Category Archives: gear

NEW Trout Hunter Leader and Tippet


How many times when fishing have wished you could have a tippet size between 5X and 6X? Look no further, Trout Hunter has tippet sizes in 0.5X.  Our personal favorites for the Gunpowder are 5.5X and 6.5X.  They come in a UV resistant package to keep the nylon from breaking down.  All tippet spools have color-coded bands rather then small numbers to distinguish between tippet sizes.  Another great advantage is having a 50 yard spool rather then a 30 yard spool, which means running out of tippet less and spending more time on the water.  Trout Hunter leaders also come in a standard UV resistant package.  Whether you need a 14 foot leader for stalking spooking fish in the chalk streams of Pennsylvania, a 8 foot leader to fish little brook trout streams in western Maryland, or a 9 foot leader for fishing in a drift boat out west, Trout Hunter makes a leader for it.  Our favorite leader for fishing on the Gunpowder is a 12 foot Finesse leader designed to fish small dries.  Come in and try out the products designed by René Harrop that Trout Hunter offers.

Winston LT and WT Rods


Come in and check out Winston LT and WT rods we have in stock.  We have 4 LT’s in 9′ 6 weight, 8’9″ 5 weight, 7’9″ 3 weight, and 7’9″ 2 weight models.  We also have 3 WT’s in 8′ 4 weight, 8′ 4 weight TMF, and 7′ 3 weight models.  The softer tip of the LT allows for ease in close casts, while the lower sections provide enough power to fish larger flies at a distance.  The WT series has a faster action giving enough backbone to make longer casts, but keeps the same “Winston feel” with a forgiving and softer tip section.  Both models come with a nickel silver and burled wood insert for the reel seat. Come cast one of the rods at the shop and feel the difference in a Winston.



R. L. Winston Rod, Lamson Reels and SA Flylines Demo Day

Fly Rods for the Bahamas
Want to cast Winston Fly Rods in Maryland? Mike Colegrove, our favorite R. L. Winston rep was kind enough to send us (in the dead of winter) this nice warm shot of a gathering of Winton BIII-x and BIII-SX fly rods he brought along during a trip to Abaco, Bahamas this winter. He’ll have samples of all of the popular models of Winston fly rods including the LS, Nexus, Microspeys and TH fly rods to test cast. Mike will also be manning the grill so stop up for a free burger or hotdog with all the fixings during the demonstration! We’ll raffle off a Scientific Angler fly line and have all the new lines for test casting between 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, April 18 2015.

Cooped up? Check Out Used Fly Fishing Gear at Backwater Angler

Cooped up
The winter of 2015 was long, even for chickens! Downtime has allowed us to go through some great used gear that is ready for others to fish. We’ll start with the used reels: Abel Big Game #3, Billy Pate Bonefish Anti-reverse, Billy Pate Bonefish direct drive, Tibor Riptide dark green w/ Atlantic Salmon Engraving and extra spool, Islander LX 4.0 Gold w/ extra spool, Hatch fanatic 5 plus balck hub, Tibor Tailwater Cl Black w/ extra spool, Sci. Anglers System 3, Orvis DXR tarpon, Lamson LP4 reel with extra spool and a Seamaster Tarpon #1296 in the original box, bag w/ warranty card. We have a number of used rods in the shop including: G.Loomis NRX 9ft 10 wt 4pc, G.Loomis IMX 9ft 10wt 4pc, Winston LT 9ft 8wt 3pc, Scott STS 908/3, St. Croix Imperial 9ft 8wt 4pc, G.Loomis 9ft 6wt 4pc, TFO 9ft 10wt 4pc and a few more…We’re here every day but Wednesday. Stop up and see what we’ve got…

Abel Fish Graphic Super N Reels

Abel Super 5N Artistic Anodize
Need a little color to brighten up the winter blues? Stop in and check out the California handiwork exhibited by the Abel reels at Backwater Angler including a trio of Super 5N reels (top photo, clockwise) DeYoung Montana Brown, Mayfly, Brown Trout and (bottom photo, clockwise) 11-12N in Dorado, 9-10N in Atlantic Salmon, 7-8N in Chrome Steelhead and a 7-8N in Bonefish. These beautiful reels are testament that you don’t need a lot of fly reels-just the “right” ones.
Abel Super N Fish Graphic Reels

G. Loomis NRX review from Alaska

Alaska Fly Fishing
Thanks to Terry for the stream report, review and great shot from Alaska:

Here’s the biggest of the week, 33” and 20lbs, from the Swishkak River in Katmai National Park, right where river empties into the saltwater. The silvers were big and shiny chrome. And packed up in knee-deep, clear water – just like bonefish in the Bahamas. Sight casting with 8wt (Loomis NRX that you sold me), was a delight. Saw every fish, every chase, every take – and then they’d go deep into the backing every single time! It was a terrific experience!

All the best,

Patagonia River Salt Wading Jacket Review

Patagonia River Salt Jacket
Thanks to Josh Reider for the photos and gear review of his lucky Patagonia River Salt Jacket. We have a ready supply of these waterproof, breathable and durable wading jackets in stock ready to ship.

After fishing today in the freezing rain I found out two things: One, fish don’t care how miserable the weather is; and two, a nice rain jacket is a must. A friend and I fished in the dismal weather for 3 hours and were able to pick up close to 10 fish; hooking nearly twice that. We landed a few nice fish and a lot in the smaller 8-12 inch range. Fishing the Gunpowder this time of year is very productive and can be a lot of fun if you’re dressed properly. We were nymphing small pheasant tails and zebra midges with the most success. I switched to a streamer later in the day and had some fish chase it but none would commit.
My Patagonia Riversalt jacket kept me dry and warm in the miserable weather. I’ve had it nearly a year now and it works just as well as when I took it out of the box. It is great length, the cuffs work and because it is longer than most wading jackets it can be worn as a normal rain jacket. I use it whenever I fish and recommend it to anyone serious about staying comfortable fly fishing in a host of conditions.

Wild Trout in Maryalnd

Umpqua Ledges 550 Waist Pack Review

Umpqua Packs and Vests
Thanks to Justin Nolan for stopping in and giving us a first look at the Umpqua line of packs, bags and vests. He is pictured above with the Umpqua Surveyor 1100 backpack and Overlook 500 chest pack. We just received a shipment of the full line in the shop so stop on up and give them a look. Thanks to Mike Colegrove for the gear review of the Ledges 500 waist pack.

For the past few months I have been fishing with a rep sample of the new Ledges 500 Waist Pack from Umpqua. Early on in my fly fishing career I realized that vests were not for me and I have been using lumbar packs ever since. I am always on the search for a better mouse trap and have been through a number of waist packs over the years. Some were better than others, but none got enough things right for me to definitely say “this is the one.” , that is until now. The Umpqua Ledges pack has taken all of the positive attributes of the existing packs on the market along with adding a few innovate features of their own to create the best waist pack I have ever used.

-Mike Colegrove

A Rainbow and a BWA Hat

Thanks to Jeff for the stream report and pics from August 19 and for picking up his new Patagonia Stealth Hip Pack this weekend. We hope it’s lucky for you Jeff!:

Hey Theaux,
Do you have an opinion of the Patagonia Stealth Hip Pack or have them in stock? I’ve been fishing a Fishpond chest pack for a few years now and while fishing the North Brach this week I thought how nice it would be to keep the weight off my back. Also I fished in the rain for a few hours on Sunday and the chest pack, along with my gear inside got soaked. The DWR treatment on Patagonia’s hip pack sounds like a nice feature if it keeps the elements out.The fishing was pretty slow but I did mange this rainbow. Oh and I got to break in my Backwater Angler hat!


Jerry Kustich and Sweetgrass Rods at Backwater Angler Saturday, August 24th from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM

Jerry Kustich and a Few Gunpowder Regulars
I met Jerry K. in 1997 when I started working at the R. L. Winston Rod Co. as the Eastern Sales Rep. At the time I had a gas card, a small pickup with a topper and a U.S. map with a line roughly drawn down the middle from Minnesota to Louisiana that included all points east from Maine to the Keys. Traveling 28 states back then was always an adventure and the dealers always took great care of me. Visiting with Jerry, Glenn, and Jeff in the old airplane hangar that served as the boo shop was always a treat. One afternoon Jerry invited me to join him for an evening fishing craneflies patterns on the Beaverhead. On the drive, Jerry asked me how someone from Louisiana grew up fishing and guiding for trout in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. About 6 months later I received my first bamboo rod from the boo boys signed by Jerry and built with pocket water, Cahills and long leaders in mind. The rod has always allowed me to show the art of the old guard to those interested in the beauty and craft that bamboo brings to the sport. Last year Jerry K. made a pilgrimage to the Gunpowder and ran into the likes of Jack (right) and Dave (left)–true Gunpowder regulars that appreciate bamboo and a good story.

Please join us at Backwater Angler from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM next Saturday the 24th of August. Jerry will be stopping in to talk about bamboo and you’ll have an opportunity to cast some beautiful Sweetgrass bamboo fly rods. Please RSVP at 410-357-9557.

Thanks to Sweetgrass for the use of the following bio of Jerry: Sweetgrass Rods website:

Jerry Kustich has been a part of the “Boo Boy” team for the past twenty years learning the many intricacies of rod building. Always found on a stream testing anything from flies to waders to pentagonal bamboo designs, he has become an outspoken advocate for public access to Montana’s rivers. Author, writer, devoted environmentalist, rod designer, and dedicated angler, he spends much time on the road as a fly fishing ambassador lecturing on and representing the ideals for which all serious fly anglers stand.

Jerry Kustich Fishing Bamboo on the Gunpowder