The Gunpowder River is flowing at 78 CFS and is 55.5 degrees F. Conditions on the Gunpowder River are improving leading up to the holiday weekend! We’ve had quite a few guide trips this week with people new to the sport. Many have connected on dry flies patterns including Tricos and Olives in the upper catch and release section. For those that would rather see their flies before the fish take them and would rather not fish 7x wild fish will take terrestrials just fine. Josh Reider recently caught and released this beautiful wild brown in the two fish day stretch on a foam hi-vis beetle.
Labor Day Weekend shop hours:
Saturday and Sunday from 10 till 4
Monday from 10 till 2:00 PM
Thanks to Terry for the stream report, review and great shot from Alaska:
Here’s the biggest of the week, 33” and 20lbs, from the Swishkak River in Katmai National Park, right where river empties into the saltwater. The silvers were big and shiny chrome. And packed up in knee-deep, clear water – just like bonefish in the Bahamas. Sight casting with 8wt (Loomis NRX that you sold me), was a delight. Saw every fish, every chase, every take – and then they’d go deep into the backing every single time! It was a terrific experience!
All the best,
The Gunpowder River is gin clear and flowing at 78 CFS at 54 degrees F. This week ants, beetles and small grasshoppers have been fooling wild fish. A number of stocked rainbows have been caught as they move from the 5 fish a day section into the upper reach es of the River. Long leaders in the 10 ft to 12 ft range ending in 6x or 7x. Cloudy days have resulted in a few Blue winged Olives in the #18-22 range and we’re even seeing some Trico’s in the afternoon now that the water has warmed up a bit. Slate drake or two has been spotted downstream of the catch and release section. Lots of new fingerling rainbows were recently stocked by Fisheries in the upper catch and release section above Falls Rd. Thanks to Josh for the following stream report from August 11:
Since the water level was dropped a few days ago the Gunpowder River is flowing at 36 CFS. Terrestrial season has heated up and many have found some fish on small beetle and ant patterns. One in particular, tied by Eric Snyder, with a black foam and a peacock underbody has been successful when fished near the banks during the afternoon. In the evenings I have seen a few caddis hatching off above the Masemore Road access. A size #16 tan elk haired caddis should do the trick to fool those finicky fish.With rain in the forecast for tomorrow we may see an increase in flows. That will offer good streamer fishing for the next day or too.
Thanks to Josh Reider for the great photo and stream report.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to get up to the North Branch of the Susquehanna for a smallmouth trip. The day we fished we got on the water early, about 4:00AM. We had a blast fishing topwater flies and landed about five 4 pound smallmouth. As the sun got higher in the sky the topwater bite died off and were forced to start fishing streamers to the fish. Around lunch time we pulled up in a back eddy where there was a little bit of shade. About four bites into my turkey sandwich I saw what I thought was a beaver, but at a closer look I realized that it was a massive carp. I quickly changed flies to a small Vaverka’s Mantis Shrimp, then made about a 30′ cast to the fish. Once my fly hit the water, the fish turned and went the 6 feet directly to it, and ate it right away. Once I set the hook on the fish, it made about a 100 yard run out into the middle of the river. The current was relatively strong in the riffle I fought it in and made the fish feel twice as big. Quickly my uncle had to fire up the boat and chase after it so I wouldn’t break it off, and about 30-40 min after I hooked it we finally landed the fish on a 7 weight G.Loomis NRX. It weighted in at nearly 35 pounds.
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 106 Cfs is 53.5 F and gin clear. Fish are looking up for caddis and flying ants. Tricos are just starting at Masemore. Long leaders and 7x are a safe bet. Fish are holding in the shade. Terrestrials like Shenk’s hoppers and crickets are worth a look. Pheasant tails followed by a midge or midge larva pattern are a nice way to cover the riffles. Thanks to Josh for the pics of wild browns.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, July 13th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing 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 10:00 AM till 1:00 PM. 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.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, July 12, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing 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 AM till 2:00 PM. 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.
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 106 Cfs is 52f and clear above Masemore Rd access. While the shop will be closed on the 4th, it will be open this Saturday and Sunday. The 4th is the last free fishing day in Maryland this year so be sure to take advantage of it. With cooler weather ahead, plan on a few Blue Winged Olives early. River temperatures have moderated a bit and are now starting in the low 50′s. Unless you’re planning on nymphing–sleep in, eat a hearty breakfast and get out on the River as it is warming up.The Sulphurs are all but gone and caddis are a good bet. We’re also seeing a few ants and beetles making their way into the stream. Long leaders are still the trick. Typically as the water drops mid-summer a 10 foot leader in 5x is a good starting point-add some 6 and/or 7x and you’ll be in the game. Think short cast, long drift and you’ll be on the right track. This shot of a native Brookie Josh Reider released just across the border was too pretty to leave archived as it would give even the best fireworks display a run for the money. Have a safe 4th!
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 171 Cfs, is 58 degrees F. and clear. Sulphurs are sporadic mid-day along the catch and release section within the Hereford Area of Gunpowder State Park. Caddis and Olives are worth a shot in the morning. Stop in and give the flies in the muffin tins a look. Sulphurs sized #18 and #20 and caddis in the #16-20 range area also a good bet…Longer leaders will help to trick wild fish this time of year so start with a 10 ft 5x leader and plan on adding some 6 or 7x tippet. Thanks to Josh Reider for the stream report and pictures:
Fishing has been very good the past couple of days after the storm. The water level dropping back below 200 Cfs this weekend has allowed the fish to return back to feeding on the surface. Fishing caddis in the shade during the middle of the day will produce a few fish. Many anglers have also reported catching fish nymphing small pheasant tails, hares ears, and zebra midges.
Backwater Angler will be open on Memorial Day from 10 AM till 2 PM. Please stop on in and pick up a few flies before you head out to fish the Sulphur Hatch.