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February Report on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is clear, 240 cfs and 40 degrees F.

This winter 300 cfs has became the new normal on the Gunpowder, these high levels have limited good fishing opportunities.  When the river is at this level the water temperature doesn’t climb much even on a sunny or mild day – bad news for those looking to find fish rising to midges. Trout will eat a slowly worked streamer or a midge pupa, pheasant tail or prince nymph dead drifted close to the bottom. Given the river volume and temperature getting your fly down to the bottom is important as the fish won’t generally move much. The trout in the Gunpowder are in great shape post spawn and some beautiful fish are being caught by those willing to work for them.

With snow thawing out the trails are very slippery so take care getting in the river. Wading staff and studs in your boots are recommended to keep your footing in these higher flows.

If you’ve been out lately on the Gunpowder submit a fishing report and photos to backwaterangler@gmail.com, we’d love to share your experiences on the website. Thanks!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday March the 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 – 2:00pm. 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.

Nymphing Clinic on the Gunpowder

Join us for a nymphing clinic on the Gunpowder river on Sunday the 24th of February. Even in the worst of conditions, having the ability to nymph effectively can help you bring fish to the net 365 days a year. There is an abundance of literature and theories on nymphing that can be bewildering to anyone deciding to invest time in this. In this clinic a Backwater Angler guide will break down the main techniques on the river that will give you the confidence to catch fish subsurface consistently. This will cover tight lining (euro nymphing) methods, indicator fishing, rig/leader set up, gear and fly selection. Cost is $150 dollars per angler. The clinic is 3 hours long and starts at 10 AM. Group size is limited to 3 anglers per session. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to reserve a place.

Nymphing Clinic on the Gunpowder

Join us for a nymphing clinic on the Gunpowder river on Saturday the 23rd of February. Even in the worst of conditions, having the ability to nymph effectively can help you bring fish to the net 365 days a year. There is an abundance of literature and theories on nymphing that can be bewildering to anyone deciding to invest time in this. In this clinic a Backwater Angler guide will break down the main techniques on the river that will give you the confidence to catch fish subsurface consistently. This will cover tight lining (euro nymphing) methods, indicator fishing, rig/leader set up, gear and fly selection. Cost is $150 dollars per angler. The clinic is 3 hours long and starts at 10 AM. Group size is limited to 3 anglers per session. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to reserve a place.

Streamer Clinic on the Gunpowder River

Need to fine tune your streamer fishing techniques?  On Sunday February the 10th please join us for a streamer clinic with a Backwater Angler Guide on the Gunpowder river.  This course will cover gear selection (suitable rods), leader selection and construction, knots, fly selection and their imitations, casting mechanics (casting heavy lines/flies, shooting line) and multiple presentation scenarios and techniques (streamer retrieves and dead drifting).  Class is 2 hours long and starts at 10 AM. Cost is $100 per person. 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 clinic. Class size is limited to 3 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Streamer Clinic on the Gunpowder River

Need to fine tune your streamer fishing techniques?  On Saturday February the 9th please join us for a streamer clinic with a Backwater Angler Guide on the Gunpowder river.  This course will cover gear selection (suitable rods), leader selection and construction, knots, fly selection and their imitations, casting mechanics (casting heavy lines/flies, shooting line) and multiple presentation scenarios and techniques (streamer retrieves and dead drifting).  Class is 2 hours long and held between 10 – 12 am. Cost is $100 per person. 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 clinic. Class size is limited to 3 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Backwater Angler on Ebay

The shop has seen a lot of gear come in and out the door through the years. Some seem to not want to go back out the door. We have amassed a number of random products whether its used, new & discontinued or vintage, and while the fishing is slow we decided to move through some of this. Check us out on Ebay to see what we have on offer. Happy bidding!

 

 

Year End Gunpowder Fishing Report

The Gunpowder is at 245 cfs, clear and 43 degrees F.

Update 11 am 12/28. Gauge at Falls road is at 440 cfs and rising, with more rain forecast through this afternoon. Remember level over 300 cfs are unsafe for wading, keep it to the banks!

The river is in good shape. Gradually the flows have came down to a more optimal level for wading and fishing. Backwater Angler Guide Bryan Donoway & I fished yesterday and found a good amount of fish rising for blue winged olives and midges along the banks, in the back eddies and softer water. Nymphing was especially productive with small pheasent tails, miracle nymphs, hares ear and zebra midges accounting for a plenty of feisty brown trout. With wetter weather around the corner, streamer fishing should be the ticket once again.

It’s that time for renewing licenses, we’ll be here normal hours including New Years Eve, stop by for some friendly advice and some flies that will help get you some fish in the net.

We also have a good amount of Filson Cold Weather Hats, Tin Packer Hats & Insulated TIn Cloth hats that we are selling at 35% off. Pick one up while stocks last!

 

Ideas for Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner, the fishing has been thrown out of sorts with the customary weekly downpour, so here’s a little list of gift ideas if you are unsure what to buy.

  1. Gift Certificate. This makes it easy for you, it can never be the wrong shape, size or color. Call us at the shop and we can email you a gift certificate in no time. If one already fly fishes, it can be used for more gear, if it is something one is interested in pursuing it can go towards lessons or guide trips.
  2. Fly Selection: A box made with flies selected for a specific stream like the Gunpowder or region such as the Florida Keys. We are happy to put together a fly selection for you with seasonal favorites suited for wherever one may fish.
  3. Filson clothing: Whether it’s a hat, a duffel or a outerwear garment. Filson has been at the forefront in outdoors clothing since 1897. Treat yourself or a loved one to the best
  4. Rods: We carry a wide range of rods from five of the leading manufacturers in the industry, Scott from Colorado, Echo & G Loomis from Washington State, St Croix from Wisconsin and Winston from Montana.
  5. Fishpond: From packs, vests, nets and accessories. Exceptional products, great value and a industry leader in environmentally friendly products.
  6. Patagonia Foot Tractors. If one enjoys fishing the larger trout rivers of Western Maryland or central Pennsylvania, this wading boot is perfect for those tricky wading situations on large slippery boulders. On sale from 279 to 200.
  7. Floatant: Be ready for the spring time with an essential stream-side accessory. Tiemco Dry Shake, Tiemco Dry Magic, Loon Aquel, Loon Top Ride, Loon Lochsa.
  8. Layering: Patagonia Tough Puff Hoody, Tough Puff Shirt, Snap-Dry Hoody or R1 Hoody.
  9. Rain Jacket: Patagonia SST and Minimalist Jacket. Don’t let the rainiest year on record in Baltimore stop one from being outside.
  10. Books: Signed copies of fine wintertime reads written by local author and bamboo rod maker Jerry Kustich.

Holiday Hours at Backwater Angler!

The shop will be open all week, from the 17th through the 21st from 10-5, 

The 22nd and 23rd from 10 till 4. 

The shop will be closed on December 24,25,26.

The shop will be open the 27th-30th and on News Years Eve.

We have a super range of inventory just in time for the holidays! If you need to do some Christmas shopping for friends, family, or just yourself! We’re here ready to assist.

Happy holidays!