The showers we experienced over the weekend and the beginning of the week have added some much-needed water to our rivers and streams, in addition to providing a good-soaking rain to water the gardens.
On Tuesday morning, the East Branch Delaware at Fishs Eddy was recorded as flowing at 457 cubic feet per second. This is above the average flow of 382 cfs over 61 years of record-keeping. The Beaverkill was recorded as flowing at 230 cubic feet per second. This was above the average flow of 138 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping.
Cooler evening temperatures, coupled with the rain showers, have resulted in some good fishing on the Beaverkill over the weekend. Flies were hatching and trout were rising on Saturday morning. Small Blue-winged Olives and caddis flies can be seen; watch for the Trichos in the mornings as are typically around in the month August and Sulphurs later on in the day. Terrestrials continue to be productive especially under overhanging tree branches and logs along the stream bank.
And a heads-up - on Saturday August 13, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection is sponsoring a Family Fishing Day at Pepacton Reservoir on Sunday August 14, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT. Experts from DEP, and co-sponsor NYSDEC, will teach children how to fish. Bait and fishing rods will be provided, but please bring your own rod if you have one.The location will be at the BWS Road 4 just off NY 30 north of the Shavertown Bridge over the Pecacton Reservoir, east of Downsville. The GPS coordinates are N42.089648 W74.818267.
For additional information, please contact Tom Baudanza, Fisheries Biologist, New York City Department of Environmental Protection - Bureau of Water Supply at 845-340-7857 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.