8-23-18 Fishing Report

8-23-18 Fishing Report

We've got a beautiful morning today with air temps at 55 degrees with a high in the low 70's.  It's the first time we've seen clear skies in a while and the next five to  six days look great, exactly what we need to dry the area out after almost a month of rain.  We are going to have high water for a while but for mid-August the whole river system is in excellent shape and is primed for a great late-summer and fall.  All rivers are clear and fishable from a boat and temperatures couldn't be better.  For the East and West Branches the spill coming over the reservoirs is slowly dropping which is making the upriver temps better by the day.  Stilesville is currently running 2160 cfs and 66 degrees and downriver at Hale Eddy we have 2840 cfs and 55 degrees after the cold and warmer spill water mix a bit.  The East at Harvard is flowing 1760 and 58 degrees and downriver at Fishs' Eddy we have 3450 and 60 degrees.  Down on the main Delaware at Lordville we have 6880 cfs and 61 degrees, again really great temps for late August.  As the rivers have stabilized the fishing has been good with some great streamer fishing for a while now and we are getting some fish feeding on top in the slower sections of water, especially side channels and along the edges.  We are seeing a few Blue Winged Olives in the #18-24, with some #10-12 Isonychia which are great for blind casting and even running a dry dropper rig in the shallower sections.  As the release water decreases and the upriver temps on the West decrease we should see some more Sulphurs in the #18-20 range, although we are getting towards the end of that hatch.  Lotsa' Luck