Update for Saturday March 10, 2018
The Savage River tail water has been reduced down to 110 cfs. The upper Savage and the area tributaries are back to fishable levels. The N Branch Potomac tail water is still somew high at 630 cfs. There is no rain in the short term forecast. However, if it does rain the ground is pretty saturated and runoff could be quick. The ground is currently snow covered in some areas.
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 80 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.