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October Stream Report

The Gunpowder remains at 28 cfs with water temp’s in the mid 50’s F.

Not much different to report from last month regarding hatches. Keep wading to a minimum to avoid spooking fish in the low water. With the cooler nights upon us the fishing tends to improve mid morning once the bugs (primarily midges) start to catch in the drift.

The state just stocked 500 rainbows and goldens in the lower river (Glencoe, Sparks & Phoenix) so while the catch and release section is low it’d be worth a shot there with either streamers or nymphs. 

Note: We will be open normal hours this coming Columbus Day Monday. 

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.

Excellent Flows on the Gunpowder River

Wild Brown Trout in Little Falls
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 129 CFs and is 57 .5 degrees F. These flows represent (please don’t ask us how long they will last) an excellent time to get out on the Gunpowder River in search of wild fish! Try small hoppers in the #8-12 range and caddis and caddis emergers in the #14-16 range in the riffles from Masemore through Bunkerhill. Cream midges and Blue Winged Olives in the #20-22 range are also worth a shot-especially in the flats between the corners. Fingerling rainbows are often times nabbing dries before the larger browns can get to them in the boulder pools above Falls road. If you have a small raft or canoe try floating downstream for some streamer action while the river is up! Lots of woody debris, a.k.a. fish habitat will mean portaging if one is floating the catch and release section-a better bet would be to put in at the two-fish-a-day down but watch out for jams at Corbett!These two photos accompanying this post are quite old-if you have an interest in being featured in the stream report please send along some fresh photos and your perspective on late summer/early fall fishing. Did you get out West this year?Please share your successes with us! Please remember that we have until the 23rd until the Equinox tells us that it is fall but the leaves during this recent dry spell are already telling a different story…so get out there and fish! Please note as of 9/6 the River had dropped to 100 CFs.
Boulder Pools on the Gunpowder River

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. 

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:


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

Dry Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder

The river is at 61cfs, clear and starting the day in the low 50’s rising to mid/upper 50’s F.

I’ve been out again in Garrett County this week whilst releases from Prettyboy Dam have been up and down. Now the river seems to have settled 60 cfs which I think this is a superb level for fishing dry flies. We’re fishing terrestrials predominately now. With little hatching at the moment fish tend to be much more opportunistic at this time so throw hoppers, crickets or beetles along the banks.

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.

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!

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!