It’s the last day of April, and at this writing, 10:00 am on Monday morning, it is snowing like crazy. The temperature is a chilly 35 degrees and there’s about an inch of new snow piled up on the lawn and it’s still coming down!
A check with the USGS website on Monday morning showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 1020 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for April 30 of 634 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping! Water levels have steadily diminished from last Tuesday’s high reading of about 3800 cfs. The minimum flow recorded was 282 cubic feet per second in 1930, and the maximum flow recorded on April 30 was 3870 cfs in 1956. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 40 degrees F last Monday morning, to a high of 52 degrees Fahrenheit last Saturday afternoon….reaching and surpassing a bit that “magic number” of 50 degrees F which always seems to encourage flies to hatch.
And with the warmer water temperatures, fishing activity picked up this past week - a couple of beautiful 17-inch browns were taken on the Beaverkill and a 16-inch rainbow in a smaller tributary of the Beaverkill that had recently spawned. Quill Gordons were seen hatching.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing 2540 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for April 30 of 1250 cfs over 63 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 42 degrees F on Monday morning to a high of 51 degrees F on Tuesday afternoon.
The West Branch Delaware River at Hale Eddy was flowing 2410 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for April 30 of 866 cfs over 54 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures remain cold on the West Branch this past week, ranging from a low of 39 degrees F last Monday morning to a high of just about 45.5 degrees F on Tuesday afternoon.