The Gunpowder River is clear and low upstream of Little Fall and flowing at 156 Cfs at 58 degrees F. After over three inches of rain fell in the area yesterday, the river is knee deep at Masemore. Caddis and Sulphurs have been present midday through late afternoon. Spinner falls have been quite late in the day, so be sure to have a flashlight or headlamp along if you’re planning on waiting them out. Avoid York Rd access point after 4 PM today as the Hereford Fourth of July Parade festivities will be ramping up through this evening. Patterns that are most effective this time of year are in the #16-18 range-we have plenty of snowshoe rabbit Sulphur patterns in the muffin tins. Long leaders in the 10-12ft length ending in the 6 and 7x are essential to tricking fish. Thanks to Stephen Knott for the great picture of Brian and his quarry. Incidentally, for those that might be lucky enough to call the Gunpowder their home waters, consider that Brian makes several trips a year from Rochester, NY to visit family. When he stops in the shop he is always beaming before heading out to fly fish the Gunpowder for wild brown trout and with good reason. Family and fishing go hand in hand!
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 63 Cfs, is 49.5 degrees F and gin clear. Quite a number of brookies have been caught this spring. Fish are looking up and taking a mix of caddis, caddis emergers and Sulphurs. Most of these are in the #16 range and we’ve also had a few midges about. We have Sulphur unusuals, “phunny” emergers and para-spinners from Mike Bachkosky in the muffin tins. With the water low and clear long leaders in the 10 to 12ft range ending in 6 or 7X are making a difference- especially in the flats between Bunkerhill and York. Falls road access has been fishing better in the evenings but we’ll need some warmer evening to fish the spinner falls any earlier than almost dark. Thanks to Ryan for the following photos and stream report.
I spoke with you today after fishing with my dad and asked you to identify a trout I caught above Falls Road on the Gunpowder. You said it was a Tiger Trout and you also said I could email you a photo of it to post on your fishing report. Here are the photos of the Brook Trout and the Tiger Trout.
Thanks very much.
We’ve had a number of folks stop in over the years and ask us why Brook trout are so significant, and maybe what they’re getting at is they want to know why we still see native fish that have never been stocked still surviving in the Gunpowder watershed. The tiger trout Jack caught below is actually a cross of Brown and a Brook trout that naturally occurs in the Gunpowder because both species spawn in the fall.
For those interested here is a statement from MDDNR on Brook Trout for your review.
Brook trout are Maryland’s only native freshwater trout species and have been a popular recreational angling resource since European colonization of North America.
Brook trout require relatively pristine conditions for survival and typically cannot survive when water temperatures exceed 68F. Anthropogenic alterations to Maryland’environment over the last several centuries including clear cutting of forests, establishing large agricultural areas, and urbanization have resulted in the extirpation of brook trout from 62% of their historic habitat in Maryland. Of the remaining 151 streams where brook trout populations are found, over half are in westernmost Garrett County, the least developed area of Maryland.
The vast majority (82%) of the remaining populations are classified as “greatly reduced”, meaning that within the subwatersheds where they occur they occupy only 1% to 10% of the area that was historically inhabited. A major difficulty in managing the brook trout resource is that only 11% of all brook trout streams and stream miles are fully within state lands, the vast majority of habitat is on private land and a mix of private/public lands.
Of the more immediate threats to brook trout populations in Maryland, urbanization is the most serious. In watersheds where human land use exceeds 18% brook trout populations cannot survive. If impervious surface area is greater than 0.5% in a watershed brook trout will typically be extirpated.
For more information please go to the Fisheries Outreach page on Brook Trout
Listen in today, June 4th at 11 AM on WEAA.org or 88.9 FM on O’Malley’s Environmental Record. The Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER interview on the Columbia / NiSource line-MB project with Marc follows…Thanks to Marc for getting the word out on the new public hearing:
An Excerpt from the MDE website follows; or go to the full notice including the Memorandum & Opinion
PUBLIC NOTICE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING
Applicant:NiSource / Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC
Application Number: 12-NT-0433 / 201261660
Comment Period:June 1, 2015 to July 8, 2015
Public Informational Hearing Details:
Date: Monday, June 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Poster Session
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Public Informational Hearing
Location: Stevenson University, Owings Mills Campus Rockland Center, Banquet Room
100 Campus Circle Owings Mills, MD 21117
BACKGROUND: On April 21, 2014, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) issued Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Permit Number 12-NT-0433/201261660 to NiSource/Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (Columbia) authorizing Columbia to impact nontidal wetlands, the 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, streams, and the 100-year floodplain in connection with the Line MB Extension Project (the Permit). Several petitioners filed judicial review actions in circuit court challenging the Department’s decision to issue the Permit. On April 30, 2015, the Circuit Court for Baltimore County issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order remanding the Permit to MDE to take action on three issues: conducting a more extensive public notice process; providing additional documentation that the project would not affect historic properties; and clarifying MDE’s rationale on water quality issues. In accordance with the public notice component of the Order, MDE is issuing this public notice to inform the public of the proposed regulated impacts associated with the Line MB Extension Project, to solicit comments from the public about the work described below, and to announce a public informational hearing. At this time, MDE has not decided whether to reissue the Permit. MDE is evaluating the proposed regulated activities under Title 5, Subtitle 5 (Waterway Construction) and Title 5, Subtitle 9 (Nontidal Wetlands) of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. –Ordered by the Circuit Court.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, June 14th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, June 7th, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.