A check of the USGS website showed that the East Branch Delaware River was flowing above the average level; recorded at 1420 cubic feet per second this afternoon, as compared to the average flow of 663 cfs, based on 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 209 cubic feet per second in 1964 and the maximum flow recorded on May 8 was 5090 cfs in 1975.
Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 54 degrees F last Tuesday morning to a high of 65 degrees F on Monday afternoon, helped by a bottom release of colder water entering the stream, as was the East Branch at Harvard, which on Tuesday morning registered a cool 51 degrees F.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing 481 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for June 13 of 289 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The maximum flow recorded on June 13 was 2400 cfs in 1938; the minimum flow recorded was just 89 cubic feet per second back in 1959.
Beaverkill water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 52 degrees Fahrenheit last Wednesday morning to a high of 67 degrees F on Monday afternoon.
Hatches have been fairly mixed over the past week - before the deluges of rain we experienced last week, caddis flies with green egg sacs - which identifies the Shad Fly - were seen about, and a good number were stuck on the windshield and grill of the truck, along with a number of other flies. The Shad Fly gets it nickname as it tends to hatch at the time the American Shad “run” or migrate up the Delaware River for the purposes of spawning, which occurs around the first week of May but can vary, of course, due to weather and river conditions. The Shadbush, or Juneberry, also derives its name from this migration, as the delicate blooms appear around that first week of May as well; but to see the Shad Fly hatching so late in the season is unusual.
Green Drakes, which had provided a few days of excellent fishing two weeks ago, were disturbed by the heavy rains and high water conditions, but as of Monday afternoon, have re-appeared. The much-beloved Green Drake hatch, a favorite of fly fishers as the very large greenish-tinged mayflies tend to bring up the largest fish in the river to feed, hatches at about the same time as the wild strawberries appear. Last weekend we experienced the “Strawberry Moon” - some of our family and friends were camping and noticed the moon on Friday night appeared reddish - but June's full moon is referred to as the strawberry moon not for its color, it got its nickname from the Algonquin Indian tribe because it signaled the best time to pick strawberries.