Gunpowder River Winter Stream Report

The Gunpowder is flowing at 155 Cfs and is 42.5 to 45F throughout the catch and release section. Spillover since mid-September has dramatically changed how anglers are approaching the river. Anglers adjusting to flows above 185 Cfs have been forced to bring along a wading staff use longer leaders in the 10 to 12 ft range and use heavier flies, such as Copper Johns to get to the bottom. Blue winged olives and cream midges are accounting for the majority of the dries present along the river. Little black stoneflies are just starting to show up on warm afternoons so be sure to pick up a few quill winged stoneflies from the muffin tins the next time you’re up visiting the shop.

Thanks to Alex for the stream report and photos he put together during his winter break:

I spent a few afternoons on the Gunpowder throughout the past week. The water has been fluctuating around 200 cfs with rain and spillover. However, the spillover has led to colder than normal temperatures for this time of the year, as the water is in the upper 40s. I have mostly fished from Masemore Road upstream towards the Dam. On warmer days, black midges in the # 20-24 range have been coming off. Deep nymphing has been my approach to the higher flows. San juan worms, small hairs ears, and zebra midges have picked up a few fish on long 6x leaders. Make sure you carry split shot with you. This time of the year, you want to be ticking the bottom as the fish won’t move too much for a meal. I have also picked up a few fish on white and vanilla streamers. Stripping them in the back-eddies or swinging them through riffles has worked for me.