Monthly Archives: September 2009

Cooler Temps and Good Trout Fishing On The Gunpowder

It is starting to feel like Fall in Northern Baltimore County. Crisp air temps in the mornings and evenings combined with ice cold water temps feel like October came early this year on the Gunpowder. A few trees have even begun to turn and drop a few of their leaves. The change in temps and seasons always gets the wild browns feeding, and in recent weeks some quality wild trout were caught in the Baltimore area. Small streams in Maryland can even produce some quality fish, like the fish pictured below which fell for an olive bugger stripped across a submerged log.
Small Stream Wild Brown

Blue wing olives in the morning and caddis hatching midday are providing anglers with rising trout opportunities during 32 Cfs flows midweek. Fishing unweighted nymphs under an indicator in shallow riffles is also producing for anglers matching these emerging mayflies and caddis. The occasional afternoon or weekend release provides a large volume of water for anglers looking to fish streamers or nymphs. The latest video post includes some nice browns caught during lower flows, and the pic below is of thirteen inch plus brown caught by John G on my last guide trip. I should say my last trip for a few weeks anyway, as a recent misstep has sidelined me (to fishing from shore only) with a walking boot and a fractured bone in my foot. If you need a reason to go fishing, consider two perfectly good legs reason enough.

Conserve Water in Baltimore

Conserve Water in Baltimore
In July, nearly 150,000 folks in Baltimore City and Baltimore County were under mandatory water restrictions. Since then we’ve had enough rain to strangle a toad but conserving water is still on the brain at Backwater Angler. So we’re asking all you do gooders out there to ignore the car for awhile. If your favorite ride gets really grimey send in a picture and a quick quote by September 31, 2009 to info@backwaterangler.com, be sure to describe the benefits gleened by NOT washing the family truckster, such as more time fly fishing or the unbridled beltway joy one receives by piloting a moving monument to water conservation. The dirtiest examples and best quotes-keep these clean people-will be featured each week on the site through September. You need not be a fly fisherman to apply and three winners will be decided October 1. Just remember, everything’s fine in Baltimore until another 54″ water main breaks…stay tuned!

The 1st prize winner will receive a Backwater Angler Gunpowder River fly selection.
The 2nd prize winner will receive a Backwater Angler T-Shirt.
The 3rd prize winner will receive a Backwater Angler Hat.

Baltimore Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Saturday, October 3, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing near Baltimore, Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to register.

Abel Reel Challenge Results

Abel Reel Challenge
Try one of the bright red Abel reels in the counter at Backwater Angler on your next destination trip, fill out a quick form, and save $75 on a solid finish Abel reel and get free engraving on the Abel reel of your choice within 30 days of taking the Abel Reel Challenge. Pictured is Backwater Angler intern Max Meneveau at a local destination with a handful of carp. Attention Warmwater junkies, Aka: brownliners-Abel also offers a “Carp Finish” reel.

Maryland Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, September 27, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to register.

Maryland Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, September 20, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to register.

Colorado Fly Fishing Report

Thanks to Wes Bulllion for the stream report and photos.
Colorado Fly Fishing Report

Theaux and Rocky,
The following photos were taken during my recent trip to Colorado. My wife, Renee and I traveled around the state in about 7 days stopping in Denver, Aspen, Vail, Rocky Mountain National Forest, Colorado Springs and several smaller towns in between. This was our first visit to the state in search of future Bed and Breakfast location with the buisness plan to offer guide services and cater to fly fisherman. We hope to leave the DC area in about 3 years for this awsome state. I fished the Frying Pan River, Roaring Fork River, Colorado River, South Platte River and Yampa River. I caught the more and larger fish in the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs than the other rivers. The local guides recommend trico spinners and grasshoppers but being a nymph and streamer fisherman at heart, I elected to start with standard patterns of Pheasant Tail nymph followed by a brassie. This resulted in a couple of nice 2 to 3 pound rainbows but my larger fish were caught stripping a 3 inch black leech with ribbon flash, size number six hook. I caught several rainbows over 4 pounds in the 20 to 23 inch range and lost a really nice brown that looked to be 24 to 26 inches on the jump and felt between 5 to 7 pounds. He broke off 3X tippet like it was 6X. I also lost a nice cutthroat of about 3 pounds all in public water. It was a most excellent sampling of the fly fishing potential Colorado streams have to offer the fly fishing angler. I also really enjoyed breaking in my Lifetime Member Trout Unlimited membership rod; RL Winston 5 wt with 1.5 Lamson Guru reel. Theaux thanks for setting me up with backing and line.

Tight lines

Wes Bullion

Fly Fishing Colorado

Blue Winged Olives, Caddis and Threatening Rain

The Gunpowder river is flowing at 32 Cfs, is clear and 56 F. The recent rains have made things interesting today in the Hereford zone. Warmer water spilling over the dam coupled with a release planned for this weekend to mitigate the surface water should bring the Gunpowder river up to the mid to low 100 Cfs range through the weekend-think streamers! If you’d rather fish dries, Blue Winged Olives and Caddis have been working this week. Riffles emptying into flats have been the best areas to prospect. Long leaders in the 6 and 7x range are still needed to trick wild fish in low flows. According to last night’s NOAA forecast, “rainfall through Friday morning is expected to range from one half to three quarters of an inch”. We’ve seen close to 3″ as of this afternoon but the river will remain clear because it’s upper reaches are protected by 3,500 acres of State Park Land and controlled by Pretty Boy Reservoir. Did I mention that we have a sale on rainjackets? Small streamers in the #12 to #8 range have been working along log jams and have accounted for some very nice fish up to 14 inches. Nymphing has also been effective, but the fish are taking subsurface flies without a lot of commotion so make sure that your indicator is a litle closer to your flies this time of year.If your waders have been leaking all Summer it’s getting cool enough to consider patching them or outright replacing them-let me know if we can help keep you dry this Fall. In other news, the snowball stand in town just closed for the season and we have a few Gunpowder regulars headed out to Montana this week to do some late season hopper fishing.
Thanks to Paul for the stream report

Theaux,
-wanted to report on a fine day of fishing yesterday. After stopping-in at the shop I headed to Falls Rd, where I put in just downstream from the bridge. There was one spot in particular that was very productive. Caught four browns, three in the 10″ category, and one at 16″: easily my biggest fish I’ve caught on the Gunpowder. Caught all of them on the bead-headed hare’s ear that you recommended. I’ve attached a pic of the larger brown. Also a pic or two from my trips this summer we spoke about. One from the Little River in the Smoky Mountains, and another from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River in Colorado. I’m still awe-struck at the beauty of that area.
Thanks again for the recommendations which led to another great day offishing the Gunpowder. It’s nice to be back for another year!

-fr.paul

Fly Fishing Wyoming’s Snake, Hoback and Gros Venture Rivers

Thanks to Josh for the stream report and pictures from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Jackson Hole Wyoming Cutthroat Trout

I just got back from Jackson. Incredible. We threw size #2-5 hoppers with a soft hackle as the dropper. We caught so many fish that a had to replace three leaders in one day. Did I mention that we used 3X tippet? In all I probaly caught 60 some fish. We generally fished three rivers, the Snake, the Hoback, and the Gros Venture. However many other people fished Flat Creek which had so much fishing pressure that we decided to avoid it. I would have to say that the best river for wade fishing would have to be the Hoback. This river had virtually no fishermen and held monster cutts. We went on many trips, one was to Idaho to fish the Teton river with a good friend. There were so many fish rising that you had no idea where to cast. The surface of the water was filled with pale morning duns (pmds). We caught a ton of trout with some whitefish thrown in. The second trip was to float the Snake. A retired guide, that is friends with my uncle, took us on his dorry. We caught three pigs and a billion little guys. -Still really fun.

yours truly,
Josh R

Jackson Hole Wyoming Cow Moose

2009 Gunpowder River Electrofishing Survey Schedule

Thanks to Mark Staley for sending along the shocking survey schedule.

We plan to conduct our annual electrofishing survey of the Gunpowder Falls tailwater on the following dates:

Sept. 28—Dam/Falls Station
Meet 9:30 am at the upper lot on Falls Rd.
Backpack electrofishers-2 or 3

Sept. 29—Masemore Station
· Meet 9:30 am at the Masemore Rd. lot
· Barge shocker

Sept.30—Bluemount Station
· Meet 9:30 am at the Bluemount Rd. lots and carpool down the NCR trail to the station.
· Barge shocker

Chest waders will be necessary for those who want to participate in the electrofishing. Anyone is welcome to attend and observe, however not everyone will be able to participate in the actual electrofishing.

Bring your favorite net and electrofishing gloves if you have them.

Please disinfect your waders before attending if you have been in other waters recently. We will provide disinfectant for those who need it at the beginning and end of each day to help prevent the spread of didymo,etc..

Contact us at the office: 410-442-2080 & 301-854-6060 or cell 240-344-7352 if you have questions about the survey or the schedule. We will try to keep the schedule as firm. High flows and heavy rain will require us to reschedule.

Mark Staley
Central Region Manager
MD DNR Inland Fisheries