October Stream Report

The Gunpowder remains at 28 cfs with water temp’s in the mid 50’s F.

Not much different to report from last month regarding hatches. Keep wading to a minimum to avoid spooking fish in the low water. With the cooler nights upon us the fishing tends to improve mid morning once the bugs (primarily midges) start to catch in the drift.

The state just stocked 500 rainbows and goldens in the lower river (Glencoe, Sparks & Phoenix) so while the catch and release section is low it’d be worth a shot there with either streamers or nymphs. 

Note: We will be open normal hours this coming Columbus Day Monday. 

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

 

 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 27th of October a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in 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 – 1:00pm. 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.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 13th of October a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in 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 – 1:00pm. 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.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 12th of October a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in 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 – 1:00pm. 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.

G. Loomis NRX Fly Rod Sale

 

In stock G. Loomis NRX Fly Rods – 35% off

 

Model                                                  Size                      Retail price            Sales price

Light Presentation (LP)                  7’6” 3wt             $720                        $468

Light Presentation (LP)                   9’ 4wt                $745                        $484

NRX Lite Presentation

Nymph                                        10’ 3wt               $775                        $504

Nymph                                        10’ 4wt               $785                        $510

NRX Nymph

NRX                                                      9’ 8wt                $805                         $523

G. Loomis NRX Saltwater

 

        

Mid September Gunpowder River Report

The Gunpowder is low once again at 28cfs, clear with water temperatures in the upper 50’s F.

With skinny water levels, not spooking fish by staying out the river whilst fishing long and light is the way to go. In the mornings we’re seeing Trico’s between Falls to Bunker Hill so look for the spinners dancing between 9-10:30 at the heads of riffles. Ants and caddis are working well too with olives starting to come off in the afternoon.

Nymphing Clinics on the Gunpowder

Productive nymphing water

Nymphing, simply put, is not the most glamorous form of fly fishing but no one can dispute its effectiveness. At the end of the day who doesn’t like catching lots of fish regardless of season!

Join us on Saturday September the 21st to learn the different techniques of nymphing. This will go over euro nymphing (tight lining) vs indicator fishing, whilst going over various rigging approaches, fly selection, gear choice and how to fish different water types. 

Each clinic is in a group setting of no more than 3 anglers per guide, will be 3 hours long we have gear to borrow, cost is $125 per person. We will have a morning clinic from 10 – 1 and an afternoon clinic from 2:30 – 5:30. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to pre register.

Another Clinic Scheduled for Sunday September 22nd 10-1. 

 

Excellent Flows on the Gunpowder River

Wild Brown Trout in Little Falls
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 129 CFs and is 57 .5 degrees F. These flows represent (please don’t ask us how long they will last) an excellent time to get out on the Gunpowder River in search of wild fish! Try small hoppers in the #8-12 range and caddis and caddis emergers in the #14-16 range in the riffles from Masemore through Bunkerhill. Cream midges and Blue Winged Olives in the #20-22 range are also worth a shot-especially in the flats between the corners. Fingerling rainbows are often times nabbing dries before the larger browns can get to them in the boulder pools above Falls road. If you have a small raft or canoe try floating downstream for some streamer action while the river is up! Lots of woody debris, a.k.a. fish habitat will mean portaging if one is floating the catch and release section-a better bet would be to put in at the two-fish-a-day down but watch out for jams at Corbett!These two photos accompanying this post are quite old-if you have an interest in being featured in the stream report please send along some fresh photos and your perspective on late summer/early fall fishing. Did you get out West this year?Please share your successes with us! Please remember that we have until the 23rd until the Equinox tells us that it is fall but the leaves during this recent dry spell are already telling a different story…so get out there and fish! Please note as of 9/6 the River had dropped to 100 CFs.
Boulder Pools on the Gunpowder River

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 14th of September a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in 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 – 1:00pm. 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.