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By KenP on 3/30/2009 4:45 PM

Fished the DH section of the White Clay Creek in PA.  The fly of choice today was a small midge larvae size 20  and a zug bug size 14/16.  Get it on the bottom and the fish were cooperating.  Lots of fish and cooperative today.  The water temp this morning at 8:00 am was 41 degrees - and slightly cloudy from the rain event last night.  The White Clay Creek flyfishing section in Delaware was float stocked today thanks to helpers. Ed, Sam, Jimmy, and his crew and Mark C who manages to arrange the stocking.  Additional stockings are scheduled for tomorrow 10:30 am starting at the Chambers Rock Road parking lot.  Understand that the DE fishing season opens this Sat 4/6 so with the stocking today , Tues and Fri this week there will be plenty of fish in the creek for the openning.  Good luck to all.

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By KenP on 3/29/2009 11:36 PM

Attended the White Clay Fly Fishers first outing at the Octoraro Creek flyfishing stretch today.  What a great group!  Just nice people and good fishers willing to help all comers.  The fishing was just fine and almost everyone was onto fish.  Thanks to Ed O'D for assisting "Pop" and to Will & Carl for helping Chase catch his first trout.  A few of the club members of the South Jersey Fly Fishers joined the group and some impressive flies were on display from professional tyer Joe S.  The food really hit the spot and everyone was totally satisfied with the gathering. Visit the WCFF web site for the schedule of future outings and a membership form.  The link is on our the WCC blog page left column under "Our Friends"

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By KenP on 3/28/2009 10:23 AM

I walked into Fair Hill Preserve in MD today to see the openning antics on the Big Elk.  The parking lot by the covered bridge was about half full and fishers had already staked out their claim to water on the creek by 7:15 am.  Fishing season is open - in MD.  The DE & PA season opens next Sat 4/4.  Delaware stockings will start on 3/30 and continue throughout  the month.  Take advantage of getting your license for PA, MD, & DE on line and be ready to start the season.  Let's hope the rains we are expecting over the weekend bring our waters back to normal conditions.


By KenP on 3/27/2009 1:18 PM

Fished the DH section of the White Clay Creek with my father in law and we saw dozens of fish.  Three were brought to hand on WCC midge - a size 18 tan & brown bicolor larvae.  The fish continue to be spooky and difficult as the 40 degree clear water allows them a good look at your offering.  Fish multiple flies to give you that  "second" chance for the fish to see the drifting food.


By KenP on 3/25/2009 9:48 AM

The fish were on the move today but would strike nothing until about 9:00 am when they started popping the surface for some imaginary insect that I had no clue about. So bottom line today was:

By KenP on 3/24/2009 9:48 AM


Another cool morning - less wind and the water temp at 41 degrees at 7:45 am today.  A rhyacophilia caddis imitation in size 12/14 worked this morning.  Fished slow and on the bottom, it fooled two rainbows and one brown.  I fished the downed tree section of the White Clay Creek below London tract road.  The fish were holding in the seams just below the rock weir.  Look for more consistant action as we get some rain and warmer weather later this week.


By KenP on 3/23/2009 1:33 PM

The fish were a little lethargic this morning, but there are plenty of them and they were in the usual places.  So I tried a Fran Betters "the usual" with no luck.  A size 14 tan hare's ear caught their attention though, as three nice browns found it to their liking.  The windy morning made the air feel colder than the water (temp was 40 degrees) air temp 29.  I really felt  emotionally good about the fishing but chilled to the core  in less than 1 hour of fishing.  More cold temps are projected for tomorrow am, but I'll be out there to report to you about the fishing(and hopefully the catching).


By KenP on 3/19/2009 4:39 PM

I am always amazed at how the fish respond to a changing barometer and today as it fell during the morning hours the fish forgot about their fear of flys  and fishers and hit almost everything thrown at them.  Golden retriever, black stone fly, flashback nymph(s), edson tiger streamer, mickey finn, all accounted for trout today.  If a small natural imitation isn't the ticket, a streamer has been.  So don't forget to have woolly buggers, and a selection of streamers in your box.  They might just save the day.

By KenP on 3/18/2009 2:33 PM

The White Clay Creek is running clear and cool 41 degrees this morning at 7:30 am.  The fish are getting smarter and harder to fool as pressure mounts, but two fish fell to a size 18 hare's ear nymph today.  The increased pressure from fishers has also added to the mono break offs in the trees and underwater structure.  I retrieved an entire leader with tippet and fly attached from an underwater twig today.  Remember to carry a trash bag with you to gather up some of the trash (soda, beer bottles & iced tea cans that have been left on the stream lately.  If you bring in a fly rescued from the brush or bottom, Doug or I will reward you with a swapped out fly after we put the old fly on the "Board of Shame", in the shop.


By KenP on 3/17/2009 12:37 PM


The tally was one fish.  Caught on a midge size 20.  The fish are very spooky and although they were visually feeding it was very hard to see what the chow was.  I finally decided to cast the smallest black fly in my box and managed that lone trout.  The water is crystal clear and 41 degrees.  Delaware announced the stocking schedule and asked for volunteers.  If you are interested in helping with that stocking starting mornings on March 30, get in touch with me at 302 369-9730 and I will point you at the right person to speak with.


By KenP on 3/16/2009 11:33 AM

I met my friend Rob M at the White Clay Creek in PA today.  As good as the fishing was yeasterday my two hour results today was the

By KenP on 3/15/2009 9:13 PM


The scale below the insects is in mm's. Belly of the hydropsyche ( a net builder caddis) on left; cheumatopsyche on right

Spent about 5 hours fishing the DH section of the White Clay Creek in PA today.  Dave's fuzzy nymph, a purple & white streamer and a golden retriever all took fish.  Also an olive hydropsyche caddis nymph size 16 accounted for a few more.  The fish were not that cooperative and a good drift and a stealthy approach were necessary, even with the overcast conditions.  Water temp had moderated to 40 degrees today.  I number of spin fishers repo ... Read More »

By KenP on 3/13/2009 6:02 PM


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By KenP on 3/12/2009 3:40 PM

The weather has turned cold again and I must have changed flies 50 times and used up 50 feet of tippet in the process just trying to catch one trout.  The fish were staring me in the face as I struggled with cold hands and every fly in my box.  I finally successed in bringing one to hand - took a black ghost streamer size 10.   Water temp had fallen again overnight to 39 degrees.  No visible hatching today.  Trout were hanging right to the bottom.  I think a few gave me the fin!


By KenP on 3/11/2009 10:23 AM

A misty morning but the fish were cooperating.  A size 12  yellow stone fly nymph took two browns and a size 18 black flashback nymph  took a rainbow of about 15 inches.  The fish seem to have recovered from the pounding they took over the weekend.  Still, being stealthy and making a good drift will improve your odds at taking these stocked fish on the White Clay Creek in PA and Delaware.


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