Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, April 19th, 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.

R. L. Winston Rod, Lamson Reels and SA Flylines Demo Day

Fly Rods for the Bahamas
Want to cast Winston Fly Rods in Maryland? Mike Colegrove, our favorite R. L. Winston rep was kind enough to send us (in the dead of winter) this nice warm shot of a gathering of Winton BIII-x and BIII-SX fly rods he brought along during a trip to Abaco, Bahamas this winter. He’ll have samples of all of the popular models of Winston fly rods including the LS, Nexus, Microspeys and TH fly rods to test cast. Mike will also be manning the grill so stop up for a free burger or hotdog with all the fixings during the demonstration! We’ll raffle off a Scientific Angler fly line and have all the new lines for test casting between 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, April 18 2015.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, April 12th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing 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.

Gunpowder River Easter Stream Report

Peeps at Backwater Angler for Easter
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 100 Cfs, is 45 Degrees and clear. Fly fishing in the flats between Falls Rd and York Rd has been productive with cream midges in sizes #18-22. Streamers are working fine in the stocked section but one can connect with more wild fish in the catch and release section by swinging wets. Expert Catskill style tier Mike Bachkosky reported last week that the Delaware River at Hankins was still locked up in ice for opening day. He just sent us some of his “skating” little black stoneflies in the #16-18 range and more of those effective black flies in the #20-22 range. The high water we experienced as the snow let go a few weeks ago washed the didymo out and cleaned up the gravel. If you’re planning on nymphing, be sure to bring a long rod and plan on fishing a zebra midge dropper about 12 to 18″ behind a #10-12 Zug Bug or Prince nymph. In town for the holiday and need a diversion before the egg hunt? As of this writing Backwater Angler in Monkton, Maryland steps from the Gunpowder and a little less than an hour and 15 minutes from DC has over one hundred (100) high quality single-handed, Switch and Spey fly rods in stock from St. Croix, Winston, G. Loomis, Scott and Echo–including a number of new fiberglass rods and a great used fly rod selection. Stop in and help us with the candy basket. While you’re at it, try some super leader and tippet from Trouthunter and turn a few of the Bauer CFX and RX Reels.

Please note: The shop will be closed this Sunday April 5, 2015 in observance of Easter and will reopen at 10 AM on Monday.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, March 29th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing 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.

Cooped up? Check Out Used Fly Fishing Gear at Backwater Angler

Cooped up
The winter of 2015 was long, even for chickens! Downtime has allowed us to go through some great used gear that is ready for others to fish. We’ll start with the used reels: Abel Big Game #3, Billy Pate Bonefish Anti-reverse, Billy Pate Bonefish direct drive, Tibor Riptide dark green w/ Atlantic Salmon Engraving and extra spool, Islander LX 4.0 Gold w/ extra spool, Hatch fanatic 5 plus balck hub, Tibor Tailwater Cl Black w/ extra spool, Sci. Anglers System 3, Orvis DXR tarpon, Lamson LP4 reel with extra spool and a Seamaster Tarpon #1296 in the original box, bag w/ warranty card. We have a number of used rods in the shop including: G.Loomis NRX 9ft 10 wt 4pc, G.Loomis IMX 9ft 10wt 4pc, Winston LT 9ft 8wt 3pc, Scott STS 908/3, St. Croix Imperial 9ft 8wt 4pc, G.Loomis 9ft 6wt 4pc, TFO 9ft 10wt 4pc and a few more…We’re here every day but Wednesday. Stop up and see what we’ve got…

Abel Fish Graphic Super N Reels

Abel Super 5N Artistic Anodize
Need a little color to brighten up the winter blues? Stop in and check out the California handiwork exhibited by the Abel reels at Backwater Angler including a trio of Super 5N reels (top photo, clockwise) DeYoung Montana Brown, Mayfly, Brown Trout and (bottom photo, clockwise) 11-12N in Dorado, 9-10N in Atlantic Salmon, 7-8N in Chrome Steelhead and a 7-8N in Bonefish. These beautiful reels are testament that you don’t need a lot of fly reels-just the “right” ones.
Abel Super N Fish Graphic Reels

Ice Out and Flooding along the Gunpowder River

Upper Glencoe Ice The River crested at the Falls Rd gauge at 5.82 ft and 1,200 Cfs on Wednesday, March 11. The Spring thaw was not gentle in the least. Today, Friday, the 13th flows are down in the mid 300′s making fly fishing the Gunpowder River challenging at best. With more rain in the forecast and Prettyboy reservoir at over 100% of capacity it’s likely that the River will experience another bump upwards over the weekend. If the River stays above 350 Cfs fishing streamers from the safety of the banks may be the best and only option. To give one perspective, the shop does not guide when the River is over 285 Cfs so this weekend might be better spent hiking along the trails and surveying the impacts of flooding to the river corridor than fishing it. This shot from the lower river at Upper Glencoe Rd (which is closed for stocking till the morning of the 28th) shows the remnants of the 2, 000 Cfs plus flows downriver recorded at the Glencoe gauge. Hopefully this is the last of the river ice we’ll see for a while. We’ll be in the shop this weekend if should you need a break from the house, garage, office, in-laws ect.. We are still, among other feats, writing 2015 Maryland fishing licenses-just be sure to bring your old license or drivers license and check or cash for the license payment and we’ll get it squared away for you.

Fresh Snow and Good Flows along the Gunpowder

Snowy Whale Rock on the Gunpowder River
A much needed break in the winter weather awaits. The Gunpowder River is clear, 37 degrees F and flows are now at a fishable level. Heavy rain mid-week cleared away most of the snow as the upper river jumped from under 100 CFS to 610 Cfs at 3.83 FT at the Falls Rd gauge. River levels dropped fast overnight to 176 Cfs and should continue to fall through tomorrow morning into the mid to low 100′s. It was 8 degrees this morning in Monkton and the Gunpowder River is once again blanketed in a fresh eight inches of snow. Thanks to John for plowing the lots at Falls, Masemore and York Rd! The high flows Thursday through Friday have pushed all of the edge ice out and we now have open water throughout the catch and release area down through the two fish a day stretch. If you’re heading out, try some stoneflies in the #14-16 range with black flies sized #20-22 just behind them midday. If you’re dead set on nymphing, small stonefly nymphs in the #12-14 range and zebra midges sized #18-22 are always a good bet. With any luck the warmer temps forecast through Monday will get the white stuff moving but not increase flows dramatically. The five fish-a-day stretch from the gas line above Upper Glencoe through Lower Glencoe, Sparks and Phoenix access points will close tomorrow, Sunday, March 8 and will reopen on March 28 at 5:30 AM. keep in mind that the upper catch and release section and two fish-a-day stretch is open 365 days…
Boulder Pools below Falls Rd.

Snow Island on the Gunpowder River

Snowy Gunpowder River at Corbett Rd. This snowy branch frames a yearling and two geese on the island downstream of the Corbett Rd. Bridge. The yearling crossed the side channel and found itself on this island with a pair of geese waiting out the storm. The Gunpowder River crested at 2,200 Cfs and 7.75 feet at Glencoe Rd. during the heavy rain event that cleared much of the old snow out and down into Loch Raven. Snowy Island on the Gunpowder River