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Mad River Fishing Report 1.11.18

Mad River Fishing Report 1/11/18

Did you find this in your spam? Maybe… it has been a long time 🙁

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!



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!


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.



Smallmouth Fishing Report 8.18.17

Smallmouth Fishing Report

TGIF my friends. The weekend finally give us a fighting chance to fish the rivers without flooding. I think through the entire month of July, the weekend water was difficult to fish from the Thur/Friday rains.

Finally….The water is in perfect condition, the Great Miami is on fire and fishing very well in the early morning and later evening. This also includes the Stillwater, Mad River, and some stretches of the Little Miami. Vegetation and structure (boulders/ledges) is the name of game. Find it and work the fly all around it. The mornings have been great to fish up until 9 or so along the banks. The smallies are congregating in the shallows and banks during this time frame to feed up before the bright sun gets over head. Smallies are crushing both crayfish and baitfish patterns. I would have some poppers both hard and deer hair, some waking flies, or some crayfish patterns during this time. Black, white, and olive are all producing. Zoo cougars, Whitlock Crawfish, Schultz’z Craw, Meat Whistle, and sneaky petes are all great in the morning.

Once the sun gets overhead, make sure to get the fly deeper in the river’s channel or runs. Larger fish may be on the pool edges, but most of the larger fish have been taken on clousers, meat whistles, and other fast sinking flies. I really don’t think the pools fish very well as the more oxygen water is in the middle channels and off the edges of the pools.  A sink tip works perfectly during mid-day bites. Again white, black, and chartreuse have been the best colors. My best fly lately during the 10-4 range is a white/chartreuse clouser size 2.

As the sun starts to get blocked from the canopy, the surface action turns on. Around 6:30/7 in most areas. Poppers and again flies that make a wake are the best of the best. I love deer hair flies like the zoo cougar and I would encourage a mouse or two for waking flies. Many other anglers have been using fruit cocktails and other larger deer hair patterns. This is absolutely my favorite time to fish all year long, just watching smallies busting water.

Good luck this weekend, make sure to get your sunglasses for the eclipse!!



Mad River Fishing Report 6.16.17

Mad River Fishing Report 6.16.17

Swollen by the rains, Dayton is under siege!!! But the weather missed the trout section. The flows received a small bump this week and should set the weekend for some great fishing.

  • Note: You can always look at the water flows in the top right hand corner of the website. It will show you flows for all our rivers that I and the team fish.

As with the beginning of the hot weather, the canoe livery’s are in full force. I would let this not frustrate you, go above the put in or go below the take out. This usually means the middle section between Lippincott and 36/55 can be very busy after 10:00 am.

Terrestrials are just starting, but if you are looking for some mid-day dry fly action, throw on a Caddis. X-caddis, goddard, or a Elk Caddis will do perfect. Keep it riding high and make sure hit underneath lower hanging limbs and branches. I also love to throw a small sz16 Black Beetle!!

Anglers are still having success later in the evening with some Cahill and sporadic Sulphurs still coming up. I would note to be in position around 6 or 7 and the hatch should pick up. I would have a couple different patters. A couple cripple, comparaduns, and some parachutes. 16 and 18 should work fine.

We have these patterns in the fly shop. We are open 12-5 on Saturday or M-F 9-6. As always, thanks for the local support. www.reelflyrod.com

However, I think the best tactic for all day fishing is going to be the wet-fly swing. If you are not familiar how to rig wet fly rigs, download or by the Wet-Flies: Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackles by Dave Hughes. A great read and really details how to make this technique the best in the ol’ tool box!

Enjoy the Father’s Day weekend. Good luck




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