The river is clear, 62 F at Falls Rd, and is flowing at 135 Cfs . We should see flows stabilize through tonight to provide excellent wade fishing just in time for the weekend. With two changes in flow this week on Wednesday and Thursday, enough water has moved off the lip of the reservoir, to take spillover out of the equation for Gunpowder river flow and temperature. We should return to a more predictable late afternoon to early evening sulphur hatch shortly.
In the interim, we have plenty of cool water, moving briskly through the Gunpowder river. Small streamers to imitate the Gizzard shad fry making their way back down to Loch Raven have been accounting for a number of fish. Caddis made a big showing above Falls Rd early Thursday morning, but by midday most folks reported sporadic hatches of Caddis and Sulphurs. It is very important to cover water in between hatches with soft hackles, emergers and attractor dries. Yesterday fish were also looking up at large terrestrials like humpies, (in yellow of course), stimulators and large hopper imitations. With the river temperature at least 6-8F cooler than last week, tubers are shrieking, and nymphing with small hares ears in a #14-16 rigged with a partridge and yellow or partridge and orange soft hackle in sizes #18-20 should be a morning mantra.