Sunday’s stormy weather brought a good amount of much-needed and welcomed rains that served to replenish our rivers and streams from near-record lows to a more normal level for this time of year. With more than two inches of rainfall, the trout fishing should pick up nicely.
We had attempted to go fishing after an early supper on Friday, only to find all our favorite pools and runs occupied - in fact we found the same situation on Saturday evening as well - evidently many of the East Branch and Main Delaware fishermen had come over to the Beaverkill as those streams were low and warm - and as we drove down the Beaverkill to Horton on Saturday evening we counted 10 fly fishers in that run alone!
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls had been well below 100 cubic feet per second as of Saturday, with the average flow being in the 300s; after Sunday’s rains, the river peaked at around midnight to about 1300 cfs, and at this writing of Monday afternoon, was registered as flowing at 820 cfs, which is still well above the average flow of 303 cubic feet per second on June 6 over 102 years of record-keeping.
It’s early June….. and that wonderful time of year we can anticipate a number of fly hatches to occur…water levels and conditions will affect the fly hatches; by the end of last week and up until Sunday’s rain, not many flies were seen on the water until late in the day; as a result not many fish were rising as a result, but evening fishermen were rewarded for their patience. A whole host of flies have been reported and seen on the Beaverkill and East and West Branches of the Delaware, including Blue-Winged Olives, various sizes of Caddis flies, some residual March Browns and Gray Foxes, a few Sulphurs, Stoneflies, and even some Green Drakes reported (although we haven’t seen any yet.)