Monthly Archives: February 2007

New BACKWATERANGLER.COM VIDEO Page is up

For all who asked for an easier and more user friendly way to find and view our videos on the site, we’ve created a video button on the far right of the header of the front page labeled VIDEO. Give the page a look and just click to play any of the top five videos listed on the page. Additionally, all of the video titles will appear in the sidebar and may be viewed by choosing the title and then selecting click to play. Cheers!

Snow is Melting along the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder State Park officials DO have clearing the parking lots along the Gunpowder River on their work schedule, although at this point the rain coming in this evening through tomorrow, coupled with warmer temps, should alleviate the parking woes experienced over the weekend. Today, the Masemore lot is in the best shape, while upper Falls Rd., lower Falls Rd., and York Rd. lots are the worst.

Quiet Water

The stream gauge is at 75 CFs today, but it should be moving well into the high 100′s as the snow and ice melts and more spillover occurs. Water temps are still on the cool side at 38-40 today F and will be warming by the weekend as surface water from the reservoir displaces snowmelt along the banks. Stonefly nymphs are still worth a shot, especially in the shallow riffles. Try micro-nymphing with bead heads pheasant tails in the #18-22 range and plan on prospecting a bit before you find some willing fish. When you find them, they will be stacked up, so fish a little slower, until the water warms up a bit. I was out fly fishing Saturday and thanked my lucky Chota Stl+ boots for keeping me upright. Waiting for unbridled dry fly action? We should start to see some little black and early brown stonefly adults in the #14-16 range as the water temp reaches the mid to high 40′s, perhaps as soon as this weekend. -Thanks to Jason du Pont for another great Gunpowder River photograph.

Mike Writes about Gunpowder State Park Use Issues

In a follow up to my earlier post, Mike writes:

Theaux:

I have to agree with Bill about the large dogs. They can be real irksome. I think they scare horses, too. I know mountain bikers scare ‘em. Plus, I was speaking with a woman I know who lives near the river and rides there. I told her what was happening on this site – the talk about horse damage. She was very upset. Not about what is being said but about the possibility that “troubles are a-brewing.” She knows what damage a horse can do to a trail; she says she has been riding there for years and has probably contributed to some damage herself in the past but she says that she and her friends ride well back from the river FOR JUST THAT REASON! She was visibly upset about this issue because she wants to maintain the privilege of riding there and sure doesn’t want to get into any hassles with the fishing crowd. I think we have an ally there and I’m sure she’s spoken to her other riding friends, but, as we all know, a lot of people ride there. I thought it was at least nice to know that this person is concerned also, understands our point of view and will hopefully pass the word along to some others. Unfortunately, they are already riding well back from the river so it’s like preaching to the choir! She also noted that she has never heard of nor seen anybody clearing trails of blow-downs of cutting any trees to make way for horses, and promises to let me know if she does. I got a lot out of that conversation with her. I guess that’s how a lot of us get involved, though. We find that through mere conversation we’ve become accidental activists! This issue promises to become a hot topic, I’m thinking.

Tight Lines,

Mike Vach

Gunpowder River Stream Report

On Feb. 16, 2007 Theaux added the following:Spillover this week has brought the river flow up to 145 CFs and it is dropping now to the low 100′s. Today all access points are now “plowed in” –read no access–from Upper Falls through Bluemount Rd. We will be speaking to Gunpowder State park officials today about when the lots will be cleared and will keep you posted.
The air is colder than the water, at least the water that’s moving. Just ask the fish! The Gunpowder river is flowing at 58 Cfs and all of the access points are open. The river has lots of edge ice along the banks from Masemore through Falls Rd. Falls Rd to the dam has open water in pockets, but should be especially tough to cover if we get more snow. This picure, taken by Jason du Pont just upstream of the high trail pool, is a typical Gunpowder River winter scene. Snowy Valley
Snowflies, little Black stones and small bead head nymphs are worth a shot but plan on walking the trails a bit before finding open water. With snow in the forecast, we should have more spillover as everything melts away in the next week or so. Stay Tuned!

Jed Writes about Gunpowder Park Use Issues

In a follow up to my earlier post, Jed writes:

Theaux– Here’s what I saw on the trails. I hope passing it on to DNR with other people’s observations helps improve the trail conditions. I was fishing the Gunpowder on the 15th of January. I walked from York Road to about a half mile above Bunker Hill Road. On the north bank trail above the big pool ,above the Bunker Hill access there were 2 or 3 places where the trail had become mired in mud. I don’t know what the cause of this miring is, but it certainly was a deterioration of the trail.

Take care,
Jed Feffer

Cold Days Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder River

Yes it’s cold out there, just remember that the Gunpowder River is a tailwater that provides excellent fishing during the Winter because the flows coming out of the Dam are typically in the low to mid 40′s.I accompanied Jason du Pont, who is getting to be well know for his video work, and Stacey Smith, who also guides for the shop on this recent outing and had a ball.

Cold weather doesn’t always mean slow fishing on the Gunpowder as this video short shows.