Rob Lepczyk

Gunpowder River Report: 7/27/15

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I am so sorry to everyone who checks our website for stream reports, i have been slacking pretty hard. The river is low, like really low.  The Parkton Gauge is running 32 cfs but has been getting warmer, averaging around 55-56 degrees. There have been caddis coming off mid-day, they are about size 14-18, but size and color do not really matter, presentation before pattern. my advice to people fishing the Gunpowder under low water conditions, is to NOT get into t he water unless you absolutely have to.  With less current and flow, the fish are on alert toRead More

Gunpowder River Report: 5/12/15

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Sorry for the lack of river reports, I have been busy guiding, which has been quite good I must say.  But the river is fishing well in the mornings.  We are seeing caddis mostly with a few sulphers starting to trickle off.  I wouldn’t go out expecting to see a bunch of sulphers, but the hatch is imminent. The river has been warmer than normal, not bad warm, but good warm, like 60 degrees, which makes the fish hungry and the fisherman happy. Wet wading is not painful. nymphing/wet fly fishing has been very successful in the morning, fish hare’sRead More

Guide Trip Report 4/6/15

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The last few guided trips I have had have been, slow but getting better.  The water is just getting warmer and fish are starting to behave the way an angler wants them to. We have mostly been fishing Tenkara, which is a VERY productive way to fish the streams around here, including the Gunpowder.

Gunpowder River Report 4/7/15

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Spring has finally sprung.  The weather is nice, the frogs are singing and little green things are popping up in the woods. The trout are becoming happier as well.  With longer, warmers days come warmer river temperatures, which are sorely needed by anglers as well as trout. we have been seeing LOTS of brown and black stoneflies bumbling around the river banks, mostly 18’s for the blacks and 12’s for the browns.  Though not the easiest for trout to eat, they do make up a large proportion of the trout early spring diet. the Gunpowder is flowing 83 cfs atRead More

Tenkara JAM 2015!! Hunt Valley, MD

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Tenkara Jam 2015 is coming to the Gunpowder July 11th and 12th! This will be the largest gathering of Tenkara in the East.  More rods under one roof than you can shake a tenkara rod at.  Two days of presentations and vendors in one room! Check out Appalachian Tenkara Anglers website for more details. http://appalachiantenkara.com/

Gunpowder Report: 2/24/15

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If anyone was wondering, it is still winter.  The Gunpowder is flowing somewhere around 75-100 cfs, the gauge at Falls Rd is reading “ice”, so everything is frozen.  The water is bouncing between 34 and 40 degrees. If you were to go fishing, try some heavy nymphs, way down near the bottom and fish them VERY slowly. Stay warm, Rob

A Good Day On The Gunpowder – 2/9/15

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Hey Rob, After stopping in the shop yesterday I proceeded to drive to the York Road parking, it was completely full so I went to bunker hill, also pretty full.  Talked to a lot of guys that had no luck and had been there all morning.  I got in the water and within 15 minutes caught a fish and missed several others.  I then caught a rainbow a couple hours or so after that.  Czech nymphing was the method of choice and for me it was a successful day.  Thanks for the advice, license, and new zinger! See you soon,Read More

Lament of A Trout Fisherman

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Clawing your way out of bed, you sit up and breath deeply.  Shuffling to the bathroom you mumble softly to yourself though there is no one around you.  Will this end? Will Winter end?  February. February, the worst month of the year, the deepest of cold and misery.  The river is frozen, the lakes and ponds are frozen.  Everything is frozen, cold and dead. Oh how us trout fisherman long for Spring!?  A time of renewed growth and life.  Flowers along the creek bank and frogs singing to you from the marshy, riparian middle ground between forest and stream. OhRead More

Gunpowder River Report: 2/11/15

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Yes, it is cold.  Cold enough to scare even the hardiest trout anglers away, but, BUT! Wait. some folks are catching fish.  Granted they are fishing deep with nymphs, and happen to be good anglers. But! Fish be biting mate. So why not you? You could catch fish in the Winter too! Give it a try! You may surprise yourself. -Robby

Tenkara 101 Class

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Tenkara 101 Class Are you Tenkurious? Heard about Tenkara and want learn more or even try it? Come experience the world of Tenkara with Rob Lepczyk from Great Feathers in Sparks! Rob is a Tenkara USA Guide and avid Tenkara angler here on the Gunpowder. Here’s the deal: The class will be Sunday, April 12th. The class will run from 11 am to 2 pm. The class is limited to 4 people, call early to make sure you get a spot! Tenkara rods and lines are provided. Waders can be provided if needed. Price: $100.00. $50.00 non-refundable deposit to secureRead More

Beginner Fly Tying Class!!

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NEW TO FLY TYING?  NEVER TRIED AND WANT TO LEARN? GREAT FEATHERS IS HOSTING A BEGINNERS FLY TYING CLASS!!!  THE CLASS WILL BE HERE AT THE FLY SHOP.  THE DATES FOR THE CLASS: SATURDAYS – Mar. 14th, Mar. 21st AND Mar. 28th THE CLASS WILL BE FROM 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM COST: $95.00 FOR THE WHOLE CLASS WITH A $45.00 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TO HOLD YOUR SPOT. CALL OR E-MAIL THE SHOP FOR MORE DETAILS, (410)-472-6799. [email protected]

Join Great Feathers To Help Clean up Trash On The Gunpowder River!

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Earth Day April 22nd, 2015 Gunpowder River Clean Up Join Great Feathers on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22nd for a day of trash clean up on the Gunpowder River. We will meet at Great Feathers (14824 York Rd. Sparks, MD) at 9 am. We will reconvene at Great Feathers around 2 pm to assess our trash total and have a beer if you would like. We will divide participants up into even numbered groups (two or four to a group, depending on how many participants we have) Each group will be assigned a section of river. For example, Group ARead More