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By KenP on 9/29/2010 10:30 AM

Classes at the shop kept me off the creek today.  Be aware that the forecast is for flooding conditions for the next day possibly two.  That means that stream conditions will be changing too.  If you plan to fish I'll offer a few suggestions.  Try flies that mimic insects and worms that will likely be washed into the stream from the flood.  San Juan worm, comes to mind.  Streamers fished tight to the bank are also good choices.  Eggs seem to work well during flood conditions,  Just be sure that the eggs have some flash or contrast in them.  Flooding will also move some of the leaf litter and silt around, as well as create new snags, so be aware and look for the newly created holding places that fish will take up. The storm will bring much needed water, but will also erode some locations.  Know that you will have to re-learn the stream after the flood, just part of the beauty ... Read More »

By KenP on 9/28/2010 2:36 PM

The fishing on the White Clay Creek , a Delaware River in PA was very challenging this morning.  My friend Dick P joined me for an early morning outing and we had a few surprises.  I was honored to catch a 4 1/2" brown troout.  Yes a wild 4 1/2"er, or maybe one of the hand reared trout planted in the creek by the Avon Grove Charter school last year.  Who knows.  I also caught a  blue gill  which hit a stonefly about the same size as he was.  A real monster.  Dick enjoyed catching a few gills and had a large trout strip him of a nicely tied fly with a viscious hit just before we called it a day.  Just in time too, as the sky opened providing us with much need rain.

Ken

By KenP on 9/24/2010 11:24 AM

The water levels on the White Clay Creek are very low with flows around 20 cfs in both DE & PA.  The average flows would generally be about 38 cfs for this time of year.  Let's hope that this weekends forecast is right on.  Leaf litter will hinder your presentation so you should think about your fly selection to maximize your success.  Leaf hoppers (jassids) are a good choice since these critters get trapped under falling leaves and are easy prey for the trout.  I tie a traditional pattern and substitute a guinea hen feather for the jungle cock wing.  It proved too irresistable for the trout this morning and two small browns fell for the fly in a very short outing in my favorite stretch of the delayed harvest on the middle branch this morning.

Ken

By KenP on 9/23/2010 3:08 PM

I missed fishing the last few days due to morning classes this week.  Reports from customers included good catches of smallies and sun fish at the DE/PA line and some trout caught in Delaware fly fishing section. Best flies have been woolly worms, elk hair caddis and olive buggers with flash according to those catching fish.

Ken

By KenP on 9/20/2010 11:34 AM

The nice cool morning had my hopes high, but the fish weren't cooperating.  I managed one brown on an edson tiger streamer.  I met up with a few "other" fishers that were frothing up the stream with wild casting and careless wading.  They couldn't imaging that I had caught a fish since they claimed there were none in the entire White Clay Creek, that all had died due to hot stream temps.  I refered them to this blog.  Imagine that  - no fish in the WCC - remarkable!

Ken

By KenP on 9/19/2010 10:32 PM

The trico hatch was going off most of the afternoon with very few visible rises.  A dry and dropper accounted for two nice rainbows and a couple sunfish.  It was a beautiful afternoon.

Ken

By KenP on 9/16/2010 12:56 PM

Water temps are falling with overnight temp moderation.  The fish are becoming more active and fish are fighting harder as they seem to have more energy as water temps fall.  Leaf litter continues to challenge the open water.  Water temp this morning at 62 degrees at 7:00 am.  I am continuing to have luck on a yellow/gold streamer-today a golden demon size 12/10.  For those of you who are getting back into fishing after our hot summer season I have two suggestions.  Check your equipment for reliability, reels for lubrication and drag settings, connection knots, tippet strength and flyline coating integrity, and start thinking about wearing some blaze orange on your person as hunting season is on us.  Be safe out there.

Ken

By KenP on 9/14/2010 10:00 AM

The nice morning weather is very encouraging for fall fishing and there are plenty of fish in the White Clay Creek.  But the leaf fall will also add some extra challenges to fishng our home water this autumn.  Today we are expecting 15-25 mph wind gust and that will add considerably to the leaf litter on the stream surface.  Try fishing a leaf hopper pattern (jassid) or get those big streamers out and work among the litter for you best chances for success.

Ken

By KenP on 9/13/2010 12:51 PM

I have been sporting the new vibram rubber soled wading shoes from cloudveil, and chota  and a pair of Hodgman shoes resoled with simms version of the vibram sole, since January of 2009. I also have experience wearing Hodgman felt soled boots with carbide studs, as well as korkers and gladiator sandels.   Many of you have asked if they are as "good as" felt soled boots/shoes.  First I must clarify what as good as is.  Those of you who wear wading boots with felt soles, know how "sticky" they are.  New vibram soled boots do not have the same footing as felt period.  But with the carbide cleates installed strategically on the soles they are equally sticky in relative terms.  The combination of the cleates and the sticky rubber soles are equally as good from my point of reference.  The Chota rubber bottom is actually better for hiking and s ... Read More »

By KenP on 9/8/2010 9:18 AM

A short outing today with good results.  Larger size nymphs (10/12) got attention by brown trout today.  A few showed signs of spawning colors, so maybe autumn is here according to the fish.  A pattern highlighted in the fall issue of Fly Tyer also produced a fish - red psycho nymph size 12.  You'll need to tie that one yourself since it's not a shop pattern - yet!  I will blog a product review on friday so stay tuned.

Ken

By KenP on 9/7/2010 9:55 AM

Holiday reports continue to indicate the willingness for fish to cooperate, with many smallies reported on a variety of surface flies, weighted weenies and buggers.  Personally I found the cooler overnight temps to be moderating the water temp in the mid 60's and trout activity was improving.  Start to stock your box with and fish streamers as the trout are beginning to chase them as the hatch and terrestrial activity slows.  Best patterns for me this holiday week  -  Light Edson Tiger, Black Ghost and Grey Ghost all in size 12 or larger.

Ken

By KenP on 9/1/2010 9:48 AM

I didn't fish today but the doctor did.  He worked over a deep dark hole but was not rewarded with the big one.  More fishing on the White Clay tomorrow.  I hope the fish feel that low pressure  from the upcoming storm and go on the feed.  I'll be waiting for them!

Ken 

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