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Holiday Hours at Backwater Angler

Need a break from the home front this week? We have some great sales this week in store only. We will be open this Tuesday and Wednesday 10 – 2 both days and will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Open again normal hours on Friday. 

The river is at 290 cfs and gradually dropping. Water temperature is at 52 degrees F and the water is clear.

The river is quite full and many fish are spawning so please take care when wading. Since the air and water temperature have dropped recently the fishing has been quite slow. However now the river is coming  down to a better level for fishing and we’re experiencing some milder, still days – this fishing should be easier this week.

Enjoy the turkey dinner & hope you get out to catch a trout or 2!

 

 

New St Croix Rods at Backwater Angler

With the holidays right around the corner we have a great selection of St. Croix rods from Park Falls, Wisconsin!

These include the new Mojo Trout series, these rods are silky smooth casting suited for beginners and intermediate anglers alike. Featuring high modulus SCIII graphite these are superb rods which, for $180 – $210, don’t break the bank.

The Imperial USA rods set the standard for a premium US built rod; lightweight, fast action rods these are extremely versatile and performs like a rod you would pay twice the money for.  The Bank Robber streamer rods are designed by Kelly Galloup on the Madison River, he knows what goes into a great rod and with the state of the art technology provided by St. Croix, this is the result. The Legend Elite is their hallmark rod which has the look and feel of a rod that is worthy of a brand which has been at the forefront of rod building for 70 years.

Whether you’re new or seasoned in fly fishing we have you covered, stop on by and give them a go! We have received the following in store.

  • NEW Mojo Trout 9′ 4 wt $200
  • NEW Mojo Trout 9′ 5 wt $200
  • Imperial USA 9′ 4 wt $300
  • Imperial USA 9′ 5 wt $300
  • Bank Robber 9′ 5 wt $460
  • Legend Elite 9′ 5 wt $460

NOTE: We still have a space available in our upcoming streamer clinic this Saturday at 11 AM. Please call the shop to pre-register. 

Fall Colors and Spillover on the Gunpowder

Currently the Gunpowder is at 89 cfs, 58 degrees F and rising.

The dam is pulling water at 30 cfs and the reservoir is over capacity, leading to spillover. With rain on the way, keep an eye on the gauge this weekend if you’re planning to fish. If it gets above 250 cfs, maybe a walk in the woods would be better use of your time.

I fished above falls road during the week and I found a number of trout rising to cream midges size 20. Along with trout there were lots of bluegill rising for midges and smallmouth bass patrolling. I’ve never seen such abundance of warm water fish so close to the dam, the resident brown trout have plenty of good sized meals available, so streamer fishing early & late would definitely be worth your time. Miracle nymphs and wd40 emergers 18-22 or pheasant tails and prince nymphs size 16-20 are catching fish. Fishing these behind a elk hair caddis is a great searching set up at this time of year when the fish are eager to eat before spawning in November.

Thanks to Ethan Lawson who caught this chunky wild brown on a streamer.

Scott and Winston Fly Rods on Sale!


Please note: This sale covers in-stock discontinued models only.

Scott and Winstons are among our favorites and sadly sometimes they get updated and very good news for those who have waited for a great and somewhat limited sale.

That said,  we have two Scott F2 7′ 2″ 3 weight 4 piece rods for sale. Originally designed for Yamame (Cherry Salmon for the Japanese market. They are  the only four piece in the in F2 series.These light weight fiberglass are a dream for those who enjoy small stream fishing . They are ideal for our local wild browns or even brookies in western Maryland.

They retail at $645 and we are willing to part ways with them for $445 each.

We also have two beautiful and very different  R. L. Winston Fly Rods for your consideration. A Winston Traditional (WT) 8’6” 5 weight 3 piece (shown above) and  8’9″ 5 weight 5 piece LT also on sale (shown below). These retail at $850 each and can now be had for $600 a piece. These have classic Winston tapers from the early 90’s with internal ferrules, these will make someone very happy indeed.

Stop by the shop and check them out before it’s too late!

Patagonia Clothing in Maryland

We just recieved a fall shipment of three important Patagonia® clothing pieces for cooler weather. They are now in stock in sizes M through XXL and include (pictured from left to right) the Tough Puff Hoody, Snap Dry Shirt, and Snap Dry Hoody The Following descriptions are from Patagonia®

Tough Puff Hoody

Built for swinging flies all day in cold water, the warm Tough Puff Hoody has a stretchy and durable face fabric combined with highly breathable FullRange® stretch insulation for performance, comfort and freedom of motion.

Snap Dry Shirt

Built for comfort and freedom of movement, this versatile fishing shirt is made from a stretchy and durable fabric for layering in cool and windy conditions; two large zippered pockets hold fly boxes or other essentials.

Snap Dry Hoody

Built for warmth, comfort and freedom of movement in cool and windy conditions, this technical fishing hoody has a stretchy and durable face with lightweight, fast-wicking insulation in the body and hood.

Shocking Survey on the Gunpowder

This just in from Fisheries…

All,

We will be conducting our fall electrofishing survey on the Gunpowder Falls tailwater on Sept. 17, 18, and 20.

Meeting time 9:30 each morning.

Sept. 17- Dam/Falls Station- meet at the upper Falls Rd parking lot.

Sept. 18-Masemore Station- meet at the parking lot at Masemore Rd.

Sept. 20- Bluemount Station- meet at the Bluemount Rd entrance to the NCR TCB trail.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending or need more details.

Thanks,
Mark

Mark Staley
Central Region Manager
Freshwater Fisheries Program
Fishing and Boating Services
Department of Natural Resources
17400 Annapolis Rock Rd
Woodbine, Maryland 21797
410-442-2080 (office)
mark.staley@maryland.gov

EBAY and Backwater Angler

Need a hard to find Bauer MXP2 reel or spool? How about A Peerless reel or a “lawn-cast-only” fly rod at a great price? Used, consigned, returned and discontinued gear is now available on our Backwater Angler EBAY page. If you are lucky bidder some of this great stuff could be yours at the end of the 7 day or 10 day auctions. Everything listed is a Backwater Angler E-Bay exclusive and will not be sold out of the shop. Shipping Costs are a fair $15 for USPS Priority Mail. Happy bidding!

Gunpowder River Update

The Gunpowder is 2.91 feet, flowing at 362 CFs and is 56.84 degrees F. The river is still too high to fish safely. Median flow for this time of year is close to 100 Cfs and flows that afford safe wading are well below 225 Cfs.

Please Respect the River and give the Gunpowder a break.

Last week numerous news outlets covered recent swift water rescues in both the upper and lower Gunpowder River. We certainly don’t need to add to that number by testing the waters.

Gunpowder River Update

The Gunpowder River is still flowing at a dangerous level.

At 8 AM at Falls Road, the river was 6.8 FT, flowing at 1,650 Cfs and the water temperature was 72.14.
At 10 AM at Falls Rd the river was 6.32 FT, flowing 1,460 and the water temperature is 74.84 F

At 8 AM at Glencoe Road is 8.18 FT and flowing at 2,310 Cfs.
At 9:45 AM at Glencoe Road the river was 9.64 feet and 2,790 Cfs.

That said, NO ONE should be entertaining any thoughts of fishing, floating or tubing the Gunpowder River until this spillover event subsides.