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Essential Gear for Maryland Fly Fishing

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Over the past year since I began working here I have been lucky enough to use some top of the range equipment across Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Adirondack mountains in New York. Besides the Gunpowder I try to make it out to western MD to fish the north Branch of the Potomac and the Savage as often as I can. The gear I use all has it’s uses for each of these three different rivers.

On the Gunpowder being much more pressured in skinny water I use NRX LP 3wt with a Royal Wulff Triangle taper line. The smooth casting action with the softer tip than the standard NRX along with the non intrusive design of the triange taper aids the delicate presentation needed to catch fish here more often. Patagonia ultralight sticky’s are the choice of wading boots due to their light and comfortable fit which allows you to walk trails and banks without the discomfort of dragging heavy feet!

For the Savage & North Branch the wading environment brings a whole new challenge to contend with along with the fishing. The fast water along with the outrageously slippery riverbed means I use Simms G3 Guide boots with studs. The tough, rigid design gives my ankles the necessary support and the material can stand up to the abuse that these streams put on them. For rod choice the Winston BIIIX super 10 is a rod I chose with these rivers in mind. The abundance of deep pockets mean that in order to achieve a consistently better drift, the extra reach provided with this rod makes all the difference. The boron in the taper can handle the biggest of trout in the fast water whilst the sensitive tip allows you to detect the most delicate of takes.

-Gene Howson

T&T Paradigm and Hendrickson Bamboo Rods

IMG_1767If you did not get what you really wanted over the holidays now is your chance! We have just taken in two beautiful Thomas and Thomas Bamboo Fly Rods for sale.
Thomas & Thomas Hendrickson
The first is a T&T Hendrickson that is a 7 1/2 foot 2 tipped 2 piece rod for a #6 line with Serial # 3012. The rod was made for J.S.Stone in 1977. It has the typical Swelled butt and is one of T&T’s best models. It features custom wraps and was made during the Dorsey & Maxwell era and is offered at $1,900
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The second is a T&T Paradigm that is an 8 foot, 2 piece 2 tipped rod for a #5 line with serial # 2590. This rod still bass glossy varnish and is straw colored with honey silk wraps tipped with red thread and blued z-style ferrules. The stripper guide has a carboloy ring. It has a swelled butt and a Butternut reel seat with aluminum up locking screw hardware. It is a medium fast action bamboo fly rod with original bag and brass capped tube offered at $2,150.
Thomas &Thomas Paradigm

Winston Air in-stock at Backwater Angler

We just received a Winston Air 9ft 5 weight 4pc fly rod at Backwater Angler, which begs the question; Why does one need another five weight? Enjoy the answer from our friend Annette McClean and stop up and cast it before it is gone!

Holiday Fly Fishing Shirts at Backwater Angler

Simms Cold Weather Shirts
Have enough fly fishing gear or would rather pick out the techie gear yourself. Here are a few sure bets for other family members to “surprise” you with over the Holidays we’ve just received some very popular Simms Coldweather shirts and a shipment G.Loomis vented fly fishing shirts with the Backwater Angler logo embroidered on the right front chest pocket.IMG_1670

Patagonia Ultralightweight II Boots in Stock

Patagonia Ultralightweight II Boot
The new Patagonia Ultralightweight II boots are here at $189 and just in time for mid-winter fly fishing! Thanks to Stefan for this great shot of them on the porch overlooking the snowball stand. The original Ultralightweight won the “Best Footwear” award at the European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition (EFTTEX) back in 2012. The new boot is now quicker drying with a synthetic leather upper and features a durable Polypropolene insole board and super tacky rock grip soles. Call us at 410-357-9557 to reserve your new pair of lucky fishing boots! Studs are available separately for another $19. If you can’t make it up in the snow we’re shipping priory mail free through FEB. 21st while supplies last. Please be sure to order one size larger than your street shoe.

Description from Patagonia:

These comfortable sticky rubber wading shoes are extremely light and flexible, while providing stability, durability and foot protection. Boats and trucks can only take you so far; you have to make it the rest of the way to the fish on your own two feet. When the trail gets long, our Ultralight Wading Boots keep a spring in your step all the way there and back. The new, more streamlined synthetic leather upper dries fast, flexes easily and holds up through years of hard use. Durable monofilament mesh drains the footbed while keeping sand and silt out. The external rand, internal support and reinforced toe box protect feet from deep-water pressure and rocky river bottoms. Long-wearing Rock Grip sticky rubber soles hold fin straps, accept studs (sold separately) and can be resoled for extended life.

Scott Fly Rods – Built in Montrose, Colorado

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Scott Fly Rod Company out of Montrose, Colorado has been building rods since 1974.  Their completely American built hand-made rods have caught the attention of the fishing industry once again with some of their new rods.  The Radian, a fast-action rod that keeps the feel of the “Scott Difference” and is one of the top all around rods on the market.  Their other new model, the Tidal, is a saltwater rod priced at a very reasonable price point.  It again is a “do-it-all rod” that is perfect for fishing the bay or to take on a trip to the flats.  We also have their beloved F2 series as well as G2 series in stock.  Come in and feel the “Scott Difference” today.

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