A check of the USPS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 272 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for July 3 of average flow for this date of 189cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 61 cubic feet per second back in 1962, and the maximum flow recorded on July 3 was 3170 cfs in 2011.
Water temperatures on the Beaverkill this past week ranged from a low of 60 degrees F last Wednesday morning to a high of 72 degrees F on Sunday afternoon.
The East Branch Delaware River was flowing somewhat above the average level; recorded at 696 cubic feet per second this morning, as compared to the average flow of 471 cfs, based on 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 126 cubic feet per second in 1964 and the maximum flow recorded on July 3 was 5950 cfs in 2011.
Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 60 degrees F last Wednesday morning to a high of 73 degrees F on Sunday afternoon.
On an overcast “sunrise” walk with Tessie along the river this morning we saw a small rise; water was a bit turbid but still. no flies were noted but we did see a cottontail zigzag across our path up ahead; Tessie’s not known for her vision but her beagly nose made immediate contact and we had a brief rapid run in pursuit.
As we made our way out of the tree-lined path to the grassy clearing the fragrance of flower blooms was sweet - and a whole swath of pretty pink Crown Vetch lit up the gray morning. Brought to North America from Europe in the 1950s, it was introduced as a ground cover and roadside planting, helping reduce erosion on hillsides and is now native to most states.
Another cheerful flower that blossoms in the summer month of July is the Birdsfoot Trefoil - it’s bright yellow blooms can be seen along roadsides where it is also used to control wind and water erosion in the majority of the United States, and is considered a food enjoyed by wildlife.
As with last week, although we haven’t seen many flies to speak of, possibly due to the continuous rain showers that we’ve endured almost every day these past weeks, early July hatches you might see include Blue-Winged Olives and Caddis flies in various sizes; along with the lighter flies of summer - Sulphurs; and slate-colored Isonychias in the afternoons.