Rain showers over the weekend and beginning of the week have brought cooler temperatures and additional water to our area rivers and streams. With water levels significantly lower than average, the rains were welcomed by trout fishers and gardeners alike.
As of Monday evening, May 2, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls crested at just under 900 cubic feet per second; with the 101-year historic average on this date being 640 cfs. And also on Monday evening, the East Branch Delaware at Fishs Eddy crested at 1300 cubic feet per second, as compared to the average flow of 1220 cfs over 60 years of record-keeping.
We enjoyed some good fishing last week, noting that there were still a number of size #16 flies on the water and in the air - Female Hendicksons, some caddis and Blue Winged Olives were present, and casting a size #16 Adams on 6X tippet resulted in some strong holdover brown trout of from 14 - 17 inches for each of us.
Another week into the spring of the year has produced more colorful spring flowers - the bright and cheery forsythia blossoms are just starting, as are the tiny yellow coltsfoot along the sides of the road, and the swelling of the lilac buds behind the house. Also blooming since the end of April is the shadbush; its sparse and delicate white flowers sometimes streaked with red, usually bloom here around the 7th of May, when the shad run up the Delaware (thus the name Shadbush). There is usually a great hatch of caddis flies with green egg sacs at the same time, referred to as the Shad fly for the same reason. Although the Shadbush is in an early full bloom, we have not noticed any of the green egg sacs on the windshield as we drive up and downriver, nor yet seen them in the air or on the water.