Stream Information:

Middle Branch White Clay Creek
(Updated 9/22/17)
Trout

Terrestrials, various

Ants, black or cinnamon, #16-22

Beetles, black or brown, size #12-20

Tan Caddis, #14-18

Slate Drake, #12-14

Prince Nymph or Zug Bug, #12-14 (for Slate Drake)

Blue-Wing Olive, #18-20

Pheasant Tail nymph, #16-20 (for BWO)

Midges #20-26

Weenies, Green or various fluorescent colors, #12-16

Streamers, various

Bead-Head nymphs, various



The heat has held on a bit longer than usual, but water temperatures in the Middle Branch of White Clay Creek have fallen to levels comfortable for the hold-over trout that have managed to survive through the summer heat. The Middle Branch of White Clay Creek will not have a fall stocking by the Commission, but private clubs will at some point.  Call for details.

 

Trout are soon coming into spawning. A few may even construct redds and deposit eggs. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that any of these eggs will survive and hatch. Because of extensive development in our watersheds, rapid storm water run-off and siltation typically scour out or smother the eggs. Despite this sad situation, spawning activity does put eggs into the drift. This accounts for the effectiveness of Glo-Bugs and other egg patterns during mid to late-autumn.


Trout in spawning condition can be very aggressive. You’ll see them chasing one another, and this aggression can also make these fish even more susceptible than usual to streamer patterns. Flies that resemble native chubs, dace, and shiners can work very well this month, as can brightly-colored attractor patterns.

            

There are a few hatches to watch for now through October, including midges, Blue-Wing Olives, Tan Caddis, and Slate Drakes. Terrestrial patterns will also continue to be productive during early and mid-October, even after most of the naturals have succumbed to cold weather. Trout have been seeing these insects all summer, and will still be looking for them. Ants, beetles, and bee or wasp patterns are all good choices.    




Warmwater

 

Woolly Bugger, black, white, #8-10

Streamers, various, #8

Bead-Head Nymphs, various #10-12

 Poppers and Sliders, chartreuse, white, or black #4-10

Clouser Crayfish, #6-8



As water temperatures drop, bass and panfish in White Clay are transitioning into their fall behavioral patterns.  Fish that have been spread throughout available habitat all summer are now bunching up in specific areas.  Autumn warmwater fishing typically brings fewer but larger fish.  You may have to move around and cover some water to find them. 

 

Weed bed edges, drop-offs, and woody cover are high-percentage locations for bass at this time of year.  Panfish will also school up in these areas, and they tend naturally to sort themselves by size.  If you’re lucky enough to find a pod of big bluegills or crappie, you will have a blast picking off one after another.