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Take advantage of the conditions!! Parkton flow is 75cfs and temps are at 50 degrees. Glencoe is 138cfs and the temp is 57 degrees.
The flows have been put up and the conditions are the best that they have been in a while. Fish have been moving and very active. Caddis have been hatching throughout the day and smaller mayflies as well. Black stone flies have been very abundant in the northern section during the middle of the day. Most of the larger rocks on the banks had plenty of them sunning themselves. They are smaller in size 16 and 18.
BWO and caddis have brought the best results on the surface. Caddis in 16 through 20 and olives in 18 through 22. Hanging small nymphs and midges behind the dries is a great bet. Bead heads with a soft hackle behind is very effective. Bead head copper john, hares ear, and pheasant tails are always great with dark spiders hanging behind.
The conditions on the Gunpowder have stabilized. The flow at Parkton was 33cfs and the temp was 52 degrees. Glencoe is running at 78cfs and the temp was 59 degrees
After the flood stage, the water fluctuated for three days going from the 17o's back to the 30's to drop the reservior back to a better level. Now, the flows are steady. The massive amounts of water were great for the stream by flushing sediment, moving dead falls and creating some new ones. The river has changed in places offering a new features and holes. The water is very clear and fish can be spotted more easily. The slower flows do offer a challenge but the fish have been rising with great frequency.
Dry fly patterns that have proven effective include terrestrials and caddis, sizes 16 to 20, cahills and rusty spinnersand BWO's have also been hatching in the evenings down to size 22. Moving down to 6x and 7x tippet will give you much better chances in the low, clear flows. Wet flies are always a great choice on a dropper behind the dries. Nymphs also go down to 22 in Pheasant Tails, copper john, caddis pupa and hare's ear. Midges are also great as a dropper behind the nymphs and dries trailing 6" to 12" off the hook bend.