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Sweetgrass Rods Day with Jerry Kustich

Sweetgrass Bamboo Fly Rod
Please join us on Saturday December 13th for a Sweetgrass Bamboo Fly Rod Demo Day with Jerry Kustich. Jerry will be in the shop from 11 AM till 1 PM and will have plenty of samples and stories of steelhead, permit and life on tap. Thanks to Sweetgrass for the use of the following bio of Jerry from the 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.

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Tiger Trout in the Gunpowder River

Tiger Trout on the Gunpowder River
The Gunpowder River is up from 75 CFs and is flowing at 117 Cfs. The water is clear, a little green and is 46.5 degrees F. The wind might make it difficult to fish the tiny BWO’s reported earlier this week during the gloomy wet days. Give the games a break, put some gloves and hit the River. Stay warm by nymphing with bead head stoneflies in the #10-14 range with soft hackles like red butts trailing in a #14. With the River up, streamers on sink-tips are still a good bet-especially around the log jams and chute runs in the boulder pools. Try midge cluster patterns in the flat stretches-especially along shelves that turn into riffles. Thanks to Stefan for the stream report and photo of a tiger trout from the Gunpowder River.

Got him in a little riffle. Amazing colors. Had no idea there were Tigers in the Gunpowder.

Small Business Saturday Fishing Report

The Gunpowder River is a little off color and is flowing at 90 CFs and is 48 F. Wild trout have been taking nymphs in the #18-22 range in the flat water. Large streamers fished in and around the bend pools and log jams are a safe bet. The boulder pools have been tough to fish (read slippery) during frosty mornings so be careful out there! A few early brown stoneflies were reported today so if you have any dark caddis in your box give them a try. If you need some flies, advice or just need to get away from those pesky relatives, please consider finding us on the Shop Small® Map and joining us for Small Business Saturday. First you need to register your AMEX at . It’s an easy form-just fill out your Name, Card # and email. When you use your card and spend $10 or more Saturday, November 29 at Backwater Angler and you’ll receive a $10 statement credit. If you find two other small business also taking part in this offer and spend another $10 at each location you will receive up to $30 total in statement credits within 90 days.Why shop locally rather than online? Simply put your money goes further when you shop local independently owned shops such as Backwater Angler. “Multiple studies from show locally-owned independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the local economy than chain competitors and buying remotely on the web creates almost no local benefit–just a few minutes’ work for a delivery person that likely won’t be able to help you with directions to the River or tell you what flies are working. For the past 13 years your patronage has helped Backwater Angler support five staff members, five guides and the local community including donations to the Boy and Girl Scouts, Potomac Patuxent, National Capital Maryland and Mid Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited, Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER, Coastal Conservation Association, WATERKEEPERS Chesapeake, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Ducks Unlimited, Center Stage, Hereford Food Bank, Hereford Robotics Club and the Hereford Fall Fest benefiting the Hereford Volunteer Fire Department. Thanks for your support-We hope to see or hear from you tomorrow.

Columbus Day Week Fishing Report and Shop Hours

Gunpowder River RainbowTHe Gunpowder river is clear, flowing at a near perfect 106 Cfs and is 55.5F. This week reports of Olives in the morning and Tricos mid-day at Masemore and Bunkerhill have been encouraging. Folks have also been coaxing quite a few rainbows to take zebra midges throughout the catch and release area. With flows back up from the 38 Cfs it’s loads easier to fish nymphs in the riffles under big yarn indicators and streamers, like Grey Ghosts and sculpins in the log jams. We’ve been checking in lots of cozy gear from Patagonia-including some Nano-Air jackets, Shelled insulator and R1 pants. With the weather getting colder wet wading in those old leaky waders might not be as much fun anymore. Stop in and check out what Simms just sent along, including some G4Z, G3 and Headwaters waders, Vapor Boots and Riffle Jackets.

This weekend and Columbus day week shop Backwater Angler will be open from:
10 till 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday
12:30 till 5:00 on Monday
10:00 till 5:00 on Tuesday
Closed on Wednesday
10:00 till 5:00 on Thursday
12:30 till 5:00 on Friday

Umpqua Day on May 18th at Backwater Angler

Umpqua Packs and Vests
Join Umpqua Representative Justin Nolan on May 18th from 1:00 till 3:00 for a talk and demonstration of Umpqua’s new line of chest, waist and angling backpacks. Justin will also describes all that goes into Umpqua Flies and why they are sought after worldwide. Stop in and enter a free drawing for Umpqua goodies!

G. Loomis Day on May 10 at Backwater Angler

G Loomis Fish Logo
Join G. Loomis sales Representative Dick Kondak at Backwater Angler from 11:00 till 2:00 on May 10, 2014 to try out all the NRX, NRX-LP and Pro-4X fly rods from Loomis. Dick will have G. Loomis flyrods on hand from a 3wt to a 12wt. Stop on in and enter a free drawing for a G. Loomis gear bag!
G LOOMIS PRO-4X Saltwater Flyrods

Congratulations and Safe Travels to Mike Colegrove

Grand Bahama Bonefish
This Just in from Justin Sterner, our SIMMS, R.L. Winston, Lamson/Waterworks, Scientific Anglers and Smith Optics sales representative.

Dear Theaux,
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you to introduce the new member of my team here in the Northeast. Michael Colegrove will take the position as sales associate and will begin work full-time on April 14th.Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Mike spent his childhood a few yards from the Severn River on the Chesapeake Bay. It was there that his passion for being on the water began. Summers home from college were spent in the blue waters of the Mid-Atlantic canyons off the coast of Maryland chasing billfish and tuna. During this time, his interest in fishing turned into more than just a hobby and became a genuine obsession. Around the same time, Mike first picked up a fly rod and he hasn’t put one down since. Shortly after graduating from Hofstra University, he returned home to Maryland and began working at Backwater Angler on the Gunpowder River. Over the past few years Mike has split his time between working in a professional office setting (poor soul) and the fly shop. When Mike isn’t chasing wild brown trout or traveling, he can be found on Maryland’s Eastern Shore pursuing striped bass, bluefish, speckled trout, and redfish on the fly. As a multi-disciplined angler, Mike will bring a true passion to the job and a professionalism that will help us provide an increased level of service to you.

For those of you that have had the pleasure to meet Mike Colegrove over the years at Backwater Angler, we hope that you are as proud as we are to see him take on a full-time job in the industry. Please stop by the shop Saturday, April 12 between 10 and 4 to see Mike work his magic behind the Backwater Angler counter and wish him well.

Congratulations and safe travels Mike! We’ll miss you and we’re sure that you will be an asset to these great companies and to Mr. Sterner.

A Maryland Fly Shop for Anglers Celebrates 23 Years on the Gunpowder River

Old Timey Display Case
Spring is not quite here folks but the calendar does not lie
The shop will be closed from Monday February 3rd through Friday February 7.
Until then knock the dust off your gear, check your flylines and get a good list of what you’ll need when this weather breaks-We’ll be happy to assist you when we reopen on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th from 10AM till 4PM and will resume regular hours the week of the 10th. February is Backwater Angler’s 13th year on the Gunpowder-all told (including Wally Vait’s On the Fly) this little fly fishing shop has been around about 23 years serving some fine folks that have fished more storied waters than I’ll ever remember.This season we’ve brought in more quality gear from Umpqua, lots of custom flies from Catskill based tier Mike Bachkosky and fine fly rods from R. L. Winston, G. Loomis, Scott and St. Croix rods. Over the holidays we purchased a vintage display case from Cooks limited antiques-Thanks Dixie!- and now it is full of high quality U.S. made reels from Abel, Bauer and Lamson. As part of our upcoming anniversary we’re inviting everyone to a gathering on the 23rd of February from 10 till 2 PM. Until then-dust off that old fishing log and send us your best SHORT fishing story (500 words) relating experience on the Gunpowder-it probably won’t hurt to reference the shop or staff in the telling. Send it along to .We’ll be featuring our favorites during a reading that afternoon and, if space allows we’ll put’em right on the website. Everyone will receive our undying gratitude and the top three wordsmiths will get a fresh Backwater Angler hat for their trouble…
Patagonia Clothing Baltimore

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