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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 9/21/2011 11:52 AM

The trout have been reluctant to hit most offerings so I tried a setup with three wet flies of different colors.  The brown beaver dubbed wet was the ticket today.  The trout came over to look at the flies as they drifted through and decided the second one in the series - beaver dubbed wet was their favorite.


By KenP on 9/20/2011 11:48 AM

The flooding events of the last week have spread the trout out to the best holes.  You can see 'em today but catching them was another story.  Most of the fish that came to hand today were red eyed rocks and they fell for a green caddis emerger. I had two nice surface strikes on jassid imitations, but no hookups.


By KenP on 9/15/2011 9:43 AM

I pounded away at the rocky sections of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, just above the DE line in PA.  This section of the creek has been productive all summer with a mix of trout, small mouth and pan fish.  Today the trout showed up and hammered a bead head hare's ear nymph for about one hour.  Then just like a light switched off, there was nothing.  More nice fall mornings with more cool temps, like those projected in our immediate future,  means the action should pick up. BTW, one trout fell for a leaf hopper (jassid).  Those of you who follow me know that it is a great pattern once the leaves start to fall.


By KenP on 9/14/2011 6:52 PM

I wanted to share an update for the new shop opening.  Just more bad news as the township tabled the request for occupancy till Sept 20th, so an announcement is still premature.  At this rate the best I can hope for is a Thanksgiving week opening. I am still repairing and building rods from home, as well as conducting fly tying & casting and rod building classes, so try me at 610 999-9897 for help in that regard.


By KenP on 9/13/2011 11:33 AM

I walked the better part of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA today surveying the damage and changes the high water created.  There are a few new trees down and some silt has been newly deposited in a few areas that previously were rocky.  The leaf fall is already starting to cling to the new snags so some impressive cover is being generated in some spots.  The fishing was primarily red eyed rock fish today. All taken on a green caddis nymph fished on the bottom.  I only saw a few rises with no trout sightings during my walk.



By KenP on 9/9/2011 11:30 PM

Fished with my friend Dick P this morning and found the creek to be recovering from the heavy rain event the past few days.  The water temp was 68 degrees and it was still running cloudy with nice flow around 135 cfs.  The conditions were really quite nice although the days results ended in the skunk.   We both threw the book at the fish with only a few bumps and a couple of chases to show for using most flies in our boxes. 


By KenP on 9/6/2011 4:45 PM

The White Clay Creek in DE and PA are looking a litte flooded today with lots of muddy conditions and stream choking snags. A number of new trees are down from Irene and new holding water is a future reality.  Those of you that know me realize that I fish almost everywhere I go, and my bonefishing was great this year in Cozumel Mx.  Lots of shot to bigger fish than in the past.  I expect to be back on the WCC as soon as we get some rain relief this week.  This is the time of year when a big streamer can unfold the summer/fall riddle on the creek.


By KenP on 8/18/2011 10:38 AM

Thanks for all your questions and concerns for the openning of the new shop. Here is an update. The new shop location has some issues that are to be resolved at a township meeting on Aug 24th.  With the okay from the township, and a few alterations, I  will be able to sign a lease and get open.  I hope that everything goes well and I expect a grand opening around Thanksgiving or a week or two sooner.  If those expected snags are not cleared,  I will be forced to hunt down another location which will delay my re-opening.  More news when it's available. In the mean time if you contact me at the phone number on the site, and I will try to help you with flytying materials and rod building supplies available in my present limited inventory.


By KenP on 8/17/2011 1:35 PM

The White Clay Creek continues to be washed out from the heavy rain, with choc milk visability.  Fishing a big streamer on the edges actually worked today dispite the conditions.  A few smallies were fooled by the offering.  The creek needed the water, but we'll see how the draw down responds.


By KenP on 8/9/2011 11:51 AM

This mornings early outing found the creek needing some rain, at least in the section I fished.  Low water and high temps (73) really stress the trout.  I fished an ant all day and had a mixed bag of panfish, smallies and a single brown trout. The humidity was pretty close and I ended up with more water inside the waders than outside by the time I quit today.  Let's hope we get some relief from the projected thunder storms today.


By KenP on 8/3/2011 2:59 PM

Just got chased off the stream by lightning, but not before I walked a good part of the WCC from Londontract bridge to Sharpless Road.  The water is low in many stretches and the temp was 71 degress in two pools.  I was able to catch two smallies and two trout in the stretch I covered today.  Lots of overgrowth to deal with, but a stealthy approach worked.  The water temp is reaching the top limit which will stress the trout, so I suggest we find the deepest pools and fish them for bass until we get some rain runoff relief.


By KenP on 8/1/2011 7:48 AM

I just got back from family vacation in NC and wanted to respond to all those questions about what's happening on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in DE and PA.  I have been suggesting to those who have asked - find the areas in the WCC with the deepest pools and areas containing rocky bottoms.  The small mouth fishing in these areas has continued to be good even with the high water temps and lower flows. I gave the section at the DE/PA line a try this morning and was not disappointed.  A dozen smallies fell for heavily weighted  hare's ear nymph (sz 10) fished dead on the bottom.  A dead drift through the rocks worked on every cast that got to the bottom.  I also lost a number of nymphs to king neptune, but the presentation had to be in the rocks and on the bottm for success today.  Water temp was 71 degrees at 6:15 am.  Water levels are pretty low but I did catch one small brown trout ... Read More »


By KenP on 6/27/2011 3:21 PM

Ken with leopard rainbow

This is a typical Alagnak Alaskan leopard rainbow.  Somewhat like the monster trout stocked by DE this year.  This wild fish was 24" and fell for an articulated leach about 5" long. 

The WCC is still fishing well and a mixed bag of fish are still available.  Sorry these leopards only live in a few special drainages in the world. 

By KenP on 6/24/2011 12:49 PM

I have returned from another trip of a lifetime to Alaska, fishing for Leopard Rainbow Trout on the wilderness Alagnak River.  The fishing was great with a mix of rainbows, grayling and lake trout providing the "pull".  Once the pix are sorted I will post a few to let you see what you can experience on a future trip next year if you can see to it to accompany me.

I fished the White Clay Creek in PA this morning, in my new favorite stretch.  I caught a brace of trout on a size 18 elk hair caddis and a sz 10 crane fly adult.  Mixed in were a few red eyed rock and one smallie. A good morning before the lightning chased me off the water. 


By KenP on 6/5/2011 9:44 AM

You may have noticed that the page headers of the site now say: Delaware Flyfishing - Something New coming soon.  Stay tuned to the blog for update on plans for the new shop location.,  Till then you can reach me at 610 999-9897 or PO Box 166 Kemblesville PA 19347 or here on the site.

I fished the Brodheads this weekend while attending a wedding in the Poconos.  I also took a few minutes last night to fish the WCC in PA just before dark.  I may have a little time with the shop closing to fish the evening hatch and I will report what's happening as I experience that.  Last night, a combo hatch, caddis and trico event.  I was able to land two rainbows, one on each offering.


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