Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lefty Kreh on the TFO Impact Fly Rod

Making an Impact: My Favorite TFO Rod by Lefty Kreh


Since I joined the sport in 1949, TFO’s Impact has become my favorite fly rod for general fly fishing. I’d like to explain why.

First, it’s important to realize the amount of bend put in the rod when it stops at the end of the stroke is what unrolls line to target.

A stroke is a movement to deliver something from the starting point to the target. The proper stroke makes it possible for the baseball player to make a bunt or hit a home run or to throw the Frisbee a short or long distance.  A proper stroke can be short or long but it must continue to smoothly accelerate or go faster and faster, ending in the direction you want to deliver an object. The stroke can start slow or fast but must accelerate to the end.  I believe understanding a good stroke is the most important factor when fly-casting.

Conventional fly-casting techniques suggest stopping the backcast a little past vertical. If the forward cast begins from this position, it allows the angler only a relatively short stroke. However, the rod needs to bend more to deliver a forward cast with heavier lines and flies, into the wind or for more distance. Such a short stroke requires more effort to bend the rod to do job. Experienced casters have learned to drift the rod hand well back allowing a longer stroke (forward cast) with less effort.



I think the Impact series that TFO designed is a revolutionary rod that can help fly fisherman improve and appreciate a proper casting stroke. Almost all modern fly rods are flexible near the tip but increase in diameter and stiffness toward the rod handle, requiring more effort to bend the lower portion. The Impact is different. From the tip the rod tapers slowly in diameter to the reel seat without lacking in power or strength. This design offers many advantages.

Range of Power – Modern fly rods usually cast well the line designed for it and one lighter or one heavier in size. The Impact rod bends easily from tip to the butt so it handles a number of line sizes.  For example I can fish effectively with my 8-weight Impact with lines from 5 to 9 weight. I’ve never cast another rod so versatile that it would handle five different line-weights. It also is not as critical to have just the right amount of line outside before the backcast.

Rod Recovery – Watch the rod tip of a great caster. The tips stops smoothly and doesn’t bounce up and down. For most fly fishermen the tip vibrates on the stop because the lower portion of the rod is so much stiffer. The vibrating tip produces undesirable shock waves in the line. Because Impact rods taper smoothly throughout, the tip stabilizes quickly – eliminating any bounce at the end of the cast.

Roll Casting – During roll casting a greater portion of the Impact bends allowing most anglers to roll cast so much better.

Durability – It is one of the toughest rods I’ve ever fished. Using a 20-pound tippet on an 8-weight rod I hooked a redfish of almost 20 pounds in the Louisiana swamp and fully expected to break the rod but didn’t.  Unlike a fast action rod, the extreme load in the fight with this fish was spread throughout the rod – reducing the “high stick” break risk.

In summary, the generally accepted casting stroke is rather short which requires much more effort to load the rod deeply. Casters who use this method who have tried an Impact rod do not like it all. The Impact rod requires a longer than normal strokes so the rod bends more and less effort is needed by the caster.  Keep this in mind and give an Impact rod a try – I believe you’ll appreciate the Impact design as much as I do.

Lefty Kreh

* Reprinted from the TFO Blog- Check it out HERE




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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fishing Reorts- 5/13/17


* 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.



Mad River



Sorry for the delay in updated reports.  We are still recouping from the great Selectivity weekend programs with Matt Supinski.  Thanks again to all who participated. It was a GREAT weekend and we all learned alot.

The river was high late last week and into the weekend, but has been fishing great all this week.  Look for EPIC hatches in the evenings.  Brian had Matt Supinski out Monday evening and they were rewarded with one of the best Sulpher hatches we have seen in years! Maybe EVER! The reports the remainder of the week have also been of excellent to epic dry fly fishing.

 There have been good hatches of Caddis, Light Cahills, March Browns and a few Blue Wing Olives mixed in everyday this week but the big news has been the Sulphers.  It seems that the fish have been keying in on them although we did hear of fish choosing the Light Cahills last night. 

Consistent dry fly fishing can be done throughout the river, but the section above Urbana would be a great place to start.  With the forecast next week it looks like the evening dry fly madness will continue.  


video

Legendary author and "Selectivity Man" Matt Supinski on a float trip Monday with Brian


Pull out your 3-5wt fly rods, Wulff Triangle Tapers, Rio Perception, or Rio Gold fly lines, 4x Dry fly leaders, Floatant, pleny of Sulfurs and Light Cahills and hit the water!  Make sure to have a good variety of dry fly styles.  Comparadun, Thorax, Parachute, and Spinners are a must to cover every water type.  Also be sure to have fly sizes  #14-18.  Other patterns to carry now and definitely in the next few weeks are Drakes, March Browns, Adams, Mr Rapidan and plenty of Caddis. 

Nymphs and emergers are a good choice for earlier in the day and when there are no visible hatches around. The typical Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Prince, Copper John, and a good supply of Brown Drake Nymphs are a good choice.  Swinging soft hackles always produces and is a good choice for beginners and when exploring new water and also imitates the action of the emergent nymph.  

We'll try to update during the week as things progress but in the meantime, don't hesitate to give us a call.



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


The upper river is currently a little off colored due to some recent rain, but will clear out fast.  Good hatches up high also.  Much like the Mad River Report: pull out your 3-5wt fly rods, Wulff Triangle Tapers, Rio Perception, or Rio Gold fly lines, 4x Dry fly leaders, Floatant, pleny of Sulpersrs and Light Cahills and hit the water!  Make sure to have a good variety of dry fly styles.  Comparadun, Thorax, Parachute, and Spinners are a must to cover every water type.  Also be sure to have fly sizes  #14-18.  Other patterns to carry now and definitely in the next few weeks are Drakes, March Browns, Adams, Mr Rapidan and plenty of Caddis. Dry fly fishing on the Fork has also been good to excellent the past few weeks, especially on the upper.

Have a good mix of Caddis nymphs and soft hackles as these have been productive.  The upper river is going to be low and clear by the end of next week.  This will make the fish very spooky.  When the upper is low head down to the lower river below Pleasant Hill Dam.  Here we like to fish streamers as there is a good mix of fish.  Smallmouth Bass, Saugeye, Rock Bass, Brown Trout and others are very common.  The trout down low will key in on hatches so make sure to have caddis, midges, and typical nymphs.  These patterns specifically are Nitro Caddis, Net Builder Caddis, Holy Grails, and Flashabou Caddis for caddis nymphs.  Peasant Tails, Hares Ear, and Prince nymphs will round out your boxes well.  


Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map


May can be a great month on Clear Creek.  This small stream does not even come close to matching up to the Mad in quality, but if you happen to find yourself down in the Hocking Hills it will not disappoint.  The smallmouth bass fishing firing up along with a few hatches and the wild flowers can make for a great time.  The trout do not always take advantage of the hatching Sulfurs, March Browns, or drakes, but usually a small Elk Hair Caddis size #16 and smaller will produce.  Make sure to have plenty of midges in both dries and nymphs along with caddis pupa and larva.  We like the Nitro Caddis, Net Builder Caddis, Holy Grails, and Flashabou Caddis for nymphs.  Your usual trout patterns will also produce Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Prince Nymphs, and Wet flies.  

If you are looking for Smallmouth bass then make sure to have a few Kelly Galloup streamers like the Bottoms Up, Dungeon, and Barely Legal. Floating lines and heavy tippet to keep these fish out of the wood will always treat you fine. 



Our good friend and great customer Steve Buckley sent us this photo of a brown taken this week on a Sulpher dry. Attending the "Selectivity Program" last Friday got him fired up!!




Erie Steelhead/Smallmouth


Steelhead fishing is pretty well done for the Spring season and our thoughts are now onto smallmouth......big, lake run smallmouth.  Yes there are a few leftover steelies here and there, but those fish are either spawning or heading back to the lake.  The big deal is the Lake Run Smallies.  THese fish are big and fat and readily take flies.  Fish streamers in the lower rivers and you will be rewarded with the biggest Smallies of the year.  Make sure to get your spots on the calendar as they are filling up very fast!  

Here is a more detailed report on fishing the tribs from friend and customer Bill Harsha- "Thur PM & Fri AM:  Elk on Thur was low and clear. Lots of quillbacks in the system some suckers.  Bass were not aggressive.and not interested in large flies. Switched to small stuff just crawled across the bottom and started hooking up. Landed 6 in about 4 hours of fishing all on the new trout Spey.

Fri came back to fish Connie. Water good with a little stain. Lots of redhorse and some suckers. Hooked and losta bright steelhead on the swing with a chartreuse and white deceiver. Pretty much kicked my ass on the 4weight. A couple of nice bass on the same fly stripping and one on the swing. Again bass not very aggressive. Talked to a group from Chag. R. Outfitters same story with even less action. They quit bass and were nymphing with bobbers.They pulled out before I did.."- Bill





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Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MRO/MWFF May Classes and Schools


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Wednesday, May 10th- FREE Beginners Fly Fishing Program- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here to Register

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614-451-0363

Fishing Reports- 5/2/17


* 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.


Spring Creek/Selectivity Weekend

May 5th- 7th



Noted author, angler, lecturer, guide, historian, lodge owner, master chef...this guy does it all. We are thrilled to have Matt as a guest here at the shop for this very special "Spring Creek" weekend. Matt is probably the world's foremost authority on Spring Creek angling. His latest book, "Selectivity" is one of the best books ever written on the subject. He will be with us to help all of us to become better and more technical anglers.






Friday, May 5th- 6-9 p.m.- Special Presentation: Selectivity

Join us in the shop for a great presentation and some beer and pizza. Matt will blow your mind with the information in this program and you will come away a better trout angler. We will also be running a special price on his "Selectivity" book and a great chance to get it signed by the author himself. Tickets to this event are only $10.00. Pizza and beer starts at 6:00 and the program should start right around 7:00.

Register Online HERE




Saturday, May 6th- 8 a.m.- Noon- Fly Tying Session: Favorite Spring Creek Patterns

Matt is an epic fly tyer and instructor. This class will cover some of his favorite patterns for finicky trout. Bring your vise and tools and we'll do the rest. Class is limited to 6 and the cost will be $50.00.

Register Online HERE




Saturday, May 6th- 3 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.- On-Water Spring Creek/Selectivity Clinic

This class will be half-classroom learning and half on the water experience. It will be held at the legendary Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club so you will get to practice over some of the finest trout fishing in Ohio. Again, Matt will blow your mind with intermediate and advanced concepts and techniques that will make you a much better trout angler. Sample topic outline listed below. A unique opportunity here to fish this club for the "evening hatch" as we would expect the insect activity to be at a peak and offer a great chance for picky fish on dries. We will be grilling some burgers and dogs and take a break from 6:30 -7:00. This class is limited to 10 anglers and the cost will be $125.00. 

Register Online HERE


Sunday, May 7th- 9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.- On-Water Spring Creek/Selectivity Clinic

Can't make it Satruday? We'll do it again on Sunday.

This class will be half-classroom learning and half on the water experience. It will be held at the legendary Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club so you will get to practice over some of the finest trout fishing in Ohio. Again, Matt will blow your mind with intermediate and advanced concepts and techniques that will make you a much better trout angler. Sample topic outline listed below. Should be a great chance to witness first-hand some terrestrial fishing which Matt is very fond of. Lunch will be provided from 12-12:30. This class is limited to 10 anglers and the cost will be $125.00. 

Register Online HERE


Warm Water

The rivers are currently high making for the pond fishing to be the best choice.  This cold front setting in for the next few days will have the fish a little sluggish and moved out of the shallow water to suspend over near shore drops and bay mouths.   

Before the rain and high water currently we have been continuing to have great Smallmouth fishing.  The fish are currently in spawn mode.  Earlier last week Ryan checked on the Scioto and found many bass on beds in the riffles.  Make sure to take a good look before heading right into a riffle to cross the stream.  Ryan found himself having to carefully walk around beds making sure to not further disturb these fish.  We suggest crossing just below these riffles.  

Many of the local ponds also have been fishing very well.  The Largemouth Bass are very close to spawning also.  This time right before they spawn can be some of the best fishing of the year.  We do not advise disturbing fish when they are on the spawning bed, but there are still plenty of fish to be caught before they transition to these areas.  

Fishing streamers is always a top producer.  Dirty Hippies, Boogie Man, and Bottoms Up are the guides Go-To, but do not overlook the Ehlers J-Pig, Foam Tail Superworm, and Grim Reaper.  While these flies are also great river Smallmouth flies we usually focus on Half and Halfs, Little Swimmers, Modern Deceivers, and Clousers.  Make sure to line up your 6-8wts with a Sonar Titan Clear Tip for a sinking line or SA MPX and Rio Smallmouth line for a floater.  Stock up on the Rio Bass or SA Hard Mono Leaders and tippet.  



Josh continues to put clients on the Hybrid Striper game.  The rain has messed things up for a few days, but we will keep you up to date as conditions change.  This fishing only lasts a short period so make sure to get a trip on the books while it lasts! 


Mad River


Many people have come into the shop sharing frustrations with the muddy water.  Individuals looking to have some streamer action over the weekend were greeted with poor conditions due to runoff.  Many of the local farmers have or were in the process of planting crops.  With the heavy rain and the loose freshly planted fields caused the water clarity degrade worse than usual.  Look for a small streamer window to happen Wednesday and then quickly close with the predicted weather later in the week.  We will keep you posted as things change.  

Take a look at our past Social Media posts to see some on stream videos and photos.  We are looking forward to some of the best Dry Fly fishing we have seen in years!  

As far as the bugs go, the big news is that we DID have Sulphers as of last Tuesday. They didn't come off super strong, but they came off. We did also see some March Browns and some LIght Cahills as well. It is pretty likely that the Hendrickson hatch is mostly over except for the upper reaches of the stream. Hopefully we'll know a bit more once the water clears and we get back to dry fly fishing. One thing is for sure is that we have quickly moved into the "Evening Game".

If you can make it out midweek focus on streamers and nymphs to make the most of this small window.  Streamers consists of the usual Barely Legals, Articulated Monkeys, Dungeons, Bottoms Up, Silk Kitty, Boogie Man, and others.  Smaller streamers also get the job done: Cougars, Dirty Hippies, Wooly Sculpins, Near Nuff Sculpin, and other traditional streamers.

While nymphing make sure to have plenty Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Copper Johns, and Prince Nymphs to fill in the gaps.  Your main nymphs will be Brown Drake Nymphs, big Hares Ear, Guides Choice Hares Ear, and San Juans though.  

Dry fly fishing will be limited here for a few, but this time of the year you never want to travel without your dry fly rod and flies.  3-5wts with a Wulff Triangle Taper, Rio Suppleflex Leaders and a good mix of size 12-18 Rusty Spinners in various sizes, Parachute Adams, Thorax/Traditional style Adams, Red Quill, Quill Gordon, and Irrisistibles.  With the cloudy and rainy forecast on Thursday  make sure to have some Blue Wing Olives and Sulphers in your box also (Sulphers will go all day in overcast/drizzly conditions as well).  In the next coming weeks stock up on Light Cahill, Sulfurs, March Browns, and Caddis. 



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

With the past rain the upper and lower river are high and muddy.  Only those who know the river and have the proper access to float the upper will have good streamer action.  This window is going to be very small looking at the forecast.  They are currently letting water out of the dam at a high level creating unsafe wading conditions.  Look for this to continue into the weekend.  

If you are in this area focus on some of the ponds for bass and panfish.  There is a cold front setting in that will push these fish off the shallow water to suspend over near shore drops and bay mouths. 


Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map


Look for the high water to continue into the weekend.  It is highly unlikely that there will be a fishable window through the rest of the week, but we will keep you updated if things change.  



Erie Steelhead

There are posts of a few fish being caught here and there, but they are few and far between. Our guides have moved on to other species to focus on till this fall. Not to say that you couldn't still find a few steelhead around, but professionally speaking, we're calling it a season for now.

The Smallmouth fishing has been fantastic in the Tribs.  If you want to focus on these fish look at the lower few miles of the rivers.  Stripping big streamers is our go to tactic.  Streamers like Kelly Galloups Dungeons, Monkeys, Peanuts, Totally Articulated, Fat Head Minnows and Deceivers.  Load up your 6-8wt, Scientific Anglers Titan Sonar Clear Tip, heavy tippet and have fun!  



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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Friday, April 28, 2017

Matt Supinski Fly Tying Class


Learn to tie the patterns of one of the Great Masters of Spring Creeks!

Join Matt Supinski at Mad River Outfitters

Saturday, May 6th

8:00 a.m.- Noon

Bring your vise and basic tools!







Part of our "Spring Creek Weekend" with special guest: Matt Supinski

Click Here for details on all of the Events


Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Not just Trout........


Our good friend and customer Bobby Davis sent us this report via e-mail today:

I was fishing the shad run in the Potomac and landed this beast on a size 6 shad dart.  I was using the 7wt TFO Impact Brian sold me a year ago, which has become my workhorse.  That rod kicks ass.  Also landed about 25 shad and a schoolie striper.  It was a good day.


We LOVE getting fishing reports, especially when they are using gear that was happily purchased at Mad River Outfitters!

Thanks for the report Bobby and as promised in our Fishing Reports from yesterday, your "Fly Fish Ohio" Sticker is on the way to you.


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813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Fishing Reports- 4/21/17


* 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.

Across the board most of the streams are on the drop and fishable.  There is some rain in the forecast for Sunday and the middle of next week.  The amounts are changing by the hour so make sure to contact us if you head up early in the week.  This is a great time of the year as almost everything is active.  Get out there and fish.  


Got plans this Summer? How about a trip to Montana?

Join Brian Flechsig and Kelly Galloup at the Slide Inn on the banks of the Madison River

July 30th- August 5th



Warm Water

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been on fire lately!  With the temps forecasted for next week it will not be long before they start to spawn.  Many of the local streams are off colored.  The fish are aggressive and feeding, but with low visibility make sure to have a wading staff with you.  We do guide for smallies so get your trip on the books to take advantage of this pre-spawn bite! Bass and Panfish have also been the talk as the ponds continue to warm.  Look for the Largemouth Bass to start thinking about spawning in the next couple weeks also.  


Local ponds are really starting to produce. Our good friend and customer Joe Olivas sent us this pic just the other day


Gear for Smallmouth Bass would be 6-8wt rods, Intermediate sinking lines, and flies 4-6" in length(Kelly Galloup style Modern Streamers).  These same flies and rigs can be used for Largemouth Bass as well.  Panfish or small pond Bass will be fine on a 4-5wt with floating lines. Flies will be small traditional sized trout streamers (Black Nose Dace, Muddlers, Matukas, Mickey Finns), Wooly Buggers, big nymphs (Prince, Hares Ear, Bears PM Caddis) and San Juan Worms



MRO Guide Pat Kelly on the Water today with clients


Hybrid stripers and white bass are also running throughout the region and we've been hearing some GREAT reports. Josh, Pat and Donnie have been scouting some new waters and are now ready to start booking trips. Anybody interested in catching a mess of these "white" fish, let us know. Interested in searching them out on your own, we can point you in the right direction there as well. A ton of fun on a fly rod and lots of opportunities around.

Send us pics this week to use in the reports? Be sure to include your address and such and we'll send you a FREE MRO "Fly Fish Ohio" sticker.


Click Here to view our full selection of "Cool Stickers".



Mad River


The Mad continues to be very productive!  Look for lots of rising fish in the late afternoons and into the evenings.  These fish are keying in on the tail end of the Hendrickson hatch.  If you want to take advantage of this dry fly fishing stock up on Rusty Spinners in various sizes, Parachute Adams, Thorax/Traditional style Adams, Red Quill, Quill Gordon, and Irrisistibles.  With the cloudy forecast into the weekend make sure to have some Blue Wing Olives in your box also.  In the next coming weeks stock up on Light Cahill, Sulfurs, March Browns, and Caddis. 

Yesterday, Brian and Donnie were both out on the water with clients. It was pretty windy so the hatch really didn't come off at all but the spinner fall was GREAT in the evening so the bugs are still around. Tons of fish eating the spinners from 7:30 till about 8:15 or so. We are truly experiencing a great dry fly season here with the best activity by far in the evenings, an hour or so before dark. Did also see a handful of March Browns and Light Cahills. No Sulphers yet.


Brian got to float in the AuSable boat yesterday with John Fisher from Batavia, Ohio

Anybody interested in a float trip in this boat, or with Donnie or Pat in their drift boats?

Let us know, we have some dates open and it's a great way to fish the river.

Click Here  for details and pricing on our guide trips.


Fishing in the mornings have also been good.  The most productive has been nymphing and swinging Soft Hackles of various colors.  Nymph with Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Copper Johns, and Prince Nymphs.  

With the low clear water the streamer bite has not been the best so we suggest getting your streamer fix on one of the many Smallmouth Bass streams in the state.  If you insist, the smaller stuff like muddlers, buggers and small sculpin patterns are the way to go.





Dear Mad River Outfitters, 

I visited the Mad recently and the water level was around 250 cfs and held a light green stain, the conditions were absolutely perfect for stripping streamers. The hot streamer for the morning was a red, white, and blue clouser minnow.  Fish were rising in many of the locations I stopped at, and the morning was action packed. Many fish were caught, and it was the best morning of fly fishing I have ever had. Here are pictures of my two biggest browns for the day.

Keep doing what you're doing at the shop, its always a blast going in and being surrounded by those with the passion of fly fishing.

Tight lines, and sincerely,

-Murphy Coan



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The Clear Fork is starting to fire up.  Dry fly fishing has been good to excellent in the evenings. Much like the Mad River report: These fish are keying in on the tail end of the Hendrickson hatch although it seems to still be going strong up there. Best activity has for sure been the evening spinner falls. Some reports of EPIC numbers of bugs and rising fish.

 If you want to take advantage of this dry fly fishing stock up on Rusty Spinners in various sizes, Parachute Adams, Thorax/Traditional style Adams, Red Quill, Quill Gordon, and Irrisistibles. With the cloudy forecast into the weekend make sure to have some Blue Wing Olives in your box also.  In the next coming weeks stock up on Light Cahill, Sulfurs, March Browns, and Caddis. 

Most of the consistent fishing has been in the upper river focusing on the afternoon and into evening hatches.  The lower river below Pleasant Hill Dam offers you a good mix bag of fish. 


Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map

The recent rains have made the creek raise, but the levels are now dropping and will be good into the weekend.  Saturday will still provide small streamer fishing along with nymphing.  Look for Hendrickson, Caddis, Blue Wing Olives and midges to continue Sunday and into next week.  
If you want to take advantage of this dry fly fishing stock up on Rusty Spinners in various sizes, Parachute Adams, Thorax/Traditional style Adams, Red Quill, Quill Gordon, and Irrisistibles.  With the cloudy forecast into the weekend make sure to have some Blue Wing Olives in your box also.  In the next coming weeks stock up on Light Cahill, Sulfurs, March Browns, and Caddis. 

Nymphing is always productive.  Nymph with Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Copper Johns, and Prince Nymphs.  Also make sure to have a variety of sizes and colors of Soft Hackles.  



Erie Steelhead

Everything is blown out currently.  the weekend outlook is not looking very good, but if you know the smaller rivers then the second half of Sunday will be your only bet.  Early next week though is looking very good!  With the high water and lower temps look for a fresh push of fish.  From what we have been seeing over the past few weeks we are on a steep downward slope to the end of the season.  Looking ahead at the air temps for the end of next week combined with the lack of significant rain the season will be close to over very soon.  If you want to get a last trip or two in then make sure you clear out your schedule for Tues or Wed of next week.  Conditions can change very quickly so we will keep you posted.  

Rigs for this time of the year are the typical nymphing with two fly rigs and long rods and swinging setups.  Indicator nymphing is a numbers game.  Either rig a bugger/Zonker and egg or the double egg under a float.  Focus on the faster deeper runs (waste and deeper) below the spawning riffles.  If you want to swing this time of the year you can be rewarded with hot drop back/spawned fish and Lake Run Smallies.  Swinging Dolly Llamas, Senyo's A.I. Intruders, and Flow Ryders are the best choices.  



Repeat customer Mario Vezza on a guide trip with Josh earlier this week. He called us up the other day and signed he and his father up for the Alaska Trip this Summer hosted by Josh and Jerry Darkes.

Click Here for info and pricing on our "Alaska Sampler" Trip- July 22nd- 29th


The Smallmouth fishing has been fantastic in the Tribs and should only get better as we get into May.  If you want to focus on these fish look at the lower few miles of the rivers.  Stripping big streamers is our go to tactic.  Streamers like Kelly Galloups Dungeons, Monkeys, Peanuts, Totally Articulated, Fat Head Minnows and Deceivers.  Load up your 6-8wt, Scientific Anglers Titan Sonar Clear Tip, heavy tippet and have fun!  



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