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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 4/29/2012 8:44 AM

Spent last week in TN fishing the South Holston and Wataga Rivers.  The weather was iffy with thunder showers, but the Sulfur hatch size 16  was on each day during the lulls in the rain.  Pop and I floated with Captn Keith Lowe one day on the Wataga and managed a few nice browns despite the 30 mph wind.  The rest of the week we worked easy access points on the South Holston.  This is described as a technical tailwater, but we found that sulfur dry, zebra midge dropper worked each day.

Ken

By KenP on 4/16/2012 7:44 PM

I fished a section of the Big Elk Creek in PA & MD yesterday.  The water was very low and shoally in some unexpected spots and the fish were pooled up in the deep holes.  Water temp was 55 degrees, a little warm for this time of year.  Best flies were hare's ear nymphs size 12/14 and green caddis - rock worm. 

Ken

By KenP on 4/14/2012 7:52 PM

I attended the WCFF outing and was able to catch a rainbow and a fall fish in the limited amount of time I spent fishing.  A lot of the members caught fish including those guests from theSWFAoD and DVWFFA.  Great food and commeradery and a beautiful day to be in the Preserve.

Ken

By KenP on 4/12/2012 8:50 AM

Another cold spring mornings on the DH section of the White Clay Creek , a Delaware River should be mind clearing but instead it just added to my personal frustration.  The amount of trash that accumulates in a few days of  the open season never ceases to amaze me.  I spent the majority of the day bagging food trash, soda cans, cigarette pkgs and worm containers today.  The parking area has been canvased and cleaned twice this week and continues to be trashed.  Maybe this is why my attention is diverted to shad fishing early in the trout season.  Very disappointing indeed. 

I am looking forward to the WCFF outing this Sat. on the MiddleBranch of the White Clay.  This early season outing highlights the fly fishers efforts to share their knowledge of the creek with other clubs.  Always a good time ... Read More »

By KenP on 4/11/2012 5:00 PM

I was lucky and my summons to juty duty ended in the panel I was chosen for being excused. I was not ready to be sequestered for a month on a tough case.  And it can happen....just not during trout season please!  I was made aware that a few fly fishers reported low water and just a few shad caught on Deer Creek in MD today.  One fisher had better luck out of his boat at the mouth of the creek in the Susq., so my guess is the fish are staging to enter the creek.  The low water conditions may be hindering their movement or they are just not ready to spawn based on their clock.  More as it is known.

Ken

By KenP on 4/9/2012 2:38 PM

I was excused today from jury duty so I figured it was a good excuse to go fly fishing.  Like I need an excuse.  But the wind was an issue and I was under manned with my rod selection that was in the car.  The results were not bad but the effort was like work.  Reports from DE for weekend trout season were pretty clear - shoulder to shoulder.  Power bait was the fly of choice for many of the fishers.  At one point it looked like a powerbait hatch downstream from the "bridges".  I worked the DH today and found that a well presented non-descript nymph that my friend Dave showed me worked as well as anything.  I have to report for duty again tomorrow so fishing may just be optional.

Ken

By KenP on 4/7/2012 3:09 PM

The creeks were crowded today as you would expect for openning day in DE.  I decided to make a run and do some late night fishing last evening,  and although it was windy the moonlight made the fishing possible.  Had the creek to myself and can report the fish are in. I have an appointment to do civic duty early next week so the blog will not have a posting on Mon or Tues unless I receive credible reports.

Ken

By KenP on 4/6/2012 3:28 PM

My friend Des K helped stock the DE creeks and reported some nice trophy fish stocked yesterday.  He indicated a nice mix of browns, rainbows and tigers.  If you've never caught a tiger trout, you are in for a nice surprise as they really give you a pull on a light rod.  Remember that with the numbers of folks getting out there this weekend, there will be lots of additional trash on the stream.  Take a plastic bag along with you and collect what you can to keep the stream cleaner than you found it.

Ken

By KenP on 4/6/2012 3:13 PM

I wanted to let my friends, Frank, Jack, Dick, & Barry know that this morning was cold and windy and there were no trout to be had. Sorry you didn't join me.   I tried an alternative location today and there were a number of  fish starting to become active.  Not very many but enough to get your attention.   Parking was at a premium and I didn't see a worm container anywhere.  A few fishers reported catches in the lower creek.  Water temp was 47 degrees and I saw a few heron. Some trails were already overgrown and need some clipping.

Ken

By KenP on 4/5/2012 12:22 PM

Cold and windy fishing today.  That sz 24 black midge contiues to take fish.  Water temp was down 5 degrees over the last three days as we have had near freezing temps overnight.  It was reported to me that an afternoon hatch of caddis was seen yesterday on the middle branch above the DH.  I also got a report of nice numbers of fish being cooperative in Valley Creek.  Delaware stocked fish over the last few days in all the local creeks, so there are plenty of opportunities starting this weekends opening in DE.

Ken

By KenP on 4/3/2012 8:07 AM

The blog issues have been resolved.  Those items posted in the last month are lost in cyberspace, so what is lost is history.  I will try to include some of the past information that was relevent to your future fishing success in subsequent reports.  Right now fishing season is open in PA and in full swing.  The White Clay Creek is fishing better than ever and future stocking will only improve the fishing.  DE and MD will open this weekend and will take off some of the pressure the delayed harvest section of the PA preserve has been seeing during this unseasonable warm early spring.  This past week saw some poaching in the DH which was reported to waterways personel.  I am told that some efforts are being made to reduce this activity with clandestine observations by authorities with fines and penalty citations resulting.

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By KenP on 4/2/2012 1:19 PM

This morning the wind and cold weather made the fish lethargic and the going tough.   The only fly the fish would take today was a small sz 24 all black midge.

Ken

By KenP on 4/2/2012 10:01 AM

Sorry for the delays in updates.  We are currently working to resolve issues that prevented our updates from posting.  please stayed tuned as we anticipate getting the blog fixed shortly.

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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

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