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By KenP on 7/30/2009 9:41 AM

The White Clay Creek in PA was muddy again this morning after overnight storm run off.  The most effective fly today was the DW streamer in a size 8. The rainbows really seem to like it and it accounted for three fish today.  Water temp was 67 degrees at 10:00 am today.  The creek clears up in just over a day so this weekend conditions should be perfect. 

 DW streamer size 8

 

Ken

By KenP on 7/29/2009 10:14 AM

Water temp on the climb in these sultry days.  Sixty eight degrees this morning.  The fish are still available to you and you may have to fish some new cover locations too.  Let's hold off a day on that new trout pattern.  The smallies were very active today.  Time to give the fly section in Delaware another go tomorrow.

Ken

By KenP on 7/28/2009 10:08 AM

The White Clay Creek, a Delaware River has partially recovered from the rain events over the past few days and a number of new cover locations have been created from downed trees.  I have been using a salmon fly streamer style to get the fish to be able to see and chase something in cloudy muddy conditions.  I think I found it too.  I'll post the recipe tomorrow with a pix.  I have a few for sale in the store.  It wil take me a while until I have an adequate supply as they are hand tied.

Ken

By KenP on 7/27/2009 11:06 AM

Chocolate conditions predominate.  Try a streamer - a flashy one or a flashy salmon fly or a sculpin with some flash in it and good luck!

Ken

By KenP on 7/25/2009 7:46 AM

The stream conditions are already improving with flow back to normal on the White Clay Creek in PA section of the DH.  After high water  & muddy condition the fish will take up traditional feeding position, so don't ignore the riffled sections since they are genreally silt free providing a highway of food. 

Ken

By KenP on 7/24/2009 11:42 AM

The storm overnight really put  the stream in a deep chocolate condition.  Try a flashy streamer or bugger that will move some water and get there attention.  I was able to get one trout near the edge of the stream behind a good size boulder today.  Water temp was 68 degrees at 7:45 am. A few smallies came to hand before I quit - on the flashy bugger.

Ken

By KenP on 7/23/2009 11:38 PM

The WCC creek has started to cloud over with run off.  The fish were still actively feeding and a rubber legged caddis emerger size 14 and a smaller olive wooly bugger with flash picked up the majority of the fish.  Both browns and rainbows cooperated this morning.  The air temp was 67 degrees, and the water the same.  My glasses and sinuses were both full of mist today.

Ken

By KenP on 7/21/2009 10:34 AM

The White Clay Creek was slightly silty this morning, but the fish were still in a good mood, providing some nice action on caddis pupae and small stone flies in black or black & brown with rubber legs.  A micro stone also produced the biggest fish - 16" today.  The water temp was 67 degrees at 7:15 am.  I only had a short outing today as I was again at the dr. office - anticipating good health.  If those big predicted storms muddy up the water, tomorrows outing may be a san juan worm and a green weenie! 

Ken

By KenP on 7/19/2009 10:37 PM

Had a chance to fish a rare evening session on the WCC this weekend and found the fish to be looking up.  All the dries and dry combinations I tried brought fish to hand.  Crane fly size 10/12, Janiec moth, dark elk hair caddis size 16, grey wulff with hi vis post size 14, and ausable wulff size 16 all worked.  A nice mix of browns, rainbows and smallies.  With that kind of luck, maybe I should be out evenings instead of mornings!

Ken

By KenP on 7/17/2009 4:47 PM

The humid weather was in full swing this morning and I was wet through and through before I left the White Clay Creek in PA today.  The smallmouth really had a good showing today - pounding that golden retriever streamer.  One trout fell for the flashback baetis nymph.  The rest were smallies and blue gill. One after the next.  Water temp was 66 this morning at 8:30 am and the water was still clear.  Let's hope that we see some of that rain  overnight so we don't need rain gear to fish on Sat.  If it does rain stop by the shop and check out the new Aquaskiz rain pullover)!

Ken

By KenP on 7/16/2009 3:49 PM

The barometer has been dropping all morning and the fish are actively feeding in gin clear water with just inches of water over their backs.  A bunch of flies worked today including an olive hare's ear size 14, a baetis flashback size 18, a sulfur dry size 18, zebra midge with clear bead head size 20, and a bead head aquagreen caddis pupae size 16.  There are plenty of fish and they were not shy today.  Maybe it's that falling barometer that's got 'em turned on?  Hope the predicted storms tonight doesn't ruin the fishing for tomorrow!

Ken

By KenP on 7/15/2009 4:07 PM

I decided to try out some new flies today.  I changed the body color on the caddis pupae and the browns still liked it.  I fished a crane fly adult and was rewarded with two rainbows.  A hares ear size 16 and tan with a flashback fooled a smallmouth.  Keep the size small and the characteristics natural and expect to catch your share of nice fish.  I got skunked on all the streaners today...black ghost, edson tiger, golden retriever and grey ghost - all my favorites.

Ken

By KenP on 7/14/2009 8:02 PM

I woke at 2:15 am tied flies, went fishing traveled to Lancaster and had a surgical procedure done on my face.  No, my looks haven't improved that much! The fish still like those green caddis pupae size 16 and emergers size 14/16 on the WCC in PA.  A size 16/18 tan elk hair caddis dry worked for a rainbow.  The wets all caught browns.  A fall fish fell for a golden retriever size 12. The water temp was 65 degrees this morning at 6:15 and the water is gin clear.  If we can manage to avoid a stretch of hot (90) degree weather the fishing may hold up most of the summer.

Ken 

By KenP on 7/11/2009 7:45 AM

Two browns, two smallmouth this morning above Sharpless road bridge - Parking lot #2 in the PA White Clay Creek Preserve.  I met Joe G and we started working up stream, both with good success. Try a greeen beadhead caddis pupa/emerger or our friend the golden retriever streamer size 12.  The smallies fell for it.  The shops open today 9am-6pm so stop by and let's hear about your fishing adventures.

Ken 

By KenP on 7/10/2009 3:13 PM

Four fish fell for three patterns this morning - caddis pupa emerger size 16/18, crane fly dry and elk hair caddis dark.  The east branch of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river continues to fish well.  The fish were actively feeding for about 45 min and all the fish were caught in that period.  Water temp was 66 this morning at 8:00am.  Additional reports indicate fish were taken at the confluence above Sharpless road bridge on some very small size 22/24 patterns today.  Also had a report that fish were taken on tan and brown woolly buggers in the Delaware fly fishing section above Chambers Rock Rd. 

Ken

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