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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 2/21/2012 3:37 PM

Site maintenance issues seem to be completed here, so here is a recap for the last two weeks.  My friend Rich M and I saw some top water action the week of 2/6 on a yellow body elk hair caddis size 16/18 on one of the warmer mornings, after the sun was on the water for about an hour. I have seen midges hatching almost every outing.  They appear to be size 24/26 so fishing an imitation for me is mute.  The best nymph pattern has been a cased caddis brown body with green thorax and brown thread head size 14/16 dragged on the bottom.  A number of fish seem pressured as they inspect and refuse many nymph I have offered.  I give each a second cast to reject and if ignored, I change patterns.  The caddis nymph and a caddis emerger has been the best pattern.  Joe A's  pattern wet fly  has been a winner too.  Must look like that rising caddis.  The state of PA had ... Read More »

By KenP on 2/6/2012 5:28 PM

Some of the blog entries from last week were deleted in maintenance to the site so I will provide a "catch-up" report today.  My friend Dick P and I saw a number of big fish during a few outings last week during that warm spell. We also saw crowded conditions and some rude fishers low holeing.  Fair weather fishers have been taking advantage of the nice weather for sure.  Best patterns continue to be golden retriever, gr hares ear size 16 and brown/tan elk hair caddis adult  size 18. Target those rocky areas for your best chance at those fish not in obvious feeding lanes.  I saw my friend Bob C and his buddy coming off the stream as we entered and reports of nice catches on pheasant tails size 18 were shared.  White buggeers are also reported to be productive.

Ken

By KenP on 1/28/2012 12:35 PM

Attended the "big" fly show in Somersett NJ on Friday with a group of club members.  It was well attended and I was able to find a few items on my "list" of wants and needs.  It's a shame that the new store is not open yet, so I could have treated myself to my own store stock! More on that as developments happen.

Ken

By KenP on 1/24/2012 5:30 PM

Today my friend Dick P and I fished the White Clay Creek in PA. The nice weather conditions saw the air temp almost 50 and the water temp at 44 degrees.  A few other fishers were on the stream so we made our way - out of the way, and saw some action in the slower water.  Best flies today were a white bead head bugger, small size 16 hares ear and a syrendipity midge fished as a tandem.  Both rainbows and browns were brought to hand. 

Ken

By KenP on 1/19/2012 1:39 PM

I am still having some maintenance trouble with blog entries ending up in cyber space.  All the entries I made this week never showed up. I am addressing this with my host company so I expect positive results soon.

Ken

By KenP on 1/12/2012 11:07 AM

I am scheduled to do a presentation on the Common Cents System for fly rods at the White Clay Fly Fishers meeting this coming Tues night (1/17) at 7:00pm at the London Tract Meeting House in the Preserve, so for those of you interested in seeing this helpful information, stop by and learn how to get a balanced fly rod/line system for your present rods, and before you get a new rod.  The WCFF's welcome new vistors and a membership is only $25 a year, well worth the $$$ as the club has exciting programs, outing, and events year round.

Ken

By KenP on 1/11/2012 5:15 PM

Today my friend Ed N and I gave the White Clay Creek a try in PA.  We were on the creek mid morning and a few fishers had already fished the section of the creek we planned to fish so we gave it a try in a section I had fished  a few days earlier.  I try to fish different sections of the creek each outing as the fish sometimes get spooky when they see heavy pressure.  A lot of footprints on the banks tell me that extra fishers were trying their luck, probably over this past weekend.  Both Ed and I had some early success with nymphs size 12/14, green weenies (Ed), and golden retriever streamers (KP).  As the day progressed the fish decided to have a case of closed mouth and even with a cast that drifted across their noses - no takes.  Ed cristened his new custom three wt. rod,  and we quit after it started raining late in the day.

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By KenP on 1/9/2012 12:56 AM

The fishing was hot this morning and the water was cold (40 degrees), but a hatch of small midges size 22/24 was going on.  I found the pupae was very effective and the fish flashed at a dead drifted offering almost every cast.  The majority of fish landed were browns, with a few rainbows mixed in. The pattern was a black zebra midge with a clear plastic bead at the head.

Ken

By KenP on 1/5/2012 9:44 AM

Spent a cold morning on the White Clay Creek in PA today. My footprints in the snow indicate I was the first one out in the section I fished.  Some fish were bunched up in the best pools unlike my previous trip.  They ate a beaver/mink brown gold ribbed nymph fished dead drifted on the bottom, most of the morning.  All rainbows and one nice 17" brown was the result in a short trip today.  Your 2012 license can be purchased for both PA and DE on line from this site.  Just look to the left column on this blog page under Our Friends.

Ken

By KenP on 1/2/2012 9:37 PM

Fished the Whte Clay Creek a Delaware River in PA this afternoon with my friend Des K and we had limited success fishing below Good Hope Road.  A lot people must have been on the stream over the New Years weekend based on the footprints on the banks.  The golden retriever accounted for one rainbow and a yellow version managed two more.  The fish were in good condition and the water was crystal clear.  I found about a dozen flies hanging from various branches too, supporting the heavy pressure the creek must have seen over the temperate weekend.  The water temp was 40 degrees at 3:30 today.

Ken

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

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