Wild Fish and Cold Water all Summer Long…

Small is beautiful.

The Gunpowder River is clear and flowing at 43 CFs and is 50 degrees F. With lower flows forecast for this week, if the sun ever breaks through the clouds the river will warm up much quicker. Monday it reached 55 degrees and by noon there were a few size #16 caddis coming off in the upper catch and release section. BWO’s, sized #18-20 were drifting through the Beaver Dam flat just downstream of the High Trail by 3 PM. Small Hare’s Ears with a little Deep Soft Weight ahead of them accounted for a few fish in the runs and deeper riffles between the boulder pools. The meadow stretches from bunkerhill through Big Falls Rd have yielded a few fish on terrestrials. Grasshoppers and beetles are still worth a shot especially along grassy banks. At Masemore, Tricos have been very late but will start earlier as the river warms up and the reverse hackled patterns are still the best way to imitate these devilishly small patterns.

Thanks to Backwater Angler Staffer Max for the following stream report:

I fished a few days this past week and had great success on small caddis and nymphs. The fish were looking up in the riffles and taking dries during the morning and evening. During the mid-day hours I had success on bead-head caddis imitations also fished in the fast riffles under an indicator. Being a tailwater, the Gunpowder is blessed with cold water all summer so the fishing has remained good throughout the hot days and heavy rain. Sticking with smaller tippet in the 6-7X range has been a must especially on sunny days.