Trout fishing will be challenging this weekend; with no rain for several days, our rivers and streams have dropped to below average flow since the weekend. Our woodland trail has gotten dusty due to the lack of rain; combined with the heavy dew on these September mornings, our beagle really needs her feet wiped when she comes inside from our early walks.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was recorded as flowing at just 87 cubic feet per second on Thursday morning, which is below the average flow of 119 cfs over 103 years of record-keeping. The Willowemoc is low; however these past two days I’ve noticed a fish rising steadily in the pool under the power enclosure, early in the morning. Tiny Trichos will still be hatching in the mornings, along with small Blue-Winged Olives and occasional caddis flies, but very sporadically. In the afternoons the Isonychia usually makes its appearance, but with low conditions and water temperatures creeping up, not much surface activity will be seen much past the early mornings. Terrestrials such as ants, beetles, grasshoppers and inchworms continue to make up the trout’s diet during this time of year. Hopefully we will receive some of the rain showers predicted for these next couple of days to stir things up.
The East Branch Delaware River was also below the average flow on Thursday morning, recorded at 235 cubic feet per second, as compared to the average flow of 330 over 61 years of record-keeping, and water temperatures this past week between 64 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
The West Branch Delaware, however, has spiked up to above the average flow as of last Friday; increased releases have made the river discolored and muddy, as we found yesterday afternoon in Deposit. The water level on Thursday morning was 1230 cfs as compared to the average flow of 537 cubic feet per second over 52 years of record-keeping. Water temperatures on the West Branch ranged from just below 50 to 57 degrees Fahrenheit. No flies or fishermen were observed on the river near Hancock or Deposit on Wednesday afternoon.