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New St Croix Rods at Backwater Angler

With the holidays right around the corner we have a great selection of St. Croix rods from Park Falls, Wisconsin!

These include the new Mojo Trout series, these rods are silky smooth casting suited for beginners and intermediate anglers alike. Featuring high modulus SCIII graphite these are superb rods which, for $180 – $210, don’t break the bank.

The Imperial USA rods set the standard for a premium US built rod; lightweight, fast action rods these are extremely versatile and performs like a rod you would pay twice the money for.  The Bank Robber streamer rods are designed by Kelly Galloup on the Madison River, he knows what goes into a great rod and with the state of the art technology provided by St. Croix, this is the result. The Legend Elite is their hallmark rod which has the look and feel of a rod that is worthy of a brand which has been at the forefront of rod building for 70 years.

Whether you’re new or seasoned in fly fishing we have you covered, stop on by and give them a go! We have received the following in store.

  • NEW Mojo Trout 9′ 4 wt $200
  • NEW Mojo Trout 9′ 5 wt $200
  • Imperial USA 9′ 4 wt $300
  • Imperial USA 9′ 5 wt $300
  • Bank Robber 9′ 5 wt $460
  • Legend Elite 9′ 5 wt $460

NOTE: We still have a space available in our upcoming streamer clinic this Saturday at 11 AM. Please call the shop to pre-register. 

Fresh Patagonia Gear at Backwater Angler

We are flush with quality gear from Patagonia here at Backwater Angler. We’re enjoying some proper spring weather and the local rivers are really coming to life, now is a good time to check out some new gearr before going out on any long trips. Stop in and have a look at what we have!

  • M’s L/S Sun Stretch Shirt – $99
  • M’s Graphic Tech Fish Tee – $55
  • Foot tractor wading boots size 10 – 14 – $249
  • Ultralight Wading boots size 5-14 – $189
  • Rio Azul Waders – $249
  • Rio Gallegos Wader – $499
  • Middle Fork Packable Waders – $349
  • W’s Spring Creek Chest Waders – $399
  • Gunnison Gorge Wading Pants – $299
  • Neoprene Wading Sock w/ Gravel Guards – $45
  • Stealth Chest Pack – $79
  • Stealth Hip Pack – $119
  • Classic Hip Chest Pack – $89
  • Stealth Atom Sling – $119
  • Hybrid Pack Vest L – $99
  • Mesh Master II Vest – $179
  • Sweet Pack Vest – $199
  • Vest Front Sling – $99
  • Black Hole Duffel 45L – $119
  • Black Hole Duffel 60L – $129
  • Black Hole Duffel 90L – $149
  • Black Hole Duffel 120L – $169
  • Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 40L – $299
  • Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 70L – $329
  • Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 120L – $349
  • M’s Tough Puff Shirt – $199
  • M’s R1 Hoody -$159
  • M’s Minimalist Wading Jacket – $199
  • M’s Cloud Ridge Jacket – $249

Locally Sourced Dry Flies Available for Mail Order at Backwater Angler

Phuny emergers (left to right: March brown, female and male Hendrickson)

With warm springtime  temperatures just around the corner, now is the time to sort out your dry fly patterns so you’re not without the right pattern when on the water anytime in the upcoming weeks. Besides presentation, having quality flies can make a big difference in helping you catch more quality fish.  Backwater Angler has received a beautiful selection of Hendrickson and march brown emergers, red quill parachutes and caddis patterns tied by Mike Bachkosky of Calicoon, New York.

Mike has spent 57 years exploring and fishing the upper Delaware river watershed. In doing so he has perfected his bug imitations for the all most important hatches on Eastern trout rivers.  Not only will his flies catch fish, they importantly will withstand a lot of use, remaining buoyant and effective. His phuny and unusual emerger patterns – as simple they may be, are his go-to pattern when the fish are keyed in on the emerging mayfly. If they can trick the large, wild brown trout of the Delaware – little wonder they work so well on the Gunpowder! Mike formerly tied 3000 + dozen flies a year commercially to many small fly shops that have since gone out of business with increasing numbers big box stores opening. Here at Backwater Angler we’re always grateful for the time he puts in to keep us stocked with fantastic flies that catch lots of fish, not just on the Gunpowder, but across almost all our favorite trout waters between Maryland to New England.

If you have any fishing trips planned in the upcoming weeks in any trout waters throughout the mid Atlantic states, now is the time to get your flies ready, consider us to mail you a quality selection of these for you to fish the next few weeks.

Give us a call at 410 357 9557 or email info@backwaterangler.com. If we are closed leave us a voicemail or an email and we’ll get back to you soon after we’re back in shop.

Red Quill Parachute

New Umpqua UPG LT and HD Fly Boxes

The new Umpqua UPG LT and HD fly boxes are here at Backwater Angler.  Using self-healing water repelling High Grip Inserts, these boxes have the highest fly capacity per inch of any on the current market. Shop staffer Stefan Babij says

“Personally I love my HD walkabout fly box, I am able to consolidate 4 boxes into one! Thus giving me more room to pack other essential fishing items.”

I like using the LT boxes as they are light and thin, with a strong magnets that keep it sealed effectively. The Magneto and the LT standards are ideal for those who want to keep things simple and secure. The HD (Heavy Duty) range of boxes are 100% water proof. No worries about soggy dry flies and rusted hooks with these.

  • LT Standard (Gray/Blue/Olive) $19.99
  • LT Daytripper $24.99
  • LT Midge $24.99
  • LT Magneto $24.99
  • LT High $24.99
  • LT High Weekender $29.99
  • LT High Bugger $29.99
  • LT High Magnum Midge $29.99
  • HD Medium (Gray/Blue/Olive) $19.99
  • HD Daytripper $24.99
  • HD Midge $19.99
  • HD Large $34.99
  • HD Weekender $39.99
  • HD Magnum Midge $39.99
  • HD Walkabout $59.99

New Simms G3 Guide Waders in Maryland

Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders

We have a size run of the fantastic NEW Simms G3 wader here at Backwater Angler. Here is the Simms description of them:

Time on the stream is time well spent. And with the G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot wader, those precious hours can be comfortable and well-ventilated. The G3 has all the in-river essentials you need, with legendary Simms durability that can stand up to heavy use in rugged conditions. Rigging a hopper-dropper combo just became a little easier with the help of a flip-out Tippet Tender®™ pocket with dual-entry zippers and Super-fly Patch® with integrated utility tabs. And numb, sore feet are a thing of the past with anatomically designed neoprene stockingfeet with a funk-fighting anti-microbial finish.

-Three-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in upper.
-Four-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in seat and legs.
-Zippered chest pocket.
-Removable flip-out Tippet Tender®™ pocket with dual-entry zippers and retractor docking station.
-Zippered reach-through microfleece-lined hand-warmer chest pocket.
-Super-fly Patch® and integrated utility tabs.
-Low-profile belt loops with 2″ stretch wading belt included.
-Patented front and back leg seams deliver an articulated fit that fights wear zones, bolsters wader longevity, and maximizes mobility.
-Adjustable elastic 1.5″ suspender with opposing YKK® buckles for waist-high conversion.
-Abrasion-resistant built-in Gravel Guards with boot hooks.
-Anatomically engineered neoprene stockingfeet with anti-microbial finish
Stop in and see what the fuss is about!
Simms G3 Guide Waders

Fishpond Accessories in Maryland

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We have just received a shipment of Fishpond gear to Backwater Angler! Fishponds range of gear is comfortable, practical and built to last. Furthermore much of their fabric is made out of recycled industrial nylon waste turning it into quality products.

Much of the success of Fishpond’s innovative products is attributable to the passion that we share with our loyal customers for the outdoors and the habitat that drives our inspiration. Together, we practice responsible stewardship and believe that every small act counts.
We call it the “Ripple Effect”- the collective impact of individuals performing in an environmentally conscious manner and leading to lasting change-in thinking, in deeds and in results.
Fishpond is looking for ways to reduce our footprint on the environment, and with this new line of products made from 40-100% nylon recycled commercial fishing net, an industry first, our customer can participate in the process of inspiring others about the importance of a sustainable planet. Conservation of our natural world is a shared responsibility. With each step forward, each new ripple we create, we move closer to becoming a brand that embodies a vision for a healthy and sustainable environment. As in every facet of life, none of us can do everything, but each of us can do something.

Fishpond’s nomad nets are some of the lightest, strongest nets on the market, with a range of handle lengths to cater to your netting requirements.

We have the following accessories in stock:
Headgate tippet holder $19.95
Piopod (pack it out pod) $12.95
Dryshake bottle holder $8.95
Confluence net release $29.95
Floatant holder $8.95

Gunnison Guide Pack $129.95
Summit Sling Bag $99.95
Waterdance Guide Pack $99.95
Emcampment Lumbar Pack $89.95

Nomad Native Net original $125.95
Nomad Emerger Net $149.95
Nomad Mid Length Net $159.95

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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

G. Loomis NRX review from Alaska

Alaska Fly Fishing
Thanks to Terry for the stream report, review and great shot from Alaska:

Here’s the biggest of the week, 33” and 20lbs, from the Swishkak River in Katmai National Park, right where river empties into the saltwater. The silvers were big and shiny chrome. And packed up in knee-deep, clear water – just like bonefish in the Bahamas. Sight casting with 8wt (Loomis NRX that you sold me), was a delight. Saw every fish, every chase, every take – and then they’d go deep into the backing every single time! It was a terrific experience!

All the best,
Terry