Thursday, October 12, 2017

Midwest Fly Fishing Schools and Classes- Winter Schedule


**Upcoming Schools and Classes**


Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th- 2-Day Intermediate Fly Fishing School with Brian Flechsig and Jerry Darkes instructors- held at Sunnybrook Trout Club- Click Here

Saturday, October 21st- 1-Day Fly Fishing School- Sunnybrook Trout Club- last one of the 2017 season!- Click Here

Monday, October 23rd- Knots and Leaders Class- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Saturday, October 28th- Basic Fly Casting Clinic- 9-11 a.m.- Click Here

Monday, November 6th- Basic Fly Tying Course- 4 weeks- 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 and 11/27- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Wednesday, November 15th- Basic Knots and Rigging Class- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Wednesday, November 29th- Entomology 101 Class- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Monday, January 3rd- FREE Getting Started in Fly Tying Program- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Monday, January 15th- Basic Fly Tying Course- 4 weeks- 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Wednesday, January 24th- Basic Knots and Rigging Class- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Saturday, January 27th- Enotomology 101 Class- 9-11 a.m.- Click Here

Saturday, February 17th- FREE Getting Started in Fly Tying Program- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Wednesday, February 21st- Basic Fly Tying Course- 4 weeks- 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Monday, March 5th- FREE Beginners Fly Fishing Program- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here


2018 1-Day, 2-Day and On-River Seminars should be announced soon!

Midwest Fly Fishing Schools and Mad River Outfitters
"Changing the way fly fishing is taught"


614-451-0363


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ross Introduces the Evolution R Salt Fly Reels!


Just when we thought we had it all figured out, Ross goes and changes the game!

The new Ross Evolution R Salt is truly one of the finest big-game/saltwater fly reels we have ever laid eyes on!


The Evolution R Salt fly reel from Ross is a breakthrough product, designed with a power-to-weight ratio never before seen in a saltwater fly reel. This makes the R Salt the most unique, best performing reel per dollar on the water today, all in a stunning package. Fishing in the salt is a grueling endeavor. The conditions are tough, and the fish can be even tougher; so Ross developed the Evolution R Salt to stand up to anything the sea can throw at it.

The R Salt builds on the foundation of its smaller sibling, but instead of the Evolution R’s 7-disc system, it features a supercharged 16-disc sealed drag system comprised of stainless steel and carbon fluoropolymer, producing nearly 30 pounds of drag pressure. Also an industry first, the R Salt features two smaller counterbalances on the spool - this innovative design reduces mass and creates perfect, vibration-free performance when line is being ripped off the spool on long runs.

This exceptional braking power is housed in a lightweight, yet incredibly strong frame and spool that is based on the Evolution R’s unique design. The large, frame-integrated drag knob allows for easy on-the-fly adjustments with just the palm of your hand during long fights with oversized quarry. The R Salt's geometry is reinforced throughout, yielding an incredibly rugged, yet elegant reel that performs in the most challenging of environments.

All of this comes together to create a fishing tool with a power-to-weight ratio never before seen in a saltwater fly reel, making the R Salt the most unique, best performing reel per dollar of any on the water today.  

* ULTRALIGHT WEIGHT- Fully machined in the USA from our proprietary 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, models start at just 7.5 ounces | Innovative dual mini counterbalances reduce mass 
* SEALED DRAG- Industry leading power-to-weight ratio in a fully sealed system | Proprietary carbon fiber and stainless steel disc stack
* STAINLESS STEEL INTERNALS- All internal components are machined stainless steel, finished with a special coating for saltwater durability
* REINFORCED FRAME & SPOOL - Bolstered structural rigidity as well as increased backing capacity 
* CUSTOM HANDLE MATERIAL- Fully machined canvas phenolic rod, resting on a 7075-T6 chromated aluminum post yields reduced weight and increased grip when wet
* FINISH- Type II anodized for the perfect balance of hardness and color
* CONNECTION AND CONVERSION- Quick release spool and easy left-hand to right-hand retrieve conversion
* FLY LINE COVERAGE- 7wt. - 12wt.
* FISHING APPLICATION- Designed for use in all freshwater, warmwater, and saltwater fishing environments
* AVAILABLE COLORS- Black featured here but also available in Platinum
* LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
* Spools available upon request







Evolution R Salt  7 | 8 - 1.350" arbor width- 4.08" diameter- 7.51 oz. 7-8wt- WF7+235 | WF8+215

Evolution R Salt  9 | 10- 1.420" arbor width-  4.43" diameter- 8.00 oz.- 9-10wt- WF9+325 | WF10+275

Evolution R Salt  11 | 12- 1.500" arbor width-  4.75" diameter- 8.85 oz.- 11-12wt- 30# WF11+300 | 30# WF12+250 


Click Here to check out the Ross Evolution R Salt in Black

Click Here to check out the Ross Evolution R Salt in Platinum

Click Here to check out our full selection of Ross fly reels.....made in the USA!



Want line and backing on that? Simply pick your fly line and tell us to "Line it Up" in the Order Notes along with Right or Left hand retrieve. We'll put the correct amount of backing on the reel and load it up properly...for FREE.



Mad River Outfitters

Fly Shop, Education, Guide Service and Hosted Travel

Since 1994!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214
 614-451-0363
admin@madriveroutfitters.com

Fishing Reports- 10/11/17


* 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.



We LOVE Happy Customers!



Jackson Ballinger with his 1st fish on a fly rod!

MRO Friends,

Attached is the picture of our grandson Jackson Ballinger age 9 with his first fly rod that I purchased for him from your store. Less than 24 hours later he got his first fish. 
Thanks for your help.

Roy Whited



Caleb Blair and his 1st Pike on gear purchased on www.madriveroutfitters.com

Hello,
    
A little over 2 years ago I contacted you guys looking for a musky rig. I don't remember who I spoke to. I was easily convinced to chose a 10 wt TFO over an Orvis. The whole purchasing experience was based on trust as I live in North West New Mexico and was not able to be in your store to handle the rod in person. I've used this rod perhaps a dozen times and my efforts so far have been fruitless in my pursuit to catch a pike or muskie on a fly rod,  until today. Even though this pike is a small one I wanted to share it with you and thank you for recommending the rod and reel.   Both the TFO and the Ross are definitely my finest fishing products.

Sincerely,
Caleb Blair



Top student who has now graduated to a guide client.....Brennon Shanks


My dad and I went out smallmouth fishing with Pat Kelly of Mad River Outfitters. I found the experience to be beyond expectations, as I learned so much about fly casting, presentation, and fish behavior. Pat did an excellent job of answering any questions we had and was always helpful and enjoyable to fish with. I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and excitement for fly fishing as well, it made the trip so much more fun because one of the best parts of fishing is sharing your passion with others. I sincerely thank you guys for all the help developing my fly fishing and always being encouraging and fun to be around. All the best!

Brennon Shanks



Kathy Schultz at the 1-Day Fly Fishing School in September


We inherited some fly fishing gear from my father, and we spoke with Brian about what to do with it in Ohio. We attended the 2 hour free class, which was excellent, and it inspired us to take the one day class on the river in Zanesfield. Brian was very patient, working with a group who had a wide range of experience and knowledge. Brian covered a lot of information and made a very confusing topic understandable. Brian debunked a lot of the ritual associated with the sport. We couldn't stump him on any questions related to fishing - he has a wealth of experience about current topics as well as fly fishing history. We all enjoyed the day, and we now have confidence in going alone. The best part of learning how to fly fish was the next day! We had an amazing feeling of tranquility and zen! Thank you Brian for getting us involved with fly fishing!

Art and Kathy Schultz



Bill Previty was on our "Naktoberfest" Alaska Trip in September with host Jeff Liskay


MRO,

This year's trip to Alaska with Jeff Liskay was one of my best fishing trips ever. Jeff did a superb job as coordinator, coach, and cheerleader. The fishing was spectacular, the new lodge a treat, good food, and great guides headed up by James who is managing the lodge. We had a good cross section of participants who enjoyed each other's company and spiced up the entire week with good humor. I am sure Jeff will provide you a dropbox with a good array of photos. We did have a little competition on the river from a brown fisherman.

Thanks again for allowing me to swap to this year's trip after some medical issues last year. I can say at the end of the week of six straight days spey casting that my arms and shoulders were a bit tired. Comes with age. I'll be in Columbus late next week and will drop by the shop. I certainly would be interested in another late September trip next year.

Warm regards,
Bill Previty- Boise, Idaho




Thanks for all the great feedback and reviews friends! We love to hear it so.....keep it coming.



Warmwater


Smallmouth fishing continued to be great going into the past weekend.  Currently the local streams are high and muddy.  Looking at the rest of the week's forecast the streams will continue to drop back into fishable levels for this weekend if not sooner.  This rain was a much needed event to flush out some thick vegetation and leaves that have been backing up in the low water.  Once levels stabilize and water clears then we will find some very nice Smallmouth and Hybrid fishing.  If you do want to get out this week keep an eye on the gauges and focus on the smaller rivers in the area.  Shoot us a call and we will help you sort all this out.  

Going into the fall the main rig we call use will be a fast action 7wt (6-8wt will get the job done) Scientific Anglers Titan Clear Tip, short leader in the 12-20lb tippet range and a large streamer.  Take a look at the Modern Streamers in the Flies section of the website.  Here you will find all of the patterns that fill our Bass boxes.  

Lake fishing has also started to fire back up.  Again once the water conditions settle in the local lakes the bass will continue to focus on schools of baitfish.  The water temps are still pretty high, but are falling.  As the fish get conditioned to the lower temps they will start to feed heavily in prep for the winter.  This is a great time to be fishing the lakes and ponds around the state.  With the stream conditions not favorable then we are taking advantage of the numerous opportunities for Largemouth Bass and Panfish.  

If you are new to Bass fishing make sure to take advantage of one of our guides.  Things usually start to slow down at the end of this month so give us a call before our schedules are booked up.  Speaking of guide trips the Pike fishing continues to be amazing!  Josh and Pat have been steadily putting clients on fish.  Take a look at our guide trip page to see the quality of these fish...and in OHIO! 


Dr. Neil Murphy on an MRO Pike Guide Trip this past Susnday!




Mad River



As usual the Mad did not significantly change despite the inch of rain over the past few days. Conditions continue to be low and clear.  

The fish are cooperating though as long as you plan out your approach.  Utilize extreme stealth (as usual for this Spring Creek) making sure you have your casting well tuned.  Just like for the past few months you will want to use all of the stealth tactics in your tool box.  Always the case with this river but things are extremely exaggerated right now.

Tactics for the rest of the week and into the weekend will focus on nymphing.  Here we like long rods in the 9-11' range with the longer rods focused on the Euro techniques.  With the low conditions a very small indicator is must for either traditional nymphing or the Euro/tight line tactics.  Here one of the Wool New Zealand indicators are the most versatile.  Flies will consist of small Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs, and caddis like the Flashabou or Nitro.  Trail these with a slightly smaller unweighted fly and you will be set.  If you need some split shot make sure to have the micro sizes as you do not want to use shot as big or bigger than your fly. 

 In the evenings there have been some good caddis activity.  We usually fish a dry like the Elk Hair Caddis or October Caddis with a small lightly or unweighted dropper like the Galloup's Diving Caddis or small Guides Choice.   



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The rain did help the flows earlier, but they have dropped back down.  Focus on the upper river until they settle the flows back down below the dam.  Focus on nymphing the upper river with caddis and small mayfly nymphs.  Flies will consist of small Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs, and caddis like the Flashabou or Nitro.  Trail these with a slightly smaller unweighted fly and you will be set.  Like on the Mad in the evenings there have been some good caddis activity.  We usually fish a dry like the Elk Hair Caddis or October Caddis with a small lightly or unweighted dropper like the Sunken Caddis or small Guides Choice.

If you just want to fish the lower then you will need to be stripping streamers with a sink tip line. The Scientific Anglers Titan Clear Tip or Rio Streamer Tip, short leader in the 12-20lb tippet range and a large streamer will get the job done.  Take a look at the Modern Streamers in the Flies section of the website.  You will be rewarded with a good mixed bag of fish down there below the dam. 



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map


The creek is currently "high" and off color, but clearing and falling fast.  Conditions should be good later in the week and into the weekend.  Nymphing will present the most productivity.  Like in the other reports your rig will be small Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs, and caddis like the Flashabou or Nitro.  Trail these with a slightly smaller unweighted fly and you will be set.  

Small streamers can be a good choice also.  Wooly Buggers, Glass Buggers, Mojo Minnows, Skiddish Smolts, and the new Mini Dungeons are great choices.  Here you will want fast 5wts and 6wts.  As long as you are fishing a weighted streamer a sink tip is not ususally needed on this small creek.  Also keep a few caddis dries hand once everything clears.  Here typically small Elk Hair Caddis and Goddard Caddis are the key, but do not overlook those bigger October caddis if you do not see any fish rising. 



Erie Steelhead

Gauge Links and Maps


Steelhead Season is right around the corner in the Great Lakes Region!


RAIN!!!  We have finally gotten a decent push of water up to the lake.  Everything as expected is dropping fast though.  There is some scattered rain in the forecast which will be needed to keep the conditions perfect into the weekend.  Just because the SOME fish are moving into the Tributaries does not mean that you need to drop everything and call off work...this is just the very beginning of the run.  There are many factors that we need to keep in mind when heading that way.  Keep an eye on the water temps.  Looking at the forecast the air temps will be pushing 80.  If the streams get low there might be a water temp issue.  Just something to keep in mind.  This week focus on the lower rivers and harbors.  Stripping streamers, swinging flies and indicator/bobber fishing buggers, eggs, and nymphs will cover all your tactics needed.  If you are new to this game stop by or give us a call and we will help you get set up.  If swinging and Spey casting is your game we have the Scientific Anglers Spey Lite lines, Sonar Leaders and the best Skagit tips on the market the TC Textured dual density tips.  

If you need help lining a rod contact us and we will take the confusion out of the game.  


Interested in a guide trip this coming Fall Season?

Our guides can provide most equipment and are available most any time.

Click HERE for information and pricing on an Erie Steelhead Trip.


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Fly Shop, Guides, Trips, Classes, Schools and more!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fishing Reports- 9/30/17


* 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.



New Orleans Redfish Update-

The trip was a smashing success! Great group of guys enjoyed a fantastic adventure at Woodland Plantation. 2018 dates are already up on the website and we expect that most that attended this year will repeat. It simply doesn't get any better!


The 2017 Woodland Plantation Group- Left to right: Mike Billow, David Ellis, David Kitchen, Al Carnes, John Raisbeck, Jeremy Moore, Ralph Rothfelder, host Brian Flechsig, Phil Clay, Ed Yen and Woodland owner Foster Creppel.


Trip host Brian Flechsig. Hands-down his favorite destination on the planet!


CLICK HERE to view the full photo album.

CLICK HERE to check out the details and pricing on the 2018 trip.



"Naktoberfest" Alaska Update-

The group, hosted by Jeff Liskay,  is just arriving back in Anchorage here this afternoon and then dispersing to their hometowns so we don't have a ton of photos yet....but we will. Preliminary reports have this as an "Epic" week of swinging up trophy rainbows and more. It does look like they did a fly out for Arctic Char as well so we can't wait to dig into the photos once the guys get home and start sending. Keep your eyes on the Photo Albums as well as Social Media for updates.


The "Naktoberfest" group had a surprise visit from none other than Jerry Darkes. Here is long-time friend and great customer Bill Previty and Jerry with a trophy rainbow.


MRO Trip host Jeff Liskay and James Johnson from the Katmai Trophy Lodge/Blue Bonefish Lodge 


Jeff Liskay twisting up some bugs for the group this week at Katmai Trophy Lodge


CLICK HERE to learn more about our Alaska Trips- 2018 dates already posted



Next up in October: Peacock Bass in Brazil-


Pat Kelly hosts 8 lucky anglers in Brazil for Peacock Bass- October 21st- 28th


CLICK HERE to learn more about our legendary trips to Brazil


Warmwater


Low Low Low!  Across the state everything is running low and clear.  That does not necessarily mean the fishing is bad.  We now have good temps, but we just need some rain to make the fishing even better.  

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been very good.  Pencil poppers and small streamers provided the most consistency.  With this cold snap we are all excited to hunt for big fish.  The stream fish will start to put the feed on like a few weeks ago.  Float trips right now are pretty tough due to the conditions, but we can still run a few on certain waters.  If you want to target some big Smallmouth Bass then make sure to get a date setup before the leaves start to come down.  

Lake and pond fishing will fire back up into next week.  The Largemouth Bass have been in summer mode holding in deep water.  Most of the lake temps have been in the upper 70s and lower 80s.  Once the fish adjust to these cooler temps they will be much easier to catch.  These big fish will start to move shallow searching to fatten up before the water temps fall.  

Ohio Power/AEP is a great place to catch a good number of large bass and panfish. The fishing there can be FANTASTIC in the Fall. 

Not familiar? Hit this link here:

https://www.aep.com/environment/conservation/recland/


Pike fishing continues to be strong as well and should continue through the fall. Interested in a trip? Let us know. Pat and Josh have a few openings yet in October and November and would love to get you out on the jets or drift boats.

Josh was out today scouting some new water on some smaller creeks. He's reporting that we should have some new options in the rotation soon. 




Mad River



As with everything else the flows are low.  We will need a steady rain over a couple days to fire the streamer bite back up.  This doesn't mean that the fishing has been bad, just very technical.  
Euro style nymphing, long leaders, and Tenkara have provided the most success.  There are a few caddis and small mayflies around, but the dry fly fishing has been inconsistent.  As Fall progresses nymphing will be the best tactic.  We prefer a longer rod for nymphing something like the Redington Hydrogen 10' 3 or 4wt, 10' 4wt BVK, or Sage ESN.  Flies for nymphing will be the usual Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, and the caddis imitations like the Nitro Caddis, Swinks Core Caddis , and the Flashabou Caddis.  Trail these bead headed nymphs with a soft hackle and you are set.  Once we get some water you will want to add a Double Stone to the mix to get your rig down. 

Keep a few caddis dries in your box and maybe add a few small Blue Wing Olives or Parachute Adams......although the dry fly bite has been pretty tough here the past week or so. 

Like in earlier reports you will need to use all of Mat Supinski's tactics from Selectivity.  Stealthy approach is nothing new for the Mad, but with these conditions you will have to be extra careful.  



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

Nothing much has changed over the past month.  The creek is very low.  If you are up that way there are trout around, but you will have to use very long drifts and casts.  Fish very small caddis and midges both dries and nymphs on long leaders.  Euro or High Stick drifting will be the most productive presentations also.  

Down in the park below Pleasant Hill Dam there have been a good mixture of fish being caught. A few trout with plenty of Smallies and Rockbass are the norm.  If you are looking to cross off a new species on the catch list then take advantage of the great Yellow Perch fishing.  These panfish are plentiful and of good size.  Fishing small streamers like Buggers, Zonkers, Clousers, and gummy minnows will keep you busy with the mixed bag.  

The forecast does not look like much will change in the flows.  As soon as the water levels do come up then fishing bigger streamers will bring the bigger fish to hand. 



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map


Same story for this little creek.  The water temps have been better than we have ever seen them this year.  At flows in the teens we need some rain to get the fish more fired up and not so skittish.  Very stealthy approaches have been needed.  Tenkara has been the most productive allowing the individual to naturally drift a fly with little to no line on the water.  Also tight line nymphing will get the job done and allow you to fish even deeper.  

As for flies for nymphing will be the usual Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, and the caddis imitations like the Nitro Caddis, Swinks Core Caddis , and the Flashabou Caddis.  Trail these bead headed nymphs with a soft hackle and you are set.  If you are in the Hocking Hills enjoying the changing leaves and want to trout fish then study up on your weary trout tactics or grab Matt Supinski's book Selectivity.  There have also been a few smallies caught on those fishing small Clousers and Classis trout streamers like the Black Nose Dace, and Grey Ghost. 



Erie Steelhead

Gauge Links and Maps


Steelhead Season is right around the corner in the Great Lakes Region!


Nothing has changed other than the air temperature.  These cooler night temps will push the fish even tighter to the beaches.  Once we get some significant rain there will be a good push of fish.  Keep an eye here and we will keep you updated.  There have been a lot of people in the shop gearing up for fishing the Alley.  If you want to get a Spey casting class in make sure to contact the shop before the run starts!


Interested in a guide trip this coming Fall Season?

Our guides can provide most equipment and are available most any time.

Click HERE for information and pricing on an Erie Steelhead Trip.


Mad River Outfitters
Mad River Travel
Midwest Fly Fishing Schools

Fly Shop, Guides, Trips, Classes, Schools and more!

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

614-451-0363

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fishing Reports- 9/22/17


* 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.



Busy September for MRO!

San Juan, "Naktoberfest" and New Orleans

* Shop manager Andy Jensen just returned from hosting the San Juan River trip and he can't stop talking about it! We have been hosting trips at the Soaring Eagle Lodge for about 8 years now and can't say enough about the place. We should be posting the dates for 2018 within a week or so and the host next year will be Brian Flechsig himself. In the meantime, check out the updated photo album HERE.


MRO shop manager Andy Jensen- 2017 host of the Soaring Eagle Lodge Trip


* Today the "Naktoberfest" Alaska group left the lower 48 and should all be arriving into Anchorage shortly. Tomorrow they will take the flight from Anchorage to King Salmon and be whisked off to the Katmai Trophy Lodge on the banks of the Naknek River. There they will be met by MRO Trip Host Jeff Liskay and will spend the week swinging up Trophy Rainbow Trout! Dates are already in place for the Alaska Trips 2018 and you can find those and the details HERE.


"Speymaster" Jeff Liskay is hosting our Alaska "Naktoberfest" Trip


* And last but certainly not least, Brian Flechsig is heading up our annual New Orleans trip to the Woodland Plantation. He and a group of 9 lucky anglers will spend the week chasing GIANT Bull Reds, eating cajun home cooking and enjoying some cocktails. Truly one of our favorite trips! He should have good internet access so stay tuned to Social Media for videos and pictures throughout the week.


He's fished "few places" in his career and swears this is the BEST!


Warmwater


Smallmouth fishing has been good despite the low water.  A successful smallmouth fishing trip requires some homework understanding water temps and river features.  Streamer fishing will produce the most fish, but poppers are still producing.  The new Double Barrel poppers have been a big hit and going fast.  

Looking at the forecast things are going to continue to be fantastic.  Temperatures are remaining warm keeping fish in shallower water.  The local streams have been producing thick Caddis hatches and the small panfish and minnows have been raising to them.  Fishing a Fat Head Moth or Elk Hair caddis can be a fun change and add a few new species to your catch list.  

Tactics include fishing smaller patterns like more trout sized streamers, smaller poppers, and crawfish patterns.  Your boxes should include Black Nose Dace, Natural colored Wooly Buggers, Dirty Hippies, Dave Whitlock's Near Nuff patterns, Pencil Poppers, Double Barrel Poppers, Hoppers, Fat Head Moths, Lt Cahills, and large Stimulators.  

Largemouth/Lake fishing has been stable.  The local lakes are still rather warm so look for the fish to be in summer patterns or following schools of baitfish.  Sinking lines and slow jigging style flies will produce.  Stock up on Super Worms, Half and Halfs, Bottoms Up, J-Pigs, and Reapers.  Poppers at low light can also be a great choice.  Now that the boat traffic has slowed fishing the main lakes has been much easier. 




Mad River



The river is very low and with the forecast things are not going to change for a while.  That doesn't mean that you can't catch fish, but it does present challenges.

Fish midges and small caddis for the most productive dry fly action....although with the weather we are experiencing an extension of our terrestrial season. With the temps next week do not overlook your ant and beetle box also.  We have also been seeing good numbers of the Pseudocloen mayflies and there have been some fish feeding on them. A #20-22 BWO or Sulpher pattern works fine for these but make sure you are fishing a long leader and 6X or 7X tippet.

You will need to pull out all of your Spring Creek and stealth tactics....but it can be done. Long leaders, light tippets, drab clothing....all important right now.  If you are new to fly fishing or your casting needs improvement then make sure you get a lesson in before heading to the river.  Stealthy approaches with little line on the water are the keys to success.  

These conditions are also a great time to hone your Tenkara skills.  There are plenty of fish to be caught if you follow these recommendations.  As always if you need any help with this we will set your straight.

Streamer anglers will want to scale things back and revisit some classics like Gray Ghosts, Muddler Minnows and smaller Wooly Buggers. The Galloup style articulated stuff will probably have to wait until the leaves come down and we get some water.

Nymph fishing is of course your best bet and we have been doing extremely well on Green Caddis Larva, Green or Red Copper Johns as well as small Prince Nymphs. Also a good time to fish the Cranefly Larva as there have been a bunch of the adults around.



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The Creek is VERY low.  If you are heading that direction and just to fish trout,  then very early mornings will be the most productive.  As with the Mad you will need to "be on your best behavior" and fish as stealthy as possible.

At well under 15cfs and the predicted temps it might be more ethical to head below Pleasant Hill and fish for Smallmouth Bass and Panfish. 

Let's hope for some rain and cooler temps so that we can get back to business on the CF.



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map


Despite the great water temps the creek is very low and extremely challenging.  Most of the trout have been very weary requiring little to no fly line on the water.  If you happen to be down in the Hocking Hills taking in some early Fall colors and want to fish make sure to have your Tenkara rods or Redington Hydrogen 10' 3wt.  

Soft Hackles, midges, ants, and beetles will cover your dry fly fishing with small Pheasant Tails and Hares Ears for nymphing. Streamers are pretty much out of the question until we get some water.



Erie Steelhead

Gauge Links and Maps


Steelhead Season is right around the corner in the Great Lakes Region!


We are still a ways out from good fishing.  With the forecast also things are not going to progress in the coming week.  If you are up that way focus on the Jettys and Beaches at the creek mouths.  This is a game of sinking lines/shooting heads, stripping baskets and shiner patterns.  Hit these areas at first light.  This is not a high percentage game, but is great to hook a fish stripping at streamer when it has the whole lake to fight in!  Once the sun comes up over the tree line your better off sight fishing for Sheephead or targeting Smallmouth on the lake shore or in the lower rivers. 


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