Well, the 17 year Cicada hatch has come and gone and the fish definitely took advantage of the event. The fishing was truly a great experience bringing back memories of the last emergence and already building anticipation for the next.
Gunpowder River flows are currently in the normal summer low flows around 30 cfs but the fishing is still productive. The mornings have been the best time to get out on the water avoiding the mid-day heat. Remember that with the low flows, a stealthy approach and long leaders are required to avoid drawing unwanted attention to a splashing line and leader. Using an 8.5 to 9 ft. 4 weight rod is perfect under these conditions set up with a minimum 10 ft leader in 5x or 6x.
Small Caddis are working and can be seen skittering around in the mornings as well as the always evident midges. Black ants drifted through the riffles are always a good bet this time of year as well.
Have fun and Good luck out there !!!
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