Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, August 16, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at email@example.com to register.
Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for an intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. The class focuses on Gunpowder river Trico 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-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Gunpowder river is low, clear and flowing at 31 CFs. River temps are 54 to 56 F throughout the catch and release section. Tricos are here!!!!
Fishing has been good in the mornings starting at about 9:30 or so. The Tricos have really started hatching, and the heavy spinner fall has been bringing many fish to the surface. Size #22 and #24 spinner patterns have been catching fish in the mornings. Through the afternoon and evenings small caddis have been bringing up fish in the riffles. Ants and beetles fished under overhanging banks and branches have been working throughout the day. Though the water is still low, the fish are eagerly feeding and will take a properly presented fly.
Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, August 9, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 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.
The Gunpowder river is flowing at a brisk 126 Cfs, is 57F and clear throughout much of the catch and release section. As a relative measure most wading anglers that have been experiencing ankle to shin deep water over the past month and will find that the river is knee to hip deep for the weekend! if you’re an early riser, Tricos in #22-24 range have made for great dry fly fishing. Big fish are on the feed! We have great conditions on the Gunpowder for fishing large terrestrials and streamers and a sink-tip line could be a lot of fun in the boulder pools. One can always swing a caddis through the riffles and find a fish or two.
Thanks to Aaron Holmes for the great pictures and report from July 22:
I did ok with the terrestrials yesterday caught a nice rainbow with a foam ant… Bout 12 inches or so.
The pic is of a little rainbow, both were feisty though. I never seem to have the camera out when I hook the bigger ones.
Also got a pic of the beaver too.
Thanks for everything.
Aaron Holmes aka. The other Aaron.
and to John Bilotta for his report:
Thursday 7-16 we had a very nice late afternoon on the upper section. Caught five browns – two on # 14 stimulator, one on a #16 tan caddis, one on your small brown hopper, and one a green midge pupa. The best part of the day was from 7:30 p.m till dark, lots of fish feeding. The water was pretty low, slow and clear in most sections. Really needed to be quiet in your wading and presentation, and we kept our 6x leader generally about 12 feet. We wet-waded, which was nice given the air temperature felt about 90.
As usual, thanks again for your advice.
Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for a beginner Fly Tying Class on Saturday, August 16, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. The class focuses on Gunpowder river Terrestrial 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-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Trico mayflies are hatching along numerous miles of the Gunpowder River. Many reports from guides and customers relay growing numbers of the tiny mayflies throughout the many miles of the catch and release water. Tricos were also hatching throughout miles of river South of Blue Mount Road over the past weeks. The Trico hatch occurs early between 7 a.m. to Noon, and fish are often actively rising during the emergence and spinnerfall. A variety of locally tied Trico patterns in the shop are especially effective during the heavy hatches when numerous naturals are on the water. Patterns in the shop range from 20s down to 24s, and range from nymph, dun and spinner varieties. Many fish are eager to rise in the optimal water temps in the mid 50s, and even low flat water areas hold sipping trout. Riffles are good bets for Tricos, and looking for the swarming clouds high above the river can determine where they are going to drop later in the morning. Last summer the Tricos were consistently hatching through early Fall and provided some the best hatch fishing over actively rising trout. This early hatch allows local anglers to get out before work, or the traveling angler a chance to beat the weekend float crowd, and catch some wild trout. August is fast approaching and while most regional trout streams become too warm, the good fishing opportunities on the Gunpowder only continue.
In 2004 when the periodical cicadas invaded the Baltimore area, I happened onto some great surface fishing on the local reservoirs. I wasn’t catching as many bass as I thought I would, but I was catching a lot of carp. These large, powerful fish were inhaling foam flies off the surface and running drag into the backing numerous times. Years later the carp fishing is still good, but a bit more challenging without the big lumbering cicadas falling into the water. Most carp anglers will tell you anyone that doesn’t want to fish for carp can’t figure out how to catch them. The presentation is key, and long 12 foot leaders to 1X-3X tippet prevents spooking the fish with the fly line. Seven to eight weight rods are best, and a good reel and backing are required. The abundance of large carp is what is exciting, since fish over fifteen pounds are not uncommon. The best times for sight fishing are midday, with the brightest sun and few clouds to affect visibility.
Two prime locations are Loch Raven and Prettyboy Reservoirs, although most ponds or warm water rivers should have carp in good numbers. Targeting fish in shallow water along the shoreline is pretty easy to do. (Note: Wading in Baltimore City Reservoirs is Illegal!). As water levels drop in the reservoirs the exposed shoreline allows anglers to get out of the woods and have some room to cast. The angle of the sun and glare is often a problem, but generally a quick glance will reveal that heading in one direction affords better visibility than another. Also choose a direction along the shoreline, which favors the dominant casting hand, putting the rod on the side where the water is versus the side with the trees. One technique is looking for “mudding” fish, who are stirring up the bottom searching for food. The direction of the fish mudding in the cloudy water is tough to discern but key to dropping a fly in front of the fish without spooking them. Currently Loch Raven has dropped significantly, but the grass beds are thick in spots, while Prettyboy is still full but free of grass. The latest video features a heavy carp running drag, and putting up a good fight.
Alaska was fun. I was disappointed with the lack of “fly” fishing opportunities along the famous waters of the Russian and Kenai rivers. It seems like everyone owns a fly rod but no one wants to fly fish. Disgusted with the thousands of people standing on the banks snagging passing fish, we hopped on a boat and were dropped off at up the Susitna drainage on a river called Clear Creek. There I had great fun catching Jack Kings which were the only salmon I found that would actively pursue my fly. I caught most fish on a large bunny fly called a Dali Lamma however my biggest fish of the trip (or ever) was on one of the Popsicles that you gave me. It was a huge king that I was lucky to bring in on my eight weight Z-Axis with the help of the local shop owner I bumped into on the river. I’m not sure how much it weighed because I didn’t want to lift it out of the water but it was big enough that the anglers around me called it a “moose!” I also found great rainbow fishing on a little piece of water in Wassilla called Cottonwood Creek. I caught a lot of good fish between thirteen and sixteen inches but unfortunately was eluded by the monsters you see in all the magazine pictures. Anyways thanks for the flies and the movie Spey to Z. I watched it a couple of times and have begun to feel really comfortable casting my new skagit rig.
I recently spent a week fly fishing the North Platte River and its tributaries at A Bar A Ranch just outside Encampment, Wyoming. My family and I spend a week there every summer and the fishing is fantastic, this trip being no exception. When we arrived, recent rains had muddied the North Platte, which was running near 1600 CFS. Throughout the week the river dropped and cleared to a flow of around 700 CFS, partially due to irrigation upstream. The Salmon fly hatch was practically over but large Golden Stones were out and about. Cream and Tan Caddis in sizes #14-18 hatched out in large numbers throughout the entire week. Large PMDs were sporadically hatching as well along with small BWOs in sizes # 20-26. In the beginning of the week, large dark streamers and big Stonefly nymphs were the ticket with the off color water. Occasionally hatching Caddis brought fish close to the banks creating dry fly opportunities. However these opportunities were limited with the stained water, so nymphing was the most effective technique. Large Golden Stonefly nymphs with small Hares Ear droppers picked up lots of fish. Kaufman’s Stonefly nymph and a pattern called the Wired Stone were killers throughout the week.
In the beginning of the week I spent most of my time nymphing the tributaries to the Platte including a creek called Big Creek. Here large rainbows and browns readily pounced on size # 14 Pheasant tails and Prince nymphs fished deep on 4 and 5X. For some reason a bead head Red Copper John in sizes # 14-16 worked extremely well. As the Platte cleared throughout the week, the evening fishing was excellent as trout rose tight to the banks for Caddis and PMDs. These conditions often called for 5X and a size # 16 Cream Elk Hair Caddis or a size #14 PMD Comparadun. Grasshoppers and Crickets were just starting to appear in the beginning of the week but the fish weren’t quite keyed in on them yet. I took a few fish towards the end of the week on large foam Hoppers such as the BC Dropper Hopper and Tan Chernoyble Ants. A streamer known as the Thin Mint was incredibly affective along with a classic Zonker streamer in sizes # 6-8. A Silver Crystal Flash Wooly Bugger also accounted for many fish. Throughout the week we fooled lots of wild browns and rainbows averaging 14 inches long. Quite a few fish were in the 15 to 17 inch range. The largest fish of the trip included a rainbow and a brown of 21 and 20 inches respectively. As the summer continues, the fishing will only get better as large dry flies like Hoppers and Crickets will become more effective. The famous Trico hatch on the Platte is only a couple of weeks off as well. All in all the fishing was great and it was a treat to fish for these western trout.