Please join consummate Bamboo fly rod builder and noted Author Jerry Kustich at Backwater Angler this Saturday from 10 till 2. Plan on picking up a signed copy of his new book Around the Next Bend, an Angler’s Journey. With a release date of December 1, You’ll be among the first to pick up one of Jerry’s books before they hit those larger stores. Stop in and cast some beautiful Sweetgrass Bamboo fly rods while you’re at it…
From Headwater Books:
Jerry Kustich is author of At the River’s Edge: Lessons Learned in a Life of Fly Fishing, A Wisp in the Wind: In Search of Bull Trout, Bamboo, and Beyond, and coauthor of Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead, all published by West River Publishing. His articles and essays have appeared in Fly Fisherman, Big Sky Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, and many other publications. He splits his time between Baltimore, MD, and Twin Bridges, MT. With writing that Nick Lyons has described as “quietly but fiercely independent, free from the commercialism that cloaks the fly-fishing world like a fungus” author Jerry Kustich tackles a range of subjects in his latest book, from fly-fishing contests and world records to the difficult subject of the death of loved ones. But whether writing about epic catches of memorable fish, pristine wilderness rivers, or the Booboys’ controversial departure from R. L. Winston Rod Company, for Kustich the story of loss is linked to the story of hope, and both are reflected in the water we fish.
Related Post: Jerry Kustich and Sweetgrass Rods at Backwater Angler
Please note: The shop will be closed this Friday, November 8th and will reopen on Saturday at 10:00AM.
A full Baltimore City Reservoir and a Nor’easter that brought rain to the Hereford Zone last evening through today combined to create a spillover event at Prettyboy Dam. The Gunpowder River flow rose from 75 Cfs to over 1,190 Cfs. Water temperatures also moved up sharply from 56 to 66 F. This photo taken last night shows a full Reservoir while the storm approached the area. With relatively no freeboard (or buffer) at Prettyboy Dam, and heavy localized rainfall, spillover and related severe flooding occurred throughout the Hereford Area of Gunpowder State Park impacting the riparian habitat of the Gunpowder River.
For weeks the River level has been shin deep (at 29 to 31 CFs) through the Park, making it very difficult to float the River without dragging canoes and kayaks over exposed gravel bars. The USGS Hydrograph (read from left to right) illustrates River levels in cubic feet a second (Cfs) at close to median flows (in line with the triangles), low flows (below the triangles), and finally spillover and flooding.
That Baltimore City DPW manages Gunpowder River levels to maintain a full Prettyboy Reservoir during Hurricane Season is troubling. This practice has led to significant flood events in the fall of each of the past three years. (Please see related posts below). Impacts of flooding are at odds with both the Baltimore City Watershed Agreement that promotes “existing environmental, wildlife-habitat, and aesthetic purposes, as well as beneficial recreational uses” and the Loch Raven TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) which was established to “achieve and maintain water quality standards including designated uses” and protects the downstream drinking water supply reservoir from sediment and phosphorus pollution.
As with Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy, spillover from this Nor’easter is undercutting and de-stablizing river banks, accelerating erosion and reducing the capacity of Loch Raven Reservoir. These flood events are detriment to the river, its biological communities, recreational users and potentially to the residents of the Baltimore City Metro Area which depend on the Gunpowder River for their daily drinking water needs. Interested in this matter? Please contact us via email email@example.com
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I met Jerry K. in 1997 when I started working at the R. L. Winston Rod Co. as the Eastern Sales Rep. At the time I had a gas card, a small pickup with a topper and a U.S. map with a line roughly drawn down the middle from Minnesota to Louisiana that included all points east from Maine to the Keys. Traveling 28 states back then was always an adventure and the dealers always took great care of me. Visiting with Jerry, Glenn, and Jeff in the old airplane hangar that served as the boo shop was always a treat. One afternoon Jerry invited me to join him for an evening fishing craneflies patterns on the Beaverhead. On the drive, Jerry asked me how someone from Louisiana grew up fishing and guiding for trout in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. About 6 months later I received my first bamboo rod from the boo boys signed by Jerry and built with pocket water, Cahills and long leaders in mind. The rod has always allowed me to show the art of the old guard to those interested in the beauty and craft that bamboo brings to the sport. Last year Jerry K. made a pilgrimage to the Gunpowder and ran into the likes of Jack (right) and Dave (left)–true Gunpowder regulars that appreciate bamboo and a good story.
Please join us at Backwater Angler from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM next Saturday the 24th of August. Jerry will be stopping in to talk about bamboo and you’ll have an opportunity to cast some beautiful Sweetgrass bamboo fly rods. Please RSVP at 410-357-9557.
Thanks to Sweetgrass for the use of the following bio of Jerry: Sweetgrass Rods website:
Jerry Kustich has been a part of the “Boo Boy” team for the past twenty years learning the many intricacies of rod building. Always found on a stream testing anything from flies to waders to pentagonal bamboo designs, he has become an outspoken advocate for public access to Montana’s rivers. Author, writer, devoted environmentalist, rod designer, and dedicated angler, he spends much time on the road as a fly fishing ambassador lecturing on and representing the ideals for which all serious fly anglers stand.
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 110 Cfs, is 55 degrees and clear. Bwo’s, Tricos and Caddis are all part of the mix now that the water has reached the mid 50′s. As the following report indicates, insect and fish activity is closely linked to water temperature.Thanks to Gary for the stream report from August 10
Fished the upper section of the river on Saturday 8/10 and had some ‘maddening’ fun with the tricos. It still amazes me how the fish can see those things but I took a lot of hits and landed quite a few fish using a reverse hackle pattern. At about 6:30 pm the water looked like a missle launch site with fish coming out of the water up and down the river. Earlier in the day I started with a #16 dry tan caddis and landed two fish but it stopped producing which surprised me because I caught a fish on the very first cast of the day. I switched to a grey ghost but unfortunately I lost it when a good size fish took a hard swipe and broke the line. That’s when I switched to the trico. I fished a long leader at around 14 feet but didn’t go down to 8x. There was some nice mist hanging over the water and that appeared to keep the fish from spooking and in an active feeding mode.
All in all another great day fishing the GP.
As we were unboxing a box of Backwater Angler hats from Imperial Headwear, Jennie found a drake that was trying to blend in with the fading paint on the porch. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a mayfly this big in Monkton, MD so we’re feeling that this group of hats may be lucky!
The Gunpowder is flowing at 89 CFs and 63F and is gin clear. Sulphurs sized #14-16 and Caddis in the #16-18 range have been part of the mix this week as spillover from Prettyboy dam has created warmer than average temperatures throughout the catch and release section. A little further downstream, streamers and nymphs have been the ticket. We have Mike Bachkosky’s Sulphur Unusual and Phunny Emerger patterns in the shop and a host of CDC/Elk wing caddis. Traditional streamers like grey ghosts have also arrived. Bring a jacket and get out there and fish some dries this weekend!
Thanks to Matt Slagel and members of the Juniata College Alumni Association who took part in a GRK stream cleanup along the Gunpowder river on April 13, 2013. The group gathered on the porch of Backwater Angler for a quick talk about the importance of the river as a wild trout fishery and how that translates into healthy drinking water for 1.8 million Baltimore metro-area residents. All told they collected trash totaling 168 lbs comprised of 12lbs of recyclables, 125 lbs of trash and 31 lbs of tires (1 tire and 1 retread) along three access points in the catch and release area. Way to go group!
Tune in to MPT April 2, at 8:00 PM to watch a 25 year anniversary special of Outdoors Maryland. At 8:30 PM MPT is airing a segment shot in 2010 on the Blue ribbon fly fishing opportunities that await on the Gunpowder river. Enjoy!
Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 497 Wolf Den from St. Joseph School in Cockeysville, MD for cleaning up the Gunpowder River. The North County News ran a nice group shot of the pack in the April 18 edition.
I’m proud of these young folks! Their effort on March 15 was inspiring. All along the trail during the clean up I heard them shout , can, bottle and then… diaper! Over 35 lbs of trash was picked up-their grassroots effort is instrumental in safeguarding Baltimore City’s drinking water supply and making the Gunpowder River safer for fishing and swimming!