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Good Summer Levels on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is 67 cfs, clear and water temperature swinging from 50 degrees to 54.

An increase from 39 to 67 cfs makes a big difference for fishing on the Gunpowder. At this level trout can hold much more comfortably in the riffles where they can pick off bugs coming down their way. Fish are still looking for sulphurs that come off mid afternoon, but as their numbers continue to decrease for another year, more people are reporting better success on caddis size 16-18 and ants size 16-18.

It’s hard to beat water temperature in the low 50’s mid July!

July Fly Fishing Report on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is clear, running at 39 cfs and starting the day at 50 degrees.

It’s been a week now since the river level has been lowered from the dam. The water temperature has dropped a couple of degrees so sulphurs, in lesser numbers by the day, tend to begin later than before, around midday. Many fish are still dialed in on these. Ants are beginning to catch fish too as they begin to look for other sources of food.

With low, clear water, making the switch to 10-12 foot leaders and 7x tippet makes a big difference when tricking these wild fish.

Low Water and Long Leaders on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 39 cfs, clear and water temperatures starting the day at 49 F at Falls Road.

On Friday evening the releases from the dam were reduced from 120+ down to 39cfs. Stealthy approaches and long leaders, 7x tippet, are the ticket in the flats and runs. Fishing riffles will continue to produce as sulphurs, while not as many, still provide consistent action in the afternoons from Masemore up to the dam. Caddis are also a good bet. Try fishing a terrestrial down the edges and around log jams now the hot weather has kicked in!

Please note: The shop will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, have a safe 4th!

Ideal Water Levels on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is at 122 cfs, clear and water temperature is in the low 50’s.

Thanks to guide Bryan Donoway for the following stream report.

Recent guide trips on the Gunpowder this week produced great results.  Trout were actively looking for sulphur mayflys struggling to escape from the waters surface. Fish could be seen rising to naturals aggressively with the occasional miss only to rise again for the same fly.

Fishing the seams and edges was productive with sulphurs in the 14-16 range.  With so many
naturals, presenting the fly with a natural drift was key. The slightest bit of drag had some
fish closely inspecting the flies only to refuse and wait for the next.

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 info@backwaterangler.com 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.