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 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.
Gift Card: Not sure what to get? No need to worry!
Books written by Jerry Kustich: Jerrys stories never get old. Keeps you looking forward to getting back out on the water time after time.
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.
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!
NEW G Loomis NRX+: 15% lighter than the original NRX, these will be the premium rods on the market for years to come.
Pre-Loaded Lanyard: Have your fishing tools ready to go. Easy!
Patagonia Shelled Insulator Pants: The water will never be too cold with these under your waders. Don’t let the winter stop you fishing!
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.
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.
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.
The Gunpowder River is flowing at 321 CFs and is 60 degrees F. The upper river is clearing and dropping nicely. Streamer sink- tip techniques should move quite a few fish in these flows. A better bet if you’d like to hook and land a few would be to seek out the flat water and spend some time fishing Olives and midge emergers in the #18-22 range. It’s not to late to fish a large hopper-and dropper rig leaping frogging the boulder pools and covering more water. We’ve found a lot of new folks fishing right on top of each other in the past few weeks so be sure give everyone a stretch of water to themselves. Fly fishing, after all is not widely known as a group sport. A good rule of thumb is to yield to anglers fishing upstream. That is–a dry fly presentation won’t spoke fish nearly as bad swinging a streamer through a pool. If you can throw a rock and hit another angler it’s likely that you are too close ask as a courtesy which direction they are fishing and leapfrog around and continue fishing. Sadly, the lower river below Bluemount and the confluence of Little Falls is still too high to safely fish at 518 Cfs. The above photo from Gene Howson shot Monday shows leaves in full color along the river corridor, clear water and a hopeful drift.
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
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
Middle Fork Packable Waders Long XL $349 $227
Middle Fork Packable Waders Regular M $349 $227
Middle Fork Packable Waders Regular ML $349 $227
Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 12th of October a Backwater Angler Guide will be teaching a fly fishing school that is ideal for beginners. If you’re planning on fly fishing in Maryland, or anywhere else for that matter, this course is a great introduction to the sport. The school covers knots, casting, gear and fly selection. Class is held from 10:00 – 1:00pm. Cost is $125 per person and includes the use of gear. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license and trout stamp is required and may be purchased at the shop with check or cash the day of the school. Class size is limited to 4 and pre-registration is required. Please give us a call at 410-357-9557 to pre-register.