Monday, September 13, 2021


As always, thanks to those customers who support small fly shops like SRO. We sincerely appreciate your business.  

Is this 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!

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. 

Another good week on the River with a slight increase in air temperatures.  Fish were active to dry flies, dry/dropper rigs, as well as the usual nymphing.  The upcoming weather forecast for this week calls for milder temperatures with possible mid week t storms . Be sure to keep an eye on the daily forecast.

Smaller BWO’s are  sporadic throughout the day and stronger in the evening.  Golden stones as well and lots of midges on the Savage river tailwater. Look for tan caddis and large stoneflies  as well. Cicadas are  gone but fish are still curious to  them. Large attractors such as Chubby Chernobyl’s and Stimulators are also a good option to attract large fish. 

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!

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

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/md/nwis/current/?type=flow

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

http://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html