Author Archives: Theaux Le Gardeur

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, August 27th, 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 9:00 AM till 12:00 AM. 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.

Wild Fish and Clear, Cool Water on the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder River at York RdThe Gunpowder River is clear, low and flowing at 32 CFs and is 55 degrees F. Tricos are about at York Rd. and Masemore Rd. access points each morning. Try a Letort Cricket on a 9ft 6x leader and drop a size #20-22 Al’s Trico about 18 inches behind the cricket. We have plenty of Mike Bachkosky’s reverse-hackled Al’s Trico’s in the muffin tins. This time of year, the lower river below Sparks might be up to 15 degrees warmer than the catch and release section. Small streamers in sizes #8 through #12 are worth a shot if you’d like to cover more water in the bend pools. Try tiny cream midges in the Falls Rd section or a hopper-dropper style rig in the boulder pools substituting a foam ant followed by a zebra midge. Low water conditions can can make for challenging fishing but consistently cool water temps make the Gunpowder a safe bet for fly fishing the Mid-Atlantic through August.

Please note: The shop will open tomorrow at 8 AM for those wanting to get an early jump on the Tricos!

Gunpowder River at York Rd

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School this Sunday at 9 AM

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, August 14th, 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 9:00 AM till 12:00 AM. 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 this Saturday at 9 AM

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, August 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 9:00 AM till 12:00 AM. 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.

Backwater Angler is now located at 107 Mt Carmel Rd #106 Parkton, MD 21120

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 9.30.09 PMBackwater Angler is now located 3/10ths of a mile off of Exit 27 at I-83 at 107 Mt. Carmel RD Parkton, MD 21120. If you find yourself in the old shop parking lot this weekend just take a left out of the old lot, take a left at the light at Mt. Carmel Rd. and a left into the Village Plaza. Easy! If you find yourself in the old shop parking lot this weekend just take a left out of the old lot, take a left at the light at Mt. Carmel Rd. and a left into the Village Plaza. Easy! Coming from somewhere else? Please give our directions to Backwater Angler a look. Tiles courtesy of MapQuest http://www.mapquest.com/ Thanks to Mapquest for giving us birds-eye view of all of that green space in the Hereford Area of Gunpowder State Park!

Please note:
Shop Hours for the new location are:
10 AM till 5 PM Weekdays
10 AM till 4 PM Saturday and Sunday
The shop is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday

Low, Clear Water and Terrestrials on the Gunpowder

Chunky  Wild BrownThe Gunpowder river is clear, low at 32 CFS and warming up at 58 F. Bright sun and burning hot days has made the fly fishing quite challenging. Thanks to Gene for the stream report and great photos:

After a brief spell of 80 cfs flows the dam has reduced the flow to the mid 30’s yesterday morning. Long leaders and small dry flies have been still been tempting plenty of fish in the faster water. Small caddis patterns and ants (size 18) are great go-to flies all day long.

Lower Catch And Release of the Gunpowder

Hot July Fly Fishing Gear Moving Sale

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Backwater Angler is moving. Thanks to Staffers Justin Gaffney and Gene Howson for all of their heavy lifting this week. Help us lighten the load by stopping in this Saturday and Sunday and getting great deals on (in-stock only) Fly Fishing Gear for the Mid-Atlantic.

Including:

25% of all Rainjackets
Free flyline with any reel purchase over $100
25% of all gear bags
Pick three Loon Products and get the lowest priced one for free.
Baker’s dozen flies-buy 12 get 1 free.
Free casting lesson ($75 value) with any Rod Purchase (must book in-advance).
50% off table for things we simply cannot move!!!

Sale is only Saturday and Sunday of this weekend-July 23-24 from 10 AM till 4 PM and is limited to in-store and in-stock items only-no calls please-stop by for details

Thank for your support in our 16th year.

New location to be announced…

5, 000 New Rainbows in the Catch and Release section of the Gunpowder River

Rainbow in hand

The Gunpowder River is clear upstream of Bluemount road, flowing at an ideal 78 CFs and is 55 degrees. Fish are taking terrestrials, small streamers and midge patterns. Five-thousand (5,000) fingerling rainbows were stocked in the upper catch and release section in the past two weeks.

Thanks to Gene for the following stream report and photos:

Since Friday, the flow has been bumped up from the mid 40’s to the 80 cfs mark, providing much greater fishing opportunities. The water temperature in the upper sections ranging from 50-55 through the day. At time of year, with temperatures being well in the 90’s, its often best to give the lower sections a miss due to high water temperature and lots of river traffic from others enjoying the river.

The fishing is most consistent in the morning. Bigger fish are falling readily for an opportunistic hopper or beetle. I’ve been catching more rainbows than usual lately, including a large one which was 17 inches long. Many fish will be tempted by caddis (size 16-18) and midges. I like using small streamers like sculpin patterns, wooley buggers and traditional’s like grey ghosts and Mickey Finns, being effective when fished up against any structure. As we enter August, keep an eye out for tricos as well in the morning.

Gene

Rainbow in Flow

Three Spaces Left in the 9 AM Fly Fishing School this Sunday

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, July 17th, 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 9:00 AM till 12:00 AM. 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 this Sunday Morning, July 10th

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, July 10th, 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 8:00 AM till 11:00 AM. 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.