Fishing Little Black Stoneflies and Soft Hackles on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder river is flowing at 53 CFs and is 40 to 45 degrees throughout the catch and release area. Stoneflies sized #14-16 skated near logjams, small traditional streamers like black nosed dace and grey ghosts fished upstream along the edges and tiny nymphs rolled through the riffles have accounted for more than a few fish this week. Given recent reports, soft hackles are worth a shot. They’re fun to fish, and great for covering lots of water. Capt. Jeff Lewatowski provided this great photo of a little black stone. He’s now booking light tackle and fly fishing trips for the Catch and release trophy season on the Susquehanna Flats on his 23 foot Parker.
Gunpowder River Stonefly
Thanks to Bill for the following stream report.

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Just a note to let you know that I appreciate getting the “Guidelines” e-mails, and to report that I’ve been out on the Gunpowder one day each of the last two weeks, swinging soft hackle wet flies with a modicum of success — five fish to hand on 2/27 and ten on 3/8. Missed a bunch too, and LDR’d a few. Most took a GRHE soft hackle on the point, with an occasional hit on a red and grouse or black spider on the top dropper.