While our rivers are definitely in a summer mode, with all the rain we've been having both the Connecticut and Catskill rivers are running high and are a bit cooler than usual for this time of year. These flow levels will drop quickly once the rain slows down, but the good news is that the Catskill reservoirs are at capacity and there should be decent water releases in the Delaware system through the fall. At the moment, the Cannonsville Reservoire release is 1460cfs and the Pepacton Reservoire release is 934cfs. Insect hatches in all Catskill and Connecticut rivers are pretty much the same right now. There are Caddis, Sulphurs, BWO's, Cahills, a few Yellow Drakes, Isos, Paraleps and ants and beetles. With the high, colored-up water on the Delaware system streamers continue to take some great fish. Bang the banks and keep moving - with the high water those big "D" browns are so close to the banks they're practically up on the grass. In all three Delaware branches it's pretty much a floating game right now - wading is extremely limited in the high water (even up high on the WB at Stilesville and the EB above Harvard.) The Delaware West Branch is colored-up in the lower sections but fishable - (for clearer water stay above Oquaga Creek). On the East Branch even the upper section is rather turbulant, as is the Beaverkill. For wading, the Willowemoc is your best bet currently. (There are more thunderstorms in the forecast today, so keep your eye on the sky.) Read More
Train Derailment near Deposit, NY
Possible 4000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spills to West Branch, Upper Delaware River
(Reports are that the diesel fuel spill is limited to the locomotives which are spilling into the above-pictured feeder creek of the Delaware West Branch.) We'll update you as more information becomes available.
At approximately 2:30 this morning a Norfolk/Southern "mixed cargo" train transporting various types of waste derailed just above the Hale Eddy Bridge, on the West Branch of the Upper.....
Well, we can't exactly calls these August days "dog days." Fishing in our Connecticut and New York trout rivers, as well as in Long Island Sound, is still too good to put away the rods. Lot's of rain has kept our rivers at decent heights although most rivers have fallen and we still need to keep an eye on water temperatures. And for the next few days we're looking at showers and thunderstorms so water levels may vary depending on the location and severity of the rain. But hatches have been good and consistent on both our Connecticut and New York rivers (depending which section of the river you're on) though water temperatures have varied dramatically - so its good to stay aware of what the conditions are in the section of river you're fishing. But in both Connecticut and New York rivers there are some lovely fish being taken and our clients have experienced some great moments on the water in the past couple of weeks. Read More
Our feature picture this week is of our very own Bob Reichart with a lovely dry-fly Brown he took on the Delaware last week. (Riverkeeper Guide Service's Sal Renzuela email@example.com was at the oars.)
I was away last week in Canada's Gaspe' Peninsula hunting for salmon, so there is a lot of catching up to do. The Gaspe' is beautiful, but like so many East Coast regions, the rivers are extremely low and warm so difficult to fish.....