Monthly Archives: October 2007

Smallmouth Fly Patterns Class

Join us for a Smalmouth fly patterns tying class on Sunday, November 4, from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. It’s an introductory class that focuses on Smallmouth fly patterns. One of our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this class for intermediate tyers. 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.

Gunpowder River Patterns for Beginners

Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00 AM till 2:00PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides 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.

Catch Some of the Largest Fish of the Year on the Gunpowder During High Flows

Water Levels in the Gunpowder are not likely to change, at least until we get some measurable rain and folks start conserving water, so get out there and try your luck. We had four guide trips on the river on Columbus day with great catches reported. Because of the high flows, the river was flowing at 299 CFs at 58 F this morning, and a few adjustments are in order to get out there and be successful.
1. Limit your wading.
2. Use alot of weight.
3. Use a 5wt or 6wt rod.
4. Bring along a wading staff.
5. Limit your wading.
Small streamers cast in the flats, or what’s left of them, should be twitched towards the fast water. Sink-tips are not out of the question and work well in the 5ft to 10 ft range to keep the flies rolling through the heavy current. Point flies on double nymph rigs in a copper John or pheasant tail pattern followed by a #18-20 midge or brassie have been the most effective setups. Stop in the shop if you should have any questions on how best to rig up to cover the water, and be careful out there!

Wild Brown Trout from the Gunpowder River

Fly Tying In Maryland? Time To Dust Off The Vise

Backwater Angler will continue offering fly tying classes on both Saturdays and Sundays on weekends through the Fall and Winter. Classes will vary from beginner to advanced and many will focus on tying techniques, hatches or special materials. This is the time of the year when days get shorter and an angler’s time can be best spent at the vise restocking the fly box. If you put off tying, or thought it was too difficult, costly, or time consuming sign up for a class and learn how to produce easy fish catching patterns on the cheap. For all the experienced fly tiers our classes are run by Gunpowder River Guides who have spent hundreds of day a year matching hatches and testing new patterns on the Gunpowder. Learn how guides dissect, imitate and design flies to match what the fish are eating.

We recently beefed up the tying room with a wide assortment of hooks, beads and totally new materials. Midge Cactus chenille, Velvet chenille, Scud and Ice dubbing are just a few additions to the back room in a variety of single color packs. Those tiers looking for natural materials will notice we have six different colors of snow shoe rabbit feet and twelve colors of rabbit strips, in addition to thirteen colors of deer, elk and comparadun hair. Arctic fox, CDC, peacock herl, ostrich herl and four colors of pheasant tail fibers are great materials for buggy fall nymphs. Blue Ultra wire? We have it for those anglers raving about blue copper johns and brassies. We currently have ten colors of Ultra Wire in three sizes, and sixteen colors of 6/0, 8/0 and 3/0 Uni thread.

Gunpowder River Nymph Patterns Class

Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 AM till 2:00PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river nymph patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides 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.

Gunpowder River Streamer Patterns Class

Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Sunday October 28, from 11:00 AM till 2:00PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river streamer patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides 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.

Tying Fly Patterns with Snowshoe Rabbit

Please join us for an Intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday, October 27 from 11:00 AM till 2:00PM. It’s a fly tying class that focuses on Snow Shoe Rabbit as a key material in fly patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled intermediate 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.

Gunpowder River Fly Patterns for Beginners

Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 AM till 2:00PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides 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 NOT a Stream

This morning the river is flowing at 236 CFs and is 60 F and clear. Caddis and large hoppers, as well as pheasant tail nymphs and caddis pupas have been accounting for a number of good sized fish. This morning a happy angler from the Philly area stopped in the shop after fishing the Falls Rd section and reported a 19-20″ brown With a gate change in the works, expect the river to move from 236 Cfs today to 300CFs to 310 CFs by this afternoon. These flows should continue through the weekend, so be careful out there. Wading is difficult at these levels and it’s important to limit your wading and cover water along edges and banks. Sounds a little like last weekend’s stream report eh? Two of our guides were on the river yesterday and dropped in the shop all smiles after nymphing up a few dozen fish between them.

Big Browns and a Notable Rainbow On The Gunpowder River

Another enormous Gunpowder brown trout showed itself to take a nymph presented by Gunpowder River Guide Jeff Lewatowski. The big trout struggled in every possible way, and despite swimming under numerous rocks and making deep runs was successfully landed on 6X tippet.
The brown measured out at twenty inches and Jeff estimated the weight of the fish at four pounds. This video still photo is from an upcoming video short of the exciting catch.
The Release

We barely had time to recover our nerves when I set the hook on the heaviest eighteen inch Gunpowder rainbow I have seen, but as Jeff tried to get into net position the hook pulled free. Days earlier, Gunpowder River angler, Matt Devlin, hooked and landed a seventeen inch brown on a size 18 midge pupa. Jeff’s and Matt’s fish fish are the most recent in a number of browns over sixteen inches that I have seen on the line, landed or photographed this year.Caddis are hatching in so many numbers it can be hard to ignore them. The trout may rising and slashing at adults, but are feeding heavily subsurface on caddis larvae and pupae. The rising flows have dislodged a lot of log jams, and pushed a lot of debris and bugs downstream. Big nymphs, brighter patterns and tiny midge pupae are producing four to six fish in each good riffle or pool. Weight and the distance between flies and indicator are the two biggest factors in reaching the fish and detecting the strike.