Eric with his HUGE North Branch of the Potomac brown trout. It ate a large articulated rainbow trout pattern very shortly after launching for our float. We fished streamers and buggers for most of the day and then switched it to sulphur dries and emergers in the evening when the fish started looking up for us. There was lots of good dry fly action just before dark. Slate drakes are just starting to take over the sulphur hatch the last few days.
While the lower Savage has had some higher than normal flows, Savage River Angler has been taking lots of floats down the lower sections of the North Branch of the Potomac. The trout fishing has been excellent with great mixed hatches of mayflies and caddis. We don’t often have the flows down and perfect as they have been the last couple of weeks this time of the year. Lots of pods of solid trout are being targeted with dry flies and then switching to the bugger/nymph rods in the faster water. Some great bass are also being taken in between the trout.
Blue quills, quill gordons, stones, and caddis were on the menu yesterday. We fished a wild trout stream and caught browns, brooks, and bows. The fishing is just going to get better in the weeks to come on Western Maryland trout streams. If you weren’t one of the groups we floated the last 10 days of April, you missed the big grannom hatch on the lower sections of the North Branch Potomac. There were extremely heavy caddis hatches and wonderful fishing for solid trout every afternoon. Make plans on catching this hatch next spring!
It’s been a long cold winter, but spring is starting to show up. The Savage tributaries were firing on Sunday. We had a great stonefly day. It started with stonefly nymphs and finished with super dry fly action. The first blue quills of the year were hatching too, so things are getting ready to pop! Thought I would share this picture of Savage River Angler posse member Snarf and a fine Hot Creek, CA brown that he somehow hooked up with another nice brown in it’s throat. The Zebra midge was stuck in the tail of the brown that was dinner. Pretty cool.
I fished the lower Savage, a brook trout stream, and the North Branch Potomac this week with a good friend who was in town from California. All three days we spent on the water were about as good as it gets. There were an awful lot of dry fly fish taken, equally as many on nymphs and buggers. We fished mainly streamers in the Savage and crushed large-monster size browns. The North Branch floats have been excellent with lots of dry fly and streamer opportunities.