Monthly Archives: December 2021

End of the Year Gunpowder River Fishing Report

The Gunpowder is flowing at 58.2 cfs and 44.2F. With warmer temperatures in the next few days, fishing should be exceptional until we get a cold snap. You can find fish sipping midges in the slower pools. Fishing Griffiths Gnats and small parachutes in sizes 16-22 will be the most productive. Often the smaller sizes work better this time of year.

Although nymphing has been effective on the river, the blooms of didymo can make nymphing tedious. One of the best ways to combat this is fishing a dry-dropper. The most effective nymphs this time of year are going to be midge imitations. Putting these nymphs a 12-18 inches off the back of a bulky dry allow you to cover all the water in the river effectively.

This week’s warm weather and possible rain could make for good conditions for streamer fishing. Target the biggest structure on the river: a large boulder, a deep drop-off, a log-jam. As always look out for redds alone the gravel beds and avoid those areas to ensure we have a good population in the future.

Backwater Angler will be open on the 28th, 29th, and 30th. We will be closed for the New Year(30th and 31st) and will be open again on January 2nd. 

New Winston Bamboo

We are now listing a new 7’9″ 5 weight bamboo fly rod from Winston. The rod comes with a spare tip section and has three pieces making up the rod. If you are looking to get into Bamboo rods you will not find a better rod to purchase. This rod is listed at $3500 from Winston. If you are interested please contact us at 410-357-9557 or at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Winston has been making BAMBOO rods since 1929, when Robert Winther and Lew Stoner first began innovating using split bamboo cane. We have patented the hollow-fluting bamboo rod building process, set numerous bamboo world distance fly casting records, and maintained an uninterrupted 92-year commitment to building the most beautiful, highest performing bamboo fly rods available anywhere. A Winston bamboo fly rod continues to set the standard for hand-crafted fly rod perfection. Each of our new bamboo fly rods can take up to a year to build. Cast one and you will experience a wonderful slow action with delicate line and loop control. Fish one and you will understand why anglers become devotees of bamboo and a part of the ultimate fly fishing tradition.



Holiday Gift Guide

Naughty or nice? Sometimes the best approach is to treat yourself or consider sharing this post with someone in the gift giving spirit.

1. Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

2. Abel Classic Brown Trout Vaya

Abel Vaya 4/5 Classic Brown Trout

3. Patagonia Winter Weight Fleece Oversocks

Patagonia Winter Weight Fleece Oversock

4. Patagonia Swiftcurrent Expedition Zip Waders

Patagonia Men’s Swiftcurrent Expedition Zipfront Waders

5. Personalized Fly Selection

Personalized Fly Selection

6. Backwater Angler Fly Fishing School Gift Certificate

Backwater Angler Fly Fishing School Gift Certificate

7. Scott G Series Fly Rod

Scott G Series

8. Patagonia River Salt Boots by Danner

Patagonia River Salt Wading Boots

9. A Backwater Angler Guide Trip Gift Certificate

Backwater Angler Guide Trip Gift Certificate

10. We believe that the River is a gift. Please support our efforts to protect and conserve the Gunpowder, Little Gunpowder, Bird and Bush River watersheds by joining us or purchasing a gift membership to Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER. Find out more about our work.

Donate or Purchase a Gift Membership to Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER

Gunpowder River Early December Stream Report

The Gunpowder River is clear, 47.5 degrees F and flowing at 43.7 CFS. Fish are still midging in the flat water until the sun breaks through the clouds. Approaching wild fish this time of year requires limited wading and long, light leaders. Midge and midge emerges patterns in the #18-22 range will be most productive. Larger streamers will certainly move bigger fish but sometimes they just won’t commit to the fly. Sparse, traditional streamers twitched along the deadfalls, logjams, and bend pools may be more effective and are certainly easier to cast. Bald Eagles, as in the picture above, are frequently seen gliding among the tops of the Sycamores along the river corridor.

Ross Animas Fly Reel Review

A fully-redesigned frame and spool are highlights of the new Animas. The spool shows off the cutting-edge manufacturing techniques Ross Reels has developed, delivering a design that is incredibly strong and visually stunning. The Animas also re-joins the family by incorporating an ultra-light canvas phenolic handle which gets tackier when wet. along with the new drag system that includes composite discs that are more reliable and a smaller drag nob.  A new trouble-free spool release yields zero-maintenance performance, allowing the Animas to be ready for any fresh or saltwater excursion.

Ross Animas