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Patagonia In Maryland

Hey Bark at the Moon! Apparently only Ozzy could get us through a Friday full of boxes from Patagonia. The result is we have surplus of lightweight, high tech, long lasting warm gear just in time for the low 20’s. We would not think of hitting the river this time of year without a pair of R1 Fishing Gloves, a River Salt Jacket over a Micro-Puff Hoody or Micro-Puff Jacket and an R1 pant or Shelled Insulator Pant under waders.

Patagonia R1 Fishing Gloves

Patagonia M’s River Salt Jacket

Patagonia M’s Micro Puff Hoody Classic Navy

M’s Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket – Carbon

Patagonia R1 Pants

Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants

Snow Flurries and Warm Gear from Filson in Maryland


With snow flurries greeting and an idling UPS truck full of cold weather gear Filson we rang in Friday with plenty of cheer. With Saturdays low forecast to be around around 22 F we think that the Vintage Flannel Shirts, Light Weight Alaska Guide Shirts, Ultralight Vests, Ultralight Jackets, Ridgeway Fleece and Ridgeway Jackets have arrived just in time.

Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt

Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt

Filson Ultralight Vest

Filson Ultralight Jacket

Filson Ridgeway Fleece Vest

Filson Ridgeway Fleece Jacket

G. Loomis Rep Day

We’re looking forward to hosting Don Coffey representative Stephen Spurgeon on this Saturday November 2, 2019. Stop in from 11AM till 2PM to cast the new NRX+ and NRX+LP. These rods replace the 10 year old run of the popular and versatile NRX series and feature new graphite, new resin and a proprietary multi-taper design process.

Steve will have the following rods for your review and consideration.

NRX+ in 9ft 4,5,6,8,and 10 weights
NRX+ in 10ft 4 weight and 10 foot 7 weight
NRX+LP 4 and 5 weight
NRX + Spey Switch

Don’t postpone joy! Stop in and cast them this Saturday…

Patagonia Waders Sale!

Sale – 35% off!

                                                                                              Retail price              Sales price

Men’s Rio Gallegos Waders     Regular          XL            $499                       $325

Men’s Rio Gallegos Waders     Regular          L              $499                       $325

Men’s Rio Gallegos Waders     Regular          LM          $499                       $325

Patagonia Rio Gallegos Wader

Middle Fork Packable Waders   Long             XL            $349                       $227

Middle Fork Packable Waders   Regular        M             $349                       $227

Middle Fork Packable Waders   Regular        ML          $349                       $227

Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders

 

 

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

 

Abel Maryland Flag Reel

Jayne, One of our loyal Backwater Angler regulars pitched the idea of a Abel Maryland Flag reel to us back in the early Spring. At the time, Abel only had a Colorado and Texas flag reel option under their custom finishes. The Maryland Flag falls between the 7 hour plus pricing and the Artist pricing and rightfully so-our state flag is easy to recognize but hard to paint! These are currently available at Backwater Angler in both the Super Series 4/5 and 5/6 sizes. Both come with a vibrant red aluminum handle. Please call us at 410-357-9557 for availability or Buy the new Abel Maryland Flag Super Series reel in size 4/5 or 5/6 from our online catalog.

Abel Super Series at Backwater Angler!

Using Abel’s classic cork drag system these are the most trustworthy reels on the planet. Relied on by anglers all over the world and renowned for their durability, performance and beautiful finish. 

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

 

Review of 4 weight fly rods

 

The Gunpowder River is an ideal river for 4 weight (wt.) fly rods. Some anglers have fun with 3 wts., and  a 5 wt. is understandable, but 4 wts. are the choice for many anglers. At Backwater Angler, we have an impressive range – regardless of your budget or experience level – of 4 wts. for your fishing adventures.

 

Entry level ($180 – $320)

St. Croix Mojo Trout – The 9’0 model provides fast action and some extra stretch for nymphing. An ideal rod to start one’s fly fishing life, the Mojo trout features a Kigan hook keeper, solid cork handle, aluminum reel seat, and smooth, black snake guides. This is a very reasonably priced rod.

St. Croix Imperial – The 4 piece 8’0 of this model is my favorite as it provides light, fast action. Growing up as a spin fisherman, I often used ultra light rods, and this model emulates that action well. Complete with slim-profile ferrules, Sea Guide snake guides, an uplocking reel seat, premium-grade cork handle, and a Kigan hook keeper, this rod is another ideal port of entry into small stream trout fishing. Landing some wild browns with this one should put a smile on any angler’s face.

Mid-level ($350 – $500)

Echo 3 – The 4 piece 8’6 and 9’0 versions of this medium-to-fast action rod are advanced, high-modulus graphite rods with modern resins, making it light and sensitive while maintaining backbone to go 10 rounds with an angry fish. It’s crisp on that 70′ cast, but not so fast you can’t feel the rod. These rods fish dries to nymphs, lakes to rivers, and various fish. The ECHO 3 is arguably the most well-rounded family of rods we offer. They also come with a lifetime warranty, which is hard to overlook.

Scott Flex – These 4 piece 8’6 and 9’0 rods are light and handcrafted and excellent for generating line speed and effortless tight loops. The strong butt section is ideal for strong hook sets, and the 9’0 model gives an extra stretch for nymphing. I prefer the 8’6 model myself, but the 9’0 is equally effective and feels more like a 4/5, which depending on your preference could be a real advantage.

St. Croix Legend Elite – This 4 piece 9’0 rod is slightly higher-end for this category, but is a rod that will cover a lot of fishing for a long time. Its gorgeous finish and incredible balance impress. With the first cast you’ll revel in the smoothness and deceptive power of the crisp SCV graphite blank with Advanced Reinforcing Technology and Integrated Poly Curve technologies. The rod feels like a one piece but is a four. 

Higher-end ($745 – $795)

G. Loomis NRX – The NRX is perfect for the Gunpowder, with the high modulus carbon and a softer tip than the original NRX, which allows for delicate presentation with protection on fine tippet. This rod feels lighter and active, ideal for dries yet strong enough for streamers, yet at 9’0 allows for that extra stretch when nymphing too. This is a versatile rod that covers lots of bases for the novice to experienced fly angler.

Scott Radian – The greatest strength of the 4 piece 9’0 and 10’0 Radians, arguably, is their blend of power, line speed, touch, feel, and accuracy. It’s hard to find rods that combine those elements, but the Radian has them all. The React technology brings together X-Core with new complex materials and a taper system to dramatically increase recovery speed. Meanwhile, the X-Core technology offers an enhanced feel, incredible stability, and unparalleled performance. Fiberuse resin provides stronger bonds between fibers, and the Advanced Reinforced Carbon technology reduces torque and increases rod strength.

Fresh Abel Reels in Stock!

Abel represents the pinnacle of fly reel craftsmanship, uncompromising build quality and eye-catching paint jobs ensure they’re some of the most respected pieces of gear by anglers everywhere. If your looking to treat yourself or a loved one to something that will last a lifetime our selection of Abel reels are the perfect choice.

The return of a classic. The new Abel TR stays true to the roots of the original, but with a striking modern design and feel. The partial porting of the frame draws from the Abel lineage, and its unique features are as inventive as anything Abel has ever produced.

Abel TR Solid Finish

 

– Stefan

 

 

 

Scott Rods Demo Day at Backwater Angler

Fished and cherished by anglers all over the world, Scott Fly Rods have set the bar as one of the premium US fly rod manufacturers for over 40 years.  Hand made from start to finish in Colorado.

On Saturday June the 8th, Scott Rep Ken Lagerveld will be hosting a rod demo day at the shop from 11 – 2. Please stop by, talk fishing and cast some rods!

Along with Scott, Ken also represents Ross & Abel Reels, Echo Fly Rods and Airflo lines. Stop by to see what’s new with these brands and what sets them apart from the rest.