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6:30 Fly Tying Class (bring your vise and tools) | Socialize | Library

7:30 Meeting

7:45 Presentation


October 3, 2019 | Gene Howson

Guiding for Trout on the Gunpowder River System 

The Gunpowder Falls tailwater is a renowned trout fishery in Baltimore County, Maryland, known for a strong population of wild brown trout within picturesque forested scenery. Throughout the 18 miles from Prettyboy dam to Loch Raven there are several diverse water types for the fly angler. 

Gene Howson guides around 80 days a year on the river out of the Backwater Angler shop in Parkton, Md. Gene began fly-fishing targeting trout and grayling growing up in Yorkshire, England. After he moved to Maryland, the Gunpowder became his home away from home. When both travelling and living across the USA, the UK and Peru, his fly rod is always at hand. With a background in Ecology & teaching, for the past four years Gene has dedicated his time to fly fishing & helping anglers of all abilities improve their game on the river. 

Gene will be sharing his intimate knowledge of the Gunpowder watershed as it relates to fish, insect life, access, management and, of course, fishing. 





may 2019 Gearage Night

Bring gear to sell. Waders, boots, rods, waders, flies, etc. Set up your gear and put a price tag on it. Fishing movies will be showing on the big screen. Please consider donating a portion of your proceeds to NVATU.

We will also collect serviceable equipment for Project Healing Waters and TU Tri-State Camp.

Invite friends!

You have 1.5 hours to barter, haggle, sell, etc.


April 2019 Meeting

Future Health of Fletcher’s Cove Still in the Balance

Fletcher’s Cove, one of the most popular access points for local fishing, has had to weather a lot of changes over the past few years as a result of first, silting, and then extensive damage from storms and flooding last fall. The Friends of Fletcher’s Cove (FFC) have been spearheading work with the National Park Service to keep this resource accessible and fish friendly. Most recently, FFC lead a successful effort with dozens of volunteers to clear away debris from last fall’s storms and restore the Cove to prepare for the season.

Rob Catalanotto

Rob Catalanotto

Rob Catalanotto, our April speaker, will give us an update on the recent work and the outlook for the Cove’s health going forward. Rob has been with FFC since the Fall of 2018, working to engage federal and local government stakeholders. Growing up, Rob spent five summers working at the boathouse, where he learned to fish and appreciate the value of outdoor recreation. Rob also works full-time for Trout Unlimited in the Government Affairs Department.