Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday April the 7th 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 11:00am – 2:00pm. 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.

G. Loomis NRX Fly Rods in Maryland

G. Loomis NRX Fly Rods
Here at Backwater Angler we have a great selection of G. Loomis rods for both fresh and salt water. The NRX LP’s are perfect for trout fishing , with the high modulus carbon with a softer tip than the original NRX, allows for delicate presentation with protection on fine tippet. For those who fly fish saltwater, the NRX 8 – 12 wt has proved extremely popular for those going on a trip down to the tropics or those looking to fish for stripers on the bay.

Here is the Loomis description of the NRX saltwater range of fly rods:

Just when you thought fly rods couldn’t get any lighter or more dynamic, along comes a rod that surpasses anything ever made. Thanks to a proprietary, high-tech, nano-silica resin system and the genius of rod designer, Steve Rajeff, these NRX saltwater fly rods are the ultimate in extreme performance. They have an unbelievable “strength-to-weight” ratio and can handle everything from bonefish to small tuna. Tarpon anglers, especially those traveling to far off places, really appreciate the 4-piece construction. Wind is not problem given the fast tapers and stiff design that create incredibly tight loops for long, accurate casts, even in the wind. Ranging from a sneaky powerful 7-weight, all the way up to the tarpon lover’s 12-weight, there isn’t a fish on the flats or in the tidewater you can’t handle. Small tuna, big Cobia, even striped and white marlin are no match for the strength and power of NRX. It’s everything you want in a saltwater fly rod and more!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday March the 25th 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 11:00am – 2:00pm. 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.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 24th 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 11:00am – 2:00pm. 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.

Community Clean Up on Big Falls Rd

Litter is a blight on our beautiful country roads and River.

Please join us for the 2nd annual litter clean up on Big Falls Rd.

March 15th from 10 AM till 1 PM

We will meet at the back entrance to Camp Puh’tok across from Jack Thomas Rd. on Big Falls Rd.
Any time you can give would be appreciated. Come meet neighbors, get some exercise, and help us keep our landscape free of litter.

Thank you

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

March Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder Brown Trout
The Gunpowder is at 38 cfs, starting the day at 40 degrees F and carrying some color. Since the flows have been bumped down from 65 to 38 cfs the fishing has slowed up markedly. The trout seem to go into a state of shock after flows drop to this level for the first time in a while. With less water however, water temperatures will rise fast with some mild air temps and sunshine, this will bring on some spring hatches before long. Nymphing and streamers is the way to go until then.
Boulder Pools

Stoneflies and Midges along the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder Brown Trout
Thanks to Ethan Lawson for the stream report and photo:

The Gunpowder River is flowing at 61 CFS and 40F. Fishing on the Gunpowder picked up a bit this week as mild air temperatures allowed water temperatures to creep out of the 30s and reach 40F. A few degree bump in water temperatures seemed to bring the river to life a bit more than weeks past. Winter stones could be seen along the riverbank and even a few splashy rises were reported. Drifting small stonefly nymphs and midges is always a good bet this time of year. Streamers will work. In the late afternoon when water temps are at their peak, try an adult stonefly pattern in the faster water. You may be surprised!

Winston Rods at Backwater Angler

R. L. Winston Rods
As a long winter is finally starting to let up, it’s time to think about a new rod to embrace the trout fishing season with. Here at Backwater Angler we have a fantastic selection of 5 weight rods from R.L. Winston Rod Company. If you’re planning on any special trips this spring or summer, stop in and see for yourself what the ‘Winston Feel’ is all about.  You may end up with the fly rod you’ve been waiting for…

We have the following Winston’s in 5 weight in-stock and ready to cast:

  • 9 foot 4 piece AIR – $950
  • 9 foot 4 piece BIIIX – $845
  • 9 foot 5 piece BIIIX – $895
  • 8’9” 5 piece LT – $850
  • 8’6” 3 piece WT – $850

Stop in between Feb 15th through February 26th to cast a Winston and register for a Winston Hoodie and hat give-away. The smiles are no charge.