After a beautiful spate of Indian Summer with temperatures in the 70s to even 80 degrees, Autumn has returned with its chilly, sometimes frosty mornings and some much-needed rain. We cleaned and started up the wood stove on Saturday to take the chill out of the house. And while most of the rain had ceased on Sunday, it was incredibly windy, with gusts up to 50 mph.
Despite a few days of rain and showers, the Beaverkill and Willowemoc still remain quite low. On Monday morning, October 24, the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 81 cubic feet per second. The average flow for this date over 102 years of record-keeping is 263 cfs.
The East Branch Delaware at Fishs Eddy is faring better, being recorded at 521 cfs, as compared to the average flow of 686 cfs over 61 years of record-keeping, thanks to increased reservoir releases - with water temperatures last week from a high of 60 degrees on Friday to a low of 46 degrees Fahrenheit just this morning.
The West Branch at Hale Eddy was flowing at 1250 cubic feet per second, well above the 52-year average flow of 478 cfs on this date. The repair work on the Cannonsville dam has been completed, and the turbid water releases into the West Branch should clear up as a result. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a high of 65 degrees on Friday afternoon to a low of 55 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday morning.
Trout fishing is now limited to the Special Regulations stretches; with the Neversink and most of the upper rivers (Beaverkill, Willowemoc and smaller streams) closed for the season, and the Esopus closed by special order of the DEC due to low water conditions and turbidity.
Many areas received their first snowfall on Saturday - reports of snow came in from the higher elevations such as Cat Hollow and Lew Beach...