Gunpowder Falls State Park

Hereford Area Fishing

A nationally renowned blue-ribbon trout stream, the Big Gunpowder Falls is managed by Maryland DNR from Prettyboy Dam to Blue Mount Road as a special trout management area for catch and release with artificial lures only.

Fishing Hot Spot: Gunpowder Tailwaters

Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail

Formerly known as the Gunpowder South Trail, the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail runs along Gunpowder Falls in an area that stretches from Prettyboy Reservoir to Big Falls Road.

Named after avid Maryland conservationist Bernard Victor “Lefty” Kreh, Kreh used every available means to promote conservation, clean water, and giving back to the outdoors. Kreh’s works spearheaded the expansion of saltwater fly fishing across the country and then the world.

In 1974, he completed the seminal book on the sport—Fly Fishing in Saltwaters. He is also known for the Lefty’s Deceiver, a uniquely practical fly pattern he designed to fool striped bass—Maryland’s State fish—into biting an angler’s line. The bucktail fly pattern is the most widely used and imitated saltwater fly in the world.

A Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing License and a trout stamp are required for anyone 16 years-of-age or older. For more information, visit the Maryland DNR Fisheries website.