March Brown and Hendricksons have been coming off the past few days from Masemore through to Big Falls. Trout have been looking to the surface in the afternoon through the evening. Pheasant tail nymphs are still the ticket in the faster water along with soft hackles and hares ear wets. Sulphurs are still to be found from Masemore up to the dam and you can use emergers and CDC duns to match the hatch. Mike Bachkosky’s snowshoe rabbit emergers, unusuals and red quill parachutes have been working fantastically.
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The Gunpowder River is clear flowing at 37 CFs and is 48 degrees F. Thanks to Gene for the stream report!
Heavy rain yesterday saw Little Falls rise to 2500 cfs. Downstream from where it joins the main stem of the Gunpowder saw levels of almost 3000 cfs – 2 feet above the flood level.
Whilst the upper Gunpowder was stained yesterday and high with surface runoff from roads, levels quickly fell back to normal overnight and its back to 38cfs and clear by today. For the weekend nice temperatures and sunshine should bring out more Sulphurs and Hendricksons in the catch and release sections of the river. Look to fish the faster water with pheasent tail nymphs and emergers size 12-14 and you’ll encounter feeding trout.
As we end March on the Gunpowder march browns and hendricksons are hatching. However what is most unusual is the fact that sulphurs size 14-16 are hatching alongside them, mainly in the upper sections of the river. The mayflies are being picked off by trout of all sizes from the nymphs in the morning, emergers to the duns by the afternoon. The low flows mean that long leaders and 6-7x tippet are required for presenting a dry fly. Don’t wait until June to fly fish sulphurs this year!
The Gunpowder River is clear and flowing at 38 CFs. Water temps this week have been swinging as high as 48 degrees F. Wind has been the only detractor. Thanks to Gene for the stream report and photos.
Spring is around the corner & with the pleasant spells in weather we’ve been having dry fly fishing has been particularly productive on the Gunpowder. Small grey midge patterns are the go-to when fish are rising. Nymphing in riffles has been been consistent on zebra midges and brassies. Darin Crew caught this healthy looking 13 inch fish doing just that. I have been fishing streamers recently, stripping them slowly tricked this 15 inch fish that ate a black and green wooly bugger.
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 38 Cfs and is 41 degrees F. Weather this weekend should be on the warm side which may result in a nice bump in water temps. Stoneflies, BWO’s and cream midges will be part of the mix. As the latest stream report will attest-fish those streamers people! Didymo is still about above Falls Rd so try a little lower if you’re dead set on nymphing. Thanks to Tom Starrs for the great stream report and photo.
It’s been a while. I was just in the shop last Sunday, it was my first time at the new location. The shop looks nice as always. I spoke to Gene (the young man from the UK). We were speaking about the cold and clear water that we have been seeing so far this year in the tributaries (Little Falls, Beetree and such). It makes for tough fishing, the trout are little lethargic and they get a good look at everything you throw. I told him it would be good if we got a little rain. We talked about working woolly buggers on some of our exceptional area wild trout streams this time of the year, fishing the deeper holes and undercut banks where the trout will be holding. I picked up a few woolly buggers, some tippet and a new Backwater Angler hat.-Well we got some rain today. So I hit one of other streams in the Gunpowder watershed. The conditions were nearly perfect to give my new hat a workout!
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 38 CFs and is 38 Degrees F. Thanks to Gene for the Gunpowder stream report!
Fishing has been very productive on the warmer days. You’ll see stoneflies skittering across the surface size 16 early afternoon. I’ve found the trout tend to ignore the adult but will be looking for the nymph in the riffles. American pheasant tails and prince nymphs imitate these well at the heads of pools. Midges (20 – 22) often hatch alongside them and you can find fish rising to these in the slacker water in the tails of pools. With the weather warming up this weekend rising water temperatures once again will provide good fishing opportunities between Falls to Big Falls road. Upstream from Falls to the dam is better fished with a streamer or small dry midge pattern.
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 37 CFs and is almost 40 degrees F. Nymphing works this time of year. Dry fly fishing is not out of the realm. Chances are you won’t catch a fish if you are sitting on the couch. Remember-fly fishing before football.
Thanks to Gene Howson for the stream report and pictures:
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With the consistent water flow and the mild winter I have found the fishing to be very good for the time of year. Particularly following rain or during calmer conditions. Optimum fishing times are between 11-3 when the water temperature peak. Fishing nymphs; tungsten midges, prince and pheasant tail nymphs size 16 are working great in the faster water. As for dry flies, small crippled midge patterns and Mike Bachkosky’s cream midges (size 22) which we have in the shop are great at this time of year in the calmer water.
I was out with Darin Crew for a few hours on Tuesday, fishing a tandem nymph rig under an airlock indicator was productive once the temperatures rose above 40 degrees. The best of the bunch caught by Darin was a robust wild trout in the region of 15 inches which engulfed a red zebra midge. We saw clouds of small cream midges and a good amount of black stoneflies coming off the water from midday til 3pm and the fish were rising in the slack water for the midges.
Everyone should take some time to enjoy this pleasant weather we’re having and spend a few hours on the Gunpowder!
The Gunpowder is gin clear and flowing at 38 Cfs at 42 degrees F. This time of year little black and early brown stoneflies are just starting in the riffles between Big Falls Rd. and Bunkerhill Rd. On days without wind, little black flies or snow flies in the #20-22 range can be found above Falls Rd closer to the Dam but a long (12ft) and light (7x) leader is needed to present these tiny flies properly. Blue Winged Olives and cream midges will also make an appearance from time to time through the Masemore Rd stretch. Log jams should be covered with a heavily weighted streamer like a zonked or sculpin pattern and pulled away from banks on an upstream presentation rather than fished on a swing. Thanks to Anthony for the great shot of a recently released Tiger trout.
Thanks to Gene for the stream report and pictures of merry old England and a bright wild fish from the boulder pools.
Midges are hatching late morning through the afternoon and with the flow remaining at 38cfs the water temperature can increase significantly on warmer days triggering the fish to feed. I’ve been using small hares ear nymphs and zebra midges size 18. I caught this nice looking fish at falls road recently.
Over a visit back home in England last November I was lucky enough to go fishing on the river Tees with Jonathon Barnes from onstreamguide.com. He helped me refine my Czech and French nymphing techniques to help catch fish in even the toughest conditions. On that morning the temperature barely got above freezing and we ended the day with half a dozen beautiful grayling. Since then I’ve been attaching a French leader straight to the backing of my reel. Using a 10 foot 3 weight rod I can detect the subtlest of strikes much more effectively.
We have 3 different 10 foot models in the shop that are perfectly suited to this technique. The Echo shadow II (retail $249), G. Loomis pro 4x ($375) and the Winston BIIIx Super 10 ($845). Highly recommended for those who want to catch more fish year round!
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The Gunpowder River is flowing at 38 Cfs and is 43 degrees f and clear.Streamers continue to be a nice way to keep warm out there. Just use the trails and fish the bend pools and shallow riffles with a #8-12 wooly bugger and hold on. Some have been lucky to find a few fish rising to BWO’s and black flies in the flats between Masemore and Falls RD access points. Long leaders in the 10 to 12 ft range ending in 7x are a must for imitating tiny flies in the flats. Trails have been wet and slippery especially in the mornings but putting a few studs in wading shoes and bringing along a wading staff can work to keep one dry this time of year. Thanks to Stefan for the nice shot of a chunky wild brown. Be sure to stop in a see Gene and Stefan for friendly advice before you head out to the river.