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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 1/26/2011 1:06 PM

We are experiencing a snow day without the chance to fish..  The shop is open for those of you who want to stock up on tying materials for the next few days.  The WCC is unfishable with snow covering the surface ice.  We are expected to get warming temps by the weekend and maybe we will get a shot at some open water. 

Ken

By KenP on 1/23/2011 9:08 AM

It's 17 degrees and there are no steelhead in the frozen White Clay Creek.  Today is a day for a warm fire a hot toddy and football.  Don't forget to tie a few flies before the game.  Openning day is right around the corner.  The shop is open from 9-1 today to get some of those materials you may be missing for that special fly for your box.  I'll report on water/icing conditions on my Monday surveillance walk.

Ken

By KenP on 1/21/2011 10:47 AM

Attended the "big show" with my friends Dick P and  Chris.  Not a whole lot of surprises, although I found a few nice chicken necks to add to my already overstocked personal supply.  Got  Lefty to autograph my copy of his casting book from 2008.  A fun day for sure with good friends and fly fishing stuff.

Ken

By KenP on 1/20/2011 5:43 PM

The water on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA was open today.  The moderating temp and rain brought stream flows up slightly also.  The fish were feeding on little black stoneflies that were crawling all around the streamside edges - at least where I was.  My micro stone accounted for a half dozen fish all browns.  The store's little black stonefly imitation accounted for a few more - two of which were rainbows, and nice sized holdovers from prior stockings. 

Ken

By KenP on 1/19/2011 2:40 PM

The rain and moderating temps today have created some open water opportunities on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA.  I got a few inquiries about the fly used to capture the shark on yesterdays blog, so I have shown it below with the perspective of two additional flies in the wire ring - a size 10 golden retriever and a size 14 zug bug.

 

 

Ken

By KenP on 1/18/2011 12:31 PM

Although it snowed first last night the rain this morning has "loosened" up some of the icy conditins and a few open spots developed along the White Clay Creek, a Delaware river.  I just made a pass at the creek at the bridges today.  I am not really ready to trout fish since I haven't gotten over my adrenaline rush of sharking in San Diego yet.  Here's a taste of that experience.

160 lb blue shark caught on custom 9'-0" Lami 12 wt - built by you know who!

Ken

By KenP on 1/17/2011 12:29 PM

Thx to Doug for filling in for me blogging very good info so go back and read his entries if you are new to this blog.  I walked the stream today to find hard water almost everywhere in PA.  We are expecting more precip tonight so we'll see what develops.

Ken

By KenP on 1/15/2011 5:55 PM

My partner in crime roughed it earlier this week on the West Coast.  Apparently shark fishing was good.  He caught a 60 lb blue shark and a 165 blue shark on his 12 wt.  And yes, he has pictures.  His guide was very surprised that he landed the sharks on that teeny weeny 12 wt.

Douger

By KenP on 1/14/2011 12:36 PM

What's happening on the White Clay Creek?  Really, what's happening?  The snow seemed to have taken the heart out of some of our hard core fly fishermen/women.  I have received next to zero reports in the last few days.  during the previous weeks the stream had seen some heavy pressure relative to the season.  I sure the fish have had some time to settle down.  So logic dictates, those of you who get out now will have the stream to yourself, which means more fish caught.  

We are well into January, which means that any given warm day or change in weather could trigger an early stone fly hatch.  Keep an eye out for them and have a few dk brown or black stone flies on hand.  You'll be happy if run into a hatch and have them.

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By KenP on 1/12/2011 10:44 AM

Well, we got some snow, not a little and not a lot.  This is good snow; light, pretty, and refractive.  This means it will melt quick and even help melt ice on the White Clay Creek.  My guess is that the fish might be active today.  It will be a little work getting to the stream.  When you walk to the streamin these conditions, leave you jacket open so you don't overheat getting there.  Then once your ready to fish, zipper up.  This will help you stay warm and not get chilled from wearing sweaty clothes. 

The sun will heat the water a degree or two and trigger activety.  After about 2:00 things will likely start slowing down and the fish will head for the rocks.  Watch out for anchor ice along the edge that is hidden by the snow; slow and steady wins the race.&l ... Read More »

By KenP on 1/11/2011 11:24 AM

As is sit here powering down a Bust'n BTL from Pam Gourmet (Yum!), I start thinking about what this next snow storm will bring to the White Clay Creek.  The Mt. Holly Weather Center is calling for 5 to 8 inches, which means 1 to 12 inches (we are just going to get some snow).

First of all, fishing in the snow is like nothing else.  The calmness can be deafening.  Then my mind wanders to "what would I fish today?"  Although I will have at least four or five packed boxes, I will usually fish three flies for at least a portion of the trip.  Shenk's Minnow (standard or cone head), hare's-ears or a modification thereof, and buggers of assorted sizes and colors.  Focussing my thoughts (with some effort), why do I like the Shenk's Minoow.  It is one of my go to winter flies; but why?&a ... Read More »

By KenP on 1/10/2011 2:23 PM

Ice and slushy conditions in PA and some open water in DE on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River today.  No one was fishing.  The storm projected to dump 4-6".  Just cold after that for about a week.  Fishing looks like it will be suspended on the WCC until we get some weather to melt the icy conditions.  Get into the store and stock up on tying materials and hooks and you will be ahead of the game -filling your fly box for the spring.

Ken

By KenP on 1/8/2011 3:43 PM

Joggers report that the creek is open in DE and that there are some ice jams in PA.  No fishers reported today. More later.

Ken

By KenP on 1/7/2011 3:17 PM

The snow today has not been a problem on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in DE & PA.  No accumulation has been seen today.  Some anchor ice still clings to the rocky shore so beware of sharp edges.  The few reports today indicate tentative fish reacting to tan and brown/olive buggers fished on the bottom.  I am aware of some supplemental fish feeding going on in the DH below a few bridges.  This may be keeping the fish happy but the fisher may be getting skunked due to this activity.

 

 I am still having luck with a size 6/8 nymph head caddis emerger pattern fished in the open water between the ice edges.  The pattern has been productive for the last few weeks.  WCO has the materials but you have to tie them yourself.  Stop by the shop and we'll show yo ... Read More »

By KenP on 1/6/2011 5:55 PM

Cold weather has caused additional ice formations on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA & DE. The falling barometer may have something to do with the poor results from fishers today.  Maybe they weren't biting as their metabolism slows on cold days like today.  Maybe it was the wrong  fly or presentation.  Most results shared today were:

 

 

Ken

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