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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

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 6.16.17

Smallmouth Fishing Report for June 16, 2017.

The earlier rains of the week have swollen many of our smallmouth rivers. However, the good news is that a couple rivers and creeks are falling in shape north of Dayton. The Stillwater, Little Miami, and Mad River should be in a halfway decent shape by late Saturday afternoon. For the southern anglers, the waters may be a bit too high and may need to drive more north. This may be a great weekend to explore main tributaries off these major rivers and fish around the mouths!

Lately the bite has been really good in the morning/early afternoon, and especially well at dusk. My team and I are mostly fishing crawfish, leeches, or anything with weight along the bottom in the morning/afternoon. The evening time has been excellent for surface/subsurface flies.

  • Crawfish Patterns: Meat Whistle, Bunny Busters, Whitlock craw, Schultzy Craw, or anything with rabbit hare and lead/ tungsten head
  • Top water: Zoo cougars, deer hair poppers, gurglers, and other frog patterns.

Structure is always the key and I would devote more time around vegetation in the evening time as the baitfish find cover. The bass will hold extremely tight to the bank with the correct amount of depth (3-4ft) and cover. We have also been fairly consistent along seams of riffles for smaller bass.

The upcoming week looks great. As the air/water temp increases, the bass bite will only continue to get better!

Good Luck this weekend!

 

-Parker

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 3.31.17

Ohio Smallmouth Fly Fishing Report

Swollen rivers, boo. The recent rains have raised all the local rivers here in southwestern Ohio. However, if you have your spin gear, this may be a good time to get out on the water with some red and chartreuse crank baits and find new holes. Not in to conventional fishing, I would make sure you fly is big, makes sounds, and pushes water. You will definitely need to get the fish’s attention this weekend.

The smaller creeks and streams should be just fine. Most of these were coming down today. Upper Twin Creek, or tributaries off the Little Miami and Great Miami Rivers. With the pre spawn happening now, this smaller tribs can be a killer way to catch smallies.

We should have a better gauge for the next couple of weeks in the next few days. If you are out and about, Good Luck. My thought… try a local pond, they are on fire right now and do not fluctuate too much with the recent rains.

-Parker

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 3.17.17 St. Patrick’s Day

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 3.17.17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. As fly fisherman, sometimes a cocktail refreshes the day. Enjoy and have a safe weekend.

The crew and I have been trying to the dragon as much as we can. This is one of our favorite, but frustrating fishing times of the year for smallmouth. Maybe you catch a hog, or nothing at all, seems like nothing in-between!.

The name of the game has been to fish the lower third of the water column, the deeper the better. We have been throwing triple density lines, Type VI sink, and fast sinking tips on single and double handed rods. Flies have been larger than usual as we are trying to get an aggressive early bite. White has been a top producer, but black is second best.

Most of the rivers around the southwestern, Ohio region have bene in and around the 50 degree mark or warmer. On warmer days when the water temps get a bump, the fishing has been very productive. In the past week, the fishing has been terrible. The snow and freezing temps do us no good.

The week ahead looks promising, 40-50 degree weather. If you are itching to get on the water, I would look at Sunday thru Wed as good productive days on the water. Make sure to move from spot to spot and find the fish, do no waste you time trying to plug away on each hole. The team and I will have more for you in the coming weeks as the bass fishing will definitely pick up.

Good Luck!

-Parker

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