The Gunpowder River is flowing at 153 CFs, is gin clear and is 42 degrees F. This time of year, fishing to the bank with a Prince nymph is an effective way to imitate stoneflies. Before hatching, the nymphs will crawl out of the water in search of woody debris and exposed rocks along the banks. Dries like quill winged and deer hair winged stoneflies are best fished in the fastest and shallowest water one can find. Streamers have been in the mix this week. We’ve seen more fly anglers heading to Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and Belize this week than fly fishing the Gunpowder River. Based on the following stream report and photos February, while typically a challenging month, might be worth further study…
Thanks to Brett for the stream report and photos:
It’s hard to complain about this winter’s weather – although last Saturday was one of the exceptions to this winter’s rule of warm temperatures and sun. Despite the rain and snow we had some great fishing on nymphs and streamers. My home water of steelhead alley is typically frozen this time of year, but with the unseasonably warm winter, the streams have stayed open and the fishing has been very good there as well. Here are some highlights from the past few weeks for your blog.