The river is at 173 cfs and gin clear with temp’s 50 F. The recent marked drop in water temperature is due to warm surface water being replaced with frigid water pulled from the 55 foot gate of the dam.
The fishing has been great so far this spring. When water levels allow, fish are now stacked in the riffles and faster water. Trout are eating sulphurs size #14-18 and tan caddis #14-18. For those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, the dry fly fishing has been exceptional. Midges have been keeping trout occupied through the morning. Fishing tends to improve in the afternoon once the water warms a bit triggering mayfly and caddis hatches.
The shop will be open all weekend from 10 till 4 this Saturday and Sunday and 10 till 5 on this Monday, Memorial Day.
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 214 Cfs is clear and 54 degrees F. Caddis and Sulpurs are in full swing. While it has not been warm enough for “epic” spinner falls we are seeing quite a few drop in very close to dark. Mid- morning and late afternoon into evening fishing has been productive with caddis and caddis emergers in the #14-16 range and Sulphur patterns, from nymphs, emergers and duns in the #12 -16 range. We have many patterns in the muffin tins on the front counter the guides have been using this week. Just quick look at the fly towers reveals that we have over 30 sulphur patterns and 16 caddis patterns to chose from. When faced with choosing between being hemmed up inside cleaning out the garage, mowing the lawn or going fly fishing for wild trout on the Gunpowder on a beautiful spring weekend the answer is clear…
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 211 Cfs and is 53.5 degrees F. Caddis and Sulphurs are making their presence known as are plenty of wild fish. With the forest in full leaf out This spring don’t wait to go fly fishing on the Gunpowder! We have just received close to 100 dozen dry and wet flies including duns, spinners and hard to find caddis and sulphur emergers from expert tier Mike Bachkosky. Hint: The ones that work best are in the muffin tins on the front counter and won’t last…
Thanks To Sean for the great stream report and photos from his Spring Forays.
Hey guys.. going to give the stream report a go. I spend enough time on the Gunpowder Watershed drainage… been writing some stuff down recently. This time of year, last 2 weeks in April to the middle of May, is up there for me as being one of my favorite times within the Gunpowder River drainage. Whether it be above the reservoir or below, there is a lot of activity continually moving and growing. On land and in water. This week I concentrated on the Falls portion in the catch and release area. Mayflies are waxing and waning, caddis are getting more consistent and ants are all along on land, hopefully making their way in the water to the fish. The hendrickson hatch has given way to the epic sulphur hatches that we saw last year. The forecast seems great on that front. Last spring and summer we saw some of the more prolific sulphur hatches and especially spinner falls. I suppose the higher water levels created optimal conditions for our iconic mayfly. Im assuming 2019 will be much of the same as our water levels have been now consistently higher.
Streamers, swinging wets/ soft hackles were the way to go on overcast days. However, my best fish this week came in full sun on a small streamer pattern with a really long leader. I have been fishing small weighted streamers on a floating line with a 9 to 10 foot leader, casting directly at and around structure. On the warmest days and in full sun I found some shade and was euro nymphing while letting the presentation turn into a swing before I reset my position to cast. On the swing, as the flies lift toward the surface, the fish down deeper have been giving chase. Sulphur dries in 14 and 18 sizes accounted for fish during the hatches. I fish in the afternoons, so my observations pertain to this time period. But a good presentation, no matter subsurface or on top will net fish.
On a side note for all the birding enthusiasts, this week as like clockwork, has brought the migrating songbirds that make the Gunpowder River their home. During your angling endeavors, pay attention to the prairie warblers passing through and listen for the wood thrushes that have appeared this week. I pay attention to certain birds on the river, with some practice they will hint to you that bugs may be lifting off the water. Fish ON!
The Gunpowder river is at a great level, 140 cfs, running clear once more with water temperature in the upper 50’s.
Abundant caddis are hatching throughout the river. Trout on the lookout for them in strong numbers. Try skating a caddis in the riffles for some aggressive takes. Mayflies, mostly sulphurs with the occassional Hendrickson are starting to come off well from early – mid Afternoon. Stop in the shop for local patterns and advice.
We still have availability in our guiding calendar this May and June, give the shop a call at 410 357 9557 to reserve a trip. We are guiding 7 days a week.
Brown Trout on the Gunpowder River
The Gunpowder is flowing 170 CFS and starting the day at 50F and warming to 52-54F. The water seems to have cleared from the greenish tint that it has had in recent weeks. With the warmer weather recently, fish have spread out quite nicely throughout the river. We have been doing best nymphing deep, but fish are starting to take swung wet fly’s and soft hackles through different parts of the water column. We are coming across a few rising fish in the afternoon, although they are still relatively spread out and seem to be eating mostly midges. Sporadic hendrickson’s, quill gordons, caddis, stoneflies, and even a few sulphurs have been spotted throughout the river. Pheasant tails and Hare’s Ear’s have been productive, along with our shop patterns, particularly Mike Bachkosky’s ties. Stop in and we will point you in the right direction.
With more rain on the way, be sure to check the USGS gauge before heading to the river. Since the reservoir is still spilling over, it does not take much rain for the river to rise. Take special care wading should the river rise above 225CFS. The shop will be closed this Sunday, April 21.
The Gunpowder is steady around the 200 cfs mark and is warming fast to the mid 50’s as we get some warm spring sunshine hitting the water. The river has a strong green color owing to continued spillover from Prettyboy Dam.
The fishing has been inconsistent as of late, midges are working the best, zebra midges in the riffles & runs. For surface try our Mikes 20-22 snowshoe cream midges or griffith’s gnats, in calm water on 6-7x. Not many Mayfly Duns seen yet, the occasional one here and there. Stoneflies skated downstream can entice an opportunistic fish. With the water having this green color to it and water temperature warming, streamer fishing has improved, particularly early or late. Won’t be long til the April Mayflies start coming off, keep a look out for Hendrickson’s & Quill Gordon’s.
The river is slowly dropping from 254 cfs, and is clear with a green tint to it and warming up to 46 degrees F.
The Gunpowder looks beautiful at the moment. The level has fallen to a much improved volume for both wading and fishing but is still on the high side. Early season stoneflies size 16 are coming off throughout the river and the trout will be looking up for these typically by early afternoon. Midges are hatching in thick numbers, especially upstream from Masemore road but the fish are predominantly eating the pupa subsurface, with the levels still being unseasonably high. In the slower pools you can find some sipping midge emergers. Pheasent tail and hares ear nymphs size 14-18 are producing in the riffles now this years mayfly nymphs are starting to stir. On cloudy days and/or early morning or evenings streamers are definitely worth a shot.
After almost an inch and a half of rain yesterday through last night resulted in the Gunpowder cresting at 1700 cfs at Falls Road. It’s now at 1500 cfs, slowly dropping and heavily stained. Best put off fishing for a while until it drops to a safer level. Streamer fishing from the bank can be productive at around 400 cfs but I wading is not recommended until it’s under 300 cfs. Remember all of Little Falls is closed from any forms of fishing until Sunday March 31st.
The wet weather trend of last year looks like it isn’t leaving anytime soon! So we have a great selection of fully waterproof, submersible packs from both Fishpond and Patagonia. Be ready for rain when you’re out on the water this season & keep your valuables nice and dry.
The river at Falls road is flowing at a steady 214 cfs. The water temperature is now climbing above 40 degrees F at Falls road.
Prettyboy reservoir has been spilling over since last summer and with the ground completely swollen any rainfall occurring above the dam causes the Gunpowder to rise. Before planning a trip look at the USGS gauge at Falls Road. If it’s above 250cfs, it’s tough to wade. With this continuous high water many anglers have been throwing streamers but with the water still being cold and insects starting to stir, if you fish small nymphs and midges in the back eddies and softer water around some structure, you’re more likely to catch more fish. A nice benefit from the high flows is that didymo hasn’t managed to take hold as much, especially when compared to last year. For those wanting to fish dries, you can find fish rising to blue winged olives size 18 and midges size 20 in slow runs in the afternoon through the catch and release section especially on warmer days. Particularly from Bunker Hill downstream little black stoneflies size 16 have began hatching, this should provide some great dry fly fishing in the coming weeks from now. We have some excellently tied stoneflies for skating in the riffles and snowshoe midges from Mike Bachkosky that will be just the ticket this early spring.
Note: The lower river in the Put and Take section on the Gunpowder & Little Falls are closed to any fishing whilst the state stocks them with rainbow trout. Fishing reopens in these areas on Sunday, March the 31st.