Great Feathers is a Baltimore and Gunpowder River area brick and mortar fly shop staffed by fly fishermen and fly tiers with a passion for the sport. Our blog posts provide you with the latest stream reports on the Gunpowder and interesting posts on fly fishing anf fly tying information.
As the weather drops into a spring pattern, we can expect the conditions to improve accordingly. As of this morning, the water at Masemore Rd. was at 41 degrees and the flow was a very respectable 61cfs. A few fish were evident holding in the deeper holes of the long, parking lot run. They were very spooky as can be expected with the water being so clear. There was a fog lingering over the stream which made for beautiful and picturesque scenery. Fog is expected to burn off and air temeratures will climb into the mid to high 60's! This may make for some great opportunities to shake off the rust and get your hand in. Presentation is imperative when the "clear and cold" conditions exist. Work out your bad habits before the meat of the season kicks in!
The lower section of the river is experiencing similar conditions. Upper Glencoe Rd. temperatures were at 43 degrees with slightly less clarity than the upper river. Not to say that the river is "mucked" at all, just a little dingy. The flow is 80cfs. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, the lower section was stocked on the 8th of March and will be closed until March 28th. Be mindful of the regulations and be responsible regarding the regulations. If you are unsure, contact the store or refer to the DNR website for all rules and regulations.
As for the fishing, more activity makes for better opportunity. Those that have been struggling are reporting better results. Nymphs including Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Copper John and black stones have been productive. Of course, stripping streamers is also a great alternative. Persistance is the key. As stated, use this time of the year to work on presentation and improving areas of your game that need work. We will always respond to your questions and concerns at the store or on the website forums.
Use this time to work out the kinks, make sure that your equipment is sound. Check for leaks in your waders, make sure that your fly lines are cleaned up and are free of small cracks which will make them sink! Lines that are neglected will fail. They have a finite life and unless well
maintained, deteriorate. Another overlooked item of great importance are your leaders and tippet materials. These also have limited lifespans and can fail. Leaders now carry expiration dates that tell you when they need to be replaced. If the material becomes cloudy or cracked, throw them out! Reels should be cleaned and lubed. Flies that are coming unwound and hooks that have rust need to replaced. If you take the time now, the rest of the season will be rewarding and productive.
What a difference a week can make! The conditions went from cold and snow-covered to beautiful and spring-like. Water temperatures are on the rise due to the warm weather. York Road temp is 44 degrees and Glencoe is right around 46 degrees. As long as the weather stays pleasant, we can expect those temperatures to creep up slowly. The flows are still reasonable as well. Parkton is at 64cfs. and Glencoe is 85cfs. The clarity remains good as the melt and precipitation have been progressive and not radical.
The bug life has increased as well. Turning over rocks and getting into debris piles produced more activity than usual. Small mayfly nymphs, presumably Blue-winged Olives, were more abundant and the sizes were from 18 to 28. There was no noticable hatches and few in the air. Grey and/or cream midges were visable in the air.
The fishing was producing greater results due to the condition changes. Fish were being taken swinging soft-hackles as well as stripping streamers. Frustration has abated but persistance should be the key to getting better results. Water conditions are improving and bug action should follow. Nymphing, wet flies and streamers are still the best bets. With the weather improving, we can expect better and more prolific insect activity. Dry fly fisherman will have to be patient but if the current pattern persists, satisfaction should not be far off!
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