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By KenP on 2/22/2011 6:03 PM

Clear water and aggressive  fish characterized this snowy day on the White Clay Creek.  Reports from the DH indicate the fish were hitting a wet version of the little black stone and an olive caddis emerger.  Our friend Mark told me the fish were in there like an aquarium.  The fish are getting acclimated and are on the lookout for food.  Stop by the store for a few flies and we will direct you to the hot spots. If you are a beginner, the first public session for fly fishing, sponsered by the White Clay Fly Fishers is tonight 7-9 at the London Tract Meeting House (South Bank and London Tract Rds) in PA. Twenty five dollars for the seven week class which includes a membership to the WCFF organization. You don't have to be present for all the classes.  Tonights presentation is an orientation, handouts and knot tying.

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By KenP on 2/21/2011 11:07 AM

The weekend saw a number of fishers taking advantage of the recent state stocking of the White Clay Creek a Delaware River in DE & PA.  Here is an example of the quality fish being caught and released in the DH.

Photo provided by Keith H


By KenP on 2/18/2011 11:20 AM

I fished the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA this morning with my friend Rick H.  I  managed a brace of trout and a few fall fish. The water clarity is cloudy due to snow meltwater.  The fish prefered the golden retriever although I had anumber of strikes on little black stone flies.  I jumped a very nice rainbow on a  freshly tied caddis emerger pattern (Joe's olive emerger) and I have been auditioning a number of new caddis nymphs.  None worked today but for the last few weeks those patterns have been murdering them.  We still have some in stock, so ask me to point them out when you are in the store.


By KenP on 2/17/2011 4:14 PM

A group of anglers from the Saltwater Fly Anglers Of Delaware reported mixed success on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River today.  They fished the PA DH section and came up with a few trout on woolly bugger patterns.  The state (PA)  accomplished the first stocking of the year thanks to the efforts of the White Clay Fly Fishers who assisted the stocking.  The PA fish and boat commission has posted a stocking schedule on the website for SE PA.  Check it out for future stockings and volunteer to help if you can - that help is always needed.


By KenP on 2/16/2011 2:03 PM

The water clarity on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river is somewhat cloudy due to melt down and run off water from the salt/snow.  Water temp was 40 degrees today.  With increasing air and water temps the fishing should be turning on.  More tomorrow.


By KenP on 2/14/2011 5:32 PM

Our friend Dick P #79 reported a nice brown taken on a special secret fly today.  It was also reported some members of the WCFF were spotted on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA below the London Tract Bridge this morning.  The nice weather pattern is supposed to continue, so get out there and give the fish a sore lip or two.  Remember to catch and release fish where regulations require.  It has been reported that the CO is on the prowl!


By KenP on 2/13/2011 5:28 PM

Fished with my friends Rick, James and Will on the White Clay Creek Preserve DH today.  Anchor ice had reformed from some cold overnights and the fish were hiding under the ice shelves that had formed.  We only managed a few slashing strikes and the boys showed good casting skill and line control. We changed a lot of flies to entice the fish to cooperate!  Better luck on a future ice free day.


By KenP on 2/11/2011 5:24 PM

The fish were very active today.  Sz 14 little black stone fly nymphs were just the ticket.  The White Clay Creek is a Delaware River with the DE portion part of the White Clay Creek State Park and the PA poirtion designated as the Preserve.  Access is good with parking designated in lots that accomodate enough cars without having to park on "the road".  Get out and give the WCC a try.


By KenP on 2/8/2011 11:07 AM

Windy and cold today.  Enough said.  Yesterday afternoon I received a reliable report that the green weenie was a successful fly in the DE stretch and a number of both rainbows and browns were taken in the PA DH section of the White Clay Creek.


By KenP on 2/7/2011 11:32 AM

There is still snow on the paths and edges but the water is open on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river in DE & PA. The fish are looking at a lot of offerings.  Reports indicate a black rabbit strip leech/bugger accounted for a few fish.  The stream bank was littered with litttle black stone fly adults, so fishing the edges with nymphs is a good strategy.  I took a few fish on a black caddis emerger - which is actually golden yellow colored - size 14 fished on the bottom and raised through the water column. I also saw a nice midge hatch this morning as I was leaving.  Water temp was 39 degrees and I assume the sun on the water at 9:15 contributed to the hatch activity.


By KenP on 2/6/2011 11:08 AM

Customers fishing thte White Clay Creek in PA reported hungry fish.  The pix below says it all to the quality and potential awaiting anglers as the season openner nears.

Keith H w/18" brown WCC 2/06/11


By KenP on 2/4/2011 1:34 PM

It only took and overnight low in the 20's to turn the surface conditions into slush on the White Clay Creek, a Delware River in DE and PA.  There is still some open water , but you'll have to walk the stream to find it.  Luckily we are expected to have rain and highs in the 40's this weekend.  That should help remove some of the unfishable areas.  I had questions about the streamer size I was using yesterday so I'll just say most were size 10.  Those of you who know my tactics, know I will throw a streamer to size 2 in the fall and winter.  Big fly big fish even in the winter when the conventional wisdom says go small and slow.


By KenP on 2/3/2011 12:47 PM

The water was open on the White Clay Creek , a Delaware River in PA's DH section,  and the fish were hitting streamers....edson tiger, black buggers w/red flash, golden demons, and golden retrievers.  Get out and fish while the water is open.



By KenP on 2/1/2011 12:15 PM

The hard water still covers the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River.  Some reports are that the fish are being fed by friends of the creek.  Start tying up trout pellet imitations for some actions once the ice melts maybe as soon as tomorrow based on weather reports (rain and 40 degrees for Wed).  I have been busy building rods, teaching class in the shop and at the Tri-state rod builders class and tying custom fly commisions.  The shop is full of new materials that were previewed at the "big show" in Somerset last weekend.  We just re-loaded the bargain clearance table and new spring items are being delivered daily.  Slide into the shop and see some of the new offerings. Ask about Congo Hair, monster cones, and Pro wrap metallic threads.   We have bug bond too!


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