Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Fishing Reports- 3/2/16

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Mad River

Just as we were about to write up a report yesterday it started raining and did through the evening. It did bring the Mad up a bit and really should only be good news. The upper river may be good today and the lower should come into play tomorrow or Friday. For sure the lower will be looking good to great for streamer fishing through the weekend.

A few folks out this week that we have spoken to and they did ok. Mostly reports of small to medium sized fish on nymphs. Black Stones continue to work well although we have not heard any reports of adults flying around the past few days. If they are still hatching it will most likely be an upper river thing and may only last another week or so. Then we'll switch over to Hendrickson style nymphs in preparation for the hatch. The nymphs are maturing and getting active as we speak!!!

With the warmer temps coming next week we may also start seeing some of the early Blue Quills and BWO's as well. Might not be a bad idea to have a few #16-18 dries along with you just in case. Could also see some Midge activity on the surface....especially in the upper river.

We WILL get a report up on Friday and let you know how things are looking for the weekend. If you do get out, drop us a note and let us know what you find.

Clearfork River

The Upper was coming into really good shape the past few days but the rains yesterday brought it up again. Good news is that it is not too bad and should fish tomorrow if you are a good wader! The weekend saw aggressive flows but those that did get out found some nice fish on streamers of course. Our good friend Bryan Clem sent these photos:

The Lower Clearfork is in good shape as we speak. They have gradually been lowering the flows over the past few days. Hard to say if they will bump it up again with the rain yesterday. Watch the gauge if you are planning on heading up there. If it stays where it is it should fish well the next few days and into the weekend.

Again, the streamer fishing on the Clearfork has been good to fantastic for those willing to fish hard and aggressive. Otherwise, nymphing will be your best shot at catching a few fish. Not much to report on the dry fly front here as of yet but that should start to change here as we approach April.

We WILL get a report up on Friday and let you know how things are looking for the weekend. If you do get out, it's always helpful when we get reports from the field!

Clear Creek

The Creek did rise a bit with the rains yesterday but should be fishable over the next few days and into the weekend. The next few days could be good streamer fishing and could give a shot at a larger fish down there. We did have a few reports here recently of folks catching larger than normal fish on it can be done.

Otherwise, small nymphs and midge larva bounced along the deeper slots are your best bet right now. May even try swinging a soft hackle and see what happens.

We'll try to get some eyes on the water down there in the next few days and let you know. If you do get out, give us a always helps!

Erie Steelhead

Things are really starting to heat-up here on Steelhead Alley. Those that have made it out in the past few days are finding good to excellent numbers of bright and strong steelhead. We'll be watching the temps the next few days but pretty safe to say that it's "game-on".

The rain yesterday did bring a few of the streams up again, but we should be looking pretty good by the weekend. The Vermilion is high today and has been pretty stained, but should be worth looking at by the weekend. The Rocky and Chagrin are high today as well but are dropping nicely and should be full of fish. The Grand of course is out of the question for a bit but we'll keep a close eye on well as it fished this Fall we can't wait to get on it.

The Conneaut and Ashtabula are both actually fishable today and both fishing pretty well. Most reports have been that fish were starting to pile in and were eating the standard eggs and nymphs below an indicator. 

We have guide trips starting up this weekend and should be able to get some evidence posted here but if anybody wants to submit....we're happy to share here. We love to see happy anglers holding pounds of chrome!

We'll get a report up on Friday and let you know how the weekend looks!

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