Monthly Archives: November 2006

Winston 5wt LT-5 Rod Review

The following is a review of the Winston 5 weight LT-5 Rod by Terry Newendorp. Thanks Terry!

The best rod I have ever had for all-round trout fishing, and to be able to take on a trip, is the Winston 5wt LT-5. I can handle Western rivers and even the Labrador wind, but the tip softness is so excellent that I can handle small trout (on the Gunpowder or wherever) with grace. I now have 3 of them, and it is still unsurpassed in distance, accuracy and finesse.

Terry Newendorp
Rockville, MD

Bald Eagle Fly Fishing along the Gunpowder River

Low water, a bald eagle, a few Olives and some sipping fish greeted me at Masemore this morning.Mine was the only car in the lot and the dogs had a nice run-leashed of course– along the exposed gravel downstream of bush cabin run. The water temp is 52 F and we’ll see more of this “bony” water for awhile. The fish don’t seem to mind and they’re a few weeks away from spawning so try a few dries in the next few days. Small caddis, Bwo’s and traditional streamers are still very productive.
Following are a few stream reports from Bill and Steve-Thanks for keeping us in the know…and for the kind words…

Theaux –
Just in case anybody turns it in, I lost a fly box on the lower part of Little Falls on Wednesday ~ a Morell 3-1/4 x 5″ white foam, with labels on the front and spine that say “OLIVES”. At least 60 flies in it, mostly split wing duns, but some of just about every
pattern.
Other than that, it was a super day. Fished up from just above the junction to the second bike trail bridge above Wilson Road.

Landed at least twelve browns, including four or five beautifully colored ones in the 10 – 12″ range. A #18 olive comparadun on the flats, a #8 Micky Finn in the pools, and a #14 elk hair caddis
in the runs did the trick.

Bill

Message:

I fished the gunpowder at masemore rd 11/3/06.
Fished from 8:30 to 1:p.m. what a great day,caught
5 fish , One 17″ brown. used hares ears in a.m.,used
small caddis in afternoon.Water was low.I used a 3 wt
with a 10′ leader 6x and 2′ 7x tippet.I always call the
shop for info before coming down, I think your shop
is the best.

Respectfully Yours,
Steve

Beginners Fly Tying Class by Gunpowder River Guides

Join us Saturday, November 18 for a beginners fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled beeginners class.Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of tools and materials.The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Caddis Fly Tying Class by Gunpowder River Guides

Join us Saturday, November 25 for a Caddis fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled lifecycle class.Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of materials.Please bring your own tools.The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Scott X2S Fly Rod Review

I’ve cast the Scott X2s rod in line weights 7-10, and they all load and shoot with less line then the S3S series. I currently use a Scott S3S 8 weight rod for bonefish, stripers, and salmon, but the X2S would be a perfect fit for me personally in a 7 weight for the smaller bone fish and schoolie stripers, I encounter over the course of a year. The 8 weight could be considered perfect with a fast action, and soft tip for loading the rod with much less force, than my faster S3S. The 9 or 10 weight X2s won’t wear out rotator cuffs, and can shoot an impressive amount of line with only twenty feet to load the rod. These are smooth casting rods that can still combat the wind and long casts.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

Reviewer: Jason du Pont is a staff member, guide, writer and videographer.
Buy a Scott X2S Fly Rod at www.backwaterangler.com

Stonefly Fly Tying Class by Gunpowder River Guides

Join us Saturday December 2 for a Stonefly Fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled lifecycle class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of materials.Please bring your own tools.The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register

Beginners Fly Tying Class by Gunpowder River Guides

Join us Saturday, January 6 for a beginners fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river patterns. Jason du Pont will be teaching this fun-filled beginners class.Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of tools and materials.The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

The Gunpowder River is Low, Clear and full of fish…

The river is low at 34 CFs, clear and full of fish. Backwater Angler guide Jason du Pont led a client to several nice fish today with x-caddis and stimulators on long, thin leaders.The water temperature is 52 F and the fish have been looking up.Dries or unweighted streamers are a good bet. Small Bwo’s should work fine as long as it’s a bit cloudy-or early. Caddis in the #14-16 range are best bets above Masemore rd through Falls. If you’d like to fish higher flows, check out the lower river.The 5 fish a day stretch received 750 new rainbows on October 13th. Click on the read more button for more info about the shocking survey results.

The YOY, (young of the Year count is the real story… Last year Charlie Gougeon and staff estimated just over 909 YOY during the Fall survey. This year they measured…drum roll please…2, 459 YOY. Charlies related that they found 454 in approximately 100 ft. Great numbers folks and good cause for fishing small, traditional streamers like gray ghosts in a size #8-12.
Sure you’ll catch some leaves out there but we’ve had two recent reports of small fish hooked on dries that have been gobbled up by their larger brethren..

Note: Don’t use weight with small streamers, you’ll catch all of the leaves!