Tricos, Caddis and Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillars

Harry just rescued a Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar from the icy cold depths of the Gunpowder river. Once returned, the caterpillar will grow to about 14.5 cm and eventually turn into a Regal moth, aka the Royal Walnut moth. We’re fast at work at the vise trying to find proper chenille and materials to imitate this beast-Stay tuned! If you’re lucky enough to spot one of these creatures chewing merrily away on the Walnuts and Hickories along the river please don’t disturb it.
Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar
Today, the Gunpowder river is flowing at 32 Cfs, is low, clear and 56 F. Dry fly fisherman rejoice! Dave Smith called to report that it was “raining flying ants” above Falls Rd over the weekend. Tricos in the #24 range, and small Caddis have been accounting for a number of fish released in the catch and release section this week. Terrestrial fishing with small beetles and hoppers has also been very good-as long as one uses 7x.

Thanks to Jeff for the following Gunpowder stream report from Bunkerhill RD. access point:

Hit the waters on Sat from Bunker Hill upstream. Was the only car in the lot when I started. Fished my way thru the campground hole and up and around the corner with nothing of note except a very brief trico flurry and a nice morning. However, tying on a caddis emerger was apparently the right move from that point on and yielded more than a couple fish. A good outing which drew to a close as the nice weather brought out a lot of folks enjoying the day and the water. Did stop by the shop on my way home to get a new pair of tying scissors and gave Max well wishes for his Cornell experience.

and thanks to Bryan for the Gunpowder stream report from York RD access point:

Thanks again for your help today. I took your advice and fished below York Road. I hiked in about two miles and worked my way back. Fish seemed to be grouped together in pods in the bends of the river. To put it mildly, I was humbled. I did manage to catch two. My casting skills leave a lot to be desired. The only way I caught those two browns was by staging myself upstream of a pool and waiting for the fish to settle down and resume feeding. When they did, I would make a roll cast and try to set my drift up to hit their lane. I caught 11 chubs on green weenie variants. They weren’t trout, but a few of them actually had some size and fight to them. I fished the stretch above falls road from 4 till 7:30 and managed to hook five and land two. All in all it was a good day. Thanks again for your help. I’ll probably be back next Saturday.
Take care,