The river is low, and flowing at 28Cfs, a little off color-owing to reservoir turnover, and the water temperature has moved from the mid 40’s to 52 F. Little black stoneflies in the #16-18 range and little brown stoneflies in the #14-16 range have been spotted in the past few days from Bunkerhill road downstream through Bluemount. Fish are still holding in water we’d normally walk through, so take your time out there and be stealthy.
Thanks to Capt. Jeff Lewatowski for the following report and picture.
Despite low water conditions yesterday, we enjoyed a great day of fishing on the Gunpowder upstream of Big Falls Rd. Several small browns fell victim to our dropper nymph rigs early in the day. Small #18 pheasant tails with a shuck worked paired with a larger attractor nymph like a prince or caddis pupa in a #14. We were pleasantly surprised to come upon several pods of fish rising actively to little brown stoneflies. We saw lots of stones crawling out of the stream on logs , and dancing their way down river. Though we didn’t land many, the risers kept us busy through most of the afternoon. Here’s a couple shots of the bugs. Hopefully a sign of good thing to come.