Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sage X Dominates!

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Orlando. I believe it was my 20th attendance, in my some 27 year career now. As I have been telling folks...."We made some new friends.....and we made some new enemies".

It was a big year for MRO. Alot going on and alot of "negotiations" that needed to be done face-to-face. Our industry is changing, and many exciting things going on. I'm glad I went!

Over the next few weeks I'll be filling you all in here and on Social Media about some of the changes and updates to the products and the product lines that we support here at the shop. Some are still in negotiations....and as they come to be I'll be sharing them of course.

The 1st "news" that I need to start off with, is of course Sage and the new "X" series of fly rods. 

These guys won:

"Best of Show"
"Best New Freshwater Rod"
"Best New Saltwater Rod"

Wow! Total Domination! Clean Sweep!

Sage X Wins!

The crowd gathers in Orlando for the announcements of the winners!

There is no question that the Sage X is one of the best fly rods ever made...and the industry obviously agrees.

Here is the official press release from a few weeks ago about the new X fly rods:

Sage’s New X Fly Rod Family Commands the Water

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (June 15, 2016)–Renowned fly rod manufacturer Sage presents its newest pinnacle fly rod series - The X Rod. Using KonnecticHD Technology®, these fast-action fly rods create tighter loops to ensure better accuracy, efficiency, and line control with every cast.

“By optimizing our graphite-to-resin ratio, we’ve created a higher density (HD) fiber composite resulting in lighter, stronger blanks to deliver unmatched recovery, energy transfer, and line/loop control,” said Sage chief rod designer Jerry Siem.

The new taper delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip-top, allowing anglers to dig deeper into the rod and access more of the lower sections of the blank, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank also result in more accurate and efficient presentations refining the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.

The X Rod family, handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, includes freshwater models in three through six weights and saltwater models in five through 10 weights. There are also switch models from 6-8 weights at 11 feet in length and Spey models from 6 to 10 weights in a variety of lengths. Freshwater models have a vera wood insert with a stealth black, anodized aluminum, up-locking reel seat. The Flor grade cork handle is snub-nosed, half-wells shaped. Saltwater and two-handed models use a stealth black, anodized aluminum, up-locking reel seat on saltwater and switch models with an integrated hidden hook keeper and down-locking on Spey models. The two-handed models have a super plus fore grip and rear grip for comfort in hand. The Flor quality full-wells cork handle in the saltwater models offers comfort while the EVA fighting butt offers support for fighting large fish. The black spruce blank color pairs with dark green thread wraps and metallic grey trim wraps.

The rods have Fuji ceramic stripper guides and a hard chromed snake guide and tip-top. Each rod has a laser etched line weight on the slide band and comes in a black rod bag inside an evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube. Single hand rods retail for $895, switch rods are $995 and Spey models are $1095. Available August 2016.

About Sage:

Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind—to build the world's finest performance fly rods. From the start, Sage has maintained that singular focus on delivering the finest performance fly fishing rods, reels, and equipment to the avid angler. We are a company of passionate anglers and craftsmen, continually seeking performance advantages through new materials, designs, and engagement with the fly fishing community. We fly fish. You can feel our passion for fly fishing in everything we do.

**Our order was placed at the show and the Sage X Fly Rods will be shipping out August 1st. We should have them on the website shortly for pre-order as well. 

Congrats again to the folks at Sage. From what I felt, this is well deserved.

Stay tuned....there is alot more to report. I couldn't be more excited about the future of MRO, our sport and our industry!!!

Thanks as always for reading and for your support.


Brian Flechsig- MRO

July 19th, 2016

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Simms- Meet the Wader Makers

"Meet the Wader Makers"

Mad River Outfitters has been proud to be a Simms dealer for nearly 20 years now!

Check out the full-line of Simms products that we carry HERE.

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fishing Reports- 7/8/16

* 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

* Summer is definitely setting in around here.....and we are showing the signs. Waters throughout the region are super low, and some dangerously low. Local anglers seem to be slowing down a bit and many folks in the shop are now gearing up for Alaska and Western trips. Things are just coming into play in other areas of the country!

* Brian is headed to Orlando next week for the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show. Stay tuned as he will have some reports and updates on the "latest and greatest" in the fly fishing world. 

* Josh is headed up to Alaska on the 16th and should have updates and photos as he goes. 

* End of the month brings the annual trip to the Slide Inn to visit our old friend Kelly Galloup. As always, we'll be posting reports as this trip goes.

* E-news should go out early next week. Not on our e-mail list...hit the front page of the website and be sure to register. Button on the top nav bar.

* All of us here at MRO would like to extend a HUGE thanks to our loyal friends and customers. We just finished yet another record year here at the shop and we have you all to thank! We couldn't do this without your support...so....THANKS!!!


* Seems that the Cicada hatch is winding down...much to our dismay. These guys had provided weeks of some of the best surface fishing we had seen in years. Most anglers are reporting that they are still seeing a few but not many on the water. It was fun while it lasted and hopefully you got to experience this incredible fishing.

* Carpin' is still going strong! Andy has been having one of his best guide seasons in years and many happy clients can attest. Although the mulberry action is slowing up a bit, we are still getting them. Other offerings though have been producing well also and the carp fishing should remain good for the rest of the Summer. Just gonna have to put the "fruit flies" away here before long.

Our old friend and customer Dave Trego was out with Andy last week and did well. He's also headed to Montana with Brian at the end of the month!

* Smallmouth fishing throughout the region has been pretty good, but also suffering a bit from the low water conditions and lack of rain. A mixed bag of flies producing! Large white streamers, Boogle Bug sliders and poppers and many anglers reporting fish starting to key in on crayfish.

One good thing about the low clear water is that many anglers are out sight fishing for smallies. Just need to be stealthy so as not to spook them.

* A few anglers sending reports this week from up on the Lake as well:

"Thanks to Andy for the suggestion of the SA Sonar Titan line paired with the TFO Impact 6 I bought earlier this year. I'm able to dredge up Lake Erie Drum all day long!

My Licking County Lab named Nellie loves to help me fish. 

Thanks again guys!"- Alex Calfee

Alex Calfee destroying the drum up at Put-in-Bay

Hope everyone is having a great Summer and make sure to follow-along on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram for updates on the local fishing as well as MRO travel.

Mad River

Wow! We haven't seen the river this low, this early, in many years. Pretty tough out there friends.

We have definitely moved into "terrestrial" mode here with ants and beetles on the surface being your best bet at catching fish. There are still a few mayflies around, including some Tricos in the mornings, but it has become slim pickings. Also decent numbers of caddisflies around but not like we are used to.

Nymphs and streamers of course always catch fish, but the water levels are just making it tough. Combine this with the algae that has built up and makes for tough fishing below the surface.

There has also been a huge "aluminum hatch" this season and canoe traffic is making things challenging for anglers, especially on the weekends. Just FYI, they typically put the boats in a Lippincott Rd. and lowest take-out is down at Rte. 55 so if you are fishing during the day, best to be above or below to avoid most of the traffic.

Let's all pray for rain. We need it bad! Anybody come up with a better report this week...send it along and we'll post it.

In the meantime, our friend Ed Muldoon sent this report and pic last week:

"Hey guys, Fished upper valley. Fish let me get away with dries early, a couple nice ones even, took maybe a dozen. I was surprised. Upstream dry flies, great fun, can't beat it. No hatch matching, Goddard caddis and quill Adams rig was all it took. Did see a sulphur spinner in a spider web, small size #18.  Could not even nymph the higher up I went, do I need to say it's like rubber cement up there?! Slow and low is an understatement. You can spook the fish from 50 feet away with your fly line. Not even lining em, all it takes is that line hitting the water, even gently. Could get in front of them, wait and hide for a few minutes, and fish to them downstream. Long leaders and no false casts in the upper stretches!  Spotted several very large fish there. Night time would be a little easier. Saw ants, Japanese beetles, white wooly worms. Hoppers still off the menu. Next time I'll fish a white wooly bugger dry, greased, with lots of twitching. Got a big one to strike on a Japanese beetle fished downstream while I hid in the scrub. The fish vaporized after the first cast however. He had some heft.

Tried the lower river and it's like the county fair out there. Weekdays only right now!"- Ed Muldoon

Frequent contributor Ed Muldoon- always good for a report!- Thanks Ed

Clearfork River

Pretty much the same story as the Mad....super low and super clear.

Not too many reports from the Clearfork the past few weeks and it seems that most anglers  are opting to head down to the Mohican itself for some smallmouth action. Actually, a few anglers that were chasing trout down in the park wound up having a banner smallmouth day!

The lower is definitely too low and warm to think about trout fishing right now. A big push of water might change that for a bit but best to think of warmwater species if you are in the park.

The upper has been ok, with most anlgers reporting fishing either terrestrials or caddis. There have been good caddis hatches in the evenings and fish have been up rising to the pupa as well as some adults. Ants, beetles and crickets have really turned on and have been producing a decent number of fish, although not nearly the activity we saw in April and May.

Still a few reports also of some Light Cahills around in the evenings but really seems to be winding down.

Let's hope for some rain. We need some "trout relief".

Clear Creek

As you have already guessed.....low, low, low.....and clear, clear, clear.

With the water conditions combined with the water temps, it's probably best to think about warmwater fishing. Unless you live close and can make a quick trip either early or late, it would be best not to stress the fish on Clear Creek.

Our friend Elliot Cantwell does live close and was able to get out for a bit a few evenings ago and sent this report:

"Hey guys,
Fished Wednesday evening since water temperatures were okay. Hoppers, ants, and beetle patterns took a few fish.  Copper johns and flashy nymphs worked well also. No bug activity to speak of on the surface.  Focus tight to rocks and wood."- Elliot Cantwell

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fishing Reports- 6/24/16

* 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


Big news this week was the wild rain and storms we experienced here in Central Ohio on Wednesday night and into Thursday. Here in town we got upwards of 3" of rain and some areas North got upwards of 4". Some areas (the Mad) got virtually none.....which is horrible news.

The good news is that most streams that did shoot up are on the way back down and most everything should be fishing pretty good this weekend. Prior to the storms we were flooded with reports of good to excellent warmwater fishing throughout the state.

* Of course, the buzz word is Cicadas...as you have been reading here for a few weeks. Although they may be slowing down a bit in some areas, the Cicada fishing has been absolutely fantastic, providing on the of the best "topwater" bites we have ever seen. Carp in particular have been going nuts over these things!

Riley Srbljan with a nice carp in on a Cicada pattern!

"Seriously. The cicadas on the water are driving the carp insane. Great shot and big fish for people who have been frustrated with them in the past, or for kids to get into their first fish. 

Find a flat, throw something black and big that floats, and hand the rod to a kid, and tell them to hang on!- Ryan Srbljan"

****It has been such a frenzy that we have completely sold out of Cicada fly patterns. We are doing our best to get more but not having much success. We also can't get enough black and orange foam to keep up with the demand. Seems that everybody in the East is looking for flies and supplies and they have become hard to get. We'll keep trying though.

* Alot of reports coming out of the AEP lands and folks reporting bass and bluegill are smashing Cicadas as well. As an alternative, many folks are using Black Poppers/Sliders and hooking as many fish as they want. Seems that you don't have to be throwing a perfect pattern in order to get in on the action.

* Of course, Mulberry season continues in full-force as well providing us with one of the best Carp months we have seen in many years. Hopefully you have been following along. We'll be posting some more videos here this weekend and also putting up a tutorial on tying the "perfect" Mulberry fly. Stay tuned but in the meantime, here's some highlights from this past week:

Good friend and great customer Rob Brubaker finally putting his gear to work. Not bad for his 1st season fly fishing!

"This is Kevin Geib and his father Randy Geib.  Randy has been trying to catch a Carp on a fly for a while not only did we get it done but we got quite a few nice ones.- Andy Jensen"

* Got this great report from friend Michael Palatas last week:

"Weekend last I took out my new 7wt TFO with Scientific Anglers' Sonar Titan line. The setup is awesome by the way. The line pretty much throws itself.

The smallmouth picture included is from my very first cast with my new setup & a mini D&D--excepting the trip I took two Sunday's back, wherein i found out my drag bearing was flipped backwards. Which is definitely something that leads to some interesting technical difficulties on the water. Which wasn't all together a bad thing as it gave a heron and I the time to observe what I believe to be carp spawning. I'll include the bit of video I got before I ran out of storage. There are some very large carp in the area and they make a ton of commotion across wide sections of the river while spawning. The video cut out just as I was panning down to a group of three fish swimming sideways belly to belly no more than four feet from me.

Predawn to 9am you can see the smallies chasing baitfish through the river seams. The fish are very active near moderate currents below faster water and below any well defined transition. Be it midstream or more toward the banks. Saturday morning I had 4 fish in my first 20-30 casts. After 9 I've had luck working the banks but definitely slower fishing. The articulated patterns still work but crayfish are also a great option.

Michael Palatas- crayfish really working well

Evening on into the night crawfish and larger 4-6" leech patterns have been successful--smaller leech patterns jigged with a floating line in the shallows will catch you 8-12" smallies all day and even a catfish from time to time. But come night a larger profile leads to some nice fish. No pics this year but equal success as last year.

Saugeye are common on the leech pattern as well during daylight hours. Mostly in deeper sections of the river but with a retrieve that is still fairy shallow. 

Michael Palatas- Ohio Saugeye- great fun on a fly!

Welp...I've run on long enough. Time to go fishing!

P.S. It doesn't take much time to fill a small plastic grocery bag with trash, fishing line, lures & bobbers once you're done fishing for the day, especially on the more urban sections of our local waters.- Michael Palatas"

***Amen Michael! Great idea for all of us to carry a garbage bag and do our part to help keep our streams clean!

Mad River

Hard to believe, but the Mad really didn't budge at all with the rain. We all came into work on Thursday thinking it was time to bust out the streamers! Not so. The river remains low and super clear.

That being said, there are still some decent fish being caught. Stealthy is the keyword. Sneak up on them. Make a longer cast with a longer leader and you can still catch fish.

The lower river has been a bit slow but the upper has still been giving us some good to excellent dry fly fishing. Still some Light Cahills starting around 7:00 or 7:30 and they will be followed shortly after by the #18 Dorothea version of the Sulphers. Lots of #14 and #16 caddis flitting around as well.

There are Hexes on the Mad as well and a few have been spotted but so few people are fishing after dark that they usually get overlooked. Anybody willing to fish at night, have some big flies with you....with the water and temps the way they have been, would probably be a grand idea!!!

Nymph fishing has been ok......not as good as usual this time of year. If you were to fish sub-surface, stick with caddis larva and pupa. A green #14 larva with a green #14-16 soft hackle is a great bet and will produce fish if you slow down and don't spook the fish.

Also time to start thinking about fishing terrestrials although it has been slow to get going here. Especially if you are fishing during the day, have some ants and beetles along with you and fish them around overhanging bushes and branches. Hopefully this action will pick-up in the next few weeks.

Our good friend Jerry Rodgers sent this report a few days back:

"Hit the Mad this morn South of Millerstown rd. On the water by 6:30 -n- fished till 9 am.  No big ones but did land 4 all on a 14 BH hare;s ear. All but one was caught while swinging it like a wet fly."

*****Interested in upping your game when it comes to Trout Fishing with a fly rod? Want to learn more about the Mad River?

The On-River Seminar this Sunday has a few openings! Meet Brian Flechsig at Birchbark Canoe liver at 10 and learn/fish/laugh until 5! Click Here for details.

Clearfork River

Both stretches of the Clearfork did bump up with the rain Wednesday night but have dropped right back down pretty quickly here. Should be a fine weekend for fishing.

Trout fishing for sure will be better in the Upper stretch. A few folks reporting better smallmouth and carp fishing in the lower. Not to say that you couldn't catch a few trout, but be prepared for some warmwater fish as well. Streamers seem to be doing well on smallies down in the park. Black in particular.

The dry bug to have is a Light Cahill. Still decent hatches of them in the evenings and fish have been coming up for them. It seems that the Sulpher Also tons of caddis. Have some dries for the evenings and larva and pupa in the afternoons. Ants and beetles have also been producing a few good fish and shortly terrestrial fishing will be the focus for a while.

Although a slower time of the year on the Clearfork, still some trout to be caught! Let us know how you do! 

Clear Creek

Clear Creek did bump up pretty well with the rain but is on it's way back down as we speak. Tomorrow might still be a little off color but it should be back to normal (low) by Sunday.

Most anglers reporting fishing good early and late and they are resting it during the day. As stated before, the temps are getting up there so probably best not to stress the fish during the heat of the day. Fishing will be much better early and late anyways.

A few mayflies flitting around in the evenings but the main fare is by far the caddis. Have some dries if you see risers but otherwise the larva and pupa are the way to go. For sure have some soft hackles and you should do well. Also a few anglers reporting that small streamers on light leaders have been working well.

Just like the Mad and Clearfork, it's time to start thinking about ants and beetles as well. Might also have some crickets along as well as they typically do pretty well on Clear Creek. Terrestrial fishing will be the name of the game for the rest of the Summer as far as dry fly fishing goes.

***Have been hearing from the Park Rangers down on Clear Creek recently and they have been stating that they have seen alot of anglers this season. They also say that many have complained that they haven't been catching fish. These same anglers are almost always fishing from noon- 6 p.m. Want to catch fish? Fish early or fish late. Take a nap during the day!!!!!

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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214


Monday, June 20, 2016

More Mulberry Action!

Here's good friend and great customer Rob Brubaker from yesterday aboard the Fly-N-Carp with Andy Jensen. Mulberry fishing is in full-swing!

Pretty awesome considering he just got started in the sport about a year ago! Keep up the good work Rob!

As promised....here's part 4 and 5 of Flip and Brian chasing carp with "Fruit Flies"-

Part 4

Part 5

Stay tuned for more!!!!

Mad River Outfitters
Headquarters for "Carp on the Fly"

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gift Card for Father's Day!

Of course, Mad River Outfitters Gift Cards make GREAT Father's Day Gifts!

Order online up to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday the 18th and they can be e-mailed to you or to the recipient! These can be used in the shop or for online orders.

In the "Order Notes", simply write in that you would like it e-mailed. Easy!

CLICK HERE to get Dad an MRO Gift Card!

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Carp on Mulberry Flies!

It's Mulberry season around here and throughout the Midwest....and we couldn't be more excited!

We thought we'd begin the celebration by revisiting the Walker's Cay Chronicles that Flip Pallot and our own Brian Flechsig did back in 2004.

Here's part 1, 2 and 3. Part 3 and 4 to come.

Tutorial on how to tie the Mulberry fly coming later this week or early next. Will also be posting some segments of Brian and Dave Whitlock fishing Mulberries as well.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Passionate about catching Carp on a fly rod!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214