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Mad River Fishing Report 1.11.18

Mad River Fishing Report 1/11/18

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I am back baby with an itch to get a fish on the line! Or if the weather freezes over, get back to tying!

The weekend is actually looking good for streamer fishing. It has been a long time since the Mad has changed, but the 50 degree weather today and the onset of the storm tomorrow will change many things. Certainly it will get cold over the weekend, but I think the warm 2-day spell may have kept the water better for a bite.

Olive, black, and white may all work. You will have to work your way from the south to the north in case the water is blown farther south. You better check you gear over and grab that fast sinker. Just like our feelin’ good attitude with the warmer weather, the browns are the same, but they have been near the deeper, slightly warmer water on the bottom.

Good Luck on the water and Happy New Year to all of you. I would love to Thank You for all the support through the shop. Enjoy!

 

-Parker

Mad River Fishing Report 10.6.17

Brown Trout Fishing Fishn’

The Mad River has been in need of some water. When the St. Paris pike gage is below 300cfs, it is getting a little low. The recent rain today did not do really anything at all. This is good and bad in my eyes. First the fish will hold tighter to the structure, but will congregate in more pronounced holes. I would get out those longer leaders for nymphing or swing flies. 12ft and not a bit shorter. This will definitely help.

With the wet-fly swing, the caddis larva is still the main staple. I fish a couple different versions, but they all have a little chartreuse or bright green along the body behind a partridge collar. There is still a ton of bug activity so you may not need to dredge the bottom, but keep the nymph rig lightweight with a smaller indictor. Wet-Fly, use a tandem!

If you are upstream like a gentleman, keep it up and tie different versions of the caddis. I love to get into a variety of sedge dries in brown or black. We just brought in a ton of caddis patterns to the fly shop. Stop by and check them out. I do want to make aware that the shop has new Saturday hours from 9-2. Want to make sure you can get your stuff and still go fish.

If you are a streamer guy, hold onto your horses as the time is coming. We definitely need more water, but smaller versions of your favorite streamer have been taking a couple fish in the early mornings and late evenings from a couple local anglers.

Enjoy the weekend and good luck!

-Parker

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 10.6.17

The Start of the FALL SEASON
. A great time of year to target many different species of fish. The recent hot weather without rain has really been great for congregating the smallmouth together in the deeper holes. The afternoon and late evening bite has been the best. Hopper, spiders, frogs, and other top water baits are the key. The heavy thick grass is a great place to start the retrieve and makes sure to find the larger boulders/rocks along the middle of the river.

Now with the onset of rains, the bite will change. From stripping larger white streamers to a bottom bouncing technique with black leeches, you should this switch once the cooler weather arrives. Need to refresh the bottom bouncing technique, take a look at a Tim Holschlag YouTube video. ┬áThis weekend looks a little rainy, but look towards the headwaters of the major rivers to fish better. 70’s with a raincoat should be just perfect!

This is also the time to rig back up the streamer fly lines… sink tips or full sinking lines. Once Late October hits, I am usually nothing but this especially if the water is up. Watch the water gauges or give us a call at the fly shop at 937-434-8472 for update to date reports. Have a great weekend. Good Luck

 

-Parker

 

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 9.8.17

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 9.8.17 for Southwestern Ohio Rivers

The time of the late summer hoppers, poppers, and surface action is here and going strong. Many anglers including myself are having great time in the early to late evenings around the local area. Fortunately, the rains have held off these past couple of days and the rivers are in great shape.

The Great Miami river is in the best shape it has been in a while. This is your time to get on this river and hook fish you may not see for a while. Many clients ask how to navigate the Great Miami and with the lower water, it is much easier to spot. First I usually find a nice gravel bar with vegetation and structure. Second find the riffle and work your way down the run. In most if not all cases, you will land a couple fish. Flies in the olive, white, and black have been doing great. Poppers are working terrific in the later evening especially if you have vegetation. Floating lines are the way to go. Keep the intermediate and sinking lines in storage for a couple more weeks.

The Stillwater is also in terrific shape all the way to Covington and south. Taking a canoe or kayak through these stretches may allow for 20+ fish a day. There is a great livery in West Milton that is still doing trips down to the dam. Same fly colors as the Great Miami, but since it is a little shallower, using surface or flies right underneath the surface are knocking them dead! Make sure to find a spot near a riffle where the water is more oxygenated.

The Lower Mad River is ultra clear and is best during the morning and evening. All white patterns along with some olive patterns are the best. Make sure to find the structure, the bass will tend to congregate around this, or in the deeper middle of the river. If you get in a pinch, get a crawfish pattern right on the bottom.

Last the Little Miami has finally been fishing good. Our team members have been fishing this on a regular basis and the water clarity is great, temp great, and low enough to concentrate the fish in certain places. AND the rubber/aluminum hatch is pretty much over with now.

If you haven’t been on the water lately, get out we may not get too many chances in the coming week if the hurricane moves North. Good Luck on the water. Need some flies, stop by the shop and always thank you for the business.

 

-Parker

Mad River Fishing Report 9.8.17

Mad River Fishing Report 9.8.17

The cooler season is upon us. I am hearing reports of salmon in MI, the beaches of Erie are seeing steelhead, and our local brown trout fishing has been great. We have been very fortunate in the Midwest lately with the weather and water flows compared to our friends in the south. My family in Delray Beach is in the process right now of boarding the house up and prepping for the worse.

The team and I along with some locals agree that the Mad River is fishing good to better on most days. The early mornings and late afternoons are best with many different bugs rising to the surface. Caddis imitations is the key from nymphing, wet-fly, to the top. Make sure to remove those weights and get those flies in the mid column! Sedge imitations to wet-fly tied with a green body are all working. Stop by the shop, we have over 20 different patterns for just caddis!

On a side note

There was a great piece in the new Fly Fisherman talking about keeping it low and slow. If you are not able to read this article, it summarizes that weight should be tied in your flies or applied to the end of the leader. Quit placing the weight above your first fly, it may be killing your strike detections.

Lance Egan describes a leader that is built with a tippet ring, indicator, and flies tied to tags end of the leader with the weight at the end. The leader is 10-12ft in length. Many tailwater fisherman have been doing this for years as you need to get down fast without getting effected by surface and mid column current speeds.  Sometimes the mid length of a regular tapered leader is effected by the mid column speed, which is much different than the slower bottom. If you get a chance, this is a good read as this does very well on the Mad. Stop in the shop, we have a copy you can look at.

As for the weekend, the weather looks great, I am sure many anglers will be getting on the water, but there should be space somewhere on the river. Good Luck.

-Parker

 

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