Friday, February 3, 2012

Featured Fly Shop: Backwater Angler

This week's Featured Fly Shop is Backwater Angler located in Monkton, Maryland, steps away from the Gunpowder river.  Just 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore, this family owned fly shop can provide you with everything you might need for a day on the river.  The Gunpowder begins at the foot of Prettyboy Dam, runs through Baltimore county, and supports a stream-bred population of wild brown trout and a few rainbows. The first seven miles of river is managed by the state as a catch and release, artificial only section. The next few miles are stocked a few times a year and offer great fishing as well. Backwater Angler is a full service shop with gear, flies, guide services, and an amazing staff. I have never been to the Gunpowder without stopping by! If you are an expert or a beginner the staff treat you with respect, welcome you, and help you anyway they can.  They are happy to suggest areas of the river to fish and the flies that are most productive (check out the muffin tin sitting on the counter for flies that are currently working).  Listen to them, they know!!! The shop offers top notch gear and products from companies such as: Abel, Bauer, Islander, Waterworks/Lamson, Ross, St. Croix, Cloudveil, Simms, Patagonia, Fishpond, and Dr. Slick.  Just to name a few.  Backwater also offers fly casting lessons, fly fishing clinics and schools, fly tying classes and much more. You can find a full selection of gear and classes on the Backwater website  which is very well done and current.  They offer great stream reports and local happenings on the reg.  It is a ritual to check the backwater site and you can always count on up to date and current material. Another area that means the most to avid outdoorsman is the effort put in by the boys at Backwater to protect and take care of the waters we fish. In 2012 they began serving as the Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER®,(GRK) and focusing on issues and GRK project areas that need attention. RIVERKEEPER is a new nonprofit charged with protecting the 217 miles of tributaries and 53 miles of the mainstem that comprise the Gunpowder River. Based on the amazing staff, product selection, information, and knowledge Backwater Angler is a top-notch business and is truly a destination fly shop. If you live in Maryland or just visiting stop in and support this local business.  Whether you plan to fish or not you will be impressed.

Backwater Angler is located at 16928 York RD. Monkton, MD 21111.

Shop hours are:
10 AM till 6 PM every weekday
10AM till 4 PM Saturday and Sunday


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