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November Gunpowder River Report

The Gunpowder is at 50 cfs, water temperatures in the mid 50’s and running very clear.

Fishing on the Gunpowder has been decent lately, with levels dropping to a much better level for cold weather fishing, in the 40-100 cfs range. We’ve been seeing midges and olives in the afternoon and anglers have been enjoying some good action on small dries. Fishing tends to pick up around noon through til dark. With the frigid nights upon us  throwing a streamer can result in some bigger browns.

Thanks to Tom Master for the awesome fish photos! Tom began fly fishing this past Summer and is reaping the rewards from lots of time spent on the river. Fantastic to see.

Note: We will be open normal hours this Veterans day Monday.

 

 

Nymphing Clinics on the Gunpowder River

Keep on fly fishing this winter!

Join us on either Saturday the 16th or Saturday the 23rd of November to learn the different techniques of nymphing. This clinic will go over euro nymphing (tight lining) vs indicator fishing, whilst going over rigging, casting, fly selection, gear choice and how to approach different water types.

Each clinic is in a group setting of no more than 3 anglers per guide, will be 3 hours long and use of fly rods and reels is included. Cost is $140 per person. Clinics are scheduled 11-2. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to pre register or purchase online.

Nymphing Clinic

Higher Water on the Gunpowder

A good deluge of rain this morning has caused the dam to spill over. The Gunpowder has risen to 124 cfs at Falls Road (as of 3 pm), 63 degrees F with murky water.

Between frequent hook ups with leaves, this should result in some improved conditions for those throwing streamers and nymphing.

Keep an eye on the gauge this week if you plan to fish and enjoy the fall colors while they’re here.

 

October Stream Report

The Gunpowder remains at 28 cfs with water temp’s in the mid 50’s F.

Not much different to report from last month regarding hatches. Keep wading to a minimum to avoid spooking fish in the low water. With the cooler nights upon us the fishing tends to improve mid morning once the bugs (primarily midges) start to catch in the drift.

The state just stocked 500 rainbows and goldens in the lower river (Glencoe, Sparks & Phoenix) so while the catch and release section is low it’d be worth a shot there with either streamers or nymphs. 

Note: We will be open normal hours this coming Columbus Day Monday. 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Sunday the 27th of October 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 with check or cash the day of the school. 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 13th of October 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 with check or cash the day of the school. 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 Saturday the 12th of October 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 with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.

Mid September Gunpowder River Report

The Gunpowder is low once again at 28cfs, clear with water temperatures in the upper 50’s F.

With skinny water levels, not spooking fish by staying out the river whilst fishing long and light is the way to go. In the mornings we’re seeing Trico’s between Falls to Bunker Hill so look for the spinners dancing between 9-10:30 at the heads of riffles. Ants and caddis are working well too with olives starting to come off in the afternoon.

Nymphing Clinics on the Gunpowder

Productive nymphing water

Nymphing, simply put, is not the most glamorous form of fly fishing but no one can dispute its effectiveness. At the end of the day who doesn’t like catching lots of fish regardless of season!

Join us on Saturday September the 21st to learn the different techniques of nymphing. This will go over euro nymphing (tight lining) vs indicator fishing, whilst going over various rigging approaches, fly selection, gear choice and how to fish different water types. 

Each clinic is in a group setting of no more than 3 anglers per guide, will be 3 hours long we have gear to borrow, cost is $125 per person. We will have a morning clinic from 10 – 1 and an afternoon clinic from 2:30 – 5:30. Call the shop at 410 357 9557 to pre register.

Another Clinic Scheduled for Sunday September 22nd 10-1. 

 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 7th of September 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 with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.