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Thanksgiving Stream Report

Gunpowder River BrownThe Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 52 CFs and is 51 F. The River is about 10 degrees warmer than it is on average this time of year so expect to find some fish ready to pounce on streamers over the holiday weekend. Start with a 9ft 5x leader and add a bit of 6x.Large stonefly nymphs followed by a zebra midge is a great way to cover pocket water. Light-Brite zonkers and sculpins should be drifted through the pools and soft-hackles have been working fine in the riffles. Remember that spending time with friends and family on the River can’t be beat! –Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Be sure to stop in to check out some great “in-store only” sales on select clothing, rods, reels, lines, and wading boots starting this Friday through Sunday.

Store Hours for Thanksgiving Week:

Monday 10 till 5
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 10 till 5
Saturday 10 till 4
Sunday 10 till 4

Spring-Like Water Temperatures on the Gunpowder!

Wild Brown Trout in Little Falls
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 42 CFS and is 57F. Take advantage of spring-like water temperatures along the Gunpowder River. These temps are about ten degrees above normal for this time of year and are making the wild fish very active. Fish streamers now by hiking the trails quickly from York Rd to Falls Rd and focus on fishing the bend pools. Use the leaves as a guide to where the small Blue-Winged Olives, ants and midges will be in the flat water between the riffles. Now is the time to limit your wading so as not to disturb any redds.

Gunpowder River is Low, Clear and Cold

P1060145The Gunpowder River is flowing at 30 Cfs and is 48 degrees F. The river is low, cold and clear and is warming to 52 degrees by 3 o’clock. The lower River was recently stocked with 500 fresh rainbows at Upper and lower Glencoe Rds, Sparks Rd and Phoenix road. The river is beautiful this time of year but the fish don’t come easily. Zebra midges behind a large hopper or beetle are a good bet in the riffles. Streamers in the boulder pools are worth a try-Especially if you’re after a larger wild brown. The leaves are still hanging on even after our two heavy frosts. BWO’s will start up as we get into a little warmer weather. There is no shortage of midges out there but they are more fun to watch than tie on…

The shop will be closed Thursday, Oct 22 for Jazz for Water and will reopen on Friday.

Bright Leaves and Wild Trout

Gunpowder Brown
The Gunpowder is clear and is flowing at 92 CFs and is 52.7 F. Small caddis and soft chuckles are working fine along the river. Water temps are keeping fish active and the leaves have not been a problem yet. The River is clear and everyone is wholly distracted with football. Now could be a great time to try your luck with a wild fish or two and catch the leaves at their peak. Thnaks to Taylor for the stream report and photo.

Thank you for the update. It really helped and we caught some nice fish. Had a lot fish on caddis during mid-day/ early afternoon.


Jazz for Water Preview!

An oil painting for JAZZ for WATER!
This oil painting, a generous gift of the Ann McInTosh estate, will be a featured silent auction item at Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER’s Jazz for Water annual fundraiser.

It is centered on fun, music and food and supports the advocacy work of Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® that protects the River, its small streams and wetlands and the communities that live, work and recreate along these waterways!

Jazz guitarist Carl Filipiak and his Quartet will play standards and originals.

The Sequoia Room at Oregon Ridge Park | October 22, 2015 | 7 till 10 PM
13401 Beaver Dam Road | Cockeysville, MD 21030

Tickets on sale and sponsorship opportunities available at Eventbrite through October 15-NO DOOR SALES!.

Locally Sourced Farm to Table Food and Signature Seasonal Cocktails by CLEMENTINE, Baltimore’s Home of Fancy Pants Comfort Food! Wine from Boordy Vineyards. Beer from Union Craft Brewing.

“APPETIZERS “~ Blackened shrimp on grit cakes with crispy country ham and smoked tomato coulis “~ Andouille spiced cured duck breast ham on sweet potato biscuits and pear marmalade “~ Black eyed pea and pickled okra bruschetta with pimento cheese

“BIGGER STUFF “~ Smoked and pulled Genuine pork sliders with cherry and Boordy Barbejus with purple slaw “~ Apple brined and smoked eight cut chicken with apple mustard Union mop sauce “~ Slow Cooked kale with house cured ham “~ Fingerling potato salad with sweetcorn, green beans and smoked paprika “~ Lucielle’s sweet and tart heirloom tomato and cucumber salad “~ Dirty beans and rice with a hint of buttermilk and green onions

DESSERT ~ Caramel bread pudding with rye whiskey whipped cream

Games: Old Fashioned Money Wheel, Raffles & Silent Auctions to benefit the River.

Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that champions enforcement and compliance of environmental laws across the watershed to protect and conserve the River for All.

Thanks to Jim Ritz from Music Go Round Cockeysville for the thoughtful donation of a beautiful Jazz Guitar-also a silent auction item at the Jazz for Water event. We’ll see everyone there!
Jazz Guitar for Jazz for Water

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, October 11th, 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 and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 AM till 1:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

4th Quarter Fly Fishing

York Rd. Bridge
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 134 Cfs and is 55 F. Blue winged Olivesand just a few Tricos are part of the mix in the flat water. Long leaders in the 10 to 12 ft range ending in 7x will result in more takes. Try fishing the middle of the catch and release section for the most consistent hatches and easiest wading Streamer fishing through the log jams is always a good bet but is typically more productive on a dead drift in the boulder pools above Falls Rd. If you’re stuck on big dries from a recent rip out west, it’s not to late to use some western-style hopper patterns and stimulators-especially in the riffles.With water levels at least knee deep throughout the catch and release area and plenty of green leaves just turning gold and red, now is the time to get on the water and find a few wild fish.
York Rd. Downstream

Supermoon Stream Report

The Gunpowder River is flowing at 89 CFs and is 52.5 degrees F. Wild fish have moved into the riffles and are taking small caddis in the #16-18 range, BWO’s sized #18-22 and small weighted streamers. After lots of low water through August and September many lucky anglers arrived on the River this weekend to ideal flows for wading. With football in swing there was a little more room on the river to stretch a long line.

Please note: The shop will be open from 2:45 till 5 PM on Monday and closed this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Electroshocking on the Gunpowder River

This just in from Fisheries

We would like to apologize for the short notice, but we will be conducting our fall electrofishing survey on the Gunpowder Falls tailwater for Sept. 22 and 23.

Meeting time will be at 9:30 each morning.

Sept. 22- Dam/Falls Station–meet at the upper Falls Rd. parking lot.

Sept. 23- Bluemount Station–meet at the Bluemount Rd. entrance to the NCR TCB trail.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending or need more details. (410) 442-2080

We are sampling our Masemore station on Monday 9/21, but we have all the needed help for that day, so I am only asking for help/observers for the 22nd and 23rd.