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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 12/25/2011 4:47 PM

Merry Christmas to all.  I plan to  fish a grand venue tomorrow and will report on the success.  I hope to share the information shared over the holidays by those of you sending me reports. I also hope santa brought you fly fishing gear of your wishes.

Ken

By KenP on 12/21/2011 11:33 AM

The White Clay Creek in PA delayed harvest section gets a supplimental winter stocking later this winter thanks to the members and friends of the White Clay Fly Fishers generosity buying raffle tickets that support this stocking.  Congrads to the winners - (all of us for the opportunity to see more fish in the stream), but to Rick D and Ed G who won the prizes.

Ken

By KenP on 12/19/2011 11:36 AM

Fly selection in the winter months are a matter of preference.  Some feel that the fish slow down in the cold water condition, and that a small fly (midge) is your best choice.  Others like myself feel that a mouthful is a better offering and fishing streamers (bait fish imitations) is a better choice.  So today I fished a very difficult combination of a midge dropper and a point streamer.  Since I caught two fish, one on each offering, your preference, based on todays result, are a toss up.  Happy Holidays to all.

Ken

By KenP on 12/17/2011 11:32 AM

Sorry for any inconvenience to regular readers, but the site has been down for maint this week

Ken

By KenP on 12/8/2011 9:03 AM

If you follow this blog you know that the White Clay Fly Fishers do a supplimentary winter stocking of the White Clay Creek in the Preserve delayed harvest section late in Dec for the past few years. Money for this stocking comes from a raffle ($5.00ea. or 5 for $20.00) ticket purchases.  They are available from EP Outfitters in Hockesin and A Marblehead fly fisher in Centerville.  Sales have been a bit slow this year so if you want to have additional fish available for winter fly fishing, please get out to the shops and support the effort.  Prizes include a Sage "One" rod valued about $700 (nice!) , and a second prize - a new style fanny pack.

Ken

By KenP on 12/8/2011 9:01 AM

The White Clay Creek water levels peaked over 2000cfs last night and caused some flooding conditions today.  I checked the creek at the three PA bridges this morning and there will be some new "holes" created by the water flows. More when the the creek will be fishable tomorrow.

Ken

By KenP on 12/6/2011 8:55 PM

I received a few weekend reports that the fishng on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in DE and PA was quite slow. A number of fishers gave it a try and no one reporting to me,  caught or saw a fish.  Surprising, since I was able to catch three nice trout this morning.  As the winter approaches so does the way you need to approach this fishery.  I have been using large size 4 & 2 streamers for most of the fall.  Others who I have spoken with tell me that midges, especially black zebra midges size 20 are working for them.  Since midging the creek is too intense for me, I like to swing those streamers in snaggy looking spots on the creek, which are recently more numerous in the PA section of the preserve.

Ken

By KenP on 12/1/2011 11:49 AM

Got off the stream in time for the downpour yesterday and today its wind.  Cold windy conditions call for those fingerless gloves and keeping that wet fly line off your hands.  Releasing the fish is another story, so wet hands are required.   You can find some relief from the wind by hunting out those spots where the wind actually helps your cast.  Also keeping your casting low to the water aids in presentation and accuracy on days like today.  I am still fishing streamers - since they are working.  Grey ghost, edson tiger, little brown trout patterns all took a fish today.

Ken

By KenP on 11/29/2011 9:42 PM

 Leaves are no longer an issue for your dry fly presentations.  They are all down.  Now if you like to fish the "snags", there are a number of new ones for you to tackle.  The fish on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA are still quite active and swinging streamers into the snaggy spots will give you a fish or a lost fly based on how aggressively you fish it.  This is a great time of the year to wear some hunters orange while you fish.

Ken

By KenP on 11/22/2011 1:18 PM

Thanks to those of you who are encouraging me to get that darn shop open. Nobody wants that more than me, but there have been circustances beyond my control, and I am just resolved to take it as it comes.  I am still building custom rods and doing repairs from my home workshop, and suppying custom tied flies too.  I have been doing private one-on-one lessons for those that have been able to work with me on mutual schedules. Fly casting, tying and rod building are all possible.   I have been fishing the white clay, the elk and a few venues like the salmon river, the lagoons of Cozumel, and the beaches of NC when time has permitted.  I plan on keeeping this site up until the store can get open, so thanks again for all your support.

Ken

By KenP on 11/21/2011 3:06 PM

Visited the Salmon River in NY with my friends Carl F, Tom P, Chuck R, Leah G and Barb B.  The Salmon has some very large steelhead during this part of the year.  I fish there instead of the Erie tribs in order to get that 9-15 lb steelie.  Instead it was a few small fish and a mixed bag of "other" fish, rainbow, browns and kings ( yes a few were still late spawners).

I can't explain how grateful & lucky I have been to be able to get out there and fish such beautiful places with great fishing opportunities.  But it's back to the WCC till years end.

Ken

By KenP on 11/16/2011 5:12 PM

Made a run at the "hot" spots on the White Clay Creek in PA and DE today.  Just hit a spot and move using the best fly I know for success on the WCC.  Not a green weenie or a hares ear, but my favorite streamer - Edson tiger dark fished in a size 4 today, and with the pattern including metal cheeks - just like the original,  thanks to the efforts of my friend Paul B who provided the material.  Fish seem to really strike a streamer with gusto in the fall.  Many flies are past hatching and the fish take to a good meal when its available.

Ken

By KenP on 11/10/2011 12:46 PM

Lots of rainbows fell to nymph patterns fished near the bottom today.  The leaf fall is still troublesome so patience is paramount. 

Ken

By KenP on 11/7/2011 12:56 PM

Many of you have asked on the update on the shop opening , but all I can provide is no news.  My efforts to get open have been frustrated by local township inaction, so I am still just waiting for the approval for go ahead. My momentum has been slowed by trying to be located in my number one location.  Some other options seem to be bad business decisions so I am sticking it out until I can get into my first choice - even if it takes a bit longer.  Thx for your support and kind thoughts until things work out.

Ken

By KenP on 11/5/2011 12:49 PM

I almost never fish on the weekend and this is why.  The White Clay Creek has at lease 1 mile of fishable water in PA.  The rudeness created by crowding another fisher is more than I can stand.  Good manners dictate giving another fisher at least a few rod lengths of space.  After three moves based on being crowded out and  three moves to get free of other fishers crowding in,  resulted in my leaving for the day.  No report today - just annoyance.

Ken

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