Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 18th of April 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 9:00-12:00pm. 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.

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 11th of April 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 9:00-12:00pm. 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.

Used Fly Fishing Gear in Maryland

We have a new selection of used fly fishing gear in Maryland. Don’t postpone joy! Stop in over the weekend to see them for yourself. They won’t be here long! Here is a quick listing of rods from T&T, Scott, G. Loomis, Echo and reels from Ari T Hart, Ross, Bauer, Islander and Orvis.

Fly rods:
G. Loomis Whisper Creek GLX 8ft 8 inch 3wt 4pc $300
T&T Vector 9ft 4wt 3pc $400
T&T Vector 9ft 5wt 3pc $400
Scott G series 9ft 4wt 4pc $600
G. Loomis NRX 9ft 4wt 4 pc $350
Sage Z Axis 11ft 7wt 4pc $450
Scott STS 9ft 8weight 3 pc $375
Sage XP 9ft 8weight 4 pc $395
Echo E3 7ft 3wt 4pc $150

Fly Reels:
Ross G1 $175
Ross G2 $175
Ari T Hart F2 with extra spool $595
Orvis Battenkill III with two spools $350
Bauer MXP 1 $375
Islander 4.0 LX $450

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 4th of April 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 9:00-12:00pm. 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.

Fresh Arrival of Scott Rods in Maryland!

Right in time for spring fishing, we’ve checked in a fantastic rod selection from Scott including:

  • 9′ 4wt Radian
  • 9′ 5wt Radian
  • 9′ 6wt Radian
  • 9′ 4wt G
  • 8′ 8″ 3wt G
  • 9′ 4wt Radian
  • 9′ 5wt Radian
  • 9′ 6wt Radian
  • 9′ 8wt Sector
  • 9′ 9wt Sector
  • 9′ 8wt Tidal

Stop in the shop to cast& see what they’re all about, available for online purchase aswell!

Scott Radian

Scott G Series

Scott Sector

Scott Tidal

 

 

 

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Please join us for a fly fishing school. On Saturday the 28th of March 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 11:00-2:00pm. 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.

Scientific Anglers Absolute Leader and Tippet Review

Scientific Anglers have long been known for outstanding fly lines.  This year they have released their premium line of “Absolute” leader and tippet.  Here at the shop, we’ve received the full line of leaders and tippet from 7x-20lb and have been very impressed with the quality and performance.  Both the Absolute Flourocarbon and Nylon are supple, strong and boast a 30% increase in wet knot strength. SA has done a great job of increasing breaking strength without increasing diameter. The Absolute Streamer leaders are 4 ft and great for use with a sinking line or a floating line on those days fishing in higher water.

To top it off they are packed in biodegradable pouches, continuing a trend of environmentally friendly fly fishing innovation.  The new tippet spools feature a line cutter and a tight band that should mean less chance of unknowingly walking down the trail dragging 20 ft of tippet which we’ve all done once -at least I have!

 

Mid-Feb Gunpowder River Fishing Report


The Gunpowder River is flowing at 78.4 Cfs and is 42.5 degrees F. Temperatures are swinging nicely up now from 39 degrees F in the morning so it’s fine to wait until mid afternoon to get out there. Rumblings of stoneflies are always heard this time of year but a safer bet would be to give the black flies a look up top in the catch and release section. Stop in and pick up some of Mike Bachkosky’s little Lehigh snowflies to imitate these and bring along some 7x. Bright, mild days can make streamer fishing tough so don’t feel compelled to wade all day-use the trails instead and cover the log jams quickly by drifting rather than stripping streamers. Fishing above Masemore? Small zebra midges and tungsten jigs can be effective as long as they are visually inspected every few casts. Otherwise, Didymo can accumulate on these heavy small nymphs within the first few drifts fouling them and spoiling one’s chances of hooking up.

We’ve had an equal number of folks traveling to Chile and the Bahamas this week and so have taken in a few notable used fly rods including a few bamboo Fly rods.These rods need new homes-call or stop in for details. Like new and shiny? We’ve been checking in some NRX+ rods in 9 foot 5 weight and 9 foot 10 weight from G. Loomis, all new leader and tippet from Scientific Anglers, and Tacky fly boxes from Fishpond. Stop in and give our Winter clothing sale a look-It’s all 35% off until they are gone…

Second Hand Fly Rods For Sale!

With the river looking like it’ll be ripping this weekend we have some deals on used rods for your consideration.

  • Sage DS 905-2 (2 piece) $125  SOLD
  • SOLD

  • Sage DS 909-2 (2 piece) $100
  • Scott STS 908/3 (3 piece) $450
  • T & T VE 904-3  (3 piece) $400
  • St Croix Legend Elite 905-4 (Demo Model) $200
  • SOLD

  • St Croix Imperial 905-4 $150  SOLD
  • Orvis Clearwater Full Flex 5.5 7’9″ 5wt 2pc $100 SOLD
  • Echo E3 7’6″ 3wt $150

Or alternatively a new with lifetime warranty 7’6″ 3wt NRX LP 40% off at $432. SOLD

 

Superbowl Weekend Fishing Report on the Gunpowder

The river is at 90cfs and water temps around 40 degrees F, very clear.

With water temperatures dropping under 40 on colder nights, the fishing has usually been slow. That said, river levels are ideal and with mild winter temperatures, more little black stoneflies should be coming off getting the trouts attention. Fishing a small pheasent tail, prince or frenchie nymph (16-22) close to the bottom will catch fish most consistently. Didymo is starting to really take hold on the rocks above Falls road up to the dam; setting up a drop shot rig is a good way to get around the snot getting all over your flies.