8-17-18 Fishing Report

8-17-18 Fishing Report

We have a bit of drizzle this morning and did get a slight amount or rain overnight but nothing yet today of any significance.  We are supposed to get rain later today, starting early this afternoon and will likely last the rest of the day.  We obviously don't need more water but if we don't get much rain today we should be in good shape as everything has been dropping the last couple days with no rain.  The upper West Branch at Stilesville is still running 1490 cfs and 45 degrees and downriver at  Hale Eddy we have 2,170 cfs and 50 degrees with plenty of visibility for any type of fishing.  The upper East Branch at Harvard is 2,670 cfs and 65 degrees, a bit cooler as the spill is decreasing slowly.  The lower East Branch at Fishs' Eddy is 4,680 cfs and 65 degrees to start the day.  The mainstem at Lordville is now running 7,360 cfs and 64 degrees.  We've had some decent activity the last two days on the upper West Branch with some decent surface activity and the streamer opportunities are currently great with the higher water.  As far as bugs we're still getting the tail end of the Sulphur hatch with a few Cahills around in the afternoon.  Small, 18-22 Blue Winged Olives are almost always around and are flies you don't want to hit the river without.  #12 Isonychia are also around, not in any great numbers but a few here and there make them great blind casting or dry-dropper flies in latter half of the day.  It looks like the rain we are currently getting will end by 10 am and we can just hope the rain moving in this afternoon is minimal.  Lotsa' Luck