Thanksgiving Cheer, Virtue and Action

Low water along the Gunpowder River, MD
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 174 Cfs is clear, and 52 F. Bwo’s have brought many fish up to the surface for a looksee this week. With higher than normal flows, the river is full of water and the wild fish are looking for an easy meal. Streamers are an effective way to cover the cut banks and log jams in search of larger fish. We have lots of light bright zonkers and crystal buggers in the muffin tins on the front counter. The river level should continue to drop through the weekend. Thanks to Mark Noble for the stream report.

Thanks for the information last Thursday morning. I did fish the upper river, parking at the upper lot on Falls Rd. I hiked downstream and nymphed the runs with the caddis pupa. I was carefully working the seams in the first run without any hits when I was distracted by my cell phone and randomly tossed the fly back upstream to avoid hanging up on the bottom. No sooner had it hit the water than I had a fish on. It was a beautiful a six inch rainbow. Go figure. After a few more casts I moved upstream where I could see a few fish rising. I decided to fish both dry flies you recommended in tandem. It wasn’t long until I brought the first brown of the day to hand. Over the two hours I was able to fish, four brown between 9 and 12 inches were caught. All on the dry flies, most on the olive. The “dreary” day proved to be my most productive yet on the Gunpowder and I had the river to myself. All the fish had incredible color. I’m kicking myself for not taking the time to get any photos, but was having too much fun fishing. Thanks for the excellent advice as usual.

Mark Noble

For you literary types that need a painless turkey day toast I’ve rounded up some juicy one-liners by folks from Chicago, Avon and Rome.

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”
W. J. Cameron

“Small cheer and merry welcome makes a merry feast”
William Shakespeare

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues”

The shop will be closed on Thursday, November 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen Friday from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. The shop will be open from 8:00 AM till 4:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Whether you’re getting some family members fly fishing, are in need of some football relief or just practicing in-law avoidance this week we’re happy to provide safe harbor. Thanks to all of our Gunpowder regulars from near and far that have shopped locally, provided excellent stream reports and shared their regard for the Gunpowder river and it’s colorful denizens.

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