Author Archives: Gene Howson

Midges and Olives on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 131 cfs, 60 degrees F and is carrying a green tint to it as Prettyboy reservoir turns over.

The fishing is great at the moment. The mild weather has a lot of fish looking up. Trout are eating cream midges and blue winged olives after mid day through until evening. Flying ants are also working well in this blustery warm weather.

Enjoy the weather whilst it lasts!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday November the 11th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday November the 10th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Fall Colors and Spillover on the Gunpowder

Currently the Gunpowder is at 89 cfs, 58 degrees F and rising.

The dam is pulling water at 30 cfs and the reservoir is over capacity, leading to spillover. With rain on the way, keep an eye on the gauge this weekend if you’re planning to fish. If it gets above 250 cfs, maybe a walk in the woods would be better use of your time.

I fished above falls road during the week and I found a number of trout rising to cream midges size 20. Along with trout there were lots of bluegill rising for midges and smallmouth bass patrolling. I’ve never seen such abundance of warm water fish so close to the dam, the resident brown trout have plenty of good sized meals available, so streamer fishing early & late would definitely be worth your time. Miracle nymphs and wd40 emergers 18-22 or pheasant tails and prince nymphs size 16-20 are catching fish. Fishing these behind a elk hair caddis is a great searching set up at this time of year when the fish are eager to eat before spawning in November.

Thanks to Ethan Lawson who caught this chunky wild brown on a streamer.

High Water Once Again on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 470 cfs and 66 degrees F.

A heavy dose of rain yesterday evening through the night has led to spillover at Prettyboy Dam. The river is currently too high to safely wade but as the levels drop the fishing should produce for those who nymph the slower water, back eddies and tails of pools and those who like to streamer fish with a sink tip line. As air temperatures drop and the river is high, consider fishing Little Falls or other smaller streams until the Gunpowder drops to 300 cfs or below. Keep an eye on the Falls Road USGS gauge. Be safe!

Terrestrials and Full River Levels

The Gunpowder is running at 257 cfs and temperature is 64 degrees F.

On overcast days the Gunpowder is fishing well, on brighter days unless you’re fishing small nymphs close to the bottom, the fish haven’t got much reason to be looking up for anything. Terrestrials are the ticket early morning or evening. Dry droppers are always a good go-to when getting out for a few hours.

There’s no better place to be than beside a river as the fall colors begin to set in.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday September the 30th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday September the 29th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Good Water Levels and Feisty Trout on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is flowing at an ideal 158 cfs, is 60 degrees F and has a green tint to it.

With fall around the corner, the Gunpowder is settling to a more consistent level and the fishing has been productive. Terrestrials, particularly ant and cricket patterns have been accounting for plenty of fish. On bright days nymphing has been the go-to with caddis pupa and zebra midges droppers working well.

Since the high water this summer there is a slippery algae coating the rocks, especially from falls road upstream to the dam, cleats are highly recommended as the wading is much more difficult than usual.

Please note: The shop will be open normal hours Labor Day.

New Jams and Big Fish on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 233 cfs,  clear and 59 degrees.

Now the river has dropped to a much better level for both wading & fishing. The high flows during recent weeks have stirred up a lot of the riverbed. Whilst all the old log jams have washed out there are plenty of new ones that are holding fish. There have been a number of big fish between 14 – 24 inches reported for those throwing streamers. Caddis and hoppers have been also catching fish through the day. While the water is pushing consider booking a guide trip to tune up your streamer and nymphing techniques.