Sunday, May 22, 2016

World Class Warmwater Fly Fishing

Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent for trophy warmwater fly fishing trips- right here in the Midwest! We are partnered up with Brian Meszaros and his Great Lakes Flyfishing and Waterfowl LLC. Come and fly fish the crystal clear waters of Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River for a varitey of warmwater game fish.



Lake St. Clair has been recognized by American Angler magazine as one of the "Top 50 Fly Fishing Destinations in the U.S." and may be the best smallmouth fishery anywhere! In addition, Lake St. Clair is rated as one of the top fisheries in the U.S. for muskellunge. Anglers are also likely to encounter largemouth bass, northern pike, white bass, yellow perch, carp, walleye, drum and rock bass. Below is some basic ideas on the seasons as well as trip basics and pricing. As always, give us a call or click the links below to book a trip!

Seasons/Species

Muskellunge: First Saturday in June - November 1st (St. Clair) and Last Saturday in April - November 1st (Inland Lakes)

Smallmouth Bass: Last Saturday in April - November 1st

Pike: April - May/ October- November 1st

White Bass: May- June

Walleye: April - June

Carp: April- June

Largemouth: April- November 1st

Drum: April - November 1st

Trip Details

Once you have booked a trip, you will be contacted by Captain Brian. You will then meet at the specified time and place, a map will be provided with your trip confirmation. Great Lakes Fly Fishing provides all of the equipment and flies that you may need although you may want to bring your own. A basic equipment/flies listing will be provided as well for those that do. You need to bring your own food/drinks. Cooler is provided. 4 hour or 8 hour charters are available. Start times are flexible. Overnight accomodations and hotel/airport pickup is available- just ask. * Further information provided upon trip confirmation.

Trip Pricing

All rates are for the boat, 1 angler or 2, the price is the same.

Full Day Trips (8+ Hours): $450.00 and can include all tackle and flies

Add $100 for third angler, contact us for a fourth angler

1/2 Day Trips (4 hours): $300.00 and can include all tackle and flies

Add $75.00 for third angler, contact us for a fourth angler



To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip with Brian Meszaros and his Great Lakes Fly Fishing - give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us via e-mail at admin@madriveroutfitters.com.




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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fishing Reports- 5/20/16


* 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


Mad River

5/22/16 Weekend Update- The rain didn't quite do what we thought. Not necessarily going to be the streamer water we hoped but the dry fly fishing today and tonight should be fantastic.

Not many reports from yesterday but we did have folks out on Friday and Friday night who reported in with great reports. It seems that we are experiencing an above average dry fly season here. At times WAY above average. This of course in addition to the staple nymph fishing and the world class streamer fishing. Great to be a trout angler in Ohio these days and hope that everyone is sending in the survey forms so that the ODNR can manage the river for even better fishing!

Here's a report from good friend and customer Jon Horn:

"Had a great evening of sulphurs last night in the rain (also mixed cahills, bwos, march browns, and a smattering of caddis (don't know what type... probably spotted sedges) and midges).  3 hours of solid bugs, fish up all over the river (anywhere there was cobble).  Didn't score much on size, just numbers.   All bugs seemed to be the sz 16 types green/tan.  Late in the hatch, they seemed to want more cripples and low-riding patterns.

Should be a great spinner fall today or tomorrow!


Hope you all are well!!!!"

**Tonight, as long as the sun shines and it gets warm, the Sulphers and bugs will be concentrated in the evening, with the spinner fall right before dark. On overcast and rainy days, just like Jon, you can see the Sulphers hatch all afternoon. Some of our best Sulpher fishing has been on cooler, overcast and rainy days!!!!

There has also been alot of questions about the Sulphers that we have on the river. The 1st is the Ephemerella Invaria which comes in at a size 14-16 and has a more greenish/tan body. As the hatch/month progresses this bug will become a bit more yellow. The second Sulpher, which we haven't seen any YET, is the Ephemerella Dorothea which comes in at a size 16 and will be more like 18 as we get into June. It is the more traditional bright yellow/orange bug. We could see these, especially in the upper river until mid to late June. Also need to mention spinner falls. Doesn't seem that many anglers are focusing on them but they should be! The spinner falls are the most concentrated activity of the day and are most often right at dark. All you need is some #12-16 Rusty Spinner patterns and wait for the show. Look for sippers!!!!

5/20/16- The Mad is in fine shape as we speak. Problem is, it's supposed to start raining here this evening and they are calling for 1/2 inch to an inch of rain before it's finished. Hard to say what the weekend will bring.

We'll post a few submissions here today and then check in with an update at some time during the day tomorrow to let you know how things are looking.

Levi King from last Saturday:

" Guys, found a couple good ones on the Mad on Saturday. River had great streamer conditions (flow, stain, rainy, overcast). I started throwing bigger articulated stuff and kept etting short/timid strikes. I knew the stretch had some good fish, so I walked back up and switched gears. I put on a smaller single and fished back down through a couple of good spots. The pics are one of the one that was around 20" and the other two the same fish. She was a thick female pushing 24". I called it a day after landing her. Tight lines. Levi"





Thanks for the pics Levi! A 20" and a 24" make for a GREAT day of fishing no matter where you are!


Derek Dewald from Tuesday:

"Hey Guys- I made it to the Mad yesterday evening and experienced some great dry fly action. Lots of caddis, a few Cahills and some others I couldn't identify. Landed 6 on dries, a couple on nymphs and lost/missed many more. It's a great time to be on the river! Tight Lines. Derek"



You are right Derek....great time to be on the water. A great dry fly season we are having!!!




Clearfork River



5/21/16 Weekend Update- Rain didn't affect the river at all. Should be good to go and did hear this morning of some good dry fly fishing on both stretches last night. Alot of folks headed that way yesterday and today so we will be looking for some reports and pics. Stay tuned!!!!

5/20/16- Not many reports from the Clearfork this week but we can tell you that both stretches fished pretty well for the folks that did chime in. Dry fly fishing has been good to excellent.

Tons of caddis, some March Browns, a few Sulphers in the evenings and even some Light Cahills reported already. The Cahills should stay pretty strong for about a month or so and will be found on both stretches of water.

The Upper is in good dry fly shape and the lower has been dropped and is even a bit on the low side.

We should be getting some reports here in the next few days as we have had no less than 10 phone calls today of folks heading that way.

We'll keep our eyes on the weather and try to do an update on the water conditions tomorrow once we see how this rain is going to shake out.



Clear Creek


5/21/16 Weekend Update- A bit more rain down South than here in the middle of the State and Clear Creek did come up pretty good yesterday and overnight. Probably won't fish until mid to late afternoon tomorrow. A brave soul might throw a big streamer around and see what happens but the park will probably be pretty void of anglers today.

We'll let you know as things change and of course feel free to call the shop if we don't get to it right away.

5/20/16- Clear Creek is looking good for the weekend but again, we are going to get hit with some pretty significant rain overnight and into tomorrow so hard to predict at the moment. We'll do an update tomorrow once we get a feel for how things will look for Sunday and into the 1st of the week. In the meantime, regular reporter Elliot Cantwell checked-in on Wednesday-

"Small caddis and sporadic sulphers in the evenings. Caddis are the the predominant hatch and the majority of the rising fish have been focused on them. No stellar mayfly hatch seen yet. Nymphing was the most productive: caddis, hare's ears and pheasant tail nymphs. Wednesday night resulted in this beauty. I was quite pleased I have to say. This creek holds a few secrets. Elliot"







Erie Steelhead

5/21/16 Weekend Update- Nothing really changed since Friday. The Rocky and Chagrin bumped up a pinch but nothing noticeable. The V and the Grand are both getting low but we did have folks on both of them yesterday and they did extremely well. As we have been saying.....Smallmouth Season is ON!

Get out there and get your Bronze On.

Our hero, young Ethan Hall and his Dad Steve were giving us a play-by-play yesterday as they went along....


Ethan Hall + Sage ONE 6wt + SA Sonic Titan Clear Tip = Deadly


We didn't even think that he let you fish Steve. Just thought you were his "Sage" caddy and personal photographer.



5/20/16- The tribs are looking good and filling up with fiesty bronze fish as we speak. Hard to say what the weekend will bring with the rains predicted though. If we had to guess, things will blow out tonight. If you are heading up this weekend probably want to take a look at the Grand. Even with some rain it will probably fish whereas the other tribs will quite possibly blow out.

We did have some guide trips this week and have a few guides out tomorrow. We'll try to catch up and get some photos posted. Just didn't get to it this week....we have been crazy busy.

Fishing season is busting wide open all over the place and keeping us hopping...which we appreciate.

We'll check in with an update tomorrow and let you know what the rain does. In the meantime, any photos of smallies from the past week or so send them along to be posted here and we'll send you out one of the "Fly Fish Ohio" stickers.


Send a report and photo....get a sticker. Make sure to include your address to send to.


Check back tomorrow afternoon for an update.



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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Orvis Rod Swap


That's Right......trade-in any useable Fly Rod on a US Made Orvis model and we'll give you 20% OFF.

It's EASY!

Local friends: Bring any useable fly rod into the shop to trade and we'll get you the 20% OFF

Internet Shoppers: Go ahead and order the rod over on our webite, the 20% discount will automatically be applied. We'll trust that you'll send us a useable fly rod.


All trade-in rods will go to local organizations like "Trout in the Classroom" or "Project Healing Waters" etc.

Click Here  to save 20% on an Orvis Recon, Superfine Carbon, Superfine Glass or Helios 2 Fly Rod


Send trade in rods to:

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Any questions don't hesitate to give us a call at 614-451-0363



Friday, May 13, 2016

Fishing Reports- 5/13/16


* 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


Mad River

The Mad is a bit high and cloudy today but should be coming into great shape for weekend fishing. The upper river could be good to excellent dry fly fishing and the lower river prime for streamers. 

The Big news this week is that we have seen Sulphers in very good numbers and fish responding to say the least. This is the early, #14-16 ephemerella invaria which at this time of year is almost a greenish color. Actually a Blue Winged Olive pattern in #14 or 16 works better than a traditional Sulpher. We probably won't see the #16-18 dorothea for another week or so but you never know.....especially this year. Please keep in mind that these bugs hatch almost exclusively in the evening, like 8 p.m. on. We have seen a few in the afternoons this week but with the temps we are getting it will pretty much be an evening hatch from here on out. Also keep in mind that if you get a cooler, overcast day, you can see them hatch all day! Look for the spinners in the evenings as well mixed in with the hatch.

(Did also get a few reports of some straggling Hendricksons in the upper river but they are most likely on the wane.)

Caddis have been strong and prolific in the late afternoons and also some good reports of strong March Brown hatches in the late afternoons. These could be strong here for 2-3 weeks right along with the Sulphers. Also a few reports of Light Cahills showing up as well. Great time of year to be a dry fly fisherman!!!

Pick your technique this weekend and go for it. If nymph fishing, have some #16 Pheasant Tails for the Sulphers, Swink's Clinger Nymph for the March Browns and Cahills #14-16 Green Caddis Larva and for sure have some Brown Drake Nymphs which will be a HOT ticket during May in anticipation of this monster hatch in early June. 



Regular and friend Don Gregory on a float trip yesterday with Pat Kelly. Could be a great weekend for streamer fishing in the lower river!

Reports from this week:

Jeff Kreager from Monday:

"FYI,  Last night's hatch was pretty awesome.  Photo included."


Mike Letizia also from Monday:

"Light Sulphur hatch and a few Cahills yesterday midday at Rt 36. Also some14- 16 ovipositors. Low and clear, got a few on small mayfly emergers and duns."

Daniel Church from Sunday:

"Went out today for a couple hours in the later afternoon. Got really surprised by this catch! Upper river, Elk Hair Caddis."


A bunch of rainbows have been caught recently. They love dry flies!

Jerry Rodgers from Thursday:

"Fished north and south of Pimtown Rd this morn.(9 AM- 2 Pm)...Still Hendricksons about also some lighter pale yellow mayflies -n- seen a couple larger brown mayflies......The trout were very cooperative and really liked  a 14 Adams variation that I tie caught 5 and missed 3.... Largest was a fat 14" the rest were between 9" -12"."

Thanks as always friends for the reports. We are now approaching 1,000 people per day that are reading this Blog and we all appreciate the feedback. Keep the reports and pics coming!!!!!


Clearfork River



The Upper Clearfork is a bit high and off color right now but should be coming down to very fishable levels for the weekend. It is prime streamer water today and should be tomorrow as well. As the weekend rolls on we should be looking at good nymphing and possibly excellent dry fly fishing.

Should be a mixed bag of bugs. Although we have not made eye contact with any Sulphers yet, they should be on the water at any moment. Same with March Browns. We have heard of a ton of caddis in the late afternoons and evenings. Don't leave home without caddis both dry and wet. #14-16 Green Soft Hackles are also a must to imitate the pupa which the fish have been feeding on.

The lower stretch is a bit up but fishable as we speak. As of right now we would predict that they would keep it at a fishable level but hard to guarantee. We'll watch it over the weekend and do an update if things change. The anglers we have spoken to this week that have fished down there were doing very well on dries and smaller nymphs. Should also be a mixed bag of Caddis, Sulphers, March Browns and may start to see a few Cahills as well. Late afternoons and evenings will be best and don't be afraid to stay until dark and hunt for spinners!

Sean Clancy from Indiana sent us this report this week:

"We went down to the Clear Fork for the first time ever. The water clarity was fair, water temp was 55 degrees and air temp 67 degrees. Appears wadeable to us Clear Fork rookies. We saw caddis and possibly sulphers in the air. No evidence of feeding or insect acction on the surface for the 4 hours fished. Had many short strikes and rolls on streamers. I caught a small brown on a Green Nosed Dace...no picture with the prompt release. Other popular streamers for the fish to swing and miss on were Dirty Hippies and Mini Double Bunnies. Was had a great day trout fishing Ohio. Thanks!"

Thanks for the report Sean. Your MRO "Fly Fish Ohio" sticker is on the way!

Thanks as always friends for the reports. We are now approaching 1,000 people per day that are reading this Blog and we all appreciate the feedback. Keep the reports and pics coming!!!!!



Clear Creek


Clear Creek did come up with some of the storms that moved through last night. It is pretty dirty right now. It  may fish tomorrow but probably safer to bet on Sunday. If you go tomorrow, it will probably be a streamer game and be careful wading. We'll keep our eyes on things and do an update here as we know.

Elliot Cantwell sent us this report from yesterday:

"I fished today from 11-6. Sulphers, flying ants, midges, small caddis and one March Brown. Fished mainly the midgesmid-day but fishing a size 14 mayfly as an indicator did bring a few fish to net. Most though were taken on the usual Hare's Ear nymph. Will be out tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a good Sulpher hatch. Water clarity improved greatly today."


Sulphers should be strong on the Clear Creek for a few weeks. Fish the evenings!!!

Thanks as always friends for the reports. We are now approaching 1,000 people per day that are reading this Blog and we all appreciate the feedback. Keep the reports and pics coming!!!!!



Erie Steelhead

Rains last night West and into Cleveland brought the Vermilion, Rocky and Chagrin up. The Grand, Ashtabula and Conneaut are all looking good though and should fish well this weekend.

Quite a few reports from anglers up that way this week and it's all Bronze....hardly any chrome at all. We did get a few pics of steelhead from folks but they weren't "Post Worthy". Pretty ugly.

We do believe that it's safe to say that steelhead season is over and smallmouth season is on! Should be good to excellent smallmouth fishing for at least a month or more here. Anybody interested in getting up there, let us know! We have gudes available who are as or more excited about smallmouth than steelhead.

We'll keep updating periodically and posting some pics of bronze, but probably seen the last of the "pink pics" for the season.

From the past week of guide trips:








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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Smith Optics- Lens Types and Colors


The Smith Optics Polarized fishing collection was designed to overcome the grueling glare and ever-changing light conditions faced by professional guides. Like the men and women who spend their days in the most challenging visual environments in the world, Smith Optics is unflinchingly committed to excellence, every step of the way.


Techlite Polarized Glass

* Premium Optics- Tapered lens technology (TLT) engineered into every lens to provide crystal clear vision
* Lightweight- Absolutely minimized lens thickness provides a 20% weight reduction over standard glass lenses
* Scratch Resistance- 12x anti-scratch performance over "plastic" lenses
* Optical Perfection- Created through a finishing process with controls maintaining 1/2000th of a milimeter tolerance
* Anti-Reflection- Vacuum applied Anti-Reflective (A/R) coating absorbs unwanted backlight on all Techlite Glass lenses
* Polarized- 99.9% polarization filter. It's like noise-canceling headphones for your eyes!


ChromaPOP and ChromaPOP +

* Clarity Redefined- Proprietary lenses crafted with science and art to blend color and clarity like no other
* Speed of Sight- Improves speed of visual processing. See truer color, faster
* Ultra Lightweight- 10% Lighter than polycarbonate, 15% lighter than CR-39 and 75% lighter than glass
* High Impact Resistance- Ideal for all activities from casual to competitive
* Polarized- NEW film-free polarization eliminates glues and haze. Creates unmatched visual clarity
* Anti-Reflection- Vacuum applied Anti-Reflective (A/R) coating on the backside of all Chroma POP lenses eliminates bothersome side reflections
* Perfect Vision- Tapered Lens Technology (TLT) corrects light distortion for true optical clarity
* Scratch Resistance- 4-5x anti-scratch performance over "plastic lenses"
* Hydroleophobic Coating- Repels moisture, grease and grime
* ChromaPOP +- provides even more clarity and 10% Lighter than standard ChromaPOP- available in the revolutioinary Polarchromic Ignitor lens!


Tactical- Carbonic

* Premium Optics- Tapered Lens Technology (TLT) engineered into every lens to provide crystal clear vision
* Impact Resistance- Optical performance standards meeting ANSI Z87.1. Ideal for sport or casual use.
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* MIL-PRF 32432 is the most stringent ballistic standard in the world
* Performance Coatings- Hydroleophobic coatings release sweat and moisture to run off the lens and keep vision clear
* Polarized- 99.9% polarization filter. It's like noise cancelling headphones for your eyes.


Polarchromic Ignitor- Chroma POP +

Polarchromic Ignitor maximizes colors and depth perception while reducing glare. Suited for all day use in high altitudes or open water environments. The Poloarchromic lens tint automatically darkens to adapt your vision in bright conditions. Anti-Reflective (A/R) mirror coating eliminates back glare. Hydroleophobic coating repels water, dirt and grease. Provides 100% protection fro harmful UVA/B/C rays. For many reasons, this may well become the best selling lens in the history of Smith! They are that good!

Polarized Brown- ChromaPOP

The ChromaPOP Polarized Brown lens experience is one of crisp optical clarity with enhanced contrast and amplified colorations. Perfect for a varitety of fishing conditions. Anti-Reflective (A/R) mirror coating eliminates back glare. Hydroleophobic coating repels water, dirt and grease. Provides 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays. These lenses are probably the most universal in the Smith line and of course we are BIG fans of the ChromaPOP lenses like many in our industry.



Polarized Green Mirror- Techlite Glass

A high contrast Polarized Brown lens with multi-layer Green Mirror. Absorbs stray "blue light" and provides strong contrast in bright conditions. Anti-Reflective (A/R) mirror coating eliminates back glare. Hydroleophobic coating repels water, dirt and grease. Provides 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays. Our best selling lens for saltwater flats fishing but works great anywhere when conditions are expected to be the brightest.

Polarized Low Light Ignitor- Techlite Glass

The mile yellow tint allows depleting light in, and brightens as the light passes thru. The Low Light Ignitor lens excels in hazy, cloudy, rainy, early and late conditions. A must-have lens for every serious sight fisherman on flats and streams. Anti-Reflective (A/R) mirror coating eliminates back glare. Hydroleophobic coating repels water, dirt, and grease. Provides 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays. These lenses are always in our "kit" for rainy, cloudy, or low light days. A MUST!





Mad River Outfitters
Proud vendor of Smith Sunglasses featuring the revolutionary ChromaPOP lenses.



Friday, May 6, 2016

F3t Proceeds to Reel Recovery

We finally had a chance to get together with Joe Scaletta from the Ohio Chapter of Reel Recovery to present the proceeds check from the Fly Fishing Film Tour back in March. Joe lives in Florida during the Winter and was traveling through Columbus on his way to the Summer haunt along Lake Erie.

He and Brian Flechsig got together and Brian presented the check. $3621.81 was donated to go towards a Reel Recovery retreat here in Central Ohio. They also mapped out the initial plans on putting this retreat together.

We' like to again THANK everyone who came out to enjoy the evening back in March and to help this wonderful cause. It was due to your generosity that made this donation possible.


Brian presents the proceeds check to Joe Scaletta- Ohio Chapter Reel Recovery 


 Way to go MRO Friends- we couldn't have done this without YOU! 

As soon as the details arise on the retreat, we'll surely be posting here and on Social Media. In the meantime, we are keeping a list of folks who have expressed interest in volunteering. If you are, just shoot us an e-mail and we'll forward on to Joe.

In the meantime, you can learn more about Reel Recovery and the Retreats that they put on by clicking HERE


THANKS AGAIN friends! This donation is due to your support and generosity. We truly appreciate all that you do for us......allowing us to give back to the community.


Mad River Outfitters
Ohio's Fly Fishing Professionals
 

Fishing Reports- 5/6/16


* 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


Mad River

The Mad has been pretty good this week with the flows staying on the upper side of things but totally fishable. It is looking to be a good to excellent weekend of fishing. Should be a nice mixed bag of bugs and techniques. 

The strange news this week has been the prolific Hendrickson hatches and spinner falls that many anglers have reported from the upper parts of the river. Strange because it should be winding down to say the least, but also strange due to the cool temps we have been experiencing. It could be that they just had to go and did it. Several anglers reported EPIC spinner falls on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with bugs blanketing the surface starting around 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. They said fish were rising up like birds! Also alot of caddis starting to show up in the standard #14 tan and the #16 olive varieties.

Will be interesting to see what happens this weekend. For sure we will be looking for the 1st of the Sulphers here in the next few weeks, especially if the temps keep creeping up. Let us know if you see any out there. Look for them lower on the river and more towards the evening but a cloudy, overcast day can see them hatch all day!

In the meantime:

Tim Brennan called in with a report on 4/29/16- "Fished streamers down low with little success. Then moved to above 36 and found Hendricksons, BWOs and Craneflies with many fish rising. Did not see a spinner fall but it was a little breezy."

Tim Greiner sent this e-mail and pics on Saturday- 4/30/16- 
"Hey guys, decided to get out in front of the rain today on the Mad. Fishing was slow until mid morning when the rain came in. Then it exploded. Moved a half a dozen fish without hooking up and landed another half dozen including this missile. Saw a few other anglers but most stayed by the access points. Tight lines guys!"



Tim Greiner has been having a GREAT Spring!

Bryan O'Maley wrote in- "Finally got back on the Mad today. Was doing some nymping when I noticed a good amount of risers. I had not tried dries before but had some Elk Hair Caddis in the box so what the heck! Gave it a go and boom! Attached is a pic of my 1st brown on a dry, not a monster but very satisfying. Love it....."


Congrats Bryan on your 1st trout on a dry fly!



Clearfork River



Not too many reports from the Clearfork here this week as it has been on the high side and not many folks out. It should be coming in nicely though in the Upper and should fish well this weekend. Just like the Mad, it should be a nice mixed bag of bugs and techniques.

We did have a gal in the shop today who fished yesterday but nothing to report other than the water was a bit high for her liking. We do have a guide out there today and hoping to get a report (and pics) later this evening. We'll let you know with an update when we do.

The Lower stretch is still a bit high and hard to say when they will drop it to more fishable levels. We'll keep our eyes on it and do an update as we see them drop it.

Let us know if you do get out this weekend! Should be good! Have plenty of Caddis!!!!



Clear Creek


Clear Creek is looking good and should fish very well this weekend. We have been hearing of good results on dries, nymphs and streamers. Almost seems like you can't go wrong right now. Also seems like the caddis are really turning on and the Hendricksons are slowing down, which is to be expected. 

Our own Ryan Ratliff got out this morning for an hour before work:

"Hit the creek at 1st light this morning. With the cool temps nothing really happening hatch wise, but the streamer bite was the ticket. Nothing big, but many fish were chasing them down. Had to move to a bigger streamer to keep the stockers away! Ended up with one smallie and one nice holdover. Not bad for an hour.....but gotta get to work on time"


 Fishing is a viable excuse for being late to work at MRO!



Erie Steelhead

Not many reports this week as things are just now coming down and fishable in most spots. We did have guide trips earlier in the week that had to be put off due to the high and dirty water. We are hoping to get some eyes and flies out here the next few days and get a solid diagnosis.

What we do know is that it seems that the high water and cooler temps did bring some steelhead into the streams, especially out East. The Conneaut and Ashtabula have been fishing well for a couple of days here and the reports have gone back the steelhead direction...at least for a few days. We'll see what the weekend brings but we have heard of some fresh fish being caught out east.

The Rocky and Chagrin are just coming in and the Grand maybe tomorrow or Sunday. It will be very interesting to see what folks find. Chrome or Bronze?

It does seem that the hot smallmouth action has slowed up a bit with the cooler temps but that may change in a heartbeat here over the weekend. The Vermilion is still a bit high but may fish tomorrow afternoon and into Sunday. Chances are there we will be looking at good numbers of huge smallmouth but hard to say.

We'll get out there and let you know what we find and let us know what you are seeing. Could be an interesting weekend of fishing along the lake!!!


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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363