Summer seemed to arrive almost overnight a couple of weeks back, whilst freestone streams can struggle with warm water, tailwaters continue to produce great fishing opportunities. I fished out in western Maryland earlier this month on the Savage and the North branch of the Potomac. Both tailwaters like the Gunpowder – but aside from that they offer much different fishing experiences. I floated with guide Tony Lohr from Savage River Outfitters down a spectacular section of the North Branch downstream from Westernport. This was my first float and it was an experience to remember! In this fast, heavy water a 5 to 6 weight rod is ideal and the raft allows you to fish the best of the river that otherwise can’t be reached.
Whilst nymphs and streamer were catching fish, the dry fly fishing from midafternoon until dark was outstanding. The rainbows in this river gave the strongest fight from a trout that I have ever encountered and going any lighter than 4x is both unnecessary and too weak to properly handle these fish. The icing on the cake was an 18-inch brown trout that annihilated a streamer on what ended as the last cast.
Please note we have the following rods in stock ready to cast from:
Scott – 9′ 6wt Radian and Meridian, 9′ 5wt Flex
R. L. Winston – 8′ 6″ 5wt WT and 8′ 9″ 5wt LT
G. Loomis – 9′ 5wt NRX LP, 9′ 5wt Pro 4x and 8′ 6″ 6wt Shorestalker
St. Croix – 9′ 6wt Bank Robber, 9′ and 8′ 6″ 5wt Imperial
Stop by the shop to test out some of the fine rods handmade in Montrose, Colorado by Scott. We have a selection including the G2, F2, Radian, Flex, Meridian and Tidal. What makes Scott rods compellingly different? For starters take a look at this short film!
Scott | behind the scenes from Scott Fly Rods on Vimeo.
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.
Please join us for this fun filled event! If you can’t make it, check out our Vintage and Used Tackle Page
Stop in this weekend and check out the great Backwater Angler hats that just arrived.
These arrived on the front counter this week at Backwater Angler. Great to cover your bumper or anything else with!
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!
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.
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.