About the Rivers

The Rivers of the Upper Delaware and Beaverkill systems provide some of the best wild rainbow and brown trout fishing in the world. The Beaverkill and its largest tributary, the Willowemoc, flow through Roscoe, New York, the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. This anglers Mecca is only a short drive from our shop. However, our main focus is the Delaware River and its East and West branches. These legendary tail waters flow cold most of the year due to bottom releases from Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs. They provide excellent fly fishing opportunities when other rivers in the East are unfishable due to high water temperatures. From April to October you can find wild Rainbows and Browns eager to take a dry due to the immense variety of hatches throughout the season. Nearly every eastern mayfly from size 8 green drakes to size 22 tricos reside in the river, making the Delaware one of the finest dry fly fisheries in the world. The Fish of the Delaware are wild browns and a unique species of acrobatic rainbows. These fish test both tippet strength and angler ability when hooked. Whether gently casting 40 feet to a bank sipper, aggressively stripping a streamer in the high waters of spring or nymphing through the perfect riffle, a hooked and landed Delaware River trout is a trophy of a lifetime.

The Fish of the Delaware are wild browns and a unique species of acrobatic rainbows. These fish test both tippet strength and angler ability when hooked. Whether gently casting 40 feet to a bank sipper, aggressively stripping a streamer in the high waters of spring or nymphing through the perfect riffle, a hooked and landed Delaware River trout is a trophy of a lifetime.

 

 

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IMPORTANT COMMENT ON THE FFMP PLAN - AS OF JULY 7th, 2009 THE FFMP IS IN ITS NEW 325 RELEASE MODE. THIS IS THE 325 THAT WAS PRAISED AND PUBLISIZED BY THE POWERS TO BE (DRBC) TO BE THE SOLUTION TO THE NEEDS OF THE FISHERY. SOMETIME SOON WE WILL ENCOUNTER AIR TEMPS NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, AT SUCH TIME WATER TEMPS WILL RISE INTO THE 70S. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS WOULD HAVE OCCURED ABOUT 8 WEEKS AGO IF NOT FOR THE UNSEASONABLE RAINY AND COOL CONDITIONS THAT WERE TAKEN CARE OF BY MOTHER NATURE. NOW THE DRBC IS TAKING OVER, RESERVOIRS ARE FULL AND WE SUFFER THE RATH OF A FFMP PLAN THAT HAS PROVEN TO BE FLAWED AND WITHOUT SCIENCE. WITH THIS SAID I AM ASKING YOU TO GET READY TO RESPOND TO THESE UPCOMMING CONDITIONS BY SENDING YOUR COMMENTS TO THE LIST I WILL BE PROVIDING. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MOVE TO LET DRBC KNOW THAT WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THE CRUMBS AND MORSALS THEY TRICKLE OUT IN ORDER TO PRINT THEIR PROPAGANDA THAT DESCRIBES THEM AS THE SAVIORS OF THE RIVER AND ITS INHABITANTS KEEP AN EYE ON OUR SITE THE TIME TO RESPOND WILL BE HERE SOON!!

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Sorry we were so late updating our stream report. Computers have been down since July 28th. Lots has go on since then. To recap in one line: Rivers went down and warmed they are now up with goood releases and they are cold. See report below!!!!

"WEST BRANCH"

Today's Report Aug, 14, 2009

Release is 1501 CFS. This release under the FFMP plan will continue until further notice or until Cannonsville reservoir spills again then the release will go back up to 1500 CFS. There is 750 CFS coming into Cannonsville reservoir at Walton. If this continues the reservoir will spill again soon.

Stilesville is at 1590cfs and 54 degrees. Hale Eddy is at 2260cfs and 52 degrees. Rivers have been dropping very rapidly and have good visibility. There has been a some bug and fish activity on the surface and streamers have been working well with lots of fish holding to the banks. As the water drops we should see the surface action improve. Cooler temperatures from the bottom releases have been inducing some Sulpher hatches and the Olives are still coming off in decent numbers. Tricos have also started recently and have been seen in pretty good numbers with plenty of fish to the surface for some early morning dry fly action. Conditions are great for a float trip down the river, but waders will still be limited in some areas and should use caution.

Dustin

For further river level and temperature updates click on USGS West Branch Gauges below:

Up to the minute flows and water temps.

The WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER begins at Cannonsville reservoir a flows south some 17 miles to the town of Hancock, New York before joining the East Branch and forming the Main Branch or “BIG D”. The West Branch has the widest variety of structure, greatest number of islands and public access areas of all the three branches. The released water from Cannonsville reservoir creates this wonderful tail water and keeps the West Branch cooled most of the season making the West Branch a favorite among many anglers.

Season: April 1st to September 30 th Cannonsville reservoir down to NY/PA border.

Open year round catch & release only PA border down stream.

Species – Brown and rainbow trout, a few brookies. Browns in the 20” class are common. Higher number of browns than rainbows.

Water levels are described in (cfs) cubic feet per second .

  • 400 cfs < 100% wadeable! Fish become spooky & concentrated.
  • 600 cfs 85% wadeable! Less spooky & spread out
  • 800 cfs 65% wadeable! Big fish become more active.
  • 1000 cfs 40% Wade with caution!!! Big water! Big fish!
  • 1500 cfs > Wading is Not advised! Drift boat recommended! Look to the banks for big browns.

 

"MAIN BRANCH"

Today's Report Aug. 10, 2009

"DON'T FORGET TO MAKE YOUR FALL "STEELHEAD CAMP" RESERVATIONS.

Water at Callicoon is 6000cfs and rising, water temp is 64 degrees. Lordville is 5430cfs and 61 degrees. Sulphers, Cahills, Olives, Golden Drakes and Isos have produced decent surface action. Streamers have been a good option as well. White flies have also been coming off in some areas and it is also a good time of year for Flying Ants and Beatle patterns. Water levels have dropped quickly and the clearity is good....nice overcast day today should have the Main fishing well today.

Dustin

The Main Branch opens on April 18th being border water between NY & PA. It is open all year long CATCH & RELEASE only. The best trout water is from "Junction Pool" at Hancock to Callicoon covering a distance of about 25 miles. As summer continues water in the lower Main warms and the best trout action is from Hancock to Lordville and Equinunk.(UPPER MAIN) The Main branch is the largest accross and has the deepest of holes. Wading is possible up to 2500 cfs with caution. Temperature and water levels and clarity can fluctuate greatly over a short period of time. Always check the East, West, Main branch and Beaverkill flows before planning your trip.

"EAST BRANCH"

Today's Report Aug. 14, 2009

Little East Branch at Harvard is 1140cfs and 50 degrees. Fishs Eddy is 2320cfs and 59 degrees. Isos, Olives, Sulphers and Cahills have been scattered throughout. Beatle and Ant patterns also work well this time of year. Temps are okay, water levels are decent and the weather today with overcast skies this morning should be a good day to be out there.

Dustin

East Branch's Harvard Gauge

The EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER can be broken into upper and lower sections. The “Upper East” begins at the outlet of Pepacton reservoir and flows downstream for 17.5 miles before reaching the Beaverkill and forming the “Lower East” at the town of East Branch. The water of the “Upper East” is smaller and runs cooler than that of the “Lower East” due to the proximity to the dam. There is much more vegetation and trees along the banks providing shade that also helps keep the water cooler longer. The “Upper East” is best fished on foot, however, during high water levels a canoe can prove to be a welcomed option. The “Lower East” travels from the town of East Branch and flows about 17 miles to its mouth at the famous “Junction Pool” in Hancock, New York. The “Lower East” is much wider and has a greater variety of structure than the Upper East and for that reason it has become a favorite among guides for float fishing in spring and early summer when water conditions and temperatures are prime. Historically there is less cold water released from Pepacton Reservoir than Cannonsville reservoir in any given year. The influence of the Beaverkill’s warmer water in summer is another factor that contributes to the warming of the Lower East Branch to temperatures that are not conducive to hatch and feeding activity.

"BEAVERKILL"

Today's Report Aug. 14, 2009

BK is at 882cfs and 63 degrees! The Beaverkill has come way down and is probably fishable...Isos, Beatles, and Ants all typically work well this time of year.

"WILLOWEMOC"

Todays Report Aug. 14, 2009

Same as BK, fishing and water are good.

Season:

  1. April 1 st to September 30 thPepacton Dam downstream to Shinhopple Bridge.
  2. April 1 st to Oct 15 thShinhopple Bridge downstream to the mouth at Hancock.
  3. October 16 th to November 30 th C& R only Shinhopple Bridge to Hancock.

Species – Brown & rainbow trout, some brookies, good numbers of smallmouth and a summer shad run in the Lower East

Water levels are described in (cfs) cubic feet per second.

Upper East

  • 300 cfs< 90 % wadeable, fish can be spooky.
  • 500 cfs 70 % wadeable, fish start to move from deep.
  • 700 cfs 55% wadeable, big fish become more active.
  • 900 cfs> Dangerous wading, few wadeable areas.

Lower East

  • 800 cfs< 90% wadeable, fish concentrated and spooky.
  • 1000 cfs 80% wadeable, drift boat accessible.
  • 1200 cfs 65% wadeable, Big fish start to become more active.
  • 1500 cfs 50% Wade with caution! Big water big fish!
  • 1700 cfs> Dangerous wading! Drift boat recommended! Look to the banks for big fish.

WATER CHANGES

For the most part water levels are directly related to water temperatures. The higher the water the colder the temperature except in summer, rain water and low river conditions can cause water tends to rise. The high water can be contributed to three factors: large run off due to melting snow in spring, heavy rain, large man made COLD WATER releases from the reservoirs, or a combination of both. Keep in mind that water temperatures are the single most important factor for trout and bug activity. Too cold bug activity is sparce.The fish become lethargic and feeding is reduced. To hot, water O2 levels deplete, fish seek thermal refuge in deep holes & surface feeding is reduced to early morning and late evening as water is cooler at those times..

We hope the above information has given you a better understanding of the “Upper Delaware” river system. We have spent over 20,000 hours on the water guiding clients from around the world. There is not a day that goes buy that we do not learn something new each time we ply the fabled waters of the “D”.

Remember! Safety First!

Good luck,

COZ

FFMP?????

THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT CHANGING THE CURRENT FFMP PLAN. THE CONTACT INFO BELOW WILL REMAIN FOR THE NEXT GOROUND.

Michelle Putnam
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