Winter Fishing in Spring-Like Temps

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.

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Here’s to warmer weather and hungry trout !

Summer Fishing and Wild Trout

We have slipped into the summer slide of trout fishing.  Fishing is good with terrestrials and midges.  On a recent trip to Western Maryland, the trout were hungry but very selective.  Still managed to hook several wild fish, just had to work a little more to get them.  That seems to be the trend across MD this summer.  With low flows and crystal clear water, stealth and an accurate presentation is key in landing a wary trout.  Try small caddis emergers behind a yellow bodied hopper or and orange beetle.

Try fishing hoppers or beetles with a dropper midge or caddis emerger to tease the fish to the surface.  Sometimes, an aggressively stripped wooly bugger or other streamer thru the pocket water will entice a reactive strike.  The key is to try new things and fish the “fishy” water to get the strike.


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Spring Time Flows and Hungry Browns !

The Gunpowder River is currently flowing at 104 CFS and coming down after last weeks heavy rains.  This is a great level to fish streamers and also match the hatch.  Caddis and Sulphurs fished in the riffle and run sections from Masemore Road up towards Falls Road should do the trick.  X-Caddis patterns will also be productive patterns to use since these can imitate both caddis and sulphur mergers stuck in the surface film.  Just add a little floatant to the wing of the fly so the body and the tail sit low in the water giving the appearance of an insect trying to break free from the surface tension.

Give us a call 443-567-0663 or send us an email to book a class or Guide Trip.  This is a great time of year to chase down that wild brown trout you’ve been dreaming of.



Gunpowder Fishing well thru Winter 2017

Mild temperatures this winter have kept fishing exciting!  The fish have been eagerly taking streamers and midges in the deep pools and riffles.  The recent snow put a brief “slow-down” on the fishing but never fear,…warm weather is just around the corner. Stoneflies in the 14-16 size range have been noted on local streams and on the warmer days, trout can be seen rising to mother natures offerings.  With Spring just around the corner, look for Hendricksons and March  Browns to make an appearance preluding to the much anticipated annual Sulphur hatches in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Whether you’re looking to learn some new techniques, or refine some old ones.

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