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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.  This 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




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.



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!!



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!



Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 6.9.17

The Early June Smallmouth Fishing Report

The summer is here. The longer days of June are catalyst of awesome bass fishing on our local rivers; The Stillwater, Great Miami, Little Miami, Twin Creek, and Lower Mad River. Water levels are holding steady with slight drops in CFS with clarity increasing each day.

For several weeks, the staff of the fly shop and I have been guiding a ton in the morning and fishing in the later evening. From bottom bouncing crawfish to stripping surface flies, I could consistently say that the smallmouth bite is good all day long. The technique used and the depth of the fly is of crucial importance and key to success.

The early mornings are the time to fish crawfish patterns. Patterns must have rabbit! Black, Brown, Orange, and White are producing nice fish with black and orange being the best colors. We are fishing the structure and vegetation lines very heavily as the bass are waiting for an ambush baitfish along the edge.

As the sun rises overhead, the fish have been moving to the deeper slots, edges, and holes. However, the smallmouth metabolism is increasing due to the raise in water temps as the sun heats the water. We have been switching to clousers and other baitfish imitations with weight to keep the fly in the first half of the water column.

As the sun begins to lower, this has been the best bite. Large surface flies that move water and create water disruption have been terrorizing smallies. Edges, vegetation lines, rocks, and logs are all producing. Find the structure, find the fish.

We have plenty of flies for each of these times. Stop by the fly shop or give us a shout. I hope you have a great weekend. Good Luck.



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