Monthly Archives: January 2009

Filson Accesories

These items by Filson might help you tough it out at 9 degrees F. Brrr!
Filson Flask and Scarf
This Filson Hip Flask is constructed of bridle leather wrapped over stainless steel, holds 6 OZ, has an anchored screw top and tucks neatly away. It is priced at $67.50 and is made in the USA. The 100% Merino virgin wool scarf is woven in a 3X3 twill, has a brushed surface, a rolled fringe and is featured in Navy/Camel. The scarf weighs approximately 7 oz and is roughly 12 3/4″ by 60″. It is priced at $40 and is made in the USA. Can’t live without them? Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to purchase.

Winter Streamer Fishing along the Gunpowder

Conditions are, shall we say, invigorating along the Gunpowder river. Water temp is 39 F, flow is good-the gauge is icing, but the Gunpowder river is still flowing in the 70-80 CFs range. Streamers are continuing to account for a number of fish between Masemore and Big Falls Rds. Stonefly nymphs like Red Butts and Princes sized #16-18 behind brighter patterns are a better bet from Masemore though Falls Rd. We’ve seen very few stoneflies this week but they are just around the corner. Stay tuned…

Thanks to Mike Smith for the following stream report and photo,
Winter Streamer Fishing along the Gunpowder River

Hi guys,
Fished from York Road to about a mile downstream after swinging by the shop and talking to Theaux. Water was clear and maybe a hair on the high side. Air temperature was low and I did see about a dozen snowflakes around 1:00. Around 2:30 a really fine hail started and the fishing turned off. No sign of surface activity at all–emergence or rises. I figure it was just too cold for any buggage to move. I landed a couple of pretty brownies–a 9-inch and a 12-inch. I was stripping a #8 white and mylar zonker and casting quartering downstream.

Cheers
–Mike Smith

Fly Tying Class: Emergers

Fly tying in Maryland? Please join us for an intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday, February 07, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an intermediate fly tying class that focuses on Mayfly and Caddis fly emerger patterns-soft hackles anyone? One of our Maryland river guides will be teaching this fun-filled intermediate class. Cost of the class is $45 per person. Please bring your own tools and we’ll provide all needed materials. The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Fly Fishing Mailing and Email List

Did you get one of these in the mail over the Holidays?
Savage River Brook Trout
The latest Backwater Angler postcard of a Savage River Brook trout is proof positive that Backwater Angler interns Max Meneveau and Alex McCrickard have been busy this Winter season. This month Backwater Angler is updating our email and mailing list. If you are interested in receiving special offers, detailed stream reports and other pertinent fly fishing info via mail and/or email, please drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com with your current mailing address and we’ll be happy to keep you apprised of “Gunpowder Happenings” via our shop postcards, event calendar notices and, of course, “Guide Lines”, our monthly email newsletter. Thanks for your support!

Fly Tying Class: Nymphs

Fly tying in Maryland? Please join us for a beginners Fly Tying Class on Sunday, February 08, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s a beginners fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder nymph patterns. One of our Maryland river guides will be teaching this fun-filled beginners class. Cost of the class is $45 per person. Use of tools and all needed materials are provided. The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Fly Tying Supplies In Maryland

Fly tiers should be busy at the vise this time of year, and the shop walls were recently filled with new materials to accommodate the many requests. There are plenty of hooks in all sizes and styles on the wall for trout fishing to Tarpon. Beads for flies ranging from size 6 down to 24, are in stock in silver, nickel, gold, and tungsten; in black and nickel. Painted lead eyes, wire and vinyl rib and threads are in stock in more colors. Tiers looking to match Spring hatches can find Mayfly tails, three styles of dubbing are also available in specific Eastern hatch blends, and biots dyed to match March Browns to Tricos.
Fly Tying Instruction in Maryland
For streamer patterns tungsten cones go well with Psuedo Marabou, Rabbit strips, Squirrel strips, Rams wool or Arctic fox, all available in over eight colors. Our selection of Kyrstal Flash, Flashabou, Polar chenille, Ice dub, Hare-tron and Scud Dub will add the perfect sparkle to any pattern. If the river seems too cold for comfort, be sure to shop our walls or sign up for a tying class in a warm room with a professional guide.

Locally Tied Fly Patterns In Maryland

Gunpowder browns are known to eat a variety of fly patterns, but when a hatch gets going they tend to look at flies a little longer, before inhaling one. Backwater Angler always has a variety of local patterns tied throughout the year, and the stoneflies have arrived! The patterns that is…. although I did see a few before it got so cold this week. 
Locally Tied Fly Patterns
 New York Fly Tyer and Hunting Guide Mike Bachkowsky, has tied these quill wing and deer hair stoneflies the past six years for Backwater Angler. He lives on the banks of the Delaware River, so these flies are a spot on match, as shown in the pic in the previous post with the Gunpowder natural and fly on my rod grip.  Gunpowder Guide Dave Smith tied both CDC and Z-lon winged stoneflies, and said they really produce with K-flash rib, oversized hackle and a little twitching action on the surface.

Fly Tying Class: Parachutes

Fly tying in Maryland? Please join us for an intermediate Fly Tying Class on Sunday, February 15, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an intermediate fly tying class that focuses on easy to see “hi-viz” Mayfly Parachute patterns. One of our Maryland river guides will be teaching this fun-filled intermediate class. Cost of the class is $45 per person. Please bring your own tools and we’ll provide all needed materials. The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Fly Tying Class: Stoneflies

Fly tying in Maryland? Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river stonefly patterns. One of our Maryland 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.
Stonefly Pattern and the Real Thing The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

January Gunpowder River Report

The Gunpowder River has been a popular place around the holidays for many people to get out and fish. Visiting anglers from New Jersey, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota and Alabama made a point to stop in the shop over the holiday, on the way to the river. Cold nights and the cold surface water spillover at Prettyboy Dam has kept river temps colder than normal, but the amount of spillover is dropping. While recent reports from many anglers have detailed tough fishing, emails of successful outings including pics of nice browns relay that the trout are feeding! Bigger nymphs have been found by both Alex McCrickard and myself, like this Giant stonefly Nymph pictured below.
Big Black Stonefly nymph
I experienced a few tough days recently, but still managed a dozen fish most outings. My first day on the water in 2009 was spent fishing shallow riffles with midges and nymphs size 20-24. In two hours I landed 8 trout on tiny nymph patterns, with little or no action on anything else. I did see a lonely stonefly adult, but small midges have been the most abundant insects hatching on the river. A few anglers relayed some success on Prince Nymphs, Red Butts, Pheasant tails, and San Juan Worms. The fish will hit a bigger fly, but small nymph patterns and midges are consistently catching fish. The fish are holding on the bottom, so a good bit of weight, and thoroughly drifting the best lies helps.