April 17, 2017
What a beautiful weekend! Temperatures were unseasonably warm - sunny and breezy and in the 70s during much of the week, and even into the 80s on Easter Sunday! While walking our beagle along the Willowemoc we saw some caddis flies hatching - as water temperatures on Sunday afternoon reached that “magic number” of 50 degrees. By our walk on Monday morning at sunup, the Willowemoc was at a great level for fishing - water was a bit discolored from Sunday evening’s rain showers but looking very promising.
A check of the USPS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing below the average level for April 17; but at a very fishable 625 cubic feet per second on Monday morning; water levels are gradually receding now that the snowmelt has entered the streams, and will now be dependent on rainfall. The average flow for this date of April 17 was 1080 cfs over 102 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 219 cubic feet per second back in 2012, and the maximum flow recorded on April 17 was 5230 cfs in 1993.
Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 42 degrees Fahrenheit last Monday morning to a high of 56 degrees F on Sunday afternoon - and some caddis flies were seen hatching on the Willowemoc and Beaverkill. At this writing, Monday morning, the water temperature is holding at 52 degrees F - and since we have reached the 50-degrees mark, it should encourage fly hatches and rising trout. Early Beaverkill hatches include small blue-winged olives, caddis and stoneflies; watch for Blue Quills to start as well.
The East Branch Delaware River was also flowing at a below-average level; recorded at 1440 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, as compared to the average flow of 1790 cfs, based on 61 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 372 cubic feet per second in 2012 and the maximum flow recorded on April 17 was 12,800 cfs back in 1956.
Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 42 degrees F last Monday morning to a high of 54 degrees F on Sunday afternoon.