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Streamer Fishing in Maryland?

Maryland Streamer Fishing

Streamer fishing in Maryland? These beauties including Near Nuff Sculpins, Supper Buggers, Baby Gongas and Slump Busters are ready for a swim! The Gunpowder River is at a steady 245 Cfs and warming to right at 40 degrees. Bring along a sink-tip and some studs and focus on the wood and any jams that you can find. Limit your wading watch those muddy banks-especially while getting in and out and enjoy sunshine and milder weather while it lasts…

Streamer Fishing in Maryland

Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER 2018 Year End Review and Appeal

Thank you for supporting our efforts to protect the Gunpowder River! We could not have been successful without your generous support. Our work links and protects the forests, the fish and the faucet. Riverkeeper respects the varied economic, recreational and biological aspects of the River. Clean water in the Gunpowder watershed is everyone’s right and as a shared resource must be protected for all.

Unfortunately, we are faced with many environmental threats that harm people’s ability to enjoy the River. The organization works collaboratively and proactively to find solutions to pollution problems and represent member’s interests in protecting the Gunpowder River and its watershed.

We are asking for your support again in 2019 to address these environmental threats:

In the upper Gunpowder, we are reviewing a consent decree between the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Carroll County Bureau of Utilities Hampstead Waste Water Treatment. Riverkeeper is asking for a Special Environmental Project and fines covering violations of the plant’s discharge permit. Meaningful enforcement will mitigate the harm to Piney Run and downstream waterways from excess Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Bacteria.

In the upper Gunpowder River we also tracked violations of the state temperature standard of 68 Degrees in the Gunpowder River that is protective of coldwater habitat for trout and insects. Spillover this year from Pretty Boy Dam resulted in water temperatures at Falls Rd in the Gorge section as high as 77 Degrees Fahrenheit.


In the lower Gunpowder River, we are tracking complaints from waterfront property owners that have reported high bacteria counts and foul smelling odors in the Joppatowne area. We will undertake a compliance sweep of permitted facilities to find the source(s) of bacteria and take appropriate action to protect the tidal Gunpowder.

A few highlights of our work in 2018 include:

Our settlement between MDE and Carroll County for the Hampstead Waste Water Treatment plant addressed upstream water quality for trout in Piney Run and downstream water quality for 1.5 million metro area residents. The agreement included an accelerated 12 million dollar upgrade of facilities, four years of sampling upstream and downstream of the plant and a programmatic change to MDE permitting procedure that increases transparency related to discharge permit violations from municipally owned Waste Water Treatment Plants statewide.

We saw the closure of the C.P. Crane Powerplant’s coal-fired powerplant after pressuring MDE for stronger permit conditions. The plant has been polluting waters of the state since 1961. It has burned 950,000 tons of coal per year, emitting 2.2 million tons of Carbon Dioxide, discharged up to 271 million gallons of water a day and 170,000 gallons of toxic wet fly ash every two years. The waste stream also included total suspended solids 17 times greater than the Bay pollution diet for the entire Middle River segment.

Additionally, the closure of the coal power generation operation will remove tens of thousands of pounds of pollutants including the following pollutants and pervasive metals:

Sulfate 37,852,470 pounds per year
Bromide 677,707 pounds per year
Aluminum 157, 029 pounds per year
Arsenic 22, 000 pounds per year
Copper 27,000 pounds per year
Selenium 55,000 pounds per year


The Terry Newendorp Environmental Scholarship is a gift that was established by Terry Newendorp, an avid fisherman and conservationist who with generosity and foresight knew that; “protection of the Gunpowder River had to come from future generations.” Founded in 2018, the Award’s purpose is to assist college-bound high school seniors who excel in their studies and who plan to use their talents and expertise in the service of environmental protection. Each year, one winner will be chosen from among the current year’s graduating class. The award will provide $1,000 towards college costs for students with strong connections to the Gunpowder River Watershed.


The Gunpowder supports varied recreational interests, habitat for native and wild trout, drinking water for 1.8 million Baltimore-Metro Area residents and important tidal habitat for Rockfish, Perch and crabs. Additionally water touches all of our lives-our brains are 75% water! Riverkeeper protects drinking water, property interests, sensitive species, recreational and aesthetic values.

We need your financial support to keep the River protected now and in the future. Please consider a year-end donation of support to amplify our outreach and advocacy. You may donate at: or by sending a check to Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER®, P.O. BOX 156 Monkton, MD 21111

Thank you for your support,

Theaux M. Le Gardeur

GRK is a 501(c)(3) non-profit categorized by the IRS under Natural Resource Conservation and Protection. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of the current financial statement of GRK is available by writing P.O. BOX 156 Monkton, MD 21111 or calling 410-967-3526. Documents submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from: The MD Sec. of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401 (410) 974-5534


Fly Rods in Maryland

Here’s a short list of new four piece fly rods we’ve received this week.

Fly rods from Twin Bridges, Montana:
R. L. Winston Super 10, 10 foot 3 weight
R. L. Winston Super 10, 10 foot 4 weight

Fly Rods from Montrose, Colorado:
Scott Radian 8 foot 6 weight 4 weight
Scott Radian 9 foot 5 weight 4 weight
Scott G-Series 8 foot 8 inch 4 weight

Fly Rods from Park Falls, Wisconsin:
St. Croix Legend Elite 9 foot 5 weight
St. Croix Legend Elite 9 foot 4 weight
St. Croix Imperial 9 foot 5 weight
St. Croix Imperial 9 foot 4 weight

Fly Rods from Woodland, Washington:
G. Loomis NRX LP 7 foot 6 inch 3 weight
G. Loomis NRX LP 8 foot 8 inch 3 weight
G. Loomis NRX Nymph 10 foot 3 weight
G. Loomis NRX LP 9 foot 4 weight

Fly Reels in Maryland

We just Received the following reels in the shop this week from:

Ross Reels, Montrose, Colorado
Animas 4/5 and 5/6 in Platinum and Matt Black
Gunisson 4/5

Lamson Reels, Boise, Idaho:
Liquid 1.5 and 2
Remix Black 1.5, 2, 3.5 and 4
Remix Sublime 1.5,2.3.5.and 4
Guru 2 Grey/Orange

Scott and Winston Fly Rods on Sale!

Please note: This sale covers in-stock discontinued models only.

Scott and Winstons are among our favorites and sadly sometimes they get updated and very good news for those who have waited for a great and somewhat limited sale.

That said,  we have two Scott F2 7′ 2″ 3 weight 4 piece rods for sale. Originally designed for Yamame (Cherry Salmon for the Japanese market. They are  the only four piece in the in F2 series.These light weight fiberglass are a dream for those who enjoy small stream fishing . They are ideal for our local wild browns or even brookies in western Maryland.

They retail at $645 and we are willing to part ways with them for $445 each.

We also have two beautiful and very different  R. L. Winston Fly Rods for your consideration. A Winston Traditional (WT) 8’6” 5 weight 3 piece (shown above) and  8’9″ 5 weight 5 piece LT also on sale (shown below). These retail at $850 each and can now be had for $600 a piece. These have classic Winston tapers from the early 90’s with internal ferrules, these will make someone very happy indeed.

Stop by the shop and check them out before it’s too late!

Patagonia Clothing in Maryland

We just recieved a fall shipment of three important Patagonia® clothing pieces for cooler weather. They are now in stock in sizes M through XXL and include (pictured from left to right) the Tough Puff Hoody, Snap Dry Shirt, and Snap Dry Hoody The Following descriptions are from Patagonia®

Tough Puff Hoody

Built for swinging flies all day in cold water, the warm Tough Puff Hoody has a stretchy and durable face fabric combined with highly breathable FullRange® stretch insulation for performance, comfort and freedom of motion.

Snap Dry Shirt

Built for comfort and freedom of movement, this versatile fishing shirt is made from a stretchy and durable fabric for layering in cool and windy conditions; two large zippered pockets hold fly boxes or other essentials.

Snap Dry Hoody

Built for warmth, comfort and freedom of movement in cool and windy conditions, this technical fishing hoody has a stretchy and durable face with lightweight, fast-wicking insulation in the body and hood.

Shocking Survey on the Gunpowder

This just in from Fisheries…


We will be conducting our fall electrofishing survey on the Gunpowder Falls tailwater on Sept. 17, 18, and 20.

Meeting time 9:30 each morning.

Sept. 17- Dam/Falls Station- meet at the upper Falls Rd parking lot.

Sept. 18-Masemore Station- meet at the parking lot at Masemore Rd.

Sept. 20- Bluemount Station- meet at the Bluemount Rd entrance to the NCR TCB trail.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending or need more details.


Mark Staley
Central Region Manager
Freshwater Fisheries Program
Fishing and Boating Services
Department of Natural Resources
17400 Annapolis Rock Rd
Woodbine, Maryland 21797
410-442-2080 (office)

EBAY and Backwater Angler

Need a hard to find Bauer MXP2 reel or spool? How about A Peerless reel or a “lawn-cast-only” fly rod at a great price? Used, consigned, returned 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!

G. Loomis Fly Rods in Maryland

Going Saltwater fly fishing? Stop in this week when we reopen on Thursday and cast all of our in-stock G.Loomis fly rods from the 8/9 Short Stick Pro-4X, to the NRX 8 and 9wt and the 8 and 9 weight Asquith. Looking for exclaimer-you’ll find one you like in this grouping.

Gunpowder River Update

The Gunpowder is 2.91 feet, flowing at 362 CFs and is 56.84 degrees F. The river is still too high to fish safely. Median flow for this time of year is close to 100 Cfs and flows that afford safe wading are well below 225 Cfs.

Please Respect the River and give the Gunpowder a break.

Last week numerous news outlets covered recent swift water rescues in both the upper and lower Gunpowder River. We certainly don’t need to add to that number by testing the waters.