The first day of Spring felt more like the first day of Summer, with temperatures reaching the low 70s. It seems so early for some of these signs of nature, but I was able to pick a bouquet of daffodils and noticed buds swelling on the red maples. On a horseback ride along the Willowemoc we noticed coltsfoot blooming - and lots of stoneflies about. There were actually fish rising in the morning in the long pool.
Each day this past week there have been fly fishers in the Catch-and-Release (No Kill) area of the lower Willowemoc, and reports of caddis and stoneflies hatching. Water temperatures reached 49 degrees on Tuesday - almost at that important 50-degree mark.
Thanks to heavy rainfall up in Hardenburgh on Monday night, both the Beaverkill and Willowemoc were running a little high and discolored. The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is currently flowing at 947 cubic feet per second; this is above the average flow on this date of 743 cfs over 96 years of record-keeping. The highest flow recorded on this date was 7640 cfs in 1980; the lowest recorded flow of 130 cfs was recorded in 1993.