Monday June 5, 2017

It’s amazing how over just this past week, our world here in the Catskill mountains is suddenly so green and lush - with trees in full leaf, grasses and shrubs filled out, the Bouncing Bet (pink and white phlox) and other wildflowers adding splashes of color….in just a few days the Japanese knotweed has grown from knee high to shoulder height, and the next day over my head along the path we walk by the Willowemoc. We’ve seen some good trout-y rises early in the morning, followed by good hatches in the afternoons and evenings. It was nice to see so many cars along the Beaverkill and Willowemoc this weekend; most of the best pools were filled with trout fishers, and with files hatching and rising fish, many satisfied anglers.

Inbetween rain showers we enjoyed a few absolutely beautiful sunny days with enough gentle breezes to dry out the soggy grasses and ground.

A check of the USPS website on Monday afternoon showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 424 cubic feet per second, which is above the average flow for this date of 318 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 112 cubic feet per second back in 1936, and the maximum flow recorded on June 5 was 2650 cfs in 1928. 

Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 53 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday morning to a high of 63 degrees F on Thursday evening.

The East Branch Delaware River was also flowing above the average level; recorded at  948 cubic feet per second this afternoon, as compared to the average flow of 569 cfs,  based on 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 220 cubic feet per second in 1977 and the maximum flow recorded on June 5 was 2890 cfs back  in 1968. 

Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 53 degrees F this morning to a high of 63 degrees F on Thursday afternoon.