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Jakes First Impression of the Savage River

My first trip to the Savage River several weeks ago presented different challenges than the Gunpowder. I had been told of the difficult wading  and after my first day I would agree. Didymo covers the large boulders that lay in the water which causes very slick conditions. With much more rocks in the water, the currents were more intricate than those of the Gunpowder. For this reason, i found maneuvering through the river and positioning was key to getting a good drift. It may be helpful to bring a wading staff for crossing the river because of the slick rocks and strong current. It was 160 cfs the time we fished it, which was deceptively strong. But, overcoming these challenges can result in some great fish and beautiful mountain scenery.

Another great difference is the presence of pocket water on the Savage. On the Gunpowder, there is very little pocket water to be fished. But on the Savage, the fast currents and hidden holes provide great habitat for trout to hide in. This presented me with the opportunity to nymph effectively using Loon Biostrike rather than an indicator, which was a new tactic for myself.

Sulphurs & Blue Quills were the most predominant mayfly on the river and tan and black caddis were present in large numbers. By the early afternoon, fish could be seen rising consistently to sulphurs. The most spectacular time is the last minutes of the day. Near dusk, the spinner fall gave me the opportunity to see the large amount of fish within each pool and target some of the bigger fish. When fishing in the morning, I fished small nymphs with splitshot to keep flies down in the water column.

Please note: The shop will be closed this holiday weekend on the 4th & 5th.

Thanks for your support & have a great 4th! 

Father’s Day Fly Fishing Sale

Thanks to all who have supported our small shop online and curbside during these challenging times. We are still taking online, curbside and have been welcoming folks in the shop now for two weekends at the counter for flies, gear and for booking future instruction related activities.The above graph shows the dramatic support we’ve received from new and old customers alike online and we are very thankful that the river and shop (as shown by your financial support) has become essential to your recreation. This week we’ve received a wave of inventory from Scientific Anglers, Dr. Slick, Trout Hunter, Simms and drum roll please….AIR-LOCK indicators-the “secure, adjustable kinkless and biodegradable indicators we’ve all been waiting for…

For those of you pinching pennies, we have discontinued outdoor clothing in stock at 50% off this weekend through June 21st and in-store only.

We’re also taking an additional 15% off all used fly reels and graphite fly rods in stock. Here is a quick listing:

Fly rods:
G. Loomis Whisper Creek GLX 8ft 8 inch 3wt 4pc $300
T&T Vector 9ft 4wt 3pc $400
T&T Vector 9ft 5wt 3pc $400
Scott G series 9ft 4wt 4pc $600
Sage Z Axis 11ft 7wt 4pc $450
Scott STS 9ft 8weight 3 pc $375
Sage XP 9ft 8weight 4 pc $395
Echo E3 7ft 3wt 4pc $200

Fly Reels:
Ross G2 $175
Ari T Hart F2 with extra spool $595
Orvis Battenkill III with two spools $350
Bauer MXP 1 $375
Islander 4.0 LX $450

Smallmouth Fly Fishing on the Susquehanna

The Susquehanna River offers some amazing water to target smallmouth bass. After fishing the river for years with spinning gear, I recently transitioned to fly fishing for smallmouth. My thoughts in presentation are still the same although I’m using a different setup.

I have been using the new Patagonia Swiftcurrent packable waders the last few times I’ve fished there. Studs in your boots are almost necessary if you decide to wade. Big boulders and slippery mud make wading a challenge, so be careful. I used a basic 7 weight combo that I’ve had for years with a floating line. Flies were thrown on a 2x leader, and using a sinking leader may be helpful because of the current, but snags can be a problem.

Mimicking the baitfish of the Susquehanna, I used streamers between 2-4 inches in both a green and brown color.

Near creek mouths, baitfish will often school in current breaks where bass often will be seen blowing up on the schools. I fished patterns with weight slowly, making sure to keep it close to the bottom. Smallmouth will present an amazing fight, and those who haven’t targeted smallmouth on the fly should give it a try.

We have a range of different leaders and tippets between 0x and 3x that will work perfectly for the conditions on the river. We offer several weighted streamers and some poppers that should get the bass to strike on the surface as summer gets closer.

Fishpond Gear in Maryland

Gene has spent the latter part of the afternoon unloading a few boxes from the folks at Fishpond. He’s also updated our online catalog to reflect this new influx.In addition to host of fresh trucker hats, we have ever popular accessories like the Headgate tippet holders, Arrowhead retractors, confluence magnetic net releases. We also have a host of smart packs in stock including the Thunderhead submersible series slings and lumbar packs and Nomad Native and Nomad Emerger nets.

Fishpond Hats

Headgate Tippet Holder

Fishpond Arrowhead Retractor

Fishpond Confluence Net Release

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling

Fishpond – Nomad Native Net

Nomad Emerger Net

Used Boots for Sale

As part of some spring cleaning we’re selling some of our lucky boots that have been using in pur guide service and we’re looking to replace. They’re a few years old but still have life in them.

If you place an order plan to pick up curbside from Thursday, please note what time you expect to pick them up.

$45 a pair

  • Simms size 8
  • LL Bean size 9
  • Simms size 10
  • Simms size 11 x 2                  sold
  • Simms size 13                        sold
  • Chota size 13

Used Wading Boots

Scott Fly Rods Available to Ship

Some good news during this extraordinary time. We are huge fans of Scott Rods and we have had happy customers take them to all corners of the world including Patagonia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, the Rockies and Alaska. If you are interested in treating yourself to one and we don’t have the model you are looking for in the shop, please call the shop or order one online, we’ll have it shipped for free directly from Scott while we stay at home.Here is the note we received from our Scott rep:
Dear Scott Dealer,
I hope you are all well and coping with this pandemic as good as possible. On this past Friday afternoon we had a Scott Fly Rod conference call and Jim Bartschi updated us as to what is going on with Scott. During this time, Scott is waving drop ship fees, so don’t be afraid to have a rod shipped to the customers home.I have to tell you that after our call I was more proud than ever (20 plus years) to be working for Scott Fly Rod. A lot of the discussion was centered around taking care of their employees and caring about our dealers. Remember, Scott is the rod company that only supports the specialty fly shop, they don’t do Amazon or big box stores.Your shop is where Scott Fly Rods should be sold!Jim Bartschi is also a member of the AFFTA Board. They had a proposal hand delivered to Secretary Mnuchen  and some or all of it was incorporated in the the 2 trillion dollar Care Act.  It supplies 300 million in aid to the fishing business as well as guides. Please go to the AFFTA site for more information.

See all of our Scott rod offerings here.

Scott Sector

Scott G Series

Scott Radian

If you see an item that is marked backorder don’t despair, we had an early season run on some of these rods but Scott has a ready supply so please drop us a line and we’ll check in with Scott directly to get one headed your way ASAP! This offer includes all rods in the Scott lineup.

R.L. Winston Fly Rods for Curbside Pickup


It’s clear that fishing is on your mind-why else would you be reading this? For your consideration and approval are two distinct series of rods from R.L. Winston. I’ve owned my TMF for 19 years -it will be with me for as long as I fly fish for native and wild trout.

Winston – Tom Morgan Favorite

A rod from the “other” series is one Gene has been fishing with great success and enjoyment whilst euro-nymphing and fishing a jumble of streamers and dries.

Winston Boron IIIX Super 10

Ultimately there is no one fly rod that will be well-suited to every situation but you won’t find finer examples of rods that are smooth, light, versatile and purpose built for fly fishing a wide variety of flies than these two. While Winston is not shipping at present, we currently have these in stock ready for purchase online or via phone and available for curbside pickup or shipped USPS to your home shelter. Stay well.

Fresh Arrival of Scott Rods in Maryland!

Right in time for spring fishing, we’ve checked in a fantastic rod selection from Scott including:

  • 9′ 4wt Radian
  • 9′ 5wt Radian
  • 9′ 6wt Radian
  • 9′ 4wt G
  • 8′ 8″ 3wt G
  • 9′ 4wt Radian
  • 9′ 5wt Radian
  • 9′ 6wt Radian
  • 9′ 8wt Sector
  • 9′ 9wt Sector
  • 9′ 8wt Tidal

Stop in the shop to cast& see what they’re all about, available for online purchase aswell!

Scott Radian

Scott G Series

Scott Sector

Scott Tidal

 

 

 

Scientific Anglers Absolute Leader and Tippet Review

Scientific Anglers have long been known for outstanding fly lines.  This year they have released their premium line of “Absolute” leader and tippet.  Here at the shop, we’ve received the full line of leaders and tippet from 7x-20lb and have been very impressed with the quality and performance.  Both the Absolute Flourocarbon and Nylon are supple, strong and boast a 30% increase in wet knot strength. SA has done a great job of increasing breaking strength without increasing diameter. The Absolute Streamer leaders are 4 ft and great for use with a sinking line or a floating line on those days fishing in higher water.

To top it off they are packed in biodegradable pouches, continuing a trend of environmentally friendly fly fishing innovation.  The new tippet spools feature a line cutter and a tight band that should mean less chance of unknowingly walking down the trail dragging 20 ft of tippet which we’ve all done once -at least I have!