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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 12/3/2014 8:36 PM

Will be spending the next two days in the hospital for a procedure which will save my life.  Won't be able to fish for a few weeks so the blog may not be updated with fishing info about the White Clay Creek in DE and PA or the Big Elk in PA and MD. Stay tuned though as I will provide any info I get from fishers that share with me.

Ken

By KenP on 11/24/2014 8:32 PM

Planned an early morning trip today on the White Clay Creek in PA, in the wind and the cold.  That sums up about all the activity too, just windy and cold...no fish.

Ken

By KenP on 11/22/2014 8:25 PM

Due to some medical testing appointments I have missed a fishing trip planned on the Salmon river in NY.  Instead my friend, Dick P and I attended the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset NJ today.  I have not been to this show in the last 5 or 6 years as  the Steelhead trip on the Salmon reservations were always at the same time in late Nov.  I found some new vendors that were offering some new materials which will be incorporated into some new flies for my box.  I'll report out about them after some R&D.  The show was okay, but nowhere near a substitute for my missed trip.

Ken

By KenP on 11/13/2014 8:20 PM

Fished a few tenkara style flies (Okie) in preparation for my Tenkara presentation to the WCFF next tuesday night.  You really have to position yourself relative to the trouts feeding lie when using this rod and fishing style.  Had quite a few fish take a look but only one take today.

Ken

By KenP on 11/10/2014 11:10 AM

 Other UV materials are available and I have used some white marabou as tails on buggers.  Not sure if it is as effective as the dubbing which appears to have a lot of color under the uv light.

Ken

By KenP on 11/10/2014 11:10 AM

I have been adding UV materials to my flies and keeping a record of the effectiveness.  Today I used two hares ear nymphs on my leader tippet setup.  I caught 4 fish today, all looked to be recent stockers and 3 of the 4 took the fly tied with the uv material.  I have been adding uv dubbing to a lot of flies this year,  and the results have been pretty much the same.  For every 3 fish caught, 2 were taked on the uv fly.  I just add a pinch of Spirit river uv light or dark enhancer to the pattern. Seems like it adds fish catching power.

Ken

By KenP on 11/6/2014 1:54 PM

Took advantage of a break in the rain today to fish the WCC in the PA preserve.  The leaf litter is reaching its autumn peak and finding open water is tough.  I have been using a jassid, leaf hopper pattern, which is very productive in the fall.  Lots of little beetles live on those fallen leaves and the trout recognize that.  When the bugs get trapped between the leaf and the water surface they are readily available to the trout and they eat them with vigor.  I cast into the open water hoping not to catch a leaf and then drift the jassid in the litter flow and hope for the best.  I was able to catch a number of browns today.  Another strategy I find effective is to drift a large streamer (sz 6/8) under a patch of leaves that continuually grow as leaves congregate in the soft water.  Just let that streamer hang under the patches and hold on.  Got one large ... Read More »

By KenP on 11/2/2014 10:31 AM

Just got back from a short outing today.  The windy cold conditions have added an enormous amount of leaf litter on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA preserve today.  Made the casting to open water very difficult.  I was also using a leaf hopper pattern, a dry fly developed by Vince marinaro.  I was able to attract two brown to it and landed one.  Conditions for me were not fair enough to continue, so it ended as a short outing as announced.

Ken

VA

By KenP on 11/1/2014 10:28 AM

Spent a few hours demonstrating fly tying and casting at the VA hospital in Elsmere with other members of the WCFF this morning.  The first two presentations were moved inside due to the inclimate weather, and were well attended with a lot of questions and interest in the the topic of flyfishing.

Ken 

By KenP on 10/30/2014 9:33 AM

Gave the home waters on the White Clay Creek in the Delaware fly stretch a try today.  I didn't get very far before landing a number of browns using my recently purchased Tenkara rod.  I have used it all summer and since I am the speaker at the White Clay Fly Fishers November 18th meeting and my presentation is about Tenkara fishing, I thought I would give it an autumnal try on the recently stocked fish.  They all were very interested in the Tenkara style fly I presented and it is very easy to reach the fish on the WCC by wading strategically, with the 11-6" rod.  I was able to land enough fish in the first half hour to satisfy my Tenkara curiosity again today, and I plan on trying the Tenkara rod and flies on my favorite waters in PA again tomorrow. It was just plain fun.

Ken

By KenP on 10/29/2014 9:41 AM

Broke out the Tenkara rod for a trip to my favorite stretch in the PA preserve on the White Clay Creek.  No vest, no reel, just the rod, a small box of flies and some tippet matl and a nipper.  Very light load.  I could get used to this.  It may be my winter outfit too, no frozen guides or frozen hands as no stripping is required.  Only way my hands will get wet is releasing a fish, which happened quite a few time today.  All browns today and they all hit the same dry fly dangled from the end of the Tenkara's flippy light tip.  So much fun.  It takes me back to those days of fishing with a cane pole for blue gill and crappy on Rockland lake.  The gear is so light you could carry it on your bike. just like in the past.  I'm gunna use it again tomorrow in DE on some stockers recently put in.  I need a few pix also for the upcoming presentation I am doing on Nov 18th a ... Read More »

WCC

By KenP on 10/27/2014 11:28 AM

Fished a section of the DH on the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in PA preserve today.  I pretty much plan on using streamers in the fall as the trout want a bigger meal since the biomass of insects is on the small side.  The cooler weather also seems to trigger the need for a big meal.  That said a golden retriever sz 10/12 works and so does all of the bugger patterns I carry.  Today I used an Edson Tiger dark sz 8 with very good success.  Most of the trout caught today were browns with just one rainbow coming to hand.  The fish seemed to be podded up in a few locations as the water is still quite low.  Water temp today was 50 degrees.

Ken

By KenP on 10/23/2014 9:17 PM

Just got back from the Salmon River in NY state and I must admit it can be the most frustrating place to fish.  It it absolutely the most difficult river in the world to wade safely as the grapefruit shaped rocks move under your feet and the flat bottom is as slippery as an ice rink.  When the fish are not moving, like they were on this trip, you have to wade to find them, which requires wearing korker style studs and carrying a sharp- pointed wading stick.  Total salmon for the four day fishing trip was 4, and the total steel head also four.  Not what you expect based on the scores of fish that were hooked and landed in the past.  But I used a few of the new rods I am offering in my new Vintage Rod business, and they performed terrifically.  The 11 8 wt switch rod was just the right tool for the 25-40 pound salmon you can expect and the 10'-4" 6 wt was the ticket for the steelhead which average about 9-1 ... Read More »

By KenP on 10/6/2014 1:42 PM

I have had a number of calls about the rods, and yes they are an extreme value.  They are marked Northern Guide model which if you search the web, you will see they are a popular model in the UK.  Don't be put off by the pricing you see in pounds or Euros, in US $$$$ these rods are priced to move.  Stop over for a test drive and cast a few.  Sometimes you can find an offering that is too good to pass up.  I am not kidding.  You will not be disappointed if you buy one of these.

Ken

By KenP on 10/6/2014 1:30 PM

First this news flash.......Read all the way through today.

>  I have acquired a number of finished fly rods I am making available to blog readers.  Special pricing has been applied to these rods.  Included in the offering are:

Switch rods, trout rods, and saltwater models.  I can also offer matching lines for all the models so no guess work is required, especially for the switch models.  Call me for availability cause when they are gone they are gone.  Really unbelievable value.  All the rods include a sock and tube and most of the trout models include a spare tip.  All are four piece rods. I have pers ... Read More »

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