The recent warm air temps and rain melted most of the snow and ice along the river. A few sections (Falls Road) still have some snow and ice where the hills block the sunlight. The flows on the Gunpowder spiked recently at the Glencoe Road gauge, but remained a steady 30 CFs at Falls Road. The river is clear in the upper miles, and anglers will find slightly higher flows outside the C & R sections. I fished a few days last week, but mainly spent time hiking, filming and looking for hatching insects. Midges and blackflies were hatching sporadically on the warmest days, along with a few stoneflies. I found some risers each day, and watched a couple of stoneflies get eaten. It wasn’t enough activity to warrant switching to dries, so I caught some browns using nymph rigs in the deeper riffles. The fish were taking both big and small flies, so they weren’t just keyed into the tiny stuff. The shop has a number of effective patterns in the muffin tins for anyone heading to the river. Thanks to Mark E. and Michael S. for the reports:
I strung up my Bob Summers #3 and grabbed my gear. What happened? I dropped into the gun at Corbett rd and noted that my favored log jam had been cut free and removed. That was one of the best fish covers between Masemore and Glencoe. Not long ago I stopped to peer over the bridge in that same spot and check for Browns and there were plenty clowning around in the logjam. Sad to see this Theaux, yet after surveying this stretch with dead drifts using a bead-head prince with a touch of flash, I scooted downstream to test the riffles. After clearing my line from a triumphant bird nest tangle my line layed out beautifully and felt the ‘cosmic throb’ we all pray for. I did not see the fish, but boy did I feel him.
Heading back to the car I saw a pair of Northern Harriers; the sighting of raptors always make me smile.
Early spring greetings. I finished up some chores around the house on Sunday and the fishing bug bit. I grabbed my gear and headed for you shop. I talked to the young guys at the shop (very helpful by the way) and grabbed some recommendations out of the muffin tins. A pink weenie worm and some small nymphs to work in tandem. Hit Masemore and just had a great time. Had one strike near the power lines and pulled it out of the fish (winter rust). Never had another hit but the weather was perfect and the stream was beautiful. Saw one older gentleman with what I could only assume was his grand daughter (maybe 10 years old). I just layed on the bank and watched him teach her how to cast a dry. My main reason for writing is clearly not the fish that I landed, but to tell you about a conversation I had in the parking lot with a gent from Pa. He was huffing and puffing about the upcoming felt sole ban. He informed me that the DNR would have to catch him as he refused to go to “slippery rubber soles”. I nicely informed the man that I had in fact switched to Chota’s in the summer and have fallen in love with them. I studded up and have never had an issue. I think they may be more secure than felt. I fished the Niagra, the Elk, and the Grande this winter with fast high water and icy rocks underfoot without issue. Sunday was nice but the north trails still have a lot of packed ice on them and I never slipped a bit. If we can get the word out that these Chota’s and Simms are very, very secure when studded it will do the rivers a lot of good. I did have a few hang ups in the Didymo and it just drives the point home. I tossed my old felts in the can yesterday.