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Hot weather and better flows. The flows were bumped up which has made for better conditions. As of today, Parkton is flowing at 75cfs and Glencoe is 133cfs.
With the heat building during the middle of the day, the fishing is best in the mornings and evenings. Tricos are falling during the mornings when the treetops warm up. Times vary depending on different parts of the stream. Terrestrials have been the go-to flies during the heat. Ants, beetles and crickets thrown off of the river banks have brought quick and hard hits. Use in areas where there is overhanging vegitation. Fish key on terrestrials this time of year.
As for other flies, nymphs fished in the deeper runs and under the bubble lines are good bets. Deeper water and shaded pools are what to look for. With thunder storms predicted for the rest of the week, cloudburst will cloud up the lower river, but the top sections will be clear. After the storms pass is a great time to use terrestrials also!!
The Gunpowder river is low and clear. The river at Falls road is flowing 35 cfs and 64 cfs at Glencoe road. The flow has been backed off due to the lack of rain over the past weeks. For best fishing conditions, fish in the early morning or in the evenings when it is hot.
Best results are with ants, beetles, and hoppers or crickets. Throw your flies into shady spots along the bank and watch for a small sip. Fish will be keying on terrestrials for the rest of the hot summer. The are a great food source and fish generally go after them hard and fast.
When the conditions are like this, the emphasis is on your presentation. Move slowly and quietly in the water. Clear and low also means longer leaders. Be deliberate with your casting and be as stealthy as you can.