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By KenP on 9/29/2009 10:04 AM

Reports from the stream and success this morning indicate that a golden retriever is taking fish.  With the upcoming fall stockings the fishing should only get better.  Count this morning in the DH section of the WCC in PA - 3 browns, one rainbow all on the golden retriever.


By KenP on 9/25/2009 11:01 AM

The fish in the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River are getting to recognize our offerings and they have become much harder to catch, which requires your best skill and presentation.  I have moved to fishing fall patterns - mostly streamers with yellow or golden bodies, which happen to match the coloration of the fry in the stream.  Don't  be afraid to use a larger (up to size 2) streamer as the fry have grown up to 2" at this juncture.


By KenP on 9/23/2009 5:27 PM

Had a number of trout chase and hook up to a crane fly this morning.  Two other fish came to hand via olive hare's ear size 16.  Try to target the rocks and be stealthy as the fish are very skittish and are spooked easily.  Customers reported that light green body elk hare caddis worked in the Delaware fly stretch,.  Catches of a good number of blue gill and fall fish were mixed in.  Thx to Steve & Jim for those reports.


By KenP on 9/22/2009 11:43 AM

A lot of you are asking what is the best rod to use on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River.  I can only say that a shorter stick is somewhat more appropriate as overhanging conditions predominate in the late summer.  I fish a 8'-0" lamiglas custom (imagine that) rod for a 3 wt line.  It is matched to a 4 1/2 wt. line since I rarely have to cast more than 20 feet and a minimum amount of line is out of the tip.  The rod is perfectly balanced with a Cortland Sterling I reel.  Fish what you have and make it work for the conditions on the WCC.  A 7'-6" to 8'-6" rod is probably the right tool and match a line to it so you can nymph in close or cast to 40 feet with a dry.  Oh yeah, today I followed the advise and report from Jim D and fished the lower section of the DH near Sharpeless road bridge.  Result - two small brownies.    Read More »

By KenP on 9/21/2009 11:41 AM

Seems like it's one fish two fish or no fish over the last few days. Today


By KenP on 9/18/2009 8:14 AM

Nice cool morning with dropping creek temp - 63 at 8:30.  The trout are holding to the cover and they need to be tempted to come out.  Very spooky.  I was able to land two - one brown, one rainbow on an edson tiger streamer- my favorite for fall fishing.  Our fry have a yellow cast to their scales and this fly mimics them well.  A mickey finn and a golden demon also seem to work.


By KenP on 9/16/2009 9:44 AM

This morning was my last rod building class for Sept so no fishing.  I had a debate last night with a fly fisher about why we fly fish - to catch fish or clear our heads of the daily distractions.  Standing in a clear cool stream with the heron on your up stream side, and bugs popping everywhere is worth it without even casting to that rising trout 30 ft. away.  What you think?

Kudos to Keith H and Bruce V for the great presentation at the WCFF monthly meeting last night on Adirondack fishing.  A very informative and professional presentation.


By KenP on 9/15/2009 11:55 AM

Thx to Jim D for attempting to move the mattress at the "Big Rock".  That kind of trash has no business being in the stream.  We need to carry trash bags when fishing after flooding conditions.  The other day I found two worm containers on the bank which made it to the trash bin for recycling.  Today it was turkey hill ice tea jugs.  The fishing was better this morning as a flash back bead head size 16 pheasant tail accounted for a number of browns.  The fish were again holding tight to the cover and a tight cast to the rocks was needed to entice them.  Good luck! Water temp was 65 degrees toaday at 8:00 am and the stream was running clear and about at average levels for the season.  More leaf debris was on the water also, so your offerings have to be drifted among floating and drowned leaves.

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By KenP on 9/14/2009 1:49 PM

The water level was almost back to normal today and the fish should have been hungary after suffering from water levels at 1900 cfs over the weekend.  But the fish were just not cooperating this morning.  I caught one lone trout on an olive hare'e ear  bead head.  I saw a number of fish sticking their heads out to look over my offering but no takers.  I targeted the section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River above Sharpeless Rd bridge today.  Water temp was 65 degrees at 8:45 am this morning.  Better luck and hopes for feeding fish tomorrow.


By KenP on 9/13/2009 9:43 PM

Had the rare opportunity to fish this afternoon after the rain/flooding event of the last few days.  I was able to manage one trout on an elk hair dry size 18 - green.  The fish were holding tight to the rocks and the water was still slightly tinged.  Water temp has been holding in the mid 60's, and I expected the fish to be on for an evening hatch although one was not evident.  There was evidence of debris wash down in a number of location below good hope rd. 


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

My friend Dick P and I worked the DH on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA this morning.  I had two browns early and then managed to loose a few dries to rising fish without any coming to hand.  Dick managed a smallmouth on a small pheasant tail.  The fish were holding/hiding in the rocks.They did come out to look at a dozen offerings, without a take.  Just no interest in eating today.


By KenP on 9/8/2009 10:41 AM

Just in  - a report from Captn Frank that he and Bernie had a productive day on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River over the holiday weekend.  They landed browns, rainbows, smallmouth and sunfish on several sections of the WCC in Delaware.  The best fly for them was Bernie's swimming pheasant tail nymph - a dynamite fly that Frank describes as a "go-to" pattern.  They indicated that they had most of the stream to themselves and that the fish cooperated in the upper section of the creek near the PA line and at dam number 2.  The fishing will only get better as fall stockings are scheduled later in the month of Oct.


By KenP on 9/7/2009 8:12 PM

Gave it a go on a rare evening after returning from a holiday adventure in NYC. Two rainbows were caught on elk hair caddis size 16 fished dry and skittered on the top.  The rain spit into the evening and no other signs of fish were present.


By KenP on 9/4/2009 11:27 PM

I took on a morning rod building class so I have been off the water quite a few days this week.  Don't overlook the fact that the leaves are starting to fall and leaf hoppers are becoming available to the trout.  I tie my jassid , as a variation of the typical Vince Marinaro pattern with a yellow or blue guinea hen feather as a substitute for the more expensive jungle cock feather, with little or no reduction in effectiveness.  I think the overall shape means more than the actual markings - at least for me & the fish.  Give the pattern a try.

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By KenP on 9/3/2009 12:25 PM

The water levels are back to normal running about 40 CFS and the fish are a little spooky.  Was able to manage one trout and one smallie in the DH this morning.  Water temps continue to fall and read 66 degrees this morning.  A lot of overgrowth may restrict your traveling  and access to the better parts of the stream.  That means walking in the water - always a negative this time of year. 


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