Gunpowder Stream Report and Great Feathers Fly Shop Blog

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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Stream Conditions- November 25th, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays from all of us at Great Feathers!!

Due to the rains that seem to never end, the water flows are up on the Gunpowder. As of today, Falls Rd. is flowing at 174cfs and Glencoe is 370cfs. Water temps are hovering in the low to mid-40's. The lower river is muddy due to the rains and the run-off, but the northern section is only a little milky. Great fishing for the holidays!

The fish are very busy due to the spawn and the cold weather approaching. Consequently, you will get aggression strikes as well as food. When the water is high, like now, streamers are going work very well. Buggers, clousers, matukas and the like will induce strikes on the swing. Nymphs are also working well. Pheasant tails, hares ear and copper john are staples. Swinging soft-hackled and spiders are also go-to's; grouse and herl, Stewart spider, starling and brown.

Be patient and keep to the basics. Fish are aggresive and can be inticed.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Stream Conditions-November 7th, 2009

Fall conditions are in full effect. The good freeze last night will bring the balance of the leaves to the river in short order. The flows are still a liitle up but have been dropping consistantly for the past week and there is little rain in the forcast to bump them up. Parkton is at 86cfs and Glencoe is at 200cfs. The temps are hovering around 42 to 44 degrees. The water is "gin clear"! This means you need to approach the water deftly and with stealth.

The fish are active and feeding for the spawn and the winter weather ahead. When the water was higher and milky, streamers are the flies to use. We have been experimenting with colors and patterns and have had gotten great results. Buggers, matukas, and bunny streamers proved to bring the best results. Small tan caddis in 16, 18 and 20, BWO's, small black stones and midges have been working on the surface. Bugs are getting smaller and sometimes it proves nearly impossible to see exactly what the fish are taking. Changing flies several times may be necessary to find that right fly. Nymphs to use include pheasant tails in 18-22, black pheasant tails, 16-20, caddis pupa, 16-20, and hares ears, light and dark, 16-22. Midges are going to be more popular to the fish throughout the colder months.


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