It’s May! It’s May! That wonderful time of year we so look forward to - turkey hunting in the morning, fishing in the afternoon, great fly hatches, rising fish and beautiful spring blooms. The Irish celebrate Beltane (the anglicized name for the Gaelic May Day festival) which is most commonly held on May 1, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. ... and is celebrated with a bonfire and the first turning out of livestock on summer pasture.
Lots of caddis flies were hatching on the Willowemoc and Beaverkill; and although the shadbush is in full bloom, we haven’t seen any green egg sacs on the caddis flies that are hatching so far - which indicates the Shad Fly, an important hatch that brings up large trout to feed. The streams were lined with scores of fisherman, many from out of state, over this past weekend.
A check of the USPS website showed that the East Branch Delaware River was flowing at a below average level; recorded at 950 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, as compared to the average flow of 1210 cfs, based on 61 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 510 cubic feet per second in 1985 and the maximum flow recorded on May 1 was 9460 cfs in 1996. Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 48 degrees F last Monday morning to a high of almost 60 degrees F on Friday afternoon.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was also flowing below the average level for May 1; but still at a very fishable 441 cubic feet per second on Monday morning; the average flow for this date of May 1 was 634 cfs over 102 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 270 cubic feet per second back in 1930, and the maximum flow recorded on May 1 was 3970 cfs in 1996. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 47 degrees Fahrenheit last Monday morning to a high of 62 degrees F on Friday afternoon.