Thursday, June 7, 2012
Masemore Mill on the Gunpowder River
The agricultural mill was built in 1793 and is now a private residence.
Yesterday I fished the Gunpowder for the first time in a couple of years. Although I got only one fish, I felt satisfied because the last visit or two I caught nothing. The river is a nationally known trout stream, and being located near a highly populated area it gets heavily fished. The trout have become very wary and hard to fool, so any fish caught is cause for pride. The one I got fell to an old fashioned wet fly. He was a brown trout of only about 10 inches, but he fought hard on the four weight fly rod.
I was concerned when I arrived in the parking lot in the late morning because it was filled with cars and was relieved to realize they didn't belong to fishermen. There was a gathering of Maryland state troopers and men and women in business attire. As I suited up in my waders, I listened to them planning an upcoming event that would be attended by the Governor and also heard mention of the name of the famous fisherman Marylander Lefty Kreh. I checked into this later and discovered that a trail along the river was to be named for Lefty and that next week there will be a dedication ceremony.