Update for Tuesday May 15, 2018
The weather has once again turned wet. Recent rain storms have the rivers and streams running high. The forecast is for possible storms and rain into the weekend. It’s best to watch weather forecasts and to follow flow conditions by checking the actual and the projected flows. The two links for these are at the bottom of this page. The last paragraph gives a good estimate of how to interpret this information.
Don’t be caught without all you need to get on the water. We do phone orders. So, if you need anything - give one of us a call and we'll ship it to your door. Also, we still have good availability for guide trips. Our shop is located right on the lower Savage river. If you're looking for some great fly fishing for wild Brown Trout and native Brook trout, then let us guide you on the lower Savage.
Probably best to be high stick nymphing in the runs and pocket water, as well as streamers. Nymphing with small pheasant tails, prince nymphs and Zebra Midges and scuds is a good bet. On sunny days look for midge activity and fish sipping in the softer water.
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.