Stream Reports

Stream summaries are updated as often as we can get to them. Hatch information is based on seasonal hatches as well as knowledge from our staff and customers. For more up to date information, or information about streams not listed please don't hesitate to call us at 301-668-4333!

Updated 7/12/2019

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Give a Hoot!

All of us as fly fishers should take heed to the state of Montana’s “Hoot Owl” initiative in their own state of residence!

In the great state of Montana, when water temps hit 73°F for three consecutive days, a “Hoot-Owl” restriction goes into affect. The “Hoot-Owl” closes down fishing between 2PM and midnight. This allows anglers to fish in the mornings, and gives trout a break during the warmest part of the day.

We would like to bring awareness to this issue and ask our angling friends to be conscious of water temps and participate in their own “Hoot-Owl”. Plan on fishing the morning, taking water temps as the day heats up, and calling it a day if the water hits 67°F. If you don't have a thermometer, err on the side of trout and reel it up at 2PM. The trout thank you, your fellow anglers thank you, and Fishpond thanks you!

 
Hunting Creek is a high gradient mountain freestone stream. The lower section is considered a tail water and flows out of Hunting Creek Lake. The section above the lake has a native Brook Trout population. Hunting Creek typically fishes best in spring and fall when the water levels are higher.

Hunting Creek is a high gradient mountain freestone stream. The lower section is considered a tail water and flows out of Hunting Creek Lake. The section above the lake has a native Brook Trout population. Hunting Creek typically fishes best in spring and fall when the water levels are higher.

Big Hunting Creek

Thurmont, MD

Conditions

  • Big Hunting Creek is starting to get low and experiencing warming water temps. It can fish well this time of the year after good rain, but please check water temps also. Quick and gentle handling of trout is very important if fishing in these conditions. Yellow stones, Midge, caddis, bwo’s, and sulphur are coming off. Don’t be scared to drag a streamer through some of the deeper pools. ABC’s are out crawling and hopping around.

Hatches/flies

  • Crickets/Hoppers

  • Caddis

  • Yellow Stoneflies

  • Sulphurs

  • Midge

  • Streamers

  • BWO’s

  • Ants

  • Beetles

Flows

Unfortunately, there is no USGS stream data on Big Hunting Creek 


The Gunpowder is considered a top 50 tail water in America. The Gunpowder flows out of Pretty Boy Reservoir. The section closest to the dam is high gradient. Below Falls road, the river flattens out and has deeper longer runs. The Gunpowder has great streamer fishing when the water levels are slightly higher.

The Gunpowder is considered a top 50 tail water in America. The Gunpowder flows out of Pretty Boy Reservoir. The section closest to the dam is high gradient. Below Falls road, the river flattens out and has deeper longer runs. The Gunpowder has great streamer fishing when the water levels are slightly higher.

Gunpowder Falls River

Parkton, MD

Conditions

The Gunpowder is a tail water river, so check water levels before heading there. Small yellow stones, midge, caddis, bwo’s, sulphurs and streamers when the levels are up and stained have been reported working well. School is in session and the ABC’s are about! USGS link is below listed under flows.

Hatches/flies

  • Beetles

  • Crickets/Hoppers

  • Caddis

  • Sulphurs

  • Streamers

  • Midge

  • BWO’s

  • Yellow Stoneflies

  • Iso’s

  • Ants

Flows

Ideal Flows: 1.5-3.0 ft and 50-400 cfs                        USGS Flows


The Monocacy is a designated scenic river. Beginning in Pennsylvania outside of Gettysburg, the Monocacy winds it's way through Frederick county farm country until it empties into the Potomac River near Dickerson Maryland. The Monocay is a prime Small Mouth Bass fishery.

The Monocacy is a designated scenic river. Beginning in Pennsylvania outside of Gettysburg, the Monocacy winds it's way through Frederick county farm country until it empties into the Potomac River near Dickerson Maryland. The Monocay is a prime Small Mouth Bass fishery.

Monocacy River

Frederick, MD

Conditions

The Monocacy is good for floating in a boat, canoe, or kayak at safe water levels. Try slow bouncing the bottom of eddy seams with cray, and hellgrammite patterns. The smallies are looking up! Break out the poppers, divers, and sliders! Fishing around the mouths of some of the feeder creeks can yield some trout this time of the year also! Please check water conditions before heading out.

 

  • Poppers

  • Divers

Hatches/flies

  • Hellgrammites

  • Crayfish

  • Streamers

Flows

Ideal Flows: 1.0-3.0 ft and 200-400 cfs                      USGS Flows


The North Branch of the Potomac River is one of Trout Unlimited's 100 best trout streams in America as well as one of the top 50 tail waters. The North Branch flows out of Jennings Randolph Lake. The North Branch below the dam is a moderate gradient freestone river that flows between Maryland and West Virginia.

The North Branch of the Potomac River is one of Trout Unlimited's 100 best trout streams in America as well as one of the top 50 tail waters. The North Branch flows out of Jennings Randolph Lake. The North Branch below the dam is a moderate gradient freestone river that flows between Maryland and West Virginia.

North Branch of the Potomac

Barnum, WV

Conditions

This time of the year there are scheduled dam releases, so please check link at the bottom of page to check current river flows. Big articulated streamers, nymph rigs, and swinging flies can be productive. There is a good population of scuds the closer you get to the dam.

 

  • Beetles

  • Crickets/Hoppers

  • Caddis

  • Scuds

  • Midge

Hatches/flies

  • Stoneflies

  • BWO’s

  • Streamers

  • Craneflies

  • Ants

flows

Ideal flows: 1.5-3.5 ft and 150-300 cfs                       USGS Flows


The Potomac River near Point of Rocks and Harpers Ferry is a premier Small Mouth Bass fishery. During the summer months and low water conditions you can wade across the entire river in places.

The Potomac River near Point of Rocks and Harpers Ferry is a premier Small Mouth Bass fishery. During the summer months and low water conditions you can wade across the entire river in places.

Potomac River

Point of Rocks, MD

Conditions

Please check flow levels before venturing out. Smallie action is picking up! Break out those crayfish, hellgrammite and streamer patterns. The smallies are looking up for poppers and divers now also! The link at the bottom will take you to real-time flow info.

 

  • Poppers

  • Divers

Hatches/flies

  • Hellgrammites

  • Crayfish

  • Streamers

Flows

Ideal Flows: 1.0-3.0 ft and 1000-5000 cfs                  USGS Flows


The Lower Savage River is a one of Trout Unlimited's 100 best trout streams in America, and is also considered to be a top 50 tail water. The Lower Savage has an abundance of Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. There is a small population of Brook Trout and Cutthroat Trout in the Lower section. The Upper Savage and other tributaries are pristine native Brook Trout streams.

The Lower Savage River is a one of Trout Unlimited's 100 best trout streams in America, and is also considered to be a top 50 tail water. The Lower Savage has an abundance of Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. There is a small population of Brook Trout and Cutthroat Trout in the Lower section. The Upper Savage and other tributaries are pristine native Brook Trout streams.

Savage River

Bloomington, MD

Conditions

Be sure to check flows before making the trip to Western MD. Good midge, bwo, caddis, craneflies, yellow stones, and sulphur activity have been reported. Scud patterns work well also the closer you get to the dam. Chucking a streamer and dredging the deeper pools can be productive also!

 

  • Crickets/Hoppers

  • Streamers

  • Scuds

  • BWO’s

  • Craneflies

Hatches/flies

  • Midge

  • Caddis

  • Sulphurs

  • Ants

  • Beetles

Flows

Ideal Flow: 0.5-1.75 ft and 50-200 cfs                       USGS Flow