Author Archives: Gene Howson

Mid September Gunpowder River Report

The Gunpowder is low once again at 28cfs, clear with water temperatures in the upper 50’s F.

With skinny water levels, not spooking fish by staying out the river whilst fishing long and light is the way to go. In the mornings we’re seeing Trico’s between Falls to Bunker Hill so look for the spinners dancing between 9-10:30 at the heads of riffles. Ants and caddis are working well too with olives starting to come off in the afternoon.

Nymphing Clinics on the Gunpowder

Productive nymphing water

Nymphing, simply put, is not the most glamorous form of fly fishing but no one can dispute its effectiveness. At the end of the day who doesn’t like catching lots of fish regardless of season!

Join us on Saturday September the 21st to learn the different techniques of nymphing. This will go over euro nymphing (tight lining) vs indicator fishing, whilst going over various rigging approaches, fly selection, gear choice and how to fish different water types. 

Each clinic is in a group setting of no more than 3 anglers per guide, will be 3 hours long we have gear to borrow, cost is $125 per person. We will have a morning clinic from 10 – 1 and an afternoon clinic from 2:30 – 5:30. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to pre register.

Another Clinic Scheduled for Sunday September 22nd 10-1. 

 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 7th of September 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.

Skinny water again on the Gunpowder

The river has dropped back to bare bones of 28 cfs, clear and 60 degrees F.

As of Thursday morning the level dropped the fishing has became trickier. However as normal for the time of year midges are abundant particularly in the evening tempting plenty of fish to feed on top. Caddis were coming off in decent numbers earlier in the week when the water was up higher but the current skinny water levels have slowed this down. Fish a long 12 foot leader, with 6-7x with a downstream presentation for the midge sippers.

Shop will be open 10 – 2 this Labor Day Monday. 

Patagonia Danner Boots & Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders Review

Over the past 4 years at the shop, I’ve been blessed to try and use the best waders and boots offered by both Simms and Patagonia.

Since April, I’ve put a lot of time on the river wearing the Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders and taken them through dense brush and green brier, and they are holding up fine. They breath fantastically well on the hottest of days whilst having extra security from biters on your legs, particularly ticks, having dealt with Lyme disease before. I tend to wear waders even in July and August. The Durable Water Repellent Finish is really nice too; they are dry in no time after being in the water.

Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders

I’m currently in the River Salt Wading Boots from Danner and, like the waders, I’ve put these through their paces. I’ve tried them on rivers such as Penns Creek and the Little Juniata earlier this spring and the North Branch of the Potomac recently this summer. These rivers are well known for being a absolute chore for wading. With just two studs in the toe and two in the heel, I’ve never felt the level of traction and ankle support. They are better than any other other boot I’ve owned.

Patagonia River Salt Wading Boots

I also tend to walk a distance to get to lesser traveled areas and for this aspect also, they are incredibly comfortable. I know these are a hefty investment in wading boots, but if river fishing is important to you, you won’t be disappointed.

SPECIAL: Purchase a pair of these waders and boots and get a free Patagonia trucker hat!

North Branch Potomac Fly Fishing

 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 31st of August 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 the 18th of August 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.

August Gunpowder River Report

The river is at 139 cfs, water temperature is in the mid 50’s.

The fishing is very good with the flows being ideal for summer fishing. There is a lot of stream side terrestrials active now, hoppers, crickets and loads of ants. Inch worms falling in from the trees keeping the fish on the look out.

Note: The river level has dropped to 64 cfs on Friday afternoon. 

Thanks to Keir for the report earlier this week:

Guys,

Beautiful morning to be out and had some luck on the Gunpowder. The trout were taking a bead head prince nymph. 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 11th of August 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.