End of the year and new year temperatures are making for some great days on the river. Early stoneflies are moving about attracting the attention of the wild brown residents. I was lucky enough to get out at the end of 2019 and land a brook trout on the Gunpowder which is a true gem.
Much of the wild browns have been cooperating providing some action on nymphs and on top. Throwing some dry stones will be productive, but wait until you see some surface activity. Nymphing will still be more productive to those that stick with it.
Stop by the shop to check out the latest offerings that will bring trout to the net and make for a good day on the water.
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.