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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 10/30/2008 10:32 AM

It was another crisp morning and yes ice was forming in the guides.  I fished the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river in the White Clay Preserve in PA today.  The water was 52 degrees and it has cleared up nicely - crystal clear and the leaf fall was confined to pockets and rock snags.  I was able to fool four trout - all rainbows today.  Productive flies with two trout each were a Golden Retriever  and a Dark Edson Tiger both size 12.  The trout were fooled with an up-and -back motion hanging the fly in the current.  I normally would swing these streamers down and across and then sweep them across the current , but by accident I got the first one while daydreaming and the streamer was just hanging downstream. Go figure!  BTW, I got caught up in that mob scene last night on Broad St. after attending a choral concert at Temple.&am ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/29/2008 11:34 AM

Spent a few hours at dam #2 in Delaware on the White Clay Creek, hoping for clear conditions.  What I found were a pod of fish of nice size and numbers all hiding under the dam. All browns too.  Fished size 14 and 16 brown rubber legged stone fly nymphs.  Managed to land six fish and hooked up an additional dozen times.  Cast into the falls and let the fly drift out with the current.  Very fun fishing today.

By KenP on 10/28/2008 9:43 AM

Gave it a try.  The White Clay Creek was unfishable today with a covering of leaves.  Spent about 45 minutes of walking looking for a stretch that had opennings.  Made a few casts and called it a day.  If the Phillies can have a rain delay - so can I.  More fishing tomorrow.

By KenP on 10/27/2008 9:34 AM

The White Clay Creek, a Delaware river, was up slightly from the Sat rain event.  Water temp moderated at 54 degrees.  I participated in a tying class put on by the White Clay Fly Fishers on Saturday, so this morning I tried out a couple of the new wool flies we tyed in the class.  The dry fly was most productive with a half dozen smallmouth bass falling for it.  The nymph drew no hits and the woolbugger interested a few trout but no takers.  The rain and wind moved some of the leaf litter into some new spots.  Overall a nice morning of fishing for me.

By KenP on 10/24/2008 8:27 AM

The morning was cold and foggy and cold.  Cold hands make tying on flies tougher and releasing a trout with your hands in the water doesn't help. So I am cold, which limited my outing this morning.  Still, eggs and leafhoppers were the ticket again today.  Two trout on each in a section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river, in the DH section in PA.  The water temp has fallen a few degrees to 53, and the air temp caused ice in the guides again today. There are plenty of trout holding tight to the rocky areas,  I scared a mess of them walking out today. The leaf litter accumulations are creating "leaf mat cover" - new holding water for these newly stocked trout.  If you can get a drift under one you get a trout (two this morning).  With the pending storm forecast this weekend, we should see some new stream conditions come Monday.

By KenP on 10/23/2008 9:18 PM

I had a theory about spawning behavior and thought that I might have been on to something....and then someone else commented about my theory and now I have two theories.  I thought that maybe the browns or suckers were spawning and the trout activity on eating eggs was related to that.  My good friend Ed G thinks that the fish are still so dumb that newly stocked trout just identify with the egg as a source of food and eat it while ignoring naturals.  His theory is based on the fact that other fish, smallmouth, blue gill, rock bass and the like still eat the eggs patterns and the natural and the newly spawned trout don't recognize natural food but do recognize eggs so they are patterned to eat them.  Well this morning they were eating eggs - washed out yellow and orange ones and so were the smallmouth on the White Clay Creek , a Delaware river in the pools below London Tract Bridge.  Its a good thing ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/22/2008 10:23 AM

Tough conditions this morning with wind and falling leaves.  Got feedback yesterday afternoon that leaf hoppers (Jasid) were working for a few fishers that stopped by the shop.  I had one fish this morning on a small egg pattern.  Nothing like yesterdays outing, but the conditions have changed with the wind dominating accurate casting. Water temp holding at 54 degrees at 7:30 am.  Barometers rising so I expect the fishing in the next two days to improve.  See you on the stream tomorrow.

 

By KenP on 10/21/2008 1:18 PM

A regular fisher of the White Clay Creek stopped by the store to advise me of a revelation he had on Monday at the creek.  He discovered that the fish started showing a preference for one particular fly - more than a dozen times.  I decided to try it for myself this morning. So manned with a few special flies I walked to the spot and cast.  Yup! He was right on it.  Now what this looks like to the fish, I'm not sure but it's my guess is that the browns or suckers are spawning in the creek, or these fish think the fly looks like trout pellets.  Regardsless, the fly was effective.  We have a limited number of the right fly at the store so stop by and ask Ken for a couple.

 

By KenP on 10/20/2008 12:35 AM

I fished with a buddy Ed this chilly morning.  Air temp 32 degrees. Water temp 54 degrees at 7:20 am.  Ice forming in the guides almost immediately.  Was able to fool two browns and one smallmouth in the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river in the PA delayed harvest section below Good Hope Road Bridge.  They we sluggish but they ate size 16 flashback olive nymphs.  Saw at least a dozen fish near the big rock, but the slow water and gin clear conditions gave us away. Ed was working a natural hares ear under a float indicator but the floating leaf debris was detrimental to a drag free float as it interfered with the indicator a lot of the time.  We also scared a few fish from their rocky lies on our way out at about the time the sun made an appearance on the water.

By KenP on 10/19/2008 6:29 PM

A number of fishers were in White Clay Outfitters store on Sunday and indicated that there were no fish in the Delaware fly section.  Now that part of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River was stock this past Tuesday, so I gave it a try in the late afternoon.  So the fish are there but they were hiding from flashy flies.  They wanted a dead drifted natural looking nymph, which I provided.  Took two nice 14" rainbows on a size 16 olive baetis nymph.  I fished the section  half way to PA, just above the riffles.  Water temp had fallen to 56 degrees and there is leaf litter on a lot of the slower sections making casting to the pockets a must.  I also saw a number of fish holding near the rocky sections. Get out there and give 'em a try.

By KenP on 10/18/2008 9:10 AM

A cool morning and a short outing produced two rainbows on the White Clay Creek in Delaware in the fly section.  Used a golden demon and dark edson tiger streamer to get both to strike.  Give the streamer a down and across cast then a sweeping action at the bottom of the swing to get them to bite.  Think safety as hunting is still going on in the preserve.  Water temp was 59 degrees this morning at 7:15 am.  I downsized my tackle today to a 6'6" 2 weight after fishing 7 & 8 wt. for Salmon earlier in the week. Downed leaves are complicating casting, so you may try leaf hoppers(Jasid) patterns in addition to streamers. 

By KenP on 10/17/2008 12:34 PM

My friend Carl and I fished the Salmon River in Pulaski  NY  this week.   We joined fellow White Clay Fly Fishers, Tom P,  Barb B, and Leah G for a few days of tug and pull.  Click on the Salmon Fishing tab on our site to see some nice pix of the two day outing.  We really baled the fish with impressive hooking and landing numbers. Carl fished a handcrafted 4 pc. 10'-6" Rainshadow switch rod that he recently built,  which was just the right equipment for the 14-35 poiund fish.  Ken auditioned a new Grey's G-Tech 6 piece  8 wt. travel series now available at White Clay Outfitters.  The multi-piece rod whipped those big fish handily and it looks very cool - hi-tech!

By KenP on 10/14/2008 11:09 AM

I spent the first part of the day at my "new" dentists office.  Now I know why the dog bites the vet.  Got to the stream late and the sun was already on the water.  I still managed to capture one rainbow and quick release at least three others,  just below Good Hope Road bridge on the delayed harvest section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River.  I am now convinced that the fish are feeding on naturals as I changed flies every 10 casts and the more drab and buggy the flies the more looks I had. 

Just in - The Delaware Fly Fishing Only section of the White Clay Creek, A Delaware River in the White Clay Creek Preserve is being stocked while I write this.  A nice quota of rainbows have been seen being floated in the section above the Chambers Rock Bridge. I was told just minutes ago that the fish are nice sized. The fish were also spread out to below Hopkins Road. Thx to a group of TU & Whi ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/13/2008 10:18 AM

I guess I still have that smell on  my hands because todays outing on the White Clay Creek, A Delaware River in the PA Delayed Harvest section produced only the following:

By KenP on 10/12/2008 10:17 PM

Fished in a rare afternoon with my buddy Ed, and we saw them but the skunk was on.

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