Late August Fishing Report

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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.

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Low Flows and Big Fish on the Gunpowder River

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DESSERT ~ Caramel bread pudding with rye whiskey whipped cream

Games: Old Fashioned Money Wheel, Raffles & Silent Auctions to benefit the River.

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August Shop Schedule

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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on August 30th

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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on August 23

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, August 23rd, 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School this Sunday, August 9

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, August 9th, 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.

Dog Days of Summer and Cold Water on the Gunpowder

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Fishing this week has been tough as the flows dropped down to 32 CFS at Falls Road.  Even with these low summer flows many have been able to find fish in stretches below Masemore Road where there are a few tributaries adding needed water to the river. Fishing a small ant or beetle along the banks is a great way to trick the weary Gunpowder fish into eating a dry.  Also, fishing a caddis in the deeper riffles could prove to be productive. Stop in the shop to pick up some long leaders ending in 6X or 7X. The fish above fell for a beetle fished below some overhanging branches and the fish below ate a nymph dropped off of a small beetle.

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Scott Fly Rods – Built in Montrose, Colorado

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Scott Fly Rod Company out of Montrose, Colorado has been building rods since 1974.  Their completely American built hand-made rods have caught the attention of the fishing industry once again with some of their new rods.  The Radian, a fast-action rod that keeps the feel of the “Scott Difference” and is one of the top all around rods on the market.  Their other new model, the Tidal, is a saltwater rod priced at a very reasonable price point.  It again is a “do-it-all rod” that is perfect for fishing the bay or to take on a trip to the flats.  We also have their beloved F2 series as well as G2 series in stock.  Come in and feel the “Scott Difference” today.

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Mid-Summer on the Gunpowder River

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With the Gunpowder River flowing at 60 CFS and water temperatures around 52°F.  Fishing caddis or a sulphur dun in the middle of the day through the evening is still a productive method.  Many have come into the shop having had success fishing small ant and beetle patterns.  Dropping small nymphs off of the terrestrials is a great method to fool the wild Gunpowder browns as well.  Thanks to Bill for the stream report:

We fished yesterday and were able to catch a sulphur hatch on the Little Gunpowder River. The fish went crazy, they were rising so much that you never knew where the next one would rise.  After the hatch, the fishing became slow until in the evening we landed a couple brown trout on an Elk Haired Caddis.  Thanks for your help with the fly selection, they worked!

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