Monthly Archives: October 2021

Gunpowder River Stream report for October 23

Now is the time to break out the streamers and October caddis patterns. The time of year has finally come around again and the Gunpowder River is looking good. While the river is flowing at 34cfs, the water temps are staying between 50 and 55 degrees. Sculpin patterns such as the Near Nuff Sculpin and my personal favorite, the Maddison Sculpin are working well mid to late afternoon. Caddis patterns such as the cornfed caddis are working exceptionally well in the evenings. Although tricos are gone the fish in the upper river are still looking for them. I recommend using a lighter tippet size due to the lower water conditions. Stop in and fill a brand-new Umpqua fly box with all your favorite seasonal flies and get on the water prepared.

Its Crazy to think that both of these fish were caught in the upper gunpowder.

Gunpowder Fishing Report October 10th

The river is flowing around 34 CFS and is peaking around 55 degrees on most days.  We typically don’t see major hatches this time of year, but the fish definitely have a wide variety of food options.  Recently I’ve found a small caddis dry to be the most productive fly when prospecting, especially in the riffles.  However, the fish in slower pools and runs prefer smaller midge and ant patterns.  Look for fish gently rising amongst the fallen leaves in the glassy water throughout the catch and release section.

The brown trout are getting a little more aggressive toward streamers as their spawning date approaches.  With the water being on the low end, streamers are best fished downstream of Bluemount Rd where the Gunpowder starts gaining more volume.  Streamer and nymph fishing have also proven effective in the deeper plunge pools above Falls rd, particularly in the early morning, but can be frustrating due to the leaves in the water.

As always, enjoy the river! This is my favorite time of year to be in the park!

Also, please note that the shop will be closed on Monday October 11th.


Early October Gunpowder River Fishing Report

The Gunpowder River is clear and flowing at 52 Cfs and is 53 degrees F. With football in full swing the river is a bit quieter-even on the weekends! We still have a few Tricos on the wane. Fishing has been consistently good especially in the riffles. Try a small caddis throughout the catch and release area. In plunge pools and the lower river, streamer fishing has been productive-especially with large profile patterns (we have a few in the muffin tins now that are worth a shot). Sunken ants are also easy to fish-one can swing them like a soft hackle and cover a lot of water during non-hatch periods. Longer leaders ending in 6x are still very helpful as they keep one from lining fishing in the shallows. If you waders were leaking all summer, with colder water temps ahead now’s a great time to come in and get fitted for a newer, and certainly, drier pair from Patagonia.

Echo Shadow X Review

Over the past couple of weeks that I have been back from Montana, it seems that many people have been heading out there themselves. I couldn’t be more excited for them to experience the amazing landscape and big fish water. A longer rod is the keystone to Euro Nymphing.  Echo designed The Shadow X specifically for Nymphing. At 10, 10 and a half, and 11 feet in length you can Tight-line or Euro-nymph without having to wade deep into the pools. The very sensitive tip section is ideal for staying in touch with your flies and, feeling a fish take and protecting light tippet, but have enough backbone to turn fish out of strong currents. Though I have only have been using my Euro Nymphing rod for close to a year now I have been more than happy with the results. I’ve also found it ideal for using indicator rigs, as the longer length of these rods functions to turn over the heavy nymph rigs easily with a roll cast. As stated earlier the ultra-sensitive tip on the rod allows for the ability to tell there the bottom is and when a fish takes your fly. I am currently using the 10′ 6″ 3wt Shadow X. While it is slightly more flimsy than the 10′ Shadow X it was still able to turn some larger fish in the strong sweeping currents of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers.

Echo Shadow X