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 10/11/2019

 
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 down to low levels again, even after the recent rains we had. There is pre-spawn activity on BHC and other local streams. It is good to leave these obvious spawning fish alone, let them do they’re thing, and move on to the next spot! October caddis is on the menu. Rocks were loaded with cased caddis. Midge in the morning, and some steady small black stonefly action in the afternoon.

  • Craneflies

  • Crickets

  • Streamers

Hatches/flies

  • Midge

  • Caddis

  • Stoneflies

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 to probe its depths. Midge, caddis, and bwo’s should be a good bet. Received a report of small black stoneflies hatching. Streamers when the water levels are up and stained usually work well also. USGS link is below listed under flows.

  • Stoneflies

  • Streamers

Hatches/flies

  • Midge

  • BWO’s

  • Caddis

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 crayfish, and hellgrammite patterns. Stripping and pausing streamer patterns to look like they are dying has been working well for shop employee Alex, with the murdich minnow being one of his favorites. 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

The North Branch is a tail water fishery, so please check link at the bottom of page to check current river flows before heading out. 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. Caddis and stoneflies patterns should be a safe bet this time of the year. Dredging the deeper runs and pools with sinking or sink tip lines and streamers will move some of the larger fish.

 

  • Craneflies

  • Scuds

  • Streamers

Hatches/flies

  • Stoneflies

  • BWO’s

  • Midge

  • Caddis

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. Summer smallie season is here! The smallies are still looking up for poppers and divers. Break out those crayfish and hellgrammite patterns and slow bounce the bottom. Try stripping streamers in the back eddies and slower moving pools. 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 water flows before making the trip to Western MD. October caddis are emerging and fluttering around on the Savage this time of the year. A dropper with a neversink caddis up top and a caddis larvae or pupae underneath should fool a few. Midge and scud patterns work well also the closer you get to the dam.

 

  • Stoneflies

  • Scuds

  • Streamers

Hatches/flies

  • Midge

  • Caddis

  • Craneflies

  • BWO’s

Flows

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