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By KenP on 1/28/2009 10:14 AM

The White Clay Creek in both Delaware and PA was opened up a bit due to the rain and snow melt and somewhat modifying temps this morning.  Some areas have flowing water and are accessible from the snow covered trails.  I saw very few foot prints but I can report that mine have a tread pattern from the new sticky rubber Chota boots with studs that I am auditioning.  They seem to be a great replacement for felt soles at this point.  More info as the conditions change into the spring on this topic.  You will be hearing more and more about the new rubber soled shoes as Simms, Cloudveil and Chota are commiting themselves to them in order to avoid the spread of ditimo, zebra snail, and whirling disease bacteria contamination spreading from the transfer of these nasties from stream to stream by felt soled wading shoes.


By KenP on 1/27/2009 5:15 PM

The reports received from three fishers indicates that very few areas have open water on the White Clay Creek in both Delaware and PA.  With todays snow cover it is hard to tell where the ice ends and open water begins.  Extreme care must be taken if you dare to get out on the ice.  Wear your korkers or studded shoes as the rocky shore areas are slippery and ice covered.  Inspect your fly line for cuts and cracks after you do a winter outing.  Your reel is likely to freeze if it gets water logged so an inspection of the drag system should be done also.  Therei s a warming trend forecast for the upcoming weekend so maybe we can get some open water to fly fish.


By KenP on 1/26/2009 1:27 PM

Some of the ice broke up and now it is a jagged mess in a few areas of the White Clay Creek.  Please use extreme caution when wading in and around the frozen stuff.  No report of catching - just hard water.  Time to tie flies.  I have a few nice patterns farmed from the recent magazines that I think will be killer patterns for the spring.  Stop by the store and chew the fat and we can discuss the benefits.



By KenP on 1/25/2009 12:38 PM

Saturday 1/24/2009 - 11:00am to 2:30pm - Fished White Clay Creek from Good Hope 
rd. to Below London Track rd.

Was happy to see that I am not the only fly fishing not that was out yesterday, 
as I met up with Ed G as I was gearing up.  Ed and I fished a few spots 
where we could find small (and I mean only a few feet long - small stretches) of 
flowing water in front of the glaciers.  I was fortunate to hook up and very 
quickly lose a nice rainbow trout in the 2nd spot that we tried.  I had tied a 
streamer with black bucktail and black marabou w/ a few strands of gold flash 
this morning.  The fish was all the way up the run, sitting right below the 
opening in the ice,,, he hit the streamer on about the 5th cast, just after I 
pulled it out from under the ice.  After two quick head shakes and bump against 
the ice, he was free again!!  (I think I even h ...
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By KenP on 1/24/2009 9:31 AM

It's difficult to fly fish through the hard water. So  I spend all day friday at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset.  A very different show than in the past.  Stop by and let's discuss what you thought about the it.  A few real bargains but none that interested me.  But then again these shows have had very few real "buys" for the past few years.  I was encouraged to see that price points for the likes of hooks, fur and feathers are actually a better buy at our store - sorry for the plug, but when you travel 50 plus miles to a show and pay an entrance fee of $15 you are out $50 before you even find a good buy.  So support your local fly shop, save money and get the best possible information from people fishing your local waters.  Hope and pray for a thaw soon.  my wadering shoes are just about dry since I haven't fsihed in over 10 days on the WCC. Read More »

By KenP on 1/20/2009 2:12 PM

The White Clay Creek in both Delaware and PA is partially frozen and snow covered, so today is a good day to tie flies!  Hope the conditions in the latter part of this week (high in the 40's) has a positive effect and helps free up some of the water so we can feed those fish some imitations again.

 watch out for other winter fishers


By KenP on 1/19/2009 7:05 PM

Tuesday 1-13-09 WCC Middle Branch. Last Day before the cold setting in. Fishing was great 5 Browns and 2 Fall fish. Fished from 3-5pm. Water 30F .The trout did not want the nymph today they would not take just followed switched to small brown/black streamer I copied from Jim Ds, pattern some time ago. First cast BAM they wanted this fly. Thanks to WCO and Jim for the good info Im getting from this Blog helped with my sucess today.

 pix Keith H 1_13_09

 Regards, Keith H.

By KenP on 1/19/2009 5:49 PM

Hi all.  I am back from San Diego and the WCC seems to have partially frozen since I left just over a week ago.  I will catch up on all your fishing reports and post them over the next few days.  Keep an eye out on the web site under the "Fishing destinations" tab for a story and pix of my shark fishing outing on the left coast.



By KenP on 1/19/2009 2:03 PM

Fished the Delayed Harvest Section of White Clay Creek Sunday 1-11-09 for a couple hrs. before the Eagles game. Caught 3 Browns all on # 20 peacock copper john mix I came up with. Had the place to myself as Jim did the day before. Then went home to watch the Eagles beat the Giants !! Regards, Keith H.

By KenP on 1/10/2009 5:19 PM

1/10/2009 - 8:30am to 11:30am - Fished White Clay Creek - Delayed Harvest section from Good Hope to London Tract rd. BRRRRR again!! The awesome fishing before the storm!! Caught (3) Rainbows, one of which was a nice big fat 18"er!!! Also caught (2) nice browns. The big boy fell for the Golden Egg Fly, the others couldn't resist the Mottled Brown Marabou streamer, the Purple / Black Marabou streamer and the Black / Brown Marabou Streamer. Did not see any other fisherman this morning. Pretty nice conditions as there is no major ice to deal with today. -Jim Submitted By: Jim D

By KenP on 1/10/2009 11:21 AM

No time to fish Sat morning as the store opens at 9:00 am.  I look forward to hearing from anyone that fishes the White Clay Creek, A Delaware River in Delaware and PA today.  I'll post your story on the blog as I get them.  Stop by the store too, since the only way to get out of this so called recession is to spend your way out.  We'd be glad to help in that regard!  LOL.


By KenP on 1/9/2009 11:13 AM

The White Clay Creek in PA has cleared up and the fish were obliging this morning.  I have been working on a new fly using the new nymph tungsten heads - a caddis emerger, fished deep and then raised up as it swings.  The pattern worked like a charm today.  The fish actually chased it and slashed at it all morning.  Even in the 37 degree cold water.  All browns and one rainbow today.  The fish were schooled up in a few prime lies below Good Hope Road this morning.  I really had fun!  A success new fly and some cooperative fish made the cold morning feel much warmer.


By KenP on 1/8/2009 10:17 AM


Pix courtesy of Keith H - 1st of 2009

The White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in Delaware and PA still has a chocolate haze.  The water temp is up to 38 degrees and the water level is up by a good foot.  The fishing was tough today.  A swinging barometer, a steady wind and high water made the fishing rough.  But the skunk has been held at bay and I was able to bring one brown to hand.  The fly of the morning was a black ghost streamer size 6.  The combination of muddy and slightly frozen banks made getting to my favorite spot below London Tract Bridge a slippery adventure today.  I was glad I had my walking stick close by.  Conditions should improve for tomorr ... Read More »

By KenP on 1/7/2009 10:08 AM

I walked the White Clay Creek. a Delaware River,  this morning to see how the rain event has effected the conditions.  The water was up and a nice chocolatey color.  Most of the ice has been minimized although some still clung to the edges.  The fish really don't like these conditions.  The barometer has also swung wildly over the last few days adding to the "catching" dilemna.  Many reported having zero fish after putting in quite a few hours per outing.  Not to fear, the fish are there.  Try targetting rocks and rocky formations and depressions in the main current.  While you are getting the skunk, you can take a few minutes to turn a few rocks and look at what the naturals look like, paying attention to size and color. Collect a few samples and start matching those naturals and you may find your success rate increasing. Do the ... Read More »

By KenP on 1/6/2009 5:33 PM

Did not fish this morning.  I had my three children in overnight preparing for their birthright trip out of the country this morning.  Of course they were not packed, had misplaced some of their documents and various other issues that only children can manage, when they had the entire day before to prepare.  They made it to the airport on time and will be on their way - while I get to work.  Seems like it ought to be the other way around, huh!

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