Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for an intermediate Fly Tying Class on Sunday, March 1, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river emerger patterns. One of our Maryland river guides will be teaching this fun-filled intermediate class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of tools and materials. The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
The river is flowing at 65 Cfs, is 40 F and clear. Gunpowder river fish have been taking streamers and small stonefly nymphs and zebra midges. The trails are icy, so now is a good time to drop in some new spikes in your wading shoes. Bringing a wading staff along isn’t a bad idea either. Alex McCrickard sent us the following photos after a successful “snow day” along the Gunpowder.
Thanks to Ryan for the following report,
Just wanted to thank you for your help on Friday. The water was pretty cold but it was great to get out for the first time this year. I managed to take 3 browns and a bow, ranging from 7-11 inches. The zebra midge pattern you recommended accounted for three of the four fish. Thanks again for all your help.
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A note to say thanks for helping collect all the gear I needed for my trip to New Zealand. It was all I hoped it would be. The flies were just what I needed and the extra hackled parachute Adams made fine floaters for even the size 12 tungsten headed PTs (the Moskanymph). All sizes of the tie worked as well as during my last trip. If anyone wants to know how to pass boots and waders through invasive-species-controls at the airport, I have the method. The Cloudveil boots were light and secure, good recommendation. The first three are from the Hurunui High Country Track which I “tramped” for 3 days before heading for the West Coast. The Kitchen scene is from the Kawhaka Lodge on the Old Christchurch Road north of Hokatika. Tony Allan is probably the best guide on South Island and Marj is a great cook. Both are wonderful hosts. The rivers are the Waitangiteano, the Arahura and the Haupiri. Here’s a picture from the 2005 trip (Hawden Lake). 9.5 pound brown took a #16 Moskanymph (black tungsten bead head flash back pheasant tail on a heavy scud hook).You’ll recognize Russ Stevenson between me and Tony Allan at the car park on the Porter River.
Best of the season to all,
Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river streamer patterns. One of our Maryland river guides will be teaching this fun-filled beginners class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of tools and materials. The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at email@example.com to pre-register.
We just received a shipment of Winston World Trout T-shirts. While it’s hardly short sleeved t-shirt weather along the Gunpowder, just knowing that $5 from every shirt purchase is going towards native fish habitat restoration efforts worldwide should warm one’s heart. Both organic cotton t’s feature the R. L. Winston Rod Co. oval logo on the right front chest and a James Prosek image across the back. The Rainbow is on a Navy Blue shirt and the Bull Trout is on a Moss shirt. The shirts are $29 each and are sized S-XXL. Need one,…or more? Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for an intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. The class focuses on Gunpowder river caddis patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled lifecycle class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of materials.Please bring your own tools.The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at email@example.com to pre-register.
Thanks to Steve for the following report.
I had a chance to get in a couple hours of fishing the day after Christmas. Fished upstream from Big Falls Road, experimenting along the way, and after figuring out how to get a bead head pheasant tail close to the bottom, landed a small brown, about 7 inches. The fish was pale, the par marks were very visible, the spots were brilliant red, and the adipose fin was bright orange/red. A beautiful fish indeed. And thanks for helping with selecting my gear. The Simms Rivershed waders and Cloudveil wading boots are perfect. As someone who has only wet waded in the summer, I can say that I will definitely be taking advantage of Winter fishing on the Gunpowder.
Throughout the past two weeks, I have been exploring a creek located in southern Pennsylvania, just West of the small borough of Jefferson. The stream is called Codorus Creek, and it is only a twenty-minute drive from our Gunpowder River. Codorus is a small tailwater, about twenty to thirty feet wide, and flows year round from the cold depths of Lake Marburg. The stream has some interesting characteristics and features that are different from the Gunpowder. However, Codorus is similar in the fact that it is dominated by wild brown trout. Most of the stream winds its way through cornfield after cornfield. I have only fished the stream a handful of times but it offers some variety for the angler who is wiling to travel. Before I fished the river I talked with John McLain, the manager of The Evening Rise in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. John knows the Codorus well and he was able to point me in the right direction of where to fish. I also talked with my friend David Wallack who told me about the wild browns of Codorus. He specifically mentioned how fat and healthy they were. Dave said he had even caught fish in the 16 to 17 inch range.
On my first trip I decided to fish the Codorus at the section closest to the dam. I parked near the sawmill and fished up and downstream of Krafts Mill Rd. When I first got to the stream, I noticed how narrow it was. Codorus is small stream fishing and short rods, no longer than 7 feet 6 inches, can come in really handy. Codorus is a place where you have to take your time and approach pools with plenty of stealth. Be careful casting or you will find yourself in overhanging trees every few minutes. The stream bottom makeup is also interesting. In flat water and tailouts you will find sticky mud dispersed with small boulders and stones. In some of the flats closer to the damn, there are weed beds that cover the bottom of the river, making the Codorus resemble a spring creek. There are small riffles and runs and deep undercut pools where trees overhang the river from the banks. I spent more of my time fishing the shallow riffles and short pools than the flat water. Because it was windy and in the mid twenties, I decided to slowly nymph my way towards the dam. I picked up a few fish above Krafts Mill Rd on a size # 16 bead head pheasant tail nymph. I had the nymph suspended four feet under a small Thingamabobber indicator with a split shot. After lunch I headed downstream to Brown Road. I nymphed the riffles around the bridge and did very well. Within ten minutes I hooked three fish and landed two. They were both fat browns in the 12 inch range.
Turning over rocks looking for bug life, I found an incredible amount of gray scuds in sizes #12-18. I also found caddis and mayfly nymphs in sizes #14-16. Many small green midges were present and I even saw a size # 16 small black stonefly that landed on my arm. On my next two trips I spent time fishing farther downstream around Thoman Road. I also had success here landing browns in the 10 to 12 inch range. I even spooked a fish out of the head of a riffle one afternoon that looked to be about sixteen inches long. Although it may not be as pretty as the Gunpowder, Codorus is definitely a fun stream to fish. The spring season should present the opportunity for good dry fly action. If your looking for a new stream to fish, give Codorus a shot.
Ah…fishing in the snow. Other anglers must like fishing during a good snowfall, as much as I do, because I saw a few cars in a couple different lots along the river yesterday. When the temps finally hit thirty degrees I had to wet a line, and the falling snow was a bonus. I checked water temps at Falls Rd, 37 degrees, and the Monkton stretch was iced over at the Bridge. Most of the smaller creeks in the region are just thawing out after last weeks frigid temps, while the Gunpowder is ice free through the C & R water. In two hours I caught a couple of pretty fish, including this little rainbow.
Catching fish isn’t that hard, but it’s far from easy this time of year. Tandem nymph rigs under a small indicator using 6x or 7x is a good setup. We have been tying up some patterns in the shop that imitate the nymphs and midge larva the trout are seeing. Streamers have been working for many anglers, using a variety of retrieves, in all types of water. No matter how cold it gets, the fish still have to eat!