Fly Fishing the Gunpowder River with Caddis and Midges

Fly Fishing for Wild Trout in Baltimore County

The Gunpowder river is flowing at 66 Cfs, is gin clear and cold at 52F. Mixed hatches of cream midges, Bwo’s, caddis and a few #19 Sulphurs are spurring wild fish to look up-prompting folks to try their luck on the river with dries. With the holiday approaching the river is surprisingly quiet. Nymphing with #16-18 pheasant tails trailed by a zebra midge in the mornings is a safe bet. Switch gears instead of swinging streamers, slide on an indicator at about twice the water depth and cast upstream and dead-drift a zonker along the log jams.

Thanks to Kiki for the pic and stream report!

I spent the day on Sunday on the Gunpowder and here is one of the many browns I caught in the Falls Road and Masemore sections. Raised a huge fish down from whale rock-he bumped my caddis twice and would have nothing to do with it but good news plenty of them did. I threw mostly cream caddis, gray midges and even some zebra midges. I am anxiously awaiting the tricos to get going. My only wish is that the flows remain where they are right now….ah a girl can only hope!

Kiss more fish,