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.
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!
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.
This just in from Fisheries…
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.
Central Region Manager
Freshwater Fisheries Program
Fishing and Boating Services
Department of Natural Resources
17400 Annapolis Rock Rd
Woodbine, Maryland 21797
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!
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.
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.
Phuny emergers (left to right: March brown, female and male Hendrickson)
With warm springtime temperatures just around the corner, now is the time to sort out your dry fly patterns so you’re not without the right pattern when on the water anytime in the upcoming weeks. Besides presentation, having quality flies can make a big difference in helping you catch more quality fish. Backwater Angler has received a beautiful selection of Hendrickson and march brown emergers, red quill parachutes and caddis patterns tied by Mike Bachkosky of Calicoon, New York.
Mike has spent 57 years exploring and fishing the upper Delaware river watershed. In doing so he has perfected his bug imitations for the all most important hatches on Eastern trout rivers. Not only will his flies catch fish, they importantly will withstand a lot of use, remaining buoyant and effective. His phuny and unusual emerger patterns – as simple they may be, are his go-to pattern when the fish are keyed in on the emerging mayfly. If they can trick the large, wild brown trout of the Delaware – little wonder they work so well on the Gunpowder! Mike formerly tied 3000 + dozen flies a year commercially to many small fly shops that have since gone out of business with increasing numbers big box stores opening. Here at Backwater Angler we’re always grateful for the time he puts in to keep us stocked with fantastic flies that catch lots of fish, not just on the Gunpowder, but across almost all our favorite trout waters between Maryland to New England.
If you have any fishing trips planned in the upcoming weeks in any trout waters throughout the mid Atlantic states, now is the time to get your flies ready, consider us to mail you a quality selection of these for you to fish the next few weeks.
Give us a call at 410 357 9557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are closed leave us a voicemail or an email and we’ll get back to you soon after we’re back in shop.
Red Quill Parachute
Stop in today, Friday and Saturday for our first ever End of Eternal Winter Sale. Save up to 50% on discontinued Winter merchandise like gloves, hats, socks, fleece vests and layering gear. Supplies are limited and thankfully so is winter.
Please note: The shop will be closed Sunday April 1 in Observance of Easter.
Here at Backwater Angler we have a great selection of G. Loomis rods for both fresh and salt water. The NRX LP’s are perfect for trout fishing , with the high modulus carbon with a softer tip than the original NRX, allows for delicate presentation with protection on fine tippet. For those who fly fish saltwater, the NRX 8 – 12 wt has proved extremely popular for those going on a trip down to the tropics or those looking to fish for stripers on the bay.
Here is the Loomis description of the NRX saltwater range of fly rods:
Just when you thought fly rods couldn’t get any lighter or more dynamic, along comes a rod that surpasses anything ever made. Thanks to a proprietary, high-tech, nano-silica resin system and the genius of rod designer, Steve Rajeff, these NRX saltwater fly rods are the ultimate in extreme performance. They have an unbelievable “strength-to-weight” ratio and can handle everything from bonefish to small tuna. Tarpon anglers, especially those traveling to far off places, really appreciate the 4-piece construction. Wind is not problem given the fast tapers and stiff design that create incredibly tight loops for long, accurate casts, even in the wind. Ranging from a sneaky powerful 7-weight, all the way up to the tarpon lover’s 12-weight, there isn’t a fish on the flats or in the tidewater you can’t handle. Small tuna, big Cobia, even striped and white marlin are no match for the strength and power of NRX. It’s everything you want in a saltwater fly rod and more!