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Well, the weather is snotty, so tie up some little black stones sized #16-18 and hold on until Thursday or Friday. If you get out, stick to stretches that have easy access points, (Masemore comes to mind). Be sure to bring wading staff because the trails are slick. We had a few folks in Sunday that picked up fish on pheasant tails in flats.The gauge has been acting up and we’ve put in a call to USGS to ask ice might be a factor. Nice, (not ice) flows have kept most of the river open. If we get a big melt by the weekend abandon all hopes of fishing below the confluence of Little Falls.Stoneflies typically start in the Big Falls stretch and but it will have to warm up a bit, (a little sunlight would not hurt either) before we see them really coming off in droves
We’ve already had some folks in that were fishing today after checking out the College Park show this weekend. The river is at a great level for wading and the water temps are still hovering in the low 40’s If it warms up a bit we should see some more stoneflies coming off by the weekend. Cloud cover is usaually great for BWO’s so try a few in the upper section midday. If you encounter some tough fish, try a CDC emerger or cripple pattern.
With water temps hovering around 41 F and flow in the 150’s , we saw the first of the tiny black stoneflies last weekend and by the end of January they should be more numerous. Red butts, fished in riffles and small Black or gray caddis imitations are worth trying. Charlie Gelso’s stones with the duck quill wings are the prettiest dry flies to fish this time of year.
The shop will be closed Sat and Sun- we’ve packed up the shop and we’re headed to College Park, Md for The Fly Fishing Show. For more info on the show go to www.flyfishingshow.com Hope to see you there.
Had a bunch of folks in the 1ST that started the year right! A big breakfast followed by some fishing along the Gunpowder. Thanks to all that showed, you really made my holiday fun! The weather looks pretty nice for the weekend and while we don’t forecast the weather here, we’re thinking that the fishing will pick up as we get into some warmer weather in the next two days. More reports of fish caught today on cream midges, Griffith’s Gnats and Olives bode well for the weekend. Water temp is still between 42 and 44 F so make sure you’ve got some good socks with you and try and fine a nice slick in partial sun that has warmed up a little and try some small dries.
Note: A #20-22 brassie dropper behind a #18 cream midge is a great Winter rig for tough fish.