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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 11/29/2010 3:22 PM

The conditions were perfect on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River this morning.  The water is very clear and temp showed 49 degrees on my stream thermometer at 8:15 am today.  The fish are holding tight to the rocks, so target your nymphs and streamers at them for your best chance at tempting a trout out to strike.  My favorite streamer, a Dark Edson Tiger size 6 took two nice browns and a size 14 zug bug fished with a green bead midge dropper took two nice rainbows.  All in all a good start to this day.


By KenP on 11/26/2010 11:14 AM

Hope your thanksgiving was peaceful and relaxing.  I gave up a fishing day to visit my mom and sister in a PA suburb.  Black friday didn't attract me for a 5 am shopping spree.  Instead I found solice in the preserve. Conditions were a little wet and windy this morning on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA.  Water temp at 51 degrees and still some residual leaf litter.  Crystal clear water and accomodating fish.  Best flies this morning were the zug bug sz. 16/18 and a brown woolly bugger.  One of the rainbows was a solid 16".


By KenP on 11/23/2010 3:43 PM

Reports from the Delaware section of the White Clay Creek indicate spotty catches, so I gave it a try today.  I found three trout interested in olive woolies and one trout interested in a zug bug.  Seems those fishing are either half hearted efforts or they just aren't fishing "the spots" where fish are holding.  I can't wait to give it another try tomorrow.


By KenP on 11/22/2010 4:35 PM

Spent a few days fishing the Salmon River in NY for steelhead, browns and "left over" salmon.  Cold,  windy conditions predominated and the tally was one steelie, one brown, one cohoe.  Looking forward to nicer weather conditions on the home waters of the WCC.


By KenP on 11/21/2010 9:50 AM

Haven't been getting too many reports over the weekend.  On the White Clay Creek, some are doing pretty well while others are stuggling a bit.  What I think it is coming down to is that you need to find them.  People who are looking and moving around are doing better than those who are content in going to the same one or two places all the time.  Finding the fish is part of  "fishing."

Olive or green woolly buggers are still producing right now.  But I would not just rely on a single color.  Fish both light and dark buggers, and see which is doing better on that given day.

I have been getting a number of very promising report regarding saltwater fishing.  Big blue ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/20/2010 9:02 AM

One of the biggest oversights in flyfishing is that a certain go to fly or presentation technique works all the time.  Granted, some flies are always in play, but it is a rare exception that a certain presentation or fly is your best bet all the time.  Factors like water temperature, the time fish have been in the water, location, water clarity, flows, type of food the fish are feeding on all affect how you go after the fish. 

Let's look at food.  In the late winter and early spring, the nymphs are at generally at their greatest size and abundance (relative to biomass).  Of course, nymphing is effective during this time.  Late spring into the summer, the nymphs emerge and lay eggs, so its biomass drops for this food source.  But, terrestrials start showing up.&a ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/17/2010 2:30 PM

The windy morning made casting to targets tough.  The leaf fall is almost complete. Water temp was 52 degrees this morning at 8:30.  Fish were taking a streamer pattern that most of you have heard of by now - golden retriever.  One brown, one rainbow and my first brookie from this fall stocking.  Not a bad morning!


By KenP on 11/15/2010 3:44 PM

I just got back from a week in the USVI and can report the fishing is good there and the rum is cheap and effective.  I will be back on the the WCC in the next few days and will report back any and all successes.



By KenP on 11/14/2010 9:09 AM

The reports into the store were a little weak this week.  But one fly seemed to reoccur.  The green to olive colored bugger.  I would say it accounted for more than fifty percent of the catch over the past week or so.  I don't know why or for how long, but that seems to be the color range right now.

Saltwater fishing was bad this week: very high tides, windy, and dirty water.  Once we start getting past this high portion of the tide cycle and when the winds either die down or change direction, things should improve considerably.  Hang in there you saltwater guys, the migrating fish are close now.



By KenP on 11/11/2010 11:43 AM

I have recently received some reports from our local fly fishers.  They have been having success by fishing flies of atypical design and color, during atypical times of the day, and/or at atypical locations along the White Clay Creek.  This is all good.  Never get stuck in the rut of fishing the same flies, the same way, at the same spot.  Fly fish outside the box.  That's one way to become a better angler.   Unfortunate, this time I can't give you specifics and give away their secrets, but it's good to know that it's happening.  Plenty of fish still out there.


By KenP on 11/10/2010 11:16 AM

The fishing pressure at the White Clay Creek has been low recently.  This is not uncommon this time of year.  People are busy, the leaves are a pain in the a$#&%, windy, chilly.  But if you put that all aside, it's a wonderful time to be fishing.  Every season brings its own unique sounds, smells, and colors.  Now that the stocked trout are finally acting like real fish.  Now, everything is how it should be. 

It's getting to that time of the year where I'm fish mostly (if not exclusively) streams and the like.  Some of the flies that will be getting wet include Shenks Minnow, zonkers (as usual), buggers, ghosts, edson tigers (various styles, golden retrievers, and a few other styles.  I will also throw a couple of tandems like a beaded nymph (buggy) and ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/7/2010 9:48 AM

Hope no one was thrown off with the puppy picture.  I just have a soft spot for her.

Back to fishing.  Used flies.  A well tied used fly is gold.  But why? First, they smell right.  All of that artificial stink is replaced with natural odors.  Second, their color is different from new ones.  Every water you fish in has characteristics; tannic colors, nutrients,  particulates, etc.  The native organisms naturally pick up some of that color by living in the water.  Well, so do flies once you fish them, especially those tied with natural materials and fibers.  So once fished, they look like they belong better.  Third, they are beat-up a bit.  A beat-up fly is attractive.  Sometimes because it looks injured or vul ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/6/2010 7:57 AM

Well,  Looks like I'm guest blogger for the week (for what it's worth).  So I will start off by giving an overview of what's happening.

White Clay Creek:  The dumb fish are now starting Junior High.  They are eating, which means a good fly and presentation should result in fish.  They still haven't totally figure out what all their food is, so they will be willing to try stuff.  My preference is buggers, zonkers, selected other streamers, E-H caddis, and buggy looking nymphs.  Lots of fish in PA and DE.  If you are fishing buggers and zonkers, do not be afraid to change up the colors a bit.

Big Elk:  No one is saying much about it. But it was stocked, and, as usual ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/4/2010 2:25 PM

Rain dominated my walk on the WCC today.  Leafs everywhere on the water.  Let's hope we get a cleansing wash today, so the stream is clear and we can forget about catching leaf fish.  Nice weather is predicted for the weekend and the begining of next week.  With highs in the 60's, we might even see some fall hatching.  Try an attractor dry (coachman) with a midge dropper fished on top and in the film.


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