The Gunpowder River is flowing at 89 CFs and is 52.5 degrees F. Wild fish have moved into the riffles and are taking small caddis in the #16-18 range, BWO’s sized #18-22 and small weighted streamers. After lots of low water through August and September many lucky anglers arrived on the River this weekend to ideal flows for wading. With football in swing there was a little more room on the river to stretch a long line.
Please note: The shop will be open from 2:45 till 5 PM on Monday and closed this Tuesday and Wednesday.
This just in from Fisheries
We would like to apologize for the short notice, but we will be conducting our fall electrofishing survey on the Gunpowder Falls tailwater for Sept. 22 and 23.
Meeting time will be at 9:30 each morning.
Sept. 22- Dam/Falls Station–meet at the upper Falls Rd. parking lot.
Sept. 23- Bluemount Station–meet at the Bluemount Rd. entrance to the NCR TCB trail.
Please let me know if you are planning on attending or need more details. (410) 442-2080
We are sampling our Masemore station on Monday 9/21, but we have all the needed help for that day, so I am only asking for help/observers for the 22nd and 23rd.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, September 20th, 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.
The Gunpowder is flowing at 162 CFs and is 54 degrees. Streamers fished on a 5 foot sinking leader and a two to three feet of 4x are a great way to cover the boulder pools. Heavy riffles at Masemore through Bunkerhill are best fished with #16-18 bead head nymphs. With football in full swing and schools back in session the River is a lot quieter. Summer is fleeting, the River is dropping after 2 inches of rain locally and the Tricos should be coming off just around the next corner. Mike Bachkosky’s reverse-hackled Trico patterns are now available in a size #24-20.
Please note: In addition to our regular Wednesday off, the shop will also be closed this Tuesday, September 15.
Fly Fishing the Gunpowder this Labor Day weekend?
Start early to get the most out of your day afield. With the water at 31 CFs use the trails to get to the shaded bend pools and riffles. Water temps are swinging by mid-afternoon from 48 degrees to 55 degrees. Try ants in the flat water, caddis in the riffles. Beetles along the banks are a good bet. Don’t leave home without 10 to 12 ft leaders ending in the 6x to 7x range.
Shop Hours Labor Day Weekend:
Saturday and Sunday 10 till 4
Monday 10 till 2
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
With the flows at a minimal 34 CFS at Falls Road fishing has been tough. However, the rain yesterday and last night added some much needed water into many of the tributaries. Fishing anywhere downstream of Masemore Road will be better because of the slight stain to the water from Bush Cabin Run. Many reports have come in that nymphing small caddis pupa and red zebra midges have been the ticket to fool fish in the Gunpowder River. Small olive body caddis patterns have also been working throughout the evenings this past week.
Fishing on the Gunpowder the past week has been very difficult. Long leaders ending in 6X and 7X are a must. With the flows at only 32CFS at Falls Road you can expect most of the fish to be holding in deeper riffles and pools until the flows bump back up. Fishing small nymphs under small terrestrials is still a great method. Many have also had luck fishing unweighted traditional streamer patterns. The fish above ate a small streamer in a deeper pool on the Gunpowder. I caught it on a 10′ 5 weight Scott Radian. It was a great fight, with one jump and a few runs that took me a hundred yards upstream then back downstream. It is not to often that we see a fish this big, but they are in the Gunpowder. Stop in the shop on your way to the river and pick up some flies and long leaders to fool the brown trout on the Gunpowder.
The JAZZ for WATER event is a fundraiser celebrating the work of protecting “The River We Drink!”
It is centered on fun, music and food and supports the advocacy work of Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® that protects the River, its small streams and wetlands and the communities that live, work and recreate along these waterways!
Jazz guitarist Carl Filipiak and his Quartet will play standards and originals.
The Sequoia Room at Oregon Ridge Park | October 22, 2015 | 7 till 10 PM
13401 Beaver Dam Road | Cockeysville, MD 21030
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available at Eventbrite.
Locally Sourced Farm to Table Food and Signature Seasonal Cocktails by CLEMENTINE, Baltimore’s Home of Fancy Pants Comfort Food! Wine from Boordy Vineyards. Beer from Union Craft Brewing.
“APPETIZERS “~ Blackened shrimp on grit cakes with crispy country ham and smoked tomato coulis “~ Andouille spiced cured duck breast ham on sweet potato biscuits and pear marmalade “~ Black eyed pea and pickled okra bruschetta with pimento cheese
“BIGGER STUFF “~ Smoked and pulled Genuine pork sliders with cherry and Boordy Barbejus with purple slaw “~ Apple brined and smoked 8 cut chicken with apple mustard Union mop sauce “~ Slow Cooked kale with house cured ham “~ Fingerling potato salad with sweetcorn, green beans and smoked paprika “~ Lucielle’s sweet and tart heirloom tomato and cucumber salad “~ Dirty beans and rice with a hint of buttermilk and green onions
DESSERT ~ Caramel bread pudding with rye whiskey whipped cream
Games: Old Fashioned Money Wheel, Raffles & Silent Auctions to benefit the River.
Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that champions enforcement and compliance of environmental laws across the watershed to protect and conserve the River for All.
In addition to regular Wednesday closings, the shop will be closed on Monday August 17th, Monday August 24th and Tuesday the 25th. Otherwise, we are open 10 till 5 weekdays and 10 till 4 on weekends and have just what you need for fly fishing the Gunpowder River or anywhere else (Going West?) for that matter.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, August 30th, 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 9:00 AM till 12:00 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.