Update for Saturday December 14, 2019
The lower Savage is currently flowing at 50 cfs. The North Branch Potomac River is flowing at 167 on the Barnum gauge. The flow on the North Branch Potomac River at Luke is 223 cfs. Daily water temp on the lower Savage has dropped to 42*. The water temp range on the North Branch Potomac at Barnum has been in the low 50's.
A greatly reduced variety of insects are hatching on all streams. Midges, midges, midges as most major hatches are winding down on the Savage River tailwater which has been fishing good. We are seeing a number of BWO’s. Try #18 and 20 bwo emergers ..mid morning to late afternoon seems best now. Caddis are also working and look for fish sipping midges. Midges abound on the lower Savage River. 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!
The upper Savage and all Brookie streams are still very low. Be very mindful of spawning fish. Do not wade through redds.
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.
So far this month we have 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.