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River Report / Conditions – August 25, 2019

August 25, 2019, Author: Frank Rosata

For the amount of bugs on the water the dry fly fishing has been a little slow. We’re seeing a lot of smaller fish up on the surface. Swinging and nymphing has been productive and will continue to be for the rest of the season. The Upper Main has been safe the past couple days to fish and will continue to be for the next 7 days. I had a good variety of bugs the past two evenings on the Upper Main, but very few fish on them. The early morning streamer bite has been very productive as well, which leads me to believe those bigger fish have seen the amount of 1-2yr old fish in river and turned to eating them instead of S22 Olives. This is not to say we aren’t getting bigger fish on top, but you have to be smart and pick the best fish in your stretch as to not spook them with the smaller fish. There is still plenty of dry fly fishing left in the season. On a good year we’ll have Olives, Caddis, and Midges into November! 

Hatching:

Trico #20 – 24

BWO #16-24

Sulphurs #14-18

Tan Caddis #16 – 18

Cahills #12-14

Isonychia #12

Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 485 50*
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 643 51*
East Branch at Harvard, NY 185 54
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 275 62
Mainstem at Lordville, NY  981 62
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 9 134 63
Cannonsville Reservoir Release 500
 
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 59*
Walton 86 64
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 79%   a/o 10/7
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 88%   a/o 10/7
Main Stem at Callicoon 995 65