Rainbows and Cigars…

The river is low and clear, 100 Cfs and water temps along the catch and release area are from 54 to 56 F. It’s getting hotter out there so expect a few late afternoon showers. Passing thunderstorms have not kept folks from fishing. Ants sized #12-16 are a good bet along shaded banks. Spinner falls are still later in the day so fish just the last hour of daylight with a rusty spinner #16-20.Two anglers from the eastern shore stopped in on their way up to Bunkerhill and Maesmore yesterday and were excited to see all of the new pictures of Rainbows released over the past two weeks in the upper section above Falls Rd.Following is an stream report from a real trooper that stuck it out and fished in spite of the cir*****stances.

After much thought yesterday morning I decided to stop by the shop and then give the Gunpowder a try. I showed up at 3:00 with my 6’6″ 3wt, boots for wet wading and 1 box of dries figuring it was too hot to carry anything extra. I hiked down the trail and found a nice size pool with fish rising consistently. In I went and let me say that water was nice and chilly. Not long after tying on my fly of choice, a guy come stomping up stream shouting “Hey do you see a tacklebox laying on the side of the stream by you?” I think to myself you have got to be kidding me. Then, shortly after, six people came through kicking and splashing smoking cigars and floating downstream. Cigars???????? Arghhhhhhhh!!!! Fish went down for about 15 minutes. I will never understand why they did not float by behind me like all the other people later in the day. Anyway, I started working my fish. One 8″ brown after 20 minutes. I was happy because I was supposed to be cutting the grass anyway. One half hour later I decided to switch up to a fly Iwould have never thought of if I had my whole vest. First cast, I hook him. Size 18 fly, 12′ 8x leader, my 3 weight and this fish is having me palm the little reel while he makes three daring runs. I get him to hand and it is a 16″ rainbow! My best fish on the Gunpowder ever and on a small rod I bought in high school at that!! I let him go with the smile on my face of a successful day. I worked another fish for an hour and got him to hand – 12″ brown! By then, it was 6:30 and believe it or not, I was getting chilly in the water. So I left on that. The Gunpowder was the best I have seen it in years. Mike N.

Note: Bring a rainjacket with you and remember that some of the best fishing is on overcast days.