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By KenP on 3/29/2010 10:04 AM

Water conditions were high and dirty this morning, but I saw the stocking truck parked at Thompsons bridge in DE this morning.  Since I have talked to no one that actually helped stock, my guess is that the fish were bridge dumped due to the high water and potentially dangerous wading conditions.  More later as I learn the facts.


By KenP on 3/27/2010 7:44 AM

Fished with my buds Barry W and Dick P on the White Clay Creek a Delaware River in the DH section in PA and while it was a little cold and rainy, a few fish cooperated. Barry landed an 18" + brown on a large cone head bugger and I just missed a WCC grand slam.  We cleaned up trash at parking lot # 2 on the way out.  You folks need to respect out gamelands and start picking up after yourselves.  Cups and bottles can be recyled curbside and cig butts and packages need to be carried home for trash collection.  Maryland opened today and they are already shoulder to shoulder at the covered bridge.  I know some others are hiking in to the mothers day pool so good luck to all.  We are all anticipating the opening for DE & PA designated trout streams next Sat 4/3.



By KenP on 3/26/2010 7:42 PM

Hey Guys,

Been having a ton of fun in the WCC-DH section the past few weeks.  I typically 
get out for the evening hatch!  Been having success with the McFly material  and 
the bead-headed black marabou streamer with gold flash  right around dusk.  The 
fish are spread out very nicely throughout the DH area!!!  Last night I landed 
another of the Big Brute Browns,,, a nice 17.5" on the black marabou streamer.  
It was nice to catch a NEW brown trout since Keith has caught the "masked" brown 
trout several times now!!

The stonefly action has also picked up in the upper DH section this week!

Had a really nice surprise on Wednesday evening!!! Looked up in the sky in the 
upper DH stretch to see a beautiful bald eagle cruising overhead for about 15 
minutes.  Then saw him again about 30 minutes later a little further down 

Submitted By: Jim D

By KenP on 3/25/2010 4:35 PM

Best action today on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA delayed harvest section was a san juan worm.  Fished on or near the bottom it accounted for a dozen fish for three fishers today.  Other productive patterns were a corn fed caddis dry, flashback pheasant tail, and grey ghost streamer.  The fish seem healthy and aside from the added pressure they are seeing, they are still willing to bite a well presented fly.  Good luck!


By KenP on 3/24/2010 11:39 AM

The White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA is clearing up from the recent  rain events.  A red and yellow streamer was a good fly this morning, as a few rainbows were fooled.  I had a short outing as I taught a class before the store openned.  A few fishers from NJ joined me as I left today.  Since the DH section of the stream is the only open water in PA until April 3rd, I suspect we will continue to have some additional pressure until opening day.


By KenP on 3/22/2010 4:28 PM

Report from our friend Keith B:

Caught (2) nice browns, (1) was 17in. on size 20 Black Beauty midge w/
red bead below Good Hope yesterday evening. Also had a rainbow on a
Green Weenie. Thought you'd like to see the pics.


By KenP on 3/22/2010 4:01 PM

The fishing has been very productive.  Reports from the Octorora Creek in PA have been very positive even with higher than normal water conditions.  The White Clay Creek in PA is delivering a number of big catches.  Note: DE and MD are closed till their respective opening days April 3 and Mar 27.  I understand that a number of fishers received warnings for fishing "out of season".

Enjoy these pix of fish caught over the last few days.

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By KenP on 3/20/2010 1:04 PM

Kudos to those members of the WCFF and the community that participated in the Goodwin Preserve tree planting along the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in West Grove PA today.  The creek thanks you in advance with future stabilized banks and stream condition improvement from potential flooding.  We are all looking forward to the White Clay Fly Fishers banquet tonight.  The shop has donated a ton of prizes for the raffles so it should be a blast.  Bring some extra cash so your chances of winning grow, as well as benefiting the club. Good food and a great time are expected.


By KenP on 3/18/2010 2:28 PM

Received this report from our friend Ed G:

Afternoon fishing (3-7 PM) on the DHALO section of MBWCC was excellent Tuesday & Wednesday.  Tuesday the fishing was excellent from Good Hope Road bridge downstream to London Tract Road bridge, but Wednesday I had  a lot of fish in hand between the Sharpless Road bridge and the diversion dam.  Both days a bright red San Juan worm brought great results to anyone who tried it, but especially hot was a #14 or #16 crane fly larva. 
Trout are holding everywhere a trout should be found.  Kudos to the folks who did the stocking.

By KenP on 3/17/2010 12:26 PM

Fished with my father-in-law, Bob P and we had a slow morning with only one fish to hand.  Morning temp was 37 degrees and ice was forming in the guides.  The fish were looking but very sluggish in the cold am.


By KenP on 3/14/2010 7:58 AM

We got a window of no rain last night , and the creek after peaking at a flow of over 2000 cfs,  is falling back and at this spring forward hour is running 500 cfs - high and muddy and full of washed down trash.  We will need a stream cleanup to get rid of the floatsam.  Take a muddy walk and see the conditions for yourself.  Take along a 33 gal trash bag and bag some trash as you go.  A few "trail-trash" walks and the stream will be looking pristine again.


By KenP on 3/13/2010 2:24 PM

Watch for more reports.....but today the PA portion of the stream is blown out, muddy and high approaching flood stage.  The White Clay Creek in DE was very muddy from runnoff from PA.  Plan on checking here tomorrow for reports.  BTW, White Clay Outfitters is now taking orders for Gatti rod blanks.  Get in on the advanced order by calling Ken at 302 369-9730 weekdays after 11:00 am


By KenP on 3/11/2010 10:04 AM

The fish were looking up and a corn fed caddis dry size 14 skittered along the top took fish on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA today.  Water temp was up a degree to 41 and the water was still running about twice normal flow from snow melt.  Emerging caddis also were getting attention and accounted for a few fish today.   Seems the fish are feeling the approaching storm as the barometer has started falling.  Watch the muddy edges and banks as you enter the stream...very slippery.


By KenP on 3/9/2010 5:47 PM

The word must be out there as the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA was just loaded with fish and fishermen today.  I   was able to coax quite a few fish to bite offerings bounced along the bottom this morning.  Water temp was 40 and the flow is still above average. When so many fishers are on the water courtesy is paramount.  Those of you walking down the middle of the stream while approaching another angler already occupying a beat really need to learn some edicate.  I scrammed early today as the fishers appoaching the stream looked like a herd of cattle.  A stealthy approach is still needed to take the best fish that have wintered over.


By KenP on 3/8/2010 11:06 AM

Water temp on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River was 40 degrees this morning. Flow is slightly higher than normal but very fishable.   The fish are there and are tasting most offerings.  This only lasts for a week or so until the stockers find there new surroundings, so get out there and give it a try.  A dead drifted presentation near the bottom was the best approach and generated most of the fish today.  Pattern is not as important as having the offering on the bottom.


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