A check of the USPS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 1350 cubic feet per second on Monday afternoon; water levels are gradually coming down to a very average level at this writing, from a peak of just over 6000 cubic feet per second around midnight Thursday into Friday April 7. The average flow for this date of April 10 was 1080 cfs over 102 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 282 cubic feet per second back in 2012, and the maximum flow recorded on April 10 was 7070 cfs in 2001.
Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit last Saturday morning to a high of 47 degrees F on Sunday afternoon. No doubt water temps will be rising soon, and hopefully encouraging some early fly hatches, thanks to the balmy warm days at the beginning of this week. Watch for small blue-winged olives and caddis flies as well as stoneflies crawling out on the rocks. With cool temperatures and high water levels in our rivers and streams, fishing below the surface with large streamers and weighted nymphs such as a Black Leech or large Zug Bug are still your best bet.
The East Branch Delaware River was flowing at 4260 cubic feet per second on Monday afternoon and are slowly receding to a more average flow - for this date, April 10, of 1980 cfs, based on 61 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 472 cubic feet per second in 2012 and the maximum flow recorded on March 27 was 10,800 cfs in 2001.
Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 38 degrees F last Sunday morning to a high of 46 degrees F last Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the snow has now melted; however the ground is really saturated and groundwater is adding to the velocity of our streams and reservoirs.
A check of our the NYC Catskill reservoirs on April 10, 2017 showed that the current capacity is 101.7 percent full; all reservoirs are spilling, except for Rondout, which is at 96.5% capacity. We are now above the ‘normal’ capacity for this date in April, of 97.3%. In checking the average precipitation, the precipitation for January, February and March 2017 were all higher than the historical average for those months.
The City of New York has allowed boats out on Pepacton Reservoir as of Wednesday of last week, and Al has received sawbellies for bait as of last Thursday.