Second Hand Fly Rods For Sale!

With the river looking like it’ll be ripping this weekend we have some deals on used rods for your consideration.

  • Sage DS 905-2 (2 piece) $125  SOLD
  • Sage DS 909-2 (2 piece) $100
  • Scott STS 908/3 (3 piece) $450
  • T & T VE 904-3  (3 piece) $400
  • St Croix Legend Elite 905-4 (Demo Model) $200
  • St Croix Imperial 905-4 $150  SOLD
  • Orvis Clearwater Full Flex 5.5 7’9″ 5wt 2pc $100 SOLD
  • Echo E3 7’6″ 3wt $150

Or alternatively a new with lifetime warranty 7’6″ 3wt NRX LP 40% off at $432. SOLD

 

Superbowl Weekend Fishing Report on the Gunpowder

The river is at 90cfs and water temps around 40 degrees F, very clear.

With water temperatures dropping under 40 on colder nights, the fishing has usually been slow. That said, river levels are ideal and with mild winter temperatures, more little black stoneflies should be coming off getting the trouts attention. Fishing a small pheasent tail, prince or frenchie nymph (16-22) close to the bottom will catch fish most consistently. Didymo is starting to really take hold on the rocks above Falls road up to the dam; setting up a drop shot rig is a good way to get around the snot getting all over your flies.

 

New Year Fishing on the Gunpowder

 

End of the year and new year temperatures are making for some great days on the river.  Early stoneflies are moving about attracting the attention of the wild brown residents.  I was lucky enough to get out at the end of 2019 and land a brook trout on the Gunpowder which is a true gem.

Much of the wild browns have been cooperating providing some action on nymphs and on top.  Throwing some dry stones will be productive, but wait until you see some surface activity.  Nymphing will still be more productive to those that stick with it.

Stop by the shop to check out the latest offerings that will bring trout to the net and make for a good day on the water.


Scott Radian Review

It’s a real statement in the current market when a rod truly stands out from the rest and remains one of the most popular freshwater rods 8 years after it’s introduction, but that’s what the Scott Radian series does.

Despite their fast action, they have a very unique feel which allows for a wide range of uses from delivering small dries on light tippet to banging weighted streamers against the banks. The quick recovery rate and springy action really makes for easy casting rods. Many modern fast action fly rods simply don’t offer this level of control from short to even long range casts.

We have a 9’ 4 weight in stock which is an ideal rod for the Gunpowder. If you don’t know whether you’ll be fishing streamers or fishing an evening spinner fall, this rod has you covered. The 10’ 4 weight has much more backbone and the extra reach allows for easier mending and presentation at longer distances. It would easliy be at home on the larger rivers such as the North Branch in Western Maryland, Little Juniata, Penns or Pine Creek up in Pennsylvania. 

Former staffer Ethan Lawson recently took a 10′ 5 weight to Colorado. It makes presenting dries in often windy conditions a breeze!

Ethan Lawson putting his Scott Radian to good use in 40mph gusts on the Colorado River

 

Abel VAYA in Stock!

We have in 3 gorgeous new VAYA reels from Abel.

These are partially ported, leaving just enough surface area to highlight the hand anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of milled fly patterns for those who appreciate the attention to detail. The large arbor spool features a precision-balanced dual-pawl drag engagement design with a fully sealed adjustable drag. The rigid machining, design and finishes are of the highest quality as you’d expect from Abel.

We currently have the following:

 

 

Good Flows on the Gunpowder For Christmas!

The holidays are getting into full swing and with many folks enjoying family or doing last minute shopping, now is a great time to find some water to yourself!  If you’re among the last minute shoppers, please note that the shop will be operating under normal hours this week, with Monday (12/23) being our last day open before Christmas.

Now onto the fishing! Water levels on the Gunpowder have been consistently favorable with great clarity.  The river is currently flowing around 80 CFS, however water temps are only hanging around the mid 40s.  This means that nymphing will be the most productive technique if you’re making your way onto the water!  Until the flows drop below 50 CFS, 5x tippet will suffice in most nymphing situations.  Tandem rigs of a heavy copper john or caddis pupa imitation paired with a small (size 18-22) zebra midge or pheasant tail nymph have been very productive recently.

For those hoping to get out and throw streamers, keep in mind that the fish are cold and not very interested in moving for a meal!  A favorite technique here at the shop is to dead drift a heavily weighted zonker.  When the water is cold this can be the best way to connect with some of the gunpowder’s larger fish who are replenishing their fat reserves after the spawn.

As always, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for fish sipping midges in the slower runs and tail-outs of pools.  This is especially true around the Masemore and Bunker Hill access points.  As winter progresses also keep an eye out for stoneflies, which can sometimes be spotted skittering across the waters surface on a sunny winter day!  These can be easily imitated by a small black caddis pattern and can draw explosive rises from ambitious trout!

The River’s Up & We’re Open

The river’s up to 229 cfs at Falls road after overnight rain. This, along with the dark dreary weather, presents an ideal situation for those wanting to fish streamers. Thanks to Jim for the photo of the colored up fish caught recently doing just that.

We’re open normal weekday hours both today & tomorrow for Christmas hours.

 

 

Abel in Maryland in time for the Holidays

Treat someone (maybe yourself!) to the finest reels on the market this holiday season!

Built to last forever the Super Series reel from Abel represents battle ready, time tested cork drag system with beautiful anodized painted finishes, these will compliment a favorite fly rod!

Available since 1999 in a size for every fish that swims, the Abel Super Series has proven itself time after time as the premier American-made reel. While there have been various improvements and adjustments over the years, there are things that have never changed. Specifically, a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag system married to a strong aluminum frame & large arbor spool for increased line retrieval speed.

We currently have in stock: