Update for Monday August 19, 2019
The lower Savage is currently flowing at 55 cfs. The North Branch Potomac River is flowing at 254 cfs on the Barnum gauge & 309 cfs on the Luke gauge.
The weather forecast is for warm temperatures peaking in the mid 80"s. Be sure to have plenty of fluids if you plan to be outdoors this weekend. It should be warm and pleasant.
A reduced variety of insects are hatching on all streams. Most major hatches are winding down on the Savage River tailwater which has been fishing as good as I have ever seen it. Dry fly fishing has come on strong within the past two week. Smaller mayflies, Caddis, stone flies and midges make for a set of spotty hatches and a good spinner fall sometimes occurs late evening. We have seen a few of the larger iso's this week. Mornings and evenings have been the best times on the streams. And, ….. it's terrestrial time on the river. Get out those ants, beetles, and hopper patterns!
The upper Savage flow has decreased to ~5 cfs - very low and very warm. Please give the trout a break when water temps approach the high 60's. Mid day water temps are peaking in the mid 70's - too warm to fish.
With the closing of the Paper mill on the North Branch of the Potomac the water below the mill and Westernport has cleared..
So far this Spring and early Summer has seen much more normal flows than last years high water. 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.
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.