WEATHER/STREAM FLOW UPDATE AS OF Thursday August 31, 2017
Unless we see a lot more rain, the flows will probably stay at about 60 cfs for awhile. Should be better dry fly action.
Upper Savage and tributaries currently at low summer flows.
Be sure to check the links below for current flow and for release projections for both the Savage River and North Branch Potomac rivers.
Savage River Tailwater, . Black Caddis...18-16 hatching after dark as well as yellow sallies. A few Sulphurs, Quills and March Browns still around, but time for terrestrials...ants and beetles and small hoppers. Light Cahills are coming off sporadically as well.
Upper River and Brook Trout streams - midges and small caddis and terrestrials.
The North Branch of the Potomac below Jennings reservoir at Barnum currently at 260 cfs.
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.
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.
The following site will give three day projections for the Savage and the Potomac tailwaters.