Fishing Season: All year

Savage River - MD

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Savage River Angler's Tip of the Week

Think terrestrials. Dry fly early and late, midges late morning, nymphs mid day. .

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Map of Savage River

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Savage River Angler

5-Day Outlook as of 9/30/23

Gorgeous fall weather. Report fishing violations to MD DNR Police 1-800-628-9944.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/30/23

Get up early and get in it before the rest of them.

Local Species Available All year

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    Wild brown and brook trout a few rainbows swim up and come over the spillway.

Savage River Angler's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Elk Wing Caddis N/A 12-14
Lynch's Double D Streamer N/A 12-14
Orvis CJ Nymph N/A 20-24
I Can See It Midge Fly N/A 20-26
Lightning bug N/A 18-20
streamers sculpin
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig N/A 14-18
Adam's Purple Parachute N/A 16-20
caddis Cinnamon 12
Midge larva and pupa Olive,Black, red 18-24

Elk Wing Caddis

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Savage River Angler's Recommended Gear

Description: About Savage River

The lower river is a tailwater. It's wild brown and brook trout population combined with stellar hatches attract anglers from all over the east coast. It's absolutely as good a trout river as you'll find anywhere. Blue and red quills, midges, small stones, and bwo's provide most of the action before early June. Once we get into early summer you'll find sulphurs, caddis, and yellow sallies just about every day. The lower river has a much steeper gradient than the upper, making for quite difficult wading before mid summer water levels drop a bit. Even during low summer flows, many anglers find it to be extremely difficult. Bring your wading staff.

Nearest Airport:

Pittsburgh Intl or Dulles Intl


Terrestrials PMD Midges Slate drake Terrestrials Streamers any time

Best Time to Fish:

Mid day through early afternoon

Best Stretch:

The one with nobody else fishing it.

Best Access:

Access is found all along Savage river road. Just stay out from behind the houses. The locals protect their private property. If a land owner has both sides of the river, they also have the bottom, so unless you can levitate, stay clear.