Monthly Archives: October 2011

Olives, Caddis and Wild Fish Looking Up from Log Jams

Big Log Jam in the Wildlands Area of Gunpowder State Park
The Gunpowder is flowing at 141 CFs and is 60 F. Caddis have been all the rage in the catch and release section this week. With no shortage of bright, slippery leaves scattered along the trails, now is the time to change out the studs in your wading shoes. Zebra midges fished deep behind Copper Johns have been accounting for a number of fish released above Falls Rd. Bwo’s are still about most mornings between Masemore and Bunkerhill and are best imitated with snowshoe rabbit patterns.

Thanks to Ellen for the stream report from October 10:

Theaux –Went out this morning for a bit of holiday fishing at Masemore. Got there at 8:00 am, perfectly peaceful except for exuberantly feeding trout. Blue wing olives were, as recommended, the plat du jour – caught four and missed three in an hour. Thanks!
Ellen

Thanks to Ed for the stream report from October 22:

Morning Theaux. John and I had a great day on the Gunpowder yesterday at Bunker Hill. Small caddis were the ticket and we picked up browns all morning. The tree that blocked Bunker Hill road just above the parking lot on Thursday was pushed aside when we got there yesterday , I suspect by a County worker we met the previous day. We certainly appreciated his work to give us access to the water.
Ed

The lower river was stocked last week with some fine specimens. Streamers work fine on these fish. They are hungry, heavy and bright. The river has dropped enough to provide for easier access throughout the river corridor. You could be doing far worse things with your time…

Gunpowder River Leaf Dance, BWO’s and Streamers…

Hardy Perfect Reel in Maryland
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 164 Cfs, and is 61.5 F. With high winds in the forecast, a leaf dance is eminent along the river–bright leaves drop to the surface, coloring the Gunpowder in kaleidoscope fashion. All of those pretty leaves can make the dry fly fishing a bit challenging so be sure to bring a camera or sketchbook along to mollify any need to be “productive” out there. Grasshoppers can still found in the Bunkerhill meadow, so imitating the last of large terrestrials is still worth a shot. Small Blue Winged Olives are about in the mornings. We have some new bright wing patterns in the muffin tins that are sized #18-20 and are easy to track amid the drifting leaves. October is also a great time to fish streamers with a sink-tip fly line. With current flows, try fishing buggers upstream along undercuts and near woody debris. Remember that it’s often easier to approach fish and trick wild fish on cloudy days-just be sure to bring a rainjacket!

Related Historical Posts:

From 2010: After the Storm, Low Clear Water and Olives…

From 2009: Caddis, Bwo’s and Tricos in High Water

From 2008: October Gunpowder River Stream Reports

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on October 23

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, October 23, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in 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 info@backwaterangler.com to register.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on October 16

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, October 16, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in 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 info@backwaterangler.com to register.

Low, Clear Water, Olives and Caddis along the Gunpowder for Columbus Day Weekend

trout
The Gunpowder is flowing at 38 CFs. It is low, clear and full of wild fish. Olives have been coming off most mornings. Caddis are also a good bet mid-day. MDDNR Fisheries was able to finish up the shocking survey this week on the Gunpowder with a 17″ brown reported at Masemore Rd and a few stream-bred rainbows “shocked and released” at Falls Rd. With most of the freestones in the region are still full of water, and at about twice the normal flow, the Gunpowder is still shin deep to knee deep at Masemore. Alot of the gravel and woody debris has shifted in the river since the storm but the fish have adjusted and are looking up for dries through most of the catch and release section. In other news, particles are faster than light.

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