Monthly Archives: May 2009

Sage Z-Axis, Rio Streamer Tip and Great Flows on the Gunpowder

The Gunpowder has remained fishable the past weeks despite levels reaching the mid 200 Cfs range. Fishing streamers and nymphs was very effective in the higher flows, and dry fly action was good in the wider slower moving areas of the river. Flows have leveled out around 100 Cfs, with temps fluctuating from 60-64 depending on air temps and surface water temps on Prettyboy Reservoir.  MD Fisheries and Baltimore City are working together to increase insect hatches by allowing the spillover/releases to warm up the river in a way that is closer to typical freestones in the region. The result being that Sulphurs are out weeks early, and spinnerfalls are happening throughout numerous miles of river. A week ago in the Glencoe stretch sulphurs and spinners brought trout to the surface in riffles after 6 PM. While Sulphurs are hatching in the upper stretches of the Gunpowder, warmer water down river may mean areas in the lower C & R or below Monkton could have good hatches and few anglers. Parking accesses in the C & R may be filled midday with cars, but by evening boaters, hikers and most fishermen have left before the surface action gets going. Caddis dries are working through the day, but for rising fish and strong hatches, fishing late is best.

 The higher water tends to keep some anglers away, so adapting your tactics can result in great fishing, with little pressure. One day I brought out the Sage Z-Axis, sinking tip and medium size “brown trout” streamers for the midday fishing in the higher water. I switched back to dry flies for the evening bite, and yes the browns do rise when the water is over 200 Cfs. The latest video shows streamer fishing in the high water and hatching sulphurs on the Gunpowder.

Beginner’s Tying Class:Favorites

Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for a Beginners Fly Tying Class on Saturday, May 23, from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. It’s an introductory fly tying class that focuses on Gunpowder river favorite fly patterns. One of our Maryland river guides will be teaching this fun-filled beginners class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of tools and materials. The class is limited to six and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Fly Tying Class:Sulphurs

Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for an intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. The class focuses on Gunpowder river Sulphur patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled lifecycle class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of materials. Please bring your own tools.The class is limited to six 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.

Cloudveil Crystal Creek Jacket for Pennies a Day

Cloudveil Crystal Creek Jacket
A Gunpowder regular, who will remain anonymous, so as not to disclose his methods to his immediate family, just emptied his piggy bank for a new Crystal Creek Paclite Gore-Tex jacket from Cloudveil. The loot weighed in at 148 Oz, (that’s equivalent to 92.5 Scott 7′ 7″ 3wt 4pc G2 fly rods) the rest went on a VISA debit card. We’re thinking about holding the change locally, hoarding it in the Caymans is so passe- at least until we have parking meters at the access points along the river. Then again we could turn it into USPS Forever stamps as we’ll see another increase at the post office beginning next Monday. In any case, thank you kind sir for shopping locally. The money, over time, was saved and more importantly, well spent.

Simms Headwaters Pant Review

Thanks to Ben for the Stream report and Review of the Simms Headwaters Pant.

Theaux,
Just wanted to say thank you for steering me toward the Simms Headwaters Pant. I really like the reinforced knees for kneeling down in those quiet, shallow pools. Jason pointed me toward the Cloudveil boots which I absolutely love. They are extremely light for hiking those trails and still handle the slippery rocks in the river.

The fishing was fantastic this weekend. I started out prospecting with a caddis pupae and hooked into a big brown. Unfortunately, he wrapped my leader around a submerged log and got away. I switched to a sulphur dry in the evening and had a great deal of success. They were taking my fly just under the surface film. I brought 8 to hand within 40 minutes of fishing. Thanks for advising me on some great gear and hooking me up with some awesome patterns!

-Ben

Intro. To Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, May 31, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Dorothea and a Movie at the Brewer’s Art

Need a midweek lift after Cinco de Mayo? Trade in your tequila for beer and join the staff of Backwater Angler, members of MDTU and other lucky bar patrons tonight at the place Esquire magazine just named #1 in its list of, The Best Bars in America. That’s right folks, tonight we’re leaving the county for the city and are headed down to the Brewers’s Art in Baltimore at 1106 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 to take in a movie and sample the Brewer’s arts newest seasonal brew, aptly named Dorothea. The seasonal brew was crafted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Trout Unlimited and the emergence of the Sulphur mayflies present along the Gunpowder River this time of year. According to MDTUs website, “A percentage of the evening’s proceeds, as well as those from the three-week offering of Dorothea, will benefit MDTU.” The movie, Glimpses of the Gunpowder, by Jason du Pont, will provide a rolling scenic backdrop for this great event starting around 5:00 PM.

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…

Intro. to Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, May 24, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.

Intro. To Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a flyfishing school. On Sunday, May 17, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on flyfishing Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear, fly selection and an hour of on-stream instruction. Schools are held in a meadow overlooking the Gunpowder river by a Maryland state licensed and insured fishing guide. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $100 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland Non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased prior to the class with check or cash at the shop. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to pre-register.