Fishing Reports

Gunpowder River

Guide Report 11/14/16

Report Date: November 14 2016

Anthony and Joe came out with us for a half day on the Gunpowder River. With only limited experience, both were able to catch a few trout swinging wet flies. we fished the York road stretch of the river. The flow was good and Redds were prevalent. we tried a streamer and moved a few at the end. Both guests were happy and hungry at the end. Best to go to the Peppered Pig in Butler, MD afterwards.

FLY PATTERNS

Fly Name Fly Color Fly Size(s)
BH Soft Hackle PT olive/ brown 18
PMX olive, yellow 16
RS2 Grey 18-20

HATCHES

Caddis, terrestrials, BWO, Midge

ACCESS POINT

Bunker Hill - From I-83 N, take a right off exit 27 and at traffic light, turn left onto York Road. Pass Hereford High School and turn left onto Bunker Hill Road. Continue on Bunker Hill Road to parking lot, located above the river.

CURRENT WATER CONDITIONS

River Levels River Levels

CURRENT WHEATHER REPORT

Hunt Valley
58°
clear sky
humidity: 63%
wind: 7mph SW
H 74 • L 58
61°
Sun
58°
Mon
51°
Tue
54°
Wed
47°
Thu
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

FISHING CONDITION:

ONE WEEK FORECAST:

Gunpowder River Fly Fishing Guide

The Gunpowder is considered one of Maryland’s premier wild trout streams and is listed in Trout Unlimited’s Top 100 trout steams in America......

Gunpowder River FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

Guide Report 11/14/16

Anthony and Joe came out with us for a half day on the Gunpowder River. With only limited experience, both were able to catch a few trout swinging wet flies. we fished the York road stretch of the river. The flow was good and Redds were prevalent. we tried a streamer and moved a few at the end. Both guests were happy and hungry at the end. Best to go to the Peppered Pig in Butler, MD afterwards.

Guide Report 10/23/16

Mike and Rolly came out for their fifth trip with us this year on the 23rd. the Gunpowder was flowing well, and it turned out it was a great day to learn to nymph. we stuck to tight-line nymphing, or contact nymphing or euro-styled-nymphing or what ever you want to call it, we did it and it worked, imagine that. Rolly, a rabid 17 year old fly fisherman, more than doubled his single day record in the four hours we fished. give us a call if you want to book a trip for the winter or the coming year!

Gunpowder Stream Report from Jeff Nechanicky

Rob – was on the river at the middle pull out above Falls Road.  Nice sulpher hatch going on mixed with some caddis. The fishing was great with many splashy rises.  I caught 7 6-10″ browns and one 10″ rainbow.  Two of the bunch were caught on a caddis nymph trailing my dry.  For the most part, an incredible early evening on the river! Jeff Thanks for the report Jeff! Like Jeff said, the fishing has been outstanding on the GP!  Temps have been great, flows have been great and the fishing has been great.  Now its finally warm enoughRead More

Guide Trip and River Report: 4/25/16

The Gunpowder River has finally started to heat up.  The fishing has been great.  We have been out with clients on the river many times in the past two weeks and they have had wonderful fishing and learning opportunities. Give us a call or email us to book your trip to the Gunpowder, 410-472-6799.  contact@greatfeathers.com. The Hendricksons and March Browns are all but finished now.  Caddis are dominating the diet of the trout right now.  And I saw a Sulpher the the other day. Get out there are give it a go!  flows are good, 80 cfs at Parkton andRead More

Gunpowder Stream Report: 3/26/16

The fishing on the river is starting to pick up.  With water temperatures starting to hit 50 degrees and the days getting longer, insect activity is picking up as well.  Black Stoneflies in 16-12s were flying everywhere the other day at Masemore rd.  Anglers have reported tiny black midges and fish responding positively to dry flies.  On Wednesday I saw a Hendrickson, just one, but a Hendrickson nonetheless! First mayfly of the year for me.  More to come soon, I hope! The flow has been good, the river is flowing 121 cfs in the  Catch and Release stretch, and 226 atRead More

FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

    Access Point(s)

    Gunpowder River Description

    The Gunpowder River in northern Maryland is a tailwater that is very popular year round with trout anglers.  Running from the Prettyboy Dam and reservoir, it carves its way through a valley that beautifully showcases all seasons before flowing into the Loch Raven reservoir, the primary source of water for the 1.5 million residents in the Baltimore MD area. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is responsible for designating resources to maintain the watershed as a state park. There are also several environmental groups which are committed to keeping the river and surrounding landscape clean and safe. Outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds appreciate the lushness of the flora throughout the watershed with hikers determinedly trekking the miles of trails along both sides of the river.  However, it is the fishermen and women chasing trout who really benefit from this stretch of water.
    Stream bred trout thrive and reproduce best in cold, clean water and that is exactly what is released by the Prettyboy Dam into the Gunpowder River. The water dropping from the lower gates remains a fairly constant average of approximately 55°F, a perfect temperature for the brown, brook and rainbow trout. Concerned mainly with the catch, most fishermen have no problem with the “catch and release” rules on the first 7 ½ miles of the river. They know they can use only artificial flies with one hook and are not allowed to use bait. Such a regulation is designed to promote successful reproduction and survival of the young in a controlled setting, ensuring good fishing for future generations. There is no shortage of food for the fish including caddis and midges. However, it is the distinctly yellow and orange “sulphur” species of mayflies that emerge in late spring that delight the fishermen and women who are familiar with the hatches of the Gunpowder River. Later on in the summer, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and ants are favored by the trout. The fish also have no problem foraging for sculpin and dace along the entire stretch of the river. As long as the trout are satisfied, the fishing enthusiasts continue to head to the Gunpowder River to fulfill their dreams of trophy trout.

    FISH SPECIES

    Brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout,

    Guided Trips:

    Great Feathers Fly Shop

    Great Feathers

    14824 York Road
    Sparks, MD 21152

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    Saturday : 10am - 5pm
    Sunday : 11am - 4pm

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