The Gunpowder is at 470 cfs and 66 degrees F.
A heavy dose of rain yesterday evening through the night has led to spillover at Prettyboy Dam. The river is currently too high to safely wade but as the levels drop the fishing should produce for those who nymph the slower water, back eddies and tails of pools and those who like to streamer fish with a sink tip line. As air temperatures drop and the river is high, consider fishing Little Falls or other smaller streams until the Gunpowder drops to 300 cfs or below. Keep an eye on the Falls Road USGS gauge. Be safe!
The Gunpowder is running at 257 cfs and temperature is 64 degrees F.
On overcast days the Gunpowder is fishing well, on brighter days unless you’re fishing small nymphs close to the bottom, the fish haven’t got much reason to be looking up for anything. Terrestrials are the ticket early morning or evening. Dry droppers are always a good go-to when getting out for a few hours.
There’s no better place to be than beside a river as the fall colors begin to set in.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday September the 30th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday September the 29th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.
Please note: This sale covers in-stock discontinued models only.
Scott and Winstons are among our favorites and sadly sometimes they get updated and very good news for those who have waited for a great and somewhat limited sale.
That said, we have two Scott F2 7′ 2″ 3 weight 4 piece rods for sale. Originally designed for Yamame (Cherry Salmon for the Japanese market. They are the only four piece in the in F2 series.These light weight fiberglass are a dream for those who enjoy small stream fishing . They are ideal for our local wild browns or even brookies in western Maryland.
They retail at $645 and we are willing to part ways with them for $445 each.
We also have two beautiful and very different R. L. Winston Fly Rods for your consideration. A Winston Traditional (WT) 8’6” 5 weight 3 piece (shown above) and 8’9″ 5 weight 5 piece LT also on sale (shown below). These retail at $850 each and can now be had for $600 a piece. These have classic Winston tapers from the early 90’s with internal ferrules, these will make someone very happy indeed.
Stop by the shop and check them out before it’s too late!
We just recieved a fall shipment of three important Patagonia® clothing pieces for cooler weather. They are now in stock in sizes M through XXL and include (pictured from left to right) the Tough Puff Hoody, Snap Dry Shirt, and Snap Dry Hoody The Following descriptions are from Patagonia®
Tough Puff Hoody
Built for swinging flies all day in cold water, the warm Tough Puff Hoody has a stretchy and durable face fabric combined with highly breathable FullRange® stretch insulation for performance, comfort and freedom of motion.
Snap Dry Shirt
Built for comfort and freedom of movement, this versatile fishing shirt is made from a stretchy and durable fabric for layering in cool and windy conditions; two large zippered pockets hold fly boxes or other essentials.
Snap Dry Hoody
Built for warmth, comfort and freedom of movement in cool and windy conditions, this technical fishing hoody has a stretchy and durable face with lightweight, fast-wicking insulation in the body and hood.
This just in from Fisheries…
We will be conducting our fall electrofishing survey on the Gunpowder Falls tailwater on Sept. 17, 18, and 20.
Meeting time 9:30 each morning.
Sept. 17- Dam/Falls Station- meet at the upper Falls Rd parking lot.
Sept. 18-Masemore Station- meet at the parking lot at Masemore Rd.
Sept. 20- Bluemount Station- meet at the Bluemount Rd entrance to the NCR TCB trail.
Please let me know if you are planning on attending or need more details.
Central Region Manager
Freshwater Fisheries Program
Fishing and Boating Services
Department of Natural Resources
17400 Annapolis Rock Rd
Woodbine, Maryland 21797
The Gunpowder is flowing at an ideal 158 cfs, is 60 degrees F and has a green tint to it.
With fall around the corner, the Gunpowder is settling to a more consistent level and the fishing has been productive. Terrestrials, particularly ant and cricket patterns have been accounting for plenty of fish. On bright days nymphing has been the go-to with caddis pupa and zebra midges droppers working well.
Since the high water this summer there is a slippery algae coating the rocks, especially from falls road upstream to the dam, cleats are highly recommended as the wading is much more difficult than usual.
Please note: The shop will be open normal hours Labor Day.
The Gunpowder is at 233 cfs, clear and 59 degrees.
Now the river has dropped to a much better level for both wading & fishing. The high flows during recent weeks have stirred up a lot of the riverbed. Whilst all the old log jams have washed out there are plenty of new ones that are holding fish. There have been a number of big fish between 14 – 24 inches reported for those throwing streamers. Caddis and hoppers have been also catching fish through the day. While the water is pushing consider booking a guide trip to tune up your streamer and nymphing techniques.
Need a hard to find Bauer MXP2 reel or spool? How about A Peerless reel or a “lawn-cast-only” fly rod at a great price? Used, consigned, returned and discontinued gear is now available on our Backwater Angler EBAY page. If you are lucky bidder some of this great stuff could be yours at the end of the 7 day or 10 day auctions. Everything listed is a Backwater Angler E-Bay exclusive and will not be sold out of the shop. Shipping Costs are a fair $15 for USPS Priority Mail. Happy bidding!