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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 7/30/2010 9:11 AM

The undergrowth has made some of the stream access points difficult as summer progresses on the White Clay Creek.  It is apparant that few fishers are enjoying the creek in PA due to this issue.  Some poaching was reported to me yesterday with the offenders netting fish.  Use the hotline number to report these occurrances. in DE 1 800 523-3336, in PA (717) 626-0228.  

I was asked to blog that in addition to the weekend sale on destination & steelhead title books (30% off) we are offering a blowout sale on tying fur of all kinds.  The fur is just $0.65 per pack - WOW! You'll find it on the clearance tables.



By KenP on 7/29/2010 9:51 AM

During these hot and muggy days, you are glad to be in a nice inside air conditioned space.  So why not stop by the shop and pick up a destination title or a steelhead title and save 30% on these books while you lounge and dream of upcoming trips..  These book specials are being offered this week only so get them while its hot (out!).


By KenP on 7/27/2010 11:03 AM

The cooler evening temps have helped moderate water temp in the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA overnight.  The fish surely appreciated 67 degrees this morning.  I fished my favorite stretch today and managed to catch a rainbow and a brown on a hares ear PT tandem setup.  One fish for each fly today.  The cool morning was a real relief for me too.  Didn't even have to turn the waders inside out to dry them today.  Get out there and remember to give the fish a long respectful release as they are stressed easily this time of year. 


By KenP on 7/26/2010 11:47 AM

Got out on the stream on Sunday afternoon just in time for that lightning storm with high wind and driving rain.  Needless to say it was a short outing.  This morning the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA looked like mocha latte and the run off from PA to DE wasn't any better.

So if you can't fish today you may want to stop at the store and shop the clearance table or the other sale items we are offering.  Get some synthetic tying materials for 20% off on the west wall, or get a summer mesh vest, also 20% off, or a fishing shirt or rain jacket or a fleece for the fall, all 30% off this week during our summer sale.


By KenP on 7/25/2010 8:29 AM

I get a chance to fish in the afternoon on Sunday and that's what I intend to do, so I will report out on stream conditions later today.  I can tell you that customer reports for Fri & Sat for the White Clay Creek included nice catches of smallies on black wooly bugger with red flash, and green bead head caddis pupa patterns. The shop is running a summer clearance sale that has selected items to 50% discounts.  A few customers have already taken advantage of the savings on the clothing all 30% or more off.  Stop by today 9-1 or weekdays 11-7 to get a chance at the savings.


By KenP on 7/23/2010 11:42 AM

It's really steamy out on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river today, and the fish are acting sluggish this morning.  I planned on leaving the trout alone so I hiked to the PA/DE state line and caught a few smallies on a black bugger with red flash in the body dubbing.  A rather large fall fish fell for a black ghost streamer.  Tomorrow is supposed to be in the hundreds with heat index about 110.  Best of luck if you plan to wear waders - stay hydrated!  Water temp this morning at 6:45 was 69 degrees in a deep pool where I was fishing.  A fair hatch of caddis was coming off as I left, but I saw no surface activity.


By KenP on 7/22/2010 3:40 PM

The White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in DE & PA was running back to normal flow with only a faint tainting of color this morning.  A tandem setup with a bead head nymph and zebra green midge pupa with a black bead head was what the trout wanted today.  Also hook and landed a nice sized fall fish and a few smallish smallies.  The low water was 68 degrees today and it is amazing how much undergrowth the pathways to the creek have exhibited since the recent rains.  Patch those waders after a walk through the briars - and yes we have patch kits at the store.  And did I mention that if you stop by the shop you can take advantage of the clearance table with discounts of 33, 40 and 50 %.


By KenP on 7/20/2010 9:00 AM

The overnight storms have made a chocolate mess out of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA & DE.  The storms have created flows five times normal and while the levels are already falling this morning, the conditions make the creek pretty much unfishable.  More tomorrow.  Since fishing is just passable you may want to drop by the store and check out the closeout table with savings of 33, 40 and 50% off selected items.  Take advantage of these great buys starting today.


By KenP on 7/19/2010 8:42 AM

I was chased off the stream early this morning, soaked by the rain and frightened by the lightning, but not before a pretty good outing.  Fish were hitting sz 20/22 trico midge spinners and midges drifted in the film. A black ghost streamer accounted for a nice brown too.  Fishing seems to be holding up well even with summer water temp - this morning 68 degrees at 6:45 am.   Water flow is back to normal somewhere around 40 cfs which makes the low areas of the stream placid.  The riffles still are being oxygenated so you may want to concentrate your efforts in those areas.


By KenP on 7/17/2010 6:32 AM

Conditions on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River have recovered and although the water has a slight tinge it is very fishable.  Water temp have moderated just slightly at 69 degrees this morning, but they are in the range where you need to release your fish with the proper timing and respect for the stress you caused the captured.  Smallmouth number are up in the WCC especially in the area of the PA/DE state line on the main stem.  We need a break from the heat in order to extend the season for trout or we need to shift our focus to targeting small mouth and pan fish in alternate venues, the Brandywine Creek and local ponds.  Now is the time when terrestrials are on the stream.  Ants, beetles, japanese beetles,  & inchworms are good fly choices.  We have a nice selection of summer patterns in the store.  I personnally think that a big streamers is still the ticket - a mea ... Read More »

By KenP on 7/16/2010 11:44 AM

Walked the White Clay Creek a Delaware river in PA this morning and saw a good number of trout feeding on a morning trico hatch. I was able to catch two on a size 20 black midge with a white antron wing.  The water temp was 68 degrees at 7:15 am and the flow was back to normal with clarity enough to see your feet.  The creek was scoured slightly by the rainfall and some silty areas were moved about in the area where I fished.  The fish are extremely spooky and a stealthy approach is manditory.  Just walking the bank or edges sent the fish scurrying for cover.  Just remember to give your caught fish time to recover or they may not survive the stress of being caught or be able to avoid the heron, who fishes for a living!


By KenP on 7/15/2010 12:37 PM

While we wait for the creek conditions to improve you can take advantage of a sale we are conducting at the store.  We call it the WEST WALL sale - Twenty (20%) percent off all items on the West Wall which include all the flash and synthetic tying items.  All books in stock are 20% off,  and we added Dr. Slick clamps and pliers 20% off, to the sale grouping.  Get 'em while the selection is full.  Prices won't be this low on these items ever again. 


By KenP on 7/14/2010 10:32 PM

The White Clay Creek in PA & DE has been a wash out for the last few days due to the flooding rains - a chocolate river, pretty unfishable.  The fish are probably happy to see all the water although the silt in these conditions can't be great for healthy gills.  I can say that low water at  seasonal cfs of about 38 that turns into a flood at 800 cfs for a short period must really put the fish into new realities. The good news is that water temps are clearly higher during these conditions and the fish really need a cool break from the heat wave.


By KenP on 7/10/2010 8:51 AM

At last. a real soaking rain!  Locally, we will be getting at least one inch and up to 3 inches today.  This will be a rain with a chance of flooding.  When I came in this morning, the water was still low, but should start to rise slowly as the day progresses.  Keep an eye on the radar, especially in Southeastern PA.  This should help predict what the water conditions will be over the weekend.  If your hoping to fish, right now I would target this morning and Sunday afternoon.  This rain will drop the water temp, increase flows, blow out some the scum that forms in the stream during hot periods.  It's all good.

I expect the fish to become more active as well.  If the water ends up getting muddy, than Sunday afternoon and Monday morning ... Read More »

By KenP on 7/9/2010 10:53 AM

The shape and size of the hook used in a pattern can be as important as the type of feather or dubbing (etc.) used on the fly.  The hook is the frame of the fly, it controls the overall shape, stabilitiy (or lack thereof), and the position and motion of the fly when in/on the water. 

Today let's just talk about the eye of the hook.  Excluding jig hooks (not that there is anything wrong with them), you typically have straight eyes, down turned eyes, and up turned eyes, and varitions within those categories.  A straight eyed hook provided the smoothest or softest action.  Many streamer use straight eyed hooks to imitate the smooth movement of minnows.  A down-turned eye increases the rate and extent of the tail of the fly to dip down.  An up turned eye does the same but in an upwar ... Read More »

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