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By KenP on 10/30/2010 11:52 AM

Cooler overnight temps have lowered the water temp to 56 degrees this morning.  Good success on an olive hare 's ear today.  The DE fly section had a number of fishers that reported fish hitting small baetis nymphs and drown ants.  Seems the fish have figure out what naturals are and are becoming active feeders.  The shop is open till 6:00 pm today and 9-1 tomorrow Sun Halloween.  Customers dressed for the holiday will receive 10% off their purchases on Sunday.  Be sure to ask to purchase a raffle ticket (all proceeds go to the WCFF winter stocking) and give yourself a chance to win the handcrafted rod on display - custom built with a beautiful ebony wood handle by Rick D.


By KenP on 10/29/2010 1:45 PM

I fished the PA DH section of the Whire Clay Creek , a Delaware River this cold morning.  The fish  were slow to hit  streamers but I took advantage of a few trout that were willing to hit a hares ear size 12.  Customers reported that the DE fly section had active takers on dry flies a good part of the afternoon.  You just had to find some water clear of leaf litter. Stomach sample showed the fish were eating small black nymphs - a good sign as earlier samples were devoid of food items.


By KenP on 10/28/2010 5:28 PM

I received reports that egg and sucker spawn patterns were effective in both states on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River .  I saw pixof two very nice rainbows and one huge golden caught in DE.  Some fish are reported to be pod up in the lower section  in DE near the nature center.  See you out there tomorrow.


By KenP on 10/27/2010 5:15 PM

I have been hearing comments about how lethargic the newly stocked fish are and how they just aren't biting.  Well freshly stocked fish sometimes take a few days to acclimate to the stream and decide what food is.  I can tell you that most any egg pattern, brightly colored nymphs and leaf hoppers are working.  The fish in the Delaware fly stretch are very healthly looking and numerous.  Get out there and give them a try.


By KenP on 10/25/2010 9:56 AM

My son's post wedding dinner and dance party was a great success.  Thx to Rick D for keeping the place hopping, and my wife for the spectacular dinner and dessert offerings.  The WCFF one-fly contest champs are still the champs.  Seems no teams can dethrone a team that knows the stream best!  This morning the fish were more cooperative although the leaf fall is significant.  I decided on a leaf hopper and a small psycho nymph dropper and landed a half dozen stockers today.


By KenP on 10/23/2010 8:09 AM

Fished the one-fly contest sponsered by the White Clay Fly Fishers this morning.  I scored three trout with the largest 12 1/2" using my fly of choice today - Joe's Ice Dub Emerger. .  Hope my partner does better and we can maintain our championship ranking.  Results later today. 


By KenP on 10/22/2010 2:42 PM

Reports from customers over the last few days:

>Leaf fall creating problems

>Saw and caught no fish

> Clear water but no fish.

> Where are all the fish?

> Fish are hitting streamers and eggs (blue)

Come join the WFCC for the one-fly outing tomorrow Sat 10/23 7:00 am.  Look for signs off South Bank Road in PA near the London Tract Meeting House


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By KenP on 10/21/2010 9:56 AM

Water and air temps are now in the range that the newly stocked trout really thrive in.  Water temp was 53 degrees this morning in the PA DH section of the White Clay Creek Preserve I fished.  Leaf fall is starting to accumulate in some areas creating some cover for the fish.  The water is very clear and running to the low side for this time in the fall.  Caught a few fish in the riffles on a golden retriever with a flash back nymph dropper.  Just plain fun.  Just getting ready to defend the one-fly contest title put on by the White Clay Fly Fishers and planned for this Sat.


By KenP on 10/20/2010 10:35 AM

I gave the PA section in the DH a try today.  The state supplied fish were stocked last week, with help from the White Clay Fly Fishers and local volunteers in the White Clay Creek Preserve.  The trout caught looked a little helpless with worn fins and noses.  The fish were in pods where I fished and were still not sure what "food" is.  I pumped a few stomachs and found almost no digested remains.  Try an attractor for your best success.



By KenP on 10/18/2010 11:32 AM

Doug reported that the newly stocked fish in the DE ffo section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River were plentiful and fiesty.  He reported catches of 16 plus inchers full of color and very healthy.  Give a Golden Retriever or some light colored eggs a try.


By KenP on 10/16/2010 9:02 AM

We have a blustery day on the White Clay Creek.  The wind can impact not only your cast, but your drift as well.  It also starts to put down leafs in greater volumes.  So if you fish today, the challanges are slightly increased.  But, the fish should be hungry today and eager find food.  The wind will cover some of the noise you make moving around.  So find a place that has a wind break and get at it.

Not much in fishing reports yet, but the flies you used last fall should work this year as well.  Fish fles that are visible but not scary (I won't get into what constitutes a scary fly; just not too heavy on the flash, but not necessarily devoid of flash either). Streamers, eggs, emergers, traditonal wet flies, weenies & retrievers, and midges are all i ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/15/2010 1:57 PM

Well yesterday, the Delaware portion of the White Clay Creek was stocked.  Most were rainbows, but brookies and goldens were also added to the mix.  Thanks to the floaters who spread out the trout from Hopkins Road to the state line, in the pouring rain. WHOOAaa!  Below that section, the trout were dumped at the normal locations.

Now there are lots of trout in both PA and DE.  The rain, the temperature, and today's winds are an additional help.  It kept the number of fishermen down (the warm weather fishermen didn't immediately hammer the fish).  This weekend, I expect there to be some more pressure, but the day or two of lower than usual pressure makes a big difference long term.  Reports were that the PA fish were healthy but a little hatchery worn.  The DE fish looked really ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/13/2010 12:43 PM

The fall season is underway.  Expect stream level to be on the rise with tonights storm predictions.  Fall stockings are already planned and both DE and PA sections of the White Clay Creek will have freshly stocked trout over the next week.  Stop by the shop and Doug will direct you to the right flies for the stockers.  The White Clay Fly Fishers are planning a winter stocking funded by raffle tickets for a beautifully handcrafted fly rod by Rick Daring. (We have some tickets for sale at the shop).  All proceeds from the raffle go toward purchase of fish for the stocking. Good fishing for the rest of the year can be expected.


By KenP on 10/8/2010 12:37 PM

I was supposed to fish with my friend Joe M from NJ but an early morning honey do list related to my son's upcoming wedding interceeded.  It is amazing how your kids activity get in the way of your first priority to fish. Joe reported a slow morning in the DH in PA on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA and DE.  Other reports from Wed and Thurs indicate that caddis emergers captured fish.  I have had several inquiries as to the location of that big fish I have been stalking.  Sorry, folks you need to find him yourself!  Other inquiries about the fall stocking in PA & DE continue to be handled with the following response - the stockings for both DE & PA will occur in the first two week of Oct.  If you are interested in helping stock, you can contact me and I will direct you to the individuals that are organizing the stocking.  You will need to commit to helping in order to know ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/4/2010 12:33 PM

I purposely went to target a very big fish that I have been stalking for about 2 years without success.  I made a perfect cast with the target right in the presentation and two feet from him, another fish a smaller 18 inch rainbow intercepted the size 4 streamer.  I ended my morning with that fish.  But the big one is still gunna be mine - just another day.


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