All that being said the fishing has been pretty good the past week after all the storms. The White Clay and West Branch of the Octoraro have been giving up fish in fair numbers. Buggers and Streamers have seemed to be the ticket with black, olive, brown and of all things purple being a good color choices. Some Sulphurs are still around as well as plenty of Caddis. Rick had a great day last Sunday fishing a Sulphur cripple, here are some of the shots...looks like it was a great day!
We are getting into one of the best time of the year for Smallmouth Bass. The fish have finished or are finishing their spawn, the big ole' hens are off the beds and looking for food. My philosophy at this time is to "give them the groceries" BIG streamers, helgermites, crayfish, and nymphs are my preferred patterns right now. Just like Trout, Bass need a big reward in order to expend the energy to move to eat something. The Brandywine will fish well from now till the end of October. The Smallmouth Challenge is a great way to expand your Smallie fishing. Check out our summertime fishing activity here. Ed and his nephew floated the Brandywine 3 times this week. The first time was on Friday morning. They stopped in for a quick casting lesson and then were off to the river. At about 3:00 in the afternoon Ed called to tell me he had landed a good one. A quick check of his Facebook page says it is more than a good one, it is an absolute pig! Whats best is he landed it on a fly he designed and the shop ties for him, the "Mr Collins Rubber Legged Weenie". Great job Ed, I wish I was there with you.
The Saltwater bite has been pretty strong. Good reports of Weakfish and Stripers from Cape May to the Henelopen piers. Mostly a night time affair, with Clousers, Half and Half's and Deceivers being top choices. Good numbers of Weakfish have been landed. Many of these are smaller fish in the 15 inch range, but a few are much larger. Here are a couple of better Weakies landed in the past week.