It’s surprising how quickly the water levels in our rivers and streams can drop after missing just a few days of rain, surprising after all the rain we seemed to have had in May. We first noticed the low water conditions over the past weekend - although on the Willowemoc the trout were rising just before dark “like crazy” and provided good fishing for a couple of days. But by Friday it seemed as though the river had ‘bottomed out’.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 185 cubic feet per second on Friday afternoon, June 15. This is well below the average flow of 292 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures ranged from a low of 58 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of 68 degrees F over the past week.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was also below average flow; registering 426 cubic feet per second as opposed to the 63-year average of 579 cfs. Water temperatures last week ranged from a low of 58 degrees to a high of 70 degrees F.
The West Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was low as well; registering 481 cubic feet per second as opposed to the 54-year average of 540 cfs. Water temperatures last week ranged from a low of 46 degrees F to a high of 58 degrees Fahrenheit.
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…and while I found some wild strawberries while walking the dog this morning, the Green Drake hatch is finishing up on the Beaverkill, East and West Branches of the Delaware.
There are plenty of other flies about; Blue-Winged Olives, various sizes and colors of Caddis flies and Sulphurs are being seen pretty regularly, as well as Isonychia in the afternoons......and we noticed many stonefly cases on the rocks while fishing the Willowemoc.