Quite Possibly the most anticipated fly rod launch in the history of the sport!
The NEW Orvis Superfine Fiberglass Fly Rods hit the shelves today at Mad River Outfitters!
These are truly beautiful, traditional fly rods handcrafted by Orvis in Manchester, Vermont. The Moss green blanks and brown wraps, coupled with the gorgeous cork and polished silver reel seats.....Wow!
They also come with a really cool, unsanded fiberglass rod tube as well!
Check Out the new Orvis Superfine Fiberglass Fly Rods HERE!
A week at the Naknek River Camp with Mad River Outfitters- The Ultimate
Alaska Fly Fishing Adventure by Jerry Darkes
considering a fly fishing trip to Alaska, Naknek River Camp with Mad River Outfitters should be high on
your list of places to consider. Located
on the Naknek River, near the town of King Salmon, the camp sits on the edge of
Katmai National Park and is a great jumping off point for the best angling
opportunities the Bristol Bay region has to offer.
Located on a
scenic bend of the river, Naknek River Camp is owned and operated by the
Johnson family, veteran fly angler hosts and outfitters. Guests stay in comfortable plywood cabins-
each having a propane heater and portable toilet. There is a main bath house with showers and
regular toilets. For couples, several
cabins have regular showers and toilets built in to them. The cabins, cleaned every day by camp staff,
are warm, comfortable and dry.
and lunch are served in a main dining hall while lunches are carried on the
water by your guide each day. The food
is very good and ample portions are served.
No one ever need go hungry here and specialty dietary needs are easily
met by letting Mad River know in advance.
personable, polite, and experienced fisherman.
They are very knowledgeable about local waters and will do everything
possible to make sure clients have a great outing. They can quickly asses the skill level of an
angler and determine who needs extra help.
The client to guide ratio is generally 2 to 1, but can vary depending on
the schedule for the day.
interested in catching the most species possible during a week, the last two
weeks of July are considered “prime time”.
During this period you will have the possibility of all 5 species of
salmon- Kings, sockeye, silvers, chum, and pinks. In addition, anglers can go after rainbow
trout, dolly varden trout, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, and northern pike.
during this time period can vary considerably.
It may be 50 degrees with rain every day or you may find periods of
cloudless blue skies with temperatures in the 70s. Come prepared for both situations and
everything in between. Both Mad River
Outfitters and Naknek River Camp will provide lists of equipment and clothing
you should bring with you for the week.
week is an open schedule that is easily tailored to your individual
wishes. If you want to focus on
walk/wade opportunities, this will be accommodated. If an angler is less mobile and interested in
mostly boat fishing, this is easily arranged.
The goal at the camp is to give you the best angling experience possible
based on your physical abilities.
wishing to take fish home are encouraged to fish for sockeyes early in this
time period. The Naknek River system
supports one of the largest runs of sockeye salmon in Alaska. Sockeye are one of the best eating of salmon
and in best condition when fresh in from the ocean. The longer in freshwater and the further in
their spawning process, sockeye eating qualities decrease significantly. Your guide will clean your sockeye and make
sure the fillets are individually vacuum frozen.
fishing is open to the end of July and a special license is required to target
them. King numbers vary from year to
year, but significant numbers are often found in the main river and several
tributaries. The Naknek can produce
world-class size Kings in excess of 60 pounds, with most in the 30 pound range.
of the week for many is the day at Brooks Camp across Naknek Lake to visit the
world famous Brooks River Falls. Guests
cross the lake in a motorized launch.
You spend the morning going to “bear school” and then viewing bears at
the falls. The afternoon is spent
fishing the Brooks River for rainbows where you are likely to have additional
bear encounters along the river.
other trips across Naknek Lake that take place during the week include going to
Idovain Creek for grayling and Margot Creek for dolly varden and rainbow. Idovain Creek reminds you of a spring creek
with its smooth, glassy current and high grassy banks. Margot Creek is a series of riffles and pools
with a picturesque creek mouth emptying into the lake. It loads up with sockeye that in turn attract
dollies from the lake along with rainbows.
Camp also offers optional fly-outs to a number of destinations. Done in a float plane with a local pilot, guests
are picked up and dropped off at the main camp dock. One of the favorite fly-outs is to Contact
Creek. A 25-30 minute flight from the
camp, Contact Creek attracts significant numbers of King and chum salmon. It also receives a huge run of Arctic char
that run 20” – 30” inches in length and hold good numbers of large grayling and
rainbows. Anglers fishing here
universally claim “it is the best stream fishing experience I ever had”.
Naknek River is also famous for its trophy-sized rainbow trout. Any cast can produce a rainbow in excess of
30 inches. A day spent trout fishing the
main river can include stripping streamers along the numerous gravel bars and
shoals, throwing dries to glassy slicks, or swinging flies with a switch rod or
two-hander. Though not always easy to
catch, Naknek rainbows have a reputation as the hardest-fighting of their type
salmon normally show up the last few days of July. If you want to target silvers, best to opt
for them at the end of the week. These
hard fighters load up in slower areas of the lower river and can be caught on a
variety of streamers and some surface patterns.
the camp are also able to take boats out on their own in the morning before breakfast
and after dinner in the evening. There
is no extra charge for this and all that is requested is you stay reasonable
close and that camp personnel know where you plan to fish. Several sloughs are within sight of the camp
and hold sizable pike and there are several key trout and salmon areas a short
run from the camp.
Camp offers arguably, the best value in Alaskan fly fishing and Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent for the lodge. Other lodges in the area charge twice the
amount and more to fish similar Bristol Bay waters. Accommodations are not luxury but they are
clean, warm, dry, and comfortable. The
fishing opportunities equal, and often exceed, any found in the area. Whether you join them on one of their hosted trips, or have them set-up a trip tailored to fit your dates and needs.....MRO can help.
Note: Special thanks to Bob Fout and Carl Shin for
photographic contributions. Jerry Darkes- September 2013
Mad River Outfitters Trips to the Naknek River Camp
July 19th- 26th, 2014 with hosts Jerry Darkes and Jeff Liskay
August 16th- 23rd, 2014 with hosts Patrick Kelly and Graham Stokes
This weekend, we welcome back our old friend and head steelhead guide Greg Senyo! He'll be around the shop from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. showing folks how and why to use some of his new flies and new products. Then, from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. he'll be giving a fly tying class for 6 students. As of right now, there are a few spots left in this class so if you are interested, please give us a call to get signed-up! Click Here to learn more about Greg's visit to Mad River Outfitters this weekend! As a part of "Steelhead Month"....and to celebrate Greg's visit......we will be offering a special coupon for 20% OFF ANY of Greg's fly patterns at www.madriveroutfitters.com. Simply buy up a bunch of Greg's flies.....and we'll give you the discount. You can do this online by entering the coupon code: senyo.......or by stopping in the shop and buying them in person.
Here's a quick listing and links to the Senyo flies that we carry in the shop:
* Senyo's Steak-N-Eggs- Greg's brilliant contribution from a few years back that combines a nymph and an egg
* Senyo's Wiggle Prince- The Prince Nymph has always been a favorite nymph for steelhead in the Erie region and Greg took this one and added the articulated tail which really seems to add to the hookups on this fly!
* Senyo's Wiggle Stone- Of course, you can't be without stonefly patterns in either Michigan or Ohio and this is a HOT pattern. Especially effective is the blue color when conditions turn colder.
* Senyo's Ice Man Minnow- when this fly came out, it started a revolution of streamer/swing style fishing for steelhead here in the region. It is still a great seller and a hot fly for us here at the shop.
* Senyo's Trout Parr- another great streamer fly from Greg that works great on both steelhead and trout.
Use coupon code: senyo on the 1st page of checkout and get 20% OFF any of the flies listed below.
For those of you in the region- we hope that you can stop by and see Greg this Saturday- October 26th.
Thanks for reading and more coupons and informative Blogs coming over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Rio is by far our #1 vendor for fly lines....and for good reason. They have a variety of NEW lines for the 2014 season and we thought we'd point them out here! Some great additions in particular for the Salmon and Steelhead angler.
* New Scandi Head
An easy casting shooting head designed for effortless distance and great presentation.
The RIO Scandi head is a very easy casting Scandi style shooting head, built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the utmost in casting control and sensitivity. It is available in a multitude of lengths and weights to cover all rod and angling situations. For tight casting spots and the utmost in ease of casting use a head length that is between 2.5 and 3 times the length of the rod, thus a 12 ft rod would work best with a head that is between 30 and 36 ft in length. The shorter the head length, the tighter the back casting space an angler can fish in. With more room and better casting skills a longer head provides the angler with less line to strip in between each cast and more fishing time.
The Skagit Max is an exceptionally easy casting Skagit style shooting head that will cast big flies, and the heaviest sinking tips with the utmost of ease. A unique taper design not only casts all the nasty stuff associated with Skagit fishing, but also forms beautiful loops and is extremely pleasant to cast. The head is built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the utmost in casting control and sensitivity, and has a highly visible orange section loop for easy recognition. It is available in a multitude of lengths and weights to cover all rod and angling situations.
Click Here to learn more about the Rio Skagit Max fly line!
The Max Short from Rio is an exceptionally easy casting Skagit style shooting head that is ideal for short Spey rods, Switch rods and single-handed rods. The head will cast big flies, and the heaviest sinking tips with the utmost of ease. The head is built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the utmost in casting control and sensitivity, and has a highly visible orange section loop for easy recognition. It is available in a multitude of lengths and weights to cover all rod and angling situations.
Click Here to read more about the Rio Skagit Max Short fly line.
* New Rio Grip Shooter! Put it all together!
May be the best running line/shooting line ever developed!
RIO’s new GripShooter is based on the very popular SlickShooter, but has a thick, coated handling section that makes it very easy to grip in cold conditions. The thin nylon shooting line gives casters maximum distance, is light enough to hold off the water at range and allows anglers great control of their head and fly far out in the swing. A neat 8” welded loop at the front end allows for fast and efficient head changes.
Thick, highly visible handling section for grip, durability and visibility.
200 to 400 gr - 0.024”/0.026” shooting line, or 25lb GripShooter.
400 to 550 gr - 0.030”/0.032” shooting line, or 35lb GripShooter.
550 to 675 gr - 0.035”/0.037” shooting line, or 44lb GripShooter.
A really welcome addition for folks who attach heads to running/shooting lines.
RIO's Spey swivel attaches (via loop-to-loop connections) between the shooting line and shooting head and eliminates twists and kinks often caused by spey casting.
Click Here to view more on Rio's Anti-Twist Spey Swivels
* New Rio Switch Chucker
The Rio Switch Chucker is a very easy casting line, with a short head and plenty of weight at the front for casting indicators, sink tips and large flies. The line features a long front taper that makes it a pleasure to roll and spey cast with, and a short back taper that allows anglers to shoot for distance with ease. An integrated running line ensures there are no loop-to-loop connections running through the guides. The Chucker is the best choice of Switch line for fishing tight in and for any Switch rod caster who wants the casting to be as easy as possible.
* Short, powerful head for effortless casts
* Easily handles sink tips and indicator rigs
May well be the most versatile line for Switch Rods!
Click Here to view more on the Rio Switch Chucker fly line
* New Rio Indicator II-
Best seller for high-stick nymphing. The Indicator II line from Rio has been designed to cast indicator rigs with ease – whether for trout or steelhead. The thick diameter, high floating easy viz tip and short front taper easily turns over the largest of indicators, while the ultra long head is easy to mend and control the fly at long range. RIO’s acclaimed DualTone load locating system makes it simple for anglers to find the ideal casting area of the fly line. It is the perfect line for fishing indicator rigs.
Click Here to view more on the new Rio Indicator II Fly Line
* And for you lowly trout fishermen-
Rio's revolutionary new Perception floating line helps trout anglers connect with more fish than ever before. Built with ultra-low stretch ConnectCore Technology, Perception fly lines provide groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and significantly reduced reaction time when setting the hook.
Their exclusive SureFire color system (Rio's unique tri-color distance measure) improves casting accuracy by making it easy to gauge exact distances with a quick glance. In addition, Rio's EasyID tag ensures that anglers can easily identify which line they are using. Perception lines feature MaxCast hydrophobic coating, MaxFloat Tip technology and AgentX slickening formula. It all adds up to improved casting, better fishing and more importantly, more fish.
* Connect Core
* Max Cast
* MaxFloat Tip
* Agent X
* SureFire Color System
* EasyID Tag
* Front welded loop
* Back welded loop
Click Here to view more on Rio's Perception Trout Fly Line
That's it for now friends.....the new products from Rio Fly Lines 2014! Stay tuned for more....we have alot coming your way.