Gunpowder Fishing Report, 10/16/2014

The subtitle for this report is ‘Bring Your Trico to Work Day’.

Trico Flyfishing Gunpowder
Can you spot the real one?

This trico landed on my glasses while I was out on the Gunpowder before work, then tagged along with me back to the shop.

Despite various changes in flows–from 37cfs to 106cfs to 67cfs to 90something this morning (it’s back to 67 now), fishing has been fantastic.  There are still remnant tricos around, with olives prominent on cloudy days.  If nothing is rising, nymphing zebra midges has been very productive.

It’s definitely fall out there, but don’t give up on the terrestrials just yet.  They are less consistent, but you will still get the occasional aggressive rise.

Gunpowder brown trout
Fall fishing: leaves and spawning colors

Good luck!

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Gunpowder Fishing Report, 10/9/2014

Wow.  One of the thousand things I love about flyfishing for trout is that even when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the river can give you something you never expected.  Sometimes that’s good, sometimes its a skunking, but always it reminds you that when you are fishing you are part of a natural system that there is no way to fully predict.

Gunpowder River Md Brown Trout
Nice Gunpowder brown trout

In the last several days, flows have gone from a steady 37cfs to over 100cfs this morning when I arrived at the river.  Driving through Masemore on my way elsewhere, I was stopped in my tracks by the number of fish rising in the flats.  With a little more water and a nice hatch, the trout felt like it was time to come out and play.

The olive hatch this morning was amazing.  I saw good numbers of both olives and tricos.  Fish were rising everywhere, and it was tough to get the trout to notice my fly with all the naturals on the water.  And takes were subtle.  Very subtle.  I missed four before I caught my first.

I had success with a variety of flies.  Olive emerger patterns were effective, as were tiny parachute adamses and tiny unusuals. Honestly, I think today was the best fishing I’ve seen since the sulphurs.