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Mid-June Gunpowder River Fishing Report


The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 115 Cfs and 57 degrees F. Sulphurs in the #16-18 range abound. Spinners are good bet after 7PM. Caddis are a good bet especially emergers-stop in we have a few great ones to choose from. Ants are also a good bet nd it’s never to early to start fishing terrestrials for opportunistic wild fish. New to the shop this week are Echo Trout rods in the 4wt to 6wt range. At $350 with lifetime warranty that are one of the best value-oriented travel fly rods on the market.

Echo Trout Fly Rod


This week we have new reels from Ross including San Miguels in stock.

Ross San Miguel


On the river expect to see Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel in full bloom. If you need a rain jacket for Saturday and Sunday stop in while they are 50% off…

Father’s Day Fly Fishing Sale

Thanks to all who have supported our small shop online and curbside during these challenging times. We are still taking online, curbside and have been welcoming folks in the shop now for two weekends at the counter for flies, gear and for booking future instruction related activities.The above graph shows the dramatic support we’ve received from new and old customers alike online and we are very thankful that the river and shop (as shown by your financial support) has become essential to your recreation. This week we’ve received a wave of inventory from Scientific Anglers, Dr. Slick, Trout Hunter, Simms and drum roll please….AIR-LOCK indicators-the “secure, adjustable kinkless and biodegradable indicators we’ve all been waiting for…

For those of you pinching pennies, we have discontinued outdoor clothing in stock at 50% off this weekend through June 21st and in-store only.

We’re also taking an additional 15% off all used fly reels and graphite fly rods in stock. Here is a quick listing:

Fly rods:
G. Loomis Whisper Creek GLX 8ft 8 inch 3wt 4pc $300
T&T Vector 9ft 4wt 3pc $400
T&T Vector 9ft 5wt 3pc $400
Scott G series 9ft 4wt 4pc $600
Sage Z Axis 11ft 7wt 4pc $450
Scott STS 9ft 8weight 3 pc $375
Sage XP 9ft 8weight 4 pc $395
Echo E3 7ft 3wt 4pc $200

Fly Reels:
Ross G2 $175
Ari T Hart F2 with extra spool $595
Orvis Battenkill III with two spools $350
Bauer MXP 1 $375
Islander 4.0 LX $450

End of May Gunpowder River Fly Fishing Report


The Gunpowder River is flowing at 101 Cfs, 55 degrees and clear. Many of us have been waiting all year for these ideal conditions. Plan on seeing a mix of sulphurs, #16-18 caddis and #18-22 midges out there. Wild fish are always a little tricky on bright days so fish early or late if you can. Avoiding “parking lot” water and focusing on riffles is a good bet. Leader length is the 9 to 12 foot range ending in 7x can make all the difference in turning a follow into a take. Thanks to Keir Joyce for the wonderful photo of a Gunpowder River Brook trout and the following stream report from May 26th.

Guys,
Glad to see the shop is back open and I had hoped to swing this weekend, but got too caught up on the river.I wanted to pass along that I fished on Saturday and had a good amount of luck with a Copper John, wet flies, and copper bead midges. It fished really well and I was able to net a few browns, a rainbow, a brook, and a small mouth bass mid morning to after lunch.
Today I fished for most of the morning before the kayak traffic started to pick up. There was some risers that were reacting to more sulfur action and had a few takes with a gray/tan Caddis, but most of my luck was nymphing with a rainbow warrior that brought in a few good sized browns and one rainbow.

Keir

Please note: During the month of June, we will be opening at 8 AM every Saturday and Sunday for walk-in traffic and curbside pickup is still an option.

Fishpond Gear in Maryland

Gene has spent the latter part of the afternoon unloading a few boxes from the folks at Fishpond. He’s also updated our online catalog to reflect this new influx.In addition to host of fresh trucker hats, we have ever popular accessories like the Headgate tippet holders, Arrowhead retractors, confluence magnetic net releases. We also have a host of smart packs in stock including the Thunderhead submersible series slings and lumbar packs and Nomad Native and Nomad Emerger nets.

Fishpond Hats

Headgate Tippet Holder

Fishpond Arrowhead Retractor

Fishpond Confluence Net Release

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling

Fishpond – Nomad Native Net

Nomad Emerger Net

Backwater Angler Reopens May 22, 2020

Based on the County Executive’s order, Backwater Angler will our reopen our doors for retail business tomorrow, May 22 at 10AM.

Big Changes you need to be aware of for our reopening:
Mask requirements are in effect-if you’re not wearing a mask we won’t welcome you in. Period.
We will limit the total # customers to Three(3) in the door at a time.
Our restroom will remain closed to the public.
If you’re sick, stay at home. We can always “talk fishing” remotely.

Extended Hours on the Weekends:
Because we’ve missed a good part of our busy season and because we want to follow social distancing guidelines and allow time for cleaning following CDC guidelines we will begin earlier on the weekends and will now be opening at 8AM on Saturdays and Sundays through May and June.

Contactless Curbside Continues: For those in a hurry or not yet comfortable with the easing of restrictions and ask that you preorder online our secure website. Please note approximately what time and what vehicle you will be in so we can place the items in your trunk upon arrival. If you’d rather us put the items in thermal we’re still offering free shipping on all orders placed online.

Guide Services resume:
Our guiding and instruction related activities will resume June 1. We have quite a backlog of schools and guide trips since mid-March so if you have a future date in mind don’t delay in calling us to set up a date and time so we can get you on the calendar.

Other services resume:
We can know spool up reels.

We greatly appreciate all of the support our online and curbside customers have given us during the closure and as always wish that you and your families stay well.

Spring Fish Stocking Report from MDDNR

We wanted to share this great news with you from the State. To date, the department has stocked 211,450 brown, golden, and rainbow trout across the state, at the locations listed below. Annual production at our hatcheries is about 300,000 trout. This completes trout stocking for the spring. Please obtain your fishing license here.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources conducted limited trout stocking throughout Maryland this spring in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at state fish hatcheries, and also provide opportunity for recreational anglers.

Following Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders to limit spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, state employees suspended all field activities, including regularly scheduled trout stocking.

Without the scheduled stocking, state hatcheries lacked room needed to continue production for future seasons, and as trout in these facilities continued to grow, they were at risk of higher mortality. Removing fish and stocking them into public waters became an urgent matter.

The department encourages anglers to take advantage of the incredible fishing opportunities Maryland has to offer, provided all practice social distancing, avoid crowded areas, and minimize social interaction.

Allegany County:
Battie Mixon: 1,500
Cotton Cove Pond: 600
Evitts Creek: 6,000
Fifteen Mile Creek: 3,700
Flintstone Creek: 1,000
Georges Creek: 500
Jennings Run: 4,500
N.B.P.R. Zero Creel: 1,900
North Jennings Run Watershed: 1,000
Rocky Gap: 4,400
Wills Creek: 5,500

Baltimore County:
Gunpowder Falls, Lower: 7,000
Gunpowder Falls, Upper: 3,000
Little Gunpowder Falls: 3,500
Patapsco River, Daniels: 2,000

Carroll County:
Farm Museum Pond: 1,200
South Branch Patapsco River: 1,400
South Branch Patapsco River. (Mariottsville Road): 2,500
South Branch Patapsco River (River Roa): 1,250
Taneytown Pond: 1,100

Cecil County:
Big Elk: 2,500
Howards Pond: 1,750
Rising Sun Pond: 1,100

Charles County:
Hughesville Pond: 300
Myrtle Grove: 2,000
Wheatley Lake: 2,500

Frederick County:
Brunswick Pond: 1,000
Carroll Creek: 1,000
Catoctin Creek Park: 500
Cunningham Falls Lake: 4,000
Fishing Creek: 1,000
Frank Bentz Pond: 1,000
Friends Creek: 2,500
Hamburg Pond: 500
Middle Creek: 4,700
Owens Creek: 3,000
Rainbow Lake: 2,500
Whiskey Springs Pond: 500

Garrett County:
Accident Pond: 1,500
Bear Creek: 9,000
Broadford Lake: 3,000
Casselman River:4,000
Deep Creek Lake: 7,400
Glades Park Pond: 1,000
Herrington Lake: 3,500
Jennings Randolph Lake: 6,000
Little Youghiogheny River: 2,000
Mill Run: 1,000
Muddy Creek: 1,800
North Branch Potomac River, Gorman: 600
North Branch Potomac River: Kitzmiller: 4,500
North Branch Potomac River:.Westernport: 5,000
Parkview Pond: 500
Piney Reservoir: 1,000
Savage Reservoir: 2,300
Savage River: 6,000
Snowy Creek: 1,000
Youghiogheny River: 2,100
Youghiogheny River, Friendsville: 2,000
Youghiogheny River, Oakland: 6,000

Harford County:
Deer Creek: 6,500
Forest Hill Pond: 500

Montgomery County:
Great Seneca Creek: 3,500
Izaak Walton Pond: 500
Lake Needwood: 1,500
Martin Luther King Jr. Pond: 1,400
Northwest Branch: 4,500
Patuxent River, Laurel: 1,000
Prince George’s County
Cosca Lake: 2,000
Lake Artemesia: 3,000
Laurel Lake: 600
Melwood Pond: 250
Queen Anne’s County
Unicorn Branch: 500

Washington County:
Antietam Creek: 2,000
Beaver Creek: 6,500
Blairs Valley: 6,500
Greenbrier Lake: 4,000
Indian Springs Pond: 500
Israel Creek: 2,500
Licking Creek: 3,000
Little Antietam Creek: 1,500
Little Tonoloway Creek: 300
Little Tonoloway Creek, Upper: 300
Sharpsburg Pond: 500
Sideling Hill Creek : 1,000

Catch and Release Fishing and Boating Closed Statewide in Maryland

Here is the latest Covid-19 update from DNR from Wednesday April 8, 2020. Governor Larry Hogan has issued an executive order on March 30, 2020, which institutes a Stay at Home directive and says that no Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

While the order does allow for outdoor exercise recreation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaffirming the need for members of the public who engage in outdoor recreation to follow all rules and guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Hogan has stressed that safely practiced outdoor recreation time is essential to health and well-being. Most Maryland state parks and other public lands remain open, and residents may engage in safe, isolated activities.

Under the executive order, no Marylander should leave their home except for an essential reason. Therefore, recreational boating is not allowed. Subsistence hunting and fishing — limited hunting and limited recreational fishing and crabbing for sustenance — can continue, however social distancing must be adhered to strictly. No permits for fishing tournaments, including virtual tournaments, will be issued by the department until further notice. Commercial fishing is deemed essential and may continue since it is part of the food supply chain.

Maryland Fly Fishing Gear Curbside Pickup Halted

OK folks, as they say, we’re all in this together. Stay well. Thank you for your patronage. The shop would not exist as a small retail specialty shop without your loyalty, kindness and friendship. We wish nothing more but for you and your families to stay healthy and happy.

While we greatly appreciate that many of our loyal and quite a few new customers were able to get out on the Gunpowder River during opening day weekend and take part in our curbside pickup offerings, today’s order COVID19-07 from the Governor’s office halts our curbside pickup. The silver lining being that people will be safer at home. We can still sell products on a delivery basis and for that reason have waived all priority mail shipping costs from orders placed during this time. If you can’t find what you need in the catalog please call us at 410-357-9557 and please let us know what you need.

We have instead instituted website https://www.backwaterangler.com/shop/ and phone ordering 410-357-9557 during regular business hours.

We will not be updating stream reports at this time-however please view the archives in the sidebar to get a sense of how the river has historically fished during the 19 years we’ve freely shared our knowledge of the River by visiting and scrolling down the sidebar of the Backwater Angler website. Need a break? One suggestions would be to use the search by typing in Hendricksons or March Browns to get a glimpse of what we’ve been reporting on…

We do not have flies on the website for sale individually and so have grouped fly selections based on river location and category. i.e. Dries, Nymphs, and Streamers Euro Nymphs.

We suggest that you call the shop at 410-357-9557 to place fly orders. We will ship any order free freight USPS priority mail during this time. Please email the shop or check the stream report if you need additional guidance.

For online orders over $25, customers can choose between a pack of Patagonia Provisions Mellow Curry Savory Seeds or Classic Barbecue Savory Seeds
a Patagonia Provisions Inca Berry and Almond Bar, Mango and Almond Bar or an Apricot and Almond Bar.

R.L. Winston Fly Rods for Curbside Pickup


It’s clear that fishing is on your mind-why else would you be reading this? For your consideration and approval are two distinct series of rods from R.L. Winston. I’ve owned my TMF for 19 years -it will be with me for as long as I fly fish for native and wild trout.

Winston – Tom Morgan Favorite

A rod from the “other” series is one Gene has been fishing with great success and enjoyment whilst euro-nymphing and fishing a jumble of streamers and dries.

Winston Boron IIIX Super 10

Ultimately there is no one fly rod that will be well-suited to every situation but you won’t find finer examples of rods that are smooth, light, versatile and purpose built for fly fishing a wide variety of flies than these two. While Winston is not shipping at present, we currently have these in stock ready for purchase online or via phone and available for curbside pickup or shipped USPS to your home shelter. Stay well.

Opening Day of Trout Season in Maryland Beckons

It wouldn’t be opening day, tomorrow, March 28th in the 5-fish-a-day section of the Gunpowder River without rain in the forecast. This time of year we receive quite a few calls from anglers seeking clarification on what sections of the Upper Gunpowder Falls River are catch and release and what sections are stocked. So we’ve provided the following. In short, the stocked section is referred to in the regulations book and the stocking schedule as Upper Gunpowder which means above Loch Raven, not above Falls Rd. So if one wants to take up to 5 fish a day, one may do so from one mile below the Phoenix RD access upstream through Sparks RD, Lower and Upper Glencoe and one and a halfmiies upstream to the Colonial Oil pipeline crossing (white tubes with red caps). The above photo was a Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER sponsored Eagle Scout project by Jacob Danko of troop 380, Hampstead that was completed in 2017-18. These color coded signs are posted at every access point and denote the catch and release, artificials-only section in red, the wild trout two fish a day section and the stocked trout 5 fish a day are prominently displayed at all of the access points of the River to provide outreach on regulations, invasive species and drinking water supply. If you are interested in supporting this work please consider a charitable contribution to Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER.