October 1, 2020


Stay safe and practice social distancing. 

We have a nice selection of fly rods and reels for sale in the fly shop.

Thanks to those customers who support small fly shops like SRO. We sincerely appreciate your business.  

Good flows and good hatches on the Savage and the North Branch Potomac tail waters. 



Currently,  we are seeing a small dark caddis #18.  BWO’s, size 18-20, are currently hatching in good numbers. We are seeing spinner falls of these as well.  Cahill's are coming off and increasing in numbers on the Savage River and North Branch of the Potomac.  Be sure to keep an eye out for Iso’s. Nymphing has been good as well all day. Caddis and stimulators are also good attractor patterns.  Ants 🐜, beetles 🐞, and inch worms 🐛 are abundant along the river.  October caddis are on the horizon....

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!

The smaller streams have been low.  GIVE THEM A BREAK until conditions become more favorable. Flows continue to be extremely low due to lack of rainfall.  Also, keep in mind that fall spawning is just around the corner.  These native brook trout are too valuable to lose due to unnecessary stress placed on them by fishing under these circumstances.

Don't forget to check to see if your fishing license needs renewal!

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 and for guide trips! 

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

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

The following site will give three day projections for the Savage and the Potomac tailwaters.

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