Baltimore County, Maryland, June 17, 2007
A report from Jin for
My Father's Day present was a family outing to the Gunpowder River, where the girls could float on inner tubes while dad fished.

We arrived at the Bunker Hill camp ground around 2pm. The water temperature was 56 degrees and flowing around 35 CFS. The stream was ankle deep in most places.

I managed to hook one small brownie (bait-sized) during the first two hours on a dry. I switched to a Baetis Emerger around 4pm and things started to pick-up when I landed three small browns. Fish began to rise. I saw several Caddis but nothing else on the surface.

I switched to a size 16 X-Caddis and landed two more browns and missed another four as my hook-set is a bit rusty from lack of practice (
Editor's note: you must be kidding me). I could have kept going but it was time to take the little ones home. The fish turned on around 4pm and I landed all of my fish in less than an hour, with the largest fat 10 inches. Several of the smaller browns could have qualified as bait.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 towards Baltimore then left onto I-695 to Towson. Take Exit 24 and merge onto I-83 Timonium/York, PA. Take Exit 27 Mt. Carmel Rd/MD-137 toward Hereford. You will see a gas station at the top of the ramp. Turn left to go to the Mazemore Road section of the river about a mile down the road, or keep right and follow the sign for E. Hereford and merge onto MD-137 Mt. Carmel Rd. The road comes to a T intersection in town. Go left and follow the signs to Bunker Hill Rd. and Gunpowder Falls State Park.