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.
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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!
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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.
Please don’t entertain the thought of fly fishing on the Gunpowder River today.
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.
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.
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.
The Gunpowder River is clear, flowing at 129 CFs and is 57 .5 degrees F. These flows represent (please don’t ask us how long they will last) an excellent time to get out on the Gunpowder River in search of wild fish! Try small hoppers in the #8-12 range and caddis and caddis emergers in the #14-16 range in the riffles from Masemore through Bunkerhill. Cream midges and Blue Winged Olives in the #20-22 range are also worth a shot-especially in the flats between the corners. Fingerling rainbows are often times nabbing dries before the larger browns can get to them in the boulder pools above Falls road. If you have a small raft or canoe try floating downstream for some streamer action while the river is up! Lots of woody debris, a.k.a. fish habitat will mean portaging if one is floating the catch and release section-a better bet would be to put in at the two-fish-a-day down but watch out for jams at Corbett!These two photos accompanying this post are quite old-if you have an interest in being featured in the stream report please send along some fresh photos and your perspective on late summer/early fall fishing. Did you get out West this year?Please share your successes with us! Please remember that we have until the 23rd until the Equinox tells us that it is fall but the leaves during this recent dry spell are already telling a different story…so get out there and fish! Please note as of 9/6 the River had dropped to 100 CFs.
The river has dropped back to bare bones of 28 cfs, clear and 60 degrees F.
As of Thursday morning the level dropped the fishing has became trickier. However as normal for the time of year midges are abundant particularly in the evening tempting plenty of fish to feed on top. Caddis were coming off in decent numbers earlier in the week when the water was up higher but the current skinny water levels have slowed this down. Fish a long 12 foot leader, with 6-7x with a downstream presentation for the midge sippers.
Shop will be open 10 – 2 this Labor Day Monday.
The river is at 139 cfs, water temperature is in the mid 50’s.
The fishing is very good with the flows being ideal for summer fishing. There is a lot of stream side terrestrials active now, hoppers, crickets and loads of ants. Inch worms falling in from the trees keeping the fish on the look out.
Note: The river level has dropped to 64 cfs on Friday afternoon.
Thanks to Keir for the report earlier this week:
Beautiful morning to be out and had some luck on the Gunpowder. The trout were taking a bead head prince nymph.