Monthly Archives: December 2010

December Dry Fly Fishing Along the Gunpowder

December Brown Trout
Winter dry fly fishing is picking up along the Gunpowder. The river is flowing at 28 CFs, is 40 F and low and clear. We’re seeing the infamous tiny dots and Blue Winged Olives along the river. High winds have been making it challenging to get out this week. Thanks to fr. Paul for the following stream report and picture.

Theaux,
I wanted to drop a note about some recent fishing. You might remember I stopped in the shop a few weeks ago looking for some fly tying material to replicate those small little tan flies that I’ve seen buzzing around the river lately. Well, I came up with a pattern, tied a few up and threw them in the fly box. I was anxious to try them out last Friday when I was up. I’m happy to report success. I fished upstream of Falls Rd. bridge and the same little flies were coming off here and there, enough that the fish were rising to them. Amazing that it can be no more than forty degrees, spitting snow, and the fish are still rising to dries. In spite of the harsh weather, it was one of those really enjoyable days on the Gunpowder for me.

-fr. Paul

Backwater Angler in the Daily Caller

Fly Fishing with Darth Vader
When he’s not shirking deadlines while knee deep in the Gunpowder, Matt Labash is the noted author of the rollicking good, Fly Fishing with Darth Vader, the senior staff writer for the Weekly Standard and a columnist for Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller. Last week Matt asked me, “Why should one bother fishing dries during the winter. My answer, and his great freezing largemouth eats-Adams story, appeared Monday in his Daily Caller column titled; Ask Matt Labash Vol XL: Throwing Dry Flies in winter, a December Largemouth Tale, and Hope Floats. If that doesn’t beat all, The Weekly Standard Blog also picked up the story and cross promoted it on their site. Throughout this ordeal, Matt has asured me that;

No worries. This doesn’t change anything. You can still leave up all the Dukakis ’88 posters in the shop.

If there’s one thing to be agreed upon across the aisle, going fly fishing is a good use of everyone’s time. Thanks for the kind words Matt. We’ll keep the shad flies in trust until spring.

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