Update Friday September 29, 2018
Due to the recent rain activity, all area streams are at high flow levels. There is a whitewater release scheduled for the lower Savage River tomorrow, Saturday 9/29, 2018.
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 River.
Fishing had been productive at 120 cfs. When flows are high, streamer patterns and larger nymphs are a good option. At normal fall levels. surface and subsurface activity can both be productive. BWO's and October caddis should be active. It is terrestrial time on the Savage. Ants, beetles, hoppers, and inch worms will continue to be productive well into October.
Don’t be caught without all you need to get on the water. We do phone orders. So, if you need anything - give one of us a call and we'll ship it to your door. Also, we still have good availability for guide trips. Our shop is located right on the lower Savage river. If you're looking for some great fly fishing for wild Brown Trout and native Brook trout, then let us guide you on the lower Savage River.
The North Branch of the Potomac is still at an increased flow. Keep an eye on the projected and the actual flow (see link below).
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.