The high Tuesday was 25 F, yet Jason still managed a seven fish day with a new regular who drove down from the Pittsburgh area to fly fish the Gunpowder river for wild brown trout.The conditions were less than ideal, but they made the best of it.
Today the river is gin clear and is flowing at 102 CFS, and water temps are 39 to 42 F throughout the catch and release area.This weekend, the general warming trend, with air temps forecasted in Mid to high 50’s, is a welcome sign of Spring. Water temps might still be on the cool side with the rest of the ice melting away along the Gunpowder, so focus on the shallow riffles with traditional nymphs like zug bugs, princes and Carey Specials in the #14-16 range. About midday switch to a stonefly dry in the #16-18 range. Skating stoneflies or black caddis might illicit a few strikes in some of the flat water along the edges of riffles, just make sure you use a 12ft 6x or 7x leader.