Cinco de Mayo and No Crowds

Cinco de Mayo and no crowds? It’s not the 2009 Influenza A Virus subtype H1N1 keeping crowds from the Gunpowder river-just a few passing thundershowers. Be sure to bring along a rainjacket-masks are optional unless you want some truly undisturbed space out there. River conditions are great, if a little on the high side, the Gunpowder river is flowing at 219 Cfs, is clear and dropping. Water temps throughout the catch and release stretch are ideal at 57 to 59 F. A variety of Sulphurs, Caddis and streamers have been producing along the Gunpowder this week. We have quite a few local patterns on the counter in the muffin tins if you come up short.
Big Gunpowder River Sulphur
If you have an interest in H1N1, be sure to pick up John Barrys, The Great Influenza, an account of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. The book has a great backstory about the beginnings of Johns Hopkins and this dire narrative will certainly help those waiting to fly fish in “good weather” make light of a few passing thundershowers. This Spring we have lots to be thankful for-We’ve just rebounded from severe drought conditions, as Kristina Negas, of the Frederick News-Post has reported today in Down Came the Rain, we still have our health, and Preakness is just a week away Hon…I think a Sulphur celebration is in order…