Monday, July 24, 2017

New Yeti Panga Submersible Duffels



The Airtight, Submersible, Gear Fortress that you can Haul Anywhere!

Available in three sizes: 50, 75 and 100

The Panga Submersible Duffel is Yeti's first non-insulated piece of gear that lives up to the standard of being built for the wild. This is the dufflel bag designed for extended backcountry stays, fly fishing that takes you to the most remote rivers, and hunts that seem almost too wild to believe. The airtight closure makes the bag absolutely waterproof and keeps moisture (and whatever else you may come across) out.The exterior fabric is tough-as-nails. The straps and accompanying lash points make it easy to haul. The hardware laughs in the face of hard knocks. So you have permission to drag it on the dock, haul it on the boat or throw it overboard. Yeti did....and the Panga lived to tell the tale!


1. Hydrolock Zipper- Makes sure water stays out so your gear stays bone-dry, no matter how torrential it gets

2. U-Dock- The terminal end of your Hydrolock Zipper that ensures a completely airtight seal.

3. Thickskin Shell- Made of high-density nylon and TPU lamination to be puncture and abrasion resistant.

4. DryHaul Straps- In the hands or on the back, they're as durable as they are comfortable.

5. Mettalock Hardware- This hardware can take on smacks and whacks without breaking.

6. Quickgrab Lash Points- Designed for when you need to get up and go at a moment's notice.

7. Stowaway Mesh Pockets- Easy-to-access mesh pockets keep your valuables safely tucked away




Panga Submersible 50- 23 1/2" X 14" X 10"- 50 liters- 3050 cubic inches- Click Here

Panga Submersible 75- 28" X 15 1/2" X 11"- 75 liters- 4600 cubic inches- Click Here

Panga Submersible 100- 32 1/2" X 17" X 12"- 100 liters- 6100 cubic inches- Click Here



There's no limit to where adventure can take you! Just pack accordingly!



Mad River Outfitters
Ohio's 1st Yeti Dealer.....many years ago now!

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




Friday, July 21, 2017

Fishing Reports- 7/21/17


* 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.


Warmwater

There was a small window this past week where the streams settled down and the Smallmouth bass cooperated.  The popper bite has continued to be the ticket once the water starts to clear.  Streamer fishing also is never a bad idea.  The Scioto and Olentangy are still not in ideal levels.  Watching the flow charts and storms have been a daily process.  Some of the larger rivers are still high from our big rains and with the forecast they do not look to be settling down any time soon.  Check with us here at the shop for day to day conditions, but the extended forecast looks dry so far.  If you do find some good water tie on a Boogle Bug popper or a Peanut streamer and start covering water.  

Pond Largemouth Bass and Panfishing has continued to be great and with the high water and rain most people are hitting the ponds.  Early morning poppers have been the ticket with sinking lines and J-Pigs, Super Worms, and Fathead Minnows get the job done during the day.  Panfish consistently have been taken on a small Boogle bug popper with a Crappie Special or other small streamer dropper.  

Pike and Smallmouth guided trips continue to be awesome when the water levels allow so make sure to get some time set aside and book a trip.  



Russ Kessler on a guide trip with Pat Kelly. His personal best Ohio Pike on the fly!



Our good friend and great customer John Raisbeck from Dayton, Ohio sent us this pic and note this week:


"Here's one, among many, for Strawberry Blonde. Gave one to three guests at Zanesfield today and all caught at least one trophy fish. This fly's on a run! Thanks."- John Raisbeck


Not familiar with the Strawberry Blonde? It's one of our best selling streamers of all-time. Killer!!!




Mad River



The lower river had a slight stain this week making for the early morning streamer bite to be fantastic.  Stripping small weighted streamers is the best numbers game while throwing meat over 4" with move those 20"+ fish.  

The upper river is a Terrestrial game as usual with the Fur Ant, Splitsville, and Ant Acid the most productive.  With the hot humid nights the Tricos should be out very soon, but we just haven't had the chance to give it a look before work.  Should start seeing them here in good numbers, especially in the upper river.

Remember that the Trico game is a morning thing. Need to be on the water as the sun is coming up in order to catch the hatch. The hatch will go for a bit and then shortly after the duns are finished, the spinner fall starts. Be sure to have some 7X Tippet!!!

There is rain forecasted for this weekend which will mean that early Saturday and maybe late Sunday will be the best bets, but next week looks great.  



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


The upper River is currently low, but again with the forecast things look like they are going to change Saturday. Early Saturday will be the ticket as will Mid next week.  Terrestrials like Daves Hoppers, Morish Hoppers, and Fur Ants are the go to flies.  Caddis dries like the Elk Hare Caddis, Goddard Caddis and Sunken Caddis need to be in your boxes.  

They have just over the past couple days started to drop the flows on the lower river, but with the rain it will be hard to say what the rest of the weekend will look like.  Mostly Smallmouth Bass and Panfish have been the ticket, but there are a few trout being caught on buggers and small dries.  



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map

After the heavy rains and levels over 10' things have shifted a little making some new cover and pushing out some of the summer vegetation.  The flows and temps are looking great for this time of the year.  Look for early morning Trico fishing and Caddis throughout the rest of the day.  Stock up on #22 Pearl Butt Trico and Sunken Caddis and you will be good for the day. 

There is some rain in the forecast that will mess things up for the weekend, but you might be able to get in a little fishing early morning and switch over to streamers as the rain starts.    




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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fishing Reports- 7/15/17


* 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.



Upcoming Classes:

Wednesday, July 19th- Knots and Leaders Class- Click Here

Sunday, July 23rd- On-River Seminar- Smallmouth Bass with Ryan Ratliff- Click Here

Monday, July 24th- Basic Knots and Rigging Class- Click Here

Wednesday, July 26th- Basic Fly Casting Clinic- Click Here


Upcoming Trips:


"Alaska Sampler" Trip at the Naknek River Camp with hosts Jerry Darkes and Josh McQueen- July 22nd- 29th


Montana Trip to the Slide Inn with hosts Brian Flechsig and Kelly Galloup- July 30th- August 6th


Stay tuned as we should be posting reports and updates from both of these trips as they go!



Warmwater

As you can expect, most of the streams in the region are pretty well blown out here for a bit.

We'll be checking things out here the next couple of days and should get a more detailed report up on Monday with the prognosis.

In the meantime, local lakes and ponds have been where folks are concentrating their efforts. Been hearing that the topwater bite has been good to excellent.

Check back early next week for more.


Mad River



The Mad was actually in decent shape until the last round of storms on Thursday. It shot way up...but is coming down quickly.

The upper section should be pretty well fishable tomorrow and the lower will probably be good streamer water. By Monday things should be pretty well back to normal.

Reports from last weekend and earlier in the week were shockingly good Many fish caught on nymphs and a handful on terrestrials.

Caddis larva and pupa will be the focus for under the surface. A good ol' Green Caddis Larva #14-16 trailed by a Soft Hackle, Nitro Pupa or Swink's Core will do the trick. Green Copper John's have also been producing as well.

For the surface, Caddis and Terrestrials are the way to to. Ants and especially beetles have been producing some nice fish!!! Elk Hairs, Butch Caddis and Goober Caddis have been doing well on the caddis front, especially early or late in the day. No solid reports of Tricos yet but they should start showing up....and remember to be on the water when the sun comes up for these.

We have some guide trips out next week so should have more to report. If you get out, let us know how you do!!!


Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


The Upper Clearfork is coming into shape and should be fishable tomorrow. Might be a little stained and good streamer water! Otherwise, pretty much the same as the Mad. Caddis and terrestrials.

Still a few lingering Light Cahills around in the evenings but most surface activity has been on ants and beetles during the day and caddis in the evening. Some tiny little mayflies around in the evenings as well but not much feeding activity on them.

The Lower stretch in the park is way out right now and will probably be a few days before fishable.



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map

Clear Creek is currently high and muddy due to the rains this week and will be a few days before it fishes. We'll let you know!




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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Scott Re-Invents the G Series Fly Rods



Iconic and revoutionary, Scott G rods were first introduced in 1976. And with G, they truly changed fly fishing- by designing the first 9' 4-weight rod (seriously, the very first 9' 4 weight). And if that wasn't big enough, they also pioneered the graphite hollow internal ferrule- the most sophisticated and seamless way to connect multi-piece fly rods smoothly. Those innovations are a couple of serious 'firsts' in the fly fishing world, and are a big part of why Scott G Series fly rods are among the most beloved medium action, smooth-flexing fly rods.

But it didn't stop there.....Scott was born with the determination to progress, and by building on the legacy of the original G, they launched the G2 in 2006, and modernized medium-action fly rods by making them lighter and more responsive.

Now, with that same conviction, they introduce the next evolution in the G Heritage, the all new G Series. They have elevated medium-action fly rods to new heights by creating rods that load deeply into their lower sections yet recover quickly and are directionally stable in all casting planes.



They solved this design conundrum, in part, with two innovations. First, they reinvented the hollow internal ferrule to make it more flexible, stronger, and more than 20% lighter. And second, they engineered the most dynamic multi-modulus lay-ups they have ever created using their advanced resin and fiber composites. The results are rods that have great stability and tracking, and generate faster line speeds. This improves accuracy and turnover even in windy conditions. And even with those big performance improvements, G Series rods retain that smooth, full-flexing action.

Scott fit G Series rods with the most innovative and functional components like titanium stripping guides, Universal snake guides, and new micarta reel seat spacers. Along with that leading edge technology, they celebrate some of the classic visual cues from their heritage in features like the thread wraps and epoxy finished cork at the top of the grips.

Like every Scott rod, G Series are handcrafted one at a time, in their shop by anglers who take pride in each and every rod they build. With over 40 years experience designing and crafting high performance medium-action fly rods,  they have set yet another standard- the first rods to deliver full flex and flat loops.

The all new G Series fly rods from Scott are like no other, and it's better than ever!




* ReAct- technology cominbes their X-Core design with a new complex material and taper system to create a breakthrough in rod design. Distance, control and accuracy are compromised by waves that vibrate in the rod, even after the cast has been made. Simply making the rod stiffer to stop these vibrations kills feel. ReAct counteracts energy sapping vibrations by speeding the recovery of the blank without the need to stiffen the rod with more material.
* Multi-Modulus- Scott pioneered multi-modulus lay-ups in blank design. They are able to precisely control stiffness along the length of the rod to build rods that load and unload more smoothly.
* Natural Finish- Creating a natural finish blank requires exacting tolerances, more care, and shows off the beauty of graphite. The Scott natural finish is all about making your rod lighter, more durable and better performing.
* ARC- Advanced Reinforced Carbon for reducing torque and increasing strength. Scott is the leader in carbon blank reinforcements. Their latest ARC technology adds hoop strength to their blanks without adding weight, and counteracts torque that can reduce casting accuracy and line control. ARC helps them create low-mass thin-walled blank designs by providing the most advance reinforcement.
* X-Core- delivers blanks that transmit feel and maintain stability better than any other design approach. They use fast taper mandrels with low-mass thin-walled blanks to create rods what have feel, stability and sensitivity.
* Made in the USA- Every single Scott rod has been handcrafted in the USA......beginning to end. That's very important to all of us. They like to get their hands dirty, and they can control exactly how your rod is built and who builds it. That commitment continues today in the heart of Trout Country, Colorado by anglers who understand fly rods. 
* These rods are all 4 pieces, come with a rod sack and a rod tube and of course feature Scott's Unconditional Lifetime Warranty

Scott Fly Rods are only available through specialty, independent dealers who know their business. They are NOT available in the Big Box stores like many of their competitors. That wouldn't make them special now would it?

Grip A featured in picture 1 (cork) and Grip b featured in picture 2 (wood).





All models of Scott G Series Fly Rods featured on our website:
GS 772/4 2wt 7'7" grip a
GS 773/4 3wt 7'7" grip a
GS 843/4 3wt 8'4" grip b
GS 883/4 3wt 8'8" grip b
GS 844/4 4wt 8'4" grip b
GS 884/4 4wt 8'8" grip b
GS 904/4 4wt 9'     grip b
GS 775/4 5wt 7'7" grip b
GS 885/4 5wt 8'8" grip b
GS 905/4 5wt 9'     grip b
GS 886/4 6wt 8'8" grip b
GS 906/4 6wt 9'     grip b


Click Here to view the new Scott G Series Fly Rods on our website. 

* Please remember, if you decide to "Make this an Outfit".....simply purchase a reel and a line and tell us which hand you retrieve the reel with. We'll load up the reel properly and the backing will be on us! Click the "Outfit" tab on our website for more details.





Mad River Outfitters

Full Line Dealer for Scott Fly Rods

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


Monday, July 3, 2017

Fishing Reports- 7/3/17


* 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.




**4th of July SALE started today and runs through Sunday!**

25-50% OFF Seasonal and Clearance merchandise from brands like Simms, Sage, Scott, Orvis, Howler Brothers, Patagonia and more!

Please remember that we are CLOSED tomorrow for the holiday but the website is ALWAYS OPEN!

Click Here for the SALE page- all items listed

Click Here for the Men's SALE page

Click Here for the Women's SALE page



Warmwater


Smallmouth fishing continues to be good to great.  We have had some great guide trips over the past few weeks.  We are focusing on the smaller streams in the area though.  With the Scioto and Olentangy high the Darbys and others have been a popular choice.  many of these smaller waters have heavy canoe, kayak, and tubing activity though.  Getting to the water at first light or staying to last light will give you a few good hours to yourself.  

The main focus for us guiding has been topwater flies.  Boogle bugs in various colors are our top choice with Todd's Wiggle Minnow and either Whit's or Dahlberg diving bugs as close seconds.  Streamers are always a good choice if fish are reluctant to coming to the surface. Skiddish Smolt, Mojo Minnow, and Clousers are top choices for deep fast water while Mini Murdich Minnows, Woolhead Sculpins, and EP Minnows are great for skinny water.  Dont over look big flies too.  For these you will need 7-8wts and the SA Titan Clear Tip line.  We like to throw the Modern Deceivers, Little Swimmers, Articulated Fat Heads, Peanuts, Bottoms Up and Big Fish Deceivers.  These same flies are a great choice for pond Largemouth Bass also. Add in a few Grim Reapers, J-Pigs, and Superworms to round out your fly box. 


Mad River



The rain from Friday night put the river at an unfishable level for Saturday.  Sunday provided clearing water and great streamer opportunities.  Some really great fish were caught over the weekend on both streamers and nymphs.

Looking into the rest of the week focus on terrestrials, caddis, and nymphs.  Make sure to have plenty of ants especially our favorites Ant Acid, Power Ant, and Fur Ant.  Fish these with a Sunken Caddis or Sunken Ant dropper to cover water.  There are a few "Summer Olives" about, but the fish are not consistently targeting them.  For these have a few #22 BWOs just in case.  We haven't seen much evidence of Tricos yet, but now is the time to start dusting them off and keep handy.  

With the typical Summer storms in the forecast it is always a good idea to have a few streamers with you.  Dirty Hippies, Skiddish Smolts, and Barely Legals round out your typical Wooly buggers.  Usually the water is only off color for a few hours and drops quickly.  Keep an eye on the gauge or shoot us a call for current conditions.



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


Both sections of the stream are blown.  The upper should clear out in a day or two under normal situations.  There are some storms in the forecast though.  It is hard to predict what the Army Core will release out of the dam so keep an eye on the gauges.  Fish hoppers, poppers, and streamers below the Pleasant Hill Dam for a mixed bag of trout, bass, and panfish.  In the upper stream you will be fishing caddis, ants, hoppers, and beetles.



Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map


The bottom half of the state did not get as much rain so the creek is currently very low and warm.  Focus on the early mornings fishing caddis, midges, and ants.  Fish an Elk Hair caddis with either a Sunken Caddis or Ant as the dropper for the most productivity.  There is some rain forecasted late into the week so keep an eye on the gauge, but we will keep you posted.




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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fishing Reports- 6/23/17


* 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.






Warmwater

Rain Rain Rain!!!  Things do not look really good going into the weekend and probably into mid week.  Focus your attention to the area ponds and lakes.  Especially focus on the waters that do not have large streams feeding the lake.  There is a cold front moving in that will put the bass off for a day or two.  Panfish usually do not get put off too much by a cold front.  Focus on the lake side of coves and back bays that are not muddy.

As for gear you will want 3-5wts for panfish and 6-8wts for bass.  Fishing an intermediate sinking line like a Scientific Anglers Titan Clear Tip is a great choice for both bass and panfish.  Small streamers, poppers, and nymphs are our go to's for the Bluegills and Crappies.  Don't over look the popper dropper rig on a 2x leader.  For bass you will want flies that have lots of movement and sink slowly.  This coming cold front will put off the bass popper bite, but fishing a J-Pig, Reaper, or SuperWorm off weed edges and drop off will produce the big fish.  For those who usually are trout bound take you rclousers, buggers, and other streamers to your local lake and pond and have fun.  


Mad River

The river is currently on the raise, but it will drop fast.  Look for there to be some streamer fishing on Saturday and Sunday with everything starting to clear out sometime Sunday.  Into next week small streamers is a good choice early and late if you need to fill your trout streamer cravings.  For those looking to dry fly fish focus on midges and caddis early and throughout the day then switch to terrestrials in the afternoon and evening.  Your boxes should consist of Fur Ants, Ant Acids, Power Ants, and Splitsvilles for ants patterns.  Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard, Henryville Specials, Soft Hackles,Swing Nymphs, Flashabou Caddis, and Downed Caddis will keep you stocked for the caddis game.  Do not overlook fishing Dave's Crickets, Fat Alberts, and Inch Worm patterns.  

This weekend if the water levels are ok to wade then pull out your 6-8wts, Rio Streamer Tips, and the biggest flies you can throw.  Make sure to have a wading staff with you if you are not familiar with the flows.  Call the shop if you are not sure of safe wadding levels.  

Into next week the Terrestrial game will require a 4-6wt 2-4x tippet, floatant and Loon Easy Dry.  Midges and other little dries will require 4-6x specialty dry fly leaders like Rio Suppleflex and 3-4wts.  You will need to have your technical Reach Casts, Arial Mends, and accuracy game well tuned.  If you need help with these cast make sure to get a private casting class or book your guide trip with that focus.  



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The upper river is blown.  We will let you know when things start to shape up.  The lower will likely start to raise as the Army Core starts to see the lake levels raise. 



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map

The creek is blown and will not likely fish till next week.  We will keep you posted as things change.  




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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fishing Reports- 6/17/17


* 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.


Warmwater

Smallmouth Bass has continued to be the main talk in the shop.  Just before the rain this week the Scioto was just starting to fish great.  We will see how long it takes to come back down to safe levels.  If you fish gear and like to float the river then that will be the best option into early next week.  

The Olentangy was also starting to fish very well.  We personally have not been able to catch fish on poppers, but streamers have been the main ticket.  The river is currently muddy, but should fish by Sunday or Monday as they have just stopped releasing water at Delaware Dam.  


Matt Darrah was out with MRO guide Josh McQueen earlier this week and broke his personal best.....twice!!


If you are looking to fish close to the city this weekend then you will want to focus on Alum Creek, Little Darby, Big Walnut and other small creeks in the area.  There are many parks scattered throughout the area to access these small waters.  Find your local park and explore the water.  You might find some great fishing right in your "backyard."  The water temps are up making wet wading a good choice for those who look forward to this time every year.  There also have been many people out taking advantage of the warm water floating, swimming, and tubing so keep an eye out when casting.  

As for rod size we like to throw our 6-8wts with aggressive floaters or sink-tips.  There are some great rods in the shop for all budgets so make sure to give us a call or stop in and we will help you get the best rod for your situation.  Top picks for lines would be the Rio Big Nasty and Smallmouth or the Scientific Anglers Titan Taper and Clear Tip.  If you are not building your own leaders than either sign up for the Knots and Leader class or pick up some Rio Bass or Scientific Anglers Hard Mono Leaders.  Flies would be any of the Modern Streamers especially the Bottoms-Up in all colors, Boogieman, Clousers in all colors, Peanut, and Sump.


Above: "Conner's Uncle gave him the ultimate Christmas & Birthday present of a Private Warm Water School.  Conner and his Dad spent the morning learning about everything Smallmouth.  After a little knots and rigging we headed to their home water to apply what they learned.  We worked on casting, how to fish poppers and streamers, and how to unsnag a fly.  The water was still a little off color, but Chris did manage to catch a few small fish.  It is always great to educate a father and son together so they can make memories of their own!" - Guide and Instructor Ryan Ratliff

Education is the Cornerstone of our business. In all aspects....it's what we do!!




Above: Lindsey Kittle and her brother Lee were out with Andy aboard the Fly-N-Carp last weekend. Fishing was exceptional.


Carp fishing is of course in full bloom....as are the local mulberries. Great time to get out and chase carp on the fly in the local streams or lakes. They are starting to eat just about anything so mulberries, crayfish and nymphs should be in your box.



Mad River



We need some water.  For the most part the major mayfly hatches are finished and we have moved into the typical summer pattern.  It's time to start thinking Caddis and Terrestrials.
You may still see some Sulphers, a stray Slate Drake or Brown Drake but probably limited to the upper river at this point. You may also see some tiny little mayflies but they usually don't amount to much as far as the fish are concerned.

Combine lower water and high heat with heavy canoe and kayak traffic makes for a tough day on the water. If you are going to fish during the day, which is not adviseable, plan on tons of canoes getting in your way.

There is midge and Caddis activity as typical. Fishing a Griffiths Gnat or other midge dry can be a great choice when the fish are keying in on the little stuff.  As for the Caddis a variety of sized Elk Hair Caddis are a staple, but make sure to have a good variety of colors and sizes. Galloup's new Goober Caddis has also become a shop favorite.  

As for the terrestrials we always carry Galloup's Ant acid in both colors.  Others to have also are the Fur Ant, Sinking Ant, and HiVis Para-Ant.  When the fish are picky a Splitsville Flying Ant is hard to beat.  Don't forget about the Japanese Beetles and Dave's Cricket also.  Drop a Soft hackle or Drowned Caddis behind these and you are ready for anything.


Che Brindle on a float this past Tuesday with MRO guide Josh McQueen on the Mad. Although the fishing has slowed a bit, you can certainly still catch fish if you are patient and toss the right flies. Fish early and fish late....avoid mid-day.




Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The upper Clear Fork is a great choice, but as with the Mad the mayfly hatches are pretty much over.  We have still been seeing some Light Cahills in the late evenings but the past few days this has slowed up and not enough to really get the fish going.

We would suggest fishing Midges and Caddis, but keep an eye out for fish raising to terrestrials.  Fishing a Cricket or Beetle with a Swing Nymph behind and cover water is a great option.  

The lower river is a great place to fish a bigger terrestrial like a Fat Albert with a caddis pupa like a Soft Hackle or Nitro Caddis behind.  There is a mix bag down there and just about anything will eat a big Terrestrial on top or settle for the nymph.  Focusing on Smallies with poppers and small streamers is also a great option also.   




Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map

The creek is super low right now.  Focus on small Caddis dries and Soft hackles.  With the higher water temps make sure to focus on the early mornings and land fish quickly.  

Fishing terrestrials also is a great option.  Flies are the same as for the Mad: carry Galloup's Ant acid in both colors.  Others to have also are the Fur Ant, Sinking Ant, and HiVis Para-Ant. 

When the fish are picky a Splitsville Flying Ant is hard to beat.  Don't forget about the Japanese Beetles and Dave's Cricket also.  Drop a Soft hackle or Drowned Caddis behind these and your ready for anything.




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