Monday, December 23, 2013

Thanks for shopping with us this Holiday Season!

We will be OPEN Christmas Eve until 6:30 and back on the 26th...normal hours from 10:00- 8:00 p.m.

Mad River Outfitters

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Special on Overnight Shipping

There's still time!

Shop online until 5:00 p.m. EST on December 23rd.

We'll ship your package OVERNIGHT for arrival on the 24th at a greatly reduced rate of $30.00

* Continental U.S. only and sorry but excludes Alaska and Hawaii

Mad River Outfitters

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Shipping Guide

As we enter the last week of Holiday Shopping, we wanted to give our valued online customers some guidelines on shipping.

To receive your order by Tuesday, December 24th-

* FREE Ground Shipping- Place order no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18th

* 2-Day Shipping- Place order no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday December 20th- we offer 2-day shipping on most items for a reduced rate of $24.95

* Express/Overnight Shipping- Place order no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22nd and please remember to give us a call at 614-451-0363 for a shipping quote.

We want your Holidays to be a Happy One! Please, any questions whatsoever, give us a call at 614-451-0363.

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Orvis Superfine Fiberglass Fly Rods

Quite Possibly the most anticipated fly rod launch in the history of the sport!

The NEW Orvis Superfine Fiberglass Fly Rods hit the shelves today at Mad River Outfitters! 

These are truly beautiful, traditional fly rods handcrafted by Orvis in Manchester, Vermont. The Moss green blanks and brown wraps, coupled with the gorgeous cork and polished silver reel seats.....Wow!

They also come with a really cool, unsanded fiberglass rod tube as well!

Check Out the new Orvis Superfine Fiberglass Fly Rods HERE!

Mad River Outfitters

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Gift Shopping at MRO!

Plenty of time for Holiday Gift Shopping at Mad River Outfitters!

1-4 day standard delivery to most U.S. Destinations!

2-Day and Overnight Shipping available when needed.

Click HERE for some Holiday Gift Ideas and don't hesitate to give us a call at 614-451-0363 if we can be of any help!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mad River Outfitters Alaska Trips

A week at the Naknek River Camp with Mad River Outfitters- The Ultimate Alaska Fly Fishing Adventure

by Jerry Darkes

For anyone considering a fly fishing trip to Alaska, Naknek River Camp with Mad River Outfitters should be high on your list of places to consider.  Located on the Naknek River, near the town of King Salmon, the camp sits on the edge of Katmai National Park and is a great jumping off point for the best angling opportunities the Bristol Bay region has to offer.
Located on a scenic bend of the river, Naknek River Camp is owned and operated by the Johnson family, veteran fly angler hosts and outfitters.  Guests stay in comfortable plywood cabins- each having a propane heater and portable toilet.  There is a main bath house with showers and regular toilets.  For couples, several cabins have regular showers and toilets built in to them.  The cabins, cleaned every day by camp staff, are warm, comfortable and dry.

Breakfast and lunch are served in a main dining hall while lunches are carried on the water by your guide each day.  The food is very good and ample portions are served.  No one ever need go hungry here and specialty dietary needs are easily met by letting Mad River know in advance. 

Guides are personable, polite, and experienced fisherman.  They are very knowledgeable about local waters and will do everything possible to make sure clients have a great outing.   They can quickly asses the skill level of an angler and determine who needs extra help.  The client to guide ratio is generally 2 to 1, but can vary depending on the schedule for the day.

For those interested in catching the most species possible during a week, the last two weeks of July are considered “prime time”.  During this period you will have the possibility of all 5 species of salmon- Kings, sockeye, silvers, chum, and pinks.  In addition, anglers can go after rainbow trout, dolly varden trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, and northern pike.
The weather during this time period can vary considerably.  It may be 50 degrees with rain every day or you may find periods of cloudless blue skies with temperatures in the 70s.  Come prepared for both situations and everything in between.  Both Mad River Outfitters and Naknek River Camp will provide lists of equipment and clothing you should bring with you for the week.
Your fishing week is an open schedule that is easily tailored to your individual wishes.  If you want to focus on walk/wade opportunities, this will be accommodated.  If an angler is less mobile and interested in mostly boat fishing, this is easily arranged.  The goal at the camp is to give you the best angling experience possible based on your physical abilities.
Those wishing to take fish home are encouraged to fish for sockeyes early in this time period.  The Naknek River system supports one of the largest runs of sockeye salmon in Alaska.   Sockeye are one of the best eating of salmon and in best condition when fresh in from the ocean.  The longer in freshwater and the further in their spawning process, sockeye eating qualities decrease significantly.  Your guide will clean your sockeye and make sure the fillets are individually vacuum frozen.

King salmon fishing is open to the end of July and a special license is required to target them.  King numbers vary from year to year, but significant numbers are often found in the main river and several tributaries.  The Naknek can produce world-class size Kings in excess of 60 pounds, with most in the 30 pound range.

A highlight of the week for many is the day at Brooks Camp across Naknek Lake to visit the world famous Brooks River Falls.  Guests cross the lake in a motorized launch.  You spend the morning going to “bear school” and then viewing bears at the falls.  The afternoon is spent fishing the Brooks River for rainbows where you are likely to have additional bear encounters along the river.


Several other trips across Naknek Lake that take place during the week include going to Idovain Creek for grayling and Margot Creek for dolly varden and rainbow.  Idovain Creek reminds you of a spring creek with its smooth, glassy current and high grassy banks.  Margot Creek is a series of riffles and pools with a picturesque creek mouth emptying into the lake.  It loads up with sockeye that in turn attract dollies from the lake along with rainbows.


Naknek River Camp also offers optional fly-outs to a number of destinations.  Done in a float plane with a local pilot, guests are picked up and dropped off at the main camp dock.  One of the favorite fly-outs is to Contact Creek.  A 25-30 minute flight from the camp, Contact Creek attracts significant numbers of King and chum salmon.  It also receives a huge run of Arctic char that run 20” – 30” inches in length and hold good numbers of large grayling and rainbows.  Anglers fishing here universally claim “it is the best stream fishing experience I ever had”.


The main Naknek River is also famous for its trophy-sized rainbow trout.  Any cast can produce a rainbow in excess of 30 inches.  A day spent trout fishing the main river can include stripping streamers along the numerous gravel bars and shoals, throwing dries to glassy slicks, or swinging flies with a switch rod or two-hander.  Though not always easy to catch, Naknek rainbows have a reputation as the hardest-fighting of their type found anywhere.

Silver salmon normally show up the last few days of July.  If you want to target silvers, best to opt for them at the end of the week.  These hard fighters load up in slower areas of the lower river and can be caught on a variety of streamers and some surface patterns.   
Guests at the camp are also able to take boats out on their own in the morning before breakfast and after dinner in the evening.  There is no extra charge for this and all that is requested is you stay reasonable close and that camp personnel know where you plan to fish.  Several sloughs are within sight of the camp and hold sizable pike and there are several key trout and salmon areas a short run from the camp.

Naknek River Camp offers arguably, the best value in Alaskan fly fishing and Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent for the lodge.  Other lodges in the area charge twice the amount and more to fish similar Bristol Bay waters.  Accommodations are not luxury but they are clean, warm, dry, and comfortable.  The fishing opportunities equal, and often exceed, any found in the area. 

Whether you join them on one of their hosted trips, or have them set-up a trip tailored to fit your dates and needs.....MRO can help.

Note:  Special thanks to Bob Fout and Carl Shin for photographic contributions.

Jerry Darkes- September 2013

Mad River Outfitters Trips to the Naknek River Camp

July 19th- 26th, 2014 with hosts Jerry Darkes and Jeff Liskay

August 16th- 23rd, 2014 with hosts Patrick Kelly and Graham Stokes

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Full-service booking agent and outfitter for the Naknek River Camp in Alaska

Monday, October 21, 2013

This weekend, we welcome back our old friend and head steelhead guide Greg Senyo! He'll be around the shop from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. showing folks how and why to use some of his new flies and new products. Then, from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. he'll be giving a fly tying class for 6 students. As of right now, there are a few spots left in this class so if you are interested, please give us a call to get signed-up!

Click Here to learn more about Greg's visit to Mad River Outfitters this weekend!

As a part of "Steelhead Month"....and to celebrate Greg's visit......we will be offering a special coupon for 20% OFF ANY of Greg's fly patterns at Simply buy up a bunch of Greg's flies.....and we'll give you the discount. You can do this online by entering the coupon code: senyo.......or by stopping in the shop and buying them in person.

Here's a quick listing and links to the Senyo flies that we carry in the shop:

* The Gangsta Intruder- Greg's latest addition designed for "swinging" up aggressive steelhead

* Senyo's Steak-N-Eggs- Greg's brilliant contribution from a few years back that combines a nymph and an egg

* Senyo's Wiggle Prince- The Prince Nymph has always been a favorite nymph for steelhead in the Erie region and Greg took this one and added the articulated tail which really seems to add to the hookups on this fly!

* Senyo's Wiggle Stone- Of course, you can't be without stonefly patterns in either Michigan or Ohio and this is a HOT pattern. Especially effective is the blue color when conditions turn colder.

* Senyo's Ice Man Minnow- when this fly came out, it started a revolution of streamer/swing style fishing for steelhead here in the region. It is still a great seller and a hot fly for us here at the shop.

* Senyo's Trout Parr- another great streamer fly from Greg that works great on both steelhead and trout.

Use coupon code: senyo  on the 1st page of checkout and get 20% OFF any of the flies listed below.

For those of you in the region- we hope that you can stop by and see Greg this Saturday- October 26th.

Thanks for reading and more coupons and informative Blogs coming over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Help us Celebrate!

As steelhead season rapidly approaches, we thought we'd celebrate this mighty gamefish! Here's some highlights of things going on during "Steelhead Month" at Mad River Outfitters:

 * Special Guest: April Vokey- Fly Casting Clinic and Program on Steelhead in British Columbia- Friday, October 11th- Click Here for details

* New Products launched during the month via our Blog and Facebook

* FREE "Getting Started in Steelheading" Program- Monday, October 21st

* Fall Steelhead Trip- to the Muskegon River in Michigan- November 10th-13th- Click Here for details

* Steelhead Photo Contest on Facebook- Click Here for details- Click Here to view the album

* John Nagy's "Steelhead Guide"- the Bible for the region- normally $32.95 and now at $20.00 for "Steelhead Month"- Click Here

* New Flies and Fly Selections will be posted

* Special Guest: Greg Senyo- product demos and fly tying class- Saturday, October 26th- Click Here for details

* Spring and Fall Steelhead GUIDE TRIPS in the Erie Region- Booking Now!- Click Here

* Informative Blogs on Steelhead and Steelhead related products throughout the month!- Check Back Here

* Three educational videos on SPECIAL this month- "Steelheading Made Simple", "Cool Flies for Hot Fish" and "Chasing Silver" normally retail at $29.95 and now at $16.95 for "Steelhead Month"

* "Favorite Steelhead Flies"- Fly Tying Class with Brian Flechsig that will feature his new pattern the "Vitamin Steel"- Click Here

 Mad River Outfitters
"October is Steelhead Month"
Your online resource for Great Lakes Steelhead
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Monday, September 30, 2013

New RIO Fly Lines for 2014

Rio is by far our #1 vendor for fly lines....and for good reason. They have a variety of NEW lines for the 2014 season and we thought we'd point them out here! Some great additions in particular for the Salmon and Steelhead angler.

* New Scandi Head

An easy casting shooting head designed for effortless distance and great presentation.

The RIO Scandi head is a very easy casting Scandi style shooting head, built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the utmost in casting control and sensitivity. It is available in a multitude of lengths and weights to cover all rod and angling situations. For tight casting spots and the utmost in ease of casting use a head length that is between 2.5 and 3 times the length of the rod, thus a 12 ft rod would work best with a head that is between 30 and 36 ft in length. The shorter the head length, the tighter the back casting space an angler can fish in. With more room and better casting skills a longer head provides the angler with less line to strip in between each cast and more fishing time.

* New Skagit Max and Skagit Max Short

The Skagit Max is an exceptionally easy casting Skagit style shooting head that will cast big flies, and the heaviest sinking tips with the utmost of ease. A unique taper design not only casts all the nasty stuff associated with Skagit fishing, but also forms beautiful loops and is extremely pleasant to cast. The head is built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the utmost in casting control and sensitivity, and has a highly visible orange section loop for easy recognition. It is available in a multitude of lengths and weights to cover all rod and angling situations.

Click Here to learn more about the Rio Skagit Max fly line!

The Max Short  from Rio is an exceptionally easy casting Skagit style shooting head that is ideal for short Spey rods, Switch rods and single-handed rods. The head will cast big flies, and the heaviest sinking tips with the utmost of ease. The head is built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the utmost in casting control and sensitivity, and has a highly visible orange section loop for easy recognition. It is available in a multitude of lengths and weights to cover all rod and angling situations. 

Click Here to read more about the Rio Skagit Max Short fly line.

* New Rio Grip Shooter! Put it all together!

May be the best running line/shooting line ever developed!

RIO’s new GripShooter is based on the very popular SlickShooter, but has a thick, coated handling section that makes it very easy to grip in cold conditions. The thin nylon shooting line gives casters maximum distance, is light enough to hold off the water at range and allows anglers great control of their head and fly far out in the swing. A neat 8” welded loop at the front end allows for fast and efficient head changes. 

Thick, highly visible handling section for grip, durability and visibility.

200 to 400 gr - 0.024”/0.026” shooting line, or 25lb GripShooter. 
400 to 550 gr - 0.030”/0.032” shooting line, or 35lb GripShooter. 
550 to 675 gr - 0.035”/0.037” shooting line, or 44lb GripShooter.

Click Here to view more on the Rio Grip Shooter

* New Rio Anti-Twist Spey Swivels-

A really welcome addition for folks who attach heads to running/shooting lines.

RIO's Spey swivel attaches (via loop-to-loop connections) between the shooting line and shooting head and eliminates twists and kinks often caused by spey casting.

Click Here to view more on Rio's Anti-Twist Spey Swivels

* New Rio Switch Chucker

The Rio Switch Chucker is a very easy casting line, with a short head and plenty of weight at the front for casting indicators, sink tips and large flies. The line features a long front taper that makes it a pleasure to roll and spey cast with, and a short back taper that allows anglers to shoot for distance with ease. An integrated running line ensures there are no loop-to-loop connections running through the guides. The Chucker is the best choice of Switch line for fishing tight in and for any Switch rod caster who wants the casting to be as easy as possible.

* Short, powerful head for effortless casts
* Easily handles sink tips and indicator rigs

May well be the most versatile line for Switch Rods!

Click Here to view more on the Rio Switch Chucker fly line

* New Rio Indicator II-

Best seller for high-stick nymphing. The Indicator II line from Rio has been designed to cast indicator rigs with ease – whether for trout or steelhead. The thick diameter, high floating easy viz tip and short front taper easily turns over the largest of indicators, while the ultra long head is easy to mend and control the fly at long range. RIO’s acclaimed DualTone load locating system makes it simple for anglers to find the ideal casting area of the fly line. It is the perfect line for fishing indicator rigs. 

Click Here to view more on the new Rio Indicator II Fly Line

* And for you lowly trout fishermen-

Rio's revolutionary new Perception floating line helps trout anglers connect with more fish than ever before. Built with ultra-low stretch ConnectCore Technology, Perception fly lines provide groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and significantly reduced reaction time when setting the hook.

Their exclusive SureFire color system (Rio's unique tri-color distance measure) improves casting accuracy by making it easy to gauge exact distances with a quick glance. In addition, Rio's EasyID tag ensures that anglers can easily identify which line they are using. Perception lines feature MaxCast hydrophobic coating, MaxFloat Tip technology and AgentX slickening formula. It all adds up to improved casting, better fishing and more importantly, more fish.

* Connect Core 
* Max Cast
* MaxFloat Tip
* Agent X
* SureFire Color System
* EasyID Tag 
* Front welded loop
* Back welded loop  

Click Here to view more on Rio's Perception Trout Fly Line

That's it for now friends.....the new products from Rio Fly Lines 2014! Stay tuned for more....we have alot coming your way.

Mad River Outfitters
Columbus, Ohio 43214