The Gunpowder is flowing around 100 cfs and holding. Daytime water temps are rising into the mid 50’s making for some exciting fishing opportunities. Caddis and sulphur have been spotted and are getting some attention from the wild browns that inhabit this river. You may even get a rainbow trout here and there.
Early and late day excursions will provide the most action as air temps begin to heat up mid-day.Popular patterns to use are the always reliable elk-hair caddis, caddis pupa emerger patterns, PT nymphs, and comparadun patterns.
Don’t forget that nymphing can still be very productive even when fish are rising. If using a euro nymphing outifit, you have the ability to fish deep pools and also swing that same rig through the tailout to imitate those rising insects swimming for the surface.
If you’re interested in learning how to fish with this setup, give us call and we’ll spend a day on the river showing you how. Lets get out there and spend a great day on the river, practicing social distancing of course !!
Fishing has recently been up and down from day to day leading into the spring season. Mild daytime temps and cold evenings have had the fishing action all over the place. Nymphs one day, streamers the next…
Recently, more consistent temps have had the bugs moving around and the fish looking up !! Black stones and midges have been getting the fish to come up to the surface and examine your offerings. Try an indicator dry when fishing a small midge pattern. Small stimulator patterns will work well acting as the indicator and may even draw a strike or two.
Subsurface, simple caddis pupa patterns have been connecting with trout and making for some exciting nymphing.
The Gunpowder is currently flowing around 30 cfs with a daytime high water temp around 60 degrees F.
At these flows, stealthy approaches are required to zero in on hungry trout. Look for fish in the riffles and deeper pockets spread throughout the river. Don’t skip the skinny water thinking its too shallow for fish to occupy. Sometimes the skinniest water will hold the bigger fish.
Try using Terrestrials, (Black Carpenter Ants, Black and Orange Beetles, and Hopper patterns). I like to use Hoppers as my indicator and drop an ant or nymph imitation off the bend of the hook and fish the riffles along the banks.
The Fall Fishing season is just around the corner. Book your fall Guide trips and Flyfishing classes now !
Local area streams are fishing well through the winter despite frigid temps and higher flows. On warmer afternoons, little stoneflies can be seen flying around and trout have been rising to these offerings in the slack water and back eddies.
Don’t be afraid to throw some streamers to attract attention from the larger fish looking for satisfying meal. Euro style nymphing will produce some fish as well, just be sure the flies are getting down in the strike zone.
Come see us at Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest at the BWI Marriott on February 23 and 24th. Pick up some flies and swag for the upcoming season. Get yourself some of my “Witch Doctor” streamer patterns.
Contact us to book a Guided Trip or Fly Fishing Class on the Gunpowder River this year.
“Witch Doctor” also available in other colors and articulated patterns
Rainbow that fell for “Witch Doctor” in a slow deep pool
Quiet section of river on a cold February day
Well, we ended the year with rain and higher than normal water levels… The rivers have been flowing higher than average since July 2018 with few opportunities to get out and fish the rivers. For those that have been able to get out and brave the higher flows, the rewards have come from fishing streamers and nymphs. Tight line nymphing has been a very productive method for catching fish for those concentrating on the seams and deeper sections.
We wish you the best in the New Year and hope to see you on the river soon !
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Flows are dropping to safer levels for wading all along the Gunpowder and surrounding rivers in the region. Streamers will draw attention as well as small copper johns and midge patterns. BWO’s will be active on overcast days so carry a good assortment of patterns to fish every life stage.
Avoid the trout Redd’s, like the one pictured above, and limit fishing over these areas to help sustain a healthy wild trout population for the Gunpowder.
Healthy brown trout taken on a streamer in a Pennsylvania stream. Notice the heron battle scar in front of the dorsal fin.
With the rains subsiding, river flows are beginning to reach safe fishable levels and the trout are moving to streamers and wet flies being swung in the current seams. Olive streamers fished down and across and caddis imitations have been connecting with wary trout.
Stick to the slower currents along the bank and where fast meets slow.
Contact us for the Fall trout season. This can be a great time to experience all there is on a great Baltimore tailwater.
The trout are waiting !!
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With flows around the 65 cfs mark, the river temps have been remained cool with these hotter July temps. The water temps are starting the day around 50 degrees and rising to the mid to upper 50’s on warmer days. Cloudy days have kept the water temps lower but the fish are still looking to eat.
Caddis have been seen fluttering across the waters surface from Masemore up thru Falls Road as well as very few late, late sulphur sightings. X-Caddis and Pheasant Tail nymph patterns have been producing fish to the net consistently.
Give us a call for a Mid-Summer guide trip to take advantage of these conditions. Early mornings trips are a good bet this time of year to avoid the afternoon crowds and have the river all to yourself. 443-567-0663 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Water levels are great right now and make for some really good fishing! The trout are actively taking sulphur adults in the fast water along with some caddis. Try fishing an emerger as a dropper behind a dry fly such as a sulphur comparadun or, (as pictured), an X-caddis imitation. These have been taking fish over the past weeks. When the fish are not actively rising, try drifting nymphs to attract attention. During recent trips, many freshwater scuds were noted in the gravel, try fishing these patterns in size 18-20.
After recent rains, Savage River flow levels are also optimal at the moment. With the river flowing at 120 cfs, try fishing streamers and deep drifting hares ears or pheasant tails through most seams and channels. Don’t rule out caddis emergers and wet flys in size 16-18.
Call us to book a fishing trip on either the Gunpowder River or Savage River during the months of June and July. Mild temps are stretching the spring fishing season.
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A break in the frigid temperatures make for a great day to be on the river ! With most fly fisherman chained to their fly tying desk recently, this weekend was a great chance for those to get out and wet a fly on local waters.
The gunpowder is flowing at 215 cfs making finding holding trout a little tough. The water temps are in the upper 30’s causing trout to be quite lethargic which forces anglers to “force feed” trout their offerings. Anglers that concentrate on the slower deeper sections of the river will be rewarded with a tight line and a boost of adrenaline to keep them warm. Try fishing streamers as your lead fly and using a copper john or zebra midge as your dropper. The deeper the better…
The mild temps have all of us hoping for warmer weather but don’t give up the tying bench just yet. As we all know, the end of February and into March can bring some frigid conditions.
Book your spring guided fishing trips and classes now to secure your spots. Call us a 443-567-0663, firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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Here’s to warmer weather and hungry trout !