Sunday, January 6, 2008

Gunpowder River Update , Winter Fly Tying

Happy 2008!

Gunpowder River January Fly-Fishing

The Gunpowder River typically offers some great winter fly-fishing opportunities. This new year has been a little tough, however, due mostly to really low water lows. The river is currently running at a mere 20 cfs, near our minimum flow. The trout are holding in the deepest pools and tightest spots and are a bit spooky.

If you go, plan to fish stretches of stream with deeper lies, and fish slow and deep. Of course, fishing can change in an instant so it’s always worth a shot. With any luck, and a bunch of rain or snow, we’ll see some rising water flows towards late winter and have some improved fishing and conditions.
Typical winter hatches include stoneflies and blackflies, so keep an eye out for them in coming weeks on warmer sunny days.

Winter Fly Tying Videos

This season on the update I will include some short video clips which highlight some of our favorite local fly patterns. I hope you enjoy the clips, and I plan to continue posting videos throughout the year as we get fishing. Check back often for a first hand look at the fishing. The video posts willl be some of my first efforts, so bear with me as I learn the ropes.

This week’s featured video clip showcases one of my favorite winter nymphs to fish on the Gunpowder, the red butt.

For those of you who would like to learn how to tie flies, check in with our local fly shop Backwater Angler for their winter Fly Tying Class schedule. Expert tyers will instruct you in the techniques necessary to tie some of the most popular flies and saltwater fly patterns. They also have a full selection of fly tying tools and materials.

Hope everyone had a great New Year! Thanks for checking in. Feel free to comment below on any post or with any questions. Hope to see you out fishing soon.

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