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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:

 

 

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

 

Patagonia In Maryland

Hey Bark at the Moon! Apparently only Ozzy could get us through a Friday full of boxes from Patagonia. The result is we have surplus of lightweight, high tech, long lasting warm gear just in time for the low 20’s. We would not think of hitting the river this time of year without a pair of R1 Fishing Gloves, a River Salt Jacket over a Micro-Puff Hoody or Micro-Puff Jacket and an R1 pant or Shelled Insulator Pant under waders.

Patagonia R1 Fishing Gloves

Patagonia M’s River Salt Jacket

Patagonia M’s Micro Puff Hoody Classic Navy

M’s Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket – Carbon

Patagonia R1 Pants

Patagonia M’s Shelled Insulator Pants

Snow Flurries and Warm Gear from Filson in Maryland


With snow flurries greeting and an idling UPS truck full of cold weather gear Filson we rang in Friday with plenty of cheer. With Saturdays low forecast to be around around 22 F we think that the Vintage Flannel Shirts, Light Weight Alaska Guide Shirts, Ultralight Vests, Ultralight Jackets, Ridgeway Fleece and Ridgeway Jackets have arrived just in time.

Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt

Filson Lightweight Alaskan Guide Shirt

Filson Ultralight Vest

Filson Ultralight Jacket

Filson Ridgeway Fleece Vest

Filson Ridgeway Fleece Jacket

G. Loomis Rep Day

We’re looking forward to hosting Don Coffey representative Stephen Spurgeon on this Saturday November 2, 2019. Stop in from 11AM till 2PM to cast the new NRX+ and NRX+LP. These rods replace the 10 year old run of the popular and versatile NRX series and feature new graphite, new resin and a proprietary multi-taper design process.

Steve will have the following rods for your review and consideration.

NRX+ in 9ft 4,5,6,8,and 10 weights
NRX+ in 10ft 4 weight and 10 foot 7 weight
NRX+LP 4 and 5 weight
NRX + Spey Switch

Don’t postpone joy! Stop in and cast them this Saturday…

Patagonia Waders Sale!

Sale – 35% off!

                                                                                              Retail price              Sales price

Men’s Rio Gallegos Waders     Regular          XL            $499                       $325

Men’s Rio Gallegos Waders     Regular          L              $499                       $325

Men’s Rio Gallegos Waders     Regular          LM          $499                       $325

Patagonia Rio Gallegos Wader

Middle Fork Packable Waders   Long             XL            $349                       $227

Middle Fork Packable Waders   Regular        M             $349                       $227

Middle Fork Packable Waders   Regular        ML          $349                       $227

Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders

 

 

Patagonia Danner Boots & Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders Review

Over the past 4 years at the shop, I’ve been blessed to try and use the best waders and boots offered by both Simms and Patagonia.

Since April, I’ve put a lot of time on the river wearing the Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders and taken them through dense brush and green brier, and they are holding up fine. They breath fantastically well on the hottest of days whilst having extra security from biters on your legs, particularly ticks, having dealt with Lyme disease before. I tend to wear waders even in July and August. The Durable Water Repellent Finish is really nice too; they are dry in no time after being in the water.

Patagonia Middle Fork Packable Waders

I’m currently in the River Salt Wading Boots from Danner and, like the waders, I’ve put these through their paces. I’ve tried them on rivers such as Penns Creek and the Little Juniata earlier this spring and the North Branch of the Potomac recently this summer. These rivers are well known for being a absolute chore for wading. With just two studs in the toe and two in the heel, I’ve never felt the level of traction and ankle support. They are better than any other other boot I’ve owned.

Patagonia River Salt Wading Boots

I also tend to walk a distance to get to lesser traveled areas and for this aspect also, they are incredibly comfortable. I know these are a hefty investment in wading boots, but if river fishing is important to you, you won’t be disappointed.

SPECIAL: Purchase a pair of these waders and boots and get a free Patagonia trucker hat!

North Branch Potomac Fly Fishing

 

Abel Maryland Flag Reel

Jayne, One of our loyal Backwater Angler regulars pitched the idea of a Abel Maryland Flag reel to us back in the early Spring. At the time, Abel only had a Colorado and Texas flag reel option under their custom finishes. The Maryland Flag falls between the 7 hour plus pricing and the Artist pricing and rightfully so-our state flag is easy to recognize but hard to paint! These are currently available at Backwater Angler in both the Super Series 4/5 and 5/6 sizes. Both come with a vibrant red aluminum handle. Please call us at 410-357-9557 for availability or Buy the new Abel Maryland Flag Super Series reel in size 4/5 or 5/6 from our online catalog.