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.
Thank you to all who shop with us, we truly appreciate your support. Here’s to a wonderful and fish filled 2020!
Note: We will be closed as normal this Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll be back as normal Thursday the 2nd. Have a happy & safe new year.
The holidays are getting into full swing and with many folks enjoying family or doing last minute shopping, now is a great time to find some water to yourself! If you’re among the last minute shoppers, please note that the shop will be operating under normal hours this week, with Monday (12/23) being our last day open before Christmas.
Now onto the fishing! Water levels on the Gunpowder have been consistently favorable with great clarity. The river is currently flowing around 80 CFS, however water temps are only hanging around the mid 40s. This means that nymphing will be the most productive technique if you’re making your way onto the water! Until the flows drop below 50 CFS, 5x tippet will suffice in most nymphing situations. Tandem rigs of a heavy copper john or caddis pupa imitation paired with a small (size 18-22) zebra midge or pheasant tail nymph have been very productive recently.
For those hoping to get out and throw streamers, keep in mind that the fish are cold and not very interested in moving for a meal! A favorite technique here at the shop is to dead drift a heavily weighted zonker. When the water is cold this can be the best way to connect with some of the gunpowder’s larger fish who are replenishing their fat reserves after the spawn.
As always, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for fish sipping midges in the slower runs and tail-outs of pools. This is especially true around the Masemore and Bunker Hill access points. As winter progresses also keep an eye out for stoneflies, which can sometimes be spotted skittering across the waters surface on a sunny winter day! These can be easily imitated by a small black caddis pattern and can draw explosive rises from ambitious trout!
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.
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.
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.