You could wait until the fly fishing along the Gunpowder River gets better than this week but then again you might have to wait an entire year to see more caddis mid-morning and sulphurs in the evening.
We spoke to the folks at MD DNR Fisheries and the City of Baltimore early in the week and they were very attuned to the needs of the wild brown trout. In short, a gate change was made and there is a little more mixing going on in the wet well between the ten foot and fifty foot levels. So, we have slightly cooler water,(from 63 F at Falls Rd on Saturday to 61 F this afternoon) and in the next week we’ll start to see a Sulphurs a little closer to 4:00 Pm then 6:00. By the way, the river is flowing at 120 Cfs and is on the drop after an evening shower yesterday made for a little more spillover. Try a grizzly and lime Griffith’s gnat in a #14-16 for the Lime Sallies and stick with caddis emergers like Lafontaines and Zing-Wing Caddis in the riffles mid-morning. By afternoon, Sulphur emergers such as Unusuals, loop wings and sparkle duns are a good bet. From dusk till dark try a biot bodied Sulphur para-spinner tied by Mike Bachkosky, they’re easy to see, trick the fish and are still tied in the U.S.. While the Brookie featured in this post was caught on the Savage River last year during a Backwater Angler Overnighter, We’ve had six brookies reported released in the past two weeks on the Gunpowder River.