Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Black Friday/Cyber Monday at Mad River Outfitters

Black Friday/Cyber Monday made easy! 

* Spend $100.00 or more, get a $20.00 Gift Card

* Spend $250.00 or more, get a $50.00 Gift Card

* Spend $500.00 or more, get a $100.00 Gift Card

* Spend $1,000.00 or more, get a $200.00 Gift Card

Plus......additional savings throughout the store-

* 40% OFF Selected Simms items
* 40% OFF All FITS Socks
* 40% OFF All BUFF products
* 40% OFF All Tilley Hats
* 30% OFF All Wingo Products
* 30% Selected Howler Brothers items
* Up to 40% OFF on other special, discontinued and closeout merchandise storewide

Check out the SALE page on our website for a complete listing!

Applies to in-store OR online purchases.

Online orders received between midnight and midnight, EST, on Black Friday, November 25th, 2022. All qualifying purchases during the 24 hour period will automatically receive the Gift Card in the order shipment.

In-Store purchases during normal store hours on Black Friday, November 25th, 2023. Gift Card will be issued at the point of sale.

***This promotion will also run for online sales on "Cyber Monday". Midnight to Midnight EST on Monday, November 28th.

Watch the video on how to easily use MRO Gift Cards on our online store:


Thank you for supporting a small, locally owned family business this Holiday Season!

                                                                 Mad River Outfitters

                                                                       833 Bethel Rd.

                                                                Columbus, Ohio 43214



Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Flip Pallot "Fly Fishing School Weekend"

Mad River Outfitters and the MIdwest Fly Fishing Schools are proud to present:

Flip Pallot Fly Fishing School Weekend

featuring Flip Pallot and Brian Flechsig

January 27th- 29th, 2023

held at Flip's house in Mims, Florida

You should plan on arriving in Orlando during the day on Friday, January 27th and renting a car. The festivities will begin around 6:30 at Flip's house in Mims so give yourself enough time to get from Orlando (or Daytona), get situated in your hotel room and grab a quick bite to eat.  

Friday night, the group will meet at Flip's house around 6:30 p.m. for check-in and meet-and-greet. Around 7:00 p.m. we'll have an official orientation and go over the plan for the weekend. We'll then have some more Frigate Reserve Rum, tell some stories and wrap things up around 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, we'll convene at 9:00 a.m., again at Flip's house and get the ball rolling. The morning session will include discussions on Rods, Reels, Lines and Flies, as well as general techniques. We will also have a discussion and presentation on Advanced Fly Casting Techniques, that will of course be applied later in the day.

Lunch on Saturday will be from Noon- 1 p.m. and will be basic sandwiches and fixins. We will then head over to Titusville, about 20 minutes away, to the Renzetti Inc. Factory and Facility. We will be given a one hour tour of this amazing company and get to see the behind the scenes on how their vises, tools and accessories are made. Special thanks to Lily and Andy Renzetti for making this possible!!!

We will then head out back of the factory, into their field there,  and spend the rest of the afternoon in a hands-on, advanced fly casting clinic. Flip and Brian have promised to "blow your minds" and promise to make you much better fly casters! You'll want to have an 8-10wt rod rigged up for this. Around 4:00 p.m., Flip will conduct a "Fly Casting Final Exam" to ensure that you come away from this weekend a much, much better fly caster and can continue to improve, based on what you have learned.

This "exam" will include a video of you casting with Flip coaching and will be sent to you after the class. A keepsake memory from your experience with a legend!

***Please note that this will be an extremely "advanced" fly casting class. It will be assumed that all participants are good casters and well versed at double hauling and the like. This class is designed to make very good casters into very excellent casters. 

The day will wrap up there at Renzetti around 5:00 p.m. and you can head back to your hotel and enjoy some supper and the evening.

Sunday morning we will again meet at Flip's house at 9:00 a.m. We will start the morning with a detailed class on proper leader building and knot tying. We will also touch on some other subjects such as properly hooking, playing and landing fish and more. We will also try to squeeze in an hour of Q & A and open discussion to make sure that you get your questions answered by these two veterans. Lunch will again be provided around Noon, and will be grilled up by Flip and Brian on Flip's famous Traeger grill and will most likely feature some game that he harvested himself. This will certainly be a celebratory meal!

After lunch, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. we will close the school, take some group photos and dismiss the group.

You can then head to the airport or back to your hotel, depending on your travel arrangements. 

***If anyone is interested in doing some fishing while in Florida, on either end of the trip, Brian and Flip have mentioned that they would be happy to put you in touch with some good local guides. Just let us know and we'll be happy to pass along the information. 

Included in this trip: Happy Hour and Orientation on Friday night, School, Lunch and Renzetti Tour on Saturday, School and Lunch on Sunday. All school materials related to the Knots and Leaders Class. 

Not Included in this trip: Transportation to Mims, Florida, Lodging, Rod and Reel Set-Up for the Fly Casting Clinics

Click Here learn more or to register for this very special event!

"Brian and I will transform you into better fly anglers.......period. And......... a ton of fun will be had along the way"- Flip Pallot

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Very Special Guest: Blane Chocklett

 Blane Chocklett at Mad River Outfitters

November 11th and 12th, 2022

Mad River Outfitters is thrilled to announce very special guest Blane Chocklett. 
Blane began fly fishing in 1985 on a 
 small mountain stream not far from his home in Blue Ridge, Virginia. Eight years later, he started his own freelance guide service. In 1996, Blane opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers, a full-service fly shop located in Roanoke, Virginia.

Through the years, Blane has supported the sport of fly fishing by serving as a member of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association's (AFTA) Dealer Advisory Board and by consulting with several fly fishing pro staffs. Blane has been featured by many outdoor writers in books and magazine articles over the years

Since 1998, Blane has served as a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Through his Hybrid SeriesTM and other innovative designs, Blane crafts traditional and synthetic tying materials to achieve the subtleness of flies and the strike-generating action of conventional lures. He is most known for the Gummy Minnow flies and most recently the Game Changer flies. Today, Blane operates New Angle Fishing Company and specializes in float trips on three of Virginia's premiere rivers: James, New and Jackson rivers. Blane also serves on the Temple Fork Outfitters advisory board and helped them to design the new BC Big Fly rods.

Blane will be around Mad River Outfitters all weekend and will be teaching some clinics which are listed below. Register online and please call us at 614-451-0363 if you have any questions.

Blane Chocklett at Mad River Outfitters

Friday, November 11th:


7:00- 9:00 p.m.- "Designing and Fishing Flies that Trigger Strikes" Program with Blane in the shop- $10.00 per ticket


Register Now!


Saturday, November 12th:

10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.- Book Signing and Fly Tying Demos- feel free to stop on by the shop!

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.- Advanced Fly Casting Clinic with Blane Chocklett and Pat Kelly- limited to 10 students- $75.00


Register Now!


6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.- "Tying Game Changer Flies"- fly tying class- limited to 10 students- $150.00

* all materials for the class are included in the price. Must have some tying experience and bring your own vise and tools.


Blane Chocklett at Mad River Outfitters

Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th, 2022

Mad River Outfitters
833 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ohio Fly Fishing Forecast 04/28/22

This week's fly fishing forecast is live on the Ohio Fly Fishing Guides blog!

Guide Josh McQueen provides an update on Lake Run Smallmouth, Steelhead, Trout and Musky fishing. Check out the full report over on the OFFG blog!

Pictures from the past week:

Flows have been ideal for streamer fishing on the Mad River.

John L. with a nice pre-spawn Smallie on a recent guide trip with Pat Kelly.

Guide Josh Trammell having some fun with underwater shots of Lake Run Smallies.

Mitch H. with a Rainbow Trout from a recent guide trip with Katie Johnstone.

Another nice Brown Trout caught on the Mad River.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

This NEW Retro Style Fly Fishing Reel is BACK!


In this video, Brian Flechsig from Mad River Outfitters talks about Orvis bringing back the legendary CFO Fly Reel and talks about the features on the NEW Orvis CFO Fly Reel. We're seriously excited about this.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

SAGE R8 Core Fly Rods, Here's Everything You Need to Know.


Introducing the Sage R8 Core Fly Rods.
The Sage R8 Core Fly Rod is Finally here.

Last week Sage released their highly anticipated R8 Fly Rods. So in light of the launch, here is everything you need to know about the new Sage R8 Core Fly Rods.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Ohio Fly Fishing Forecast 04/08/22

This week's fly fishing forecast is live on the Ohio Fly Fishing Guides blog page!

Guide Josh McQueen provides an update on the Mad River, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead and Lake Run Smallmouth. Check out the full report over on the OFFG blog page or see below for a quick breakdown.

Mad River

Nymphing deep holes with Trophy Nymphs or Pheasant Tail Nymphs has been productive. There have not been any signs of Hendricksons yet. 

A beautiful Mad River Brown Trout!

Rainbow Trout

There have been some midges hatching at the Clear Fork River. Nymphing and swinging Wooly Buggers has been very productive.

A big Rainbow Trout from this season!


There are still plenty of Steelhead in the system. The rivers to the west of Cleveland are starting to get low and clear. The rivers to the east of Cleveland are in better shape and have more fresh fish.

Guide Ben Phipps having a good time with his client up in Steelhead Alley!

Lake Run Smallmouth

A couple lake run Smallmouth have been seen in the rivers. We will start to see more entering the system in the coming weeks!

Click here for the full report.