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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 11/25/2009 12:34 PM

Pounded away at dam #2 on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in DE today.  The fish are still there despite a good number of fish taken for meat.  The fly producing the best today was a micro -stone a black stone with rubber legs that fishes hook point up.  A blacka nd olive wooly bugger also produced a few fish today.


By KenP on 11/24/2009 11:14 AM

The fishing on the White Clay Creek today in a nutshell, wet and cold.  Pretty much like it was up on the Salmon River this past weekend.  I managed a few nice steelies over 27 inches and a 20 plus inch brown for my efforts up there,  and I landed two rainbows on the home water this am.

Back to building rods and preparing for Black Friday.  Stop in and see all the new offerings for holiday giving from Wm Joseph, Outback Trading Co., Loon, Allen, HMH & Chota.  Say you saw this ad in the blog and be in the season spirit and Doug or Ken may surprise you with an in-store coupon.


By KenP on 11/22/2009 9:18 AM

Well, we are days away from the Holiday Season.  I am sure some of you are feeling the affects of it already.  I am definitely no scrooge when it comes to holidays, but the lists, the commitments, and added tasks can run you down.  Don't forget to recharge; not only you'll feel better, but the poeple around you will also.  Take time to get outside and spend time on the water. I know that is easier said than done, I'm as guilty as anyone.

I will rehash some fall fishing recommendations.  When working your streamers, work the entire section of water you are fishing and change up on the speed you work your flies.  Pay attention to the fish behavior (if you see no fish, that is a behavior; their in their safe spots so work every nook and cranny).  Change you fly color from darker to lighter and vise versa,&am ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/20/2009 12:35 PM

The trout are aplenty, the leaves and twigs are more aplenty, the snags are out of this world.  The fall is a great time to fish but with every silver cloud is a touch of gray (SNAGS).  Here are a few things you can do to cut down on snags. 

1) Use hook-up flies such as small clousers (a year round great trout fly), small bendbacks (use a swimming mayfly hook), and/or regular patterns on 60 degree jig hooks.

2) Tie your go-to patterns upsidedown on the hook and weight the ventral side of the fly with lead, epoxy, or something else so the hook flips.

3) (my least favorite) More split shot with non-beaded flies.  The split shot gets the flies down while the lighter flies are more bouyant.

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By KenP on 11/19/2009 12:30 PM

Today is my last day trout fishing the WCC for a few days as I plan to be swinging wet flies for steelhead.  This morning saw the fish hitting size 18/20 black zebra midges under an indicator.  The drizzly conditions forced me to continually clean my glasses.  I hate fishing in the rain!  So those poor trout were being caught by a grumpy, miserable fisher - but a tight line is still fun.


By KenP on 11/18/2009 2:34 PM

Seems having a banner day yesterday can lead to ......


By KenP on 11/16/2009 12:19 PM

The trout were lined up today feeding on drifted nymphs on the White Clay Creek in the PA DH section of the stream.  Hare's ear in size 16 and size 18 phesant tail w/green flash back were taking fish all morning.  The water temp was 48 degrees this morning and fish were lined up in the riffles and at the head of the pools.  A great November day to remember. If you are stopping at he shop this week remind me to show you all the new products arriving daily, including some nice new oilskin jacket and gift sets from Dr. Slick. Please support the WCFF raffle and buy a ticket or two to win the handcrafted fly rod by Rick Daring- maker.  All the proceeds benefit a winter stocking of fish in the WCC. The holidays will be on us ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/14/2009 3:56 PM

The White Clay Creek in both PA & DE are holding up well even with the rainy event of the past few days.  Reports in DE are that san juan worms in hot pink took fish today.  Egg patterns seem to be working with cheddar and brown reported as good colors.  PA reports a few fish caught above London Tract bridge on streamers and black buggers with flash in the body or tail. Tomorrow the forecast is for a great day.  Get out there.  The fish are calling.  Note: A few poachers were reported today in DE with stringers of fish well over the limit.  If you see fishers poaching take a minute to call the Park authorities.


By KenP on 11/13/2009 10:51 AM

I hate fishing in rainy windy conditions but I gave it a try yesterday and this morning.  Water temp holding at 48 degrees.  Fishing - miserable .  Casting accuracy was just a guess as the wind was in control.  Even this morning wind dominated accuracy.  Still, I was able to interest a few fish each day to hit a streamer.  Golden retriever worked today and yesterday it was a gray ghost.  Also manged a few pan fish on a #18 flashback PT.  Conditions are supposed to be improving for the weekend.  Surprisingly the stream has held up well for all the rain we have had.


By KenP on 11/11/2009 1:47 PM

Thanks to the White Clay Fly Fishers for great job on the stream cleanup of the WCC this past weekend.  They actually remove a car chasis from the stream.  Also a pickup truck load of trash from the snags and stream side.

I've been fishing the DH section of the WCC above Sharpless road.  The fish are still holding in deep slots and under the snaggy locations.  They prefer streamers these days.  I tried the DE section below the new walking bridge on Monday and picked up a few fish on eggs and bead heads.  I got a reliable report that dam #2 was fishing well.  A number of reports in the DE fly fishing section concur that "egging" them is the ticket.


By KenP on 11/5/2009 12:22 PM

The fish were feeling the cooler temp this morning and so was I.  We just received a shipment of fingerless gloves and over mittens - just the ticket for these cold mornings or for that steel head trip.  Water temp was 48 degrees and the air temp was 37 at 6:20 am.  The fish were sluggish and I was only able to manage one to hand on a marabou black ghost.  We are projected to have some warmer days coming up and I would suspect that we could see some hatch activity.  Keep a few corn fed caddis imitations on hand for that activity.


By KenP on 11/4/2009 5:39 PM

It's all about streamers.  Reports from both DE & PA indicate that streamers are the hot flies.  Grey Ghosts, black nose dace, black ghost, and little brown trout streamers all accounted for fish today.  With no hatching activity and the abundance of fry in the back eddies streamers should be your go to fly for cold days to come.  A few late reports today -  that eggs were working in DE. Be mindful of  hunters as you fish as their season is open.


By KenP on 11/3/2009 4:27 PM

My friend Barry W and I fished the lower DH above Sharpless Rd today.  We managed a brace of trout - all browns and I had one about 17-18 inches.  The effective flies were a cone head zonker gray, and a grey ghost streamer.  The big trout was caught on an old style streamer patter - Llama size 6.


By KenP on 11/1/2009 2:17 PM

My Sunday to work at the shop.  The stream is full of leaves.  Best flies have been streamers - if you can keep the leaves off.  Also a report that "egging" them has been the ticket.  I'm heading for the stream right now.  Will report out in the am.  Stop by the store and re-stock your fly boxes with the right flies for fall.  If you've been following the blog and find it helpful, stop by the store.  We need your business.


By KenP on 10/29/2009 1:53 PM

I have to apologize to those of you following the WCC blog.....the host of my site had done maintenance over the weekend and caused some issues that are now resolved - all the server error messages should be resolved and we are back up.  The White Clay Creek , a Delaware and PA River which has been in a blown out state since the rain event this weekend is just starting to recover.  I am embarased to report a swimming event for me on Tuesday.  When the stream gets the color of chocolate, you need to wade carefully or swim - which I did.  The fish have been targeting streamers offered on the swing.  Edson tiger dark size 12, hornberg, and grey ghost all took fish.  This morning a size 20 PT seemed to attract a few rainbows.  More tomorrow.


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