Blue Quills. We haven't seen many Hendricksons on the West Branch but that could change any day now, especially with these warm air temps. Lotsa' Luck
Today is starting out foggy and overcast with a high temp of 80 degrees this afternoon with cloud cover all day. This should be a great bug day on the water. Yesterday was in the low 70's with mixed clouds and sun and was likely the best bug day we've seen (depending on where you were) and the fish were looking up. With warm temps throughout the weekend we should have a great stretch of fishing ahead. The rivers continue their slow drop with the upper West Branch at Stilesville flowing at 1,220 cfs and 48 degrees. Down at Hale Eddy the flow is 1,960 and 44 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 901 cfs and 46 degrees and is the most wadeable portion of the Delaware system. Below the Beaverkill on the East Fishs' Eddy is flowing at 1,560 cfs and 51 degress - a very nice temp to get those bugs moving this morning. The mainstem at Lordville is running 4,680 cfs and 51 degrees as well. We are seeing the same bugs on the lower East and Main Delaware, due to water temps, with good numbers of them all yesterday. There are usually some #16-18Chimarra caddis on the water before the mayflies get going in the early afternoon. We saw plenty of #16-18 Blue Quills on the water, starting around noon and then good numbers of #14-16 Hendricksons followed until early evening. The Quill Gordons in size #12-14 were scattered along the Hendricksons in the afternoon hours. The good thing is the fish are looking up and they are taking a properly presented fly on the first drift due to the lack of pressure they've had so far. The West Branch is probably a week or so behind the main and East Branch as far as bugs go but you should be able to find some rising fish and the streamer fishing fills in the gaps. Lotsa' Luck
Another sunny day here with a high of 70 degrees. The local rivers are still high but dropping at a slow but steady rate. The upper West at Stilesville is flowing at 1,670 cfs and 49 degrees, a bit warmer than the last few days. Down at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,740 cfs and 44 degrees. The upper East is 775 and 45 and the lower at Fishs' Eddy is 1,620 and 48 degrees. The main Delaware at Lordville is 5,650 and 46 degrees. All of the rivers are very clear and the streamer fishing has been pretty good and consistent throughout the system. We saw quite a few bugs yesterday on all rivers but the fish are still a bit slow to look up. If fishing, you will see rising fish but many are rising one or two times and then are done. So, you have to be ready for any opportunity and get the fly over the fish quickly within a minute or so. With this weeks warming temps we are anticipating the dry fly fishing to become more consistent and we should start to see more bugs every day. It looks like it will rain a bit tomorrow afternoon so the pre-rain cloud cover could be a big help for all types of fishing. Lotsa' Luck
Today is starting out clear and sunny with a high of 70 degrees. Even though the rivers are still a bit high for wading in most areas today is likely to be a good bug day and the fish will be looking up. With our early season bugs on the cusp of emergence this week, especially with the warmer air temps, it should be a good one. Papacton (which feeds the East) is no longer spilling and Cannonsville (which feeds the West) is getting close to not spilling. With temps this upcoming week in the mid-60's to 70 we should start to see some good surface activity we've all been waiting for. The upper West Branch is flowing at 1,770 cfs and 46 degrees and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 3,000 and 43 degrees due to the cold night we had last night. The upper East at Harvard is flowing at 827 and is going to be the most wadeable portion of the system. Below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy the East is running 1,810 cfs and 45 degrees. Everything is pretty clear with 4-plus feet of visibility on all branches. Streamers are still working well, fished deep and fairly slow. We should see some bugs today with some #12-14 Quill Gordons, #16-18 Blue Quills, #18-22 BWO's, #18 Little Black Stones and #18 Chimarra Caddis. The Paraleps/Blue Quills have been the most prevalent and are always a good early season hatch on the Delaware. Lotsa' Luck
Today is looking to be mostly cloudy with highs near 60 degrees this afternoon. The rivers are all coming down from the rainstorm we got late Thursday and early Friday. We had some good streamer fishing reports from yesterday on both the East and West Branches. The West Branch is a bit higher and more stained with a flow of 1,670 cfs at Stilesville and 46 degrees while down at Hale Eddy the flow is 3,400 cfs, down about 1,300 from this time yesterday. The West is a bit more stained than the East but is pretty good for throwing streamers and will clear more as the day goes on. The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 931 cfs at 49 degrees and below the Beaverkill the flow is 2,180 cfs and 48 at Fishs' Eddy. The main Delaware at Lordville is 7,800 cfs and 48 degrees this morning. We are still seeing some bugs and we had some dry fly fishing on Thursday, before the rain hit. We are seeing some #16-18 Blue Quills, #18-20 Blue Winged Olives, #12-14 Quill Gordons, #18 Little Black Stoneflies and some #18 Chimarra caddis. Sunday is going to be quite a bit warmer, near 70 degrees, and with the dropping water levels we are are hoping to see some fish feeding on top once again. This coming week looks to be quite a bit warmer with most days in the 70's and we should see some pretty good bug activity. Lotsa' Luck
Last night throughout yesterday we did get some rain and bumped up the West Branch a little. It is still unwadable on the West and will continue to be that way for the time being. The flow at Hale Eddy was 1500 cfs and 44 Degrees, Stilesville was reading 805 cfs and 42 Degrees. The West has been dropping very slow and Cannonsville is still spilling a little. The East Branch is still about the same but continues it's steady drop. The Upper East at Harvard was reading 610 cfs and 48 Degrees. Down at Fishs' Eddy it was reading 1310 cfs and 50 Degree. The Mainstem has also been on the decline in flow the last few days and is at 3600 cfs and 48 Degress at Lordville. With the decline in water levels hopefully we will start to see some more consistence rising fish in the next few days. We have been seeing quite a few Blue Winged Olives in the #18-20 range yesterday as well as a few Blue Quills #16-18. The small Black Stoneflies have also been out for a while in the #16-18 range and #12-14 Quill Gordons have been spotted. If you are looking for some more wadable water I recommend checking out the Upper East Branch or the Beaverkill. They have some good nymphing water now, along with dry fly and streamer fishing. Hope this helps and if you need anything else just reach out. Tightlines and losta' luck.
We did get about an hour of good rain last night before sunset and we saw more bugs yesterday than we have been seeing this spring. The West Branch was pretty unwadeable yesterday but this morning they have cut the release back to zero cfs out of Cannonsville, bringing the upper West Branch at Stilesville to 157 cfs and downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is currently 931 cfs and 43 degrees. With no release this is all water coming over the top of the dam which should continue for a little bit but not likely more than a few days without more rain. The East Branch is still about the same but continues it's steady drop, bringing the upper East at Harvard to 707 cfs and 45 degrees and below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy we are looking at 1,450 cfs and 51 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is just over 4,000 cfs and is 50 degrees. With the lowering of the West Branch we should start to see an increase in the dry fly opportunity. Simply with less water the fish are going to come to the surface more and at the lower levels the water is going to warm up much quicker during the mid-day hours. We saw quite a few Blue Winged Olives in the #18-20 range yesterday as well as a few Blue Quills #18. The small Black Stoneflies have also been out for a while in the #16-18 range and #12-14 Quill Gordons have been spotted. For all of the anglers anxiously awaiting some good wading opportunities now is your time and with the rainy spring weather and the dam releases it's probably good to strike while you can. Lotsa' Luck
Happy Easter to everyone. Today is starting out nice and sunny once again with high temps today in the low 80's. The rivers are continuing their slow drop as the upper West at Stilesville is now at 1,170cfs with a temp of 42 degrees. At that level you will be able to wade a bit and with the clear water it's going to be pretty obvious where is wadeable. Hale Eddy is still running higher at 1,900 cfs and 41 degrees, a great level for boats and one that's getting good for fish to start to feed on the surface more. Especially with these warmer temps we are going to have today and it looks to be well into the 60's most of the upcoming week. The upper East at Harvard is 760 cfs and 42 degrees and below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy we're looking at 46 degrees. The mainstem is flowing at 4,340 cfs and 45 degrees at Lordville. I've talked with a handfull of anglers this morning that did very well yesterday with our guides. The streamer fishing was pretty good and some really nice fish were caught. As with all types of fishing, the experienced anglers that know how to throw streamers did very well but it's gonna be tough if you're not prepared. We are slowly seeing more and more bugs everyday and more fish rising as well. With the current conditions we are right on the cusp of some good dry fly fishing which we all are anxiously awaiting. We've been seeing a few of the usual mid-April suspects flying around like #12-14 Quill Gordons, #18-20 Chimarra Caddis, #16-18 Little Black Stoneflies and some small #20 Blue Winged Olives. The rivers remain very clear and we are expecting some rain towards the end of the day but that won't affect todays fishing. Lotsa' Luck
Another sunny day with dropping rivers looks we will have some pretty good fishing opportunities for the weekend. We are getting closer to some comfortable wading with Stilesville on the upper West Branch flowing at 1,310 cfs and 44 degrees and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,090 cfs and 42 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is flowing at 937 cfs and 43 degrees and below the Beaverkill at Fishs' Eddy is flowing 1,630 cfs with a temp of 45. We are still catching some nice fish on streamers and with the cooler water temps you have to work for each fish. Slow and deep is going to be your best bet when streamer fishing this time of year. We are seeing a few bugs and should start to see some more consistent rising fish any time now with the lowering water levels and increasing temps. A few Quill Gordons, small Blue Winged Olives and Little Black Stoneflies will be seen if you're out on the water. Tomorrow is going to be pretty warm with 80 degree temps and some cloud cover overnight so it could prove to be a good day on the water if you get finished up with the Easter morning events. All next week looks to be warm and the fishing could get hot quick. Lotsa' Luck
Today is another sunny spring day with temps reaching 70. The water throughout the system has been slowly dropping and all rivers are in great shape but a bit high for wading on most. Stilesville on the upper West Branch is flowing at 1,610 cfs with temps this morning at 39 degrees. Downriver at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,480 cfs with a temp of 40 this morning. The upper East is 1,240 cfs and 39 degrees and after the Beaverkill Fishs' Eddy is flowing 1,930 cfs and 42 degrees. The mainstem is flowing at 5,670 cfs and 42 degrees. Visibility has been great for the last week or so and the streamer fishing has been getting pretty good with some great fish being caught. Both reservoirs feeding the East Branch and West Branch have been spilling for a while and should continue for several more days. As the levels drop the chances of seeing some fish eating small black stoneflies on the surface will get better and better. Blue Winged Olives and Quill Gordons should start showing up in some numbers as our water temps get into the mid 40's. Lotsa' Luck
Another sunny day today with temps going to the mid-70's should bode well for the guys on boats today. The streamer fishing has picked up over the last few days with the warming temps but you still have to work for every fish. The fish being caught are very nice with bellies full of alewives that have come over the dam with the spill. The upper West Branch is flowing at 3,560 at Stilesville and is still running cold with a temp of 32.5 degrees. Down at Hale Eddy the flow is 4,400 cfs with a temp of 41 degrees and the mainstem is flowing at 9,620 and a temp of 43 degrees. The upper East is flowing at 2,410 cfs and 40 degrees and below the Beaverkill the flow is 3,550 cfs and 43 degrees. The rivers are obviously high with the spill water but are very clear throughout the system with five feet or greater of visibility. We are still getting a few black stoneflies in size #16-18 and if you see some fish rising it's going to be in the slowest areas like back channels and along the banks. We are supposed to get some rain starting tonight and about a 1/4" tomorrow. Hopefully we won't get too much rain and we will see how the rivers look for the weekend. Lotsa' Luck
Sunny skies and dropping rivers are on the forecast for today and most of the upcoming week. The rivers are really starting to shape up and water temps will get a boost today and tomorrow with high temps in the mid-70's. We should start to see more bugs on the water as well. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is 3,260 cfs with a temp of 32.5 - still chilly due to the cold water coming off the surface of the reservoir where the ice is finally leaving. The flow downriver at Hale Eddy is down to 4,340 cfs and 39 degrees. The east down at Fishs' Eddy is 4,500 and 41 degrees and the main Delaware is 11,000 and 41 degrees as well. All of the rivers are clear and most fishermen are throwing streamers in the slowest sections of river, trying to get down deep and slow with these water temps. The higher air temps should really help out with the overall fishing over the next few days. Until this week we have not had many days with temps out of the upper 30's to low 40's. More bugs and more active fish should cause the opportunities to increase as the week goes on and we may be able to wade in some spots as the week progresses. Lotsa' Luck
The rivers continue to drop at a steady rate and look very good at the start of today. We've got some nice sunny skies and warmer weather in the forecast for this week. The upper West Branch at Stilesville has finally started to drop, after the reservoir and it's incoming flows have crested, and currently has a flow of 4,330 cfs and 32 degrees. Downriver at Hale Eddy we have a flow of 5,320 and a temp of 38 degrees. With the warm and dry weather coming in the flow will continue to drop at a steady rate and with the release of only 43 cfs it could drop to some nice levels sooner than you think. The upper East above the Beaverkill is just under 4,000 cfs and down at Fishs' Eddy the flow is 6,260 cfs and 38 degrees. The mainstem is running at just under 14,000 cfs with a temp of 48. The warming water temps we will get as the air temps warm this week will be a huge help for both the streamer fishing and to get the bugs going. The clarity of the rivers is pretty good at the moment with over 5 feet of visibility in most spots. Little black stoneflies in size 16-18 and some small dark caddis in size 18 will be seen in the afternoon hours. Some anglers are starting to fish the river out of boats so we will keep you posted.
Today is starting out nicer than what we've had the last 4 days or so. We've got some sun out and a high temp today in the low 50's. Starting tomorrow the temps are going to get up to the mid 60's and low 70's for the beginning of the week. The sun and warmer weather will really help to dry everything up and start to warm our water temps out of the 30's where they've been for the last few weeks. All of the rivers are going to remain high and unwadeable for a while. How long? At least a week if we have nice weather and no rain and the forecast for this week looks good. There will be some small black stoneflies and caddis, size #16-18, on the water on these nice days but there's a lot of water for the fish to come to the surface to feed. The surface activity will get better and better as the water drops and temps rise. Both Cannonsville and Pepacton are spilling and Cannonsville will spill for longer as it's at 104% capacity as of this morning. They are also releasing quite a bit of water out of both reservoirs. We'll keep you posted as the rivers shape up this week.
After the all-day rain yesterday our local rivers are all running very high and pretty dirty. Most of the rivers have crested and started to drop and should be fishable by boat in a few days as they clear up. We should have some pretty good streamer fishing when levels do drop a bit in a few days. The West Branch at Hale Eddy is currently 7,050 cfs and the lower East is 8,400 cfs and the mainstem is 20,500 at Lordville. Most of the reservoirs are either spilling or are going to soon. Cannonsville which feeds the West Branch has been spilling for a few days and will for a while. As it's spilling they will continue to release the 1,400 cfs they have been for a while to help draw down the reservoir. It's going to be a while until we can wade any of the rivers but if you can get out in a boat next week it's going to be a good time for streamers and big fish. The forecast for next week look very good with temps in the 70's and dry, exactly what we need up here to dry everything as well as raise the river temps. It looks like spring is actually going to arrive, finally!
We did get a good chunk of rain last night and currently have a break in the storm but are going to get hit again in a few hours, likely around noon. Despite the rain the river is in great shape with 5 or more feet of visibility in most areas. Cannonsville reservoir feeding the West Branch did start to spill early yesterday and the upper section of the West did go up a bit but down around Hale Eddy the levels have been about the same. Currently the upper West Branch at Stilesville is 2,660 cfs with a temp of 38 and Hale Eddy is running 4,040 at a temp of 39 degrees. The lower East Branch at Fishs' Eddy is flowing at 3,690 cfs and 40 degrees. The mainstem down at Lordville is flowing at 9,750 cfs with a temp of 42 degrees. There are a few anglers in boats fishing here and there, mainly throwing streamers. With the current situation we are going to have high water for a while and fishing from a boat will be the only option for at least a week or longer. If we don't get hammered with rain this afternoon it would be a good thing. It's a very large chunk of rain with some breaks in it so it will be interesting how it tracks as it gets to the mountains.
The rain we got last night did bring the river up a bit and it's starting to get a bit muddy but isn't too bad yet. It's not currently raining but it looks like we are going to get around .7" of rain throughout the day so obviously the river is going to be high for a while and hopefully the clarity remains decent for those fishing in boats. The West Branch at Hale Eddy did come up about a thousand cfs overnight, bringing it to 3,480 cfs. The East is 5,500 and the mainstem is almost 10,000 cfs. Cannonsville reservoir has risen to 97.5% capacity after the weekend and with quite a bit of water coming into the backside at Walton it's very likely to spill sometime over the next few days. We will just have to wait and see how much rain we get today and Thursday and we will keep you posted.
The rivers have continued to drop slowly over the last 24 hrs and all branches are in great shape as far as turbidity. Most are that nice, deep green color you get with higher late-winter flows. We are seeing some bugs in decent numbers during the mid-day hours. Quite a few small stoneflies with the occasional fish poking their nose up. Lower water and more bugs will increase the number of surface feeders but we are going to get more rain over the next few days. On the northern faces of the mountains there is still 4-8" of snow which will likely be gone with upcoming rain. With the current reservoir levels and the upcoming rain the current releases from the reservoirs will continue for a while, likely throughout the week. With these water levels streamers will remain the fly/method of choice for a while. Lotsa' Luck
Today is starting out nice and sunny, a bit nicer than the weather we had yesterday. The rivers have all dropped a little bit overnight as well as the runoff slows a bit. The upper West Branch is flowing at 1,410 cfs with a temp of 38 and down at Hale Eddy the flow is 2,790 cfs, down about 700 cfs from yesterday at this time. The lower East at Fishs' Eddy is now 3,120 cfs with a temp of 40 degrees. The main Delaware is flowing 9,070 cfs and 39 degrees. Despite the higher water the rivers are all in great shape with good visibility. Streamer fishing is still going to be your best bet until we get some lower water. Fishing them as slow and thorough as possible is going to be the most productive. Lotsa' Luck
The local rivers are all in about the same shape of yesterday with high water levels throughout the system. The upper West Branch is pretty much the lowest water around with 1,410 cfs at Stilesville. The West Branch at Hale Eddy is 3,400 cfs and the Lower East is 3,550 cfs. Down on the main Delaware the flow is 11,000 cfs. Despite the higher water all of the rivers are in great shape with a nice green tint to them. The release from Cannonsville is going to continue into this coming week to keep a void in the reservoir to collect spring rains. Streamer fishing is the best bet with this volume of water and fishing them slowly and thoroughly in likely-looking sections of slower water is a good game plan. The runoff and feeder streams will continue to drop as long as it stays dry and it looks like we will get a decent amount of rain on Tuesday. Lotsa' Luck
With all-day rain for today's forecast and the release scheduled to continue well into next week the high water is here for a while. We have just under 3,000 cfs on the West Branch, 3,690 on the East at Fishs' Eddy and 9,700 on the mainstem. For those looking to fish the NY portion of the West Branch tomorrow, the season opener, the river is in very good shape with a nice green color this morning. With close to an inch of rain in today's forecast and some (approx 6") of snow on the north side of the mountains we could have a muddied-up river by the days end. In this volume streamers fished slow, covering as much water as possible, will likely be your best bet. The East Branch and mainstem are in the same shape, with high water but a great green color with several feet of visibility. We will be doing regular reports from here on out as the season progresses.