Early Winter 2023

Happy New Year!

Winter fishing can be fun and challenging.  Be sure to take extra safety precautions at this time of the year on any river that you may fish.  River flows can vary from day to day based on rain, snowmelt, and etc.  With that being said, it is important to check the two sites listed below for current flow conditions.  Remember, fish low and slow regardless of whatever you choose to fish from tiny midges to larger streamers.  

We still have a nice selection of fly fishing gear in the fly shop - be sure to call or stop in to make a purchase.   We can ship directly yo you!  We recently received a shipment of Orvis boots and waders.  We also have a few 9' Clearwater outfits and a couple Clearwater 10' 3wt rods for nymph & dry fly fishing.  Winter season shop hours are limited.

Midges, midges, midges...

The tiny BWO’s continue to happen.  These are the smaller #18-24  Look for small BWO’s during the day.

Again, thanks to those customers who continue to support small fly shops like SRO. We sincerely appreciate your business.  We have a nice inventory of flies going into fall. 

Is 2023 the year to purchase a new fly rod?  New boots and waders??  We are here to assist you in obtaining the proper gear.  We have some great rods from Orvis, TFO and Douglas. Give us a call.  Remember, we can ship these items directly to you.

The two links at the bottom of this page provide information regarding current stream flows in our area.  The second link provides a three day projection for the Savage and the North Branch Potomac tail waters.  There is also a phone number on that same link for a prerecorded message on current and projected dam releases. 

Continue to look for  smaller insects  as we move through the winter.  Small nymphs with a hot spot will get some attention from these fish . Larger patterns such as a woolly bugger can trigger a strike at any time. Also, don't be shy about swinging some unweighted emerger and soft hackle patterns.  Wet flies don't get the attention that they used to get.  However, you may be surprised at their effectiveness

With the closing of the Paper mill on the North Branch of the Potomac the water below the mill and Westernport has cleared..and is fishing good with the same patterns as the Savage.

Keep an eye on the weather and an eye on the gauges for stream level flows.  There are links below for the Savage and the Potomac Rivers.

Don’t  be caught without all you need to get on the water.  We do phone orders.  So, if you need anything give us a call.

Good dates are still available for lodging.  Check VRBO or AirBnB to book your stay.

Be sure to refer to the USGS website for current flows for area streams.  Also, the NAB site will give 3 day flow projections for the lower Savage and for the lower North Branch Potomac River. Best to check the gauges and look at the chart to see if the streams are rising or dropping.

There is a daily update on projected flows for the North Branch Potomac and the lower Savage Rivers available by calling 410-962-7687.  This recorded message is usually updated daily between 8 & 9 AM.

A good flow to fish the lower Savage in 50-150 cfs, upper Savage 40-125 cfs, and the N. Branch Potomac Barnum guage is 350 cfs or less for wading. Under 200 cfs is difficult for floating the N. Branch.

Stay safe out there!

The following  site will provide  current cfs flows for the Savage, North Branch Potomac, Casselman,  Yough and other  Maryland streams and rivers.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/md/nwis/current/?type=flow


The following site will give three day projections for the Savage and the Potomac tail waters or just call 410-962-7687.

http://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html