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Valley Creek, Chester Co. - 07/21/13
From Wilmington, DE
took a trip out to Valley Creek for the first time yesterday morning - 6.30 to 9.30
Got the white stripe but it's a pretty little stream and i enjoyed it.
Air temp was 72-73F, water temp below the bridge at lower forge and further upstream was 64F both times. started overcast, had a hard shower then fog then bright sun...
water was very low i think (TCO said 20CFS). i fished my bamboo 4wt upstream with hoppers, beetles, floating inchworm and cdc caddis, I picked the deeper murky runs and seams, undercuts with no luck. may be in higher water ???
I did miss two smash takes on the hopper under a downed tree but they were too quick for me and/or i had too much slack out.
i didn't see any rises but i did see #18 black caddis, midges, blue damsels and a number of beetles - one with a bright yellow spot on its back. it was half on the surface half under the film....
after i finished fishing i walked the frog water and I did see a number of pods of fish, two nice brownies around 10" or so and either a chub sucker or a largemouth (it had a definite stripe) holding behind some small trout underneath the high bank.
all of them were lying doggo hard on the bottom, and not feeding as far as i could see, so I figured I'd missed my shot at them by an hour or two and i left them to it and headed home.
btw - i lost my sunglasses from off my ballcap at some stage, i backtracked and didn't find them but did pick up a pair of black cold weather gloves. if anyone lost somea while back...
Posted on: 7/22 13:06
Re: Valley Creek, Chester Co. - 07/21/13
From SEPA and Indiana
I've fished VC several times over the past two weeks. Tight line nymphing in faster water with small caddis larva produced smaller browns. Two days ago I fished a size 18 ant and caught 5 nice browns from 7AM to 8:30AM. They were smashing it off the surface. I couldn't miss a take if I had tried. After around 9 or 10 the surface activity dropped off but I still had some takes (which I missed).
Posted on: 7/22 13:15
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