River Report/Conditions

River Report / Conditions – August 25, 2018

August 25, 2018, Author: Patrick Cook

Streamer fishing yesterday seemed to hit a lull on the Upper West. However, the dry fly activity picked up substantially over the past few days. Anglers reported lots of targets and eager fish. Cannonsville should be done spilling today, which means 1500cfs of cold water only into the West Branch. There’s a bit of a heatwave coming next week so this will be a big plus.   As the water clears I follow a simple rule of thumb when it comes to streamer selection. The clearer the water, the lighter color fly you use.  The water has cleared up nicely and the fish are comfortable with these high flows.    The release out of Cannonsville remains at 1500cfs. Today’s forecast is calling for  a high/low of  73*/56* with partly sunny skies and N winds at 8 mph.


Sulphurs #16-20

BWO #16-#

Tan Caddis #14-#18

Green Caddis #10

Tan Caddis #14-16

Iso #10-#12

Cahills #14 – #16

Tricos #20-24







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West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1610 cfs
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1990 cfs
East Branch at Harvard, NY 963 cfs 54
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 1900 cfs
Mainstem at Lordville, NY  4220 cfs
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY  652 cfs 60*
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 1500 cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 53*
Walton 723 cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 102%   a/o 8/21
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 101%   a/o 8/21
Main Stem at Callicoon 4950 cfs 62*