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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 11/29/2008 5:12 PM

Although I was unable to fish, having to open the store early on Saturday, I got a reliable report from my friend Chas that the fish were bunched up in a section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River along Creek Rd in the construction area.  Double digit numbers were coming out of the holes along both banks within 500 yds of the road closure area.  Surprisingly most were rainbows.  This is a section that recently had a stocking of browns.  All these fish were released after a fun day of catching!

By KenP on 11/28/2008 10:36 AM

Hey, Doug and Ken I went out Thanksgiving Late Morning to fish Dam #2 falls. Hearing fish were being caught and released there sparked my interest. Approching the stream there before me was a bait fisherman cleaning his limit of rainbows (6). I made a few casts got snagged, went up on the falls to unsnag my newly tied Zonker and another fly fisherman came up and jumped in my spot at the bottom of the falls. Not a good start, trying to keep my chin up I headed up stream to do some exploring. There before me was a nice deep bend in the creek and once again there's the same bait guy fishing. I hiked further up steam and then went home. Im hitting the Cape May Rips Sat. for stripers. The IR Back Bay also has been producing lots of schollies the past couple weeks. Happy Holidays and Thanks for the calendar. Submitted By: Keith Huber

By KenP on 11/28/2008 10:17 AM


Sent to me by Rick D:

I was in the water by 7:00... tried 2-3 different flies for 
about an hour,then finally deciding that I was cold, I 
decided to try one more before calling it a day.I actually 
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By KenP on 11/27/2008 9:35 PM

I was supposed to meet up with my friends Rick and Carl and fish the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, in Delaware near dam #2.  I hope they had a good outing.  My girls were home for the holiday and we were out exceptionally late on Wed nite and I never made the date.  So I fished the Big Elk about noontime.  I started at Strickersville/Lewisville Rd and fished 1/2 mile past the covered bridge in Fairhill.  One trout and a bluegill both taken on a Barr's Bead head caddis - olive size 12.  The day was very nice and it literally cleared my head from the night before!  Hope to be back on the White Clay Creek tomorrow morning Black Friday before opening the shop early at 9:00 am.

By KenP on 11/26/2008 10:42 AM

Fished this morning with my old friend Ed and my new friend Chris.  The morning temp was 37 degrees with water temp 49 which made for a crisp morning start.  Chris and I fished the White Clay Creek Delaware FF section and he had a few early strikes but none came to hand.  Later in the morning he was able to hook a trout with Palm Beach release.  Ed described about a 16 incher he landed half way up PA in the same section.  I was having trouble getting the fish to cooperate until ten minutes before I had to leave.  I caught a smallmouth on my first cast into the O'D hole.  Yep on a green weenie - a holiday tribute to the tyer Ed O'D.  I also managed a stocker rainbow on the next cast, on a real flya bead head hares ear.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all - and hope to see you on the stream to ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/25/2008 12:01 PM

Where yesterday the baromoter was dropping in advance of the rain event, today the barometer was steady and the fish were feeding.  The water temp was 49 and the air was 44.  Conditions were clear and quite a few fish were stacked up in deeper holds.  The White Clay Creek in both Delaware and PA are holding up well, and the water is up just slightly. The fish aggressively hit a bead head woolly (black w/red flash) and a  green czech nymph under a couple of split shot to get 'em down. I was in the lower section of the middle branch above the confluence today.  My friend Clyde reported yesterday that the FFO section in Delaware delivered no fish over a morning of fishing.  Another report later in the day indicated the Delaware fish must have had been hiding- no luck.  The weather for the rest of the week is looking good so my guess is that holiday fishing will be fun - just remember that hunting season ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/24/2008 11:46 AM

I hit the Delaware fly section on Sunday for an hour or so. The water was cold and clear. There was some ice on the edges. I didn't see or catch anything. Tried some egg patterns, wooly buggers, mayflys, weenies, and more. It was still great to be out there. First time my new rod got skunked. Submitted By: Rickd

White Clay Report - Sat. 11/22 - Fished below dam #2 off of Creek road. Very windy and cold conditions. Caught 4 browns on #10 BH wooly bugger (crystal flash in tail). 3 cookie cutter 12". 4th fish was solid 18". Very, very slow strips with small twitches, down deep. Attempted to fish above dam but windy conditions prevented decent casts to deep water. Total time on water about 1.5 hours. Submitted By: Carl Frey

By KenP on 11/23/2008 9:12 AM

Back from a bonefishing trip in Cozumel Mexico that went bust based on 30 knot north winds for a whole week.  I actually gave it a try one day when the wind let up (20 knots) with very little action.  The wind pushed the water up into the lagoons an additional two feet and there was no chance of seeing any tailing fish.  I am curious to hear from any of you that fished the White Clay over the past week, so register on the site and send me a message on the "About Us" page tab.  I'll get them posted so that we can see how our brothers faired while I was away.


By KenP on 11/14/2008 3:02 PM

Tried at the end of creek road in Newark, in the White Clay Creek , a Delaware, River.  I found the fish all crowded in two pools and eager to hit that gaudy orange steely stone fly nymph.  They were mixed in with some smallmouth, which fell for a well placed black woolly bugger w/red flash lateral line.  Water temp was 54 degrees today at 7:15 am.  The misty fog conditions allowed for a closer approach today.  With all that rain yesterday the stream was surprizingly clear.  I will be fishing some exotic venues for the next few days so this blog will be updated upon my return.  Get out there. The fish are calling!


By KenP on 11/13/2008 2:59 PM

Fished below Wedgewood Road and I managed to avoid getting drenched but I also caught no fish.  I just got skunked.

By KenP on 11/12/2008 12:40 PM

 When you land a prize like this beautiful brown, caught by Jon K, send the pix over to White Clay Outfitters and Ken Prager, rodmaker will plan to post it on the daily blog.

Nice fish caught in the White Clay Creek 11/11/08- pix provided by Jon K.  Click the tab:Read more>> to see todays blog

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By KenP on 11/11/2008 5:18 PM

Yeah ice was forming on the guides this morning but I toughed it out.  The water temp had fallen to 52 degrees this morning at 7:30 am.  The fish were lathargic too. Twenty nine degree air temp made me a little slow too.   I managed to catch one rainbow about 16" on an orange steely flashback stonefly/nymph attractor pattern.  The fish were there cause I could see them, but they just wouldn't move to the offering.  The work on the footbridge on creek road was progressing as I left today and the workers were attempting to drill and place rebar with very poor success.  They were cold too. I saw no other fishers today.  All a bunch of pansies.  They need to stop at the shop and get some of the great buys we have on base wear and fleece!

By KenP on 11/10/2008 10:54 AM

Tried my luck on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, along Creek road in Newark today.  It was confirmed that about 300 fish were stocked in this section by Delaware Trout Assn.  I was able to fool four fish - one about 17" while wading the stretch above Dam 2. A few other fishers were spinning the section too and they had some nice sized fish on stringers.  Hot fly today was an orange steely stone and a yellow egg with blood dot.  Water temp was 54 today.  Saw no surface activity but leaves were still blowing down.

By KenP on 11/8/2008 3:38 PM

Participated in the White Clay Fly Fishers outing on the Octoraro Creek, in PA this morning.  G & I hit a hole close to the parking area on Puseyville Rd. and managed a smalltrout and a fall fish.  He used a custom tied flash royal wulff and I used a cased caddis.  The rest of the club results are still out there, but Rick D reported three nice trout (and has some pix to prove it)!  Back to the White Clay tomorrow.

By KenP on 11/6/2008 2:32 PM

Fished my favorite stretch below London Tract Road today in the mist and drizzle. I managed two trout on leaf hoppers today. Both were rainbows.  Water temp was 56 degrees this morning and while the rain caused me to have to keep cleaning my glasses the day began with a great start.  My friend Marc stopped by the store this morning to report he caught two nice browns ( saw one on his phone camera).  He picked one up with a large dry - Gray Wulff!.  Not typical but effective.  I also was told that the fish magnet Dave T. was seen fishing that same beat below the confluence.  That can only mean that the fish have sore faces.  The White Clay Creek is still producing nicely so get out and fish.  Stop by the shop for the hot fly and information on other locations that are producing.


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