Ants and Midges abound on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is low, 32 cfs, and cold – starting the day at 52 degrees at Falls road.
Thanks to Gene for the great stream report and photo:

Terrestrials fished tight along the banks is the one of the best ways of fooling trout at this time of year. Quiet approaches and long leaders will increase your chances of success. Evening and morning have larger fish on the lookout for an easy meal like this trout pictured that devoured a size 16 parachute ant. Midges are the main hatch that will bring fish up in the slower water. When the surface activity is quiet euro nymphing is an effective means of catching fish in shallow riffles and fast runs.

Ant hunter

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 30th of July 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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. 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 Saturday the 29th of July 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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. 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.

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!

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 23rd of July 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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. 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 Saturday the 22nd of July 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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. 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.

Low Flows, Terrestrials and Midges

Hoppers ready for a swim

The Gunpowder River is flowing at 32 CFS, 52 F and is clear. Try to find some shade this weekend. Wet wading works fine this time of year just watch out for the poison ivy and ground bees. A float in any size craft or even a Gunpowder River tubing trip will likely turn more into a muddy drag. Small midge patterns fished behind an ant or beetle on 7x is a great way to trick wild fish! Thanks to Gene Howson for the stream report:

In the past week the flows have been reduced to 32cfs. Low flows can make the fishing more challenging those willing to fish long leaders, 7x tippet and stay out the river as much as possible can still catch plenty of trout. Terrestrials can catch fish all day but smaller midge patterns will catch more fish whilst they are emerging in the tails of pools.

Please note: The shop will be open 4th of July weekend:
Friday from 10 till 5
Saturday 10 till 4
Sunday 10 till 4
Monday 10 Till 5
Closed on Tuesday the 4th and Wednesday the 5th.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 16th of July 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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. 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 the 9th of July 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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. 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.

Terrestrial time on the Gunpowder

Evening light on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder is clear, flowing at 61 cfs with water temperatures in the high 50’s.

As the sulphurs are finally winding down fish start to diversify their feeding habits. This means anglers who are willing to fish different methods depending on the conditions will typically catch more fish. Caddis are hatching regularly and fishing size 14-18 caddis patterns; pupa, emerger or adult patterns will all work. Terrestrials cast up along the bank is usually effective for tricking those fish who are keeping an eye out for an easy meal. Zonkers and wooly buggers have been catching the larger fish when fished tight to undercut banks.

Streamer fish in the rain