Friday, June 23, 2017

Fishing Reports- 6/23/17


* 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.






Warmwater

Rain Rain Rain!!!  Things do not look really good going into the weekend and probably into mid week.  Focus your attention to the area ponds and lakes.  Especially focus on the waters that do not have large streams feeding the lake.  There is a cold front moving in that will put the bass off for a day or two.  Panfish usually do not get put off too much by a cold front.  Focus on the lake side of coves and back bays that are not muddy.

As for gear you will want 3-5wts for panfish and 6-8wts for bass.  Fishing an intermediate sinking line like a Scientific Anglers Titan Clear Tip is a great choice for both bass and panfish.  Small streamers, poppers, and nymphs are our go to's for the Bluegills and Crappies.  Don't over look the popper dropper rig on a 2x leader.  For bass you will want flies that have lots of movement and sink slowly.  This coming cold front will put off the bass popper bite, but fishing a J-Pig, Reaper, or SuperWorm off weed edges and drop off will produce the big fish.  For those who usually are trout bound take you rclousers, buggers, and other streamers to your local lake and pond and have fun.  


Mad River

The river is currently on the raise, but it will drop fast.  Look for there to be some streamer fishing on Saturday and Sunday with everything starting to clear out sometime Sunday.  Into next week small streamers is a good choice early and late if you need to fill your trout streamer cravings.  For those looking to dry fly fish focus on midges and caddis early and throughout the day then switch to terrestrials in the afternoon and evening.  Your boxes should consist of Fur Ants, Ant Acids, Power Ants, and Splitsvilles for ants patterns.  Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard, Henryville Specials, Soft Hackles,Swing Nymphs, Flashabou Caddis, and Downed Caddis will keep you stocked for the caddis game.  Do not overlook fishing Dave's Crickets, Fat Alberts, and Inch Worm patterns.  

This weekend if the water levels are ok to wade then pull out your 6-8wts, Rio Streamer Tips, and the biggest flies you can throw.  Make sure to have a wading staff with you if you are not familiar with the flows.  Call the shop if you are not sure of safe wadding levels.  

Into next week the Terrestrial game will require a 4-6wt 2-4x tippet, floatant and Loon Easy Dry.  Midges and other little dries will require 4-6x specialty dry fly leaders like Rio Suppleflex and 3-4wts.  You will need to have your technical Reach Casts, Arial Mends, and accuracy game well tuned.  If you need help with these cast make sure to get a private casting class or book your guide trip with that focus.  



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The upper river is blown.  We will let you know when things start to shape up.  The lower will likely start to raise as the Army Core starts to see the lake levels raise. 



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map

The creek is blown and will not likely fish till next week.  We will keep you posted as things change.  




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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fishing Reports- 6/17/17


* 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.


Warmwater

Smallmouth Bass has continued to be the main talk in the shop.  Just before the rain this week the Scioto was just starting to fish great.  We will see how long it takes to come back down to safe levels.  If you fish gear and like to float the river then that will be the best option into early next week.  

The Olentangy was also starting to fish very well.  We personally have not been able to catch fish on poppers, but streamers have been the main ticket.  The river is currently muddy, but should fish by Sunday or Monday as they have just stopped releasing water at Delaware Dam.  


Matt Darrah was out with MRO guide Josh McQueen earlier this week and broke his personal best.....twice!!


If you are looking to fish close to the city this weekend then you will want to focus on Alum Creek, Little Darby, Big Walnut and other small creeks in the area.  There are many parks scattered throughout the area to access these small waters.  Find your local park and explore the water.  You might find some great fishing right in your "backyard."  The water temps are up making wet wading a good choice for those who look forward to this time every year.  There also have been many people out taking advantage of the warm water floating, swimming, and tubing so keep an eye out when casting.  

As for rod size we like to throw our 6-8wts with aggressive floaters or sink-tips.  There are some great rods in the shop for all budgets so make sure to give us a call or stop in and we will help you get the best rod for your situation.  Top picks for lines would be the Rio Big Nasty and Smallmouth or the Scientific Anglers Titan Taper and Clear Tip.  If you are not building your own leaders than either sign up for the Knots and Leader class or pick up some Rio Bass or Scientific Anglers Hard Mono Leaders.  Flies would be any of the Modern Streamers especially the Bottoms-Up in all colors, Boogieman, Clousers in all colors, Peanut, and Sump.


Above: "Conner's Uncle gave him the ultimate Christmas & Birthday present of a Private Warm Water School.  Conner and his Dad spent the morning learning about everything Smallmouth.  After a little knots and rigging we headed to their home water to apply what they learned.  We worked on casting, how to fish poppers and streamers, and how to unsnag a fly.  The water was still a little off color, but Chris did manage to catch a few small fish.  It is always great to educate a father and son together so they can make memories of their own!" - Guide and Instructor Ryan Ratliff

Education is the Cornerstone of our business. In all aspects....it's what we do!!




Above: Lindsey Kittle and her brother Lee were out with Andy aboard the Fly-N-Carp last weekend. Fishing was exceptional.


Carp fishing is of course in full bloom....as are the local mulberries. Great time to get out and chase carp on the fly in the local streams or lakes. They are starting to eat just about anything so mulberries, crayfish and nymphs should be in your box.



Mad River



We need some water.  For the most part the major mayfly hatches are finished and we have moved into the typical summer pattern.  It's time to start thinking Caddis and Terrestrials.
You may still see some Sulphers, a stray Slate Drake or Brown Drake but probably limited to the upper river at this point. You may also see some tiny little mayflies but they usually don't amount to much as far as the fish are concerned.

Combine lower water and high heat with heavy canoe and kayak traffic makes for a tough day on the water. If you are going to fish during the day, which is not adviseable, plan on tons of canoes getting in your way.

There is midge and Caddis activity as typical. Fishing a Griffiths Gnat or other midge dry can be a great choice when the fish are keying in on the little stuff.  As for the Caddis a variety of sized Elk Hair Caddis are a staple, but make sure to have a good variety of colors and sizes. Galloup's new Goober Caddis has also become a shop favorite.  

As for the terrestrials we always carry Galloup's Ant acid in both colors.  Others to have also are the Fur Ant, Sinking Ant, and HiVis Para-Ant.  When the fish are picky a Splitsville Flying Ant is hard to beat.  Don't forget about the Japanese Beetles and Dave's Cricket also.  Drop a Soft hackle or Drowned Caddis behind these and you are ready for anything.


Che Brindle on a float this past Tuesday with MRO guide Josh McQueen on the Mad. Although the fishing has slowed a bit, you can certainly still catch fish if you are patient and toss the right flies. Fish early and fish late....avoid mid-day.




Clearfork River


Clearfork Map

The upper Clear Fork is a great choice, but as with the Mad the mayfly hatches are pretty much over.  We have still been seeing some Light Cahills in the late evenings but the past few days this has slowed up and not enough to really get the fish going.

We would suggest fishing Midges and Caddis, but keep an eye out for fish raising to terrestrials.  Fishing a Cricket or Beetle with a Swing Nymph behind and cover water is a great option.  

The lower river is a great place to fish a bigger terrestrial like a Fat Albert with a caddis pupa like a Soft Hackle or Nitro Caddis behind.  There is a mix bag down there and just about anything will eat a big Terrestrial on top or settle for the nymph.  Focusing on Smallies with poppers and small streamers is also a great option also.   




Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map

The creek is super low right now.  Focus on small Caddis dries and Soft hackles.  With the higher water temps make sure to focus on the early mornings and land fish quickly.  

Fishing terrestrials also is a great option.  Flies are the same as for the Mad: carry Galloup's Ant acid in both colors.  Others to have also are the Fur Ant, Sinking Ant, and HiVis Para-Ant. 

When the fish are picky a Splitsville Flying Ant is hard to beat.  Don't forget about the Japanese Beetles and Dave's Cricket also.  Drop a Soft hackle or Drowned Caddis behind these and your ready for anything.




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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Upcoming Schools and Classes



JUNE

Monday, June 12th- Basic Fly Casting Clinic- 6-8 p.m.-  Click Here

Saturday, June 17th- Entomology 101 Class- 9-11 a.m.- Click Here

Wednesday, June 21st- Knots and Leaders Class- 7-9 p.m.- Click Here

Sunday, June 25th- 1-Day Fly Fishing School- Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club- Click Here


JULY

Sunday, July 2nd- Carp School- Muzzy Lakes Club with guide Andy Jensen- Click Here

Saturday and Sunday, July 8th and 9th- 2-Day Fly Fishing School- Sunnybrook Trout Club- Click Here

Sunday, July 23rd- On-River Seminar- Smallmouth Bass with Ryan Ratliff- Click Here



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614-451-0363


Fishing Reports- 6/10/17


* 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.


Warmwater

Fishing in the city is still limited to the smaller streams as the Scioto and Olentangy are still off.  The fish are eating if you are familiar with the rivers and take along a wading staff.  The conventional gear guys are fishing and doing well.  The smaller streams have been producing though and the fish are taking flies well.  Most of us have been fishing streamers, but make sure to bring your poppers as they have also been producing.  With all of the warm weather we have had this spring we are all glad to finally be fishing poppers.  Boogle bugs are our go to for poppers so make sure to have plenty as they are going fast!  

Other flies to be well stocked with are the Murdich Minnows, Skiddish Smolt, Clousers, Nancy P, Bottoms Up, Dungeons, Peanut Envys, and Tequeely.  These streamers will require a 6-8wt pared up with the SA Titan Clear tip and 12-16lb Rio Bass tippet.  Stop in the shop or shoot us a call if you want some more information about Smallmouth bass fishing.  We have been busy guiding for Smallies so make sure to get your trips planned now.  Smallmouth fishing will continue to be great as we get into summer.  



"Few good pics from guide trip with Alex. Smallmouth fishing has been excellent! Popper bite was great all day."- MRO Guide Pat Kelly


Pond fishing also has been fantastic.  Largemouth Bass are out of their post-spawn funk and are looking up for a popper or diving fly.  The panfish are finishing up with their spawn and will continue to readily take poppers and dry flies.  Largemouth Bass flies are much like Smallmouth flies, but we like to fish flies with more marabou in the still waters.  A sink-tip line and  flies like a Swimmy Jimmy, Articulated Fathead Minnow, Dirty Hippie, Ted Brook Trout, and the Peanut are the go-to's.  Boogle Bug poppers are always a good choice also. 

The BIG news is.......it's Carp season! Carp fishing has been picking up as they are off the spawn and on the feed. Great time to get out and chase these magnificent gamefish all-over Ohio. Andy has been guiding out of the Fly-n-Carp for a few weeks now and doing well. Reports are starting to pour in from locals doing well. Carp fishing will remain strong throughout the summer but don't miss the incredible Mulberry action. The "hatch" should be good through the 1st week or so of July. 


"In between the low temps, clouds, threatening rain and wind still had a great day on the water a few nice  carp where caught "I believe one was Tom's personal best and Johnny is very new to carpin on the fly".- MRO Guide Andy Jensen




Sunday, July 2nd at the Muzzy Lakes Club with guide Andy Jensen

9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Register Online HERE

Mad River



The Epic Brown Drake fishing has slowed way down and with the high temps in the coming days what bugs that are left will be well into the night.  There are still some small Sulfurs and Light Cahills around in the evenings. The best dry fly fishing on bugs right now will be in the upper river, well above Urbana. Should still see decent numbers of Sulphers and Cahills but the Drakes will be sporadic at best and if they happen at all, it will be well after dark.

 If you are looking to get out in the next few days make sure to have a very diverse dry fly box.  Terrestrials are the next category to either dust off or add to the box.  Earlier in the day most fish will be keying in on midges and caddis and will transition to the beetles, crickets, and ants into the afternoons.  

Flies to have will be Griffiths Gnats, Goddard Caddis, Elk Hair, Henryville Special, Ant Acid, Fur Ant, Splitsville Flying Ant, and Dave's Cricket.  We like to drop a small unweighted nymph behind these dries and skate them on the end of the drift.  Other than Matt Supinski's Statute of Liberty technique, Tenkara is the best way to mimic a Caddis on the surface.  

Streamer fishing takes a back seat for the summer, but if you just need a fix and the Smallmouth waters are not cooperating then focus on the first and last light times with smaller natural streamers.  Also skating a mouse at night can be a lot of fun.  


"Fished the middle river on Tuesday hoping to take advantage of sulphur, caddis activity and had decent success with nymphs and soft hackles in riffle areas. In the late afternoon I decided try something different and switched to a Grizzly  wooly bugger and hit the banks in medium current areas. I was a bit surprised that the trout had larger items on the menu along with the size 16 insects. I landed  two 12-13”  Browns and this 20” beauty."- Bill Rice




Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


The upper river is currently low and clear.  There have been some great reports of hatches and fish. Truth is, the Upper Clearfork has probably been the best trout fishing in the state the past week or so. Dry fly fishing in the evenings especially has been fantastic.....Brown Drakes, Light Cahills and Caddis have been the fare.  

As the water temps climb though here the Oxygen levels start to fall due to many issues.  We try to focus on fishing early mornings or at night in the summer.  The hatches have continued to be good with Sulfurs and Light Cahills being the main evening and caddis the morning and mid-day.  There also was some great Brown Drake hatches, but they have seemed to slow way down.  

The lower river flows are good and the mixed bag of fish has been great.  If you are down there camping make sure to bring the poppers, beetles, ants, and small streamers.  


Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map

The creek is VERY low currently.  The temps are OK, but with the 90's forecasted look for the water temps to climb quickly.  Thick morning midge hatches and then small caddis into the afternoon.  Sulfurs, Cahills, and a few Brown Drakes have been hatching, but the fish are keyed in on Midges and Caddis as usual.  Dead drifting and swinging a Drowned Caddis, Core Caddis, Sunken Spinners, and Swing Nymphs will produce.  Make sure to have a thermometer with you to make sure your not fishing water in the 70 degree range.  These warm temps have low Oxygen levels and the fish have a hard time recovering.  Keep them in the water and fight them quickly. 



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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fishing Reports- 5/26/17


* 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 rain has been the most common topic here in the shop over the past couple weeks.  We have been getting a small window of good conditions before the rain raises the flows.  Looking into the weekend...  The rain amounts have been changing by the hour it seems, but The other topic over the past couple weeks have been Brown Drakes!  More about all of this below.  


Warmwater

The local streams have been off colored for the most part.  The Darby, Walnut, and Blacklick have been the first to clear out and produce.  It seems like we will not be fishing the Scioto till July...hopefully not, but we will let you know when it comes into shape.  If the predicted rain totals continue to decrease then focusing on the Big Walnut and Darby Creeks will be the best bet.  These streams might fish as early as Saturday evening, but most likely Sunday and Monday.  Shoot us a call Saturday as this can change.  Other Smallmouth options around the state have been great.  If you want to get in on a Smallie float make sure to get your trip booked soon as our days off are filling up! 

The status in the local ponds is mixed.  Most of the bass have or are currently spawning.  In the smaller waters the panfish are moving to the beds also.  Fishing these ponds have been the best bet as they are seldom muddy and consistently produce fish.  Fishing poppers have started producing and will only get better.  Wet flies, streamers, nymphs, and San Juans or Squirmys keep the panfish and bass on the line.  4-5wt fly rods are what we prefer for panfish while 6-8wts are our go-to rods for throwing big bass flies.  

Pike fishing has continued to be excellent.  Again the flows have been a little problem, but we are still putting clients on fish.  Pat and Josh have been seeing some great fish as you can see on our earlier posts.  



Ohio Pike fishing has been good to excellent and will stay strong. Trips booking now!


Mad River



It is great that we have a spring creek so close to Columbus.  Despite the rain levels this Spring the Mad River has a very short runoff time.  In most situations water levels drop quickly and start to clear out 24 hours or less!  Combine the runoff time and the amount of bugs we have been seeing this Spring the Mad has been treating us very well.  Dry Fly fishing continues to be great. 

There have been a few reports of BROWN DRAKES, but the Sulfurs and Light Cahills have been the main focus.  Midges and Caddis are the go to in the mornings while the Sulfurs and Cahils have been the evening ticket.  Before the rain late in the past week there have been a few reports of Ephermera Olives in tiny size 22.  

The Drakes are early, and we have only seen a few, but the next few weeks should provide some absolutely incredible dry fly fishing. Be sure to have Duns and Spinners. Remember that these are usually an evening deal, although an overcast cooler day can see the Duns hatching in the late afternoon. As the hatch progresses, it can even be an after dark affair. Be sure to have the NYMPHS to fish if the bugs aren't hatching at that moment......they are critical.

If you are looking to dry fly fish this weekend you box will need to be filled with ICSI Midges, Goddard Caddis, Henryville Special, and Elk Hair Caddis for the mornings.  Stock up on #16-18 Thorax, Parachute, Comparadun, and Spinner Sulfurs for the afternoons/into the evenings.  For the late evenings Brown Paradrakes, Bear's Hi-Vis, Comparadrake and the Brown Drake Spinners will be the go-to's.  

Nymphing is always a productive option.  Right now you will need to fishing the Brown Drake nymphs with either an unweighted nymph or softhackle trailer.  Typically we are fishing either an unweighted Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail as the second fly.  Having some Net Builder Caddis, Flashabou Caddis, Core Caddis, Nitro Caddis, and the Drowned Caddis will set your straight accross the board.  

**The AuSable boat has been in the shop for some minor repairs but is now back and ready for action. Brian has a few slots open between now and mid-June so if anybody wants to do a float in this legendary craft....during this legendary season......give him a call at the shop.


She's all repaired up and ready to float!


Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


We need more reports with good information and pictures of bugs from the Clear Fork.  With all of the options around the state right now we just haven't been able to spend much time up that way.  There have been some good hatches, but with the rain predicted up there it is going to be hard to guess what this weekend will look like.  If you are up that way then make sure to be prepared for different conditions.  A streamer rod, sink tip, and articulated streamers for the off colored water, Dry fly setup for the evenings, and a nymphing rig as a backup will keep you in the game for the upper or lower river.  Down below the Pleasant Hill Dam is always a good place to stop by and fish a streamer as you never know what you will find.  There have been a few reports that the road heading down to the covered bridge was closed, but you can still park close to the dam and walk down.  

As for flies they will be much the same as for the Mad. If you are looking to dry fly fish this weekend you box will need to be filled with ICSI Midges, Goddard Caddis, Henryville Special, and Elk Hair Caddis for the mornings.  Stock up on #16-18 Thorax, Parachute, Comparadun, and Spinner Sulfurs for the afternoons/into the evenings.  For the late evenings Paradrakes, Bear's Hi-Vis, Comparadrake and the Brown Drake Spinners will be the go-to's.  Be sure to have some Light Cahills also as they can be thick in the evenings for the next month or so.....both stretches.

Nymphing is always a productive option.  Right now you will need to fishing the Brown Drake nymphs with either an unweighted nymph or softhackle trailer.  Typically we are fishing either an unweighted Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail as the second fly.  Having some Net Builder Caddis, Flashabou Caddis, Core Caddis, Nitro Caddis, and the Drowned Caddis will set your straight accross the board.  


Clear Creek


Clear Creek Map


The creek is low and will continue to clear out even more into the weekend.  Light rain will make the creek fish well this weekend.  The Smallmouth bite is heating up so small streamers are a good bet for both Smallies and trout.  Cover lots of water and enjoy the scenery.  

Nymphing always produces with Hares Ear and Pheasant tails.  As for the dry fly fishing the most consistent flies have been small Elk Hair Caddis and Henryville Specials.  There are a few Sulfurs and Light Cahills around so have a few in the box just in case.  Ants like the Ant Acid and Quick Sight Ant along with Flash Beetles and other terrestrials also make good choices in the coming weeks. 




Erie Steelhead/Smallmouth


Lake Run Smallmouth fishing is still good, but most of the fish are moving out into the harbors. Guide trips this week have focused on the lower rivers and river mouths.

There are plenty of resident fish in the rivers although this weekend up there looks rough as the rain has messed up the rivers. We are just about done reporting on the tributaries, but we will keep you updated on what we experience and hear for those heading that way. 



John Wiesinger flew in from Georgia to fish the tribs with us and did VERY well.


Jim Wiers this past Monday with Josh on the jet at the mouth of Conneaut



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lefty Kreh on the TFO Impact Fly Rod

Making an Impact: My Favorite TFO Rod by Lefty Kreh


Since I joined the sport in 1949, TFO’s Impact has become my favorite fly rod for general fly fishing. I’d like to explain why.

First, it’s important to realize the amount of bend put in the rod when it stops at the end of the stroke is what unrolls line to target.

A stroke is a movement to deliver something from the starting point to the target. The proper stroke makes it possible for the baseball player to make a bunt or hit a home run or to throw the Frisbee a short or long distance.  A proper stroke can be short or long but it must continue to smoothly accelerate or go faster and faster, ending in the direction you want to deliver an object. The stroke can start slow or fast but must accelerate to the end.  I believe understanding a good stroke is the most important factor when fly-casting.

Conventional fly-casting techniques suggest stopping the backcast a little past vertical. If the forward cast begins from this position, it allows the angler only a relatively short stroke. However, the rod needs to bend more to deliver a forward cast with heavier lines and flies, into the wind or for more distance. Such a short stroke requires more effort to bend the rod to do job. Experienced casters have learned to drift the rod hand well back allowing a longer stroke (forward cast) with less effort.



I think the Impact series that TFO designed is a revolutionary rod that can help fly fisherman improve and appreciate a proper casting stroke. Almost all modern fly rods are flexible near the tip but increase in diameter and stiffness toward the rod handle, requiring more effort to bend the lower portion. The Impact is different. From the tip the rod tapers slowly in diameter to the reel seat without lacking in power or strength. This design offers many advantages.

Range of Power – Modern fly rods usually cast well the line designed for it and one lighter or one heavier in size. The Impact rod bends easily from tip to the butt so it handles a number of line sizes.  For example I can fish effectively with my 8-weight Impact with lines from 5 to 9 weight. I’ve never cast another rod so versatile that it would handle five different line-weights. It also is not as critical to have just the right amount of line outside before the backcast.

Rod Recovery – Watch the rod tip of a great caster. The tips stops smoothly and doesn’t bounce up and down. For most fly fishermen the tip vibrates on the stop because the lower portion of the rod is so much stiffer. The vibrating tip produces undesirable shock waves in the line. Because Impact rods taper smoothly throughout, the tip stabilizes quickly – eliminating any bounce at the end of the cast.

Roll Casting – During roll casting a greater portion of the Impact bends allowing most anglers to roll cast so much better.

Durability – It is one of the toughest rods I’ve ever fished. Using a 20-pound tippet on an 8-weight rod I hooked a redfish of almost 20 pounds in the Louisiana swamp and fully expected to break the rod but didn’t.  Unlike a fast action rod, the extreme load in the fight with this fish was spread throughout the rod – reducing the “high stick” break risk.

In summary, the generally accepted casting stroke is rather short which requires much more effort to load the rod deeply. Casters who use this method who have tried an Impact rod do not like it all. The Impact rod requires a longer than normal strokes so the rod bends more and less effort is needed by the caster.  Keep this in mind and give an Impact rod a try – I believe you’ll appreciate the Impact design as much as I do.

Lefty Kreh

* Reprinted from the TFO Blog- Check it out HERE




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TFO Flagship Dealer

813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

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614-451-0363