Monthly Archives: January 2006

65 F in January…

The shop has been buzzin’ this morning with folks from DE, VA, DC, MD and PA all converging on the Gunpowder river to fish early black stoneflies…Two guides just dropped in to report that stoneflies in a wide range of sizes, ( from a #12-18) have been coming off since morning. We’re also seeing some gray midges in a #22-24 and snowflies and tiny Olives aboves Falls Rd. Water flow is stilll higher than the USGS Gauge is reading. The river level is at 1.70 about 65 CFs so expect to see lots of riffles and flats. Water temp is up between 45 and 48F-mostly owing to spillover. Most of the stoneflies can be found from Masemore through Big Falls Rd. Excellent guide trip reports from elated clients both Saturday and Sunday point to a very good start to dry fly madness. Need a guide? We’d be happy to assist…Give us a call at 410-329-6821..

Water still dropping…

The gauge is STILL broken so here is another stick reading, 1.80, which is very close to 70 CFs, (a very nice level to fish). The water has been dropping all week, is clear, and about 45 F. Snowflies” or little black flies are coming off above Falls RD. These flies are in the #20-22 range and fish have been taking them in backeddies. Falls Rd to the dam is receiving most of the pressure so why not check out the lower catch and release area? Nymphing through the AM has been very effective in runs and seams. Searching for little black stoneflies? Try the riffles and flats from Masemore through Big Falls RD Use a 10-12ft 6x leader and skate a z-lon winged stonefly pattern through the fast water

Note: We just received some beautiful local snowfly and stonefly patterns-pick ‘em up while they last…

Spillover is good…

Yes, we have spillover. Pretty Boy Reservoir has been spilling over the face of the dam since Tuesday. The river is back to a normal Summer flow of 2.2 on the stick, which works out to just a little under 173 CFS. Fish love this kind of water. It’s gin clear, warming and dropping, so this weekend should be a great one for you to to get out and try your luck.Jeff Lewatowski and Jason du Pont, on a busmans’ holiday yesterday, released over 2 dozen fish from Falls Rd up to the Dam. Stop by the shop and give the pictures a look Most of the fish released were over 10″ with quite a few 12-16″ fish in the mix-including a beautiful 14″rainbow. Most of the fish fell for small nymphs but large streamers accounted for the largest two fish. This weekend try small bead head nymphs #16-20 early and with warm weather ahead bring up your box of Olives and Stoneflies. Fish have been holding in shallow riffles and backeddies and have been eating with abandon.

Note: You can’t catch fish if you don’t go fishing. It’s 65 F in January– find a way to get on the river this weekend.

A shocking survey recap…

MDTU is meeting tonight at 7:00 PM above Set’s Sport Shop in Towson just south of the traffic circle at 509 York Rd. Towson, MD 21204. Guest speakers Charlie Gougen and Gene Scarpula will talk about what else… The Gunpowder.Charlie has some exciting shocking survey results and Gene will give us an overview on flow and such. The meeting is open to all comers and should prove to be of great interest to all who are curious about the origins of the gunpowder and how the City water managers and state fisheries biologists continue to work together to create some of the finest wild trout water in the midatlantic…hope to see you there…

Olives, Midges, & Stoneflies…

Don’t wait for better weather.. We’ve had lots of people in this week fishing midges and olives from Falls RD upstream. Stoneflies are buzzin’ from Big Falls through Masemore RD. The water is low and clear and 42 F. If you’re getting an early start, nymphing is very effective. In the AM, try a #16-18 Copper John in fast riffles, by noon, small dries, such as a #20-22 CDC Olive paired with a #18-20 griffiths gnat or renegade should work fine. Little black stoneflies #14-16 and some early brown stones are making their way to the banks to so try a midstream posistion and cover riffles near fallen logs and trees.

Fly tying for beginners this Saturday from 10 AM -1 PM

Tying for beginners is a great way to try a your own hand at crafting flies out of fur, feathers and yarn. Each class covers materials, tools and some basic patterns to get you started. Tools and materials are provided. Class is limited to six. Fee: $45 per person.

All activities should be booked in advance and begin promptly at 10:00 AM and finish around 1:00PM.
NOTE: For all Calender events-Class size is limited. Please e-mail us at info@backwaterangler.com or call ahead @ 410-329-6821 to reserve a space.

Note: As of Tuesday, the third we have three spaces available.