September is approaching and lower Gunpowder River temps are currently at safe and ideal temps for fishing, so I’m offering float trips to more remote areas of the Gunpowder now through Fall. Wild browns have been taking streamers, nymphs and the occasional hopper from the boat, but deep water nymphing the runs has produced some nice browns. Fishing smaller dries can be tough, as the chubs and fall fish tend to immediately inhale tricos, caddis, etc. Medium size terrestrials close to the bank will get strikes from browns, but not turn as many fish as a streamer. Anglers who frequent the upper river will find the experience quite unique, working to trout with long casts against the bank while drifting for many miles of river.
The lower river fishing can be challenging, but admittedly this brown pictured above came to the net along with fifteen others between a friend and I on a recent float. Due to the size of the water, I’m suggesting floats for individual anglers, but two may float, although only rod one can effectively fish at a time. Experienced anglers can be more successful from the boat, but numerous stops offer wading anglers a slower pace.