Category Archives: gear

A Video about the Importance of Small Fly Shops

Our hats are off to Rajeff Sports for this fine video from the excellent ECHO line titled Fly Shop Strong. We are very pleased that the connection between small fly shops and the waters they serve is recognized herein.#flyshopstrong We’ve greatly enjoyed and benefitted from the support this company has provided to our small fly shop over the years including the following in-stock current product offerings: Airflo poly leaders, Super-Dri fly line, Exceed fly lines and specialty fly lines like the Chard’s Tropical Punch, Galloup’s Nymph Taper fly lines, Cold saltwater Intermediates and the industry leading Ridge Clear Tropical Clear Tip. Stop in when you have time and cast the ECHO GLASS series of 3 piece fiberglass fly rods in 6’9″ 3 weight; 7’4″ 4 weight and 7′ 10″ weight priced at $199.95. We also have the 11′ 7 weight 4 piece spey at $279.95 and the mighty 13′ 8 weight spey rods at $299.95. We also carry the Echo Solo fly lines at $29.95, the Echo Base reels at $34.95 and the Echo Ion reels at $79.95!

Fly Fishing on the North Branch of the Potomac

Summer seemed to arrive almost overnight a couple of weeks back, whilst freestone streams can struggle with warm water, tailwaters continue to produce great fishing opportunities. I fished out in western Maryland earlier this month on the Savage and the North branch of the Potomac. Both tailwaters like the Gunpowder – but aside from that they offer much different fishing experiences. I floated with guide Tony Lohr from Savage River Outfitters down a spectacular section of the North Branch downstream from Westernport. This was my first float and it was an experience to remember! In this fast, heavy water a 5 to 6 weight rod is ideal and the raft allows you to fish the best of the river that otherwise can’t be reached.

Whilst nymphs and streamer were catching fish, the dry fly fishing from midafternoon until dark was outstanding. The rainbows in this river gave the strongest fight from a trout that I have ever encountered and going any lighter than 4x is both unnecessary and too weak to properly handle these fish. The icing on the cake was an 18-inch brown trout that annihilated a streamer on what ended as the last cast.

– Gene

Please note we have the following rods in stock ready to cast from:
Scott – 9′ 6wt Radian and Meridian, 9′ 5wt Flex
R. L. Winston – 8′ 6″ 5wt WT and 8′ 9″ 5wt LT
G. Loomis – 9′ 5wt NRX LP, 9′ 5wt Pro 4x and 8′ 6″ 6wt Shorestalker
St. Croix – 9′ 6wt Bank Robber, 9′ and 8′ 6″ 5wt Imperial

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Essential Gear for Maryland Fly Fishing

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Over the past year since I began working here I have been lucky enough to use some top of the range equipment across Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Adirondack mountains in New York. Besides the Gunpowder I try to make it out to western MD to fish the north Branch of the Potomac and the Savage as often as I can. The gear I use all has it’s uses for each of these three different rivers.

On the Gunpowder being much more pressured in skinny water I use NRX LP 3wt with a Royal Wulff Triangle taper line. The smooth casting action with the softer tip than the standard NRX along with the non intrusive design of the triange taper aids the delicate presentation needed to catch fish here more often. Patagonia ultralight sticky’s are the choice of wading boots due to their light and comfortable fit which allows you to walk trails and banks without the discomfort of dragging heavy feet!

For the Savage & North Branch the wading environment brings a whole new challenge to contend with along with the fishing. The fast water along with the outrageously slippery riverbed means I use Simms G3 Guide boots with studs. The tough, rigid design gives my ankles the necessary support and the material can stand up to the abuse that these streams put on them. For rod choice the Winston BIIIX super 10 is a rod I chose with these rivers in mind. The abundance of deep pockets mean that in order to achieve a consistently better drift, the extra reach provided with this rod makes all the difference. The boron in the taper can handle the biggest of trout in the fast water whilst the sensitive tip allows you to detect the most delicate of takes.

-Gene Howson

T&T Paradigm and Hendrickson Bamboo Rods

IMG_1767If you did not get what you really wanted over the holidays now is your chance! We have just taken in two beautiful Thomas and Thomas Bamboo Fly Rods for sale.
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The first is a T&T Hendrickson that is a 7 1/2 foot 2 tipped 2 piece rod for a #6 line with Serial # 3012. The rod was made for J.S.Stone in 1977. It has the typical Swelled butt and is one of T&T’s best models. It features custom wraps and was made during the Dorsey & Maxwell era and is offered at $1,900
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The second is a T&T Paradigm that is an 8 foot, 2 piece 2 tipped rod for a #5 line with serial # 2590. This rod still bass glossy varnish and is straw colored with honey silk wraps tipped with red thread and blued z-style ferrules. The stripper guide has a carboloy ring. It has a swelled butt and a Butternut reel seat with aluminum up locking screw hardware. It is a medium fast action bamboo fly rod with original bag and brass capped tube offered at $2,150.
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Winston Air in-stock at Backwater Angler

We just received a Winston Air 9ft 5 weight 4pc fly rod at Backwater Angler, which begs the question; Why does one need another five weight? Enjoy the answer from our friend Annette McClean and stop up and cast it before it is gone!

Holiday Fly Fishing Shirts at Backwater Angler

Simms Cold Weather Shirts
Have enough fly fishing gear or would rather pick out the techie gear yourself. Here are a few sure bets for other family members to “surprise” you with over the Holidays we’ve just received some very popular Simms Coldweather shirts and a shipment G.Loomis vented fly fishing shirts with the Backwater Angler logo embroidered on the right front chest pocket.IMG_1670