Monthly Archives: February 2009

President’s Day Weekend Hours

Happy Birthday President Lincoln!
We’ll wish President Washington the same on Monday.
We’re celebrating President’s day this weekend at Backwater Angler.
The shop will be open this weekend from:
10 till 3 PM on Friday the 13th
8 till 4PM on Saturday
It’s Valentine’s day, so tell your sweetie to get you something nice at your local fly shop!
8 till 4PM Sunday
and,
10 till 4PM on Monday

Fishpond Packs and Piopods in Maryland

  Fishpond’s innovative designs in their packs, accesories and luggage allow anglers to be better organized and show these products are designed by fly fishermen FOR fly fishermen. Many anglers are trying to start 2009 off right, by carrying less and staying organized. Backwater Angler has a wide variety of packs, vests, bags and accessories from Fishpond in stock.
San Juan Vertical Chest Pack

  My personal favorite is the San Juan Vertical Chest Pack, and I’m on my fifth year guiding with this pack. The best features are external tippet spool mounts, elastic floatant/dry shake holders, and an outside pocket to hold a myran box with split shot and indicators. Tools like nippers, hemostats and hook files can all be kept on the outside too, which means no digging around for frequently needed items. The two zippered pockets hold up to four C & F design fly boxes. Each of my boxes holds 564 flies, and thoroughly covers the majority of mayfly, caddis and midge hatches we experience in Maryland. The four point strapping system converts it from a chest pack to a fanny pack, or can be slung across the shoulder in higher water. This pack is perfect for anglers sick of carrying too much stuff, or want a bag that allows quick access to tippet, boxes and accessories. Other popular packs in stock like the Blue River Pack, offer more space for those anglers not willing to go the minimal route. The Eagles Nest Zip Pouch in small and medium can clip to a D-ring and hold loose items you want to keep close by. 

 Fishpond’s Piopod may help keep all our rivers, lakes and streams a bit cleaner. This “micro trash container” is perfect for tippet or leaders past their prime.

Fishpond Piopod

Coming Soon… A Fly Fishing Film

It’s been over two years since I put the first fly fishing video on the Backwater Angler Website, and now we have over sixty videos online. I really enjoyed filming the hatches and the wild trout on the Gunpowder River. I’ve also enjoyed hearing the support from so many of you who tune in to see the latest videos. I recently checked the views to date on the web videos, and the total is just over 53, 000 views!  Many people mention they watch the latest videos to see the river, when they get too busy to fish or after they have moved far from the area. I guess the Gunpowder has a way of remaining in people’s thoughts once they fish this scenic, wild trout river.  

For all those anglers who enjoy the Backwater Angler site for a local fishing fix, I have been hard at work this Winter on my latest project. I’ve finished editing a compilation of footage from backwaterangler.com, and unseen footage from the past year into one movie, (the reason I have been slacking on recent video posts this winter). The soon-to-be released DVD will only be available for purchase in the Backwater Angler flyshop. It will feature narration, music, and move through the seasons, hatches and fishing over a year’s time on the Gunpowder. Thanks again for all the support and making this has been a lot of fun. Stay tuned for the coming film and more upcoming online videos in 2009!

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Fly Tying Class: Soft Hackles

Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Sunday, February 22, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on soft hackle fly 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. 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.

Thingamabobbers and Dr. Slick Clamps

It is interesting how a sport steeped in so much tradition has progressed so far that even new designs of an old idea can be greatly improved upon. These new products can help you catch and release more fish. 

Thingamabobber

Consider the Thingamabobber. This round, plastic air filled indicator has an O-ring for easy on and off, holds up heavy nymph rigs and is super sensitive on strikes. These indicators are lighter than all others, cast easier and land softer on the water too. They also come in a variety of sizes and colors.

Dr Slick’s new clamps make debarbing, removing shot, and releasing fish easier. The Release clamp has a built in release tube, that slides down the line, removing the fly without the need to clamp onto the hook. It helps while using the small stuff or delicate flies that get damaged easily by clamps.  The Split Shot clamp, with specially designed slotted jaws, makes putting on or taking off split shot much easier than doing so with traditional clamps.

Cabin Fever Sale-35% off select Simms, Patagonia & Cloudveil

Living minutes from a tailwater means year round fishing opportunities, although this Winter’s temps make it more comfortable to be at home tying flies for when the Spring hatches begin. Spring isn’t that far off, and with it come new products from Simms, Patagonia and Cloudveil. Before we come in with the new, we are going out with the old. Items that are being discounted, due to discontinued or changed product design in 2009, are 35% off suggested retail till Sunday, February 8. Discount applies only to items in-stock and quantities are limited.

Simms Rivershed Stockingfoot Wader-Size XL.
A quality breathable wader made in the U.S., with a built in zippered chest pocket and gravel guards.  (Regularly $299.99)–Now $195

Simms Rivershed Boot Studded Aqua Stealth-Size 9, 10.
A permanently studded rubber soled boot with a lot of ankle support.  
(Regularly $189.95)–Now $123.47

Patagonia Regulator Fleece and Capilene 3 tops and bottoms.
These are great Winter and Fall Layering pieces.
(Regularly $115 to $50)–Now $74.75 to $32.50

Cloudveil Cool Shirts-Sizes: M, L, XL.
A great flats shirt, rated at UPF 45, with a dedicated sunglass pocket and vented construction. (Regularly $75)–Now $48.75

Cloudveil Flat Creek Jackets Sizes: S, L, XXL.
A shop favorite, that is a versatile windproof fleece jacket.
(Regularly $225)–Now $146.25

Hurry in! Cabin fever Sale ends February 8, 2009 and quantities are limited.

Fly Tying Class: Favorites

Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river favorite fly 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. 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.