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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 2/27/2013 9:07 AM

The water was up and still rising today and the fish were holding in the slower water.  I generally fish a streamer in conditions like this and the funky streamer tied with the multicolor dyed wing did nothing, but the edson tiger dark with the original metal cheeks took two browns this morning.

Ken

 

By KenP on 2/26/2013 3:52 PM

A public session of the fly fishing class is being offered by the White  Clay Fly Fishers starts today, Tuesday night Feb 26th 7-9 pm for the next  6 Tuesday nights.  $25.00 fee which includes a membership to the organization.  Meets at the London Tract Meeting House corner of London Tract and Sharpless Rd in the WCC Preserve in PA.  For those of you who would like to review your knot tying, stop by and see me present knots for fly tying on the first two weekly sessions.  The club would also like to thank you for your support of this class.

Ken

By KenP on 2/26/2013 3:41 PM

I walked the creek below Good Hope Road this morning and found that the fish were spread nicely although a few of the good holes had pods of fish.  I only spend a few hours fishing and the fish I cast to wanted nothing to do with dark nymphs but chased a few streamers and bit on an egg pattern fished on the bottom.  A lot of fish were busy chasing each other around, which is pretty typical for the first few days after a stocking until the bigger fish take up the best spots.

Ken

By KenP on 2/25/2013 4:44 PM

Just back from the International Rod Building Show in Winston Salem NC, so I missed the first PA state stocking of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA.  I plan on getting out over the next few days and will report out what I find.

Ken

By KenP on 2/20/2013 10:09 AM

Windy and cold today. Lots of ice.  Fish were hiding.   Enough said.  Yesterday evening, at the WCFF monthly meeting, I received a reliable report that the green weenie was a successful fly in the PA delayed harvest stretch and a number of browns were landed.  Fishing is open all year in the PA DH section of the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in DE and PA, just follow the regulations that are posted on numerous signs throughout the preserve. The creek is actively being patrolled by new Fish and Game agents so be sure to have your license displayed and say hello if you are approached. Congrats Ed.

Ken 

By KenP on 2/15/2013 10:04 AM

A cold morning that improved into the mid morning as the fish got active and were in feeding lanes today.  Little black stone fly imitations in sz 16 18 worked to fool a number of browns.  I have not seen any hatches of this winter bug yet but I did find some nymphs under rocks I turned on the bottom.

Ken

By KenP on 2/14/2013 5:08 PM

I normally don't fish after a snowfall, but I needed some fresh air today.  Edges were still frozen and that is always a hazard for fly lines.  That anchor ice is sharp and targeting fish on or just under the edges can cut a fly line retrieved against the sharp edge.  I know about that since bad experience is a good teacher.  Just couldn't get the fish to bite today and the morning temp had icelets forming on my leader.  Just a nice valentine's morning out.

Ken

By KenP on 2/12/2013 5:04 PM

The ground has partially thawed and the muddy surface was very slick today.  So much so that I had a few near falls from slipping on the defrosted surface near the stream edges.  Just another safety top for those out and about during the winter season.  One trout today on an edson tiger dark streamer.  The water temp was 39 and the run off had the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, slightly hazy.  Cold temps ovet the last few days had me off the stream, but today was lovely except for the slippery edges.

Ken

By KenP on 1/31/2013 3:29 PM

The overnight rain has spiked the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River to 1200 cfs and made it look like chocolate milk.  I sometimes fish these conditions with a large flashy streamer fished on the edges, but along with the 25 knot wind, I passed today.

Ken

By KenP on 1/30/2013 10:02 AM

I met some nice people on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River at  mid day today.  I generally fish earlier but teaching classes early and late today found me on the creek about noon.  The fish were hiding,  and with the barometer falling and the anchor ice was still in some places so I fished deep and in the rocky areas as well as on the ice edges.  A reminder that anchor ice is sharp and will cut a fly line so you should check your line for nicks and cuts after fishing icy winter days.  I was able to land one trout that had a few hook holes already in its lip.  Flashback PT sz 16 was only fly that was attractive.  It always amazes me that so many fish show themselves one day and the next day you think there are no fish in the creek.  The few folks I talk with must have felt the same as they were not that "lucky" today either. Read More »

By KenP on 1/29/2013 11:32 AM

Back on the White Clay Creek today on an unusually  warm Jan afternoon.  The fish were showing and the feeding lanes were obvious today.  Slightly cloudy conditions due to frozen ground run off, so I was using a san juan worm and midge dropper.  Success most  for the day.  Very nice afternoon.

Ken

By KenP on 1/28/2013 11:28 AM

I spent last week in Aruba with my wife and fished while she attended a conference.  I was guided by Laurenz to a few nice flats where we saw a number of bonefish, tarpon and snook.  Unfortunately none were hooked up.  So I fished from the beach the next few days and landed two bonefish one about 8 lbs, one snook, one baby tarpon and two jacks.  So much for the guiding! Daily temp was 87 degrees with a 15 knot east wind every day.

Ken

By KenP on 1/18/2013 1:49 PM

It was a very cold morning on the White Clay Creek , a Delaware River in PA today.  Air temp was 27 degrees at sunup and the water had fallen to 39.  The fish were kind of lathargic until about 9:00 am and then I was lucky to get a brace of browns on a golden retriever streamer.  Wind causing ice in the guides,  really is troubling so I was off the creek before 10 am.

Ken

By KenP on 1/17/2013 2:00 PM

The fishing continues to be outstanding and the mild winter weather makes it a pleasure to be outside doing what makes me pretty happy.  The fish were a mixed bag of browns and rainbows today.  After attending the White Clay Fly Fishers monthly meeting this past Tuesday night , I was reminded about some flies that my friend Doug J calls his favorites.  So I was onto that Shenks minnow which I tie in the traditional all white.  It was a trout magnet today.  I also experimented with the Joe A tied Marla Blair pattern that I had mistakenly was fishing in the film.  Seems it was supposed to be fished near the bottom. It also accounted for one fish today too.  Thanks to all my fly fishing friends that share, something I think most of us in the fly fishing community are not afraid to do.

Ken

By KenP on 1/16/2013 2:15 PM

Just wanted to give a plug to readers of this blog to look out for (and maybe order) Sean O'Donnell's new book on fishing the DelMarVa.  Very nicely done with a lot a local patterns that Sean and his dad Ed have used successfully.   If you are attending the fly show in Lancaster in March you will be able to get a signed copy since Sean will be at the book sellers booth signing this new book.  A search on google will help you find a copy to get via mailorder.  I understand some signed copies will be available at the Feb 19th White Clay Flyfishers meeting also.

Ken

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