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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 on 11/20/21

Big Hunting Creek

THURMONT, MD

Big 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.

CONDITIONS

  • Water levels on Big Hunting Creek are decent right now. Midge, Little black stones, BWO's, and caddis are on the rocks. After a good hard rain with some higher stained water conditions streamers can be fished with success.

HATCHES/FLIES                

  • Midge
  • Little black stoneflies
  • Baetis
  • Caddis
  • Streamers

FLOWS

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

 

Gunpowder Falls River

PARKTON, MD

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.

CONDITIONS

The Gunpowder is a tail water river, so check water levels before heading out to probe its currents and depths. Midge, Small Black Stones, BWO's, and Stripping streamers when water levels are up can lead to some solid hook ups also. USGS link is below listed under flows.

HATCHES/FLIES

  • Midge
  • Stoneflies
  • Baetis
  • Streamers

FLOWS

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

 

Monocacy River

FREDERICK, MD

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.

CONDITIONS

The Monocacy is good for floating in a boat, canoe, or kayak at safe water levels. Smallmouth activity has picked up with top water Crays, Hellgies, and slow stripping streamers to be effective. Smallmouth typically spawn in March-May when water temperatures reach between 59 and 64 degrees. It normally takes three to five years of growth before smallmouth bass are legally harvestable in states that have a minimum recreational size limit of 12 inches. The oldest reported age for smallmouth bass is 26 years. SO PLEASE CATCH AND RELEASE! Please check water conditions before heading out.

 HATCHES/FLIES

  • Hellgrammites
  • Crayfish
  • Streamers

FLOWS

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

 

North Branch of the Potomac

BARNUM, WV

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.

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. Nymph rigs, and swinging flies can be very productive on the North Branch. Midge, Baetis, and Stones should be a safe bet. There is a healthy population of scuds the closer you get to Jennings Randolph Dam. Dredging the deeper runs and pools with sinking or sink tip lines and streamers will move some of the larger fish. 

HATCHES/FLIES

  • Stoneflies
  • Baetis
  • Scuds
  • Streamers

FLOWS

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

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Potomac River

POINT OF ROCKS, MD

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.

CONDITIONS

Please check flow levels before venturing out. Slow bouncing Crays, Hellgies, and stripping streamers in the back eddies should entice some smallies. Smallmouth typically spawn in March-May when water temperatures reach between 59 and 64 degrees. It normally takes three to five years of growth before smallmouth bass are legally harvestable in states that have a minimum recreational size limit of 12 inches. The oldest reported age for smallmouth bass is 26 years. SO PLEASE CATCH AND RELEASE! The link at the bottom will take you to real-time flow info.

 

HATCHES/FLIES

  • Hellgrammites
  • Crayfish
  • Streamers

FLOWS

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

 

Savage River

BLOOMINGTON, MD

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.

CONDITIONS

Be sure to check water flows before making the trip to Western MD. Midge, Caddis, BWO's, Scuds, Stones, should be safe bets to take with you when venturing to this beautiful western MD river. Streamer fishing can be productive for the larger bows and possibly a cutty that are in the lower sections of the Savage.  

HATCHES/FLIES

  • Midge
  • Baetis
  • Scuds
  • Stones
  • Streamers 

FLOWS

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