Our rivers and streams remain in good shape to finish out the month of August, thanks to rain showers interspersed with cool evenings, and it looks as though we’ll have good fishing during this last week of August/beginning of September.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was recorded as flowing at 174 cubic feet per second, which is above the average flow of 118 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The East Branch Delaware River was also above the average flow on Friday afternoon, recorded at 408 cubic feet per second, as compared to the average flow of 322 over 61 years of record-keeping.
Temperatures on the East Branch were much improved and cooler this past week - since last Friday, August 19, averaging in the high 60s to just about 70 degrees.
The West Branch Delaware had spiked to about 950 cfs late Sunday night, but by Friday afternoon has been hovering right around or just below the average flow of 621 cubic feet per second. Temperatures on the West Branch still require the use of neoprenes; averaging well down in the 50s.
We are at the end of our summer hatches; terrestrials will continue to be a good choice for Beaverkill anglers - ants, beetles, grasshoppers and inchworm imitations. Watch for some residual Trichos in the mornings, and keep some tiny flies in your fly box. Remember to tippet down to 6x and even 7x when fishing midges and tiny flies of sizes #20 and smaller. The Pheasant Tail Midge and Red Midge are Beaverkill favorites for late-summer fishing. Be sure to make your casts accurate and approach the water quietly while seeking rising fish.
Blue-Winged Olives should be hatching after mid-day, and on the West Branch Delaware there are still some Sulphurs in the afternoons. Isonychias are starting to appear in great numbers on all three streams, and will become an important afternoon hatch in September.