Friday, July 21, 2017

Fishing Reports- 7/21/17

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There was a small window this past week where the streams settled down and the Smallmouth bass cooperated.  The popper bite has continued to be the ticket once the water starts to clear.  Streamer fishing also is never a bad idea.  The Scioto and Olentangy are still not in ideal levels.  Watching the flow charts and storms have been a daily process.  Some of the larger rivers are still high from our big rains and with the forecast they do not look to be settling down any time soon.  Check with us here at the shop for day to day conditions, but the extended forecast looks dry so far.  If you do find some good water tie on a Boogle Bug popper or a Peanut streamer and start covering water.  

Pond Largemouth Bass and Panfishing has continued to be great and with the high water and rain most people are hitting the ponds.  Early morning poppers have been the ticket with sinking lines and J-Pigs, Super Worms, and Fathead Minnows get the job done during the day.  Panfish consistently have been taken on a small Boogle bug popper with a Crappie Special or other small streamer dropper.  

Pike and Smallmouth guided trips continue to be awesome when the water levels allow so make sure to get some time set aside and book a trip.  

Russ Kessler on a guide trip with Pat Kelly. His personal best Ohio Pike on the fly!

Our good friend and great customer John Raisbeck from Dayton, Ohio sent us this pic and note this week:

"Here's one, among many, for Strawberry Blonde. Gave one to three guests at Zanesfield today and all caught at least one trophy fish. This fly's on a run! Thanks."- John Raisbeck

Not familiar with the Strawberry Blonde? It's one of our best selling streamers of all-time. Killer!!!

Mad River

The lower river had a slight stain this week making for the early morning streamer bite to be fantastic.  Stripping small weighted streamers is the best numbers game while throwing meat over 4" with move those 20"+ fish.  

The upper river is a Terrestrial game as usual with the Fur Ant, Splitsville, and Ant Acid the most productive.  With the hot humid nights the Tricos should be out very soon, but we just haven't had the chance to give it a look before work.  Should start seeing them here in good numbers, especially in the upper river.

Remember that the Trico game is a morning thing. Need to be on the water as the sun is coming up in order to catch the hatch. The hatch will go for a bit and then shortly after the duns are finished, the spinner fall starts. Be sure to have some 7X Tippet!!!

There is rain forecasted for this weekend which will mean that early Saturday and maybe late Sunday will be the best bets, but next week looks great.  

Clearfork River

Clearfork Map

The upper River is currently low, but again with the forecast things look like they are going to change Saturday. Early Saturday will be the ticket as will Mid next week.  Terrestrials like Daves Hoppers, Morish Hoppers, and Fur Ants are the go to flies.  Caddis dries like the Elk Hare Caddis, Goddard Caddis and Sunken Caddis need to be in your boxes.  

They have just over the past couple days started to drop the flows on the lower river, but with the rain it will be hard to say what the rest of the weekend will look like.  Mostly Smallmouth Bass and Panfish have been the ticket, but there are a few trout being caught on buggers and small dries.  

Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map

After the heavy rains and levels over 10' things have shifted a little making some new cover and pushing out some of the summer vegetation.  The flows and temps are looking great for this time of the year.  Look for early morning Trico fishing and Caddis throughout the rest of the day.  Stock up on #22 Pearl Butt Trico and Sunken Caddis and you will be good for the day. 

There is some rain in the forecast that will mess things up for the weekend, but you might be able to get in a little fishing early morning and switch over to streamers as the rain starts.    

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