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Brook Trout Restored in Western Maryland

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After years of stream restoration, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently discovered native brook trout returning to once uninhabitable streams.

Partnering with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Youghiogheny River Watershed Association, crews have been working diligently over the past few decades to restore the Casselman River watershed in Garrett County.

The watershed suffered from nearly a half-century of chemical pollutants from area abandoned coal mines, which nearly wiped out the brook trout populations in some Casselman River tributary streams. To restore the 66-square mile watershed back to a nearly pristine condition, crews scoped out 15 sites for the project. Limestone treatment systems were built to enhance and improve water quality.

In late summer, the department’s freshwater biologists sampled several streams in the Casselman River watershed and discovered incredible results.  Several streams within Savage River State Forest that were once fishless due to acidic conditions now support naturally reproducing brook trout populations. For example, Alexander Run, Tarkiln Run, and the upper reaches of Big Laurel Run, all once fishless, now support native brook trout populations exceeding 1,000 trout per mile.

“The goal of increasing brook trout densities has been realized and has also increased brook trout fishing opportunities in Maryland,” Western Region Fisheries Manager Alan Klotz said.

The state will continue stream restoration and monitoring of native brook trout populations projects in the area.

What's New: Reilly Rod Crafters’ New A Debbie Hanson Signature Rod

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Reilly Rod Crafters, in collaboration with guide Debbie Hanson, has announced a new signature fly rod series. The Debbie Hanson Signature Series is a 7-weight rod, perfect for a diversity of fishing conditions.

 Women’s sport fishing advocate and freshwater fishing guide Debbie Hanson of Shefishes2 is pleased to announce the Debbie Hanson Signature Series fly rod in partnership with Reilly Rod Crafters of Palmyra, VA. The Debbie Hanson Signature Series rod features a flor-grade cork grip, titanium stripping guides, thread wraps at 16″ and 20″ for quick catch measurements, and has a complete lifetime warranty.


“Our goal is to encourage and support anglers at every skill level. This is precisely why we’re excited about the launch of the Debbie Hanson Signature Series,” said RRC President and CEO Chris Reilly. Reilly describes the Hanson Signature Series as, “The only fly rod you’ll need for most of the fishing you’ll do. It’s a 7 weight multi-modulus blank with a medium-fast progressive taper that provides even distribution of energy and offers the utmost versatility.”


Reilly Rod Crafters Signature Series rods include designs by fly fishing legends Stu Apte, Chuck Kraft, and Joe Mahler. Reilly continued, “Adding the Debbie Hanson Signature Series to our line-up made perfect sense. The salt-ready hardware can take this rod from saltwater to freshwater and back again  — it’s a rod that has been crafted with a welcoming and approachable style.”

On her collaboration with Reilly Rod Crafters, Hanson commented, “This rod offers the opportunity for success when pursuing a variety of species, from largemouth bass in a backyard pond to redfish in the backcountry.” She adds, “Fly fishing and rod selection doesn’t need to be confusing or complex. This is why I’m absolutely thrilled to team up with Reilly Rod Crafters to design a fly rod that embodies a philosophy of uncomplicated ease with regard to fly fishing.”

The metallic aqua blue blank carries the Debbie Hanson Signature Series Shefishes2 logo, comes with a lavender cloth rod sock, purple plastic tube for easy transport to your favorite fishing spots. Precisely placed alignment dots ensure that even beginning fly anglers can assemble the 4-piece rod quickly. The Debbie Hanson Signature Series True Seven fly rod retails for $289.

For more information or to order the Debbie Hanson Series visit or check the list of Reilly Rod dealers online. For further information, contact Chris Reilly at (434) 989-8746.

New UNI-Yarn Regular Sand from UNI

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UNI-Products, a world leader in the supply of spooled fly-tying materials, announces the addition of the color Sand to their very popular UNI-Yarn Regular line. This adds to the versatility of the existing lineup:  Black, Black/Camel, Burnt Orange, Brown, Bronze, Cream, Gold, Olive Green, Grey, Insect Green, Kelly Green, Khaki, Dark Brown, Dark Grey, Light Yellow, Magenta, Olive, Orange, Purple, Pale Yellow, Red, Salmon, Sun Yellow, White, and Wine. Tiers now have twenty-six colors at their disposal for creating attractive bodies. UNI also offers UNI-Yarn Fluorescent in Chartreuse, Chinese Red, Green Highlander, Light Pink, Orange, and Yellow, a favorite with salmon and steelhead fly tiers. Tiers can also take advantage of our popular 20-spool UNI-Yarn combo. Visit our website for information on all our products. Look to UNI-Products for the best in spooled fly-tying materials and accessories.


Reilly Rod Crafters Mountain Midge

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Inspired by the master bamboo rod makers of the past, Reilly Rod Crafters’ “Mountain Midge” has a feel and an aesthetic that hearkens to angling’s “golden era.” But, make no mistake, this rod is built for TODAY!!

With modern fiberglass construction and a sweet progressive action, the Mountain Midge is ideally suited to small creeks and headwater streams, where its 6’9” length is perfect.

Small in stature but BIG on performance. The Mountain Midge can reach out to 60’ with no problem and is as happy delivering a small terrestrial pattern as it is a size 22 Griffith’s Gnat. It can handle the biggest trout in the pool, but also gives the angler joy with a scrappy 8-incher.

Features include:

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Hand Turned North American Hardwood Reel Seat Inserts

Silver Nickel Reel Seat Hardware (blued or polished) in a Traditional Down-Locking, Cap & Ring Configuration


Polished Silver Nickel Reel Seat

Hardware in a Down-Locking,

Screw-Lock Configuration

The 3-Piece Golden-Hued Fiberglass Blank is Dressed with Classic Brown Wraps, Flor Grade Cork, & Nickel Silver Winding Check.

"...From Experienced Hands and American Heart"

Reilly Rod Crafters, LLC

164 Acorn Ct.

Palmyra, VA 22963

Phone: 434-989-8746