Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Spey and Switch 101

Spey and Switch Weekend with Jeff Liskay

Report by Ryan Ratliff

This weekend Spey 101 &102 was a great success!  We had a great crew out for Saturday. Despite the very diverse experience levels everyone was casting great by the end of the day.  Jeff Liskay took all of the confusion and vastness of the Two-Handed world and simplified the terms and techniques. 

The first half was lines, history, and rigging followed by hands on casting.  We spent several hours out back on the grass perfecting Skagit style casting.  Although the wind and Single-hand casting muscle memory was a challenge the whole crew excelled beyond expectation.  From first time fly casters to a few year experience there was plenty to learn.  

Day two was spent on the water.  After a little refresher and warm up Jeff had the guys casting in many situations.  All students perfected both strong arm side casts along with Cack-handed (across the body) casts.  There is no better way to learn this style of casting then to start on the grass and then the second day on the water.  After a quick lunch break we headed to a new location to put everything together and try to catch a fresh steelhead.  

The conditions were very tough.  Water visibility was around 6" with the levels dropping quickly.  Some of the guys stuck it out and they were making beautiful casts and swings. Despite the low vis, and early part of the run the guys had a blast and are eagerly waiting for their next trip to Steelhead Alley.  Jeff Liskay is top notch.  He quickly observes the student's learning type and customizes guidance and instruction.  He doesn't just focus on textbook like form, but utilizes what is working for the student and then adjusts technique accordingly.  Jeff is one of the best casters and instructors I have ever worked with.  His humility, patience, and relaxed personality allows for everyone to learn at their level and not feel pressured or frustrated.  

Doug Scott from Patagonia was also along to help us learn more about the brand and ask technical questions.  

Once everyone had fished the run I played clean up trying out my new Chromer (Redington), Skagit head and tip, followed by a large black, purple, and blue hollow tied bucktail tube and I was able to swing up a small fresh fish on the last cast.  

What a great weekend!


P.S.- Look for more events and schools with Jeff Liskay coming soon! Check our website or The Midwest Fly Fishing Schools for announcements.

Mad River Outfitters
Fly Fishing Schools, Classes and Seminars

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Friday, October 21, 2016

Muskegon River Steelhead Trip

Steelhead anyone?

Join us at the fabulous Muskegon River Lodge

November 13th- 16th

* Arrive on Sunday, the 1st date of the trip, between 3 and 6 p.m.- map will be provided
* Dinner on Sunday will be on your own at a local establishment....or order up a pizza for the group
* Guided float trips on 2nd and 3rd date (2 anglers per boat)
* Continental breakfast provided at the lodge - Gourmet dinners on Monday and Tuesday served at the lodge
* Lunch is provided by the guides- prepared streamside
* Three nights loding in the fabulous Muskegon River Lodge
* Depart on Wednesday after breakfast
* Most if not ALL equipment can be provided- an equipment listing will be provided upon sign-up for those that want to bring their own
* These trips are one of the best and easiest ways to experience the finest that Michigan has to offer- luxury lodging, gourmet meals, excellent guides with excellent equipment and boats, great location
* Walk right out the back of the lodge and onto the guide's boat!
* These trips are limited to 4 anglers only!!!

Click Here for more information and/or to register.

Mad River Outfitters
"Steelhead Outfitters" throughout the Great Lakes Region
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Fishing Reports- 10/21/16

* 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

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.

* Finally getting a bit of rain here in Ohio. In some places this will be a game changer. Some places not. Hopefully we can keep it coming and get this Fall season kicked into high gear.

* Brian and Company are headed to New Orleans in the morning for our annual Fall Redfish Trip. They'll be chasing bull reds around the Louisiana Marshes through Thursday. He'll surely check-in with updates so stay tuned on Social Media.

* This week we topped over 70,000 "Likes" on Facebook. If you don't follow along there.....think about joining a pretty big club? We'd love to have you as one of our official friends! Thanks for the Likes!


* Warmwater fishing was still going strong earlier this week but that will most likely begin to taper off a bit here. Maybe a few weeks left we'll see. Regardless, no question that the leaves will begin to be a factor as well.

* Pike fishing continues to be HOT. Both Pat and Josh have been killing it on guide trips. Hop over to Facebook or Twitter for pics from recent trips. Josh was quoted recently that this has been one of the best Fall seasons he has ever seen here in Ohio.

Meanwhile, here's our favorite young angler with a pike of his own-

Ethan totally agrees with Pat and Josh! Now is the time to target pike on the fly in Ohio! He took this one on a bucktail Game Changer that he tied! Proud dad here! Thanks for the loads of sound advice and encouragement! 
Best wishes, 
Steve Hall

* Musky fishing has been heating up as well and Pat does have some trips on the books. Past few days have been rained out but we should see good Musky activity from now through the Winter.  

Mad River

The Mad has come up a bit with the rains the past two days but not really what we needed. The weekend should bring fishable water levels with just a touch of stain. Will most likely be back down to low status by Sunday.

The big problem the next 2-3 weeks will be the leaves. Pretty much going to limit us to nymph fishing. Streamer fishing will be challenging at best, as you will be snagging leaves on each cast. Large nymphs like Craneflies, Big Nasties, Jimmy Legs, Bitch Creeks etc. are really your best bet right now. Fish them deep as you can in the deepest holes. Also typically want to have some San Juan Worms this time of year. They typically do well when the leaves are falling for some reason. Maybe they just stand out?

Not much to report on the dry fly front other that some tiny BWO's and Pseudocloens but the fish really haven't been feeding much on them. Combine that with the leaves and again, best to stick to nymphs.

Hopefully we can get some more water in the river in time for the leaves to disappear and we can get to streamer fishing! There are plenty of big fish in the river and they need catching.

In the meantime, be sure to mark your Calendar for next Saturday, October 29th. There is a public forum entitled "The Mad River: Finding Common Ground II" Anyone interested in the Mad River Watershed is invited to attend. It will be held at the Gloria Theater in downtown Urbana.

You can find some information on the Madmen TU website HERE.

Let us know how you do this weekend and here's a quick note that we got from good friend and contributor Jose Olivas:

"Went fishing in the Lower Mad and this happened:

Then went to the Upper Mad chub fishing and this happened:

Clearfork River

A slight bump in flows the past few days but still not really enough to get things cranking. The lower temps and change in weather will surely help things along though.

If you were to fish the Clearfork, surely it would be on the upper. The lower is still not much more than a trickle. Same story here though with the leaves. They are gonna be a major bummer the next 2-3 weeks or so. On a windy day, they could be a deal breaker.

Stick with nymphs and for now, the larger the better! 

Here's a quick report and pic from friend and customer Brian Urias:

"Was fishing with a buddy and he caught 2 browns and i lost one. We were fishing very hard from friday through saturday. Using, Tricos, Pheasant tails, hares ears, and mainly caddis larvae. But then my buddy got the idea to put a wax worm on a size 14 scud hook and it surprisingly did the trick.I’ll send a photo of the one of guys he caught"- Brian Urias

Clear Creek

Clear Creek is up and muddy as we speak. Looks like it may crest here and may be fishable Sunday? We'll try to keep an eye on it and let you know with an update here....or call the shop.

Ryan has been fishing a bit down there and is struggling. He's not finding many holdover fish which is not a great sign. With the Summer that we had, it's not overly surprising. Hard to say.

With the change in the weather and a bit of water hopefully we can get some quality time on the stream and learn different.

If you get out, please let us know how you do!

Erie Steelhead

Finally, some rain that actually brings hope of Steelhead!

Here is what we know as of Friday night-

The Vermilion is coming up and pretty well blown out. Hard to say at this point when it will fish. We haven't heard of many fish in the river yet though which is common. May be a few weeks yet and a few more pushes of water before we start thinking about fishing her.

The Rocky and Chagrin are blown out and will probably be the 1st of the week before we think about fishing. Once they do drop though there should be some fish around.

The Grand has also shot up and is a bit high. Hoping we can get out there on Sunday for the Class with Jeff. We just spoke to him and if not, the group will head over to the Conneaut.

The Ashtabula and Conneaut are both up and muddy right now but if they crest this evening, these two could be the HOT ticket in Ohio for the weekend....especially come Sunday.

Elk and the PA tribs are a bit blown today but should come down and fish this weekend. Most reports should have fish spread throughout PA with this water. It's game on over there but will also be a zoo. 

As with anywhere else in the state right now, leaves will be a problem. Mostly stick to nymph fishing and you should be fine. The streamer bite can be good to great though this time of year if you get a break from the leaves.

Once the leaves are gone though, we should see the water "green up"....and that's when things really kick-in around here.

Several of our guides have been communicating with Charter Captains out on the lake and they are doing VERY well at the mouths of the creeks. Seems that fish are stacked-up out there and ready to run. More so than in years past. This is good news for the season and this push of water should kick things off here in Ohio.

In the meantime, we are looking forward to our visit from Jeff LIskay this weekend. Should have some reports and pics up on Social Media as it happens. Thrilled to offer this level of instructor to our clients!

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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214


Monday, October 3, 2016

New Scott FLEX Fly Rods

"You will be hard pressed to find a better US made rod for under $500. Scott nailed this one"- MRO

Introducing the all new Scott Flex series, rods so light, effortless, and forgiving, they let you focus on fishing better.

Flex rods generate line speed and tight loops effortlessly, helping you cast accurately and control your presentations. And, their powerful butt sections help with quick, positive hook sets and fish control.

Incorporating many of the innovations found in their award winning Radian and Meridian rods, Flex rods combine high performance with top quality components. And, each Flex rod is handcrafted, start to finish, in our shop in Montrose, Colorado.

Fish better….fish the rod that works hard for you.


X-Core-  Enhanced feel, incredible stability and unequalled performance. X-Core combines the industry’s leading composite technologies with cutting edge design.
Diameter is proportional to stiffness and strength, and X-Core, or Expanded Core, technology delivers blanks that transmit feel and maintain stability better than any other design approach.
We use fast taper mandrels with low-mass, thin-walled blanks and proprietary ARC reinforcement to create rods that have stiffness with feel, and stability with sensitivity.
This design helps the rod come alive in your hands. It’s a superior approach to the slow taper, thick walled designs that deliver stiffness at the expense of feel.

Multi-Modulus- Fibers with different modulus designed into specific sections of the rod fine tunes flex and recovery. Scott pioneered the use of multi modulus fiber lay ups in blank design.
By varying the fiber tensile modulus along the length of the rod, They’re able to precisely control the stiffness and recovery speed of their blanks. The result is a rod that loads and unloads more smoothly.

ARC- Strong, low mass walls are made possible by ARC technology. Advanced Reinforced Carbon reduces torque and increases strength. Scott is the leader in carbon blank reinforcements. Their latest ARC technology adds hoop strength to our blanks without adding weight, and counteracts torque that can reduce casting accuracy and line control.

Natural Finish- Walk down a rod rack at your local fly shop and you'll notice something different about Scott rods. Like everything they do, the Scott Natural Finish is all about making your rod lighter, more durable, and better performing. Most other rods on the shelf are run through a belt sander, tearing away the outside power fibers of the blank and introducing variance. Inadvertent flatspotting during the sanding process will weaken a blank, and blanks are designed with a margin of error to accommodate for oversanding. After the blank is sanded, a glossy paint is applied to add shelf appeal. Natural finish blanks aren't subjected to the rip through the sanding belt, nor are they covered with heavy paint to add pop in your fly shop. The folks at Scott are firm believers in the natural beauty of graphite. A natural finish blank is built to exacting tolerances. Scott's advanced resin systems permeate the blank, leaving a durable finish that will stand up to years of abuse.

Made in the USA- Every Scott rod is made from beginning to end in Montrose, Colorado.
They take our mission to handcraft high performance rods very seriously. They use the knowledge gained from forty years of design experience with their commitment to handcraft every fly rod they make to give you top performance and benchmark quality. It's in all the little details that exceptional rods are distinguished from merely good rods.

Building a Scott rod is a special experience just like fishing one. They think your experience at a fly fishing pro shop should be too. 

That's why they only partner with a very select group of specialty fly fishing retailers who are committed to exceptional service and have a passion for sharing their knowledge and expertise. 

You won't find Scott fly rods in every fly shop, or in any big box retailer. After all, they wouldn't be special then, would they?

Check out the new Scott FLEX Fly Rods HERE!

Check out the 10' FLEX Salmon and Steelhead rods HERE!

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Proud to be one of the "select group" of Scott Fly Rod Dealers.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fishing Reports- 9/30/16

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

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

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.

* Special Congrats to our friend and customer Geoff Wiot. He was on the San Juan River trip this week with host Ryan Ratliff and landed this PIG!!! Pretty sure this is the largest trout we have seen on this trip in years. A great time was had by the group and we'll get a report and pics up here next week sometime. The dates for 2017 will be posted at that time also.


* Today an old friend stopped by the shop and shared something VERY special with us.

Barry Puskas caught this TROPHY back in June in a small farm pond near his home in South Western Ohio.

This fish measured exactly 25" and weighed in at 12.5 lbs. 

Congrats Barry! Not something we see every day here in Ohio....and nearly a state record. This is one that we will remember...and you surely will!!!

By the way, the fish is still in the pond and he hopes to catch it again and maybe BREAK the state record.

Warm water fishing throughout the state continues to be good to excellent. Many streams throughout the state may be muddied up a bit from the rains this week but nothing totally blown out at this point. That may change overnight though....we'll see. We'll try to get a handle on things tomorrow and post a quick update on what we hear sometime mid-day tomorrow.

We would expect though that the fantastic topwater bite that we have been experiencing may start to slow. No worries though they will still chase a big baitfish pattern. 

* Pike trips have remained strong and should continue to get better here.....although the guys are also starting to think about Musky also. Pat is looking to book some November and December trips if anyone interested in Esox. Give him a shout at the shop!

Emerick Corsi on a guide trip with Pat Kelly- his 1st Pike on the fly!

Josh has been out the past few days also and had this to say: ""Finally we get a cool-down that is bringing some sweet fishing"

Mad River

10/1/16 Update- The river stayed pretty stable last night and is now dropping. Report below stands and should be a good weekend of fishing. Let us know how you do!

A little relief....but not much. For sure though the cooler temps will help.

Even with all of the rain we have had this week, the Mad hasn't really budged that much....at least as of this writing on Friday evening. Anglers out today saw a minor spike in flows and it did dirty up a bit with clarity around 12" or so. Still better than nothing though.

We'll surely know more tomorrow morning or early afternoon and try to let you know but as of right now, it's good to go for tomorrow and the weekend.

Most reports have the fishing picking up a bit the past week and almost all activity on nymphs. The dry fly fishing has been poor and not many bugs around other than some tiny BWO types and some small caddis. We've probably seen the best of the surface activity for the season. Streamer fishing has been virtually non-existant with the low flows but we did have some folks on the lower river today trying with the stained water. Hopefully we'll hear from them shortly.

Caddis larva and soft hackles have been good as well as larger nymphs like Big Nastys or Cranefly Larva.

Our good friend and customer Johnathan Burgoyne with a solid 18" brown caught today on a caddis larva!

All-in-all a better report here but we still need more rain!

Clearfork River

10/1/16 Update- The Upper is on the way back down and may start looking a little skinnier than expected. Still probably improved fishing but not quite the streamer water that we were hoping for. They have not yet opened up the dam. The lower hasn't budged and still remains very low and clear. Let us know how you do!

The Upper Clearfork did bump up a bit here the past few days and it will probably be the place to be this weekend for trout anglers. Should be enough, along with the cooler temps, to really get things going.

We would expect that nymphs would be the hot ticket although there might be enough water to start thinking about throwing some streamers around. Not many reports of dry flies or bugs for that matter but surely some small caddis and BWO types around, especially in the evenings. On overcast days, be sure to have some #18-20 Blue Winged Olives with you. CAN be important this time of year.

The lower stretch in the park really hasn't budged. They may open the dam this weekend though and once they do it could be game-on. We'll keep our eyes on it and try to let you know if they do. Depending on how much water they release, it could be good to great streamer water. Otherwise, same stuff as above.

Our friends from the Central Ohio Fly Fishers did have an outing last weekend on the CF and did OK. From the sound of things, they did better than to be expected although did claim that the water was super low....as we know.

To learn more about this group, be sure to hop on their website HERE.

Clear Creek

10/1/16 Update- The creek has crested and is on the way down. Fishing should be good this weekend. Let us know how you do.

Clear Creek is on it's way up and not yet crested as we write.

This may be bad news for the weekend, but good news overall.

With some water finally in the creek, and Summer in our rear view mirror, it's finally time to start thinking about trout fishing down South again.

Hopefully we'll get some eyes on the situation here the next few days and let you know. If you get out, send us a note!

P.S.- Might be good streamer water on Sunday or so. Stay tuned!

Erie Steelhead

Finally, something to talk about!

The tribs have gotten some of this rain and a few of them are blown out right now. This is GREAT news. That means we'll be looking for steelhead starting next week!!!!

Probably not yet going to explode but this may be enough to get some fish to swim.

We have had some folks out at the mouths of the creeks stripping streamers and doing pretty well on bright chrome fish....so they are there....and ready.

It won't be long now and we'll start sharing some photos from customers and guide trips.

Interested in fishing with a guide this season? We can help.......CLICK HERE

In the meantime......A few spots have opened up on the Jeff Liskay "Spey/Switch" Weekend coming up on October 22nd and 23rd.

Click Here to register! (If it says Temporarily Out of Stock...the spots already sold)

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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Customers ARE Friends!

Hello all at MRO.

I want to thank Pat Kelly again for all his help getting ready for my DIY musky fishing trip to Lake St. Clair this past week.  Pat was great in helping me with getting the correct materials and techniques for tying musky flies as well as a wealth of information on working the flies and general musky behavior and tendencies.  Oddly enough this musky hit a small clouser I had tied for bass.  I was definitely surprised but thrilled to catch my first musky ever let alone first on the fly.  We had a great trip filled with white bass, largemouth, pike, perch, smallmouth and the one landed musky. Had several others hit just not landed.

Once again, all the folks at MRO should be commended for their willingness to share knowledge and time put in helping those of us who love fly fishing. It is greatly appreciated.

Way to go Brian.  You have assembled a great team which I truly look forward to speaking with each time I am in the shop.

I consider everyone at MRO my friends.

Have a great fall.

Dan Dunkley

From all of us at MRO:

Thanks for the note and kind words Dan. 

Here at Mad River Outfitters, exceptional customer service is our #1 goal. Not good, not average, but exceptional. Period. 

Education is the cornerstone of our business as well and as you know, we are always willing to share and to help.

We don't just "sell stuff". We build relationships, and yes, friendships with our customers that are built to last. 

That's how we have been in business for 23 years and look forward to another 23!

See you soon!

Mad River Outfitters
Midwest Fly Fishing Schools

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mad River Float Trip- 9/21/16

As the guys mentioned in the Fishing Reports from the other day, I did get the AuSable boat out on the water yesterday with clients. Thought I'd give a quick update as I think they promised. There's good news...and there's bad.

I had the pleasure of guiding Kevin and Heather Harvey from South Africa. They are "Knifesmiths" and are in the states at some conventions and teaching some classes. They found MRO on the internet and hit us up for a guide trip while in the area. I'm glad they did. We had a wonderful day on the water! They learned ALOT about fishing smaller streams and were very appreciative of the experience......despite the poor fishing.

Master Blacksmith Heather Harvey from South Africa

We shared alot about each other's country, cultures and traditions etc. and I couldn't have asked for better company. It was truly an enjoyable day of "fishing" with some wonderful folks.

By far though, the coolest part of the day.....

Heather had seemed to be very interested in the birds of the area. She was asking about our Kingfishers. I told her we saw them often, but we hadn't seen one all day. At one point we heard one...and I told her so...but we didn't see it. Then it happened....

We were just below Millerstown Rd....and here he came. 

Flying straight up the river, in all his glory, was a majestic Bald Eagle. He was flying right up the river corridor at about 20' in the air or so. I saw him 1st, and for a moment could not believe my eyes. Once I was sure, I shouted "Bald Eagle!".....Kevin and Heather turned their attention from the river to the sky just in time to see him turn off to the West and fly off into the trees. He clearly showed our foreign visitors his beautiful white head and tail. Wow!

Of course it happened so quickly that we didn't get a photo. But you'd better believe I'll be back soon looking for him!!!

As I told them....it made my season. Especially being able to share the symbol of America with my new friends from South Africa....in PERSON! I'm so glad they got to see that.

Kevin Harvey from South Africa with fish on!

The only fish (trout) of the day!

And now the bad news....

I started guiding on the Mad River in 1989.....and although as I get older my memory is not as good as it used to be....I don't think that I have ever seen the Mad River so low. At least not that I can remember.

It's been this way pretty much all Summer. We started complaining in late May and it hasn't stopped!

The water is also warmer than it should be at this time of year. Of course, I forgot my thermometer yesterday, or lost it, but I can tell you that the water was "bathwater warm". It had to be pushing 70 degrees. Combine that with the low water and the "State of the Union" is not good right now.

On top of that, September 21st and I have never seen such a leaf problem. It seems that things are so dry that the leaves are drying up and falling...even before they have a chance to change colors! Not sure I have ever seen that.  Fishing was challenging to say the least due to the leaves alone! Usually something we don't talk about until mid-October or so!!!!

I don't mean to be an alarmist or anything. I'm not proclaiming that Global Warming is taking it's toll on the Mad River. I'm just telling you what I saw yesterday, and what we have been experiencing most of the Summer here. 

I had an On-River Seminar scheduled for this Sunday and I'm cancelling. All students have been notified as of this afternoon. I cannot ethically take folks money right now as the experience will simply not be what I want them to see. Even learning and practicing is tough with the low water. Factor in the leaves dropping and it's the right call. I hate to cancel....I love teaching these classes...and surely need the income...but I'd rather be honest.

As far as Kevin and Heather go. I knew that they were looking to get out and experience Ohio. Whether they caught a fish or not, (which we did thank god), I just knew that I could show them a great day....regardless. They learned ALOT and were very appreciative. They got better as the day progressed. We talked alot about their country and culture and about ours. It was truly an enjoyable day that I will remember for a long time. We absolutely proved that a good day of fishing means alot more than just catching.

One of my "tips" was a handmade Giraffe key chain type thing that Cristina says we'll put on the Christmas tree. I for sure will think of Kevin and Heather each Christmas at the least....and the Eagle!

Here's the note I got from them today via e-mail:

Hi Brian

Thank you for a truly wonderful day yesterday.  We enjoyed it thoroughly and can recommend your outfitters to anyone wanting a great experience.  Thank you for your great patience in teaching us and for complimenting us when we got it right.  Thanks too for organizing the bald eagle sighting and saving me from the quick sand!

We feel that the few small gifts didn't justify our gratitude for the effort you put into the day, but are hoping you will enjoy the Rooibos (Redbush) tea. 

Thank you for looking into the Michigan trip, we don't think our finances will allow it this trip, but we will certainly try to book it on our next visit to the area.

Best of luck with your campaign, if we were allowed to, we would vote for you.  We think you would make a great president!  You have great speaking and people skills and your priorities right.

If you have time to check out the website for Mavungana Fly Fishing in Dullstroom, South Africa, please google it.  This is the outfitter we told you about that does the local and international trips including tigers in the Okavango and Zambezi.

Kind regards

Heather and Kevin

Truth is.....I'd trade a million days like that for one day of tons of fish with an asshole!!!

I end with another note that they sent me. A Zulu saying that Kevin remembered and passed along to me this afternoon via e-mail:

"iLanga kipa hlanzi amanzini"- means "the sun is even sucking the fish out of the waters".

Thanks for reading and let's all pray for RAIN!

Brian Flechsig

Mad River Outfitters
Fly Shop, Guides, Trips, Education and MORE!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214