Winter Fly Fishing on Gunpowder Falls

Despite the escape to Belize, it was hard to stay indoors over the last two months.  I made a point to find some unfrozen water and try my luck, and ended up fishing Gunpowder Falls near Monkton three times.  And three times I proved that winter trout fishing is a puzzle I can’t crack.

The highlights:

Trip 1:  Scaled frozen boulders in freezing rain, and over three hours, had one hit.  Buddy landed one fish.

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Freezing rain and fat streamers.

 

Trip 2: Solo.  After a couple hours, found a pool holding lots of fish, and proceeded to have them whack away at a small black woolly bugger.  No fish landed.

Trip 3:  Two other buds and I hit the river on a warm day.  One hit, no fish sighted, and 90 other fly fisherman on the river.

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Throwing tight loops, but the trout said “nah”.

 

Trout are tough.  Pressured trout are tougher.

Pressured trout in winter are the toughest.

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