Fly Fishing with Stonefly Patterns on the Gunpowder River

The river is still low and clear, at 32 Cfs. Water temps are 44F to 46F throughout the catch and release area. We’re seeing Stoneflies, as witnessed by this great shot by Jason du Pont.
Stonefly Pattern and the Real Thing
On brighter days, black flies and cream midges should provide some light entertainment above Falls Rd. Fish are still holding in very shallow, quiet water at the base of riffles and in flats. Long leaders ending in 6 and 7x are essential to get close enough to the fish to trick them. Stonefly nymphs in the #10-14 range are working along the banks between Bunkerhill and Big Falls Rd.