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.
Fishing on the Gunpowder the past week has been very difficult. Long leaders ending in 6X and 7X are a must. With the flows at only 32CFS at Falls Road you can expect most of the fish to be holding in deeper riffles and pools until the flows bump back up. Fishing small nymphs under small terrestrials is still a great method. Many have also had luck fishing unweighted traditional streamer patterns. The fish above ate a small streamer in a deeper pool on the Gunpowder. I caught it on a 10′ 5 weight Scott Radian. It was a great fight, with one jump and a few runs that took me a hundred yards upstream then back downstream. It is not to often that we see a fish this big, but they are in the Gunpowder. Stop in the shop on your way to the river and pick up some flies and long leaders to fool the brown trout on the Gunpowder.
Fishing this week has been tough as the flows dropped down to 32 CFS at Falls Road. Even with these low summer flows many have been able to find fish in stretches below Masemore Road where there are a few tributaries adding needed water to the river. Fishing a small ant or beetle along the banks is a great way to trick the weary Gunpowder fish into eating a dry. Also, fishing a caddis in the deeper riffles could prove to be productive. Stop in the shop to pick up some long leaders ending in 6X or 7X. The fish above fell for a beetle fished below some overhanging branches and the fish below ate a nymph dropped off of a small beetle.
With the Gunpowder River flowing at 60 CFS and water temperatures around 52°F. Fishing caddis or a sulphur dun in the middle of the day through the evening is still a productive method. Many have come into the shop having had success fishing small ant and beetle patterns. Dropping small nymphs off of the terrestrials is a great method to fool the wild Gunpowder browns as well. Thanks to Bill for the stream report:
We fished yesterday and were able to catch a sulphur hatch on the Little Gunpowder River. The fish went crazy, they were rising so much that you never knew where the next one would rise. After the hatch, the fishing became slow until in the evening we landed a couple brown trout on an Elk Haired Caddis. Thanks for your help with the fly selection, they worked!
If you are tired of fishing for finicky trout try fishing the warm-water options all around the area. Fishing for bass on top-water flies, like the poppers tied by Eric Snyder below, can be a lot of fun. Carp are another great warm water target species. To catch a carp you must be able to make accurate casts, choose the right fly, and have a little bit of luck. They are very difficult to catch, especially when they are feeding in shallow water. Stop by the shop to check out some of Eric’s patterns and give the warmer water a try before summer ends.
With the Gunpowder River at 92 CFS and peaking at 52°F at Falls Road, fishing the last couples days has been great. We have seen fish looking up and willing to take a variety of patterns. Fishing small caddis in a tan or dark brown has been the most productive method but many have started to fish small ants and beetle patterns on the river. Many fish have been holding on the banks of the river, so be sure to make a cast or two before you get into the water. You will be surprised where some of the little browns will hold. If fish are not rising many have had success nymphing small caddis pupa and zebra midges. The fish above fell for a little beetle pattern fished along the bank. As long as the weather holds true, fishing should be great this upcoming weekend. Swing in the shop on your way to the river and pick up a couple small terrestrials like the hoppers below tied by Rainy’s Flies.
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 104 CFS at Falls Road, a higher flow then we are used to seeing in the dead of summer. The frequent thunderstorms have added enough water into Prettyboy Reservoir to keep the flows high. Fishing terrestrials in the sections below Falls Road has started to prove productive and will only heat up as we continue through the remainder of the summer. Caddis have also been hatching throughout the middle of the day into the evening, a simple X-Caddis or Elk-haired Caddis in a size 16 should do the trick. Nymphing small Pheasant-Tails and Zebra Midges have been the best way to fool fish in the morning before the water heats up. The fish above was tricked on a caddis in the upper river. The fish pictured below was caught by Stephen Knott on a streamer right before a thunderstorm, a great fish to see on the Gunpowder.
The Gunpowder River is clear and low upstream of Little Fall and flowing at 156 Cfs at 58 degrees F. After over three inches of rain fell in the area yesterday, the river is knee deep at Masemore. Caddis and Sulphurs have been present midday through late afternoon. Spinner falls have been quite late in the day, so be sure to have a flashlight or headlamp along if you’re planning on waiting them out. Avoid York Rd access point after 4 PM today as the Hereford Fourth of July Parade festivities will be ramping up through this evening. Patterns that are most effective this time of year are in the #16-18 range-we have plenty of snowshoe rabbit Sulphur patterns in the muffin tins. Long leaders in the 10-12ft length ending in the 6 and 7x are essential to tricking fish. Thanks to Stephen Knott for the great picture of Brian and his quarry. Incidentally, for those that might be lucky enough to call the Gunpowder their home waters, consider that Brian makes several trips a year from Rochester, NY to visit family. When he stops in the shop he is always beaming before heading out to fly fish the Gunpowder for wild brown trout and with good reason. Family and fishing go hand in hand!