First day of Summer! (and Bealtine if you are celebrate Irish holidays) It was perfect weather start to the summer - warm sun, blue skies, breezy - and on a morning horseback ride along the Willowemoc saw a trout rising across the river near the left bank. Other sights included a fawn scampering ahead of us, a Baltimore Oriole, and the multiflora rose and daisies in full bloom brightening up the meadows.
Water levels in our local rivers and streams continue to drop, and our fishing last night was not as productive as earlier in the week. We fished the Willowemoc in the evening, with the air temperature at 74 degrees and the water at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. There were very few rises, only one or two working steadily that took an Elk Hair Caddis.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 128 cubic feet per second on Friday afternoon, June 22. This is below the average flow of 248 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures ranged from a low of 60 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of 77 degrees F over the past week.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was also below average flow; registering 319 cubic feet per second as opposed to the 63-year average of 567 cfs. Water temperatures last week ranged from a low of 60 degrees to a high of 78 degrees F, surprising to see in a Tailwater Fishery.
The West Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was faring a bit better; registering 460 cubic feet per second as opposed to the 54-year average of 492 cfs. with a good slug of water released last Sunday night into Monday morning. Water temperatures last week ranged from a low of 46 degrees F to a high of 61 degrees Fahrenheit.