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March Fishing Report on the Gunpowder

The river at Falls road is flowing at a steady 214 cfs. The water temperature is now climbing above 40 degrees F at Falls road.
Prettyboy reservoir has been spilling over since last summer and with the ground completely swollen any rainfall occurring above the dam causes the Gunpowder to rise. Before planning a trip look at the USGS gauge at Falls Road. If it’s above 250cfs, it’s tough to wade. With this continuous high water many anglers have been throwing streamers but with the water still being cold and insects starting to stir, if you fish small nymphs and midges in the back eddies and softer water around some structure, you’re more likely to catch more fish. A nice benefit from the high flows is that didymo hasn’t managed to take hold as much, especially when compared to last year. For those wanting to fish dries, you can find fish rising to blue winged olives size 18 and midges size 20 in slow runs in the afternoon through the catch and release section especially on warmer days. Particularly from Bunker Hill downstream little black stoneflies size 16 have began hatching, this should provide some great dry fly fishing in the coming weeks from now. We have some excellently tied stoneflies for skating in the riffles and snowshoe midges from Mike Bachkosky that will be just the ticket this early spring.
Note: The lower river in the Put and Take section on the Gunpowder & Little Falls are closed to any fishing whilst the state stocks them with rainbow trout. Fishing reopens in these areas on Sunday, March the 31st.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday March the 23rd 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 11:00 – 2:00pm. 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 March the 17th 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 11:00 – 2:00pm. 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.

February Report on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is clear, 240 cfs and 40 degrees F.

This winter 300 cfs has became the new normal on the Gunpowder, these high levels have limited good fishing opportunities.  When the river is at this level the water temperature doesn’t climb much even on a sunny or mild day – bad news for those looking to find fish rising to midges. Trout will eat a slowly worked streamer or a midge pupa, pheasant tail or prince nymph dead drifted close to the bottom. Given the river volume and temperature getting your fly down to the bottom is important as the fish won’t generally move much. The trout in the Gunpowder are in great shape post spawn and some beautiful fish are being caught by those willing to work for them.

With snow thawing out the trails are very slippery so take care getting in the river. Wading staff and studs in your boots are recommended to keep your footing in these higher flows.

If you’ve been out lately on the Gunpowder submit a fishing report and photos to backwaterangler@gmail.com, we’d love to share your experiences on the website. Thanks!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday March the 2nd 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 11:00 – 2:00pm. 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.

Nymphing Clinic on the Gunpowder

Join us for a nymphing clinic on the Gunpowder river on Sunday the 24th of February. Even in the worst of conditions, having the ability to nymph effectively can help you bring fish to the net 365 days a year. There is an abundance of literature and theories on nymphing that can be bewildering to anyone deciding to invest time in this. In this clinic a Backwater Angler guide will break down the main techniques on the river that will give you the confidence to catch fish subsurface consistently. This will cover tight lining (euro nymphing) methods, indicator fishing, rig/leader set up, gear and fly selection. Cost is $150 dollars per angler. The clinic is 3 hours long and starts at 10 AM. Group size is limited to 3 anglers per session. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to reserve a place.

Nymphing Clinic on the Gunpowder

Join us for a nymphing clinic on the Gunpowder river on Saturday the 23rd of February. Even in the worst of conditions, having the ability to nymph effectively can help you bring fish to the net 365 days a year. There is an abundance of literature and theories on nymphing that can be bewildering to anyone deciding to invest time in this. In this clinic a Backwater Angler guide will break down the main techniques on the river that will give you the confidence to catch fish subsurface consistently. This will cover tight lining (euro nymphing) methods, indicator fishing, rig/leader set up, gear and fly selection. Cost is $150 dollars per angler. The clinic is 3 hours long and starts at 10 AM. Group size is limited to 3 anglers per session. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to reserve a place.

Streamer Clinic on the Gunpowder River

Need to fine tune your streamer fishing techniques?  On Sunday February the 10th please join us for a streamer clinic with a Backwater Angler Guide on the Gunpowder river.  This course will cover gear selection (suitable rods), leader selection and construction, knots, fly selection and their imitations, casting mechanics (casting heavy lines/flies, shooting line) and multiple presentation scenarios and techniques (streamer retrieves and dead drifting).  Class is 2 hours long and starts at 10 AM. Cost is $100 per person. 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 clinic. Class size is limited to 3 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Streamer Clinic on the Gunpowder River

Need to fine tune your streamer fishing techniques?  On Saturday February the 9th please join us for a streamer clinic with a Backwater Angler Guide on the Gunpowder river.  This course will cover gear selection (suitable rods), leader selection and construction, knots, fly selection and their imitations, casting mechanics (casting heavy lines/flies, shooting line) and multiple presentation scenarios and techniques (streamer retrieves and dead drifting).  Class is 2 hours long and held between 10 – 12 am. Cost is $100 per person. 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 clinic. Class size is limited to 3 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Backwater Angler on Ebay

The shop has seen a lot of gear come in and out the door through the years. Some seem to not want to go back out the door. We have amassed a number of random products whether its used, new & discontinued or vintage, and while the fishing is slow we decided to move through some of this. Check us out on Ebay to see what we have on offer. Happy bidding!