Update Thursday February 21,2019
The daylight hours are getting longer each day as we continue to move through winter. The snow and rain of yesterday have added more water to the watershed. On this very same day last year we were enjoying temperatures in the mid seventies! Currently, we’re hanging near the mid forties during the day.
Needless to say, the past year was a wacky year with all the precipitation. 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.
Stream temperatures have ranged from low forties down to the mid thirties. This means time for winter fly fishing techniques. Fish deep and fish slow. Small patterns are usually the best bet percentage wise during cold conditions. Mid day can be the most productive time during winter months. And yes, streamers can be productive at the right times. Be safe out there and dress properly.
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.