Author Archives: Gene Howson

Low Water and Spillover on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 30cfs, clear and 61 degrees F at 3pm today.

Prettyboy reservoir is over capacity and surface water very warm with the recent heat wave. This afternoon they cut the release dramatically once again from 120 to 30 cfs causing it to spill. With heavy rain forecast this afternoon through this evening, keep a close eye on the USGS gauge after as significant spillover is very possible. If water temperatures rise to 68 degrees or over give the trout a break until the water temperature comes back down again.

 

Fantastic Levels On the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at a lovely 153 cfs, 53 degrees and clear in the catch and release section.

After a heavy lashing of rain on Sunday, Prettyboy Dam increased the release to 150cfs from 30 just in time to avoid significant spillover. Once again, this has triggered the fish to spread out nicely and feed more confidently. Terrestrials have been working really well. Try throwing a big ant, beetle or hopper. Drop a nymph off the back and fish the faster runs and riffles. Fish tend to be very opportunistic at this time of year through the rest of summer so work on covering the water thoroughly, particularly focusing on the banks. Myself & Bryan Donoway, of Flies in Disguise, fished Tuesday evening & caught fish on dries, nymphs and streamers. Enjoy the flows whilst they last!

Note: Afternoon thunderstorms Thursday afternoon have caused the dam to spill over with the reservoir at full capacity. It’s running at 239cfs this morning  and dropping.

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For 2017 we have redesigned the original Super Series reel with an all new line of lighter weight sizes that feature a quick change spool system achieved by eliminating the previously removable locknut and drag knob.

The proven drag system is what makes the Super Series equally at home on the trout stream, the salt flats, and demanding deep blue water: It can be set light enough to protect the finest tippet, but can also be cranked to slow down the toughest Bluefin. No matter what species you prefer to chase, a Super Series reel is there to help you land it!

Abel Super Series Freshwater Sizes

 

Levels Back Up on the Gunpowder!

The Gunpowder is at 153 cfs, clear and starting the day at 50 degrees F.

On Tuesday whilst sight fishing to trout at 30 cfs, we started noticing increasing wood and debris coming past us. A couple of minutes later the river was chocolate milk. The water has come up again from Prettyboy Dam to a nice 150 cfs at Falls road. Now the water is clear again, the fish have spread out & fishing is good. Catch some fish this weekend, stay cool and enjoy!

Note: We will be closed Thursday July the 4th. Enjoy the festivities! 

 

Low, Clear Water on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 31 cfs, and water temperatures are swinging from the low to upper 50’s. The water is clear.

Once again, we’re in skinny flows on the river. Fish are concentrated in deeper runs and pools. The dry fly fishing can be good in low water, but just stay out of the water as much as possible to not spook fish before casting to them, especially in slower water. Midges can get fish looking up throughout the day but are most consistent in the evening.

Just had a customer call the shop saying the fishing was great this afternoon, thanks Jack!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday 13th of July a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday July the 7th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Mid June Gunpowder River Report

Mountain Laurel in bloom along the river

The Gunpowder is at 163 cfs, mostly clear, particuarly Masemore up to the dam. Water temperature starting the day in the high 40’s rising to the 50’s.

Not much has changed, still sulphurs and caddis hatching, the river is not being affected by heavy storms much. Ants are definitely worth casting along the banks.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday June the 22nd a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.