Wednesday, August 16, 2017

High N Dry Fishing Products


Introuducing High N Dry Fly Fishing Products

Hands-down the finest dry fly floatants on the market today!

As Fly fishers, the folks at High N Dry Fishing Products recognized the need for better performing environmentally friendly floatants! High N Dry Fishing Products, LLC develops and manufactures the world’s best performing floatants & desiccants.

High N Dry is committed to providing the best performing, safest, and environmentally conscious products available!


* Reverse-engineered the most popular floatants and desiccants
* Scientific approach to improve performance over existing products
* Designed by professional chemists with over 100 U.S. patents
* Data to prove HnD is the best!
* Field tested by over 200 professional guides and fly-fishing enthusiasts 
* HnD has taken a scientific approach to develop the very best and safest products
* Virtually every product of significance uses a Rain Coat approach- coat the fly fiber with a water repelling barrier
* Proprietary formulations actually adds buoyancy
* NO solvents, non toxic and environmentally safe


High N Dry Gel Fly Floatant-


High N Dry Gel floatant was designed with special and unique materials, and is specifically for those fly-fishers that prefer to dress their flies with their fingers.  This floatant works well on all flies, including those tied with CDC materials.  Their field and lab tests show it to be the best performing floatant available and it is not flammable, it contains no organic solvents, 100% solids and is environmentally friendly.

The floatant is delivered in a Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) bottle.  This packaging allows for the maximum control of the desired amount of floatant to be applied.  The Cap is attached to the Container to allow the fly fisher minimum distraction when applying floatants.  A full 34 grams of pure floatant is provided in a 1 oz. container, instead of a ½ oz. (about 15 grams) provided by most of our competitors.  

High N Dry Gel Floatant- it's the best you'll ever use!!!





High N Dry Liquid Fly Floatant-


High N Dry liquid floatant was designed with special and unique materials, and is the perfect floatant for those fly-fishers that prefer to dip their fly into a container.  This method of application is fast and allows the fly to be completely covered with a barrier that keeps moisture out.  It works well on flies tied with all types of materials and is especially effective to float large Stimulators and Hoppers tied with foam. Their field and lab tests show it to be the best performing floatant available and it is not flammable and it contains no organic solvents, 100% solids and is environmentally friendly.

The floatant is delivered in a High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) bottle with a silicone seal in the Cap.  This packaging assures that the container will not leak all over your vest and cause a mess.  The Cap is attached to the Container with a leash to allow the fly fisher minimum distraction when applying floatants.  The wide opening allows even your largest bugs to be dropped into the container.  A full 67 grams of pure floatant is provided in a 2.5 oz. container, instead of the 1.0 oz. (about 20 grams) provided by most of our competitors. The suggested Retail Price of $11.99 provides fly fishers with an excellent value.

High N Dry Liquid Fly Floatant- non-flammable and NO ODOR!!!!





High N Dry Powder and Dessicant Fly Floatant-


High and Dry powdered floatant and desiccant was designed with special and unique materials, and compliments their Gel and Liquid floatants.  Eventually your flies will become water logged, or slimed by a great fish.  This product is terrific for those fly-fishers that prefer a shake and dry floatant, but can also be used to revive that drowned fly and then refloated with their Gel or Liquid Floatants.  Their field and lab tests show it to be the best performing floatant available and it is not flammable and it contains no organic solvents, 100% solids and is environmentally friendly.

The floatant is delivered in a High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) bottle with a Flip Top Cap allowing the fly fisher minimum distraction when applying floatants.  The wide opening allows even your largest bugs to be dropped into the container.  Additionally, we have included blue indicator crystals.  These crystals will turn red when the desiccant component has absorbed its maximum moisture and will no longer dry your flies.  A full 30 grams of pure desiccant and floatant is provided in a 2.5 oz. container.  Their suggested Retail Price of $9.99 provides fly fishers with an excellent value.

High N Dry Powder Dessicant Fly Floatant is simply the best money can buy!





High N Dry Powder Fly Floatant with Brush-


High N Dry Powder Floatant with Brush is an amazing floatant that delivers a very fine and even coating of water repelling particles to the dry fly.  The coating is so fine it is almost invisible!  The floatant also helps trap air and improve buoyancy so it is useful for both dry flies and nymphs.  Their advanced formula utilizes nanoparticle technology in conjunction with hydrophobic (water hating) chemistry for unrivaled waterproofing performance.

Our powder is formulated not to clump up and overload the applicator brush with excess floatant.  This is a common problem that occurs with other powder floatants available in the market.  The dosage to the applicator brush tip is precise.   Also, you should have no worries with applying powder to your dry fly or nymph on windy days! 

The floatant is contained in a sturdy 1 oz. HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) bottle with a special applicator brush that allows pinpoint application of the floatant.  A full 1.8 grams of pure floatant is provided.  Their suggested Retail Price of $7.99 provides fly fishers with excellent value and performance.

High N Dry Powder Floatant with Brush is simply heads-and-shoulders above the "Frog Stuff".





High N Dry Fishing Products produces the finest dry fly floatants the industry has ever seen.....period!


* They utilize a data driven scientific approach to develop our products

* High N Dry is committed to providing the best performing, safest, and environmentally conscious products available

* Their floatants keep your fly where you want it longer enabling fly-fishers to catch more fish!

* Locally owned and made in the U.S.A




Exclusive Midwest Dealer for High N Dry Fishing Products!


813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363





Friday, August 11, 2017

Fishing Reports- 8/11/17


* 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

Thanks as always for reading our reports friends. As the weather gets more conducive we should be reporting more regularly....but we need your HELP!

Send any and all reports to admin@madriveroutfitters and we'll do our best to get them up.

8/12 UPDATE- The storms on Friday have raised the level of some of the local streams.  The Scioto and Olentangy are holding as of early Saturday, but lake levels are slightly high.  The smaller streams are elevated for the most part, but with the forecast should drop very fast.  Make sure to check with us at the shop or take a look at the gauges before heading out. 




Special congrats to our good friend Bob Bailey from Columbus, Ohio. He landed this 23 1/2" bruiser last week on the Madison River. Fish of the group for the Slide Inn Trip Shown here with one of our favorite guides anywhere....John McClure.

Should get some further pics and reports up from the Alaska Trip and the Slide Inn Trip this week as we get a few moments.


Got this note last week from our friend and customer Ann Heuerman:

Dear MRO,

Spent last week in Northern Michigan. Didn't get to do as much fishing as I hoped due to weather and other reasons, however still was a great trip.

Fished a hopper dropper with different attractor nymphs on bottom and picked off a few tiny smallies in the Crystal River near glen arbor. Got looks from trout but none committed. No big fish, but sight fishing for creek smallmouth was tons of fun.



Then headed further north to Petoskey. Fished round lake for pike but unfortunately didn't get any on the fly rod. My dad and I did get to fish the Boyne River for a couple hours and pulled out a rainbow on the black ant.



Additionally, before I left, got into some Ohio creek smallies as well. As always, thanks for the tips and flies!- Ann




Congrats also goes out to Rodney Zoyhofski from Canton, Ohio. He was out today (8/11/17) with MRO guide Pat Kelly and had an EPIC day of Ohio Pike fishing on the fly. He landed the 34" above and then 20 minutes later landed the 38" below. Pat said conditions are perfect for a change and he and Josh are looking to book trips.




Warmwater

The forecast looks great with only a slight chance of some popup thunderstorms from day to day.  These rains will only mess up the rivers for a very short period of time if at all.  Take advantage of the great flows and good temps!

The local Smallmouth Bass fishing has been fantastic.  All the streams are currently fishing well.  The Big Walnut and the lower Alum did bump up, but are clearing fast.  The topwater popper bite has been great in the evenings and at first light.  Boogle Bug Poppers and Bullets continue to be our go to flies for either personal fishing or on guide trips.  The middle of the day we have been fishing streams with great success.  The Murdich minnow in full size has been our go to on the Scioto along with the Peanut, Bottoms Up, and Dungeon.  For the smaller streams we have been really liking the Mini Murdich, Skiddish Smolt, Little Swimmer, Clousers and Bug Eyed Buggers.  Do not overlook fishing crawfish patterns as the water continues to drop and clear out.  

Carp fishing also has been good, but with the smaller streams dropping you need to be on your game.  Olentangy has been fishing well along with the Scioto.  Delicate accurate casts to feeding fish is always a good way to burn those hours in the middle of the day when the bass fishing slows.  Flies that have been producing are the Carpin Toad and the Wabbit Worm, but this game requires a very diverse fly box.  

Pond/Lake fishing continues to be good if you are targeting Panfish.  The Largemouth Bass are currently in their summer pattern and holding close to structure in deeper water.  Utilize your Rio Lake Series Line, Orvis Depth Charge, Scientific Anglers Warm Sink 30, or SA Titan Clear Tip to keep your fly deep.  Fish a Galloup style modern streamer, Super Worm, Reaper or J-Pig and your're all set. 



"Warm water bass are killing the streamers. Thanks for giving me the right colors!!"- Martin Lindeboom




Mad River



8/12 UPDATE- The River did blow out pretty well with the rains last night. Shot straight up but is dropping like a rock. The very upper reaches may fish later this afternoon and by tomorrow we should be in pretty good shape. Actually should be some good streamer water here for a couple of days. 

8/11- Fishing continues to be great for this time of year.  There are a few out of the ordinary factors that attribute to this...the flows are a little higher than normal for this time of the year and we have been having cool nights for the last week or so.  Tricos continue to be the ticket at first light into early morning.  Dry fly fishing can be hit or miss after that.  If you are looking to continue to dry fly fish make sure to have a few small caddis like the Henryville Special, Goddard Caddis, and Elk Hair Caddis.  Having a few Griffiths Gnats and ICSI midges are always a good idea when they start keying in on the little stuff.  Dry fly fishing fires back up later in the day when the breeze starts up.  The evenings will consist of Ant and Beetle fishing.  The Fur Ant, Power Ant, and Hi-Vis Para Ant are all great choices.  

We have also heard a few reports of the White Miller Caddis showing up in the evenings as well and they should continue into September. They can provide some excellent evening fishing and be sure to have some #14 Green Soft Hackle flies for these. Not a bad idea to trail them behind and Elk Hair or a Galloup's Butch Caddis as well. We'll be out over the weekend looking for these "moth like" bugs and hopefully have a hot report for next week.

If you like to be prepared with some sub-surface tactics than make sure to have plenty of caddis or nymphs with soft hackle collars.  The Trophy Nymph, Guides Choice Hare's Ear, and Swing Nymph are good generic choices.  If you cant to take advantage of the caddis life cycle more closely than stock up on Holy Grails, Nitro Caddis, and Swinks Core caddis making sure you trail a Purple Haze or regular Soft Hackle behind.  Cover lots of water mixing dead drift and swinging these flies. 


Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The Clear Fork is currently very low on either side of the Pleasant Hill Dam.  Although the stream temps are doing very well for this time of the year these low flows can make it hard for fish to recover.  If you do plan to fish this creek make sure you have a net to corral the fish in as it recovers from bing caught.  The net allows you to keep the fish wet in the water while you grab the quick photo for these fishing reports and take out the hook.  If you do need to handle these fish make sure to imply slip an open hand under their belly to support the entire body and then get them back into the water as soon as possible.  Once they start kicking in the net slip them out into a slow flow and let them find some cover.  

The name of the game in the middle of summer is Trico dries early in the day followed by midges and then switching to caddis.  As the day progresses into the evening look for fish keying in on Ants and Beetles.  Specific patterns consist of Trico thorax and A.K's Trico Dun with 6 & 7x tippet for the morning hatch, Griffith Gnats and ICSI Midges for the mid morning and then Goddard Caddis, Henryville Special, and Elk Hair Caddis.  For Ants we like the Fur Ant, Power Ant, and HiVis Para Ants when we are on the water.  Beetles need to be Rainys Foam Beetle, Flash Beetle, and even a small Humpy.  Fish these into the evenings when the Thermals start pushing some wind around. 


Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map


The creek is currently low, but still higher than normal.  The big news for this creek in South Eastern Ohio is the water temps.  We cannot remember the last time Clear Creek was in the 60s for the better part of the summer.  With the temps coming next week things should continue to be good.  We could use some rain though or the flows will start falling.  If you head down that way make sure to have plenty of small caddis like 16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Henryville Specials and Micro Stimulators.  Tricos continue to be the main morning hatch though.  Having a good mix of these tiny Mayflies in sizes 20-24 and plenty of Rio Suppleflex 5-7x tippet are a must if you are fishing in the morning.  Those caddis flies mentioned earlier and a few added midges will keep the dry fly game going all day.  

If nymphing is your game then fish a caddis larva or pupa like the Nitro or Swinks Core Caddis with either a Soft Hackle or tiny Pheasant Tail as the trailer.  Although Caddis are King right now you can catch fish on midge larva, Swing Nymphs, and emergers like RS2's.  Swinging Soft Hackles is also a great option any time.  We like to start with a Bead Head Soft Hackle, Swing Nymph, Trophy Nymph or Guides Choice and then follow these with a smaller Soft Hackle or Purple Haze.  

Keep your Stream Thermometer handy to check the water temps and enjoy this great Metro Park.
  




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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Saturday, July 29, 2017

2-Day Intermediate Fly Fishing School


2-Day Intermediate Fly Fishing School

October 14th and 15th, 2018

Held at Sunnybrook Trout Club with instructors Brian Flechsig and Jerry Darkes


These schools take over where our intro classes leave off. Take your skills to the next level! These 2-day intermediate fly fishing schools will be held at Sunnybrook Trout Club near Sandusky, Ohio. Centrally located for students from Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati! 


Day 1
* Intermediate Fly Fishing
* Gear for Specific Techniques
* Fly Casting Part I, II, III- Fly Cast Review
* Lunch (included)
* Knots and Leaders II
* Fly Casting Part IV- Advanced Casting Techniques and Video
* Fishing!!

Day 2
* Understanding Fish
* Advanced Entomology and Fly Selection
* Video Casting Review
* Lunch (included)
* Fly Casting Part V- More Advanced Casting Techniques
* Fly Fishing the Midest and Beyond
* Fishing!

Included: All equipment necessary, class information packet, lunch on both days, professional instruction, fishing

Not included: morning and evening meals, lodging if needed

Cost: $475.00 per student. Includes instruction, gear, info packet and outline, lunch & fishing.

Upon completetion of the course students will also receive a coupon packet good for significant discounts and special offers at Mad River Outfitters and/or www.madriveroutfitters.com should you decide to purchase some gear.

Pre-Requisites: Some experience and a basic understanding of the topics covered in our 1-Day and/or 2-Day Schools. This class is designed to take anglers from the beginner stage and introduce intermediate and advanced concepts and techniques.

Recomended Gear: None. We have you covered although at this stage you probably have some gear and you are welcome to bring it along.

* Fantastic fishing, lodging and dining available on these 2-day excursions. Lodging booked separately through Sunnybrook Trout Club. For more information please see www.sunnybrooktroutclub.com. A detailed information packet will be provided upon sign-up that should answer most questions on these arrangements.


These two have guaranteed that they will take your casting and angling to new levels!


Click Here to register!


Changing the way fly fishing is taught!





Fishing Reports- 7/29/17


* 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

Thanks as always for reading our reports friends. As the weather gets more conducive we should be reporting more regularly....but we need your HELP!

Send any and all reports to admin@madriveroutfitters and we'll do our best to get them up.




The Alaska Group is headed home today and the Montana trip leaves tomorrow. An exciting time of year around here!


The July 2017 Alaska Group with hosts Jerry Darkes and Josh McQueen- hop on over to Facebook...we've started an album there and will be adding pics as they come in!



Warmwater

Well the weather continues to be the main topic and issue.  We have had one of the wettest July's that we can remember.  The forecasts seem to be changing by the hour...the good news is that it has changed for the good finally.  The rain predicted for the past few days did not amount to much so the streams are dropping fast!  Look at the Olentangy to fish, but will still have some stain.  They could decide to open the dam at any time, but it does not appear that it is needed.  The Scioto is actually coming down also and should fish well by mid week.  Now is the time to be fishing poppers like Boogle Bugs, Bass Poppers, Pencils, and other Bass Hair Bugs.  If you do not find any fish looking up cover some water with streamers and the SA Titan Clear Tip (our favorite smallmouth line by FAR).  Streamers to carry are Bottoms Up, Peanuts, Modern Deceivers, and other patterns by Kelly Galloup.  

Pond and lake fishing has continued to be great, but look for the Largemouth Bass to be found deep close to vegetation or other structure.  Fishing a floating/diving fly like a Swimmy Jimmy or Todd's Wiggle Minnow consistently get the job done when fished with a long sink tip or full sinking line like the Orvis Depth Charge, SA Sink 30 Warm or the Rio InTouch Deep 7.  

With the rivers shaping up look for our guiding schedule to fill up fast.  Make sure to contact the shop and put in for those sick/vacation days at work.  Pat, Josh and Ryan are always ready to get you on a boat and out there fishing Ohio!!!




MRO Fly Tying Manager and Guide Ryan Ratliff was supposed to teach the On-River Seminar: Smallmouth Bass last weekend but wound up having to postpone due to the high muddy water. Here is what he did instead:

"These shots are from last Sunday where the only thing that wasnt muddy was some ponds. Tony Makris and I hiked back deep into Ohio Power/AEP lands to a pond I haven't fished in 15 years.  The Bass where deep from the Thunderstorms, but the BIG panfish were looking up eating bugs getting knocked off the trees by the rain.  Boogle bugs and Double Barrel Poppers were the ticket all day.  I had to introduce a few fish to Tenkara also!"- Ryan


No better combination- Bluegill and Tenkara!



Mad River



The Mad has continued to produce very well with the higher than usual water levels.  Remember in most situations the river will be fishing within 24 hours after a rain event and even sooner if you are looking to throw streamers.  

This time of the year streamer fishing is not the usual talk so many people have taken advantage of the levels and found aggressive fish eating most of the day.  Looking ahead at the forecast and we will be back into typical summer tactics.  

For the up coming days focus on Tricos in the morning along with Midges and Caddis.  During the middle of the day swinging Soft Hackles or nymphing is a good place to start.  Into the afternoon it will be a Beetle, Ant, and Cricket game.  Fish are very cooperative right now so fish your favorite stretch covering water.  

The forecast is for bright days so the best times are going to be early and late in the day.  If you need help figuring out the Mad shoot us a call and we will get you on the calendar for a guide trip.  


Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The water temps have been much better than usual.  The higher flows have also been keeping the trout happy.  Like on the Mad early and late have been the key. 

 Look for Tricos early at first light and then pull out the caddis and midges.  Ants and beetles have been the ticket in the evenings along with some hoppers along grassy banks.  

The upper has been the key for trout, but the lower when conditions are favorable have been better for smallies and rock bass.  For the warmwater fish poppers and big hoppers around overhanging brush is the key.  Also streamers and covering water has produced good numbers.  


Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map

There has been a little more rain down south than in the city so the creek is currently high.  Look for it to fish by early to mid week.  

The water temps have been great for this time of the year also.  Look for early morning Tricos then switch over to tiny caddis and midges.  The evenings will produce some great Ant and Beetle fishing as well.  




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

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Yeti Panga Submersible Duffels



The Airtight, Submersible, Gear Fortress that you can Haul Anywhere!

Available in three sizes: 50, 75 and 100

The Panga Submersible Duffel is Yeti's first non-insulated piece of gear that lives up to the standard of being built for the wild. This is the dufflel bag designed for extended backcountry stays, fly fishing that takes you to the most remote rivers, and hunts that seem almost too wild to believe. The airtight closure makes the bag absolutely waterproof and keeps moisture (and whatever else you may come across) out.The exterior fabric is tough-as-nails. The straps and accompanying lash points make it easy to haul. The hardware laughs in the face of hard knocks. So you have permission to drag it on the dock, haul it on the boat or throw it overboard. Yeti did....and the Panga lived to tell the tale!


1. Hydrolock Zipper- Makes sure water stays out so your gear stays bone-dry, no matter how torrential it gets

2. U-Dock- The terminal end of your Hydrolock Zipper that ensures a completely airtight seal.

3. Thickskin Shell- Made of high-density nylon and TPU lamination to be puncture and abrasion resistant.

4. DryHaul Straps- In the hands or on the back, they're as durable as they are comfortable.

5. Mettalock Hardware- This hardware can take on smacks and whacks without breaking.

6. Quickgrab Lash Points- Designed for when you need to get up and go at a moment's notice.

7. Stowaway Mesh Pockets- Easy-to-access mesh pockets keep your valuables safely tucked away




Panga Submersible 50- 23 1/2" X 14" X 10"- 50 liters- 3050 cubic inches- Click Here

Panga Submersible 75- 28" X 15 1/2" X 11"- 75 liters- 4600 cubic inches- Click Here

Panga Submersible 100- 32 1/2" X 17" X 12"- 100 liters- 6100 cubic inches- Click Here



There's no limit to where adventure can take you! Just pack accordingly!



Mad River Outfitters
Ohio's 1st Yeti Dealer.....many years ago now!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214
614-451-0363