October Spillover and Fly Fishing The Gunpowder

Half In Net Brown
The Gunpowder flow is increasing as spillover crests Prettyboy Dam and raises river levels with an additional ten to twenty Cfs. Watch for rainfall to increase flows even more, and allow warmer spillover to jump start hatches by raising water temperatures. The fishing is productive right now using a variety of patterns, and also fishing at different times of day. A number of tricos are still hatching in the mornings, and blue wing olives on cloudy, overcast days. Caddis and midges are hatching in bigger numbers mid to late afternoon, and trout are rising toward dark each day. A small caddis or olive mayfly pattern fished blind in shallow riffles produced six to eight fish for me earlier this week while fishing from shore. A number of fish were rising throughout the afternoon in backeddies and slow pools, but were extremely skittish and taking flies in the 22-26 range. Nymphing WD-40s along with caddis pupa and larva patterns are working well in the deeper riffles. The leaves are starting to turn and some are dropping, especially on windy days. The streamer fishing should be good the next few weeks, before the leaves really start to drop. This morning on my first day back in waders in a month, I fished a three inch long streamer and fooled the nice brown below in a deep riffle.
Healthy Gunpowder Brown