Winter Nymphing Pays Off on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder river is clear, flowing at 49 Cfs and is warming slightly from the high 30’s to the low 40’s. Much of the spillover that had been contributing to lower than normal stream temps throughout January and February has lessened, and river temps will start moving up the thermometer in the next few days. Snowshoe rabbit midges sized #20-22, Z-lon, quill and deer hair winged stoneflies #16 and small streamers are worth a shot. If you’re starting early, bring your nymphing game. Dark bead head nymphs in the #16-18 range are typically great Winter go to flies, but until temps move into the high 40’s, one might need to place a brighter lead fly in front of these small flies to trick a fish. Thanks to Gary Edwards for the following report and picture,
Wild Winter Brown Trout

Hey Theaux,

Great day on the river- winter stones were sporadically coming off– made for fun nymphing!!


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