Easter Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder

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The Gunpowder River is clear, low at 30 Cfs and 58 degrees.Thanks to Gene for the great stream report and great shot of a wild brown with a Sulfur Comparadun.

March Brown and Hendricksons have been coming off the past few days from Masemore through to Big Falls. Trout have been looking to the surface in the afternoon through the evening. Pheasant tail nymphs are still the ticket in the faster water along with soft hackles and hares ear wets. Sulphurs are still to be found from Masemore up to the dam and you can use emergers and CDC duns to match the hatch. Mike Bachkosky’s snowshoe rabbit emergers, unusuals and red quill parachutes have been working fantastically.

Please note: We will be closed Easter Sunday-find an egg or find a wild fish!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday April 30th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Clear Water in the Gunpowder after Heavy Rain

The Gunpowder River is clear flowing at 37 CFs and is 48 degrees F. Thanks to Gene for the stream report!

Heavy rain yesterday saw Little Falls rise to 2500 cfs. Downstream from where it joins the main stem of the Gunpowder saw levels of almost 3000 cfs – 2 feet above the flood level.

Whilst the upper Gunpowder was stained yesterday and high with surface runoff from roads, levels quickly fell back to normal overnight and its back to 38cfs and clear by today. For the weekend nice temperatures and sunshine should bring out more Sulphurs and Hendricksons in the catch and release sections of the river. Look to fish the faster water with pheasent tail nymphs and emergers size 12-14 and you’ll encounter feeding trout.

Mayflies in March on the Gunpowder

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The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 32Cfs and is 47 degrees F. Thanks to Gene for the great stream report and photos!

As we end March on the Gunpowder march browns and hendricksons are hatching. However what is most unusual is the fact that sulphurs size 14-16 are hatching alongside them, mainly in the upper sections of the river. The mayflies are being picked off by trout of all sizes from the nymphs in the morning, emergers to the duns by the afternoon. The low flows mean that long leaders and 6-7x tippet are required for presenting a dry fly. Don’t wait until June to fly fish sulphurs this year!
–Gene Howson

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Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, April 29th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

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

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, April 9th a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, April 2nd a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.