Friday, August 26, 2016

MRO Alaska Trip Testimonial

Our good friend and great customer Kevin Lang joined us in Alaska back in July. Here is what he had to say about the trip:


"The opportunity of a lifetime....that's the best way to describe my trip to Naknek river camp in Alaska.

I had waited the better part of two decades to go to Alaska and with lodge prices alone averaging about 8k and sometimes going over 10k it looked impossible.

The entire trip for me- flight, food, reasonable tip and a fly out on a float plane was a tad under 5k.

The Johnson family, who run the camp, are awesome, kind people who care that your experience is great.

All of the guides are first-class and know exactly how to fish for the myriad of types of fish that are there.

I caught 5 new species of fish (Dolly Varden, Grayling, King, Chum and Sockeye salmon) and also caught numbers and size of northern pike and rainbow trout.

I saw Bears and Foxes in the wild, we got to speed around in 90 hp jet boats, and still somehow how hot showers and warm food everyday. Josh and Mad River Outfitters made this trip easy, memorable and fun.

This is an experience every fly angler should have at least once....I know I'll be back.
                               
 -Kevin Lang


2017 Alaska Trip hosted by Jerry Darkes and Josh McQueen already on the books and taking reservations:

Click Here for the details

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Naknek River Camp with Jerry Darkes and Josh McQueen
July 22nd- 29th, 2017



Fishing Reports- 8/26/16

* Please remember to call us for more up-to-date or detailed information! These reports are not meant to be your one and only, daily source of information. They are typically general, even seasonal type reports and we currently don't have a set schedule as to when we update. Please, just because we don't update as often as we like, it doesn't mean that we don't care.

There are many different approaches you should take in order to get a good game plan for a trip or a day of fishing. Also remember that things change and these reports are what we know at the time of posting only. Keep in mind that we do express opinions and personal preferences from time-to-time which may be different from yours or what you may read elsewhere. Thanks for checking and don't forget to call us if you need any further information or a more up-to-date report. 614-451-0363

* Not much reporting going on during August as you may have noticed. We have actually been "boycotting" in hopes that it would make it rain and everything would get better. Well....we did get some rain, but not much has changed. We thought we'd go ahead and throw a quick report/news out there in hopes that it makes some sort of difference.

* Alaska and Montana trips under our belts. A huge success as always. Should be getting some further reports and testimonials up over the next few weeks. In the meantime....we did get some photos uploaded to the albums:

Click Here to see Alaska photos

Click Here to see Montana photos

Both trips are already set up for next Summer and we are taking reservations. Jerry Darkes and Josh McQueen are hosting Alaska and Brian Flechsig again for Montana.

Click Here to check out the Alaska Trip

Click Here to check out the Montana Trip

** We are also working on a late season "Swingin' for Rainbows" at the Katmai Trophy Lodge in Alaska with host Jeff Liskay. This will be in mid to late September 2017. We should have the details on the website within a few weeks.

Speaking of Jeff Liskay- we will be announcing a "Switch and Spey 101 and 102 Weekend with Jeff coming up on October 22nd and 23rd. Keep your eyes out for that!!!!

Upcoming Trips-

* Soaring Eagle Lodge- San Juan River with host Ryan Ratliff- trip is FULL but 2017 should be announced shortly

* Woodland Plantation- trophy Redfish in New Orleans with host Brian Flechsig- a few spots open yet on this one. Click Here for the details.

Here's a quick promo video we just posted on these fabulous trips:




* Fall Steelhead- Muskegon River Lodge with host Steve Kuieck- 3 spots open on this. Great time of year for swinging flies on two-handed rods. Click Here for the details.

* Coming up on Wednesday, September 14th Brian Flechsig will be the guest speaker at the Buckeye United Fly Fishers monthly meeting. It will be another stop on his "Make Fly Fishing Great Again" Campaign 2016. You can learn more about the club and the meeting HERE.


* Intermediate Fly Fishing School- October 15th and 16th



Sunnybrook is beautiful in the Fall! Why not join us for some fun and greatly improve your angling skills in the process!!


Click Here to learn more and to register


* Thanks as always for supporting an independent, family owned small business. Please keep in mind that ALL Competitors Coupons are always welcome (yes...bring us your Orvis Coupons) and that we will NEVER be undersold.

Mad River Outfitters- Welcome to "Thinking Outside of the Big Box".


Warmwater

* No question the warmwater fishing has been the focus of most around here the past 3 or 4 weeks. Some good to excellent reports of smallmouth and carp fishing. With the waters being so low and clear the sight fishing for both has really been hot in certain places.

* The rains the past week did bring some waters up a bit but not really as much as you would have expected. As we write this things are pretty much right back down to low and clear and we could use another big shot of water.

* Locally most anglers are doing very well on the Scioto. A bit better there than the Olentangy. Other hotspots we have been hearing have been the Hocking, the Great Miami and the Little Miami. 



Young Ethan Hall has been doing well locally on streamers! The kid is a MONSTER!


"Had a chance to get out this afternoon and fished for a couple hours. Only moved a few fish in this last 15-20 mins or so.  Caught this nice bucket mouth on a white poppers sold at the one and only MRO."- Clay Sommerfelt


Mad River





Mystery Bug Update: Although it took him a while, (he lives in Costa Rica now), Dr. Brian Armitage, along with a few cohorts, have finally decided that the bug hatching in July was Ephemera Simulans. Yep...nothing more than a Brown Drake. Not sure why, or how, as we usually see those the 1st week of June, but that's the official diagnosis.We will be very interested to see what happens next Summer.

Meanwhile, as you would expect, the Mad has been pretty slow. The water is just horribly low and clear....as it has been since late May. The rain bursts we have gotten here in town haven't done much to affect the river at all. It's slow going.

Those that have been fishing have been fishing very early in the morning or late in the evening. A few guys that know what to do have been producing some nice fish, but most reports we are getting have the fishing as slow. We haven't had any guides out on the water due to the conditions but hoping to change that here if the weather cooperates.

The early guys have been catching fish on Tricos and midges. Super small stuff. There have been some Tricos around but they do seem to be winding down as they usually do this time of year. Still worth having in the box a few #20-22 but you need to be on the water just as the sun is coming up, and fish 7X! A few folks reporting decent fishing on ants and beetles but this activity seems to be a bit slower than normal years. 

The evening bug activity has been pretty good actually. The White Miller Caddis and the Ephron White mayflies have been out in good numbers. Most of this acitivity has been it the lower parts of the river but should be moving upstream over the next couple of weeks. Have a size 14 green soft hackle for the caddis and a big #12-14 White Dry for the Ephrons. Also some #16-20 tan caddis around in the evenings and some fish have been eating the pupa on the surface.

Let us know how you are doing!


Clearfork River



Like a broken record. Low and Clear.

Trout fishing has been tough this Summer and it's been awhile since we have had a good report from up North.

Did have a few folks on the Upper stretch last week and they did see some fish rising to caddis in the evenings but they didn't catch much. If you are going to trout fish, for sure you want to focus on early in the mornings or late in the evenings. You may be better off throwing standard nymphs than focusing on dry fly fishing right now.

The lower stretch is pretty much a smallmouth and carp fishery right now. From the covered bridge down to the campground is worth fishing with streamers and crayfish but you probably won't catch a trout....although we'd LOVE to be proved wrong.

So...same report.....we need water!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Clear Creek


Probably don't even need to tell you.....Clear Creek is super low and super clear. Same story....same report.

With the temps the way they have been, it's probably best to leave the trout be for now and head down to the Hocking for some smallmouth action. If you do fish...do it early or late and try not to stress the fish too much. Terrestrials and caddis would be the way to go on the surface.

A couple of regulars who fish Clear Creek alot have been down on the Hocking and doing quite well on smallmouth. White streamers seem to be the ticket during the day and Boogle Poppers in the evenings. With the water so low the Hocking can be pretty fun this time of year.

Hopefully we'll get some relief here and get back at it in September but we'll need some water before we do!!!


Erie Steelhead

Believe it or not....some folks already talking steelhead!!!! 

Obviously nothing to report yet...but it won't be long now!

Guide trips already starting to book for peak season.

Check out the details and give a shout to get a date on the books.


Also, keep your eyes out next week for our announcement on the Switch and Spey 101 and 102 event with Jeff Liskay. Will be October 22nd and 23rd and Sponsored by Patagonia, Scientific Anglers and Scott Fly Rods.



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Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Day Off


The Slide Inn 2016

In the early days of our Slide Inn trips, way back some 12 odd years or so, we originally fished four days straight and stayed five nights. On more occasions than one, I was told by folks that they were completely exhausted by the end of the trip, and could have used a break. We also advertised that we were 35 minutes from Yellowstone Park yet nobody ever got to get to there cause we were working their asses off on the Madison or Yellowstone.

Alas! About 10 years ago or so we added a "day off" and extended our stay to six nights and 4 days of guided fishing. I'm glad we did......

I've been able to spend some of my days off in fantastic fashion here in the "Epicenter of Western Fly Fishing". Last year with Tyler Treece on the Henry's Fork. Two years ago with Derek DeYoung and his wife Janell at their home in Livingston. Three years ago with my wonderful lady Cristina in the park. Five years ago with my Dad......and the list goes on. So many memories...

My memories of Yellowstone go way....way back. I made my first trip here with my family when I was 17 years old.....it had been a dream since I was a youngster. The years after saw my return to Yellowstone each Summer until I was late in my twenties....usually with friends or fellow anglers, most notably being the legendary trips that I made with my Uncle Bill. I then began running trips to the area through Mad River Outfitters somewhere around the mid-nineties. Once my old friend Kelly Galloup purchased the Slide Inn around 2001 or so, I had found a permanent "home away from home". So many memories.....

So on Tuesday night, I was faced with a "day off". The rest of the group was headed to Yellowstone to sight see, and maybe fish a little. My roommate Eric was hot to fish.....so......

I told him about a Lake in the Park called Grebe Lake which is inhabited by Rainbows, but also contains a population of Grayling. I believe one of the few places in the lower 48.  Also told him some funny stories about the time my Uncle and I fished and camped there some 26 years ago.

"How far?", he eventually asked. "About 6.5 miles round trip", I replied and he said, "Let's do it".

And off we went, to the park, at about 5:30 on Wednesday morning.

I'll make a long story short. It was a highly memorable day, one that I can add to the many memories.

We covered over 14 miles on our own two feet. We fished three distinctly different watersheds in different areas of the Park. We saw a grizzly, a bull Elk up way too close. We caught cutthroat, rainbows and yes.....our goal for the day....we caught a grayling.


We hiked into areas on the Lamar I had never seen. We hiked to the mouth where she dumps into the Yellowstone and hiked up. Then fished just below the Slough Creek campground for a mile or so "bend walk" that was absolutely gorgeous. We caught some nice cutthroat there on hoppers. Maybe one of my favorite things to do on Earth.

We then ended the day at the famous Buffalo Ford on the Yellowstone. A place of many wonderful, and habit forming angling experiences in my lifetime. A lovely place, and I will probably always go back, but let's just say I haven't seen a fish there in many years now. Sad, but the topic of another time.


The highlight of the day though, was surely the way the day started. A 3.2 mile hike back to Grebe Lake which was totally exhilarating. It was just as gorgeous, or even more so, than I remembered.

Despite hurricane force winds, we did manage to fish for about two hours, making our way along the South shore of the lake. I did wind up catching a rainbow on a Goddard Caddis not too long into the morning. It was a fantastic little specimen. Gave us hope!

About an hour passed. We changed a few flies and fought the wind, trying a few different spots along the way. We were thinking about making the trip out, and I had just changed to a hopper to see what might happen. And it did! We got our grayling! Mind you a very small grayling, but a grayling. Not all goals need to be huge.


Grebe Lake Grayling

Hope you enjoy the pics and short video. I could go on but need to be up at 5 and ready to go at 5:30. We'll be posting more once we get back to civilization.

Consider joining me here at the Slide Inn sometime. We do it every year and always will. Come enjoy a "day off".

Brian Flechsig

August 4th, 2016




Grebe Lake in Yellowstone National Park



Grebe Lake Rainbow


Lamar River Cutthroat



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Annual trip to Kelly Galloup's Slide Inn

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gary Loomis' Edge Fly Rods



Gary Loomis' mantra "weight is a deterrent to performance" frames his new line of EDGE fly rods. For five years as chief designer, Gary Loomis has built conventional rods and designed blanks for his company, North Fork Composites (NFC) in Woodland, Washington. Two years of collaboration with Temple Fork Outfitters' design team, these mad in the USA, ultra-responsive, ultra-high performace rods offered in two distinct actions are an experienced caster's dream and the latest project by Edge.

The moderate-action (gamma alpha) rods are finished with naked graphite, elegant up-locking reel seats with burled buckeye spacers, Mike McCoy Snake Brand snake guiddes, Alps XN stripping guides, and premium Portugese half-wells grips. 

Similarly finished, the fast-action (gamma beta) rods have full-wells grips with fighting butts and Alps machined anodized aluminum reel seats.

What does this all mean? Besides being the closest thing on the market to a custom built rod, made in America, Gary's design team has significantly reduced weight, allowing for optimal performance from the material. Mike's Snake Brand guides have a concave foot that adheres to the blank reducing thread, epoxy and most importantly, weight, which is further reduced by the natural, smooth, naked graphite blanks. Combining these features creates incredible recovery, resulting in longer, more accurate, and more efficient casting.

The 2016 Field and Stream buyers' guide lists Edge fly rods as a "must have". Other testimonials include "this is the first rod that has actually disappeared in my hand as I cast? and "I have never been able to roll cast like I can with this rod!".

"The rod is remarkably smooth, shock and vibration free. Tracking and accuracy are excellent. It easily loads and efficiently releases energy with great speed....it's casting performance will amaze"- Ed Jaworowski

"Just had a chance to try several of the newly released Edge fly rods.

In a sense it was Deja Vouz....a trip back through time to the Gary Loomis GLX....but with newer, lighter, higher modulus materials and classy furniture.

Not for everyone, these extremely high performance tools are 'MONSTERS'. Their price tag puts them out of reach of many....but.....if you're an advanced caster whose skills can keep up with this rod family and whose wallet can stand the interruption...this may be your stick!

I'm mightily impressed and holding out for one!!!" - Flip Pallot



You can find the new Loomis Edge Fly Rods in Columbus, Ohio at our shop or browse them on the web.....



Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214
614-451-0363


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fishing Reports- 7/30/16


* Please remember to call us for more up-to-date or detailed information! These reports are not meant to be your one and only, daily source of information. They are typically general, even seasonal type reports and we currently don't have a set schedule as to when we update. Please, just because we don't update as often as we like, it doesn't mean that we don't care.

There are many different approaches you should take in order to get a good game plan for a trip or a day of fishing. Also remember that things change and these reports are what we know at the time of posting only. Keep in mind that we do express opinions and personal preferences from time-to-time which may be different from yours or what you may read elsewhere. Thanks for checking and don't forget to call us if you need any further information or a more up-to-date report. 614-451-0363

* We'd like to again THANK all of the folks who contribute to these reports. Sorry if we don't always get them up here....hard to do with the sheer number of e-mails, messages and photos that we get. It's with YOUR help and support that we are able to provide these reports and YOUR help and support that we even exist. Keep them coming and here's some highlights from the past few weeks......

* Josh and the crew arrived home safe from the Alaska Trip. As he said...."Helluva week". Here's a shot of his 1st fish of the trip...(true story)....




Looks like we have July 22nd- 29th reserved already for next year and the trip will be hosted by Brian Flechsig and Jerry Darkes. Also working on an August date that may be headed up by Josh McQueen and Jeff Liskay. We should have this all firmed up in about a week and will get it posted on the website.

In the meantime.......breaking news!

Jerry Darkes is looking for a select few anglers to join him in Alaska. October 1st- 6th and it will be a very special trip. You'd be catching GIANT rainbows on the Naknek but will also do a fly out to the Nushagak for the GIANT char and grayling. A very unique and "one in a lifetime" opportunity.

On top of that, we have negotiated a special rate! Normally this trip would run $3295.00.....we are looking for 4-6 guys and can sell the trip for $1995.00!!!!

We won't get this up on the website for another week or so but if interested please call the shop and we'll have Jerry give you a call.

* Brian is on his way to visit old friend Kelly Galloup at the Slide Inn tomorrow morning with the group. They will be fishing the Madison and possibly Yellowstone all week. He also has plans to get into Yellowstone and make a return visit to Grebe Lake and try for some Grayling. He says it's been 23 years since he has been there and is super excited to get back. He'll have internet access so should be updating during the week. In the meantime, here's a throwback video that Brian and Kelly did a few years ago about these legendary trips.....



* HUGE Congrats to our partner guide Captain Brian Meszaros. He boated this fish yesterday for a client up on Lake St. Clair. A giant Musky! We serve as a full booking agent for Captain Brian and can set you up with a trip. He says that July and August are his best months for Musky and would welcome the business. Click the link here to learn about booking a trip:



Here is what Capt. Brian had to say about this fish:

"Battle testing the new Scientific Anglers Figure 8 leader on their Sonar 30 Cold line and rocked it with this girl. 52 1/8 X 24...40.04 lbs on the Crawford scale. Caught her on my Hairry Pounder in Perch and yes...she ate it at the boat on the figure 8. Client Tom was elated to say the least. Great stick that deserved this fish."- Capt. Brian


Here's some other random notes and e-mails that we have received over the past few weeks:

* "Hi Guys and Gals,  just a note to let you know that my 12 year old grandson and I  had a great time fly-fishing on Monday at SunnyBrook Trout Club.    You can see his smile in the attached pictures.

Jerry provided both an instructive and fun day.


Thanks for arranging."   Patsy Metheny


* "Olentangy was a little colored up, but fished well. Smallies hitting hard on smaller flies in slow water. Carp feeding pretty much all morning, though the color made fishing them hard, had to get it close to them.  Got a nice one that aggressively took the fly on the drop,  broke him off trying to land him, but he tested my glass 6 wt's limits.

No obvious cicada action, yet though I've been hearing them more lately.

Have a good one"- Chris Schalz



* Daniel Etter and his father were out last Sunday with guide Pat Kelly. Daniel got his 1st Ohio Pike on the fly. In January, Daniel is going along with Pat on the Amazon trip and Pat will guide him to his 1st Peacock Bass on the fly! Lucky Kid!



Speaking of the Peacock Bass Trip- we do have 1st spot OPEN this coming January. If interested, please give Pat a call at the shop. He'd love to fill it and could probably "sweeten the deal" a bit if it helped pull the trigger.

Find the details and pricing here:



* "Hocking River fishing report since its too hot to fish Clear Creek. Smallmouth active early in faster water on streamers"- Steve Buckley


* "Update from the Northwoods- 47" Musky on my Sage rod (personal best on fly rod)- thanks to Pat for his instruction and helping me gear up!"- Greg DeNaeyer



* "Hey guys, i just wanted to report that the Brookville Tailwater is fishing pretty well in some areas. I took these rainbows on a Parachute Adams, and then on Dry Dropper; Elk Hair Caddis with a size 20 zebra midge below.  Browns were hitting the Parachute Adams as well. It can get a bit crowded on the Tailwater, but a nice conversation with an old timer is what convined me to switch from nymphs to drys last Sunday.  Love the old timers who are excited to help newcomers".- Bryan O'Maley



"Went out to local stream Friday and undecided whether to target Carp or smallmouth bass. I entered the water at the bridge and immediatly saw a large Smallmouth cruising in shallow water. I tied on a blue Boogle Bug and tossed it 3-4 feet upstream from his position. He jumped on it right away and I had a fun fight on my 5 weight for the next few minutes.He taped out at 18” and was the best fish of the day. I did catch some very colorful longear sunfish that  liked blue Boogle Bugs as well."- William Rice



* "Paul Thomas had a good first morning in the Trout Republic/Upper Green River, Wyoming.  4 fish 20+, 7 more fish over 17, plenty others.  Just one of those mornings.  Broke in his new net, had Tolley as net man to assist with others.  Did a great job with the Scott Radian.  This was a monumental fishing day for Paul, enjoyed as a result of all the help he received at Mad River Outfitters!"- Rob Tolley- Cora, Wyoming



* "Fished the Hocking on Saturday to check on flows.  It rained hard Friday night and Clear Creek was pumping in "chocolate milk."  Visibility was 0-3in most of the day.  By around 10am it turned into a Zoo with kayaks and canoes.  It was nothing to see 20 of them in a pack.  Fishing was totally unproductive to say the least.  

Sunday out with clients.  Visibility was much better at around 12in+.  The main issue was that the river had dropped 50cfs from the day before.  Canoe hatch was not as big of a problem as on Saturday.  It was tough conditions.  Low water, very high pressure, and the canoe influence from the day before had the fish finicky.  Stripping streamers with long pauses did produce some small fish.  The guys fished hard and were rewarded with 10-12 smallies.  Although nothing over 13in to hand there were a few lost in the wood cover that we will be thinking of for awhile. "- Ryan Ratliff


Tony Makris on a guide trip with MRO's Ryan Ratliff
  


Mad River

The rains the past few days have...unfortunately....not made a difference at all. We need about 3 days of steady rains to bring us out of this "funk". The river is becoming desperately low and the fishing is suffering.

There is some good news though. The fishing after dark has been decent, and mostly because of this guy:



A few weeks ago, our "top reporter" Ed Muldoon was fishing after dark and ran into a blizzard hatch of these "Drakes". This is not a bug that has been on our radar and a total surprise to all that fish the river.

They have been showing up around 10:15 or so and hatching for 20-30 minutes. The spinner falls have been good and also of course, after dark. We have sent the photos out to our "bug hero", Dr. Brian Armitage and are still waiting to hear back as to exactly what species it is. Best we can guess is that it is the Ephemera Varia, but still not sure. We'll let you know once we get it confirmed and hoping to hear back from him in the next few days.

The bugs have been on the water for a few weeks now and although seem to be slowing down, they were seen the past few nights in the upper parts of the river. If it is in fact the Varia, we could be looking at some steady hatching for another few weeks yet, again, in the upper parts of the river.

Here's some reports from Ed over the past few weeks as he was discovering the "Mad River Mystery Drake":

July 10th

"Hey guys, started tonight at 7 to throw some terrestrials and maybe get some late rises. Took a few on Turks in a riffle and then a good one on a deep woven nymph. Very few rises before dark. Fished a very healthy Trico hatch but it was super selective, still nice to see. Size probably 22. Headed back upstream at dark, turned on my headlamp around 10:15.  I was covered in flies within two minutes. Big ones. Either brown/slate drake or Hex, I'd say Hex. The next two hours was the absolute, without question, biggest hatch I have ever seen on the Mad. I stopped counting and being amazed after about twenty minutes. Hundreds of duns. Fish we're extremely selective, took a couple good ones not over twenty but they were out I am sure.  Don't care, this was the coolest, most unexpected hatch I have ever been in. I literally went out just to cool off and catch a couple fish on an ant. I was stunned, took about 50 pictures and even a video. Why did this happen so late in the month? Spinner fall will be utterly insane tomorrow, I envy the person that lucks into it if it isn't me. Got out around 12:30. See pics. Wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't there."


Fish caught by Ed on the mystery Epemera


July 17th

"Flies came off again last night 10:10-10:45, this is over one week long now. Same place. Less intense but still plenty. This was a big spinner fall, hard to figure these bugs because during the spinner fall I picked up an intact shuck and there were plenty of them on the water. The duns came off very fast I guess and I missed them. I have some if anyone wants to take a better look. Attached pic you can really get an idea of the nymph, gills and all. Took a good fish with my spinner, walked into three large fish that must've been involved somehow but they weren't many audible rises.  Same weather yesterday, 80s and hot, rapidly dropping into 70s and 60s around 10. 

Earlier around dusk a Goddard caddis took a few rising fish but I had to travel very far to find them. Very big caddis hatch in a remote stretch. I only saw four rising fish, even during another great Trico hatch earlier there was no rising whatsoever. Good bugs wasted. 
Checked upstream at 55 and saw no evidence of any of this. Moused till around midnight and it was not productive. Thought it would've been with the waxing gibbous, plenty of natural light on the water. Wonderful night. Water still pretty cold, wish I had a thermometer. Had fun."- Ed Muldoon

For those that aren't into the "Night Thing", your best bet right now is fishing terrestrials. Ants and Beetles have been and will continue to produce fish. You need to be stealthy though! The water is super low and super clear. Caddis dries and pupa have also been producing a few fish in the evenings as well.

It's likely that the reports won't change much here until we get some measurable water. We will be looking out soon for the White Miller Caddis and the Ephron- White Mayflies. Keep your eyes out in the lower river and in the evenings the next few weeks. Can provide some good to excellent evening fishing, even with the low water.

Let us know how you are doing!


Clearfork River



The Upper Clearfork did push upwards a bit with the rains the past few days but nothing to write home about. The lower has been low and clear for weeks.

Not many reports coming from up there. Most have been fishing down in the park for warmwater species and pretty much leaving the trout alone for a while. Might be a good choice until we get some more reasonable temps and flows.

If you were to fish the Upper, fish early or fish late. Terrestrials and caddis have been producing a few fish. Caddis larva fished deep in some of the holes is a good bet also. Streamer fishing has slowed to a halt for the time being.

So...same report.....we need water!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Clear Creek


Probably don't even need to tell you.....Clear Creek is super low and super clear.

With the temps the way they have been, it's probably best to leave the trout be for now and head down to the Hocking for some smallmouth action. If you do fish...do it early or late and try not to stress the fish too much. Terrestrials and caddis would be the way to go on the surface.

Hopefully we'll get some relief here and get back at it in September but we'll need some water before we do!!!


Erie Steelhead

Believe it or not....some folks already talking steelhead!!!! 

Obviously nothing to report yet...but it won't be long now!

Guide trips already starting to book for peak season.

Check out the details and give a shout to get a date on the books.




Mad River Outfitters
Fly Shop, Guides, Schools and more!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363