Morning Mist On The Gunpowder River

Morning Mist On The Gunpowder River
The air temps cooled down to more comfortable levels along the Gunpowder river this week. I fished yesterday in the upper Falls Road section where the water was a frigid 48 degrees. The flows from Prettyboy Dam are at 75 CFs, a normal level for the river. The air temp hit the mid eighties, but after standing in the water for a while in waders I was comfortable, if not cold at times. The shaded river valley and ice cold water creates a much cooler environment than the expected daily high air temperature. I saw good number of Tricos dancing around, but far less than I’ve seen miles downriver. I caught a few of the risers, and switched to a caddis. After a dozen fish, I switched to sunken Trico spinners in a size 22 under a Thingamabobber. The browns continued to eat the sunken Tricos until about 1 pm. The majority of the wild browns were between 6-11 inches, and I caught 2 over 12 inches. I went down to Big Falls Rd and took a water temp of 59 degrees at 4 pm. I fished a beetle for a short time, with a few strikes to end the day. There are miles of river that are cool enough for trout fishing, and early morning hatches make it easy to miss the hottest air temps of the day.