Update for Wednesday February 21, 2018
The tail waters are still running high due to the recent rain activity and snowmelt. The larger freestone rivers and streams are still somewhat high and fast due to the recent snowmelt as well. The smaller tributaries have dropped to fishable levels. However, there is rain in the forecast through the weekend. The ground is pretty saturated and runoff could be quick.
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.
The upper Savage River, above the reservoir is at 250 cfs. The smaller streams have dropped somewhat the past few days. Most fish are still in the deeper pools - water temperatures in the low 40’s.
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.