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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.



Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 4.21.17

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report for April 21, 2017

Buenas Dias!!

The storm has passed through the region and we are on to clearer skies. The rains gave some streams a slight bump in water, but most are constant and received less rain that predicted. Look for the next 5-6 days to be fishing extremely well.

The smallies in the rivers and the largemouth around the ponds are getting deeper into the spawn mode. Fish are shallow and keep the streamer on the bottom will increase your hookup ratio. Sooner or later this bite may reduce, but as of right now, we are in the zone.This is a great time of year to be using clouser patterns or streamers with weight in the top portion of the hook. We are not really been having luck on the surface, but you should try a pattern or two to test the bite. Sneaky Pete??

Majority of the flies have been colored olive, white, and black. Brown has been extremely effective on the lakes and ponds and if you can include any yellow or orange legs on the flies, this should help the bite. Look for patterns also like autumn splendors, conehead buggers, or clousers to be the go to fly with this.

For river smallies, the articulated flies on intermediate fly lines is the key. The intermediate or slime line allows the fly underneath the surface and consistently in the strike zone. Most of the flies in shop including the swinging d, meat whistle, zoo cougar, grumpy muppet, viking midge, murdich minnow, and larger clousers are the top producers. Don’t forget to tie on some fluorocarbon leaders. Keep it stealthy as much as possible.

Good luck on the rivers. All should be fishing just fine this weekend including the Great Miami, Little Miami, Twin Creek, Stillwater, and the Mad River.


Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 3.14.17

Ohio Smallmouth Fishing Report 3.14.17

What a great weekend we have coming. I hope you are able to get out fishing and have some relaxing time with the family for Easter.

I cannot decide which is better right now, the great smallmouth bite, or the hendrickson hatch on the Mad River? Very tough for me, maybe easier for others. But either way the fishing around the local area is heating up. We should actually should have some initial reports about the White Bass run very shortly. Some anglers are starting to hook a few in the lake.

The local smallmouth is hot. Not in numbers, but great in size. Most of the larger fish are feeding up on baitfish to get ready for the spawn. The team and I are throwing larger flies with full sinking lines and have great success. Olive, white, tan, black, and chartreuse. The full sinking lines are really helping the strong bite as the bass are still near the bottom and not chasing around on top. Most of the rivers including the lower Mad River, Great Miami, Little Miami, Twin Creek, and the Stillwater should be prime this weekend. Each river will have a little different clarity condition and I would match specific colors to clarity; white, black, olive for (clearer or sub-prime conditions) and chartreuse, yellow, black, and red for (dirtier conditions).

If you do not have the time to hit the river, largemouth are creeping up into the shallows to get the nest going. Due to the warmer weather, we may see the spawn happen a little earlier in the lakes and ponds than the rivers. The team and I have hit a couple local ponds after works. Leech patterns and heavier weighted flies are exciting the pre-spawn largemouth near shore.

Good luck and I hope all have a great Easter. If you are near the shop, stop by we will be open 12-5 on Sat.


Shout Out to my bud Jay! What a gorgeous Great Miami Smallmouth!

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.



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