As we head into the middle of May, we need rain! Our area rivers and streams are all lower than average, as we seem to have missed the April showers and received more snow flurries than rain.
The East Branch Delaware at Fishs Eddy was recorded as flowing at 462 cubic feet per second on Tuesday morning. This was less than half the average flow on this date of 1080 cfs over 59 years of record-keeping! And the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was recorded at just 228 cubic feet per second, which is also less than half the normal flow, and well below the average flow on this date of 545 cfs over 100 years of record-keeping.
A heavy hatch of caddis flies, and possibly the shad fly, filled the air along the Willowemoc and Beaverkill on Sunday morning. The East Branch Delaware has also had good hatches of caddis flies in the mornings, as well as some Hendricksons, which are now hatching on all three rivers. A fisherman out on the East Branch this past week reported great fishing in the early evening, using Hendricksons, shad fly imitations (with egg sacs) and Rusty Spinners. In fact, by Monday morning, most car windshields have been plastered with flies.