The first most anticipated weekend of the summer ended with a fizzle on Memorial Day; disappointingly many local parades were cancelled due to cold and rainy conditions. Weather predictions must have caused cancelled plans, as fishermen were noticeably missing. Generally this last weekend of May is “prime time” for trout fishers, and finding a beat of river to fish in any degree of solitude is rare during this time of year. However, on Sunday afternoon after returning from a fishing trip to the Delaware we were amazed to find just one angler in Cairns Pool, no one at Wagon Tracks or Hendrickson’s on the lower Beaverkill! Our trip was shortened by a dinner invitation for Sunday evening; despite hardly any flies or rises to speak of, we each hooked feisty rainbows; two of which were netted and released - a silver bullet that leaped high out of the water six times; the other sporting a wide pink stripe that measured a foot-and-a-half long — both took an Elk Hair caddis.
On our ride home after dinner we realized we should have not accepted the invitation and instead stayed on the river - as we drove through one of the most prolific hatches we could remember in a long time - it was 9:30 pm and the air was filled with flies of different sizes - reminiscent of a heavy snowstorm.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 359 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, May 29. This is below the average flow of 400 cfs over 102 years of record-keeping, but water levels were steadily rising thanks to hard rain showers all morning. Temperatures this week ranged from a low of 53 degrees F last Tuesday morning to a high of 62 degrees F on Wednesday afternoon.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was higher than the average flow; registering 773 cubic feet per second as opposed to the 61-year average of 690 cfs. Water temperatures last week ranged from a low of 54 degrees F on Tuesday morning to a high of 63 degrees F on Wednesday afternoon.