8-31-18 Fishing Report

8-31-18 Fishing Report

Today is starting out with the makings of a good fishing day with pretty heavy cloud cover and in the low 60's with highs in the upper 60's.  The rivers are all clear and very fishable and slowly dropping as the days go on without rain.  The upper West Branch at Stilesville is now flowing 1450 cfs and 49 degrees and down at Hale Eddy we have 1660 cfs and 51 degrees, and is wadeable in a few places at this level.  The East Branch up at Harvard is flowing 759 cfs and 47 degrees and downriver at Fishs' Eddy we have 1280 cfs and 56 degrees.  The mainstem at Lordville is now 2870 cfs and 57 degrees and is also going to be wadeable in some places.  The water throughout  the system is very clear and the surface activity has been good, probably better than the streamer fishing unless you're fishing during a low-light situation.  We should see some #18-24 Blue Winged Olives today with the overcast skies.  #14-16 Cahills have also been around and we have been seeing pretty good numbers of small, winged-ants in the #20-22 range.  As usual for this time of year we are getting some #10-12 Isonychia which also make great blind-casting flies, especially from the boat when moving and gridding likely looking water as you go.   The water levels are perfect for streamers and fishing has been good with them but the water is getting clear and they've see a lot of streamers the past few weeks so they are working much better in low-light situations like morning and evening or cloud cover days like today.  Lotsa' Luck