Recent rain and snow showers, in addition to the foot of snow that blanketed the area last Sunday, have helped to raise water levels in our rivers and streams a bit; the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was recorded as flowing at 143 cubic feet per second on Thursday morning. This is still well below the average flow of 481 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The Willowemoc also remains low - one could jump across the exposed rocks at the bend just below the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and also upstream of Buck Eddy - however when looking off the Hazel Bridge this afternoon while walking our dog, I noticed a fish rising in the pool close to the right bank. I could not see the fly it was rising to; most likely a tiny (size #18 or #20) Blue-Winged Olive.
The East Branch Delaware River was also below the average flow on Thursday morning, recorded at 371 cubic feet per second, as compared to the average flow of 914 over 61 years of record-keeping, and water temperatures were chilly over the past week, ranging from a low of 34 to a high of 42 degrees Fahrenheit.