With the river looking like it’ll be ripping this weekend we have some deals on used rods for your consideration.
- Sage DS 905-2 (2 piece) $125 SOLD
- Sage DS 909-2 (2 piece) $100
- Scott STS 908/3 (3 piece) $450
- T & T VE 904-3 (3 piece) $400
- St Croix Legend Elite 905-4 (Demo Model) $200
- St Croix Imperial 905-4 $150 SOLD
- Orvis Clearwater Full Flex 5.5 7’9″ 5wt 2pc $100 SOLD
- Echo E3 7’6″ 3wt $150
Or alternatively a new with lifetime warranty 7’6″ 3wt NRX LP 40% off at $432. SOLD
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.
From today until Daylight Savings Hours on the 9th of March we will be closing the shop early at 4pm on weekdays (Monday, Thursday & Friday).
Weekend hours remain the same (10 – 4).
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
Thank you to all who shop with us, we truly appreciate your support. Here’s to a wonderful and fish filled 2020!
Note: We will be closed as normal this Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll be back as normal Thursday the 2nd. Have a happy & safe new year.
We have in 3 gorgeous new VAYA reels from Abel.
These are partially ported, leaving just enough surface area to highlight the hand anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of milled fly patterns for those who appreciate the attention to detail. The large arbor spool features a precision-balanced dual-pawl drag engagement design with a fully sealed adjustable drag. The rigid machining, design and finishes are of the highest quality as you’d expect from Abel.
We currently have the following:
The river’s up to 229 cfs at Falls road after overnight rain. This, along with the dark dreary weather, presents an ideal situation for those wanting to fish streamers. Thanks to Jim for the photo of the colored up fish caught recently doing just that.
We’re open normal weekday hours both today & tomorrow for Christmas hours.
Treat someone (maybe yourself!) to the finest reels on the market this holiday season!
Built to last forever the Super Series reel from Abel represents battle ready, time tested cork drag system with beautiful anodized painted finishes, these will compliment a favorite fly rod!
Available since 1999 in a size for every fish that swims, the Abel Super Series has proven itself time after time as the premier American-made reel. While there have been various improvements and adjustments over the years, there are things that have never changed. Specifically, a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag system married to a strong aluminum frame & large arbor spool for increased line retrieval speed.
We currently have in stock:
Gift Card: Not sure what to get? No need to worry!
Backwater Angler Gift Certificate
Books written by Jerry Kustich: Jerrys stories never get old. Keeps you looking forward to getting back out on the water time after time.
Jerry Kustich Books
Abel Maryland Fly Reels: The Maryland flag is a unique design and looks awesome on this classic reel. Take a little bit of home with you wherever you go wet a line.
Abel Super Series Maryland Flag Reel
Echo Base Kit: Perfect for one beginning their fly fishing journey. Excellent value with a lifetime warranty. The 8′ 4wt is a gem of a rod for the Gunpowder. Ready to go!
Echo Base Kit
NEW G Loomis NRX+: 15% lighter than the original NRX, these will be the premium rods on the market for years to come.
G. Loomis NRX+LP
Pre-Loaded Lanyard: Have your fishing tools ready to go. Easy!
Pre-Loaded Morning Star Lanyard
Patagonia Shelled Insulator Pants: The water will never be too cold with these under your waders. Don’t let the winter stop you fishing!
Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants
Filson Clothing: Have a look at the range of Filson goods we have. They make clothing that’s truly made to last.
Guide Trip: Treat someone to a outing on the river with one of our experienced guides. We work with beginners to experienced and can help you work on a range of techniques to help you catch fish on the Gunpowder and beyond. We can write it up in gift card format ready for booking at a later date that suits ones schedule.
Backwater Angler Guide Trip
The river is at 62 cfs and stable, as Prettyboy dam is full & spilling, water temps hang around 50 degrees F and the river is gin clear.
The only time you’ll likely see bug activity, & by that i mean midges with a few olives, is by noon til 4 in the catch and release section. Otherwise fishing has been decent for those nymphing or streamer fishing.
Fish are on redds, please limit your wading, refrain from tail outs whilst next years trout grow. The fish thank you!
Black Friday: Spend $75 or more get a free Morning Star Lanyard! Worth $30. Along with other great deals, in store only.