Streamers and Nymphs in the Rain on the Gunpowder River

Alex and Gray with a Gunpowder Brown

The Gunpowder River is clear, 53 degrees F. and has just dropped in flow from 104 Cfs to 48 CFS. I spent a very enjoyable morning fishing with Tom. We saw a Great Blue Heron, Kingfishers and a Bald Eagle and plenty of fish rising to tricos and a few caddis. That said, water temps have dropped a bit and nymphing might be a better approach through the weekend. Tiny BWO’s and zebra midges-the smaller the better as leaves are starting to drop. This time of year Terrestrials fished among the leaves is always a good bet.

Thanks to Alex McCrickard for the excellent (per usual) stream report and photos of his family fishing the Gunpowder!

Greg, Gray, and I got out on the river for a few hours Saturday morning. The 127 cfs flow is perfect right now. We caught fish in the rainy weather on nymphs and streamers. A few fish were taken on a size # 16 bead head caddis pupa. Fish were also aggressively chasing, rolling, and swiping at our streamers.

Greg at the Falls Rd Riffle

We landed a handful of wild browns in the 7 to 10 inch range and I was able to land one large brown at the end of the morning.The larger brown was 15 inches and inhaled my streamer as it came off the bank. The fish fought hard and put a good bend in my 6wt.MAn, I miss living 20 minutes from the Gunpowder. You really take it for granted when you live in Baltimore.

Alex with a solid Wild Brown