Update Wednesday April 17, 2019
The flow on the lower Savage has been increased to 300 cfs. The freestones are at fishable flows. Again, continue to monitor the current flows and the projected tail water flows per the website links below.
Spring may have finally arrived in Garrett county! The weather has improved and the area stream and river levels have lowered to more “fishable” levels.
Although nymph and streamer fishing have been the most productive, be on the lookout for midday and later day hatches of blue wing olive mayflies and small caddis. We are also seeing some stoneflies. Fish are not real active on the surface - yet. But, if you watch closely you can see fish taking mergers in the surface film.
The upper Savage put and take section has been stocked several times. The North Branch Potomac and the Casselman river delayed harvest section have also had numerous stockings of trout.
Needless to say, the past year was a wacky year with all the precipitation. 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.
Fish deep and fish slow. Small patterns are usually the best bet percentage wise during cold water conditions. Mid day can be the most productive time during early spring months. And yes, streamers can be productive at the right times. Be safe out there and dress properly.
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 and for guide trips!
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.