We are now fully into the much-anticipated Merry Month of May  - Spring has come to the Catskills in all its glory - the delicate light-green early leaves just pushing out, brightly colored wildflowers and flowering shrubs and trees lighting up the landscape. We have enjoyed harvesting foraging, bringing home ramps, fiddlehead ferns, watercress and, on special occasions, trout (and hopefully a wild turkey!) — gourmet fare fresh from our own woods and waters. 

    A check with the USGS website on Tuesday morning showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 547 cubic feet per second, which is just above the average level for May 15 of 537 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow was 149 cubic feet per second in 2001; and the maximum flow recorded on May 15 was 6790 cfs in 2012. 

    The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing at 1240 cubic feet per second, which is  above the average level for May 15 of 1060  cfs over 63 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures have been in the 50s all week.

    The West Branch Delaware River at Hale Eddy is still high - flowing at 1320 cubic feet per second, which is  above the average level of 520 on this date cfs over 54 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures remain cold on the West Branch this past week, ranging from a low of 43 degrees F last Monday mornings to a high of 50 degrees F.