Monthly Archives: December 2019

Abel VAYA in Stock!

We have in 3 gorgeous new VAYA reels from Abel.

These are partially ported, leaving just enough surface area to highlight the hand anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of milled fly patterns for those who appreciate the attention to detail. The large arbor spool features a precision-balanced dual-pawl drag engagement design with a fully sealed adjustable drag. The rigid machining, design and finishes are of the highest quality as you’d expect from Abel.

We currently have the following:

 

 

Good Flows on the Gunpowder For Christmas!

The holidays are getting into full swing and with many folks enjoying family or doing last minute shopping, now is a great time to find some water to yourself!  If you’re among the last minute shoppers, please note that the shop will be operating under normal hours this week, with Monday (12/23) being our last day open before Christmas.

Now onto the fishing! Water levels on the Gunpowder have been consistently favorable with great clarity.  The river is currently flowing around 80 CFS, however water temps are only hanging around the mid 40s.  This means that nymphing will be the most productive technique if you’re making your way onto the water!  Until the flows drop below 50 CFS, 5x tippet will suffice in most nymphing situations.  Tandem rigs of a heavy copper john or caddis pupa imitation paired with a small (size 18-22) zebra midge or pheasant tail nymph have been very productive recently.

For those hoping to get out and throw streamers, keep in mind that the fish are cold and not very interested in moving for a meal!  A favorite technique here at the shop is to dead drift a heavily weighted zonker.  When the water is cold this can be the best way to connect with some of the gunpowder’s larger fish who are replenishing their fat reserves after the spawn.

As always, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for fish sipping midges in the slower runs and tail-outs of pools.  This is especially true around the Masemore and Bunker Hill access points.  As winter progresses also keep an eye out for stoneflies, which can sometimes be spotted skittering across the waters surface on a sunny winter day!  These can be easily imitated by a small black caddis pattern and can draw explosive rises from ambitious trout!

The River’s Up & We’re Open

The river’s up to 229 cfs at Falls road after overnight rain. This, along with the dark dreary weather, presents an ideal situation for those wanting to fish streamers. Thanks to Jim for the photo of the colored up fish caught recently doing just that.

We’re open normal weekday hours both today & tomorrow for Christmas hours.

 

 

Abel in Maryland in time for the Holidays

Treat someone (maybe yourself!) to the finest reels on the market this holiday season!

Built to last forever the Super Series reel from Abel represents battle ready, time tested cork drag system with beautiful anodized painted finishes, these will compliment a favorite fly rod!

Available since 1999 in a size for every fish that swims, the Abel Super Series has proven itself time after time as the premier American-made reel. While there have been various improvements and adjustments over the years, there are things that have never changed. Specifically, a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag system married to a strong aluminum frame & large arbor spool for increased line retrieval speed.

We currently have in stock:

 

December Gunpowder Fishing Report

With recent seasonal temperatures, the water has cooled a bit to the mid 40’s while remaining around 50 cfs. When hiking along the river, trout can be seen hanging around their redds during ongoing spawning rituals.

While throwing streamers will move a few fish, success will be come to those fishing nymphs and soft hackles along some of the faster sections.  There have been some active hatches in the afternoons which will fool a few trout. Make your approach slow and deliberate due to the clear conditions and your pursuits will payoff.  Small midges and BWO patterns like the phunny emergers will draw some strikes.

With the recent rain activity in the region, expect levels to rise slightly and give the water a bit of color making it easier to sneak up on wary trout, but please give the trout on the redds a break and leave them be, you’ll be glad you did.

Holiday Hours: We are going to be open next Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th. 

Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Gift Card: Not sure what to get? No need to worry!

Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

Books written by Jerry Kustich: Jerrys stories never get old. Keeps you looking forward to getting back out on the water time after time.

Jerry Kustich Books

Abel Maryland Fly Reels: The Maryland flag is a unique design and looks awesome on this classic reel. Take a little bit of home with you wherever you go wet a line.

Abel Super Series Maryland Flag Reel

Echo Base Kit: Perfect for one beginning their fly fishing journey. Excellent value with a lifetime warranty. The 8′ 4wt is a gem of a rod for the Gunpowder. Ready to go!

Echo Base Kit

NEW G Loomis NRX+: 15% lighter than the original NRX, these will be the premium rods on the market for years to come.

 

G. Loomis NRX+LP

Pre-Loaded Lanyard: Have your fishing tools ready to go. Easy!

Pre-Loaded Morning Star Lanyard

Patagonia Shelled Insulator Pants: The water will never be too cold with these under your waders. Don’t let the winter stop you fishing!

Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants

Filson Clothing: Have a look at the range of Filson goods we have. They make clothing that’s truly made to last.

Guide Trip:  Treat someone to a outing on the river with one of our experienced guides. We work with beginners to experienced and can help you work on a range of techniques to help you catch fish on the Gunpowder and beyond. We can write it up in gift card format ready for booking at a later date that suits ones schedule.

Backwater Angler Guide Trip