Mid-Winter Flyfishing on the Gunpowder River

This 22″ fish, released by Jason du Pont, fell for a #18 curved shank pheasant tail after the first snow last year.

Brave The Cold Gunpowder River

Now that I have your attention, the water temps have cooled a little in the past week. Currently, the river is flowing at 32 Cfs, and water temps have cooled a bit from the a high last week of 48 F to a low this morning of 42 F. We ‘ve been finding lots of fish in riffles and shallow flats with #10-#16 Copper Johns. The fish are ambushing stoneflies nymphs along deadfalls and log jams before the nymphs can crawl out and hatch out of their nymphal shucks. We’ve had reports of stonefly adults reported most afternoons from Bunkerhill Rd. through Bluemount Rd. Foam stonefly patterns and traditional quill-winged stones are worth a shot. If you want to fish smaller, midge activity is still more consistent above Falls Rd. Black flies, and cream midges are a good bet, and an Adams in a #20-22 is a great searching pattern this time of year. Stop in this weekend and check out a new midge emerger Jason just tied up.