Trico Hatch on the Gunpowder River, Maryland

The Gunpowder is flowing at 115 Cfs, (an ideal level for dry fly fishing and wading), and we’ll see an increase in flow through the weekend in the 150 to 160 Cfs range, (think streamers and large terrestrials). Currently water temperature is 61 F at Falls Rd, Tricos are present from the Dam through Monkton, and Kingfishers are trilling away from Masemore to Falls Rd. Most of the trikes are in the #22-24 range, so plan on using 7 or 8x and try not to set the hook too quickly. Caddis sized #16-18, are worth skating midday through the evening hours along the edges of riffles and flats. Lite bright zonkers and olive bead head buggers stripped slowly through the pools might provide some much needed relief from the “dreaded tinys.” Tired of working so hard? Swing a renegade or griffith’s gnat in fast, shallow riffles and hang on.

Thanks to Fred for the following stream report from August 1:

Fished below Falls rd. this morning to a vey nice trico hatch. Fish were readily taking size 20 gray midges and also on tandem with reverse hackle in 22-24 size. I just took out some of the left over black fly patterns from late winter and probably caught and missed around 20-30 fish. Also managed some bigger fish before and after on green weenies. Big Streamers will probably work as well considering 3-4 fish almost got eaten by larger 16-18 inch fish. Fishing slowed down around 11 a. m.

talk to you soon