The Gunpowder is at 50 cfs, water temperatures in the mid 50’s and running very clear.
Fishing on the Gunpowder has been decent lately, with levels dropping to a much better level for cold weather fishing, in the 40-100 cfs range. We’ve been seeing midges and olives in the afternoon and anglers have been enjoying some good action on small dries. Fishing tends to pick up around noon through til dark. With the frigid nights upon us throwing a streamer can result in some bigger browns.
Thanks to Tom Master for the awesome fish photos! Tom began fly fishing this past Summer and is reaping the rewards from lots of time spent on the river. Fantastic to see.
Note: We will be open normal hours this Veterans day Monday.
Hey Bark at the Moon! Apparently only Ozzy could get us through a Friday full of boxes from Patagonia. The result is we have surplus of lightweight, high tech, long lasting warm gear just in time for the low 20’s. We would not think of hitting the river this time of year without a pair of R1 Fishing Gloves, a River Salt Jacket over a Micro-Puff Hoody or Micro-Puff Jacket and an R1 pant or Shelled Insulator Pant under waders.
Patagonia R1 Fishing Gloves
Patagonia M’s River Salt Jacket
Patagonia M’s Micro Puff Hoody Classic Navy
M’s Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket – Carbon
Patagonia R1 Pants
Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants
Keep on fly fishing this winter!
Join us on either Saturday the 16th or Saturday the 23rd of November to learn the different techniques of nymphing. This clinic will go over euro nymphing (tight lining) vs indicator fishing, whilst going over rigging, casting, fly selection, gear choice and how to approach different water types.
Each clinic is in a group setting of no more than 3 anglers per guide, will be 3 hours long and use of fly rods and reels is included. Cost is $140 per person. Clinics are scheduled 11-2. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to pre register or purchase online.
With snow flurries greeting and an idling UPS truck full of cold weather gear Filson we rang in Friday with plenty of cheer. With Saturdays low forecast to be around around 22 F we think that the Vintage Flannel Shirts, Light Weight Alaska Guide Shirts, Ultralight Vests, Ultralight Jackets, Ridgeway Fleece and Ridgeway Jackets have arrived just in time.
Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt
Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt
Filson Ultralight Vest
Filson Ultralight Jacket
Filson Ridgeway Fleece Vest
Filson Ridgeway Fleece Jacket
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 321 CFs and is 60 degrees F. The upper river is clearing and dropping nicely. Streamer sink- tip techniques should move quite a few fish in these flows. A better bet if you’d like to hook and land a few would be to seek out the flat water and spend some time fishing Olives and midge emergers in the #18-22 range. It’s not to late to fish a large hopper-and dropper rig leaping frogging the boulder pools and covering more water. We’ve found a lot of new folks fishing right on top of each other in the past few weeks so be sure give everyone a stretch of water to themselves. Fly fishing, after all is not widely known as a group sport. A good rule of thumb is to yield to anglers fishing upstream. That is–a dry fly presentation won’t spoke fish nearly as bad swinging a streamer through a pool. If you can throw a rock and hit another angler it’s likely that you are too close ask as a courtesy which direction they are fishing and leapfrog around and continue fishing. Sadly, the lower river below Bluemount and the confluence of Little Falls is still too high to safely fish at 518 Cfs. The above photo from Gene Howson shot Monday shows leaves in full color along the river corridor, clear water and a hopeful drift.
Please don’t entertain the thought of fly fishing on the Gunpowder River today.