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.