Fly Fishing with Lee Powers in Delaware
So Fly: Fooling fish with feather and fur
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Downstate ponds are home to plenty of panfish, and Tidbury Pond in Kent County and Newton Pond in Sussex County receive trout stockings.
The richest source of trout in Delaware is White Clay Creek. Stocked from the Pennsylvania line to the downstream side of Paper Mill Road, White Clay is restricted to fly fishing from a point 25 yards above Thompsons Bridge at Chambers Rock Road to the Pennsylvania line.
Nearby out-of-state trout streams include the Big Elk and Octoraro creeks in both Pennsylvania and Maryland. Many Delaware fly fishermen make the short drive to Valley Forge to drop a line into Valley Creek, a spring-fed, limestone gem. It teems with wild browns and natural beauty, but long-standing pollution problems make it strictly catch-and-release.
Fly fishing isn’t limited to freshwater creeks, ponds and rivers. Saltwater fly fishing has exploded in recent years, and downstate has become a hotbed for this aspect of the sport. Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware, headquartered in Lewes, has been growing since its founding in 1999.
The Internet has enhanced the sport’s appeal with all kinds of data bases. “There’s much more information available on fly fishing today than years ago,” says Peach. “Where to go, what fly to use for the time of year, etc.”
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