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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 12/28/2010 11:15 AM

Customer reports from the holiday weekend indicate that many fish were seen swimming under the ice, but few were caught.  Buggers, prince nymphs, hare's ears  flies were all dunked mostly without success.  Streamers got a few looks and a tan and white clouser accounted for a few fish according to the owner.  A green caddis emerge also accounted for two fish Christmas afternoon. The latest snow cover has reduced open water even more and the wind and blowing snow made walking the creek uncomfortable today.  Let's look forward to the warming trend expected this weekend.  The fish have to eat sometime!  Be sure to get your 2011 license for DE, PA & MD.  You will also need to call for a FIN number for DE licensing - available on or after 1/1/11.

Ken

By KenP on 12/24/2010 1:56 PM

Some of the ice flows that formed and jammed up the White Clay Creek yesterday are gone today.  But the windy conditions make the fishing feel very cold.  No action to report today from customers either so please be safe and have a Merry Christmas.

Ken

By KenP on 12/23/2010 10:30 AM

Just too windy this morning for me to fish the WCC.  I was notified about the new book soon to be released that has an entire chapter dedicated to the White Clay Creek.  The new destination book by Beau Beasley has a nice map of the watershed and interesting documentation of access.  I am taking advanced orders for the book, so stop by the shop and ask about getting your copy.

Ken

By KenP on 12/22/2010 1:26 PM

Moderating temps overnight and less wind created a much more inviting environment on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, today.  The lanes were more open and the fish were active,  hitting a black beadhead bugger, green nymph head caddis and flash back caddis.  All browns, so I am guessing they were recent stockers. Water temp was up one degree at 39 at 9:15 am.

Ken

By KenP on 12/21/2010 11:48 AM

Your fishing attempts on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, are being restricted to areas that are not ice covered.  Take a walk and you will find some water that  is fishable.  Try a heavily weighted nymph or a microstone pattern that gets down near the bottom.  You will get only short drifts so be sure to cover all the water in your restricted open space.  Todays adventure turned up two nice brown trout that I can only guess were recently stocked.  Very cold, icy, and some dangerous footing but rewarding .

Ken

By KenP on 12/20/2010 10:51 AM

We need some temps well above freezing to allow ice to receed and give us a chance at the prospect of winter fly fishing.  Most of the White Clay Creek is covered in anchor ice and slushy conditions that extend to the center of the stream.  That, along with some 15 mph winds make it difficult to" tough it out" on the creek the past few days.  If you are visiting for the holidays, call the shop for advice and fly suggestions for fishing the creek.  WCO will continue to walk the creek and try to find open water, so stay tuned.

Ken

By KenP on 12/18/2010 2:15 PM

The White Clay Creek is being choked with icy conditions although there is a fishable channel in some stretches.  Just watch that your fly line or leader is not cut by sharp edges on the ice. The fish are there and you can see them swimming below the ice shelf safe from herons and hawks and us!

Ken

By KenP on 12/15/2010 5:53 PM

I am pretty hearty, but temps below 19 degrees is my limit.  I walked the creek again and anchor ice is prevelant.  Additional reports from walkers indicates that some ice flows were occuring.  I'm just going to wait for improved conditions before resuming winter fishing.  If you brave the weather I'll be glad to report your results here.  In the meantime, I plan on reviewing my fly selection and tying replacements lost over the past few weeks.  I have posted the rodbuilding class schedule under the Fly Rods tab above.  Plenty of open space for you,  or you and a son or daughter,  or friend. Four Monday nights is all it takes.

Ken

By KenP on 12/14/2010 5:12 PM

Ice has begun to form again on the edges of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, and with overnight temps forecast in the teens, we will see additional formations over the next few days.  If you are local and can help with a winter fish stocking please call the shop for details 302 369-9730 after 11:00 am weekdays.  The shop is well stocked for the holidays, so if you are not out fishing you may want to stop by and take advantage of holiday specials to get ready for spring.  The clearance table has been restocked too, so extra special  pricing is available on any number of great items.

Ken

By KenP on 12/10/2010 10:41 AM

Morning temps in the high teens yesterday and today kept me off the water.  I did walk the stream to investigate conditions.  Anchor ice appeared on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River yesterday for the first time this season.  This morning the slow moving sections had a frosty slush over the surface as well as anchor ice formations on the edges.  I have been experimenting with some new tying materials - Chewee  skin.  It makes a nice grub or maggot pattern - very easy to use, just wrap with slight tension and add a thread or dubbed collar and you have the grub.  Barb B proposed a good idea last night at the WFCC public tying session at the Londn Tract Meeting House.  She suggested and tied a caddis pattern with Chewee skin as the shell back.  The nice irridescence of the material made for a pretty fly.  We have 6 colorsof Chewee skin so stop by and give some a t ... Read More »

By KenP on 12/8/2010 11:38 AM

Yep, ice in the guides this morning, so that means streamer fishing with a fixed line length for me.  One rainbow was fooled in the cool morning air.  A few announcement - Our friend Clyde from the SWAOD won the hand crafted rod raffle ,sponsered by the White Clay Fly Fishers.  The beautiful hand crafter rod built by Rick D with components donated by WCO generated a nice bounty for a winter stocking of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River.  We may need help with that stocking, so contact me at the shop for details. Holiday shop hour are still 11:00 - 7:00 weekdays,  9-6 Sat and 9-1 Sun, so stop by and pick up a flyfishing gift for that special fisher - or for yourself!  I still have a few openings for the first rod building class in 2011 - it makes a nice gift for a parent to build a hand crafted rod for a son or daughter - and better yet to build one together.  W ... Read More »

By KenP on 12/7/2010 5:00 PM

Although it is cold and windy, I wasn't on the stream for other reasons. I spent a day and an overnight in ThomasJefferson Hospital in Phila with my daughter who was admitted through emergency.  Thank goodness things have worked out for her, and I expect to report on condition tomorrow morning on the White Clay Creek.

Ken

By KenP on 12/3/2010 11:00 AM

I only had about 1 hour of fishing this morning as I was meeting with my friend Jim K also.  That hour was about enough in the cold conditions.  The water level is slightly above normal running about 50 cfs I would  guess, and clearing up nicely too.  I was able to catch one rainbow on a new fly - dark brown/black mink nymph w/bead head - a pattern I tied last night during the WCFF public fly tying session at the London Tract Meeting house.  The pattern is rather simple.  Just a bead head on a 3906B size 12 or 14 hook and spikey mink dubbing with a gold rib well picked out.  That's it.  Fished on the bottom targetted at the rocks where the fish seem to be holding.

Ken

By KenP on 12/2/2010 11:07 AM

The White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, was very muddy this morning from yesterdays downpour.  I decided to walk the creek instead of fish.  Very refreshing clear morning regardless.  Don't forget to stop by the store and take a chance on winning the handcrafted custom fly rod by Rick D being raffled by the White Clay Fly Fishers.  Raffle tickets benefit a winter stocking of the creek. We also have a nice selection of new tying materials - new fish sculls, arctic finn racoon,  and Whiting half neck intro packs all on display.  The bargain table has been restocked with holiday offerings at greatly reduced prices.

Ken

By KenP on 11/30/2010 11:21 AM

I like to fish those mornings before a major weather change, since my log indicates that the fish are generally on the bite before the storm.  Today was no disappointment.  I fished a section of the White Clay Creek Preserve , a Delaware River in PA - my favorite section as a matter of fact.  The fish were holding tight to cover - rocks although in the riffles a few fish were actively feeding.  I managed a couple of nice browns out of the riffles on a combo rig, zug bug and micro stone both size 16.  In addition, a got three rainbows interested in a brown wolly bugger with some red highlights in the dubbing.  Made it out just as the rain began.  Water temp was up slightly since yesterday 50 degrees.  I pumped one stomach to just check to see why the zug bug has been so successful lately, and found the answer.

Ken Read More »

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