WEATHER/STREAM FLOW UPDATE AS OF Friday, Sept. 29 2017
Savage tailwater still at 60 cfs...good level for wading. Sat. 30 Sept. there will be a whitewater release from 9am to 4 pm. After about 5 pm the river should be a normal 60 cfs flow. The fish usually get more active once the flow settles down. I recommend fishing the N. Branch of the Potomac until 5 pm...then the Savage on Saturday.
Upper Savage and tributaries currently at low summer flows.
Savage River Tailwater, . Baetis/BWOs have started up the past couple of days...I have had good luck fishing dry emerger patterns, such as para adams and BWO emergers. Midges have been working a well...very small cream midge, size 26 is working...but have had the best luck with Griffiths Knats. Nymphing with small pheasant tail, prince and Zebra Midges is also a good bet. Starting to see a few Oct. Caddis...so a Stimulator or large Caddis in the Pocket Water.
The North Branch of the Potomac below Jennings reservoir at Barnum currently at 260 cfs. A good level for wading.
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.