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:

 

December Gunpowder Fishing Report

With recent seasonal temperatures, the water has cooled a bit to the mid 40’s while remaining around 50 cfs. When hiking along the river, trout can be seen hanging around their redds during ongoing spawning rituals.

While throwing streamers will move a few fish, success will be come to those fishing nymphs and soft hackles along some of the faster sections.  There have been some active hatches in the afternoons which will fool a few trout. Make your approach slow and deliberate due to the clear conditions and your pursuits will payoff.  Small midges and BWO patterns like the phunny emergers will draw some strikes.

With the recent rain activity in the region, expect levels to rise slightly and give the water a bit of color making it easier to sneak up on wary trout, but please give the trout on the redds a break and leave them be, you’ll be glad you did.

Holiday Hours: We are going to be open next Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th. 

Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Gift Card: Not sure what to get? No need to worry!

Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

Books written by Jerry Kustich: Jerrys stories never get old. Keeps you looking forward to getting back out on the water time after time.

Jerry Kustich Books

Abel Maryland Fly Reels: The Maryland flag is a unique design and looks awesome on this classic reel. Take a little bit of home with you wherever you go wet a line.

Abel Super Series Maryland Flag Reel

Echo Base Kit: Perfect for one beginning their fly fishing journey. Excellent value with a lifetime warranty. The 8′ 4wt is a gem of a rod for the Gunpowder. Ready to go!

Echo Base Kit

NEW G Loomis NRX+: 15% lighter than the original NRX, these will be the premium rods on the market for years to come.

 

G. Loomis NRX+LP

Pre-Loaded Lanyard: Have your fishing tools ready to go. Easy!

Pre-Loaded Morning Star Lanyard

Patagonia Shelled Insulator Pants: The water will never be too cold with these under your waders. Don’t let the winter stop you fishing!

Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants

Filson Clothing: Have a look at the range of Filson goods we have. They make clothing that’s truly made to last.

Guide Trip:  Treat someone to a outing on the river with one of our experienced guides. We work with beginners to experienced and can help you work on a range of techniques to help you catch fish on the Gunpowder and beyond. We can write it up in gift card format ready for booking at a later date that suits ones schedule.

Backwater Angler Guide Trip

 

Turkey & Trout Fishing in Maryland!

The river is at 62 cfs and stable, as Prettyboy dam is full & spilling, water temps hang around 50 degrees F and the river is gin clear.

The only time you’ll likely see bug activity, & by that i mean midges with a few olives, is by noon til 4 in the catch and release section. Otherwise fishing has been decent for those nymphing or streamer fishing.

Fish are on redds, please limit your wading, refrain from tail outs whilst next years trout grow. The fish thank you!

Black Friday: Spend $75 or more get a free Morning Star Lanyard! Worth $30. Along with other great deals, in store only.

 

 

November Gunpowder River Report

The Gunpowder is at 50 cfs, water temperatures in the mid 50’s and running very clear.

Fishing on the Gunpowder has been decent lately, with levels dropping to a much better level for cold weather fishing, in the 40-100 cfs range. We’ve been seeing midges and olives in the afternoon and anglers have been enjoying some good action on small dries. Fishing tends to pick up around noon through til dark. With the frigid nights upon us  throwing a streamer can result in some bigger browns.

Thanks to Tom Master for the awesome fish photos! Tom began fly fishing this past Summer and is reaping the rewards from lots of time spent on the river. Fantastic to see.

Note: We will be open normal hours this Veterans day Monday.

 

 

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

Nymphing Clinics on the Gunpowder River

Keep on fly fishing this winter!

Join us on either Saturday the 16th or Saturday the 23rd of November to learn the different techniques of nymphing. This clinic will go over euro nymphing (tight lining) vs indicator fishing, whilst going over rigging, casting, fly selection, gear choice and how to approach different water types.

Each clinic is in a group setting of no more than 3 anglers per guide, will be 3 hours long and use of fly rods and reels is included. Cost is $140 per person. Clinics are scheduled 11-2. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to pre register or purchase online.

Nymphing Clinic

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

Gunpowder River High and Clear


The Gunpowder River is flowing at 321 CFs and is 60 degrees F. The upper river is clearing and dropping nicely. Streamer sink- tip techniques should move quite a few fish in these flows. A better bet if you’d like to hook and land a few would be to seek out the flat water and spend some time fishing Olives and midge emergers in the #18-22 range. It’s not to late to fish a large hopper-and dropper rig leaping frogging the boulder pools and covering more water. We’ve found a lot of new folks fishing right on top of each other in the past few weeks so be sure give everyone a stretch of water to themselves. Fly fishing, after all is not widely known as a group sport. A good rule of thumb is to yield to anglers fishing upstream. That is–a dry fly presentation won’t spoke fish nearly as bad swinging a streamer through a pool. If you can throw a rock and hit another angler it’s likely that you are too close ask as a courtesy which direction they are fishing and leapfrog around and continue fishing. Sadly, the lower river below Bluemount and the confluence of Little Falls is still too high to safely fish at 518 Cfs. The above photo from Gene Howson shot Monday shows leaves in full color along the river corridor, clear water and a hopeful drift.