As of this writing, just before 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 24, it is snowing, sleeting and raining all at once - with the air temperature in the low 40s...feels like winter has returned.
The rain we received over the weekend added some much-needed volume to area rivers and streams. The USGS website shows that on Tuesday morning, April 24, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 1250 cubic feet per second, which is above the average flow of 748 cfs over 98 years of record-keeping. The highest flow on April 24 was 3080 in 1928; the lowest recorded flow on this date was just 274 cfs in 1976.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing at 1720 cubic feet per second. This is above the average flow on this date of 1400 cfs over 57 years of record-keeping. The highest flow recorded on April 24 of 6730 cfs occurred in the year 1972; the lowest recorded flow was 429 cubic feet per second in 1926.
Hatches continue to be good, with some Hendricksons still being seen, as well as Shad Flies (which are caddis flies with the green egg sacs that are so visible on your windshield when driving along the river.)
Reports are in that the Esopus received four inches of much-needed rain over the weekend, and was stocked with about 10,000 brown trout on Monday, including some 2,000 larger two-year olds.