Dry fly purists should still rely on #18 -20 Olives and #16 dark bodied Caddis through the weekend. If you’ve looked at the gauge lately it’s been up and down today but will be stable through the weekend with another drop planned for Monday and Tuesday as the Fisheries managers finish up their survey.
Watch the West Wing Wed. for a taste of fly fishing in and around Little Hunting Creek just outside of Frederick, MD. I was on the set of the show for two days during the filming and had a ball teaching Lilly Tomlin how to flyfish.Lets hope that we made the cut for this episode.
A few dreary days have proven to be good for the fish and the fisherman. The river is low and clear and the dry fly fishing has been exceptional in the upper catch and release section. A ten to twelve foot leader ending in 6-7x. If streamers are more to your liking, try the stretch between Bunkerhill and Big falls road with a lite bright zonker or a big olive Wooly Bugger and watch out for the log jams.
Don’t postpone joy!
We have three spaces left in the Fly Fishing School scheduled for Sunday from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Cost is $75 per person and the class covers casting, knots, fly and gear selection.Use of all necessary gear is provided or feel free to bring your own. Please call the shop @ 410-329-6821 to reserve your spot.
The Gear Specials Page is back! Look left and down in the About the Shop box and click on Gear Specials to access the page. Happy Hunting!
The river was absolutely beautiful today.Flow was 113 Cfs, low, clear and about 54 F. I fished three access points and saw a total of two -yes that’s 2 cars at Falls Rd, Masemore, and Big Falls combined. Fish were rising to Cream Midges at Falls Rd. Olives at Masemore and Caddis along Big Falls. A 12-13″ Wild Brown took a dry towards the end of the day with abandon and jumped four times before it was released. I can’t think of a reason not to be fishing this time of year–can you?
The river is clear and a little low at 109Cfs. Finding a reason not to go fishing is getting harder after reading reports like this… “”Went out Tuesday 10/05 after talking to Rocky in the shop. He put us on to a fly which proved to be a killer pattern just below the dam. I landed 5 fish, not one less than 10 inches. Aaron Holmes had an even better day fishing from shore, landing 7 I think and getting a grand slam. The fish were tough, too! Fought hard. Really let me know when my knots were suspect (I could have had an even better day if I paid more attention to detail). Fish were also keyed in on Caddis emergers, ignoring the fully dry flies, but really taking the emerger patterns confidently. Best day we’ve had since the Sulphurs/Cicadas!!!” Aaron Muller
I fished the Gunpowder Thurs 9/23.Perfect day water temps 59 degrees flow 115 cfps.Started fishing Masemore Rd section 7:00am and fished midges to lots of rising fish caught just as many,had the river to myself.A resounding thank you to all who stayed away on my day off.Moved down stream to Bunkerhill section around 9:00 fished olive bodied caddis with a dun wing,( my version of a hemmingway caddis) 16s & 18s in the riffles again lots of fish,one being a 12 inch fat rainbow.Only spotted 2 other fisherman they too had success.Finished off my day midging to several fish sipping midges.Olive & gray ICSI midges size 22s & 24s were the ticket, caught 2 nice browns 14 inches and several more 10 inch fish.Perfect ending to a perfect day. Thank You for all your web postings and stream updates I check each day I can’t fish, makes me feel as if I were fishing David F.Seifritz Fairfax Va.
Note: Lots of caddis and midges are making for exciting Fall dry fly fishing…
After nearly 3.5 ” of rain on Tuesday the river is clearing and lots of fish are being fooled with with San Juan worms and Green weenies. Flying ants, small Tan Caddis and BWo Emergers are working in the riffles.