February 17, 2021
Stay safe and practice social distancing.
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. Give us a call. Remember, we can ship these directly to you!
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.
Winter fly fishing - think midges....
Currently, we are seeing a small dark caddis #18-20, early small dark stoneflies, and very few BWO’s, size 18-20. Midges continue to produce fish. Nymphing has been good as well all day. Caddis and good attractor patterns with an emerger or nymph trailing can produce mid day.
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!
We did receive some rainfall and snow to provide a much needed increase in flow to the free stone streams. As always, be extra careful with winter fishing.
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.
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
The following site will give three day projections for the Savage and the Potomac tailwaters.