The Beaverkill remains high for this time of year - at the beginning of the week almost up to 4,000 cubic feet per second. At this writing, Friday morning, the river is flowing at 1080 cubic feet per second, which is well above the average flow for this date of October 5 of 146 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping! The highest recorded flow on this date was 1360 cfs in 1986; the lowest flow recorded on October 5 was just 34.0 cfs back in 1958.
Temperatures ranged from a low of 52.0 degrees last Sunday morning to a high of 58.0 degrees on Wednesday afternoon.
Late-season fly hatches are Blue-Winged Olives, Caddis flies in various sizes and Isonychias in the afternoons, in addition to midges (Trichos and tiny Olives.) Terrestrials, such as ants, beetle and grasshopper imitations can be effective especially under trees and overcut banks. Use of streamers may be effective especially when the water is high and discolored.
Interestingly we still have not had a significant frost - the Harvest Moon at the end of September came on a cloudy night - and therefore didn’t effect the fly hatches or fishing with any significance. Generally we’ve found that the slow periods of fishing in early autumn, especially during times of low water, are often sparked by rising fish after the first heavy frost.
The season for trout fishing in some areas, such as Pepacton reservoir, has ended as of September 30. Trout fishers need to check the syllabus before heading off to fish their favorite locations, as areas such as Hodge Pond, Alder Lake, Crystal Lake, the Callicoon Creek and its tributaries, North Branch Callicoon Creek, and many tributaries of the Delaware River (such as Basket Creek, Hankins Creek and Houlihan Brook) are closed as of September 30. The regular Statewide Trout Fishing Season ends October 15, with Special Regulations areas marked and varying in close dates according to location.
The East and West Branches of the Delaware are also way high for this time of year - the former at Fishs Eddy coming in at 2560 cfs as compared to the average flow for today’s date of 376 cfs, and the West Branch at Hale Eddy measuring 2470 cubic feet per second as compared to the average of 635.
Water temperatures for the East Branch were in the mid-50s all week, with the West Branch a bit warmer, reaching into the 60s for most of the week.
Bass fishing in Pepacton has been productive, although still not from shore, except at the very upper end of the reservoir by Margaretville. The fish are being located at about 30 feet down. Most successful bass anglers have been using shiners and sawbellies; others are doing pretty well fishing the topwater towards dark using Heddon Torpedoes and plastic Keitech Minnows.