Winter Gunpowder River Fly Fishing Heating Up

The Gunpowder river is flowing at 126 Cfs, is in the mid 40’s (F) and is clear. Recent reports point to excellent Winter fishing and very little pressure along the stream. Small nymphs in the #16-20 range have been most effective in riffles and flats from Falls Rd through Bunkerhill Rd. Try streamers a little further downstream to Bluemount. Make sure you bring along your rain jacket and feel free to stop in the shop while you’re up. Today we’re checking in some great Insulated Filson Packer Hats, Patagonia Sticky Wading Shoes and Patagonia Regulator Flash Pullovers. Thanks to Gunpowder River Guide Capt. Jeff Lewatowski for the following stream report.

I thought I would give you a quick report in writing of my 3 hours of fishing on Wednesday afternoon. I fished the late morning from Masemore downstream, water flows were 160, air temps in the high 40’s. The forecast was for light rain, but I was amazed to pull into the lot, the only vehicle there. In the course of fishing the first two riffle run combos downstream, I landed 8 browns, the best 12 inches. I fished a basic dropper nymph rig with a pair of red butts in a 16 , sometimes switching out to the “secret weapon” a size 16 bead head pheasant tail (yes, it is that easy). I continued downstream fishing the nymph rig, switching out to a streamer a few times after setting the hook on bottom and ending up in the trees. I managed a nice footlong rainbow on a zonker, and two browns in the flat water on the way to Bunker Hill Rd. Caught my best fish about 13 inches on the way back, and stung a big fish in the riffle above the hemlock bend who managed to shake me off. Point of the report, I never saw a soul. This has been the case more often than not on my recent guided trips, and outings for fun throughout the river. I am ever amazed that more folks are not taking advantage of the good stream flows and unique fishing we are so lucky to have here on the Gunpowder.