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By KenP on 12/29/2009 12:14 PM

Fished with my new friend Sean this morning on the White Clay Creek in PA.  Very tough conditions with wind gusting to 40 mph, yet we were able to hook a few and land a few fish.  The browns fell for a golden retriever and the brookie wanted the nymph head green caddis emerger.  In fact it broke my line for a palm beach release.  Tomorrow is slated for less wind although still cold.  Water temp was 36 and the cold 16 degree air left ice in the guides and on the line exposed to long to the wind.

Ken

By KenP on 12/28/2009 4:23 PM

Tried the White Clay Creek above Sharpless Road bridge today.  It was cold and windy.  Air temp was 19 and the water temp 37 at 7:30 am today.  The fish still are attracted to swinging flies,  with a mixed bag of browns, rainbows and brookies falling for yellow streamer patterns.  The stream was running at normal levels although some fines still staining the water.  Best fishing days this week will be Wed and Thurs since we will have a falling barometer ahead of the predicted snow event.  See you on the water tomorrow.

Ken

By KenP on 12/27/2009 4:20 PM

Fished the DH this afternoon with my friend Rick D and found the stream still high and cloudy.  A golden retriever took a 12" brook trout, and white minnow/streamer patterns had a few other strikes.  Footprints in the mud indicated some pressure earlier in the day.

Ken

By KenP on 12/27/2009 9:04 AM

The water flow has fallen to about 350-500 cfs in the White Clay Creek in DE & PA.  Clarity is still somewhat murky but clearing quickly.  I'll be fishing after the shop closes at 1:00 pm today.    If you shop at the store today and indicate you saw this blog entry you will receive 10% off your purchase.  Store hours are 9:00 am - 1:00 pm today. 

Ken

By KenP on 12/26/2009 9:10 AM

The conditions both in PA & DE are suffering from the overnight rain event and the additional snow melt runoff.  The stream is approaching a flooding condition running over 1100cfs as of 9:00 am and it looks like chocolate milk.  Check out the fly shop today (we are open 9-6) as the creek is unfishable. 

Ken

By KenP on 12/25/2009 3:05 PM

It was a Merry Fishmas on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA today.  My friend Jack H and I got an early start in the DH and found the fish stacked up in a number of the better holes.  Best flies were golden retriever, white shenk's minnow, micro stonefly, clouser minnow trout size.  The water was a chilly 36 degrees abut the catching made up for the rain and chilly conditions.  My log indicated that for the last 6 of 10 outings on Christmas day, fish have come to hand.  I hope your day was as productive.

Ken

By KenP on 12/23/2009 4:38 PM

The air was 19 degrees and the water was 36 degrees this morning at 7:15 on the White Clay Creek , a Delaware River.  Streamers (Shenks white streamer size 10) are still producing and the rainbows were kinda chunky.  The cold will chill your bones so be sure to cover exposed skin and try to keep your hands dry- even when releasing fish. 

Ken

By KenP on 12/21/2009 5:01 PM

Getting into the stream through two feet of snow was tough enough but finding water without slush or ice covering was the trick.  Still three nice rainbows fell to an Edson tiger streamer pattern this morning.  The parking situation is also a bad one as the state lots in PA are not cleared.  Watch your leader doesn't contact the anchor ice and you are trekking carefully as it is hard to see the waters edge with the accumulated snowfall.  Water temp this morning was 37 degrees.  AIr temp in the low 20's was creating icy guides most of the morning.

Ken

By KenP on 12/20/2009 9:09 AM

It is Sunday morning and beautiful outside. The stream is in good shape. Just be careful upstream of some of the dams (there is some floating ice/snow). The stream is still showing fish and they were active yesterday.

Oh yeah, WCO IS OPEN (was there ever a doubt?).

Douger

By KenP on 12/19/2009 3:15 PM

 

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By KenP on 12/19/2009 9:13 AM

I drove over to the creek this morning before arriving at the shop.  I actually saw some fish from the bridge, and while the snow storm is supposed to deliver 6-18" of snow, you can have the stream to yourself if you brave the storm!  Be aware that PA has not plowed out the parking areas so if you plan to fish have 4WD or know where you can safely park.  The shop is fully stocked with the right winter fly patterns, holiday gifts and we are open till 6:00 pm to serve you today. Doug will have the store open from 9-1 on Sunday,  I'm off tomorrow, so I'll see you on the creek.  Just in, a report from the snowy White Clay Creek, a few fish caught by brave fly fishers this morning near London Tract bridge.  Nice work on a tough day.  Try a "streamer" was the advice.

Ken

By KenP on 12/16/2009 10:38 AM

Wintery conditions remind you that being dressed properly is important during a winter excursion.  Base layer, wool socks. polartec tops and drawers and your lightweight breathables or neoprene waders are required to be comfortable in these conditions.  Don't forget to keep an  emergency change of clothes in the car in case of a scuba episode.  Water temp was 39 degrees today and the water is getting a little thick.  The fish were  slow to move to the offerings, but I managed one nice rainbow today on a size 10 hares ear fished on the bottom.  I expect the fishing to continue well into the new year as there are still a good number of fish showing in the DH section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA.

Ken

By KenP on 12/14/2009 10:35 AM

Thanks to Doug for some really good info on starting your winter fishing outings.  I am back from a nice week in Mexico bonefishing. The  WCC is calling me and I expect to get out tomorrow.  Look for some pix of my trip on the Fishing Destinations tab later in the week.

Ken

By KenP on 12/12/2009 9:06 AM

The first real cold spell is upon us. It's not a bad one. The water flow is good. The fish may be sluggish, but know they need to eat. I believe the first few winter drops in water temp triggers some instincts. They get kind of conflicted. One instinct is saying fatten up, the other is saying slow down, and go to your safe spot. Put these two instincts together and it means that there could be agressive hits on "good" meals, and few hits on "small" meals. I often go bigger on the streamers and fish them like their hurt or dying. I also will go for larger nymphs and realy work the entire section of stream hard (swing and lift style, less drifting). [You probably are realizing by now that I look for any reason to go big]. But, fish being fish, a teeny midge could sometime blow this theory out of the water.

Look out for anchor ice. It is just starting to show up now. This stuff can make walking the edge a little tricky ... Read More »

By KenP on 12/10/2009 2:26 PM

There are those among us who say that they avoid using split shot. We get labeled erroneously as being purists. Far from it. We just disguise our split shot with tying material and call them beadheads. Regardless of what we call them, our goal is the same; get the fly down to the fish. Which is better? Like most things in fly fishing the answer is neither and both (clear as mud).

Weighting the fly allows for easier casting in most situations, softer delivery, and one less thing to get snagged on the bottom.

Split shot allows for fine tuning and a freer drift of the fly (weightless).

If you use a bead, you can get a more jig-like on the fly when you twitch it. If you weight the shaft with wire, you get an evener (more level) drift.

With split shot, you can reduce snags, floppy loops, and noisy deliveries by using more lighter split shot over a length of l ... Read More »

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