Wednesday November 24, 2021 

As always, thanks to those customers who support small fly shops like SRO. We sincerely appreciate your business.  

Is this the year to purchase a new fly rod?  New boots and waders??  We are here to assist you in obtaining the proper gear.  We have some great rods from Orvis, TFO and Douglas. Give us a call.  Remember, we can ship these items directly to you!

In need of a gift idea?  How about a gift certificate for a fly fishing lesson?  Rates are posted under the Guide Services tab.  If interested, then give Charlie a call at 301-707-1934

The two links at the bottom of this page provide information regarding current stream flows in our area.  The second link provides a three day projection for the Savage and the North Branch Potomac tail waters.  There is also a phone number on that same link for a prerecorded message on current and projected dam releases. 

Cooler  temperatures accompanied the fishing this past week.  Fish were active to dry flies, dry/dropper rigs, as well as the usual nymph fishing. The upcoming weather forecast for this week calls for much cooler fall temperatures continuing into the week.. The water temperature has been dropping daily with temperatures moving into the low fifties on the lower Savage.  Be sure to keep an eye on the daily forecast. 

Smaller BWO’s are still  sporadic throughout the day and stronger in the evening. Look for small caddis and  small stoneflies  as well.  Small nymphs with a hot spot will get some attention from these fish . Larger patterns such as a woolly bugger can trigger a strike at any time.  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!

REMINDER: Maryland deer rifle season comes in Saturday November 27.  If you are out and about wear something bright for safety.

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.  Check VRBO or AirBnB to book your stay. 

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