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Sweetgrass Rods Day with Jerry Kustich

Sweetgrass Bamboo Fly Rod
Please join us on Saturday December 13th for a Sweetgrass Bamboo Fly Rod Demo Day with Jerry Kustich. Jerry will be in the shop from 11 AM till 1 PM and will have plenty of samples and stories of steelhead, permit and life on tap. Thanks to Sweetgrass for the use of the following bio of Jerry from the Sweetgrass Rods website:

Jerry Kustich has been a part of the “Boo Boy” team for the past twenty years learning the many intricacies of rod building. Always found on a stream testing anything from flies to waders to pentagonal bamboo designs, he has become an outspoken advocate for public access to Montana’s rivers. Author, writer, devoted environmentalist, rod designer, and dedicated angler, he spends much time on the road as a fly fishing ambassador lecturing on and representing the ideals for which all serious fly anglers stand.

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Tiger Trout in the Gunpowder River

Tiger Trout on the Gunpowder River
The Gunpowder River is up from 75 CFs and is flowing at 117 Cfs. The water is clear, a little green and is 46.5 degrees F. The wind might make it difficult to fish the tiny BWO’s reported earlier this week during the gloomy wet days. Give the games a break, put some gloves and hit the River. Stay warm by nymphing with bead head stoneflies in the #10-14 range with soft hackles like red butts trailing in a #14. With the River up, streamers on sink-tips are still a good bet-especially around the log jams and chute runs in the boulder pools. Try midge cluster patterns in the flat stretches-especially along shelves that turn into riffles. Thanks to Stefan for the stream report and photo of a tiger trout from the Gunpowder River.

Got him in a little riffle. Amazing colors. Had no idea there were Tigers in the Gunpowder.

Small Business Saturday Fishing Report

The Gunpowder River is a little off color and is flowing at 90 CFs and is 48 F. Wild trout have been taking nymphs in the #18-22 range in the flat water. Large streamers fished in and around the bend pools and log jams are a safe bet. The boulder pools have been tough to fish (read slippery) during frosty mornings so be careful out there! A few early brown stoneflies were reported today so if you have any dark caddis in your box give them a try. If you need some flies, advice or just need to get away from those pesky relatives, please consider finding us on the Shop Small® Map and joining us for Small Business Saturday. First you need to register your AMEX at . It’s an easy form-just fill out your Name, Card # and email. When you use your card and spend $10 or more Saturday, November 29 at Backwater Angler and you’ll receive a $10 statement credit. If you find two other small business also taking part in this offer and spend another $10 at each location you will receive up to $30 total in statement credits within 90 days.Why shop locally rather than online? Simply put your money goes further when you shop local independently owned shops such as Backwater Angler. “Multiple studies from show locally-owned independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the local economy than chain competitors and buying remotely on the web creates almost no local benefit–just a few minutes’ work for a delivery person that likely won’t be able to help you with directions to the River or tell you what flies are working. For the past 13 years your patronage has helped Backwater Angler support five staff members, five guides and the local community including donations to the Boy and Girl Scouts, Potomac Patuxent, National Capital Maryland and Mid Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited, Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER, Coastal Conservation Association, WATERKEEPERS Chesapeake, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Ducks Unlimited, Center Stage, Hereford Food Bank, Hereford Robotics Club and the Hereford Fall Fest benefiting the Hereford Volunteer Fire Department. Thanks for your support-We hope to see or hear from you tomorrow.

Streamers, Olives and Stonefly Nymphs

Fly Fishing Maryland The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 50 Cfs and 48.5 degrees F. I find it hard to believe that by Monday folks are talking about a 69 F day leading up to Thanksgiving! Thanks to Stephen Knott for another nice shot-this time of a stocky caught on a big streamer. This fish likely held over during an early stocking, moved up from the lower River and is now taking on some beautiful colors. Stop in this weekend and spend some time picking up stonefly nymphs and dries out of the muffin tins. It’s not too early to swing some soft hackles stonefly and nymph patterns in the shallows. With the wind lessening this weekend, plan on seeing a few tiny BWO’s in the flats between York Rd and Falls Rd. We just received some lovely Blue Winged Olives sized down to a #26 but a parachute in a size #18-20 should work fine. We’re faced with relatively low water this time of year-that said streamers are always a good bet. To slow roll sculpin patterns effectively-Be sure to add just two or three feet of 4x to an Airflo sinking polyleader to get the big flies down fast and twitch them abruptly while they sink down into the boulder pools.

Please note: The shop will be closed this Wednesday and Thursday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Election Day Fly Fishing

Election Day Fly Fishing
The Gunpowder River is low, flowing at 40 Cfs and is 55 F. Thanks to Stephen Knott for sending in this shot of a beautiful Brown tricked on election day. Tricos, #18 Blue Winged Olive soft hackles and tiny Caddis in the #20 range are still part of the mix. Fly Fishing in low water can be challenging-especially when approaching spooky fish in the flats. With leaves on the trails and frost on the way now is the time to put studs in your wading shoes. Focus on riffles, runs and plan on approaching fish from the banks and covering the log jams and pools with unweighted streamers. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture the last of the fall colors before the polar vortex arrives.

Please note: The shop will be open on Veterans Day from 10 till 5. If you are a veteran, please accept our heartfelt thanks and profound appreciation for your service.

Halloween Stream Report

Gunpowder Trout
The Gunpowder is flowing at 35 CFs, is clear and 54 F. The River still has plenty of fall color. Two anglers wearing capes took advantage of a half day of middle school and stopped in this afternoon before heading out to fish at Bunkerhill. Tricos in the morning followed by Blue Winged Olives and Caddis are all part of the mix now. Tired of hooking leaves? It might be easier, and more productive to fish dries-especially small ones. The muffin tins are full of Mike Bachkosky’s snowshoe rabbit midges and phunny emergers in the #18-22 range. Dreading the small stuff? If you have some hoppers left over in a terrestrial box drop any of these small patterns behind them on about a foot and a half of 7x. Daylight savings time is this weekend-a signal that both early voting and evening fishing is over. Sleep in and take advantage of mid-morning temperature swings. The trick to connecting with wild fish is to treat yourself to some time on the water this weekend.

Please Note: The shop will be closed on this Monday, November 3 and will reopen on Tuesday at 10 AM.

Columbus Day Week Fishing Report and Shop Hours

Gunpowder River RainbowTHe Gunpowder river is clear, flowing at a near perfect 106 Cfs and is 55.5F. This week reports of Olives in the morning and Tricos mid-day at Masemore and Bunkerhill have been encouraging. Folks have also been coaxing quite a few rainbows to take zebra midges throughout the catch and release area. With flows back up from the 38 Cfs it’s loads easier to fish nymphs in the riffles under big yarn indicators and streamers, like Grey Ghosts and sculpins in the log jams. We’ve been checking in lots of cozy gear from Patagonia-including some Nano-Air jackets, Shelled insulator and R1 pants. With the weather getting colder wet wading in those old leaky waders might not be as much fun anymore. Stop in and check out what Simms just sent along, including some G4Z, G3 and Headwaters waders, Vapor Boots and Riffle Jackets.

This weekend and Columbus day week shop Backwater Angler will be open from:
10 till 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday
12:30 till 5:00 on Monday
10:00 till 5:00 on Tuesday
Closed on Wednesday
10:00 till 5:00 on Thursday
12:30 till 5:00 on Friday

Wild Brown Trout taking Midges, Olives and Tricos in the Leaf Lines

Wild Brown Trout in Little Falls
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 38 Cfs and is 56 F. Most of the water in the catch and release section is in the shin to knee deep range. The fish are looking up and taking a majority of flies in the #18-22 size range. Wild fish in the Gunpowder River are concentrated along shelves, tailouts and bend pools. Long fine leaders are essential for tricking fish this time of year. Start with a ten footer and plan on adding some 7x. For those intent on stalking the the flats 8x is not out of the question-just be mindful of your hookset. Now is the time to dust off that three weight fly rod you swore that you’d use in low water. Sometimes a line of leaves upon the water can reveal where the current is and where the Olives, Midges and Tricos are…the rest is up to you.
Little Falls Brown Trout

Tricos, Olives and Caddis in Low Water

Brook Trout
The Gunpowder River is gin clear, flowing at 37 CFs and is 58 F. With air temps in the high 40′s every morning, it takes a few hours for the fish to start moving on the tiny BWO’s and trico’s. By mid-afternnon caddis are peeling off in the riffles. The fishing is tough but long, fine leaders ending in 7x will result in surprisingly quick takes-especially in the shallows. The evening light on the bean and cornfields surrounding the Hereford Area is warmer now. One can no longer see to fish past 8 PM. The acorns are already dropping–a reminder that summer is already fading. Time spent afield this time of year is always worthwhile especially on the Gunpowder River.

Fly Fishing Tricos and Beetles to Wild Trout on Labor Day Weekend

Wild Brown on a Terrestrial

The Gunpowder River is flowing at 78 CFS and is 55.5 degrees F. Conditions on the Gunpowder River are improving leading up to the holiday weekend! We’ve had quite a few guide trips this week with people new to the sport. Many have connected on dry flies patterns including Tricos and Olives in the upper catch and release section. For those that would rather see their flies before the fish take them and would rather not fish 7x wild fish will take terrestrials just fine. Josh Reider recently caught and released this beautiful wild brown in the two fish day stretch on a foam hi-vis beetle.

Labor Day Weekend shop hours:
Saturday and Sunday from 10 till 4
Monday from 10 till 2:00 PM