The river is at 90cfs and water temps around 40 degrees F, very clear.
With water temperatures dropping under 40 on colder nights, the fishing has usually been slow. That said, river levels are ideal and with mild winter temperatures, more little black stoneflies should be coming off getting the trouts attention. Fishing a small pheasent tail, prince or frenchie nymph (16-22) close to the bottom will catch fish most consistently. Didymo is starting to really take hold on the rocks above Falls road up to the dam; setting up a drop shot rig is a good way to get around the snot getting all over your flies.
End of the year and new year temperatures are making for some great days on the river. Early stoneflies are moving about attracting the attention of the wild brown residents. I was lucky enough to get out at the end of 2019 and land a brook trout on the Gunpowder which is a true gem.
Much of the wild browns have been cooperating providing some action on nymphs and on top. Throwing some dry stones will be productive, but wait until you see some surface activity. Nymphing will still be more productive to those that stick with it.
Stop by the shop to check out the latest offerings that will bring trout to the net and make for a good day on the water.
It’s a real statement in the current market when a rod truly stands out from the rest and remains one of the most popular freshwater rods 8 years after it’s introduction, but that’s what the Scott Radian series does.
Despite their fast action, they have a very unique feel which allows for a wide range of uses from delivering small dries on light tippet to banging weighted streamers against the banks. The quick recovery rate and springy action really makes for easy casting rods. Many modern fast action fly rods simply don’t offer this level of control from short to even long range casts.
We have a 9’ 4 weight in stock which is an ideal rod for the Gunpowder. If you don’t know whether you’ll be fishing streamers or fishing an evening spinner fall, this rod has you covered. The 10’ 4 weight has much more backbone and the extra reach allows for easier mending and presentation at longer distances. It would easliy be at home on the larger rivers such as the North Branch in Western Maryland, Little Juniata, Penns or Pine Creek up in Pennsylvania.
Former staffer Ethan Lawson recently took a 10′ 5 weight to Colorado. It makes presenting dries in often windy conditions a breeze!
Ethan Lawson putting his Scott Radian to good use in 40mph gusts on the Colorado River