River Report/Conditions

River Report / Conditions – April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019, Author: Patrick Cook

A new season has begun, and we are hopeful for an  excellent bug year. The water table stayed high all winter with relatively mild temperatures which such correlate to good hatches. The Green Drakes are bi-annual bugs, meaning they take about 2 years to mature for hatching. We should be on a strong 2nd cycle hatch this upcoming year on the East Branch, so fingers crossed. Currently the fishing has continued to get better, but still remains spotty and dry fly action changes day to day depending on temperatures. The water temperature has been hovering in the lower 40’s with the occasional warm day reaching mid/high 40’s. I believe we are still a couple weeks out from any good Hendrickson hatches. Look for warmer days (like tomorrow) and take advantage of rising water temps, and very hungry trout!    


BWO #16-20

Chimmara Caddis – Not very important as an Adult, but swinging little black soft hackles in riffs can be productive. #16 -18

Little Black/Brown Stoneflies – #14-18

Midges #20-26



Click on the gauge below for the most recent update:


West Branch at Stilesville, NY 929 cfs
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1190 cfs
East Branch at Harvard, NY 793 cfs 39*
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 2030 cfs
Mainstem at Lordville, NY  3620 cfs
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 9 1010 cfs 39*
Cannonsville Reservoir Release  cfs
West Branch at 191 Bridge  N/A 56*
Walton  870cfs
Cannonsville Reservoir Capacity 99.5%   a/o 10/7
Pepacton Reservoir Capacity 99.9%   a/o 10/7
Main Stem at Callicoon 3980 cfs 41*


comments (2)

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    keep me informed on them green drake hitters.

    Mark M.

    April 17, 2019 Reply
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      It'll be here before we know it! We should be on a good Green Drake cycle.

      Frank Rosata

      April 21, 2019 Reply