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By KenP on 6/29/2010 9:57 AM

This morning, between 9:45 and 10:00, I had a few minutes before I had to go open the store.  I stopped at the Fly Fishing Section of the Delaware White Clay Creek.  I walked half way up the stretch and stopped at the gravel bar next to the thin water just above "the Island."  I stood there and carefully and systematically searched the water for trout.  I saw three (maybe 4) trout in three minutes.  Then I went down to the top part of  "O'Donnell's Hole" and saw four trout in the same amount of time.  I just stood there quietly and looked hard.  That's more than a trout per minute.  What does this mean?  THERE ... ARE.....PLENTY..OF...TROUT around!  Are they sluggy?; yep (I'm feeling sluggy in the weather too).  Are they spooky?; yep.  Are they getting picky? You betcha.  But they are there, now we have to ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/28/2010 10:54 AM

As most of you probably expect the White Clay Creek stream temperature is way up for this time of year (some reports indicate mid seventies), and the water level is down a bit.  This is not go for the trout.  They will be in shade, at springs, and in riffles.  They will probably be hunkered down and doing more night feeding.  Best time to go for them will be gray light in the morning and late afternoon to dark.  If you catch any fish, try to get them in quick and release quick to limit their stress.

In slow flow areas, you will be seeing a dark green or bronish green tint to the water.  This is algae or other phyto-type micoorganisms/plants.  This can affect visibility for you and the fish and oxygen levels.  It can also gum up your fly and line. Rinsing your fli ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/27/2010 8:05 AM

This time of year is when the streams become relatively empty.  The diversity of fish readily willing to hit your fly is at its max. No one is around to watch or bother you.  Absolute peace and tranquility. 

In addition to the Eden I just described, this also provides opportunity.  You can try new things.  Mess around  with casting techniques and experiment with various presentations.  If you goof, who cares; you're the only one that will know.  Also, play around with new patterns.  Here is a simple one: tie a bunch of buggers in different colors and combinations.  Se how the fish react.  This is how I fell in love with the blonde bugger that works so well in the summer.   Don't underestimate how a slight size or colo ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/26/2010 10:37 AM

The Alaskan adventure June 2010 was quite a success.  Rainbows averaging 23" were hungary for string leeches, sculpins and caddis dries.  Here's a sample of the nice wild leopard rainbows we go to catch.

Pix was taken with a Fuji WP waterproof camera in the Alagnak River AK,


By KenP on 6/25/2010 1:32 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that I was able to get a White Clay Creek grand slam today - one trout, one smallie, one red eyed rock,one bluegill and one fall fish.  Actulaly,  the bass fishing was spectacular using a mini bugger and Edson Tiger streamer.  The trout was caught on a black midge, and the pan fish were taken on a #16 black caddis dry.  The fall fish was almost 17".  Seems like the water is holding fish in the deep niches.  Water temp was 69 this morning.Try the state line location for the bass as both the PA & DE sections are good holding water.


By KenP on 6/21/2010 12:00 PM

Most of our blogging centers around the White Clay Creek.  But there are a bunch of other streams in our part of the Delaware River Basin that offers good fishing.  For example, yesterday afternoon I spent walking a section of the Christina Creek. 

The Christina Creek is a stocked stream from around Covered Bridge Farms down to Rittenhouse Park.  Although this stream is stocked with a fraction of the trout the White Clay Creek is, it also has almost zero pressure this time of year.  It is much smaller than the White Clay Creek, with lots of snags and vegegation.  But it is a good stream to sharpen your skills with.  There are many pools, bank cuts, and dark holes in this stream.  It can be tough going and challenging, but the fish are there.  They can be very hard to see ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/20/2010 7:58 AM

Well, we're in the middle of a hot and muggy weekend.  These type of late spring days means a few things to me.  Trout will be tougher during the day.  Early half of the morning and from about 4:00 on in the afternoons are your best bet.  Not to say you can't catch trout during the day, but it is trickier.  If you can only get out in the middle of the day, find heavily shaded and spring areas. Also in areas where there is shade with broken patches of light, work the light patches.  Fish will often set up at the light/shade line (in the shade).  The change from light to shade (and vice versa) helps fish see food floating on the surface.  I often fish big flies during the day to give the trout something worth going after.  

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By KenP on 6/19/2010 8:25 AM

For those of you who aren't familiar with or don't use tandems very often, the common belief is that two flies in the water give you twice the chance to catch a fish.  That isn't the whole truth.  A good tandem set-up (fresh water or saltwater) will increase your average catch numbers, period.   I guess the key thing to realize is that the flies in a tandem rig work together, i.e., it's more than just two or more flies in the water.

For example, I use a set-up for trout that includes a beadhead nymph and a midge pupa.  Now I can fish the beadhead by itself and catch some fish most of the time.  However, in a tandem rig, I catch a fewer fish on the beadhead, but the midge pupa hammers the fish.  Why? Well, the beadhead does three things: 1) it gets the midge pupa to the right depth; 2) it g ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/18/2010 10:42 AM

Most of the fishing reports for the White Clay Creek (DE & PA) have been very good.  But I am starting to see the fish getting more selective when it comes to flies.  Also, certain flies work better for one individual than another.  This is typically due to when and where the fly is being used AND the variation of presentation between fly flishers (i.e., their style).  A particular fly fisher simply has more mojo with certain flies, which eventually become his/her go to flies.   

When on the stream, do not spend too much time using a particular fly if it isn't being productive.  Don't get rid of it, just put in back in the box (after it dries), and try it again at a later time. For those of you who keep a diary/log, this is when ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/17/2010 1:16 PM

Reports are coming in that the water is low.  Low water can be a relative term.  For example, this year we had good flows throughout the spring due to the good groundwater recharge we had this winter and early spring.  Well, flows are getting to the point where the usually are around this time of year. What does a lower flow mean to me?  It means clear water, sometimes warmer water, and shallower water.  All of this adds up to spooky, picky, and often lazy trout.  Now is when you get to see how good you really are.  Positioning yourself for the best presentation, making a good first cast, and having a good drift all becomes more important.  

As for me, I know I've been fishing a little bit sloppy because I was able to get away with it.  ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/16/2010 10:03 AM

Here is a download of what I've been hearing lately.

White Clay Creek:  The trout catch is remaining constant:  In the PA sections, the trout remain dense in in certain reaches.  However, they are not necessaily in the normal lies.  You need to start looking for them.  I was informed that one of our regulars caught a catfish in the White Clay Creek.  Anyone else catching catfish these days?  Some rules of thumb:

1. Don't walk by areas you usually walk by.

2. Work the entire width of the stream; avoid selecting what you think is the best part of the stream; fish it all. Read More »

By KenP on 6/15/2010 10:16 AM

When fishing in the White Clay Creek and other Delaware River waters, nymphing plays a very large role.  Most patterns imitate insect life (but not all).  All insects have six legs, and an abdomen, thorax, and head. In mayflies and stone flies the abdomen makes up about half the length of the body.  But in true flies, caddis, and other insect groups, the abdomen can represent a larger portion of the body.  This means the thorax and head may be a proportionately smaller depending on the insected being copied.  Regardless if its size, most successful wet flies have defined body parts, and in proportion to the insect being imitated.

Beads weren't always used in tying.  They became popular because they added weight to the fly, exagerated a crittical part of the insect's body ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/14/2010 11:43 AM

Just like the fishing, other ecological elements are improving in the White Clay Creek Watershed, a Delaware River Tributary.  Over the pasts months we've been getting reports of coyotes, otters, beavers, etc.  It all adds to the great fishing experience.

OK, what's hot?  San Juan worms, eggs (orange and yellow), midge pupa, crane flies, buggers, standard nymphs (zugbugs, princess, hare's ears, pheasent tails).  As you can see, a lot is still hot.  But, the sizes, the amount of flash used (e.g., in buggers and flashbacks), and presentation is varying relative to the conditions.  So this means have multiple sizes and colors available and change up the presentation if your standard is not working well.  i have been doing well with a beadhead nymph with a pupa or wetland fly (e.g., h ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/13/2010 8:00 AM

We are approaching the middle of June.  The days are warming up in the White Clay Creek as well as the other waterways in the Delaware River Basin.  Many of you have been fishing pretty hard for months.  Now you have the opportunities for catch a large array of species, but you will need to start fishing different parts of the streams to keep the catch numbers up. 

This is also a good time to do some maintenance on your equipment.  Your equipment probably served you well this spring, so it's time to return the favor. Pick a time over the next couple of weeks to clean your fly lines, clean and grease/oil your reels.  Get a generic brand of toothpaste and an old toothbrush and give your rods a good cleaning, especially the guides and reel seat.  Wipe down your clamps and o ... Read More »

By KenP on 6/12/2010 8:06 AM

I'm back as guest blogger for the week.

The seasons have definitely shifted. The effectiveness of most of the flies you've been using this year so far is starting to drop, or change.  The fishes diet is changing due to the food source changing.  The activity, and behavior, of each fish species is changing as well.  Certain flies you've been using this spring, may need to be larger or smaller now.  Other flies won't work worth a @#$@.  Start trying new flies.  Rework your fly box.  I've been tying foam flies and migde pupa.  Also, mix the size and color of your buggers.


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