Gunpowder River Early April Stream Report

We’re enjoying some much needed rain and surface activity along the Gunpowder River. Tiny midges in the #22-26 range are accounting for most of the surface activity. Midge nymphs, emergers and dries are all working, as long as they’re tied up with a little 7X. Water temps are also on the rise, and the river is clear above Blue Mount Rd. By midday we’re seeing water temps in the 47-49 F range in shallow riffles between Falls Rd and York Rd.

Thanks to David for the following stream report:

Backwater, I took up fishing the Gunpowder a few months ago, and this past weekend I decided to get a guide because my brother was in town and wanted to put him on a few fish. We went with Capt. Jeff and as we approached the river a near freezing temperatures, it began to snow on us. Needless to say, we didn’t have high hopes. We immediately hooked a few fish and went on to catch over 40 fish on midges. This is quite a feat for any guide (putting two amateurs on that many wild browns). So thanks again Backwater, and I plan on getting my other two brothers up here to fish with someone out of your shop soon. I learned more about the Gunpowder in a few hours with a guide than I have in several months there by myself. I’ve attached a few pictures from the trip.


David Todd Harmon

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