Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fishing Reports- 12/23/15

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Mad River

USGS Gauge- Urbana

USGS Gauge- St. Paris Pike

Mad River Map

Bill Rice got this beauty last night on an Olive Wooly Bugger. Also caught a nice 18" on his favorite....the Trophy Nymph.

Just a quick update here as we know folks have been calling and asking all day.....

The Mad did get a slight bump in flows but not really much to get too excited about. At least not for the streamer anglers out there who are chomping at the bit. The previous report still pretty much stands at this point although we are supposed to get another shot of rain tonight so stay tuned...things could change pretty quickly here. 

Did have some friends out today and they did well on small nymphs and of course you see that Bill had a good/great day yesterday.

If we don't report tomorrow then nothing has changed...and again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all out there reading. Thanks for helping to make the 2015 season our best on record!!!

12/24/15- Update

Of course, as soon as we wrote the report last night it started raining and we DID finally get that push of water that we needed. The river is up pretty good and it should be game-on.

The upper parts of the river should fish tomorrow and the lower should come into shape on Saturday.

We'll get a report up on Saturday to let you know what we hear and see.

Clearfork River

USGS- Upper Clearfork

USGS- Lower/Mohican State Park

Clearfork Map

"Facebook Reporter" Eric Roth sent us some photos from the Upper Clearfork today. He said this push of water really turned things on. This is one of many nice fish to hand today.

The Clearfork definitely got the better of this precip in comparison with the Mad. The Upper fished very well today and we had many reports of the streamer bite being hot. Didn't really seem to matter the color or size either but big articulated flies were rocking them. Black did seem to do well today with the overcast skies.

The lower did get a nice bump today also and should be looking good for tomorrow and into the weekend. This could be the weekend we have been waiting for up there. We did have a guide out on the water today but haven't heard the report yet. Maybe his cell phone isn't working?

There is of course more rain supposedly heading our way so we'll see what happens overnight.

If we don't report tomorrow then nothing has changed...and again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all out there reading. Thanks for helping to make the 2015 season our best on record!!!

12/24/15 Update- 

The rain last night did hit the Clearfork pretty well and again, we have good water. The Upper came up again but should be fishing well this afternoon and into tomorrow. The lower is holding steady at where it was but likely that it will rise in the next few hours? If you are heading towards the park check the gauge 1st and if it does rise more today you might be better off in the Upper.

We'll update on Saturday when we get back in the shop and let you know what we hear and see.

Clear Creek

USGS Gauge

Clear Creek Map

Clear Creek is up and muddy right now. Probably about a foot to foot and a half up so it is out of the equation for a few days. Did get some reports today from the past few and fishing has been pretty slow down there. Hopefully this water will help.

We'll try to get a report up as things change but if we don't...Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all out there reading. Thanks for helping to make the 2015 season our best on record!!!

Erie Steelhead

Gauge Links and Maps

Some good news for a change for Steelhead Anglers! Rain...and quite a bit of spots.

Here is what we know at this point but keep in mind that we have more rain coming tonight.

The Vermilion didn't really budge. It's still not on the radar at this point and although we continue to scout it periodically, we are not seeing many if any fish on most outings. 

The Rocky came up nice but is dropping right back down. As we speak now it will fish tomorrow and will be right back down and low again. The Chargin about the same. It's a bit higher and more off color than the Rocky but it is fishable and should be nice and "swingable" tomorrow.

The Grand and Conneaut are both blown and will be for a few days here. Good news is that it could be a banner weekend for both. This could be the weekend we have been dreaming of all Fall!!!

We didnn't get eyes on the Ashtabula today but from the looks of conditions out East it is probably out for at least a day or more. 

Again keep in mind that there is more precip headed our way so things could change yet again tomorrow. We'll try to get a quick update posted before we leave tomorrow. We will be in the shop until at least 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night and remember that Gift Certificates can be e-mailed for last minute stocking stuffers!

12/24/15 Update-

Rains last night did affect most streams and again, once we get back out there, the last week of the year will probably be the best fishing of the season!!!

The Vermilion did come up a bit but still below normal flows. Nothing to get excited about yet but a step in the right direction.

The Rocky and Chagrin did bump up again last night but are coming back down today. They should be in fishable shape tomorrow and look great for Saturday.

Pretty much the same for Conneuat although it didn't bump up last night so the rains were more concentrated around Cleveland. It is coming down and may fish tomorrow and for sure on Saturday.

Steelhead anglers in the region have gotten the best Christmas gift ever......water!!!!

We'll check-in on Saturday.

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