Delaware River System Current Conditions


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4/22/19

As we head into the last full-week of April, after another weekend storm, things are starting to look better with clearing and dropping rivers with warm temps all week. It looks pretty dry most of the week with some minor rain possible towards the weekend. As of now it doesn’t look like anything too significant if any at all, exactly what we need to get the flows down. As far as bugs we’re pretty much on schedule for a normal year with Blue Winged Olives, some Blue Quills, Caddis and a few Hendricksons around which will likely pick up with these warm temps coming up. The upper West at Stilesville is dropping slowly with clear water and a flow of 3470 cfs and 44 degrees to start the day - a bit warmer than usual due to the volume of warm-water spilling from the surface of the reservoir. The West Branch down at Hale Eddy is now 4420 cfs and 44 degrees today with good visibility. At these levels we are going to be streamer fishing to cover water and looking for some rising fish in the afternoon hours in the slower areas of the river. The East Branch at Harvard is running 3050 cfs and 43 degrees and down at Fishs’ Eddy we have 5880 cfs and 46 degrees. The East still has some decent stain to it as does the Beaverkill which is running 2000 this morning. The rivers will continue to drop slowly throughout the week with no rain events but will be far from wadeable for a while. With both reservoirs spilling we will be getting significant releases along with the spill. Only when the spilling is over will they start to cut the releases back. In the mean time we should have good fishing via boats, with the surface activity picking up as the rivers drop, very similar to last week before the rain on Friday. Lotsa’ Luck


4/20/19

After the rains last night the rivers took a hit, some got more than others, but overall we are getting lucky with the storm moving through. There still is a large portion of the storm which is still south of us but it is moving just east of us sparing us from additional inches of rain. A lot of last night’s storm did the same thing and stayed to the East - again sparing us from a lot of the storm. The West Branch at Stilesville is up to 2910 cfs and 41 degrees. Downriver at Hale Eddy we now have 4930 cfs and 46 degrees. It is pretty turbid on the West this morning and the river crested overnight and we hope it stays trending that way with some of the storm still close to us. The upper East didn’t get hit as bad last night with the river at Harvard now running 2500 cfs and 44 degrees. The lower East Branch at Fishs’ Eddy is now running 5190 cfs and 49 degrees. The mainstream at Lordville is now 12,000 cfs and 49 degrees. We are currently out of the storm and will have to hang in there and let the rivers clear which won’t be too long with the next couple days looking good with no rain in the forecast. Lotsa’ Luck


4/19/19

It’s a cloudy Friday morning with warm temps in the 60’s already heading into the weekend. The water is still dropping at a steady rate on all rivers and yesterday did turn on with the bugs in the afternoon and the dry fly fishing was good to those who were on the water. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is flowing 2460 cfs and 41 degrees, downriver at Hale Eddy we have 3110 cfs and 42 degrees with good visibility throughout the West Branch. The East Branch is shaping up with 2380 cfs and 41 degrees at Harvard and down at Fishs’ Eddy we have 4200 cfs and 44 degrees after the Beaverkill’s contribution of 1220 cfs and 45 degrees. Lordville on the mainstem is running 7910 and 44 degrees. Yesterday offered some good surface activity with #18-20 Blue Winged Olives and #16-18 Blue Quills in the afternoon into evening. Today should be good with the warmer temps and it looks like the rain isn’t going to move in until 3pm or so. Hopefully it isn’t too heavy at first and we can get some bugs and fishing in as it is going to get dirty again with the rains moving in. The forecast is calling for most of the rain to end early Saturday around 4 am so we can only hope accumulation levels are on the low side. Lotsa’ Luck


4/18/19

We are finally seeing all of the rivers dropping at a steady rate with cloud cover to start the day with temps in the 40’s and hitting the low 60’s later today. Stilesville on the upper West Branch is down to 2730 cfs and 40 degrees with good visibility. Down at Hale Eddy we are looking at 3550 cfs and 42 degrees, still with a little stain which helps with the streamer fishing vs gin-clear water. The East is also dropping nicely with the flow up at Harvard running 2720 cfs and 40 degrees while downriver at Fishs’ Eddy we have 4690 cfs and 42 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is running 9320 cfs and 44 degrees. There has been a lot of streamer fishing the last few days with some nice fish being caught but the fishing hasn’t been easy. It’s a lot of work, consistently keeping your fly in the water and in the right place, cast after cast is what works in the end. We are seeing some decent hatches of Olive and Blue Quills during the afternoon hours but the higher water has kept the fish down for the most part, with a few fish rising in slower water. With the dropping water and good cloud cover we could see and increase in activity today. We do have some rain moving in tomorrow afternoon and continuing until early Saturday morning so we can only hope to keep it to a minimum. Lotsa’ Luck


4/17/19

We have some cloud cover this morning which is supposed to clear a bit with temp in the 60’s. All of the rivers are still running high from the weekend’s rains but they’ve all either stabilized or are dropping. The West Branch at Stilesville is now running 2880 cfs and 39 degrees, this is the only section that is still rising a bit as the bubble of water moves over the reservoir. The water is pretty clear from Stiles to Oquaga creek. There is now 2130 cfs coming into the backside of the Cannonsville from Walton. Hale Eddy is now running 3950 cfs and 41 degrees with several feet of visibility, enough for any type of fishing. Hale Eddy is pretty steady at the moment due to the increasing spill and the slowing runoff. There were some bugs yesterday, Olives and Paraleps with a few Quill Gordons. If you are looking for rising fish, look for the slowest possible - think up against the bank in the side channels. The upper East Branch at Harvard is running 4020 cfs and 39 degrees and has been dropping slowly. The lower East Branch down at Fishs’ Eddy is currently 6950 cfs and 41 degrees, which is also dropping quickly. The mainstream at Lordville is running 12,500 cfs and 42 degrees, also dropping quickly at almost 200 cfs/hour. We are going to have some water for a while. How long, weeks for sure and the rest will be determined by how much rain keeps coming. Lotsa’ Luck


4/16/19

Today is looking much better than yesterday with sunny skies and clearing rivers but they aren’t going to drop much due to the spill which is still increasing on both the East and West Branches. The West Branch at Stilesville is running 2630 cfs and 39 degrees with pretty clear water, probably three feet of visibility. The West Branch down at Hale Eddy is now 4040 cfs and 40 degrees with several feet of visibility and there will definitely be fisherman on the water today and with the stain streamer fishing conditions are perfect and the water is certainly clear enough for fish to eat dries. With the sun we will likely be seeing some Blue Quills in the #16-18 range. The West did crest early yesterday and then later started to rise again due to the spill coming over the top of the reservoir which will last for a while, how long will be determined by how much rain we get. If you have access to a boat or a guide there is no reason not to expect good fishing over the next couple days, likely a lot better than you expect. The upper East Branch at Harvard is now 6220 cfs and 39 degrees and dropping while down at Fishs’ Eddy we have 10,800 cfs and 40 degrees, down to about half of what it was yesterday afternoon. The East Branch is going to take a little longer to recover just because it drains so much land compared to the West, getting all the water from the Willowemoc and Beaverkill. We are in pretty good shape considering the rain we got, with good fishable water now via boat. We won’t be wading for a while which is very common this time of year and to be expected. The little wading we had the last month was just an unusual bonus as it was pretty dry the last six weeks which is rare in March and April but will all of the water we’ve had the last nine months wade fishing is going to be rare for a while. Lotsa’ Luck


4/15/19

We had some heavy rains last night and the local river all got hit with quite a bit of rain and are currently running pretty dirty. How quickly they clear will vary a bit depending on location and how bad the feeder streams above it got hit. It looks like we might get a bit of rain mid-day but just cloudy and mid-60’s for the forecast. The upper West Branch at Stilesville didn’t really go up that much yet due to the rain. It’s currently running 1610 cfs and 40 degrees, after peaking at 1660 earlier this morning. Yesterday, before the rain, it was 1590 cfs so only a 20 cfs difference after the rain. This level is likely to rise slowly as the spill over the reservoir increases and we could see that happen over a few days as water fills in from the West Branch above the reservoir. The DEC’s webpage showing reservoir levels doesn’t show Cannonsville spilling yet but that will change. The flow at Hale Eddy is now 4010 cfs and 46 degrees and is highly stained with debris and unfishable at the moment. Harvard on the upper East Branch is blown and running 3830 cfs and 45 degrees while the lower East Branch after the Beaverkill (16,100cfs) at Fishs’ Eddy is running 20,400 cfs and 49 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is now 11,200 and 47 degrees and will at least double pretty soon when the water from the East Branch gets down there. The upper West is going to be the place to be as everything starts to clear and thankfully the West does clear up very quickly. We will definitely see some boats fishing up there soon, likely tomorrow if we’re lucky. Any wade fishing is going to be tough at best for a while. Lotsa’ Luck


4/14/19

We do have a nice cloudy morning to start the day with warm temps in the upper-50’s with some rain moving in later this afternoon. The water came up overnight from Friday night into Saturday morning and yesterday expectedly didn’t fish that well with lots of debris in the water from the rising water. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is now 1570 cfs and 40 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy we have 1980 cfs and 42 degrees. There is a little stain to the water at Hale Eddy with several feet of visibility. The upper East Branch at Harvard is running 1310 cfs and 41 degrees while the lower East at Fishs’ Eddy we have 3090 cfs and 45 degrees. The upper East looked great last night but the water below the Beaverkill was fairly stained but would be fishable with streamers at least by today. The mainstream at Lordville is running 5640 cfs and 47 degrees to start the day. We did see some more Blue Quills #16-18 yesterday with the sunny skies vs all the Olives we had mid-week with the cloud cover. We should have some Blue Winged Olives today in the #18-20 range today along with the Blue Quills. They’re calling for the rain to start tonight around 5pm and continue into tomorrow morning. Lotsa’ Luck


4/13/19

After the rains last night the rivers have risen a bit but everything is looking good still with minimal stain to the water. We got about a half-inch last night but the ground was pretty dry and today is going to be warm, in the low-70’s, with some cloud cover. The air temp stayed warm last night and is in the 50’s already so water temps are starting out relatively warm. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is now running 1210 cfs and 40 degrees while downriver at Hale Eddy we have 1700 cfs and 42 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is now 1020 cfs and 42 degrees while down at Fishs’ Eddy we have 2680 cfs and 45 degrees. The mainstream at Lordville is running 4530 cfs and 45 degrees. We continue to have some very good fishing, especially for early April, and yesterday was no different with plenty of bugs and fish rising from early afternoon on. The small Olives #18-20 have been solid this week with plenty of cloud cover. With the sunnier weather for today we could see a few more stoneflies int he #16-18 range and we’ve been seeing a few Paraleps/Blue Quills in the #16-18 range which should pick up in the coming days. There have been a few Hendricksons #14-16 around randomly but with this coming week’s temps we could start to see more of them and Quill Gordons #12-14 any day now. The Beaverkill did get hit pretty good with the rain so the lower East will likely get some stain throughout the day. Lotsa’ Luck


4/12/19

We have some cloud cover to start this Friday morning with a bit of wind out of the southeast. The forecast is calling for warmer temps than yesterday with highs in the upper-50’s and wind peaking out at 13mph in the afternoon. The release on the West and East Branches did go up a bit overnight, likely anticipating the rain tonight, which is likely to make Cannnonsville (99.2% full) and Pepacton (99.7%) spill in the coming days. Stilesville is now running 929 cfs and 39 degrees and down at Hale Eddy we have 1190 cfs and 40 degrees. The East Branch is running 788 cfs up at Harvard and 40 degrees and below the Beaverkill at Fishs’ Eddy we’ve got 2030 cfs and 41 degrees. The mainstream at Lordville is currently running 3650 cfs and 41 degrees. The temps outside yesterday peaked in the mid-40’s with good cloud cover an the fishing was great. Tons of Blue Winged Olives in the #18-20 range all afternoon, as good of a hatch as you will ever see and the fish were eating them. It’s good testament that once the hatches get going early season a cooler day with crumby weather isn’t a bad thing and oftentimes ends up being a great thing, especially when the majority of angler don’t go out cause they’re scared of a little weather. The main point is, sunny days are never going to fish as well as the days with bad weather despite the temperature. There are still some stoneflies around in the #16-20 range and a dark Elk Hair Caddis works well for them. There have been a few Blue Quills #16-20 around and even the odd Hendrickson. The next week should be a good one and it’s a pretty safe bet to expect the water to rise with the rain coming and change to the reservoirs. As for the streamer fishing a little stain would help. The fish have seen a fair amount of streamers lately and the water is clear. Lotsa’ Luck


4/10/19

Today is starting out a bit cooler than the last few days we’ve had with a current temp of 36 degrees with a bit of cloud cover. It’s supposed to hit 46 later this afternoon. We’ve had some good fishing lately for the second week of April with some solid streamer fishing and a few fish eating dries later in the day. Obviously the quality of fishing this time of year is really dependent on the air temp and weather of the given day. Flows are holding steady with 741 up at Stilesville on the West Branch and 39 degrees. Hale Eddy is running 1030 cfs and 41 degrees this morning. The upper East Branch up at Harvard is running 643 cfs and 42 degrees while down at Fishs’ Eddy we have 2780 cfs and 43 degrees. The mainstream at Lordville is running 4870 cfs and 44 degrees. Today is likely to be a decent streamer day and for those with boats the fishing now is all about covering water, so longer floats are going to pay off. We should have some bugs this afternoon and we can only hope the fish are looking up. Tomorrow the temps get back into the 50’s and continue to creep up into the weekend. Lotsa’ Luck


4/9/19

This morning is starting out a bit cloudy with the sun starting to poke through and burn off the fog with a temp in the low-40’s. It’s nice it didn’t get below freezing last night which helps keep the water temp up a bit. Temps today are going to peak in the low-60’s this afternoon with some rain coming from 2-4pm. The flows are remaining pretty steady with 817 cfs and 39 up at Stilesville on the West and down at Hale Eddy we are looking at 1130 cfs and 41 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is now 719 cfs and 42 degrees and below the Beaverkill (1560 cfs) at Fishs’ Eddy we have 2580 cfs and 44 degrees. The main Delaware at Lordville is now 4450 cfs and 45 degrees. We should have another good day on the water, hopefully the rain doesn’t affect the bugs in afternoon, which is coming right when we are getting the majority of fish coming up durning the warmest part of the day. The streamer fishing has been good, as conditions are ideal with a slight stain/tint to the water which is typical this time of year with all of the feeder streams running full. We’re still looking at #18-22 Blue Winged Olives and some Dark Stoneflies in the #16-20 range but if we keep getting these warm temps it won’t be too long before we start to see some Blue Quills and Hendricksons. Lotsa’ Luck


4/8/19

Today is looking like an excellent day to be on the water with lots of cloud cover and warm air temps overnight with a high of 69 degrees later today. We did get some rain overnight but it didn’t affect the rivers at all turbidity-wise, everything is still looking great. We currently have 929 cfs up at Stilesville with a temp of 39 to start the day. Down at Hale Eddy we are looking at 1270 cfs and 41 degrees. The upper East is running 686 cfs and 43 degrees at Harvard and downriver at Fishs’ Eddy we have 2080 cfs and 46 degrees - pretty nice temps for a morning in April. The mainstream at Lordville is running 3670 cfs and 47 degrees this morning. The streamer fishing has been pretty good lately with warmer temps this past weekend and there are bugs around in the afternoon. These warmer water temps are really going to get things going and it looks like the air temps this week are going to be great and no snow which is a plus. Today and tomorrow are going to be cloudy with a chance of rain tomorrow afternoon which is perfect weather for the Blue Winged Olives. There have been pretty good Stoneflies around too in the #16-20 range and a dark-bodied elk hair caddis are great dries when they’re on the water. Lotsa’ Luck


4/6/19

Today is starting out with some cloud cover and a temp in the mid-30’s with a high this afternoon of 55 degrees and clearing throughout the day. We did have some snow and then rain most of yesterday but the rivers remained pretty steady. Stilesville on the upper West is 817 cfs and 38 degrees and down at Hale Eddy it’s running 1100 cfs and 38 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is now 456 cfs and 37 degrees while the lower East at Fishs’ Eddy is running 1630 cfs and 37 as well. The main Delaware at Lordville is running 3250 cfs and 37 degrees. Clarity throughout the system is good with a spring green tint to the water. Today is warmest day we’ve had all week and should be a good recipe for some bugs later in the day. The temps for the next few days coming up look great so we should start to get a bit more consistency as the water temps warm. Nymphing and streamer fishing will also pick up as the air temps warm up. The bugs you’re likely to see are small Blue Winged Olives in the #18-22 range and small pheasant tails below the surface for their nymphs. There are still some stoneflies around too and small Copper Johns or stonefly nymphs are good flies to bounce off of the bottom. We should see these bugs later today and 3-6pm is going to be the warmest time on the water. The streamer fishing is going to be popular for a while with the higher water. Focus on the slower moving sections of water this time of year. With the warm air temps for next week things will pick up quickly and should offer the last opportunity for some good fishing without the crowds. Lotsa’ Luck


4/5/19

We’ve got some temps in the low 30’s to start the day with a high temp of 38 degrees later this afternoon. There’s some precipitation moving our way, likely to hit around 10am, and we could get a couple inches of snow. We do have some good cloud cover which helped keep the air temp up a bit overnight. Stilesville is now running 817 cfs and 37 degrees, down at Hale Eddy we have 1100 cfs and 38 degrees. The wind is also going to be pretty mild today, mostly under 10 mph, which is a plus after the high winds earlier this week. The upper East Branch at Harvard is running 488 cfs and 38 degrees and down on the lower East at Fishs’ Eddy we have 1690 cfs and 40 degrees. The mainstem at Lordville is running 3310 cfs and 41 degrees. The fishing today could be decent and the water on the upper East and West Branch are wadeable. The reservoirs are all very full and will more than likely start spilling early next week, making the chance to wade anywhere on the Delaware system pretty tough if not impossible. The weekend temps look a lot better than what we’ve been getting this week with highs Saturday in the mid-50’s and Sunday in the mid-60’s. Still Olives and stoneflies will be the bugs until we get some more days with warmer temps. The hatches this year seem to be on schedule with a normal year with more mayfly activity picking up the second to third week of April. It looks like next week’s temps are in the 60’s with much warmer temps at night which is just as important as the daytime temps. Lotsa’ Luck


4/4/19

This Thursday is starting out nice, sunny and cool with an air temp of 31 with a high later in the mid-40’s. Flows are about the same but the releases have increased the flow on the upper East and West Branches. We currently have 803 cfs and 37 degrees at Stilesville on the upper West and then down at Hale Eddy we have 1150 cfs and 38 degrees. The upper East went up to 488 cfs and 38 degrees and at Fishs’ Eddy we have 1870 cfs and 40 degrees down on the main at Lordville. The wind today is going to be much more friendly to us compared to yesterday, peaking out in the afternoon at 13 mph. Slowly fishing streamers or nymphing are going to be your best methods of fishing today, there could be a few bugs in the afternoon - still #18-22 Blue Winged Olives and #16-22 Stoneflies. Tomorrow looks to be a bit cooler, in the upper-30’s with a few inches of snow mid-day. Saturday and Sunday are going to be quite a bit warmer so should be good day to be on the river. Lotsa’ Luck


4/3/19

We do have some nicer air temps today with high’s in the 50’s but the wind is pretty bad, making fishing very tough. The rivers have dropped a bit with Stilesville running 669 cfs and 41 degrees, wadeable if you want to hit the West Branch. As you go downriver, on all of the local rivers, you are simply going to have higher water with all of the feeder streams still flowing and full. The West at Hale Eddy is down to 1010 cfs and 42 degrees. The upper East at Harvard is flowing 451 cfs and 36 degrees and down at Fishs’ Eddy we have 1780 cfs and 43 degrees. The main is now 3540 at Lordville with a temp of 42 degrees. Today is going to be a tough day on the water with the high winds, around 30mph, but may die down a bit in the late afternoon and into evening. Tomorrow looks to be a bit cooler without the wind and then temps creeping up towards the weekend. Lotsa’ Luck


4/2/19

We have some sun this chilly morning with a temp of 26 currently and peaking in the upper-40’s later this afternoon. It’s a little nicer today than yesterday with not as much wind. We only talked with a few anglers yesterday and the fishing was obviously pretty tough, especially for those trying to nymph after the river almost doubled in size Sunday night. There were very few bugs on the surface yesterday with temps most of the day around freezing. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is now flowing 669 cfs and 37 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy we have 1130 cfs and 37 as well. The upper East Branch at Harvard wadeable at 451 cfs and 36 degrees while below the Beaverkill at Fishs’ Eddy is now 2130 cfs and 36 degrees. The mainstream at Lordville is 4360 cfs and 37 degrees. Clarity on all of the rivers is very good with a nice green spring tint to the water. We should see a few more bugs this afternoon with 3pm-5pm being the warmest part of the day. Bugs to expect are still going to be small Blue Winged Olives in the #18-22 range as well as dark stoneflies in the #16-20 range. Air temps look to be pretty similar all week with temps getting into the 60’s this weekend. Lotsa’ Luck


4/1/19

Happy April first to everyone. With the whole Delaware system open to fishing now, we look forward to another great season. With these nice and warm air temps and sudden increase in the release on the West Branch we should have great dry fly fishing all day. With the fish rising already this morning it should be a great day on the water, especially on April 1. Just kidding, now for reality. We’ve got a cold morning to start April with an air temp of 25 this morning (feels like 16 with wind) with some light flurries in the air with a high in the upper-30’s. They did increase the flows/release overnight on the West Branch, bringing the river at Stilesville to 669 cfs and 37 degrees. Hale Eddy is now up to 1320 cfs and 39 degrees. The upper East Branch at Harvard is running 576 cfs and 37 degrees while downriver at Fishs’ Eddy we have 3000 cfs and 37 degrees as well. The main Delaware at Lordville is running 5830 cfs and 38 degrees. Fly fishing today under these conditions will be tough, with bottom-bouncing some nymphs or fishing streamers slow and deep being your best bet ‘till temps warm up a bit. Small nymphs like pheasant tails in the 18-20 range as well as dark stonefly nymphs in the same size are going to be your best bet for nymphing. The good news is that the temps are going to be quite a bit warmer, in the 50’s most of the days, with temps increasing as the week winds down. It looks to be pretty dry with some possible rain Friday. Lotsa’ Luck


3/31/19

We’ve got a rainy morning with air temps dropping throughout the day and into tonight, with temps bottoming out in the mid-20’s. The rivers are all currently in great shape with some color from the recent rains and runoff but there are still some wading opportunities on the upper East and West Branches. Tomorrow, April 1st, the upper East and West Branch (PA border upstream) open to fishing for the year. The upper West Branch at Stilesville is running 203 cfs and 39 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy we have 958 cfs and 43 degrees. Hale Eddy has some color to it, not dirty but the deep green color of spring runoff. The upper East Branch at Harvard is 591 cfs and 43 degrees and down below the Beaverkill (2200 cfs) at Fishs’ Eddy we have 3380 cfs and 42 degrees. The mainstream at Lordville is running 5480 cfs an 44 degrees. With several warm days this week the fishing was decent in the afternoons with some fish even looking up to small Blue Winged Olives in the #18-20 range as well as some Stoneflies in the #16-18 range. For the stoneflies on top a dark bodied caddis works very well. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be your best bet for the remainder of the day. Small, dark 16-20 Copper Johns or Stonefly nymphs would be good flies to start with. Also, small Pheasant tails nymphs in the 18-20 range for the BWO’s will work. For the streamers, many patterns will work and fishing them slow is going to be your best bet and even focusing on slower pools and deeper slots versus hitting the banks this time of year. It looks like a day and a half of cooler weather and then back into the 50’s for the remainder of next week. Lotsa’ Luck


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