Update for Thursday Dec. 29, 2017
The flow on the lower Savage is running at 65 cfs. Please check the links below for up to the hour conditions and projected flows.
Fishing has been slow but productive the last week on the lower Savage. The water temperature has been in the upper 30’s. With the low air temperatures the past few days, it’s time to remind all to “keep the fish wet” and to not expose the fish to sub freezing air temperatures. Be extra careful during the winter months out on the water.
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 also at a good level as are all of the Brook trout streams. Lots of ice though at this time.
The North Branch of the Potomac below Jennings reservoir at Barnum currently at 245 cfs. A good level for wading.
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.