I am now offering float trips on the Gunpowder River to take advantadge of the better flows and cooler water temperatures in September. Access will focus on areas where pressure is lightest, and rest assured, the wild browns are plentiful. Streamers, dries and even nymphs can be drifted through runs as the boat floats and we will wade some of the best riffles and pools to allow more time for hookups. Expect to fish while seated in a comfortable chair and the longest casts need only be thirty feet off the bow or stern. Streamers are always producers. We typically moved some good trout while stripping these flies through miles of water.
A stout nine foot four or even six weight streamer rod is a great choice for anglers looking for the most action or best shot at a fish over fourteen inches. I usually bring a pre-rigged dry fly or streamer rod for clients to use if they want to switch as we float through various pieces of water. I will provide lunch and a few “producer” fly patterns and can accommodate two anglers. This is not only a relaxing, fun way to see and fish the river, but a great western river primer for anglers who have yet to fish out of a drift boat. Learn some techniques to help prepare for the faster pace of drift boat fishing anglers encounter on a western float.
Trips average five hours depending on the amount of wading time, but could be a straight three hour nonstop float. Float trips are priced at $275.00 for one angler and $375.00 for two anglers for a five hour float. Waders, boots, rods and reels can be provided for beginning anglers, who I welcome to float, Although, anglers that have some experience accurately casting flies near cover will be more successful from the boat.
Available float dates the next two months are;
September; 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th,
October; 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
Weekdays and early weekend start times can mean quieter water until cooler weather chases off the majority of weekend boaters and tubers.