Snow still blankets ice over the rocky trails along the Gunpowder River after winter storm dropped 32″ of snow in the Hereford Zone during the last week of January. These shots looking upstream and downstream from the Falls Rd bridge were taken at a river height of 2.79 FT and 300 CFs the afternoon before the snow and ice let go. The next day the Gunpowder River bumped up to 4.97 FT and 900 Cfs in the upper catch and release area. Conditions on the trails are still icy, the river, at present is too high and dangerous to wade fish at 470 Cfs. Before heading out please check the stream gauge or call the the shop over the weekend for the latest updates on conditions. As long as nighttime temperatures stay cold and we don’t lose all the snow at once we’ll be fishing streamers if the river drops below 250 Cfs by late Sunday afternoon.
Please note: We just received a shipment of the new Patagonia Ultralightweight II Wading Boots–a sturdier update to our shop favorite. I’m certain that we’ll have time to fit you into some lucky shoes for the upcoming season and well be happy to put in some fresh studs while you wait!
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 139 Cfs and is 49 degrees F. Large prince nymphs and other stonefly patterns like Copper Johns are great to fish in higher flows. Try a small midge larva or midge pupa behind the heavier fly on 6x tippet. The wind has been a problem for those dead set on fishing dries. If you have a sink-tip or Clouser-style streamer you’ll stay warmer by limiting your wading by staying out of the water and taking advantage of the great trail network. As Josh reports below, streamers have been the ticket this week. Thanks for supporting our small shop this year-we’re looking forward to seeing more of you fly fishing the Gunpowder River and beyond in 2016!
Please Note: The shop will be closed New Year’s Day but if you’re fishing on the 1st and need a license please go to https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/DnrCompassPortal
Thanks to Josh Reider for the stream report and great photos.
This past week the fish have been much more active due to the spring like temperatures and rain. This time of the year we are often left nymphing small midge patterns and constantly cleaning didymo off our flies. However, the past few days I have been fishing small streamers and successfully catching fish. Fishing your streamer slow along the edges seemed to be the most productive way to move fish. Get out this upcoming weekend to fool some Gunpowder brown trout.
Rain on the Gunpowder River is welcome this time of year. The River is flowing at 64 Cfs is 50.5 F and is clear above most of the tributaries throughout the Hereford Area of Gunpowder State Park. Large stonefly nymphs followed by a zebra dropper have resulted in a few fish this week. Streamer fishing is still productive by late afternoon. This downed Sycamore has new suckers along the trunk and base that show it still has some life left. Woody debris left along banks provide greater habitat and protect the banks from erosion. Note the color change in the River as water slows down along the deadfall. Please limit your wading this time of year to protect spawning habitat for wild browns and native brookies!
Watch Your Step on the Gunpowder
The 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!
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Store Hours for Thanksgiving Week:
Monday 10 till 5
Friday 10 till 5
Saturday 10 till 4
Sunday 10 till 4
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gunpowder is flowing at 162 CFs and is 54 degrees. Streamers fished on a 5 foot sinking leader and a two to three feet of 4x are a great way to cover the boulder pools. Heavy riffles at Masemore through Bunkerhill are best fished with #16-18 bead head nymphs. With football in full swing and schools back in session the River is a lot quieter. Summer is fleeting, the River is dropping after 2 inches of rain locally and the Tricos should be coming off just around the next corner. Mike Bachkosky’s reverse-hackled Trico patterns are now available in a size #24-20.
Please note: In addition to our regular Wednesday off, the shop will also be closed this Tuesday, September 15.