Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fishing Reports- 1/14/17


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

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

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

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

News

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

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




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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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


Trip Updates

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

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


Pat Kelly - rescheduled to October and Brian Flechsig hosting January 

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


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



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



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


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




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


Other upcoming trips in 2017-


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

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

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

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

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


Fly Fishing Trips designed to EXCEED your Expectations since 1994!


Mad River

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

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

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

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

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


Clearfork River



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


Clear Creek


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

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



Erie Steelhead

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

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

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

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


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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Welcome Donnie Knight to our staff of Guides


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


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



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




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








Since 1994 in Columbus, Ohio

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




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hatch Outdoors at MRO


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

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

You're a Finatic!


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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





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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Made in the USA- both nippers and lanyard!!







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

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




Fishing Reports- 12/31/16


* 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.


From all of us at Mad River Outfitters!

We'd like to wish you and your's a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thanks again for all that you do for us. We wouldn't be here without YOU!

Be safe and we'll look forward to seeing you all in 2017. Gonna be a GREAT year!

Brian, Andy, Pat, Linda, Ryan, Kevin, Judy, Dick, Roger, Cristina, Josh and Rogue


News

* Tons of stuff to be reported after the 1st of the year. Be sure that you are signed-up for E-News to stay informed. You can find a link to regsiter along the right of the top bar on our website.

* Gearing up for Spring trip season: 

Things get started in two weeks with Pat Kelly heading up the annual trip to the Amazon for Peacock Bass. He has a group of 11 anglers along with him and will have full pics and hopefully some good video upon return. Stay tuned and check out the details on the trip HERE. 2018 dates should be announced shortly.

Then, in February, Brian will be headed to Andros Island for bonefish. This will be our 19th year at the Andros Island Bonefish Club and as usual, we can't wait to get there. A great escape from the Winter in the North and not to mention some of the best Bonefishing on the Planet! Some spots still open if interested...check it out HERE.

Already time to start thinking about Spring Steelhead as well! In addition to guide trips locally, we will be running our bi-annual trip to the Muskegon River Lodge in Michigan. Luxury accomodations and gourmet food right on the banks of the "Mighty Mo". You'll walk right out the front door and onto the jet sleds of the guides. This trip is limited to only 4 anglers so don't delay! Check out the details HERE.

Find all of our Great Fly Fishing Trips on our Mad River Travel Page.

* New to the Shop! Hatch Outdoors- you know the reels but have you seen the Nippers and Pliers? Holy Crap! Check out Hatch products HERE.

* Winter/Spring Classes and Events are up on the Calendar page.

* The Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to Columbus! The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th and full details and tickets should be available on the website by mid January.

* Proud to announce new sponsorships for the Midwest Fly Fishing Schools. Full details will be announced after the 1st of the year as well as dates of all schools for 2016. In the meantime, we'd like to thank Scientific Anglers, Scott Fly Rods, TFO and Patagonia for their support. It's an honor to have companies like these believing in what you do and willing to lend their blessings.

* Be sure to mark your calendars for the Columbus Fishing Expo coming up on February 10-12th, 2017. Mad River Outfitters has tripled the booth size and will be a "Fly Fishing Feature" to the show this year. Brian will be doing daily seminars on the "Hawg Trough" and Jerry Darkes, Jeff Liskay and Donnie Knight will also be doing seminars as well. We will be joined in the booth by Scientific Anglers, Korkers Footwear, Smithfly, Patagonia and more. Check out the details on the show HERE.



Mad River

There have been many people in the shop heading to and from the Mad this week.  The bump in water was a welcome sight, but as usual it did not last long.  There were a few people who did find some success fishing streamers, but it really only lasted a few days.  We are still hoping for a good streamer push but not looking good at this point.

With the stream back down and clear the usual winter nymphing has and will be the key into the weekend.  Most people have been focusing on the lower river.  Do not over look the upper and tributaries when the water does come up again.  

Right now your winter trout fishing is pretty consistent across the state.  Indicator/bobber, a shot or two, big nymph, and then a smaller soft-hackle or lighter weighted nymph.  Flies of choice: Guides Choice Hare's Ear, Cranefly Larva, Jimmy Legs, Copper John, Psycho Prince, Flashabou Caddis, and Soft-Hackles in various colors.  

Streamers with the low clear water is usually not very productive, but never hurts to give it a try if clouds move in or with the rain on Monday and Tuesday.  

If things change during the week we'll try to update as best we can. Thanks a ton for reading this year and also for your contributions and pics. We are very proud of the community of anglers that have joined together to help us with this Blog. Keep up the good work!!!!


Clearfork River



We havent heard much from reports this past week, but the few people who have checked-in have been doing well.  Down in the park they have just slowed letting water out from below Pleasant Hill Lake so the streamer fishing should still hang on through the weekend.  The upper river is clearing and should fish well with nymphs, but is on the low side.  

If you are wanting to fish streamers take a look at our Modern Streamer page and pull out the Rio Streamer Tip fly line.  Make sure you have a few different colored streamers in your box to switch around.  Nymphing below the dam is also very effective.  Right now your winter trout fishing is pretty consistent across the state.  Indicator/bobber, a shot or two, big nymph, and then a smaller soft-hackle or lighter weighted nymph.  Flies of choice: Guides Choice Hare's Ear, Cranefly Larva, Jimmy Legs, Copper John, Psycho Prince, Flashabou Caddis, and Soft-Hackles in various colors.  As for streamers Dungeons, Peanuts, Barely Legals, Clousers, Silk Kittys, Boogieman, Zoo Cougar...man they are all good!  Just have a good selection.

Thanks again for reading this year and for your generous contributions and photos. We really appreciate all that you do to help us with this Blog!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!



Clear Creek


The rain did the stream well.  There was a lot of water push through the creek the past couple of weeks.  The small amount of rain last Friday and Saturday did color up the stream, but it has finally cleared out.  Conditions are perfect going into the weekend with streamers and nymphs doing the trick.  

Focus on the slower water close to faster runs.  Right now your winter trout fishing is pretty consistent across the state.  Indicator/bobber, a shot or two, big nymph, and then a smaller soft-hackle or lighter weighted nymph.  Flies of choice: Guides Choice Hare's Ear, Cranefly Larva, Jimmy Legs, Copper John, Psycho Prince, Flashabou Caddis, and Soft-Hackles in various colors.  Streamers consists of your traditional trout stuff like Black Nose Dace, Muddler Minows, buggers, Clousers, Zoo Cougers, Cactus Wooly, Butt Monkeys, Barely Legals and on and on!  

Cover some water and enjoy the scenery!  

Thanks again for all the contributions and photo submissions this year. We really appreciate when folks help us out with this Blog. We hope that you all have a great New Years and look forward to hearing about your Ohio fishing adventures in 2017!!



Erie Steelhead

The melt and rain over the last week was much needed.  Although the Western streams are on the low side they are not clear.  The Vermilion is still pretty cloudy and will not be fishing for a bit here altough it would probably be a good idea to swing a few flies down low. It's time for this stream to come on strong...we just haven't heard much as of yet.

The Connie and Ash are on the low side, but fishing well.  The Grand will also be a long time out as it is still high and off color.  The Rocky and Chagrin should also fish well this weekend. Folks that have been out have been doing pretty well and we typically see a nice push of fresh fish right about this time of year.

This is your weekend to get out and do some Winter Steelheading.  With the day temps above freezing and not much snow predicted everything looks to be lining up right to start out the new year with some Steel.  

There is some rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday this will most likely bump the streams and color things up.  If you like to swing flies for Steelhead then that small window should treat you well.  Sink tips and big contrasting colored streamers can do the trick on your single hand rod.  Make sure you are fishing close to the bottom and swinging steady and slow.  This is a great time to pull out the Skagit head and either MOW or straight "T" material and your switch rod also.  It is a small window, but is a great opportunity give your Indicator rod a break.  

As for flies the usual winter setup will put numbers in the net.  Indicator/bobber, shot, bugger or zonker in white, olive, or black then followed by an Glo-bug, Trout Bead, or Sucker Spawn.  If you do happen to find some clear water then you might swap out the bugger for a heavy nymph like a Steelhead Candy, Great Lakes Caddis, Jimmy Legs, or Guides Choice.  If you want to swing then the A.I., Flow Rider, Hare Leech, or Dolly Llama is a good choice.  Don't over look some of your large trout streamers also.  If you are hitting the vice before you head out tie up lots of buggers, eggs, and give some swinging flies a try especially patters that are sparse, but large using Finn Raccoon, Arctic Fox, and Bucktail.  

If you are planning on heading make sure to check out our Steelhead Central page for maps, tips, and gear.  


Congrats to Jacob Jesionek who got his 1st ever this week on an MRO Guide trip with Josh McQueen


Same for his buddy Brendan Nenni. 1st ever! Thanks guys for the booking and glad we could help!!


Thanks again to all of our friends who contribute reports and pics to this Blog. We truly appreciate your willingness to help with these reports. We couldn't do it without YOU!!!

Happy New Year again to all and here's to a FANTASTIC 2017! We can't wait!!!!!!



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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363