Gunpowder River at Ideal Flows near Baltimore, MD

Wild Browns Near Baltimore, MD
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 92 CFs, is clear and 46 degrees F. The last of the stoneflies are fading. Hendricksons have been on the move since last Saturday. Cooler, not colder nights have kept me from kicking the water trough first thing in the morning to break up the last of the winter ice. Banks are still soft and quite a few are undercut so mind your step as you’re getting back to the river. Stop in and pick up some of Mike Bachkosky’s beautiful Catskill style Light Hendricksons in a #14-16 and purposefully built snowshoe rabbit emergers and unusuals. Blue Winged Olives are present in the upper river but small pheasant tails sized #16-18 and zebra midges in the #20 range are accounting for more fish than the dries. I was lucky enough to join Mike Colegrove and Josh Reider on the stream after work last weekend. Mike found a bright, stocked rainbow that had moved all the way up into the catch and release section and Josh tricked a small brown that gave his Abel reel a run for first prize in the beauty pageant. While I’m used to getting great feedback from customers about how well these guys handle duties at Backwater Angler, I was amazed at how equally skillful these guys are on the other side of the counter and look forward to fishing with them again soon.