Update for Friday May 29, 2020 as of 10:00 a.m.
Last evenings localized storms dropped some heavy rains in the watershed. Flow in lower Savage increased to 213 cfs for today - should drop back to ~120 tomorrow unless we get more rain this evening. Upper Savage peaked at 400 and is already down to ~ 200. Use the links below for hourly flow updates, N. Branch flow was also increased for today.
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Water temperatures in the area streams are slowly on the rise. The fish are showing more activity, near the surface, at certain times of the day. The current flow on the lower Savage is 125 cfs and the flow on the N. Branch at Barnum is 410 cfs. The guage at Luke is 613 cfs.
Late May and early JUne fly fishing provides many challenges and many opportunities. Reading the water becomes even more important in finding fish especially when river temperatures are in low 50's. Patience is a real key anytime - but especially during the fluctuating weather conditions of spring.
A good variety of insects are hatching on all streams. Currently, there is a good variety of hatches occurring with midges, mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies. At times, there are five or six hatches going on to some degree or another! We are seeing some March Browns and some Sulphur mayflies. It's best to stop and take a look before rigging up you rod. Fish are feeding mostly subsurface, but keep an eye out for that occasional rise. Nymphs have been most productive throughout the day and dry/dropper....
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!
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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.
So far this past month we have seen a mixed bag of weather. 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.
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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
The following site will give three day projections for the Savage and the Potomac tailwaters.