Ridley FFO Fly Suggestions?

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Have been having a hard time in this section of Ridley lately. Any fly suggestions or thoughts on the FFO section in general?
 
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Frederick V. C.

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First though is you need to check the water temp. My guess is it is too warm unless you intend to harvest trout. I lived in Delco for 25 years and used to fish it a lot. It received a tremendous amount of pressure considering how little good holding water it contained.

A much younger me used to fish it early and quit by 9 or 10 am or whenever the crowd rolled in. After a while my attention turned to Chester Creek and some of the open stretches of Ridley which offered much better opportunities IMO. That said my advice: carry a thermometer and check it! Also small bead heads and sunken ants will usually produce.
 
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The only thing that others may not have said is that around 66-67 feeding/activity drops off to almost nothing. So even though a creek might be under 70 degrees, that is sort of the line for not killing them, but the line is in those high 60s for them to shut down.
 
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Yes, Ridley is arguably the warmest of the stocked trout streams in DelCo. In my experience, lower Darby, Section 03, stays surprisingly cool in early summer. No need to fish a fly stretch.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, will do, and temps are probably why I haven't been catching anything. Cheers
 
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JerryC

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I don't think I ever fished Ridley in the summer. I usually switch over to warm water fishing by the end of May. Besides the Wissahickon is a lot closer to me than Ridley. Plus I didn't fish a lot of the FFO stretch. Usually the area from just above the bridge to the second parking area. I always did well fishing midges and caddis drys and small PT nymphs on a dropper under the caddis dry(CDC&Elk). If I were to fish this time of year I'd concentrate on the riffles.
 
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