Fishing has been somewhat slow on the free-stone streams this past week as temperatures rise and water levels decrease. There should still be Blue Winged Olives, tiny midges and the lighter colored summer flies - Sulphurs and Light Cahills - as well as Isonychias in the afternoons; however terrestrials will start to become more important as the summer goes on. The tailwater fisheries of the East and West Branches of the Delaware and the Neversink will become more important over these next several weeks.
The berries are out! During this past week we found the last of the wild strawberries in the pasture, and now our berry-eating beagle enjoyed picking ripe blueberries and raspberries at the end of each morning's walk.
A check of the USGS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing just below the average level; recorded at 162 cubic feet per second this afternoon, as compared to the average flow of 168 cfs, based on 103 years of record-keeping. The maximum flow recorded on July 11 was 3730 cfs in 1931; the minimum flow recorded on this date was just 49 cubic feet per second in 1991.
Beaverkill water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 65 degrees Fahrenheit three mornings last week to a high of 75 degrees F on Friday afternoon.
The East Branch Delaware River was flowing 448 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for July 11 of 377 cfs over 62 years of record-keeping. The maximum flow recorded on July 11 was 3600 cfs in 1998; the minimum flow recorded was 105 cubic feet per second back in 1971.
Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 66 degrees F three mornings last week to a high of 76 degrees F on Friday afternoon.
Water flows on the much-regulated West Branch Delaware this past week averaged in the low 600s - and this fishery becomes more important to fly-fishers now that we are in the middle of July and heading into August. Cool temperatures on the West Branch this past week ranged from a chilly 47 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday morning to a high of just 58 degrees F last Tuesday, Independence Day.