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Mid September Gunpowder Fishing Report

After a week of favorable flows in the 70s, the river has dropped back down to its typical summer flow of ~30 cfs. We recommend wading as little as possible and fishing long leaders with 6-7x tippet as the trout are quite skittish. Stop by the shop for some Trout Hunter 6.5x tippet, which is absolutely perfect for fishing low water when you just don’t want to commit to using super delicate 7x.

Fishing a dry dropper is a good way to catch fish in the early mornings. I recommend cutting off the dropper around 11am when the water begins to warm up. Terrestrials have been successful recently, but it doesn’t hurt to downsize your ants and beetles. Crickets can be heard chirping along the river banks this time of year. So don’t be afraid to play around with a small, dark colored hopper or Chernobyl ant.

Tricos have not been particularly prevalent on the river this summer, but there are plenty of midges and the fish are almost always feeding on them. A small trico pattern in the #20-22 range will oftentimes work for the trout sipping midges in slow water.

The weather has taken a pleasant fall-like turn recently. So enjoy your time on the water and if all else fails swing a wet fly!

BWA goes west/Gear review

Like many fly anglers, I was sucked into the hobby by visions of casting dry flies to rising trout surrounded by the sweeping hills and vast skies of the American west.  However, not long after breaking into the hobby, I found myself being drawn to the excitement of flats fishing in the Florida Keys and the idea of taking a trip out west became distant.

Finally, five years after casting my first fly rod, I made the journey to Salt Lake City and then north to Wyoming.  The first full day of fishing was one of the most memorable I’ve had.  My fishing buddy and I explored the massive Wind River Range, following miles and miles of dirt roads.  I could have stayed there forever catching those eager cutthroat trout, but eventually we came to an impasse that our rental car just wasn’t up for.

On our second day we put the Wind River in the rear view and headed to Yellowstone.  I found the rivers in the park to be incredibly diverse.  The lower Gardiner River is fast flowing and full of pocket water where gullible brown trout will almost always rise to a well drifted hopper.  The Lamar is a truly epic river with big mayflies, big cutthroat, and big scenery.  The final day of our trip was reserved for fishing the infamous Slough Creek.  The hiking, the landscape, the weather, and the fishing on slough can all be described as intense.  On the slow meandering bends of Slough Creek the cutthroat act more like carp than trout.  Before casting to the undercut on the opposite bank, it pays to carefully watch the shallow gravel bar on the inside of the bend for cruising trout who may be in less than a foot of water.  These cruising fish are very eager to rise to a well presented terrestrial, albeit the slowest and most cautious rises I’ve ever seen.  To sum it up; those aforementioned visions of casting dry flies surrounded by vast landscapes came to fruition on Slough Creek.

 

Anybody who has fished out west knows that covering ground is key.  That being said, the gear that allows you to hike further and fish longer will far outshine things like your rod and reel setup.  On this trip I was fortunate enough to use the new Chota Hybrid High-Top Rubber Soled Boot.  These boots are a great value for the price and resemble a lightweight hiking boot more than a wading boot.  Chota purposefully built these boots with a removable insole.  So they can fit comfortably with regular socks, neoprene wading socks, or the booties on your waders.  However, my favorite quality of these boots is undoubtedly their light weight and how easy they are to slip on and take off whether wet or dry!

Another item I found to be invaluable on my trip was my Patagonia Stormfront Sling pack.  Yellowstone is known for its hot and dry summer days, but I can assure you that thunderstorms can pop up in an instant.  This pack was not only comfortable, but great for keeping my stuff dry when I couldn’t avoid a rain squall.  It’s important to keep in mind that this pack is basically one big compartment.  So organizing your gear inside takes a little consideration, but I find the Patagonia Black Hole Cubes to be the perfect for compartmentalizing.  The not so obvious benefit of the Stormfront Sling is the fact that it’s not only water tight, but also fairly air tight.  This means that the delicious smelling sandwich I stashed in my pack is pretty unlikely to lure in that big grizzly we spotted from camp the night before.

Heading out west yourself? Feel free to stop in the new shop at 16829 York Rd and we’ll outfit you with plenty of Chubby Chernobyls (basically the only fly you’ll need west of the rockies)!

Gunpowder Labor Day Fishing Report

 

 

 

Even after one and a half inches of rain on September 2nd, flows on the Gunpowder remain clear and below 30 CFS with temperatures ranging between 56 and 60 degrees F. Despite the low water, lots of wild fish can be found rising to midges and some Tricos. Using small dries in the #18-22 range in the morning and evenings can result in subtle takes from these fish. Fishing a terrestrial around overhanging branches and grass is still an effective tactic.

 

Come visit the new shop labor day weekend. Directions to the new shop can be found here. We will be open:

  • 8-3 on Saturday
  • 10-3 on Sunday
  • closed on Monday the 7th.

Jakes First Impression of the Savage River

My first trip to the Savage River several weeks ago presented different challenges than the Gunpowder. I had been told of the difficult wading  and after my first day I would agree. Didymo covers the large boulders that lay in the water which causes very slick conditions. With much more rocks in the water, the currents were more intricate than those of the Gunpowder. For this reason, i found maneuvering through the river and positioning was key to getting a good drift. It may be helpful to bring a wading staff for crossing the river because of the slick rocks and strong current. It was 160 cfs the time we fished it, which was deceptively strong. But, overcoming these challenges can result in some great fish and beautiful mountain scenery.

Another great difference is the presence of pocket water on the Savage. On the Gunpowder, there is very little pocket water to be fished. But on the Savage, the fast currents and hidden holes provide great habitat for trout to hide in. This presented me with the opportunity to nymph effectively using Loon Biostrike rather than an indicator, which was a new tactic for myself.

Sulphurs & Blue Quills were the most predominant mayfly on the river and tan and black caddis were present in large numbers. By the early afternoon, fish could be seen rising consistently to sulphurs. The most spectacular time is the last minutes of the day. Near dusk, the spinner fall gave me the opportunity to see the large amount of fish within each pool and target some of the bigger fish. When fishing in the morning, I fished small nymphs with splitshot to keep flies down in the water column.

Please note: The shop will be closed this holiday weekend on the 4th & 5th.

Thanks for your support & have a great 4th! 

End of May Gunpowder River Fly Fishing Report


The Gunpowder River is flowing at 101 Cfs, 55 degrees and clear. Many of us have been waiting all year for these ideal conditions. Plan on seeing a mix of sulphurs, #16-18 caddis and #18-22 midges out there. Wild fish are always a little tricky on bright days so fish early or late if you can. Avoiding “parking lot” water and focusing on riffles is a good bet. Leader length is the 9 to 12 foot range ending in 7x can make all the difference in turning a follow into a take. Thanks to Keir Joyce for the wonderful photo of a Gunpowder River Brook trout and the following stream report from May 26th.

Guys,
Glad to see the shop is back open and I had hoped to swing this weekend, but got too caught up on the river.I wanted to pass along that I fished on Saturday and had a good amount of luck with a Copper John, wet flies, and copper bead midges. It fished really well and I was able to net a few browns, a rainbow, a brook, and a small mouth bass mid morning to after lunch.
Today I fished for most of the morning before the kayak traffic started to pick up. There was some risers that were reacting to more sulfur action and had a few takes with a gray/tan Caddis, but most of my luck was nymphing with a rainbow warrior that brought in a few good sized browns and one rainbow.

Keir

Please note: During the month of June, we will be opening at 8 AM every Saturday and Sunday for walk-in traffic and curbside pickup is still an option.

Memorial Day Hours & River Report

We will be open 10-4 Memorial Day Monday.

The river is flowing nicely at 106cfs with water temperatures in the low 50’s.

Sulphurs remain much of what the fish are looking for through the afternoon along with tan caddis. Caddis are hatching well into the evening. Sulphurs are most consistent in the afternoon but you never quite know when you’ll encounter a burst of them coming off. It’s a good idea to have a variety of different imitations of sulphur duns and emergers at hand to show the fish if they wise up to one pattern, switch out and try another for an often instant reaction. Spinner falls have been occuring in the last half hour of light.

Have a nice day everyone.

Opening for Curbside Pickup this Saturday the 16th

Following Baltimore County directive of the state’s reopening of retail business. We are starting contactless curbside pickup commencing tomorrow (5/16). We will be open normal hours 10-4.

To facilitate this and allow us time to put orders together this is how we’ll conducting business:

We encourage you to place your orders online for same day pickup before 3pm and state around what time you will be arriving. Please allow at least 20 minutes for us to prepare your order for pickup. We will bring your gear out to your car.

We can also accept phone orders to discuss specifics on items such as flies, leader, tippet. We still offer free shipping.

Please note: We are not able to accept cash payment, conduct instruction, guide trips or sell licenses at present.

Mid May Gunpowder Stream Report

The river is at a ideal 115 cfs, clear and water temperature in the low to mid 50’s.

Sulphurs hatching in the afternoon, spinner fall has been happening late after dark. Warmer days should bring this forward. Tan caddis coming off in the afternoon through evening. Midges have the fish looking up earlier in the day.

Spring Fish Stocking Report from MDDNR

We wanted to share this great news with you from the State. To date, the department has stocked 211,450 brown, golden, and rainbow trout across the state, at the locations listed below. Annual production at our hatcheries is about 300,000 trout. This completes trout stocking for the spring. Please obtain your fishing license here.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources conducted limited trout stocking throughout Maryland this spring in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at state fish hatcheries, and also provide opportunity for recreational anglers.

Following Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders to limit spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, state employees suspended all field activities, including regularly scheduled trout stocking.

Without the scheduled stocking, state hatcheries lacked room needed to continue production for future seasons, and as trout in these facilities continued to grow, they were at risk of higher mortality. Removing fish and stocking them into public waters became an urgent matter.

The department encourages anglers to take advantage of the incredible fishing opportunities Maryland has to offer, provided all practice social distancing, avoid crowded areas, and minimize social interaction.

Allegany County:
Battie Mixon: 1,500
Cotton Cove Pond: 600
Evitts Creek: 6,000
Fifteen Mile Creek: 3,700
Flintstone Creek: 1,000
Georges Creek: 500
Jennings Run: 4,500
N.B.P.R. Zero Creel: 1,900
North Jennings Run Watershed: 1,000
Rocky Gap: 4,400
Wills Creek: 5,500

Baltimore County:
Gunpowder Falls, Lower: 7,000
Gunpowder Falls, Upper: 3,000
Little Gunpowder Falls: 3,500
Patapsco River, Daniels: 2,000

Carroll County:
Farm Museum Pond: 1,200
South Branch Patapsco River: 1,400
South Branch Patapsco River. (Mariottsville Road): 2,500
South Branch Patapsco River (River Roa): 1,250
Taneytown Pond: 1,100

Cecil County:
Big Elk: 2,500
Howards Pond: 1,750
Rising Sun Pond: 1,100

Charles County:
Hughesville Pond: 300
Myrtle Grove: 2,000
Wheatley Lake: 2,500

Frederick County:
Brunswick Pond: 1,000
Carroll Creek: 1,000
Catoctin Creek Park: 500
Cunningham Falls Lake: 4,000
Fishing Creek: 1,000
Frank Bentz Pond: 1,000
Friends Creek: 2,500
Hamburg Pond: 500
Middle Creek: 4,700
Owens Creek: 3,000
Rainbow Lake: 2,500
Whiskey Springs Pond: 500

Garrett County:
Accident Pond: 1,500
Bear Creek: 9,000
Broadford Lake: 3,000
Casselman River:4,000
Deep Creek Lake: 7,400
Glades Park Pond: 1,000
Herrington Lake: 3,500
Jennings Randolph Lake: 6,000
Little Youghiogheny River: 2,000
Mill Run: 1,000
Muddy Creek: 1,800
North Branch Potomac River, Gorman: 600
North Branch Potomac River: Kitzmiller: 4,500
North Branch Potomac River:.Westernport: 5,000
Parkview Pond: 500
Piney Reservoir: 1,000
Savage Reservoir: 2,300
Savage River: 6,000
Snowy Creek: 1,000
Youghiogheny River: 2,100
Youghiogheny River, Friendsville: 2,000
Youghiogheny River, Oakland: 6,000

Harford County:
Deer Creek: 6,500
Forest Hill Pond: 500

Montgomery County:
Great Seneca Creek: 3,500
Izaak Walton Pond: 500
Lake Needwood: 1,500
Martin Luther King Jr. Pond: 1,400
Northwest Branch: 4,500
Patuxent River, Laurel: 1,000
Prince George’s County
Cosca Lake: 2,000
Lake Artemesia: 3,000
Laurel Lake: 600
Melwood Pond: 250
Queen Anne’s County
Unicorn Branch: 500

Washington County:
Antietam Creek: 2,000
Beaver Creek: 6,500
Blairs Valley: 6,500
Greenbrier Lake: 4,000
Indian Springs Pond: 500
Israel Creek: 2,500
Licking Creek: 3,000
Little Antietam Creek: 1,500
Little Tonoloway Creek: 300
Little Tonoloway Creek, Upper: 300
Sharpsburg Pond: 500
Sideling Hill Creek : 1,000

Recreational Fishing Reopened in Maryland

Some good cheer in announcing that restrictions have loosened a bit in Maryland to allow recreational fishing again. 

In addition from tomorrow (Saturday the 9th) some reservoirs including Prettyboy, Loch Raven and Liberty will open up for fishing for those abiding by CDC regulations.

We are still offering online orders with free shipping. Ten percent off Gift Certificates whilst the shop is restricted from allowing customers in.

Time to enjoy some spring fishing! Stay well out there.

Please Note: We are prohibited from curbside pickup under current state regulations.