Our area rivers and streams received some much-needed rain over the past weekend, when nearly two inches of rain fell between Saturday evening and Sunday morning. This caused the Beaverkill to rise above its average flow on Sunday and Monday – it was recorded on Sunday afternoon at just over 300 cubic feet per second, which was above the average flow on that date of 120 cfs over 102 years of record-keeping.
However, by Wednesday morning the Beaverkill had receded to 97 cfs, which is again below the average flow of 123 on this date, and so any additional rain will ve much welcomed. Fortunately, water temperatures have been favorable for the trout, thanks to cooler evenings and early mornings recorded in the high 40s.
A few fish have been seen rising in the afternoons and evenings; blue-winged olives seem to be the most prolific hatch, along with various sizes of caddis flies. Watch for the slate- colored Isonychias to become more abundant as the month of September progresses – these mayflies make their appearance from about 2:00 pm on into the early evening.
Favorite flies to use during this time of the season continue to be the Elk Hair Caddis, whose light-colored elk hair keeps the fly buoyant and visible, especially in faster water; the Adams, Blue-Winged Olives and Dun Variant.