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Beginning of The Year Fishing Report

With warm weather in the forecast for the next week expect fishing to have some excitement with more active fish. The Gunpowder River is flowing at 87 CFS at 42F which are great conditions for all tactics on the water.  On warmer days you may find midges, blue wing olives, or little black stoneflies that may hatch allowing for some dry fly action during our winter. Imitations for these are often in the size 16-20 with a thin black or grey body.

Nymphing has been the most consistent way to fish during the winter. Pairing heavier flies like jig leeches with midges or smaller mayfly imitations have proven effective to for the trout while also reaching the bottom quickly. Euro nymphing has been most effective using heavy tungsten jig nymphs. The Shadow X 11′ 3wt has been the best rod for the job. it has a super sensitive tip and allows you to get your nymphs in the strike zone.  Stop in the shop to cast it and before the warm weather runs out! Happy New Year!

Swinging small streamers in the faster water and near larger structure has been effective as well. If you plan on doing this you should expect to lots of water. Most strikes occur on the first swing through each hole so make sure to place yourself in the best location for each hole you fish.

Backwater Angler’s Top Ten for Christmas

1.https://backwaterangler.com/product/personalized-fly-selection/

A Fly selection is one of the best stocking stuffers for anglers. We can adjust the number of flies and type to whatever best suits their needs.

2.Backwater Angler Guide Trip Gift Certificate | BACKWATER ANGLER

These certificates grant you access to lots of knowledge and insight on the mechanisms of the river and the techniques we use. It is redeemable whenever you are inspired to go out and be treated with all the gear and knowledge necessary to have a good day on the water.

3.Ross Animas | BACKWATER ANGLER

The Ross is a fantastic gift for the Holidays. With a light feel and durable frame it is one of the best reels to buy for anyone wanting to up their fishing game.

4.Patagonia Winter Weight Fleece Oversock | BACKWATER ANGLER

Tired of cold feet in the winter? Solve that problem with the Patagonia Winter weight fleece over sock. This sock is the best solution that we have found at the shop to keep you warm and comfortable on the water.

5.Scott Centric | BACKWATER ANGLER

The Scott Centric is the top of the line the best of the best. this rod can handle smaller streams like the Gunpowder River but, it works just as well when you’re chasing after those larger fish weather that’s big Trout, Bass, pike, or anything else that swims.

6.Airflo SuperFlo Power Taper | BACKWATER ANGLER

Airflo Power taper is a heavy taper fly line that can load up fast and get your flies to where you want them to be. This line pairs perfectly with the Scott centric!

7.Abel Vaya 5/6 Native Brown Trout | BACKWATER ANGLER

The Abel Vaya is the best reel for trout. This reel suits all of your fishing needs. It is an extremely high quality and very durable reel with a lifetime warranty. we have a vast assortment of sizes and paint jobs to pick from.

8.Echo Trout Fly Rod | BACKWATER ANGLER

The Echo trout is one of Echo’s greatest products in our opinion. It is light and has a fast action that allows the angler to cast in tough winds out west or be precise on small rivers like our home-water: The Gunpowder River.

9.Patagonia | Product categories | BACKWATER ANGLER

Patagonia’s line of waders has exceeded the markets expectations with comfortable, warm, lightweight waders that are made entirely from recycled materials. Each style of wader can cater to your needs and will have you set for years to come.

10.Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling | BACKWATER ANGLER

Fishpond has had the best packs and accessories on the market for years now. The versatility of these packs allows the angler to customize them much more than their competitors. The submersible pack is entirely waterproof so you will not have to worry about taking off their bag, soaking their gear, or even worse their phone.

Stop by the shop or give us a call at 443-357-9557 with any questions regarding the gear and sizing and you’ll be set with a wonderful gift for the Holidays.

 

 

Holiday Hours at Backwater Angler

In preparation for the holidays we will be open this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-3  and following Christmas, we will re-open on Boxing Day, Monday the 26th, and will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-3. Anyone needing a last minute gift can stop by and get the help they need from Hudson , Jacob or Theaux.

After hours, Give our online shop a look! https://backwaterangler.com/shop/

We have a large selection of gear that can be specialized for each and every person on your list! We also have gift certificates that can be emailed and customized for items, a guide trip, or a fly fishing school.

Holiday Hours:
Open 10 till 3
Monday 19th
Tuesday 20th
Wednesday the 21st
Thursday the 22nd
Friday the 23rd
Closed Saturday the 24th and 25th.
Open 10 till 3
Monday the 26th
Tuesday the 27th
Wednesday the 28th
Thursday the 29th
Friday the 30th
Closed Saturday the 31st and Sunday the 1st. 

 

September 24th Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Early fall is the perfect time to learn how to fly fish. We have 4 spots available on Saturday, September 24. Our Fly Fishing Schools are 3 hours long and included the use of gear. In the first half of the course we cover basic knots, casting skills, fly types and techniques for the river. Following instruction bankside, during the second half we’ll practice the techniques on the water. One gets to try the four main techniques while fly fishing including: dry flies, wet flies, nymphs and streamers. Our guides will go over the techniques and help each individual to best prepare them for a trip on their own.

Please contact us at 410-357-9557 to confirm availability, prepay and book the trip and we will send you an email confirmation for your very own fly fishing school on the Gunpowder River.

September 17th Beginner’s Fly Fishing School

Early fall is the perfect time to learn how to fly fish. We have 4 spots available on Saturday, September 17. Our Fly Fishing Schools are 3 hours long and included the use of gear. In the first half of the course we cover basic knots, casting skills, fly types and techniques for the river. Following instruction bankside, during the second half we’ll practice the techniques on the water. One gets to try the four main techniques while fly fishing including: dry flies, wet flies, nymphs and streamers. Our guides will go over the techniques and help each individual to best prepare them for a trip on their own.

Please contact us at 410-357-9557 to confirm availability, prepay and book the trip and we will send you an email confirmation for your very own fly fishing school on the Gunpowder River.

Gunpowder Fishing Report

The Gunpowder is flowing at 65 cfs and has been holding steady for the last week. the temperature of the water is 52 degrees, this is perfect for wet wading. if you need a new pair of wet wading socks stop in the shop to pick up the new Patagonia fleece over sock which allows for a comforting feel in the water while fishing. we are seeing fish take caddis and Trestrails off the surface. patterns that have been most effective are as follows, Elk hair caddis, X Caddis, smaller stimulators, and Cubby Chernobyl’s. we have been experiencing the best fishing from 3-7 in the afternoon and from 7-10 in the mornings. stop by the shop to restock your flies and get more Indepth intel.

Central PA Fishing Report

I Have recently gotten back from a fishing trip in central Pennsylvania. With rising water temperatures the end of spring creek season is closer than you may think. Rivers like the yellow Breaches and and Penns Creek have been fishing very well recently with small caddis and mayfly imatations. The set up that I found to work the best was a size 16 caddis and a mayfly nymph 20 inches off the back. This allows you to target two very different sections of the water column and catch more fish. Making delicate casts is essential because these fish are rather spooky and will not eat if the flies are not presented properly. The fishing up in PA is really something special to experience and I recommend stopping in the shop to stock up on flies before you head out there.

June 24th Gunpowder Fishing Report

The Gunpowder River is flowing at 67 CFS and is a cool 52 degrees. As the warmer summer weather sets in, we have been seeing a large amount of fish taking terrestrials and mayfly nymphs. Patterns such as a quick sight beetle, foam ant, and smaller sized chubby chernobyl’s have been working great as indicator flies for dropper rigs. Off the the back of those terrestrials we are putting patterns such as perdigons and pheasant tails. If you are looking to fish single dry flies come on in and check out some of the new flies we just got in; our Adams and caddis patterns have been restocked and are ready to be fished!