Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gary Loomis' Edge Fly Rods

Gary Loomis' mantra "weight is a deterrent to performance" frames his new line of EDGE fly rods. For five years as chief designer, Gary Loomis has built conventional rods and designed blanks for his company, North Fork Composites (NFC) in Woodland, Washington. Two years of collaboration with Temple Fork Outfitters' design team, these mad in the USA, ultra-responsive, ultra-high performace rods offered in two distinct actions are an experienced caster's dream and the latest project by Edge.

The moderate-action (gamma alpha) rods are finished with naked graphite, elegant up-locking reel seats with burled buckeye spacers, Mike McCoy Snake Brand snake guiddes, Alps XN stripping guides, and premium Portugese half-wells grips. 

Similarly finished, the fast-action (gamma beta) rods have full-wells grips with fighting butts and Alps machined anodized aluminum reel seats.

What does this all mean? Besides being the closest thing on the market to a custom built rod, made in America, Gary's design team has significantly reduced weight, allowing for optimal performance from the material. Mike's Snake Brand guides have a concave foot that adheres to the blank reducing thread, epoxy and most importantly, weight, which is further reduced by the natural, smooth, naked graphite blanks. Combining these features creates incredible recovery, resulting in longer, more accurate, and more efficient casting.

The 2016 Field and Stream buyers' guide lists Edge fly rods as a "must have". Other testimonials include "this is the first rod that has actually disappeared in my hand as I cast? and "I have never been able to roll cast like I can with this rod!".

"The rod is remarkably smooth, shock and vibration free. Tracking and accuracy are excellent. It easily loads and efficiently releases energy with great's casting performance will amaze"- Ed Jaworowski

"Just had a chance to try several of the newly released Edge fly rods.

In a sense it was Deja Vouz....a trip back through time to the Gary Loomis GLX....but with newer, lighter, higher modulus materials and classy furniture.

Not for everyone, these extremely high performance tools are 'MONSTERS'. Their price tag puts them out of reach of many....but.....if you're an advanced caster whose skills can keep up with this rod family and whose wallet can stand the interruption...this may be your stick!

I'm mightily impressed and holding out for one!!!" - Flip Pallot

You can find the new Loomis Edge Fly Rods in Columbus, Ohio at our shop or browse them on the web.....

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fishing Reports- 7/30/16

* 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

* We'd like to again THANK all of the folks who contribute to these reports. Sorry if we don't always get them up here....hard to do with the sheer number of e-mails, messages and photos that we get. It's with YOUR help and support that we are able to provide these reports and YOUR help and support that we even exist. Keep them coming and here's some highlights from the past few weeks......

* Josh and the crew arrived home safe from the Alaska Trip. As he said...."Helluva week". Here's a shot of his 1st fish of the trip...(true story)....

Looks like we have July 22nd- 29th reserved already for next year and the trip will be hosted by Brian Flechsig and Jerry Darkes. Also working on an August date that may be headed up by Josh McQueen and Jeff Liskay. We should have this all firmed up in about a week and will get it posted on the website.

In the meantime.......breaking news!

Jerry Darkes is looking for a select few anglers to join him in Alaska. October 1st- 6th and it will be a very special trip. You'd be catching GIANT rainbows on the Naknek but will also do a fly out to the Nushagak for the GIANT char and grayling. A very unique and "one in a lifetime" opportunity.

On top of that, we have negotiated a special rate! Normally this trip would run $3295.00.....we are looking for 4-6 guys and can sell the trip for $1995.00!!!!

We won't get this up on the website for another week or so but if interested please call the shop and we'll have Jerry give you a call.

* Brian is on his way to visit old friend Kelly Galloup at the Slide Inn tomorrow morning with the group. They will be fishing the Madison and possibly Yellowstone all week. He also has plans to get into Yellowstone and make a return visit to Grebe Lake and try for some Grayling. He says it's been 23 years since he has been there and is super excited to get back. He'll have internet access so should be updating during the week. In the meantime, here's a throwback video that Brian and Kelly did a few years ago about these legendary trips.....

* HUGE Congrats to our partner guide Captain Brian Meszaros. He boated this fish yesterday for a client up on Lake St. Clair. A giant Musky! We serve as a full booking agent for Captain Brian and can set you up with a trip. He says that July and August are his best months for Musky and would welcome the business. Click the link here to learn about booking a trip:

Here is what Capt. Brian had to say about this fish:

"Battle testing the new Scientific Anglers Figure 8 leader on their Sonar 30 Cold line and rocked it with this girl. 52 1/8 X 24...40.04 lbs on the Crawford scale. Caught her on my Hairry Pounder in Perch and yes...she ate it at the boat on the figure 8. Client Tom was elated to say the least. Great stick that deserved this fish."- Capt. Brian

Here's some other random notes and e-mails that we have received over the past few weeks:

* "Hi Guys and Gals,  just a note to let you know that my 12 year old grandson and I  had a great time fly-fishing on Monday at SunnyBrook Trout Club.    You can see his smile in the attached pictures.

Jerry provided both an instructive and fun day.

Thanks for arranging."   Patsy Metheny

* "Olentangy was a little colored up, but fished well. Smallies hitting hard on smaller flies in slow water. Carp feeding pretty much all morning, though the color made fishing them hard, had to get it close to them.  Got a nice one that aggressively took the fly on the drop,  broke him off trying to land him, but he tested my glass 6 wt's limits.

No obvious cicada action, yet though I've been hearing them more lately.

Have a good one"- Chris Schalz

* Daniel Etter and his father were out last Sunday with guide Pat Kelly. Daniel got his 1st Ohio Pike on the fly. In January, Daniel is going along with Pat on the Amazon trip and Pat will guide him to his 1st Peacock Bass on the fly! Lucky Kid!

Speaking of the Peacock Bass Trip- we do have 1st spot OPEN this coming January. If interested, please give Pat a call at the shop. He'd love to fill it and could probably "sweeten the deal" a bit if it helped pull the trigger.

Find the details and pricing here:

* "Hocking River fishing report since its too hot to fish Clear Creek. Smallmouth active early in faster water on streamers"- Steve Buckley

* "Update from the Northwoods- 47" Musky on my Sage rod (personal best on fly rod)- thanks to Pat for his instruction and helping me gear up!"- Greg DeNaeyer

* "Hey guys, i just wanted to report that the Brookville Tailwater is fishing pretty well in some areas. I took these rainbows on a Parachute Adams, and then on Dry Dropper; Elk Hair Caddis with a size 20 zebra midge below.  Browns were hitting the Parachute Adams as well. It can get a bit crowded on the Tailwater, but a nice conversation with an old timer is what convined me to switch from nymphs to drys last Sunday.  Love the old timers who are excited to help newcomers".- Bryan O'Maley

"Went out to local stream Friday and undecided whether to target Carp or smallmouth bass. I entered the water at the bridge and immediatly saw a large Smallmouth cruising in shallow water. I tied on a blue Boogle Bug and tossed it 3-4 feet upstream from his position. He jumped on it right away and I had a fun fight on my 5 weight for the next few minutes.He taped out at 18” and was the best fish of the day. I did catch some very colorful longear sunfish that  liked blue Boogle Bugs as well."- William Rice

* "Paul Thomas had a good first morning in the Trout Republic/Upper Green River, Wyoming.  4 fish 20+, 7 more fish over 17, plenty others.  Just one of those mornings.  Broke in his new net, had Tolley as net man to assist with others.  Did a great job with the Scott Radian.  This was a monumental fishing day for Paul, enjoyed as a result of all the help he received at Mad River Outfitters!"- Rob Tolley- Cora, Wyoming

* "Fished the Hocking on Saturday to check on flows.  It rained hard Friday night and Clear Creek was pumping in "chocolate milk."  Visibility was 0-3in most of the day.  By around 10am it turned into a Zoo with kayaks and canoes.  It was nothing to see 20 of them in a pack.  Fishing was totally unproductive to say the least.  

Sunday out with clients.  Visibility was much better at around 12in+.  The main issue was that the river had dropped 50cfs from the day before.  Canoe hatch was not as big of a problem as on Saturday.  It was tough conditions.  Low water, very high pressure, and the canoe influence from the day before had the fish finicky.  Stripping streamers with long pauses did produce some small fish.  The guys fished hard and were rewarded with 10-12 smallies.  Although nothing over 13in to hand there were a few lost in the wood cover that we will be thinking of for awhile. "- Ryan Ratliff

Tony Makris on a guide trip with MRO's Ryan Ratliff

Mad River

The rains the past few days have...unfortunately....not made a difference at all. We need about 3 days of steady rains to bring us out of this "funk". The river is becoming desperately low and the fishing is suffering.

There is some good news though. The fishing after dark has been decent, and mostly because of this guy:

A few weeks ago, our "top reporter" Ed Muldoon was fishing after dark and ran into a blizzard hatch of these "Drakes". This is not a bug that has been on our radar and a total surprise to all that fish the river.

They have been showing up around 10:15 or so and hatching for 20-30 minutes. The spinner falls have been good and also of course, after dark. We have sent the photos out to our "bug hero", Dr. Brian Armitage and are still waiting to hear back as to exactly what species it is. Best we can guess is that it is the Ephemera Varia, but still not sure. We'll let you know once we get it confirmed and hoping to hear back from him in the next few days.

The bugs have been on the water for a few weeks now and although seem to be slowing down, they were seen the past few nights in the upper parts of the river. If it is in fact the Varia, we could be looking at some steady hatching for another few weeks yet, again, in the upper parts of the river.

Here's some reports from Ed over the past few weeks as he was discovering the "Mad River Mystery Drake":

July 10th

"Hey guys, started tonight at 7 to throw some terrestrials and maybe get some late rises. Took a few on Turks in a riffle and then a good one on a deep woven nymph. Very few rises before dark. Fished a very healthy Trico hatch but it was super selective, still nice to see. Size probably 22. Headed back upstream at dark, turned on my headlamp around 10:15.  I was covered in flies within two minutes. Big ones. Either brown/slate drake or Hex, I'd say Hex. The next two hours was the absolute, without question, biggest hatch I have ever seen on the Mad. I stopped counting and being amazed after about twenty minutes. Hundreds of duns. Fish we're extremely selective, took a couple good ones not over twenty but they were out I am sure.  Don't care, this was the coolest, most unexpected hatch I have ever been in. I literally went out just to cool off and catch a couple fish on an ant. I was stunned, took about 50 pictures and even a video. Why did this happen so late in the month? Spinner fall will be utterly insane tomorrow, I envy the person that lucks into it if it isn't me. Got out around 12:30. See pics. Wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't there."

Fish caught by Ed on the mystery Epemera

July 17th

"Flies came off again last night 10:10-10:45, this is over one week long now. Same place. Less intense but still plenty. This was a big spinner fall, hard to figure these bugs because during the spinner fall I picked up an intact shuck and there were plenty of them on the water. The duns came off very fast I guess and I missed them. I have some if anyone wants to take a better look. Attached pic you can really get an idea of the nymph, gills and all. Took a good fish with my spinner, walked into three large fish that must've been involved somehow but they weren't many audible rises.  Same weather yesterday, 80s and hot, rapidly dropping into 70s and 60s around 10. 

Earlier around dusk a Goddard caddis took a few rising fish but I had to travel very far to find them. Very big caddis hatch in a remote stretch. I only saw four rising fish, even during another great Trico hatch earlier there was no rising whatsoever. Good bugs wasted. 
Checked upstream at 55 and saw no evidence of any of this. Moused till around midnight and it was not productive. Thought it would've been with the waxing gibbous, plenty of natural light on the water. Wonderful night. Water still pretty cold, wish I had a thermometer. Had fun."- Ed Muldoon

For those that aren't into the "Night Thing", your best bet right now is fishing terrestrials. Ants and Beetles have been and will continue to produce fish. You need to be stealthy though! The water is super low and super clear. Caddis dries and pupa have also been producing a few fish in the evenings as well.

It's likely that the reports won't change much here until we get some measurable water. We will be looking out soon for the White Miller Caddis and the Ephron- White Mayflies. Keep your eyes out in the lower river and in the evenings the next few weeks. Can provide some good to excellent evening fishing, even with the low water.

Let us know how you are doing!

Clearfork River

The Upper Clearfork did push upwards a bit with the rains the past few days but nothing to write home about. The lower has been low and clear for weeks.

Not many reports coming from up there. Most have been fishing down in the park for warmwater species and pretty much leaving the trout alone for a while. Might be a good choice until we get some more reasonable temps and flows.

If you were to fish the Upper, fish early or fish late. Terrestrials and caddis have been producing a few fish. Caddis larva fished deep in some of the holes is a good bet also. Streamer fishing has slowed to a halt for the time being.

So...same report.....we need water!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clear Creek

Probably don't even need to tell you.....Clear Creek is super low and super clear.

With the temps the way they have been, it's probably best to leave the trout be for now and head down to the Hocking for some smallmouth action. If you do it early or late and try not to stress the fish too much. Terrestrials and caddis would be the way to go on the surface.

Hopefully we'll get some relief here and get back at it in September but we'll need some water before we do!!!

Erie Steelhead

Believe it or not....some folks already talking steelhead!!!! 

Obviously nothing to report yet...but it won't be long now!

Guide trips already starting to book for peak season.

Check out the details and give a shout to get a date on the books.

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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214


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!!!


* 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