Monthly Archives: September 2006

Big water, Big fish….

With the electroshocking completed, the river is no longer at a placid 30 CFS…Expect water levels in the 170 to 180 Cfs range for the next few days. The water will still be clear, around 53 F and for many of the guides that work out of the shop, it’s big fish time. Bigger flows typically mean that fish are on the feed and can be tricked with large streamers in the #6-8 range and heavy and bulky nymph patterns sized #8-12. Keep in mind that you’ll wear yourself out in a hurry trying to wade upstream, so use the excellent trail network-over 18 miles- and pick choice spots behind log jams, near boulders and just downstream of tribs that enter the main river. With higher flows, small caddis in the #16-18 range and the rest of the terrestrials in your Summer box, (ants, beetles, hoppers) should be cast tight along the undercut banks. Long, fine leaders are still important. Have fun and be careful out there.

Note: Readings from the USGS gauge are typically delayed 4 to 6 hours.

Big water, Big fish….

With the electroshocking completed, the river is no longer at a placid 30 CFS…Expect water levels in the 170 to 180 Cfs range for the next few days. The water will still be clear, around 53 F and for many of the guides that work out of the shop, it’s big fish time. Bigger flows typically mean that fish are on the feed and can be tricked with large streamers in the #6-8 range and heavy and bulky nymph patterns sized #8-12. Keep in mind that you’ll wear yourself out in a hurry trying to wade upstream, so use the excellent trail network-over 18 miles- and pick choice spots behind log jams, near boulders and just downstream of tribs that enter the main river. With higher flows, small caddis in the #16-18 range and the rest of the terrestrials in your Summer box, (ants, beetles, hoppers) should be cast tight along the undercut banks. Long, fine leaders are still important. Have fun and be careful out there.

Note: Readings from the USGS gauge are typically delayed 4 to 6 hours.

Annual electrofishing of Gunpowder Falls River

Join freshwater fisheries staff and other DNR volunteers as they electroshock the Gunpowder. Meeting times will be 9:30 AM each day

Please contact cgougeon@dnr.state.md.us if you’d like to help out.

9/26/06 Dam/Falls RD meets at Falls RD upper lot
9/27/06 Masemore Rd meets at Masemore Rd lot

9/28/06 Bluemount Rd at NCR trail

Stream Cleanup Sept 23

PPTU and MDTU are getting together September 23rd for a stream cleanup, lunch and fishing outing at Bunkerhill Rd along the Gunpowder River on September 23 starting at 9:00 AM.

Please contact denniscovert@hotmail.com if you’d like to attend.

Streamer fishing the Gunpowder…

The gauge is still down and the river is moving along between 120 and 150 Cfs-A great level for fishing. Water temps are in the mid 50′s.Larger fish in the 14-18″ range have been taking streamers with abandon along cut banks. Olives and caddis in the #16-18 range have been providing lots of dry fy action in riffles between Bunkerhill and Masemore Rd.

Thanks to Jed for the following report…

Message: Theaux and Rocky: Fished Tuesday the 12th below Evna Road both up and down stream. Water was very low, so low at Masemore I decided to go upstream! Fished from 8 :00 a.m. till noon. Then 1:30-5:30. Saw blue winged olives in the morning along with caddis and cream and black midges. The caddis were around 16′s with a lime green body and tan wing. In the afternoon there were some sulphurs out. I caught few fish but decided to fish nothing but dries, except for a small midge emerger as a dropper for a short while. An antron caddis without hackle brought one nice 12 incher. Another fell to a henryville special; Toward late afternoon I switched to an adams midge, had a few rises, then caught one on the midge. Wonderful day; Hope the water levels rise a bit; Jed.

Note: Curious about water levels? give the shop a call at 410-329-6821.

Great fly fishing, cold clear water and fishing reports from the Gunpowder Falls

The gauge is acting up. Rest assured the flow has not changed. We’re still looking at 32-34 Cfs. The river is still cold, clear and is beautiful.Beetle, caddis and large streamers have been producing some rather large fish.
Thanks to Jake, Scott, Mike and John for the following stream reports:

From 9/8:
Message: just a quck fishing report. Fished the gunpowder from Evna road today–the area around the first bend after the dam. Got to the water around 9 am and had no luck with nymphs. Switched over to an Adams/(dun?) around 10 as the fish started rising. Landed 3 nice browns from 9-12 inches, and missed a few more on missed strikes. Plenty of fish, plenty of water as far as I could see, though much lower water than usual.
Jake

From 9/9
Message: Lots of nice trout looking up yesterday above Big Falls Road. They were going nuts for a size 12 rubber legged beetle. It was almost too easy. Careful wading and 7x tippet a must. Only saw one other fisherman all day.
Scott

From 9/9:
Theaux: Fished above Falls Rd near the dam,,,on Sat. morning – 8-12. My best day on the GP all year, and I’ve fished regularly ( 3 times/mth) since last October. Just shows you, you fish enough, your bound to have a magical day!. Initially caught 3 nice fish on a zug bug dropper off of a 14 caddis. One rainbow that was huge! Got off just as I was about to net him.. then, an hour later, the hatch turned on and fish were rising like crazy!! Must have caught a dozen fish on Griffiths gnats, small Adams and a PMD,, ( I changed up at various times) all within an hour. Very few folks fishing before 10. How nice !
Mike

From 9/10
Message: Hey Theo thought I would drop you a quick line about some recent fishing on the Gunpowder. This afternoon 9/10 I landed a 20 1/2 in brown trout in the plunge pool a little bigger than the 18 1/2 in rainbow I caught a week earlier. So tell those non believers that there really are big trout in the Gunpowder.
John

Note: Having a hard time out there?Stop in the shop and we’ll be happy to assist.

Mighty good fishing in low water…

Numerous calls and emails have been answered this week with the same words…
come on up the waters fine.
Currently the river is clear, low and flowing at 32-35 CFs. Water temperatures are between 53 and 56 F throughout the catch and release area. I gave a talk for the Rapidan TU/FFF in Warrenton, VA this past Wednesday and I’m sure that we’ll see some new faces in the next few weeks–and that’s about two hours from the wild Browns in the Gunpowder Falls.

Really folks you don’t need to wait until Spring to go fishing again as the folllowing stream reports attest:

Hello Theaux,
Thanks for hooking up my wife Pat with the light-weight waders and wading boots. It has really made a difference in her enjoyment of the sport. The last month we have been working the upper reaches of the Gunpowder and Little Falls and having a great time. We have definitely noticed that it has been a low-light bite recently, and Pat and I have been averaging 4-6 brown trout each. Pat had an especially good trip this past Sunday evening and got six browns including an 18-1/2″ male brown that had the beginings of a nice kype. She also lost an even bigger brown.
Many thanks and tight lines,
Jim

Caught this 14 inch rainbow on Thursday morning the 31st.. above Falls rd not far from the dam.. Had some minor success with a small caddis then switched to a bigger caddis with a zug bug dropper.. Caught 3 on the dropper in 15 minutes including this very healthy chunky rainbow!
Mike F

From last Saturday…
Theaux,

Fishing on the Gunpowder yesterday as perfect – cool, virtually no one else on the river, and the browns were taking caddis and sulpher emergers. One jumped out of the water to take my fly before it hit the water. I landed 14 in 3 hours, including 3 of at least 14 inches.
All the best.
- Chic

Note: Small caddis are the thing. Bring some 7x with you and hold on…

Clear, low, cold water, empty parking lots after Ernesto…Priceless

The parking lots are empty, the river is low and clear at 32-36 Cfs,and it’s nice and overcast. Water temperature are in the low to mid 50′s and you should be fishing right now.

Bwo’s, small caddis and parachute adams on long, fine leaders make for great fishing. Have a hard time turning over long leaders? Try a 9ft 6x Flourocarbon leader. Fly fishing the Gunpowder river….more fun than the tilt a whirl at the fair.

Note: We do sell rainjackets…