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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.

Gunpowder River Holiday Stream Report


We’re very thankful to have the support of our new and long-standing customers in our 20th year (32 in town if one goes back to Wally Vait’s On The Fly). On the way to the River today I saw leaves imitating snowflakes, three bald eagles dispatching an unlucky deer mired in corn stubble and a red fox pouncing through new cover crops trying to scare up a vole for breakfast. One does not need to look at wind advisories if the old metal roof hits a certain pitch, but it’s likely that kite shops will be busier today. As for the River, it is now dropping and flowing at 76 CFS, (about twice the normal flow for this time of year) is 51 degrees and clear-just not clear of leaves. That said, it’s tough to swing flies now without hooking a leaf-the sycamores will give you a quick tug.Try dead drifting and twitching a larger streamer instead to move larger fish. Whether they eat or not is usually determined by how bright the fly is…Stop in on your way up and let Hudson or Liam show you some patterns to trick those wild fish. We have lots of socks, hats, gift certificates to keep one warm and look forward to seeing you.

The shop will be open from 10-3 on Black Friday AKA #optoutside, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday, the 17th of July, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop on the day of the school. Please consider looking at the state license portal online at https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ to streamline the process of getting to the river on the day of the class. Call us if you have any difficulties with that. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, the 11th of July, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 9:00am-12:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop on the day of the school. Please consider looking at the state license portal online at https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ to streamline the process of getting to the river on the day of the class. Call us if you have any difficulties with that. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday, the 7th of March, a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00-1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop on the day of the school. Please consider looking at the state license portal online at https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/ to streamline the process of getting to the river on the day of the class. Call us if you have any difficulties with that. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Gunpowder River Levels at 20 year Record for Today


For those of you home for the holidays and practicing in-law-avoidance week, please put fishing the Gunpowder River squarely in the NO GO ZONE this weekend. Full reservoir levels at the Baltimore City DPW managed Prettyboy Reservoir, a forecasted, full day of rain and the resulting snow melt has triggered widespread, dangerous flooding within a typically peaceful River corridor. So while water temperatures are 48 degrees F, the Gunpowder River is flowing at a new 20 year record high for December 25th of 1,111 Cubic feet a second. That is 5.41 ft at the Falls Rd gauge! Last year on this day the river was flowing at 208 CFS. If you don’t believe in CFS, Please see the graph expressed in river level in Feet. We don’t take people fly fishing at levels over 275 CFS and the range we’ve found young and old alike are safe wading is under 175 CFS. If you must escape the homefront, we are in the shop all weekend, the hiking trails are open if a bit squishy and one may still enjoy the river this holiday weekend without getting in it.