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High Water on the Gunpowder

Winter Brown Trout

The Gunpowder is high at 285cfs, 39 F and progressively more stained downstream from Falls road.

The river is a different beast at these levels. Putting lots of weight onto your line is the way to go if nymphing, as the fish are sitting in deep water and will be sluggish. Zebra midges are working well. The issue is getting snagged more often as there is more debris washed into the river waiting to steal your fly.

I think that these levels are great for streamers, sink tip lines make a huge difference in keeping your streamer in the strike zone. The best bet of finding a larger, hungry trout is in the tails of pools and against structures like log jams.

Take special care when wading whilst the dam release remains as it is, I wouldn’t recommend crossing, and cleats will help keep your footing.
Powerline Riffle at

Winter Fishing on the Gunpowder

Pretty Boy Dam
The Gunpowder is flowing at 230 cfs, 38 degrees farenheit and off color.

Due to the freezing temperatures, fishing has not been easy. However, if you manage to stay warm and concentrate your fishing on days when the wind hasn’t been too harsh, the Gunpowder is producing. I fished New Years day and then Wednesday the 3rd. I caught several fish during a couple of hours on zebra midges on Monday when the water was clear, on Wednesday the water was stained and the flow was up to 195. Dead drifting woolly buggers picked up some nice wild fish. I had to work for them though and found them hugging the banks. Patagonia capilene underwear, gloves and shelled insulated pants make a huge difference to enjoying your outings during the winter months.

With a break in this cold weather this coming week, the fishing should get better. Fish will spread out in this higher volume of water and streamer fishing will work for those willing to put the time in. Czech nymphing is always an excellent way to search for fish when the water is stained like is it. Use caution when on the trails, put some cleats in your boots and avoid rocky areas if possible. Watch your step –  broken bones are not fun, I can attest to that recently!

Thanks to Jim Czawlytko for catching this photo of this pretty brown with the giant tail. 

Big Tail Wild Gunpowder Brown

New Simms G3 Guide Waders in Maryland

Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders

We have a size run of the fantastic NEW Simms G3 wader here at Backwater Angler. Here is the Simms description of them:

Time on the stream is time well spent. And with the G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot wader, those precious hours can be comfortable and well-ventilated. The G3 has all the in-river essentials you need, with legendary Simms durability that can stand up to heavy use in rugged conditions. Rigging a hopper-dropper combo just became a little easier with the help of a flip-out Tippet Tender®™ pocket with dual-entry zippers and Super-fly Patch® with integrated utility tabs. And numb, sore feet are a thing of the past with anatomically designed neoprene stockingfeet with a funk-fighting anti-microbial finish.

-Three-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in upper.
-Four-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in seat and legs.
-Zippered chest pocket.
-Removable flip-out Tippet Tender®™ pocket with dual-entry zippers and retractor docking station.
-Zippered reach-through microfleece-lined hand-warmer chest pocket.
-Super-fly Patch® and integrated utility tabs.
-Low-profile belt loops with 2″ stretch wading belt included.
-Patented front and back leg seams deliver an articulated fit that fights wear zones, bolsters wader longevity, and maximizes mobility.
-Adjustable elastic 1.5″ suspender with opposing YKK® buckles for waist-high conversion.
-Abrasion-resistant built-in Gravel Guards with boot hooks.
-Anatomically engineered neoprene stockingfeet with anti-microbial finish
Stop in and see what the fuss is about!
Simms G3 Guide Waders