Sulphurs, Caddis and Terrestrials on the Gunpowder

Healthy Gunpowder Brown Trout
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 110 Cfs and is 53.5 degrees F. The lower river is clearing nicely after some heavy rainstorms this week. Small caddis, sulfurs and terrestrial are all worth a shot. The difference between missing fish and catching fish might be your leader and tippet. Stop in the shop and show us your rigging. We’ll be happy to help you pick out the right stuff. By this time of year the fish have seen a lot of flies so go long and light by starting with a 10 ft 5x leader and plan on adding a foot and a half of 6x or 7x tippet. Fishing early will be productive with unweighted pheasant tails and soft hackles. Mid-Afternoon fishing with sulphur dries has been better after 2 PM. If you’re planning on fishing till dark try a few rusty spinners in a #16-18.

Thanks to Sean for the great stream report and photos from June 10:

Theaux,
Thanks so much for some of your insightful tips and getting me outfitted with the correct leaders, tippet, and flies for my current fishing endeavors. I did exactly as you said, and it worked. Mid-afternoon I tied on the Sulphur emerger pattern on to 1.5’ of 7x tippet on my 5x leader. Twelve presentations in I started seeing the fish coming closer to me feeding. I caught one on the emerger pattern and 3 on the sulphur dry’s as the afternoon progressed at Masemore, down river. All the time and effort put in to this River, it came together these past two days. Where, today I also had a great day out on the water. I was hunting the shade just as much as the fish. Here are a few pics I snapped of these beautiful wild’s.
Best,
Sean Eagan

And thanks again to Sean for another report from June 15:

Theaux,
Off and on rain did not permit me to get out on the river until the mid afternoon. At 3pm the sun was peaking thru the clouds as I entered the river, Masemore Rd downstream, and jumped from shade patch to shade patch. That humid erie fog was rising off the river as the sun made more of it’s presence known. Fish were feeding off and on throught this fog that was lifting. Not observing much sulphur activity, but I tied one on anyway. Sulphur Dry #18. No looks at all, made roughly 30-40 casts. As the afternoon progressed the fish became more active. Feeding within 10 feet of my, but not on my offerings. I tied on an Ant pattern #16 and immediately got the results I was looking for. The 2nd fish was a beautiful one. Maybe the biggest I’ve caught in this area. Fights was hard and aggressive. More than I expected. 73 degrees. Cool mixed with humid spells on the river, partly cloudy. River seemed to be moving faster today. This guys is pushing 12”.
Best,
Sean Eagan

Sulphurs, Caddis and Hopper Dropper Rigs on the Gunpowder

Patagonia Flyfishing Gear
The Gunpowder River is flowing at a near perfect 110 CFs and is 53 F. Bright days have been challenging for those seeking fish on dries. Small caddis in the #16-18 range and Sulphurs in the #16-18 range have been the ticket. If you don’t want to fish 7x Cover the pocket water and boulder pools with a #16-18 bead head prince behind a small hopper or foam caddis. Don’t wait to fish the Sulphurs-it might be time to get out of D.C and connect with a wild fish in the Gunpowder river…We’re loaded for bear with new Patagonia gear that just arrived in time for a wade or float trip out west. Fly fishing Western Maryland? –Stop in and ask Gene and Stefan how the Savage River was fishing this week.
Patagonia Fly Fishing Gear

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on June 26th

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, June 26th, 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 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on June 25th

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, June 25th, 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 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on June 12th

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, June 12th, 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 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on June 11th

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, June 11th 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, Northern Virgina, D.C., South Central Pennsylvania 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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School on June 4

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday,June 4th, 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 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

Fly Fishing for Wild Trout over Memorial Day Weekend

IMG_0847The Gunpowder River is flowing at 80 CFs and is clear and 60 to 64 degrees F. Air temps in the upper 80’s this week have resulted in epic spinner falls throughout the catch and release section. Effective patterns include a suite of Sulpur emergers, duns and spinners tied by Mike Bachkosky including Phunny Emergers, Sulphur Unusuals, and his infamous bright Para-Spinners. Unweighted pheasant tails will also result in a few fish especially in the lull between the last emergence and the spinner fall. Small elk hair caddis and caddis emergers in the #16-18 range and BWO’s in the #18-20 range will also trick a few wild fish-especially early. Backwater Angler staffer Carl Cartier and fly fishing guide and instructor Bryan Donoway were recently in the shop together discussing the finer points of Leonard Bamboo Fly Rods and plaid shirts.

Please Note:
The shop will be open over Memorial Day Weekend:
Friday from 10 till 5
Saturday and Sunday from 10 till 4
Monday from 10 till 4

Sulphurs and Sunshine on the Gunpowder

Sefan Babij going deep in the Lower Gunpowder River
The Gunpowder is clear, flowing at 110 Cfs and is 56 degrees F. Lime green to a carrot colored orange Sulphurs have been the trick. Caddis emergers from a 16 on up are also working in the riffles. The ongoing rain has one positive result, especially if one has a rain jacket handy–water temperatures have remained mild and hatches are slowly coming off throughout the afternoon.

Sulphurs on the Gunpowder River

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Sulphurs are just starting on the Gunpowder River! The Gunpowder River is clear and flowing at 124 Cfs and is 55F. Leaf out is about a week and a half early this spring. Now the banks are providing some much needed shade. Cadddis emergers and Sulphur wets are working fine. Fish will still take a Hendrickson or rusty spinner late in the evening but with water temps in the mid 50’s count on a late emergence of Sulphurs. We just picked up some great Sulphur patterns from the Post office today that Mike has been tying for us in NY. Check out the new rain jackets from Simms and Patagonia so you can focus on fishing instead of that “old damp feeling”. Want to learn some new tricks? Stop in and talk to the young folks behind the counter at Backwater Angler. Thanks to Justin Gaffney for the stream report and great shot of an upper river wild brown.

It took one of Mike’s Hendrickson patterns underneath a low limb beside a big rock against a bank. When I saw it rise, I thought it was a much smaller fish before It took the fly. I’m glad I had a net with me.
Justin Gaffney