Update for Friday January 24, 2020
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The lower Savage is currently flowing at 323 cfs. The North Branch Potomac River is flowing at 818 cfs on the Barnum gauge. The flow on the North Branch Potomac River at Luke is 1220 cfs. Daily water temp on the lower Savage has dropped to 39.5. The water temp range on the North Branch Potomac at Barnum has been in the low 40's.
Winter fly fishing provides many challenges and many opportunities especially when flows are elevated on the tail water rivers. Reading the water becomes even more important in finding fish especially when river temperatures are in low 40's and below. Patience is a real key anytime - but especially during the cold months of winter.
A greatly reduced variety of insects are hatching on all streams. Midges, midges, midges as most major hatches have yet to occur on the Savage River tailwater which has been fishing good.. Try #18 and 20 bwo emergers ..mid morning to late afternoon seems best now. Small caddis are also working and look for fish sipping midges. Midges abound on the lower Savage River. Streamers can be great to fish this time of the year.
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 low water temps. Be very mindful of the spawning that occurred late fall. 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 past month we have seen a mixed bag of weather with rain, snow, and ice. 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.
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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.