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Flows are up on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at an ideal 93 cfs and 50 degrees F. The Gunpowder is carrying a little color from stained water in the tributaries entering downstream of Masemore. The didymo is finally flushing out in large masses.

Prettyboy dam is at capacity, so the river level has been bumped up to prevent spillover. This increase in volume has the didymo breaking off and moving downstream. Short term this may make subsurface fishing a nuisance in the catch and release section until this clears up.  However, with the didymo freeing up, sulphurs and caddis are providing excellent dry fly sport. With the dark, dreary weather we’ve been having, try streamer fishing along the logjams or undercut banks.

Recent guide trips have been very productive, especially for beginners. Call us at 410 357 9557 to schedule a trip with one of our guides. We have lots of availability in the upcoming weeks.

Mid-May Gunpowder River Report

Thanks to Stefan Babij for the following report on the Gunpowder:

Despite recent heavy rain the Gunpowder’s flow and temperature has stayed consistent at around 39cfs and 50 F. Lots of midge activity, along with Caddis and Sulphurs have been coming off during the sunnier days throughout the upper river. On the rainy days nymphing or fishing a small streamer will be most effective. However, nymphing from Falls road upstream remains difficult due to the die-off of didymo.

As the mountain laurels beginning to flower and the trees in full leave, the sulphurs are starting show in larger numbers. The fish below was caught on a hares ear nymph by Guide Bryan Donoway. Now through June the evening dry fly fishing is at it’s best, call the shop at 410 357 9557 to schedule an evenings fishing and instruction with one of our Guides.


Hungry Trout on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is clear, 40 cfs and water temperatures are ideal, starting the day at 48 degrees F swinging up to the upper-mid 50’s.

Caddis, size 16-18, have been coming off in good numbers throughout the river, particularly from Masemore through to Big Falls road, keeping the trout on the lookout for these, particularly in the riffles and faster water. Swinging wets at this time of year is a favorite way to entice a hungry trout. Skating a caddis dry close to the bank can often entice a splashy take; particularly on cloudy days. The streamer fishing has been productive in the early mornings or late evenings.

Spring Fishing Report on the Savage

The Savage has started fishing well after an extended winter season. The flows came down last week to a good level and the water cleared. Clouds of midges were constantly buzzing the waters surface, black caddis popping off the river from mid morning through the evening. Blue Quills were coming off in concentrated bursts which triggered decent dry fly fishing. Nymphing small pheasant tail nymphing and caddis pupa is a go-to through the day in the pocket water. Look for rising fish close to the edges by late morning – early afternoon. Stop in Backwater Angler for the latest on trout fishing conditions across Maryland.

Spring Weather and Rising Trout on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 41 cfs, 50 degrees Farenheit and gin clear below the dam, carrying some color in the lower sections of the river.

As water temperatures steady around the ideal 50 degree mark, the fish have been very active. We’re still seeing quill gordons around Masemore to Big Falls. Sulphurs have been coming off above Masemore up to the dam. Caddis are sporadically hatching throughout the river, swinging a pupa pattern or partridge and green soft hackle in the riffles has been working well. The didymo is breaking up, especially above Masemore up to the Dam, making nymphing tiresome. Better throw a parachute dry or an phuny emerger to rising fish.


Spring Hatches on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is flowing at 39 cfs, water temperature starting the day in the mid 40’s and swinging up to the 50’s with some sun hitting the water, water remains gin clear.

As things stand, we’re at least 2 weeks behind recent years hatch-wise. The river is fishing well, especially if the conditions are in your favor. Fishing on cloudy days or evenings is far more productive downstream from Falls road as the water remains low and clear.  Mayfly are beginning to hatch more consistently. This week has seen a good amount of of Quill Gordons size 14 coming off with some Hendrickson that are having fish on the lookout until midafternoon. Aside from that there is a lot of midge activity and sporadic caddis keeping the trout occupied. At this time of year when various different hatches can occur simultaneously, taking time to read the river and figure out what the fish are looking for can  pay dividends.




Midges and Stoneflies on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is flowing at 39 cfs, water temps starting the day in the low 40’s, rising to the upper 40’s and gin clear.

The low flows, water clarity and unseasonably cold weather has resulted in a slow start to the season. Masemore upstream to the dam the didymo is particularly bad as the water levels remain low. Fishing nymphs is too much of a chore in these areas. Focus on the fish that are rising or throw a small streamer instead. Trout are actively picking off tiny snow flies, a common form of midge on the river, in the slow glides as they try to emerge. Catching these fish requires 7 x tippet on 10 – 12 foot leader and staying out the water as much as possible. Getting your angles right before making a cast is crucial. These fish will feed, but any form of movement creating shadows or ripples will quickly put them down.  Many fish are still looking for early black stoneflies too. A couple of hendricksons have been seen coming off. Hard to believe that this time last year we had sulphurs!

Springtime Snow on the Gunpowder River

Snowy banks in the Sun
The Gunpowder is at 38 cfs, 39 degrees F and clear.

We received a healthy dose of snow over the past two days to welcome us into spring. This has brought water temps back down temporarily. The river is looking to be in good shape by the weekend once the bulk of this snow melts and water temperature come back up again.

Fishing small midge imitations, both dry and subsurface have been productive. Dries have been best in the afternoon when water temps spike. Mornings have been good for nymphing. Pheasant tails size 16 are working well right now as our April mayfly hatches are almost ready to start hatching.

If you’re fishing over the next few days, the footing along the river is quite slippery due to recent snow fall, take care – particularly when getting in and out the river.

1st day of Spring on the Gunpowder C & R section

March Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder Brown Trout
The Gunpowder is at 38 cfs, starting the day at 40 degrees F and carrying some color. Since the flows have been bumped down from 65 to 38 cfs the fishing has slowed up markedly. The trout seem to go into a state of shock after flows drop to this level for the first time in a while. With less water however, water temperatures will rise fast with some mild air temps and sunshine, this will bring on some spring hatches before long. Nymphing and streamers is the way to go until then.
Boulder Pools

Stoneflies and Midges along the Gunpowder River

Gunpowder Brown Trout
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!