Sulphurs and Sunshine on the Gunpowder

Sefan Babij going deep in the Lower Gunpowder River
The Gunpowder is clear, flowing at 110 Cfs and is 56 degrees F. Lime green to a carrot colored orange Sulphurs have been the trick. Caddis emergers from a 16 on up are also working in the riffles. The ongoing rain has one positive result, especially if one has a rain jacket handy–water temperatures have remained mild and hatches are slowly coming off throughout the afternoon.

Sulphurs on the Gunpowder River

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Sulphurs are just starting on the Gunpowder River! The Gunpowder River is clear and flowing at 124 Cfs and is 55F. Leaf out is about a week and a half early this spring. Now the banks are providing some much needed shade. Cadddis emergers and Sulphur wets are working fine. Fish will still take a Hendrickson or rusty spinner late in the evening but with water temps in the mid 50’s count on a late emergence of Sulphurs. We just picked up some great Sulphur patterns from the Post office today that Mike has been tying for us in NY. Check out the new rain jackets from Simms and Patagonia so you can focus on fishing instead of that “old damp feeling”. Want to learn some new tricks? Stop in and talk to the young folks behind the counter at Backwater Angler. Thanks to Justin Gaffney for the stream report and great shot of an upper river wild brown.

It took one of Mike’s Hendrickson patterns underneath a low limb beside a big rock against a bank. When I saw it rise, I thought it was a much smaller fish before It took the fly. I’m glad I had a net with me.
Justin Gaffney

Hendricksons and Black Flies on the Gunpowder

Scott G2 Dry Fly Fishing with a Hendrickson and Red Quill Pattern
The Gunpowder is clear, flowing at 127CFS and is 50.5 F. Thanks to Mike Colegrove for the Hendrickson pics and to Gene for the great stream report. Still knocking the dust off your gear? Please visit with him in the shop on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays to get the latest on River conditions. Red quills, emergers and tiny midge patterns have been the ticket-be sure to bring along some 6 and 7x.

This April, variable weather conditions is resulting in equally variable flow levels on the Gunpowder, it’s always useful to check the water gage link during this time of year before heading out. Streamers are taking lots of fish at the moment, olive wooly buggers for crayfish and sculpins along white zonkers for the baitfish, both being particularly effective as water levels drop after a spell of spring rain. Black ‘snow’ flies, hook size 20, are reliably peeling off the surface throughout the day. Keep an eye out for Hendricksons and March Browns, especially closer to the dam above Falls road where the large rocks on the streambed provide optimum habitat for the nymphs to thrive. As water temperatures steady at 50 degrees there should be greater abundances of Hendricksons and heavy spinner falls occurring throughout the next two weeks. All patterns readily available in our muffin tins will put you onto wild trout in the catch and release section. Recently stocked rainbows are moving up from the stocked water and settling into the lower stretch from Bluemount Rd. downstream.

Cheers,
Gene Howson

Easter Stream Report

IMG_20160325_175154The Gunpowder is flowing at 104 CFS and is 50 degrees F. Stoneflies are still buzzing around and the Hendricksons are just around the corner. Stop in and pick up some March Brown wets and some Picket Pins. Small stonefly nymphs in the #16 range have been tricking a few wild fish. With opening day on the lower river today we’ve had a number of folks stopping in to pick up large streamers for the bright, heavy rainbows between Glencoe and Sparks. We have a number of new items in this week from Scientific Anglers including the Sonar fly lines for Susquehanna Flats trophy Striper fishing and the new Grand Slam Saltwater lines for folks traveling South for Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit.Thanks to David for the great photo and stream report.

Theaux,
Here’s a nice brown I caught Friday afternoon. The stoneflies you have in the shop were working well on Big Falls, upstream of the bridge and around the first bend. Fish were hanging in the deeper pools and sipping the fly as it skated down.

Tight lines!
-David R.

Please note: We will be closed on Sunday March 27.

Stoneflies and Snow Flies along the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder River StoneflyThe Gunpowder River is flowing at 126 CFS and 47 F. Stoneflies in the #16-18 range between Masemore Rd and Big Falls Rd have accounted for a few fish on dries this week. If you’re up for a hike, the stretch upstream of Falls Rd is worth a shot with little black flies a.k.a. snow flies-especially in the flat water. Be sure to use 7x or 8x tippet when fishing these patterns as they start at a #20.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, April 3rd, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, April 2nd, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

St. Patrick’s Day Sale

whalerockWith snow again in the forecast, we’ve been outfitting folks for trips to Argentina for trout and the Bahamas for bonefish lately-at last count we had fifteen new saltwater fly rods from 7 weight through 10 weight in the rack from G. Loomis, Winston, Scott and St. Croix. If you’re looking for a used saltwater fly rod we have a few of those too. The calendar tells us that Spring is right around the corner, so remaining in-stock 2015 Patagonia Capilene, Simms Cold Weather Shirts, and Simms Fingerless and fold-over mitts and winter hats are 25% off till they’re gone!

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, March 26th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, March 13th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 AM till 1:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.