Area rivers and streams are at good, fishable levels heading into the weekend; both the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls and the East Branch Delaware River are just above the average flow over 100 and 59 years of record-keeping, respectively. However, air and water temperatures are still stubbornly cool with windy conditions, and we’ve just barely gotten into 50-degree water temperatures on the East Branch Delaware River. (50 degrees F is that ‘magic number’ that dry fly-fishers anticipate in spring; as once water temperatures warm into the 50s, consistent fly hatches begin.)
Seeing the forsythia is blooming is a sure sign that the Hendricksons are coming (although bit late this year.) This early-season hatch is beloved by Beaverkill regulars, and usually coincides with the blooming of the forsythia. In some years the Hendrickson hatch is so prolific it is almost like being in a snowstorm. Quill Gordons are still being reported on the East Branch over the weekend; a big hatch of Hendricksons started last week down near Shinhopple and was moving upstream during the mid-afternoon. I noticed a small Hendrickson hatch at the end of last week on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc as well.