Monthly Archives: June 2007

Fly Fishing Clinic:Dry Flies

Please Join us Thursday evening, July 28, 2007 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM for a dry fly skills clinic along the Gunpowder River.

Brush up on dry fly fishing methods and be more productive covering water with a variety of techniques.

Cost is $75 per person and participants provide their own gear. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

BWA Overnighter July 24

Fly fish the Savage River and the North Branch of the Potomac River with a Maryland Licensed Guide on July 24-25. during your Backwater Angler Overnighter, you’ll enjoy a day and a half of guided fly fishing in Western Maryland, an overnight stay in a stream side cabin and have three meals on us for $550 per person.

Native Brook Trout
Related Posts:

A full description of the 2007 Backwater Angler Overnighter
Watch a Video by Jason du Pont of Insects along the Savage River
Read Theaux Le Gardeur’s description of one of last years’ outings in western Maryland

Interested? Book your Backwater Angler Overnighter early.
Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

BWA Overnighter July 26

Fly fish the Savage River and the North Branch of the Potomac River with a Maryland Licensed Guide on July 26-27. During your Backwater Angler Overnighter, you’ll enjoy a day and a half of guided fly fishing in Western Maryland, an overnight stay in a stream side cabin and have three meals on us for $550 per person.

Native Brook Trout
Related Posts:

A full description of the 2007 Backwater Angler Overnighter
Watch a Video by Jason du Pont of Insects along the Savage River
Read Theaux Le Gardeur’s description of one of last years’ outings in western Maryland

Interested? Book your Backwater Angler Overnighter early.
Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

BWA Overnighter July 23

Fly fish the Savage River and the North Branch of the Potomac River with a Maryland Licensed Guide on July 23-24. During your Backwater Angler Overnighter, you’ll enjoy a day and a half of guided fly fishing in Western Maryland, an overnight stay in a stream side cabin and have three meals on us for $550 per person.

Native Brook Trout
Related Posts:

A full description of the 2007 Backwater Angler Overnighter
Watch a Video by Jason du Pont of Insects along the Savage River
Read Theaux Le Gardeur’s description of one of last years’ outings in western Maryland

Interested? Book your Backwater Angler Overnighter early.
Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Gunpowder River Low and Clear after a Tornado Warning

The sky turned green yesterday as I was slinging the last of the mulch. I ducked inside the house as the trees swayed and the heavy rain pushed through the old windows. On the river the tribs swelled, the gauge moved-but only briefly to 145Cfs, and is now back down to 34 Cfs.Water temps are still cool at 53 to 55 F throughout the catch and release section.
Guiding Fly Fishing Trips on the Gunpowder River
Most of the spikes we see after a heavy rain are skewed from runoff from the Falls bridge on the upstream side of the gauge so spikes really don’t give one a clear picture of actual stream conditions until we walk the river the next morning. Today the lower section, from Bluemount downstream through Sparks was very dirty, because Little Falls as it enters the river, has a higher sediment load-think more development, than the Gunpowder river which flows, in it’s first 7.6 miles through the Hereford area of Gunpowder State Park-think forest buffer. As June hatches go, the likely suspects are still around. So count on seeing Sulphurs in the #18-20 range in the late afternoon to evening. Morning and midday fly fishing the Gunpowder should be challenging. Use long leaders, (10 to 12 foot) ending in 6 or 7x, and try the fast riffles in the shade with a mix of beetles, ants and small caddis.

Maryland Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, June 17, a Gunpowder River guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection.Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

The Savage River and the North Branch of the Potomac Fly Fishing Report

The Savage River:

The river was fishing slow this week in Western Maryland. Levels were down between 50-75 CFS and warming to 56-59 degrees midday at the uppermost bridge access. Hatches were coming off great, but the fish were only rising to midges size #22-26 in the flat pools. Pounding the pocket water was surprisingly ineffective despite an abundance of size twelve March Browns, Sulphurs and Cahills in the early afternoon. Caddis, Blue Wing Olives, Craneflies and smaller mayflies were hatching midday in small numbers. Gypsy Moth Caterpillars were everywhere on the river, and two trout rose to ones I saw fall into the water. My caterpillar fly just wasn’t up to code, though I will soon be busy at the vise. A heavily hackled, long shanked size ten Griffith’s Gnat looks pretty close.

Savge River Wild Brook Trout

The overall consensus from other anglers and guides was the fishing was tough, despite impressive hatches and decent flow. One thing I noticed was the fish were only rising to dries when I skated them close to rocks during emergence time. One brook trout struck my client’s fly so close to a rock that it appeared to snag a piece of the rock, which was actually the trout’s head. A higher flow may pull the trout from their hiding places and make them more willing to rise to the untouched naturals. Flat water fish were picky, refusing size #24-26 black, gray and tan midge patterns. Look for more active fish in coming weeks when the water temperature warms and the hatch ends in an intense spinner fall at dark.

The North Branch of the Potomac:

The river was low 225-275 CFS , warming to 65 degrees midday at Barnum and fishing excellent with large fish rising to dries in pocket water areas. These levels offered easy wading to cross the river and helped concentrate fish into the better runs. Stimulators and caddis in sizes 10-16 were good searching patterns. Dropper nymphs like copper johns, green weenies, pheasant tail nymphs and San Juan worms all work well.

Lunch on the North Branch

These rivers have extremely slick bottoms so studded or Sticky Rubber soles are a good idea.

Wading staffs can be a good idea for the North Branch or even the Savage river in higher flows. A big net is a good idea for the North Branch as you may hang a monster trout that may not be able to fit into conventional sized nets. Seriously.

A few notes on Whirling Disease:

Anglers should bring a small bottle of bleach to disinfect boots, waders and nets to prevent the spread of whirling disease from the North Branch, Yough or Bear Creek. Dilute the bleach (98% water/2% bleach), soak the gear ten minutes and then rinse numerous times to remove all traces of bleach, which can be very harmful to fish and insects. This bleach solution should be disposed of properly away from watersheds. Anglers should consider fishing the North Branch LAST on a multi day or weekend trip to further prevent any transfer of the spores. Anglers should start practicing this cleaning process when traveling from any fishery to another. Testing has yet to reveal the extent of the spread of whirling disease in Maryland and neighboring states. When leaving any river and assume it is infected and that your gear will need to be cleaned before fishing another stream. Prevention is the ONLY method in stopping this disease from preying on our trout populations.

Related Posts:

Backwater Angler Overnighter

Whirling Disease Talk is Open to the Public

On June 19th, the following was added to this post:

I just spoke to Susan Rivers from DNR Fisheries, a 10% cleaning solution is comprised of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water. Theaux

Introducing Jason du Pont

For many of you, Jason needs no introduction. For those of you that are new to the site, Jason du Pont is a longtime Backwater Angler staff member, a Maryland Licensed Guide, an innovative fly tier and published author. His camera and video work drives the site, and today we’re especially proud to introduce him as another voice on the site.

Fishpond Slippery Rock Wading Staff Review

If you fish the Savage River or North Branch of the Potomac even once a year you need this wading staff! As a guy whose spent the better part of 10 years wading these streams without it, (and falling in numerous times), I can tell you that this little staff made everything about wading much more pleasant. My favorite features of the staff are its light weight, easily adjustable length and the caribiner for attaching it to your vest. Plus, you can use it to whack bears and raccoons that wander into your pool or campsite.>

Bill Felter

Buy a Fishpond Slippery Rock Wading Staff at www.backwaterangler.com