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High Water and Spinner Falls on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is running clear at 153 cfs and water temperatures have steadied in the 54 – 58 degree mark.

The gauge at Falls Road hit a high on Monday of 375 cfs with warm water spilling over from Prettyboy reservoir. Whilst water levels have dropped through the week the sulphurs have really kicked in and, now the river is easier to wade, the fishing has been superb. Sulphur emergers and duns 16-18 has been the go-to and hatches have been starting mid morning and continuing off and on until very late afternoon. Along with mayfly, caddis patterns are also producing, tan caddis size 16-18 come off in bursts through the day, but larger green sedges size 14-16 are hatching in the evening which triggers intense surface activity. This can overlap with a spinner fall from the sulphurs that managed to escape the trout earlier on in the day.

If you want some friendly instruction (and someone to tie your knots in the low light!) consider an evenings guided trip with us. Give us call at 410 357 9557 or email to book a trip with one of our guides whilst the fishing is so productive.


June is here and the Gunpowder is producing

The Gunpowder has steadied at 131 cfs and starting the day at 52 cfs and running clear.

Sulphurs size 16-18 have been treating fly fishers to superb dry fly fishing in the catch and release section. Between hatches the fish may go down for a bit, but a little patience and searching goes a long way. I fished a good late hatch of little sulphur (Ephemerella dorethea) this week and a lot of trout were feeding, this made for some exciting dry fly fishing between 6-8 pm.

We have a fantastic selection of sulphur patterns to get you on the fish, stop on by this month and purchase of a dozen flies receive 20% off a new Umpqua UPG Fly Box.

Rain, Spillover and Sulphurs on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 200 cfs and 58 degrees F at Falls road. Below Masemore it is carrying some color from heavy rainfall yesterday evening.

As staffer Carl Cartier would say, yesterday we saw a true Thunder Booming Gully Washer in the Gunpowder Watershed. But today, the river is fishing well once again. The dam is spilling over, so with warmer water, the best time to fish is mid morning – early afternoon if you want to fish sulphurs. These are coming off throughout the catch and release section, but in greatest numbers from Bunker Hill up to the Dam. Caddis, mostly tan caddis size 16-18, are coming off from afternoon through evening and the fish tend to shift their attention to these once the sulphur hatch subsides.  With the extra water coming over the dam and from the tributaries, there’s good opportunities to target some larger fish by banging some streamers against the banks.

In summary, the river is very fishable and has good clarity, but it is pushing so take care when crossing the river, make sure to have some studs in your boots!

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!