Thursday, June 16, 2022

SULPHURS are here probably until late June, along with Yellow Sallies, March Browns and lots of midges. Flow is now at 60 cfs and the Savage is clear. North Branch also a good flow and clear. Time to get on the water!

Again, thanks to those customers who continue to support small fly shops like SRO. We sincerely appreciate your business.  We have a nice inventory of flies going into spring.  This past week we stocked up on leaders and tippet to meet all your needs for the coming season.

Is 2022 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 or by email

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. 

Weather conditions look better this weekend and the coming week, with air temps in the high 60s and 70s coming week. 

The main insect activity is now sulphurs, yellow sallies, small caddis and , midges, midges, and midges. Smaller BWO’s are somewhat sporadic throughout the day when cloudy.  Continue to look for caddis  as we move through spring.   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! Also, time for terrestrials…ant, beetles and green weanies.

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.

Stay safe out there!

The following site will give three day projections for the Savage and the Potomac tailwaters.