Gunpowder River

Guided: Yes Fish Type: Trout
State: MD Current Rating: Fair
County: Baltimore Last Updated: Nov 02, 2016

low........around 50 CFS. Check the gauges on our page though. Tricos, Caddis and BWO's have been working most days. The smaller the better in regards to matching fish on top. Nymphing with smaller pheasant tails, hares ears and copper johns will pull good numbers when you are fishing deeper pockets and runs. Our favorite way to fish the "gun" is by throwing streamers. Kreelexes in gold/silver #6-#4 are your best bet. Keep it moving and twitching and you will be surprised how many fish you land in a day. For all Chuck Kraft fly patterns and paterials to tie all of his flies go to For our Youtube site for Chuck Kraft's instructional videos and more go to
The Gunpowder offers a variety of water running through parts of Gunpowder State Falls Park. It is one of Maryland's premiere trout streams, with the most popular section being the area that runs between Prettyboy Reservoir and Loch Raven Reservoir. Trout sizes range from 10" to 20". The average sized fish is around 12". The population of trout is primarily browns (97%), with also rainbows. The rainbows are mainly found in the section of water just above Falls Road.
The stretch of approximately five miles from Prettyboy Dam to Bluemount Road (MD 138) is catch and release, flyfishing only.

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