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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 3/30/2011 2:35 PM

DE state stocking took place on Monday & Tuesday this week and will continue this Friday.  The fish are very nice size this year.  Stop by the shop for the "right" fly to get your season openner started.........Season opens this Sat April 2.


By KenP on 3/28/2011 11:00 AM

I fished this morning in the punishing cold and windy conditions with my friend Jim and later with Dwayne.  We found the fish sluggish and although we had a few hook ups, and bites only one fish came to Dwayne's hand, a nice chunky brown, the first fish caught on his new fly rod.  Let's hope we get a break from below freezing mornings.  It was tough going this morning. Just a reminder to any fishing club members that there is one slot still open in the free rod building class, so move quickly if you are member in good standing.


By KenP on 3/26/2011 11:39 AM

Fished with the members of the WCFF this morning on the Octoraro Creek outing memorializing the passing of Jim Smeltz, former owner of Quite Times Fly Shop in Quarryville.  The morning was very cold (24 degrees and the water temp was 42).  Ice was forming in the guides,  but I managed a brown and a fall fish in the hour or so I participated.  A few other brave early morning risers also manage a fish or two.  The start of a great fishing season is upon us.


By KenP on 3/24/2011 2:07 PM

The White Clay Creek in PA was running slightly higher this morning due to the rain event yesterday, but the fish were back to biting nymphs offered on the bottom.  Both hares ear and PT nymphs in size 14/16 were taking fish today.  A black caddis nymph in size 14 also accounted for a few fish.  The fish were in pods in the deepest holes and competing for offerings dead drifted past them.


By KenP on 3/23/2011 4:36 PM

The White Clay Creek was covered with mist this morning.  Reports indicate the fish were tired of sore mouths suffered over the weekend and the bite was off.  Better luck tomorrow.


By KenP on 3/21/2011 4:34 PM

Stormy morning, (thunder and lightning) precluded fishing the WCC early today.  The stream conditions are still okay although we have had a doubling of the flow as the day progressed.  Conditions should continue to be good for fishing as an inspection of the stream earlier this afternoon indicated mostly clear flows. Here is what you can expect to catch if you put in the time.

  Photo provided by Kevin H  caught 3/18/11 


By KenP on 3/19/2011 3:38 PM

Bugger 'em, midge 'em and black stone 'em.  They are all working and fishers are being successful on the White Clay Creek in PA using black pheasant tails also.  Be sure to check the regulations for closing dates prior to openning day so you are not in violation while fishing sections in  DE & PA.  I can report the DH section below Good Hope Rd to Sharpless Rd has no closing restrictions, other than catch and release till Sept (Labor Day) and it is an artificials only section.

Good luck fishing


By KenP on 3/17/2011 10:29 AM

I am responding to reports and questions today.  Fishing in SE PA is limited to Speciall Regulation Delayed Harvest sections of the White Clay Creek in PA.  Those reporting catches the last two days indicated that little black stones fished on the bottom were hot flies.  Black woolly buggers were also taking fish.  Black pheasant tail nymphs were reponsible for a 20 incher according to the fisher.  Black zebra midges were also sighted as good flies.  Maybe the trend is "black" right now. Another fisher reported a brace of fish on a golden retriever size 10.  Reports from DC in MD indicate the shad are not in the creek in any numbers yet, although some reported catches below Conowingo in the river.



By KenP on 3/15/2011 10:21 AM

Based on the condition of the fish caught on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA, it is obvious that many are being released.  According to reports the majority of the fish are falling for buggers and san juan worms fished on the bottom.  I have had success with caddis and stone fly nymphs dead drifted in many sections of the creek.  The water temps have moderated to 48 degrees and that is increasing the activity of the bugs and fish.  Midges continue to take fish.  Try using a zebra midge with a red bead head.  In the next few week while trout season will be open, focus will also be on the shad fishery.  Be sure to understand that if you are fishing in Maryland, you will be required to wear rubber soled wading boots starting mid-march.  Check regulations to be sure you are not subject to a fine if approached by a conservation officer.  Of course we have a ... Read More »

By KenP on 3/11/2011 3:26 PM

The WCC is a washout today with flows over 1000 cfs and chocolate milk conditions....but the flow is falling fast and it should be clear for the weekend.


By KenP on 3/8/2011 12:44 PM

Yesterday was a blow out on the WCC due to overnight stormy conditions,  but today the fish were back to eating.  Reports over the weekend indicated the trout were still keying in on olive and black wooly buggers, but a stomach pumping showed that the predominate food was a gray and black midge - size 20/22.  Since water temps are still in the 40's no major hatch is started, unless you are fishing a little black stone, which has been hatching since early Feb.  Fishing a midge pattern takes a good deal of patience and focus, but well worth the effort.  My own WCC midge tied as a sz 20 tan/ecrue on a sz 18 hook has been a fish catcher for the last 17 year. 


By KenP on 2/28/2011 5:42 PM

Just back from the International Rodbuilders Show in High Point NC.  Lots of reports from fishers on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, since I was gone last Friday.  Most are catching a mix of browns and rainbows on hare's ears, woolly buggers, golden retrievers and assorted streamers.  Here's a taste: 

 Photo provided by Keith H    hand and fish!


By KenP on 2/22/2011 6:03 PM

Clear water and aggressive  fish characterized this snowy day on the White Clay Creek.  Reports from the DH indicate the fish were hitting a wet version of the little black stone and an olive caddis emerger.  Our friend Mark told me the fish were in there like an aquarium.  The fish are getting acclimated and are on the lookout for food.  Stop by the store for a few flies and we will direct you to the hot spots. If you are a beginner, the first public session for fly fishing, sponsered by the White Clay Fly Fishers is tonight 7-9 at the London Tract Meeting House (South Bank and London Tract Rds) in PA. Twenty five dollars for the seven week class which includes a membership to the WCFF organization. You don't have to be present for all the classes.  Tonights presentation is an orientation, handouts and knot tying.

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By KenP on 2/21/2011 11:07 AM

The weekend saw a number of fishers taking advantage of the recent state stocking of the White Clay Creek a Delaware River in DE & PA.  Here is an example of the quality fish being caught and released in the DH.

Photo provided by Keith H


By KenP on 2/18/2011 11:20 AM

I fished the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA this morning with my friend Rick H.  I  managed a brace of trout and a few fall fish. The water clarity is cloudy due to snow meltwater.  The fish prefered the golden retriever although I had anumber of strikes on little black stone flies.  I jumped a very nice rainbow on a  freshly tied caddis emerger pattern (Joe's olive emerger) and I have been auditioning a number of new caddis nymphs.  None worked today but for the last few weeks those patterns have been murdering them.  We still have some in stock, so ask me to point them out when you are in the store.


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