After many weeks off from fishing I had to get out on a beautiful Saturday.
I drove the 90 minutes or so to the Gunpowder, north of Baltimore, and was rewarded with two decent sized trout, a brown and a rainbow. The brown came from the deep pool where the dam pours into the river. It is really hard to hike to, and I got in a bit of trouble trying to access it. It's a nice fish, but I doubt I'll bother getting to that area again. Besides, it's a concrete wall, not exactly the River Runs Through It backdrop that I look for when fly fishing.
Met some great guys on the river. One of the things I enjoy greatly about fly fishing is that almost every other angler I encounter is generous with information - where the fish are and what they're not eating. I've only been at this a little more than a year and I have lost count of total strangers who have added a fly or two or three to my box, genuinely hopeful they bring me success. This was the case on this Saturday. Try this ant. Do you have one of these? Man, you gotta use this one!
I got my brown and I got my rainbow. More importantly I got my blood pressure down about ten percent, got a touch of sun on my face, got that feeling of accomplishment after hiking up that impossible hill to the upper parking lot, and got that icy cold beer I promised myself at the top.