Stop in today, Friday and Saturday for our first ever End of Eternal Winter Sale. Save up to 50% on discontinued Winter merchandise like gloves, hats, socks, fleece vests and layering gear. Supplies are limited and thankfully so is winter.
Please note: The shop will be closed Sunday April 1 in Observance of Easter.
Litter is a blight on our beautiful country roads and River.
Please join us for the 2nd annual litter clean up on Big Falls Rd.
March 15th from 10 AM till 1 PM
We will meet at the back entrance to Camp Puh’tok across from Jack Thomas Rd. on Big Falls Rd.
Any time you can give would be appreciated. Come meet neighbors, get some exercise, and help us keep our landscape free of litter.
Used, consigned and discontinued gear is now available on our Backwater Angler EBAY page. If you are lucky bidder some of this great stuff could be yours at the end of the 7 day or 10 day auctions. Everything listed is a Backwater Angler E-Bay exclusive and will not be sold out of the shop. Shipping Costs are a fair $15 for USPS Priority Mail. Happy bidding!
Thanks to Ethan Lawson for the stream report and photo:
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 61 CFS and 40F. Fishing on the Gunpowder picked up a bit this week as mild air temperatures allowed water temperatures to creep out of the 30s and reach 40F. A few degree bump in water temperatures seemed to bring the river to life a bit more than weeks past. Winter stones could be seen along the riverbank and even a few splashy rises were reported. Drifting small stonefly nymphs and midges is always a good bet this time of year. Streamers will work. In the late afternoon when water temps are at their peak, try an adult stonefly pattern in the faster water. You may be surprised!
Anyone out there need a used G. Loomis IMX 9ft 10wt 4pc fly rod? It’s perfect for sinking lines and heavy work with small Tarpon, big Jacks, Permit and Musky.If you are lucky bidder it could be yours at the end of the 7 day auction. If you simply can’t wait till the end, now is your chance to pick it up using BUY It Now for a mere $275! No calls please. It’s a Backwater Angler E-Bay exclusive and will not be sold out of the shop. Shipping Costs are a fair $15 for USPS Priority Mail. See the listing and product description-We’ve described it as a classic G. Loomis rod designed for fishing for aggressive and large fish. The 3rd stripping guide has light corrosion. The rod has a soiled grip and original bag & tube. It is ideal for large water when casting heavy streamers for tarpon, jacks, musky, and rockfish. It’s one of the great ones and can easily handle an 11 weight floater and sinking lines up to 450 grains.Happy bidding!
Ready for some winter reading? Keystone Fly Fishing and Maryland Trout Fishing provide a path for fly fishing exploration.Tying Nymphs by Craven and The Bug Book from Weamer are full of insights into fish trickery.
We have 3 beautifully finished, hand painted reels from Abel in store. We have a Brook Trout 4/5, a Brown trout 5/6 and a Redfish 7/8. The tried and tested cork drag system, along with the bomb proof design, balances excellently with Bamboo, or a 10 foot + rod. These slightly heavier reels offset the weight of the rod, reducing fatigue on your arm after a long days fishing. At the end of the day, they make everything look and feel right!
The Brook Trout 4/5 is $995, is 5.92 oz and holds 80 yards of backing with a 5 wt line .
The Brown Trout 5/6 is $1055, is 6.32 oz and holds 95 yards of backing with a 6 wt line.
The Redfish 7/8 is $1045, is 6.74 oz and holds 200 yards of backing with a 8 wt line.
Here is the Abel description of what they have changed on their outstanding Super Series reels:
For 2017 we have redesigned the original Super Series reel with an all new line of lighter weight sizes that feature a quick change spool system achieved by eliminating the previously removable locknut and drag knob.
The proven drag system is what makes the Super Series equally at home on the trout stream, the salt flats, and demanding deep blue water: It can be set light enough to protect the finest tippet, but can also be cranked to slow down the toughest Bluefin. No matter what species you prefer to chase, a Super Series reel is there to help you land it!
Thanks to Gene for the following stream report and photos:
The Gunpowder is flowing at an ideal 87 cfs, clear and the water temperature has dropped below the 40 degree mark.
Fishing has been quite good considering how cold the air temperatures are. Edge ice is forming in increased amounts downstream from York road. Fishing between York road up to Falls has been the most consistent. Above Falls road the didymo is blooming as normal at this time of year. Streamers are worth a shot up there, fish them slowly and close to the bottom. Trout will eat in these cold temperatures but typically don’t move far to intercept food items. I’m finding that tiny pheasant tails, miracle nymphs zebra midges are effective. Anything bigger than a size 16 I find does not produce as much at these temperatures. The most productive time of the day is between 11-3 when the sun is at its highest.
At 1 pm today I walked the access points in the catch and release section, i counted 8 fishermen braving the sub zero temperatures, despite having to clear their guides of ice, wild fish were still being caught. Despite the challenges the cold brings to fishing, you won’t catch fish sitting on the sofa.
Whether you are early or late-fish nymphs or dries or are naughty or nice, Backwater Angler will have extended hours this Holiday season. In December, in addition to our regular weekday hours from 10 AM till 4PM, the shop will also be open Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th and Tuesday and Wednesday the 26th and 27th. That said, the shop will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be open New Years Eve till 2 PM and will be closed New Year’s day and will revert to being closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays through 2018.
The Gunpowder is at 74.4 cfs, clear and starting the day 44.5 degrees F. With the drop in air temperatures the fishing has been tricky on the Gunpowder. That said, fish are being caught, particularly for those anglers willing to tight line nymph. Jim Czawlytko enjoyed two snowy days of fishing over the weekend on the Gunpowder and got into plenty of wild brown trout. Jim found the action was on size 20 grey wd40 midges and size 22 pheasent tail nymphs. Fished with a tungsten beaded jig nymph on the point, which also caught fish. When the going gets cold, getting down to the bottom of the river is neccessery and czech nymphing is the most effective means of achieving this whilsts detecting delicate takes. As the afternoon wears on try a small streamer in the slacker water and back eddies.