Friday, January 20, 2017

Fishing Reports 1/20/17


* 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

Thanks as always for reading our reports friends. As the weather gets more conducive we should be reporting more regularly....but we need your HELP!

Send any and all reports to admin@madriveroutfitters and we'll do our best to get them up.


* This is starting to become a broken record for the weekend, but after our low water summer and fall we are not complaining!  The weather this week and into the weekend makes us think this is a March report not a mid-January report.  With that being said there are a few people messing around with shallow ponds and even catching Bluegills on poppers!  This will not last long, but makes for good stories and bragging rights on the first topwater fish of the year.  Get outside and take advantage of this weather while it is here. 


Mad River

Streamers Streamers Streamers!  We have some great conditions for fishing streamers this weekend.  The flows are high, but falling fast.  If you are wading then focus on the upper stretches.  On foot you will be looking at Sunday before levels are safe to wade.  Fishing streamers is our preferred method, but big buggy nymphs will get the job done too.  

Certain flies have been consistent from week to week this winter.  Patterns in the Nymph category include the Guide Choice Hare's Ear, Prince Nymph, Copper Johns, Jimmy Legs and don't overlook the San Juan.  The Conehead Mudler is used as a nymph here around the shop too.  And of course, as Brian always says around here: "Don't EVER fish the Mad River without Cranefly Larva in your fly box". 

As for streamers supply yourself with a good mix of colors and rotate through them as needed. Pick up any Galloup pattern that is big and articulated.  Dungeons, Barely Legals (take a look at the new Fish-Scull version), Bottoms Up, Cougars, Lil Swimmers, Game Changers and Totally Articulateds will produce.  Make sure to have your sink-tip lines and 6-8wts! 


Clearfork River



It is muddy and high on both ends...Things do not look good for next week either.  Take advantage of the good weather this weekend and maybe think about a quick trip north for steelhead Sunday afternoon.


Clear Creek


Clear Creek is very high and muddy.  This will last for quite some time looking at next week forecast.



Erie Steelhead

Look at hitting a smaller stream Sunday.  Everything is high right now and off color.  I you do not want to change your fishing plans keep an eye on the gauges.  As usual this time of the year the window is going to be small, but there are plenty of fish.  If you have a two-handed rod this weekend will be your time to swing.  

Looking into next week there is going to be a mix of conditions.  Lots of rain is in the forecast followed by snow.  We will keep you updated as things change.  Flies continue to be consistent: EGGS EGGS EGGS and a few buggers and Zonkers...not much more needs to be added...but if you like a little variety in your fly box have a good mix of nymphs.  Steelhead Stones, Bloody Mary, Sparkle Maggots, Guides Choice Hares Ear, and Steak N Eggs will set you on the right path.  Make sure you have a good mix of colors of eggs and dont forget the Trout Beads.  With the higher off-colored water the larger Globugs and Bead in bright colors are our go to flies.   

As for those wanting to swing up a fresh bright fish fill you box with A.I. Intruders, Dolly Llama, Flow Rider, Hare Leech, Skiddish Smolts will get the job done.  Load up your Skagit heads, MOW tips, and 12-15lb tippet.  We don't get the gift of this type of weather and conditions often so get out there and send us those Chrome pictures!

Here's a few from guide trips last Sunday before the water came up:


Our good friend and frequent guide client Quentin Baker- rumor has it he's joining Josh and Jerry in Alaska this Summer?


  And of course Ed Bailey with a nice one as well!

Interested in a guide trip this coming Spring Season?

Our guides can provide most equipment and are available most any time.

Click HERE for information and pricing on an Erie Steelhead Trip.


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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fly Fishing Film Tour- Tickets on Sale Now!


Thursday, March 9th 2017

Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and show starts at 7:00

Tickets: $15.00 in the shop or online  (show will sell out so no plans to have at the venue)




* Bring some extra cash to buy Raffle tickets. Sure to be some great prizes to be had


Brought to you by:




Additional sponsors:

Central Ohio Fly Fishers


Madmen Chapter of Trout Unlimited


2017 Raffle Prizes

Raffle Tickets will be $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. We will be accepting cash, credit cards or checks. You will be able to place tickets into a seperate container for each Gran Raffle Prize individually. General Raffle will be picked from the table as numbers are called.


* Grand Prizes
TBA Shortly

* Standard Raffle Prizes
TBA Shortly

We would like to thank the following for their generous donations:

Central Ohio Fly Fishers
Madmen Chapter of Trout Unlimited
more to come!

* Add your name or organization to this list? Donations surely accepted


Tickets will be $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and we will be able to accept Cash, Check or Credit Cards at the show.

Majority of the  proceeds go to benefit our friends at The Mayfly Project-




The Mayfly Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor children in foster care. Our mission is to build relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for them to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.  The Mayfly Project's standard program is to mentor a foster child through five sessions we call "stages", just like the life cycle of a Mayfly.  Within these stages, the children learn line management, casting techniques, knot tying, etymology, river safety, mending tactics, hook setting, catch and release tactics and the value of conservation. At the end of the five stages the child is given his or her very own fly rod, reel, pack, fly box, flies, tippet, indicators, etc.  Each project is unique and may contain more or less stages, but the goal is to provide a well-round and safe fly fishing experience for children in foster care.



New this year! A portion of the proceeds will also benefit previous benefactors such as Reel Recovery, Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery. Depending on the support we get, up to $200.00 will go to each of these organizations. 



2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour
Thursday, March 9th

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fishing Reports- 1/14/17


* 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

Thanks as always for reading our reports friends. As the weather gets more conducive we should be reporting more regularly....but we need your HELP!

Send any and all reports to admin@madriveroutfitters and we'll do our best to get them up.

News

* The weather has been crazy this winter so far, but great for us wanting to get a jump on our first fish of the year.  The rain has been flushing out the ice and left over junk from our low water this fall.  This weekend has most rivers high, but there are some opportunities to get out and fish.  Read below for more specifics.

* This week we announced that the proceeds from the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Thursday, March 9th will go to the Mayfly Project. We are pretty stoked about this and thrilled that we can help and to turn some folks on to what this is about.




Hit up their website to learn more about what they do and be sure to join us in March to support their efforts.

* Another kind of cool thing that we'll be doing differently this year is that we will also set aside some of the proceeds to go to previous benefactors. Some of the monies will go to Project Healing Waters, Reel Recovery and Casting for Recovery so that we can continue to be a positive influence on their efforts. We are gonna need EXTRA support from you all this year.

We are also inviting those organizations to set up a booth at the show and of course they will be accepting donations!!!

* By the way- Tickets for the F3t go on SALE this coming Monday at 10:00 a.m. Watch for a link on Social Media as well as on our website.

* This week we also partnered up with Smithfly and the Jetboat Chronicles and will be co-sponsoring the "Mid America Swap Meet" coming up on Saturday, January 28th. Details can be found here but we'll also get some more up here and on Social Media this week. 



We have also added a new guide to our staff of Professional Fly Fishing Guides. Donnie Knight will be joining the team and guiding a bit on the Mad River for Trout as well as the Great Miami and Stillwater Rivers for Smallmouth. He and Pat and Josh are also working on some new ideas as well that you should be hearing about this Spring. You can read a bit more about him on the Blog post from this past Tuesday.


* Really getting pumped for the Columbus Fishing Expo coming up on February 10th- 12th. Mad River Outfitters/Midwest Fly Fishing Schools will have a huge presence at the show this year. On-hand and doing seminars will be Brian Flechsig, Jerry Darkes, Jeff Liskay and Donnie Knight. We will also be joined by Scientific Anglers, Korkers Boots, Smithly, Patagonia and more.

Gonna be a great show! Click Here to learn more and to see the times of the seminars by MRO/MWFF.


Trip Updates

* This week was supposed to be our annual January Peacock Bass Trip but rains and high waters put the brakes on that. Pat Kelly was all packed up and ready to lead 11 anglers into the Jungle but plans had to be changed.

This January group has been rescheduled to October 21st- 28th and we will now have a few spots open on this week. We will also be hosting our normal January trip for 2018 and the dates on that will be the 13th- 20th. Click Here for more details and pricing on these trips.


Pat Kelly - rescheduled to October and Brian Flechsig hosting January 

* Looks like Ryan Ratliff will be hosting the Andros Island Bonefish Trip coming up in February. (Brian was slated to go but turns out has a scheduling conflict so Ryan gets the call). This is a great time to get down to the Tropics and out of the cold. Some of the best bonefishing on the planet....our 18th year at the Andros Island Bonefish Club! A few spots open! Click Here for details and pricing and give Ryan a call if interested.


Ryan is looking forward to the Bonefish Trip. Want to join?



* Just had our 1st group come back from Chile and of course.....a great time was had by all. The Willet family joined Nico Gonzalez and had nothing but rave reviews. Click Here to learn more about what we do in Chile each Winter.



Should have some more photos up later this week in the Chile Photo Album.


* Just announced last week! A September Alaska trip that we are calling "Naktoberfest". This trip will focus on swinging big flies with two-handed rods for GIANT rainbow trout on the famed Naknek River. Best of all, this trip will be hosted by Jeff Liskay. One of the top names in the two-hand Switch and Spey Casting world. We are honored to have Jeff host this trip for us. Click Here for details and the amazing pricing on this trip.




Jeff Liskay hosts "Naktoberfest"- September 23rd- 30th, 2017


Other upcoming trips in 2017-


* Michigan Steelhead- Muskegon River Lodge- March 26-29- Click Here

* Alaska Sampler Trip- Naknek River Camp- July 22nd- 29th with hosts Jerry Darkes and Josh McQueen- Click Here

* Slide Inn Montana Trip- July 30th- August 5th- with hosts Brian Flechsig and Kelly Galloup- Click Here

* San Juan River- New Mexico- Soaring Eagle Lodge- September 16th- 21st with host Andy Jensen- Click Here

* New Orleans Redfish- Woodland Plantation- September 23rd- 28th- with host Brian Flechsig- Click Here


Fly Fishing Trips designed to EXCEED your Expectations since 1994!


Mad River

The Mad is just starting to get into the right conditions here over the weekend.....although more rain is on the way so we'll have to see what happens.

 The levels are still on the high side with the lower being to high to wade.  This weekend the focus will be on the upper. 

It does look like we are getting some of the "streamer conditions" that we were hoping for....finally. Streamers and nymphs will be the way to go here.

The forecast looks great with rain early in the week and great temps for the following weekend. Should be a good week ahead for Mad River anglers and we are hoping that you send us some photos of some hogs!!!!

As for Nymphs fish big nymphs followed by smaller nymphs and soft hackles.  For patterns in the Nymph category Guide Choice Hare's Ear, Prince Nymph, Copper Johns, Jimmy Legs and dont overlook the San Juan.  As for streamers supply yourself with a good mix of colors and rotate through them as needed.  Pick up any Galloup pattern that is big and articulated.  Dungeons, Barely Legals, Bottom Up, Cougars and Totally Articulateds will produce.  Make sure to have your sink-tip lines and 6-8wts!  


Clearfork River



Things look pretty rough for the Clear Fork for the next week or so.  The upper is blown out and not fishable.  Down in the Park they are letting out water and is not safe to wade as it is getting close to being out of the banks.  We suggest taking the trip to the Mad or focusing on Steelhead.  


Clear Creek


The creek is currently high and muddy.  Fishing this weekend will be tough.  This creek does not clear out fast in the winter due to the headwaters being in farmland.  If you are in the area bring your streamer rod, sink-tip, and big articulated streamer.  If that is not your game then focus on big nymphs in faster water that meets the slower pools.  Fish are well dispersed so any access point will produce.  Looking at the predicted forecast Monday and Tuesday will be even better and could possibly start to really clear out. 

Flies are going to be the same as before...Nymphs- Guide Choice Hare's Ear, Prince Nymph, Copper Johns, Jimmy Legs...  As for Streamers- Dungeons, Barely Legals, Woolly Sculpin, Zoo Cougars...just make sure you have a good mix of colors.  



Erie Steelhead

Everything is very high as we write this report, but some streams will start fishing by Sunday. 

Mostly we will be focusing on the Eastern Tribs as soon as Sunday.  By Monday and early Tuesday we are looking forward to some great fishing.  There is some rain in the forecast also, but that will setup the follwing weekend for some of the best conditions we have had in a long time.  Now is the time to start planing on taking those sick days and get your guide trips booked before they fill up! 

Flies-  EGGS EGGS EGGS and a few buggers and Zonkers...not much more needs to be added...but as always you need to have a good mix of nymphs in your box also.  Make sure you have a good mix of colors of eggs and dont forget the Trout Beads. 

We'll check-in 1st part of the week as we start fishing and always stay tuned via Social Media for "instant updates".


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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Welcome Donnie Knight to our staff of Guides


MRO would like to welcome Donnie Knight to our staff of Professional Fly Fishing Guides!


Donnie grew up in Miami County and has fished the rivers and creeks throughout the Great Miami River watershed since 1988 while also doing a lot of muskie fishing with his dad throughout the Midwest and east.  He is a full-time wildlife biologist that guides fly fishing and spin fishing trips on the side and we are thrilled to have him on our staff here at MRO.



He owns a Hyde Rocky Mountain Skiff  for the big waters and a Smithfly Big Shoals raft for smaller tributary fishing and low water situations. He loves to target Smallmouth bass and Brown trout with frequent by catches of Saugeye, Pike, Carp, Rock Bass, channel catfish  and Largemouth not uncommon.  




Donnie will be doing some trips on the Mad River for us as well as smallmouth on the Great Miami and Stillwater watersheds.








Since 1994 in Columbus, Ohio

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




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hatch Outdoors at MRO


Mad River Outfitters now a full-line dealer for Hatch Outdoors fly reels and accessories!

It's a little like a disease or addiction. Your every thought is consumed by an insatiable need to chase fish on the fly. It's a state of mind that transcends the boundaries of normalcy and into the realm of abnormality. It's obvious you're sick- but who the hell wants to be cured of this affliction?

You're a Finatic!


By now...you've heard of or seen the Finatic Series of Fly Reels- 


* Machined Reel Seat- The Original. A sold is always stronger than two pieces attached together. Also, by eliminating the screws you've eliminated the corrosion points.

* Dimension in the Frame- Hatch machined dimension in the frame to increase rigidity, strength and reduce lateral flex. With the reel and spool together you get virtually no lateral flex when you push/pull the two. This means the reel tracks truer and it eliminates the spool wobbling in high-speed runs.

* Frame/Spool Connection- Making a positive frame-to-spool connection is essential. On Hatch reels, they call it the "power flower". This unique design feature locks both together creating a bomb-proof fit.

* Cranks and Counterbalance- Unlike many manufacturers whose counterbalance is merely cosmetic, Hatch has made the two pieces the same weight to achieve true balance in the spool.

* Drag- They wanted it sealed- hence the drag cassette. They've employed a multi-disc stack in all models that is comprised of Rulon and precision stamped stainless steel discs. With multi-disc drag, you are applying braking pressure and heat dispersion over several surfaces rather than one-to-one surface braking on most drag systems today. This system virtually eliminates start up inertia and stick slip problems.

* Hook Guard- Keep those hooks tucked into the arbor of the reel and out of the way of your hands.

* Machined Finish- At Hatch, they don't polish their reels. Everyone else does, but they like the machined look. You can see the witness marks and high quality machining. No buff outs or cover-ups. It just didn't make sense to cover up what others can't match. It's more difficult, takes more time, but it's worth it.

* Spool Tension Nut- Designed to be easily taken on and off, with our without full gloves. The nut is press fit into the spool so it won't fall out into the water or your gear bag.

* Made in the USA- say no more! Simple.


Hatch Finatic Fly reels are all available in Black, Clear/Black, Clear/Red, Clear/Blue and Clear/Green. If you don't see exactly what you are looking for on our website or in the shop....just let us know. We can EASILY get anything...any color....any combo that you want.


Want line on that? Buy a reel, buy a line....and then tell us which hand you retrieve with. You can put this in the "Order Notes" (1st page of the shopping cart). We'll load the fly line on with the PROPER amount of backing and tie you up some good knots. NO NEED to BUY backing!!! We'll throw it in for FREE with the rigging as well.

Buy a reel, buy a line and tell us which hand you retrieve with. We'll do the rest!!!





Ok...so you know about the reels. But did you know.......


* The Hatch Nomad Pliers- simply the best that money can buy!!!

The I-Beam arms are crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum and protected with Type II andodizing. The cutters are made from Tungsten Carbide for abrasion resistance and reliable cuts through all fishing line material. The jaws are machined from 17-4 stainless steel made for ultimate corrosion resistance. Nomad pliers come with a custom Hatch bungee lanyard and black leather sheath. Come in Red, Blue or Clear colors. Made in the USA!!!

* And so are the Nippers! Hands-down the "Best in Class"

The Hatch Nipper is hands-down the best in the business! Winner of the 2015 IFTD Best of Show Accessory Award. 

The Hatch Nipper is crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum and protected with Type II Anodize. The replaceable cutters are made from tungsten carbide for abrasion resistance and reliable cuts through mono and fluorocarbon materials (not to mention the only one that cuts braid with ease).

Comes with a sweet lanyard that is made from over 6 feet of 550 paracord and has a split ring for attaching the nippers and a "breakaway" release buckle at the neck. Black, Clear, Red and Blue are the colors available.

Made in the USA- both nippers and lanyard!!







Serving anglers the finest products and service that the industry can offer since 1994! Our goal is to exceed your expectations at every level.

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