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Hendricksons and Black Flies on the Gunpowder

Scott G2 Dry Fly Fishing with a Hendrickson and Red Quill Pattern
The Gunpowder is clear, flowing at 127CFS and is 50.5 F. Thanks to Mike Colegrove for the Hendrickson pics and to Gene for the great stream report. Still knocking the dust off your gear? Please visit with him in the shop on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays to get the latest on River conditions. Red quills, emergers and tiny midge patterns have been the ticket-be sure to bring along some 6 and 7x.

This April, variable weather conditions is resulting in equally variable flow levels on the Gunpowder, it’s always useful to check the water gage link during this time of year before heading out. Streamers are taking lots of fish at the moment, olive wooly buggers for crayfish and sculpins along white zonkers for the baitfish, both being particularly effective as water levels drop after a spell of spring rain. Black ‘snow’ flies, hook size 20, are reliably peeling off the surface throughout the day. Keep an eye out for Hendricksons and March Browns, especially closer to the dam above Falls road where the large rocks on the streambed provide optimum habitat for the nymphs to thrive. As water temperatures steady at 50 degrees there should be greater abundances of Hendricksons and heavy spinner falls occurring throughout the next two weeks. All patterns readily available in our muffin tins will put you onto wild trout in the catch and release section. Recently stocked rainbows are moving up from the stocked water and settling into the lower stretch from Bluemount Rd. downstream.

Cheers,
Gene Howson

Easter Stream Report

IMG_20160325_175154The Gunpowder is flowing at 104 CFS and is 50 degrees F. Stoneflies are still buzzing around and the Hendricksons are just around the corner. Stop in and pick up some March Brown wets and some Picket Pins. Small stonefly nymphs in the #16 range have been tricking a few wild fish. With opening day on the lower river today we’ve had a number of folks stopping in to pick up large streamers for the bright, heavy rainbows between Glencoe and Sparks. We have a number of new items in this week from Scientific Anglers including the Sonar fly lines for Susquehanna Flats trophy Striper fishing and the new Grand Slam Saltwater lines for folks traveling South for Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit.Thanks to David for the great photo and stream report.

Theaux,
Here’s a nice brown I caught Friday afternoon. The stoneflies you have in the shop were working well on Big Falls, upstream of the bridge and around the first bend. Fish were hanging in the deeper pools and sipping the fly as it skated down.

Tight lines!
-David R.

Please note: We will be closed on Sunday March 27.

Stoneflies and Snow Flies along the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder River StoneflyThe Gunpowder River is flowing at 126 CFS and 47 F. Stoneflies in the #16-18 range between Masemore Rd and Big Falls Rd have accounted for a few fish on dries this week. If you’re up for a hike, the stretch upstream of Falls Rd is worth a shot with little black flies a.k.a. snow flies-especially in the flat water. Be sure to use 7x or 8x tippet when fishing these patterns as they start at a #20.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, April 3rd, 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 11:00 AM till 2:00 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, April 2nd, 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 11:00 AM till 2:00 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Sale

whalerockWith snow again in the forecast, we’ve been outfitting folks for trips to Argentina for trout and the Bahamas for bonefish lately-at last count we had fifteen new saltwater fly rods from 7 weight through 10 weight in the rack from G. Loomis, Winston, Scott and St. Croix. If you’re looking for a used saltwater fly rod we have a few of those too. The calendar tells us that Spring is right around the corner, so remaining in-stock 2015 Patagonia Capilene, Simms Cold Weather Shirts, and Simms Fingerless and fold-over mitts and winter hats are 25% off till they’re gone!

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, March 26th, 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 11:00 AM till 2:00 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, March 13th, 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.

A Wet Snow and Great Trail Conditions along the Gunpowder

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The Gunpowder River is flowing at 157 CFS and is 40.5 F. After talking people out of going fly fishing on the Gunpowder for the past three weeks, trail conditions are improving dramatically with very little ice remaining except on the slopes in the Falls Rd section. A light dusting of snow last night brightened up the river birch and sycamores along the Gunpowder. If you’re after larger fish, stop in for a sink-tip and a dumbbell-eyed streamer or two. Stoneflies are buzzing along the meadow banks from Masemore downstream through York Rd access but until the river water temperature stays in the mid 40’s it might be more productive to swing a small dark wet fly in a #16 along the banks. While most fly fisherman associate the “upper” with the gorge section upstream of Masemore closer to Prettyboy dam, we’ve had quite a few calls from anglers interested in what section of the Gunpowder is closed this month. To clarify, the “upper” Gunpowder as described in the regulations book is the five-fish a day section above Loch Raven from the Gas line below Corbett through Upper Glencoe, Lower Glencoe, Sparks and Phoenix Rd. Please note: This section will close on Sunday the 6th and will reopen at 5:30 AM on March 26th. Anyone fishing the catch and release section from Prettyboy Dam, Upper and lower Falls, Masemore , Bunkerhill, York, and upstream of Bluemount, in the artificials-only, or downstream of Bluemount, through, Monkton, Corbett to the gas line is open leaving over 11 miles of catch and release or wild trout water for anglers to explore 365 days a year-conditions permitting. We have 2016 fishing licenses, a stack of stocking schedules and reservoir permit applications on the front counter.
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Streamers and Stone Flies on the Gunpowder

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Thanks to Stefan for the Stream report and pics!

With air temps on the rise the water in the Gunpowder has finally touched the 40 degree mark. Looking at next weeks forecast water temps should climb to the mid forty’s in no time. The river is still flowing quite fast at 150 cfs. Wild ish will start to take little black stone flies off the surface in the slower areas and close to log jams as the river warms Steady subsurface action nymphing with black and red zebra midges and dead drifting streamers has been the ticket. If your planning on fishing the river in the next week or so be sure to stop in the shop and pick up some streamers and an assortment of stone fly patterns.

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