River Report/Conditions

River Report / Conditions – October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020, Author: Patrick Cook

This morning we’ve got 65.9 cfs at Stilesville. Hale Eddy reads 96.5 cfs. According to the DEP’s press release they will ramp the flows back up to 150 cfs at some point today when they complete their projects. Until then, the East Branch and Main Stem are your best bet. If you are new to fishing the Main, swinging wet flies in the riffles can be a great way to get to know the river. Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail soft hackles are perfect for this.


 Blue wing olives, caddis and Isos will have fish looking up. Stop by the shop or give us a call for updates on current conditions.



Important news for folks along the West Branch Delaware River.


DEP will temporarily reduce the downstream release from Cannonsville Reservoir for three days starting tomorrow. The reduction in flow will allow DEP to fix a leaking pipe in the release chamber, and it will let the U.S. Geological Survey calibrate its gage immediately downstream of the reservoir.

The current downstream release from Cannonsville is set at 150 cubic feet per second (97 mgd). The following flow changes will happen starting tomorrow.

Monday – DEP will reduce the flow to 40 cubic feet per second for several hours in the morning while USGS takes readings to calibrate the gage in Stilesville. The release will increase to 150 cfs by noontime.

Tuesday – DEP will ramp down the release to zero flow by 5 a.m. The shutdown is necessary for DEP to safely repair a leaking pipe in release chamber. The shutdown is expected to last the majority of the day. DEP will also work with USGS to remove debris from around its gage. DEP will ramp back up to 150 cfs when the repair is complete.

Wednesday – DEP will again reduce the downstream flow to 40 cfs in the morning while USGS takes additional readings to calibrate its gage in Stilesville. DEP will then ramp back up to 150 cfs.



Feel free to give us a call with any questions about river conditions.



Isonychia #12-14

BWO #18-24

Tan Caddis #16-20

Light Cahill #14-16

Rusty Spinner #10-22

Flying Ant #18-22


Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:

West Branch at Stilesville, NY 65.9 49*
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 96.5 50*
East Branch at Harvard, NY 403 53*
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 649 56*
Mainstem at Lordville, NY  862 56*
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 9 217 58*
Cannonsville Reservoir Release    
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 54*
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 77.6%  
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 86.6%  
Main Stem at Callicoon 992 55*