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Author: KenP Created: 7/15/2008 6:02 PM
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By KenP on 4/28/2015 11:44 AM

Hey, just a shout out. I will be at the annual White Clay Creek Fest at Carpenter Park on May 2, helping with casting at the White Clay Fly  Fishers tent. Stop by and see what members are tying and maybe tie one yourself.  Yup, bring the kids.  The event is really a nice day out as we work towards clean water for our futures.  Live music, very cool raptor event, and just fun....and I am taking credit for the good weather in advance.  Thx Dick P for the effort getting the prizes prepared. Never know what you might win.

Ken

By KenP on 4/28/2015 11:32 AM

Hope you are finding your spring fishing up to expectations.  This monthly update will find the White Clay Creek, a Delaware River, fishing exceptionally well especially since the state stocking were successful.  Thx to those of you who continually volunteer your time to make the creek stockings a success.  It just doesnt happan as you well know.  The Big Elk creek got some nicely colored fish this year. By the looks of those on stringers a fair number have been fooled.  Deer Creek is on mother natures schedule, not ours. It has been hit or miss for those visiting this spring.  Thx to the fly pattern introduced to me by Balt native Larry P, I have been in both catagories this year.  Had a few nicer sized though.

Thx for all those greetings for good health.  I feel good and the tests show that I can look forward to ... Read More »

By KenP on 2/18/2015 3:49 PM

The White C;ay Creek is pretty well frozen although as I made a pass at it this afternoon and there were some openings down the middle of the faster sections. Way cold. 

I will be displaying as a vendor at the Lancaster Fly Show Feb 28th and Mar 1st. Look for the Vintage Rod Booth.  This will be the last opportunity to grab fantastically priced fly rod models I am offering.  Once they are gone, they will be gone forever. Hope to see you there.

Ken

By KenP on 2/2/2015 3:46 PM

In my seventh week of recovery and I have been using a 11'-0" TFO tenkara rod and trying to stay out of the water.  My stamina is still driving me to short outings.  Took a brown on the first cast with a kebari dry fly.  Then I spent the rest of the morning trying to keep the flies out of the trees and brush.  This "cane pole" fishing requires a lighter touch!

Ken

By KenP on 1/2/2015 4:50 PM

Thx to all of your positive thoughts and prayers I am on the mend from prostate cancer.  Had it removed.  Spent a half hour trying to bend down to lace my wading boots and was exhausted. Maybe that's why they wanted me to refrain for 6 weeks.  Just past 4!  Did fish for an hour with my Tenkara setup and caught one brown.  The White Clay Creek, a Delaware River in the PA preserve had a winter stocking thx to the the White Clay Fly Fishers and the volunteers that helped.  Fish were supplied from revenue from the custom rod donation by past president Dick P and the help of the local fly shops selling tix. I hope to be feeling up to fishing more days in 2015 as my recovery allows.  Stream conditions looked normal for the early winter.  Flows about normal.  Saw the heron, who followed me at a discreet distance during this trip.  I should follow him, as he has to fish to ... Read More »

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

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