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Scott Radian Review

It’s a real statement in the current market when a rod truly stands out from the rest and remains one of the most popular freshwater rods 8 years after it’s introduction, but that’s what the Scott Radian series does.

Despite their fast action, they have a very unique feel which allows for a wide range of uses from delivering small dries on light tippet to banging weighted streamers against the banks. The quick recovery rate and springy action really makes for easy casting rods. Many modern fast action fly rods simply don’t offer this level of control from short to even long range casts.

We have a 9’ 4 weight in stock which is an ideal rod for the Gunpowder. If you don’t know whether you’ll be fishing streamers or fishing an evening spinner fall, this rod has you covered. The 10’ 4 weight has much more backbone and the extra reach allows for easier mending and presentation at longer distances. It would easliy be at home on the larger rivers such as the North Branch in Western Maryland, Little Juniata, Penns or Pine Creek up in Pennsylvania. 

Former staffer Ethan Lawson recently took a 10′ 5 weight to Colorado. It makes presenting dries in often windy conditions a breeze!

Ethan Lawson putting his Scott Radian to good use in 40mph gusts on the Colorado River

 

Abel VAYA in Stock!

We have in 3 gorgeous new VAYA reels from Abel.

These are partially ported, leaving just enough surface area to highlight the hand anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of milled fly patterns for those who appreciate the attention to detail. The large arbor spool features a precision-balanced dual-pawl drag engagement design with a fully sealed adjustable drag. The rigid machining, design and finishes are of the highest quality as you’d expect from Abel.

We currently have the following:

 

 

The River’s Up & We’re Open

The river’s up to 229 cfs at Falls road after overnight rain. This, along with the dark dreary weather, presents an ideal situation for those wanting to fish streamers. Thanks to Jim for the photo of the colored up fish caught recently doing just that.

We’re open normal weekday hours both today & tomorrow for Christmas hours.

 

 

Abel in Maryland in time for the Holidays

Treat someone (maybe yourself!) to the finest reels on the market this holiday season!

Built to last forever the Super Series reel from Abel represents battle ready, time tested cork drag system with beautiful anodized painted finishes, these will compliment a favorite fly rod!

Available since 1999 in a size for every fish that swims, the Abel Super Series has proven itself time after time as the premier American-made reel. While there have been various improvements and adjustments over the years, there are things that have never changed. Specifically, a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag system married to a strong aluminum frame & large arbor spool for increased line retrieval speed.

We currently have in stock:

 

Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Gift Card: Not sure what to get? No need to worry!

Backwater Angler Gift Certificate

Books written by Jerry Kustich: Jerrys stories never get old. Keeps you looking forward to getting back out on the water time after time.

Jerry Kustich Books

Abel Maryland Fly Reels: The Maryland flag is a unique design and looks awesome on this classic reel. Take a little bit of home with you wherever you go wet a line.

Abel Super Series Maryland Flag Reel

Echo Base Kit: Perfect for one beginning their fly fishing journey. Excellent value with a lifetime warranty. The 8′ 4wt is a gem of a rod for the Gunpowder. Ready to go!

Echo Base Kit

NEW G Loomis NRX+: 15% lighter than the original NRX, these will be the premium rods on the market for years to come.

 

G. Loomis NRX+LP

Pre-Loaded Lanyard: Have your fishing tools ready to go. Easy!

Pre-Loaded Morning Star Lanyard

Patagonia Shelled Insulator Pants: The water will never be too cold with these under your waders. Don’t let the winter stop you fishing!

Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants

Filson Clothing: Have a look at the range of Filson goods we have. They make clothing that’s truly made to last.

Guide Trip:  Treat someone to a outing on the river with one of our experienced guides. We work with beginners to experienced and can help you work on a range of techniques to help you catch fish on the Gunpowder and beyond. We can write it up in gift card format ready for booking at a later date that suits ones schedule.

Backwater Angler Guide Trip

 

Turkey & Trout Fishing in Maryland!

The river is at 62 cfs and stable, as Prettyboy dam is full & spilling, water temps hang around 50 degrees F and the river is gin clear.

The only time you’ll likely see bug activity, & by that i mean midges with a few olives, is by noon til 4 in the catch and release section. Otherwise fishing has been decent for those nymphing or streamer fishing.

Fish are on redds, please limit your wading, refrain from tail outs whilst next years trout grow. The fish thank you!

Black Friday: Spend $75 or more get a free Morning Star Lanyard! Worth $30. Along with other great deals, in store only.

 

 

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