Monday afternoon’s heavy thunderstorm helped raise the Beaverkill somewhat; the river at Cooks Falls was recorded as flowing at 154 cubic feet per second, which is slightly above the average flow of 140 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The East Branch Delaware River was also slightly raised in the afternoon, recorded at 330 cubic feet per second, as compared to the average flow of 333 over 61 years of record-keeping.
The West Branch Delaware has provided good afternoon and evening fishing for fly-fishers; however on Monday afternoon the level spiked up to 951 cubic feet per second, as compared to the 52-year average of 493 cubic feet per second on this date. Water temperatures have been cool and comfortable, ranging from a low of 48 to just under 60 degrees Fahrenheit this past week, and good hatches of Sulphurs and Isonychias have occurred in the afternoons through evenings.
Summer fly hatches on most of our rivers and streams also include Blue Winged Olives and various sizes of Caddis flies. Terrestrials, such as ants, beetles, grasshoppers and inchworms are also used during mid-summer, usually with good success, as are the tiny midges in sizes #20 and smaller. Remember to use a smaller tippet when fishing these flies, 6X and 7X, and make your presentation the best it can be with as little disturbance to the water as possible. And while the tailwater fisheries of the East and West Branches of the Delaware can be fished all during the day, the Beaverkill and WIllowemoc will best be fished in the early mornings and late evenings, up until/after dark on these hot and humid summer days.
The fishing in Pepacton Reservoir has been very productive lately; in addition to some nice trout, (up to just under 13 pounds being taken!) good numbers and catches of bass have been reported over the past week, especially since the last full moon on July 19.