Not too much has changed on the mad, there has been some rain and the river came up for a day and dropped right back down, remember the mad clears faster than any other stream in the state so always check the guage if it rains, it may be fishing. Heavy insect activity has continued with good numbers of caddis and some suphurs taking the attention of the fish. Nymph fishing and soft hackle fishing has continued to be productive when the fish are not rising, but prospecting with a dry often takes fish weather or not you see them rising. Streamer fishing has been good on cloudy days and in low light.
Good conditions continue on the mad right now. The water is clear with good flow and the bugs are out. There is a big mix of insects out right now, Caddis, Midges, Craneflies and some sulphers, henny spinner, and olives in the mix. Many of the fish have been taking caddis and swinging a soft hackle has been a great method for these fish. If your planning on nymph fishing PT's, Caddis, and hare's ears are all working well, though good drifts have been more important than the fly. Many anglers have been doing well and with the mix of insects most techniques have been taking fish, so pick your favorite and get out there.
This is going to be a really excellent week of fishing on the mad! Water levels are elevated but still fishable, the water is fairly clear, and the fish are feeding like crazy. With these conditions you can pick your technique; streamers, dries, nymphs, soft hackles, everything can produce in these conditions. The main event this week will be the fish looking up to all the caddis and hendricksons hatching with the warm sunny afternoons. The top choice here will be a #14 Hendrickson, but the fish are also taking tan caddis. Don't be afraid to prospect with a dry before and after the hatch as the fish are looking for bugs. Fishing nymphs will produce, especially in the mornings, PT's from a 12-16, Caddis, Princes, even craneflies and a few stones are producing well, the key is good drifts near the seams and cutbanks. If the fish are rising to the caddis and you can get them to take, try a green soft hackle. Streamer fishing will be good this week, especially early in the day. The warming water has the fishes metabolism high so look for them to aggresively take streamers high in the water colum, Fat-Heads, Zoo Cougars, and Swimmin Jimmy's fit the bill here.
Right now the mad is a bit on the high side but the streamer fishing conditions should be excellent this weekend. Look for fish to react well to aggresive presentations and bigger flies, Galloup style flies and techniques will be a great way to land a large fish. By tomorrow the upper river should be low enough to nymph fish as well, Hendrickson nymphs, Cranefly larva and attractor nymphs will all take fish. Remember to use enough weight to get down in the fast water. There should be sporatic Hendrickson and Caddis out, there may be fish rising in slower pools.
More rain and cold today but if there is a bright side it's that the streamer bite should continue well into next week. The river got another bump of water today but should be in great condition by sunday. The upper river should have good water for nymph fishing and possibly some fish looking up, hendricksons are key top and bottom. As for streamers, the large fish should be active so cover ground and fish gaudy patterns to triggers reactions, Fatheads and Meal Tickets have been great lately.
Looks like great conditions this week for streamers, stripping big articulated nasties should turn some large carniverous browns with the high water. Fish fast and cover ground looking for active fish. The upper river should also have excellent conditions starting tomorrow for nymph fishing and perhaps some hendricksons as well. There is rain in the forecast this week that should jump things back up but the fish will be on the feed until then.
Things are just about to open wide on the mad! There are finally a few Hendricksons hatching during the late afternoon, and with the warm days they should beging hatching consistantly. Right now Hendrickson nymphs and pheasant tails are critical, fish are really looking for these guys in the drift. Blind fishing a Hendrickson or a Parachute adams has brought a few fish to hand in the afternoons weather or not there are fish rising, drop a nymph below and you have a deadly combo. The warmer water temps have made swinging soft hackles a good option as well, try areas of brocken water for the best success. Unfortunately with the low clear water streamers will have to wait for the rain, but just after a good rain streamers will be excellent.
Great conditions on the Mad right now. With winter finally (hopefully) loosing its grip we should be heading into the best fishing of the year. The cold temps have delayed the major hatches but there are some olives and Blue Quills out, as well as a few stones. The fish have been looking up on some days but the nymph fishing has been more effective. Stoneflies and pheasant tails, as well as hendrickson nymphs have been the top picks for nymphs, but in the days after the rains don't forget the crayfly larva! Keep a close eye on the weather, if we get a good warming trend the Hendricksons should get going and the fish will go nuts. Streamer fishing has been excellent in the short windows after the rain, however once the water has cleared the streamer fishing has been more difficult.
It looks like it will be another good set of weekend conditions on the mad. As it warms in the spring the fishing on the mad tends to get more and more forgiving and this weekend should kick off the beginnings of spring fishing. Nymph fishing should be the top method this weekend and mayfly and stonefly nymphs are on the menu, it is even time to start thinking seriously about hendrickson nymphs. Fish are moving there way out of the deeper wintering areas and into good feeding zones, especially on warm days, so don't neglect the faster water! With these good sunny days the insect activity should start cranking as well. There should be some stones and Blue Quills out this weekend, try Winter Black stone dries or a #16 Para Adams if you are looking for the first dry fish of the year. There is some rain expected at the end of the weekend and this should make for some great streamer fishing for a few days, but then it will be right back to the spring hatches.
Great conditions for the weekend on the Mad! With the rains this week the water is a bit elevated and has some color making the fish a bit easier to fool. Streamer fishing should be very good the next few days. Anglers have had some success swinging wooly buggers and smaller streamers, especially for numbers. The largest fish should be looking for a big meal, try larger Kelly Galloup style patterns and fish them fast looking for the big feeding fish. There are lots of midges, as well as a few Blue Quills and Stoneflies already hatching, this means that the spring dry fly fishing is just around the corner! Right now the fish are concentrating on the nymphs that are getting ready to hatch, nymph fishing with #12-16 stonefly nymphs and pheasant tails is getting plenty of action. However with the off color water this week and weekend Cranefly larva have been excellent as well. This should continue to be good as the warmer weather in the forecast arrives.
Finally a bit of warm weather after more cold winter. River levels and clarity are very good right now on the mad and the fishing should be good this week. Anglers have had success nymphing and there have been lots of reports of some nice fish taken swinging buggers and moderate sized streamers. The winter stones will be very important the next few weeks, on warm days there should be some adults hatching soon, but the nymphs are the important stage. Large midge patterns in the #14-18 range are also important in the clear water conditions, but don't forget cranefly larva, these big bugs produce big fish.
It looks like the Mad is holding in prime shape for the weekend! There have been a few anglers getting out to streamer fish with the higher flows already. With the warmer weather early this weekend that will be a great option. Nymph fishing should be very good, stoneflies should be at the top of the list for patterns, but don't forget to drop a PT or a midge in the #16-20 off the back. Looks like it will be really cold next week so get out while you can!
Quick update, the mad got a big shot of water today and is blown out at the moment. This next week should have great streamer conditions!
Water conditions are still stable and not too much has changed, but with the weather forecast this week things should change. Warm weather and warm rain should mean great fishing this week and weekend. There should be a great window for anglers looking to streamer fish after the rains come through. However anglers looking to catch good numbers of fish should do very well this week. Larger stoneflies and craneflies are top bets after rain on the mad, but trail a #16-18 midge of PT for the picky fish. Don't miss out on this break in the winter weather!
Happy New Year! Mid winter water levels are moderate with very clear water, and very cold water. The mad river does not freeze but the snow melt and cold nights have cause the water temps to drop into the 30's. While the trout continue to feed they do slow down in the extreme cold and you should adjust to the conditions. Streamer fishing will be very difficult until we get a bump in flow and some warmer water, though the biggest fish will still normally be caught by the guys throwing big flies. Dry fly fishing may be a possibility on warm days, there are midges and small winter stones hatching, however there have been very few fish willing to rise. Nymph fishing will remain the top bet when the water is cold and clear, fish slowly and deliberately, these fish will not move far. Stonefly nymphs are a great bet this time of year, as are red and black midges and pheasant tails. Look for the fishing to improve as soon as the water warms.
Winter flows have been holding well on the mad and with the rain a few days ago we got another nice bump. Today the water is stained but fishable, perfect for streamers if you want to brave the cold. The rest of the week the water should be great for anyone looking to get out and nymph up some nice browns. Fishing patterns should hold steady through the winter with craneflies, midges, and stoneflys being the top food items. Try larger patterns if the water is up or off color and give the bigger fish a good reason to eat. When the water clears look for little black stones #14 or so with a #18-20 red or black midge to be the top combination. If you are looking for a big bite try large streamers after rain events.
The water is looking great after a needed bump in flows this week. A mix of techniques is catching fish and many anglers are choosing to forgo the indicators and swing wooly buggers or strip big streamers. This has been effective, especially swinging, but the bite has been hit and miss on the big streamers. Nymph fishing has been consistent with the classic winter food items,craneflies, stones, and red midges all catching good numbers of fish. This is a good time of year to take a few more drifts through a cut and add one more split shot as the trout will often be a bit more lazy to move for a small meal.
With the lack of rain the conditions on the mad have chaged very little since the last report. Nymph fishing remains the most effective technique but a few anglers are connecting with streamers, especially swinging wooly buggers. Look for fish to begin concentrating in deeper areas and feeding more in the afternoons when the sun is on the water.
The water has dropped and is running clear and stable at great flows for fall fishing. Most of the leaves have washed out which means we can once again make a drift without snagging leaves. Nymph fishing is the top choice for techniques with caddis pupae and pheasant tails leading the charge, but don't neglect copper johns and midge larva. Swinging soft hackles and small streamers is also very effective right now, this is a great way to find fish and learn new water on the mad. Streamer fishing will continue to get better as the fish recover from the spawn, look for the next major rain event to get the big fish on the hunt.
It took several days of rain but the mad has finally gone up. This should really take care of most of the leaves in the river and get the fish on the move. Nymph fishing has been the vest bet and will still be a top choice through the winter. Right now it often pays of to try and grab some attention with an attractor pattern such as a copper john, or a large nymph, and follow them up with a caddis pupae or a pheasant tail. Look for fish in slower pools near wood or along seams, as well as in smaller cuts. There are a few BWO's and midges bringing smaller fish to the surface but not in any large number. Streamer fishing is once again beginning to work, right now fishing lighter sinking lines and natural colors has worked best, it should only get better from here.
With a few good showers in the past few weeks the Mad has some more water in the system and better flows. While the flows are good the leaves are a problem, on calm days they are not to bad but if it is windy they become a nuisance. This will be a problem for the next several weeks but if it is calm it shouldn't keep you from fishing. Nymph fishing has been the way to go lately, with caddis pupae, pheasant tails, and copper johns being top producers. Look for active fish to key in small pockets and near cutbanks, many of the large pool accumulate leaves so they are difficult to fish. On cloudy days you can still find some rising fish in the flat areas, there are still sporatic #20 BWO's hatching and a few fish are taking advantage. Streamer fishing will pick up after the leaves have dropped.
The lack of any drenching rain has kept the mad from moving anymore than a quick bump with the recent showers. This weekend should bring a few more showers and hopefully the flows will bump and the trout will feed heavily. Nymphs have still been the go to, the fish are still in areas where they feel secure with the low water. Deeper holes, areas near woody cover, and broken water are all hot spots for trout right now. Caddis pupae, prince nymphs, and pheasant tails are still the go to patterns, remember the fly is much less important than the presentation. There are still a few good dry fly opportunities, the white millers and ephrons are winding down but are still available to the fish. On cloudy days and in the evenings there have been some large BWO hatches, fish will key on these more a little later in the season but some fish have been looking up. The leaves have been a nuisance on windy days but are not to bad when it is calm.
It looks like the low water may be coming to an end on the mad! With rain forecasted tonight and tomorrow followed by cooler weather. This should really kick things into gear for the fall fishing. There should be a short time of good streamer fishing, but the dry fly and nymph fishing should be very good next week. Right now there are still white millers dancing around the riffles in the evening, as well as plenty of Ephrons just before dark. The biggest hatch right now are the olives, there have been large hatches of smaller #18-#22 olives during any low light periods. When the fish have been coming up they have been suckers for a #18 parachute or sparkle dun. Nymphing larger pheasant tails and hare's ears with caddis pupae or small copper johns has been the hot ticket during the day. Look for any area with a little depth or some good current and there should be fish.
Now that the fishing has begun to improve on the mad we should be updating the reports more often. With the recent cool nights the first of the late summer hatches have started and the fishing has gotten better. We saw the first of the White miller caddis this past week, as well as a few Ephrons. This means make sure you have some #14 Green soft hackles, especially in the evenings, these large light colored caddis are very active at dusk and the fish eat lots of the pupae as they hatch. During the same time the Ephron mayflies should be hatching in moderate numbers and the fish will take the duns readily. Look for both of these hatches to be the strongest just before dark in the middle and lower portions of the river. There are still tiny BWO's hatching sporatically mid morning and again in the evening, these will bring some fish to the surface especially in the mornings. Nymph fishing has also been productive, caddis pupae, sparkle maggots, and small pheasant tails are working well, but don't be afraid to put on a large nymph or small stream and drift a bigger meal in front of the fish.
Recent rains have given a little flow and added some color to the river for a short time. If you can catch the river with some stain the fish can be more forgiving than they often are in the low clear water. Currently the only hatch bringing fish to the surface is the pseudocleon hatch, look for the very small #24 blue winged olives to hatch mid morning and again just before dark. Beetles and ants are still taking fish, especially in the morning and late afternoons, don't be afraid to offer a larger meal to a fish sipping those little mayflies. The fish have been responding well to many different nymph patterns. If your nymphs keep snagging bottom try a dry dropper rig with a hopper on top. The fishing has been technical and will remain so on the mad until with begin out fall hatches in a few weeks, but there are some nice fish getting caught and just after rains the fishing can be much easier.
Despite the continued lack of any real rain and the beating summer heat the Mad is holding some flow and the fish are still biting. There have even been a few good reports of nice fish being taken on beetles. With the bright sunny days fishing has been best in the mornings and evenings. There have been some caddis dancing around in the evenings and the fish have been receptive to swung caddis pupae. There have been very few reports of good trico hatches this summer, but there have been a few small Blue Wing Olives hatching in the mid to late mornings. Fishing beetles under overhanging trees in the morning has been producing fish. Fishing nymphs has been producing fish in the deeper faster areas, however, with the low water the algae has been difficult to keep off of the nymphs.
Sorry for the lack of reports lately, we have been busy and the reports got put on the back burner. With the lack of rain the Mad is low and very clear, and to add to the challenge the biggest hatch on the river right now is the Canoe hatch. But even with the tough conditions don't be discouraged. The fish are very used to the boat traffic and often begin feeding only moments after the canoes float by. The biggest challenge to the angler right now is getting close to feeding fish, stealth is key to catching many fish right now. With the food items on the mad in the summer ranging from caddis to mayflies, midges, and lots of terrestrials, fly selection has not been as important as patience. Make your casts count, look for areas where fish have some overhead cover and a little depth. Ants and beetles have still been top fish producers on the surface, you may not see many fish but each one should take on a good cast. Fishing nymphs in areas with current or near cover has been the most effective technique lately, try any midsized nymph, with caddis and pheasant tails being excellent. In the mornings there have been some Trico's, mostly in the middle and upper stretches of the river. These little mayflies bring lots of fish up in the early morning, a #22 trico spinner is all you need for this hatch. There are some cooler nights in the forecast and even a chance of rain this weekend so hopefully the fishing will improve.
Summer has arrived on the mad with clear water and lots of brush overhanging the water. This means the terrestrial bite has begun with japanese beetles on the top of the list, especially on warm, breezy afternoons. However, just because the beetles are out doesn't mean there are not any hatches to fish. There are lots of caddis on the water, and the fish are feeding heavily on the pupae prior to and during the hatch, swinging soft hackles in the riffles has been a great option during the morning and early afternoon when they are looking for the pupae. There are still some mayflies out as well, the attenuatas are hatching in the evenings in the middle and upper streches bringing lots of fish to the surface. The brown drakes are done but there have been reports of a few Hex's on the water in the late evening, these are not a major hatch here but fishing the dry in the evenings may bring up a few fish and the nymphs will take fish well around soft bottomed areas.
Perfect flows and excellent color combined with good hatches has made the Mad a great place to fish lately. There has been lots of mayfly activity with Sulfurs hatching in the late afternoons bringing lots of fish to the surface. Ants and beetles are already catching fish, and there are plenty of caddis hatching so there is no shortage of insects for the trout. With the number of caddis hatching and the good flows swinging soft hackles has been a go to for many anglers and some large fish have been landed swinging lately. The big show has already begun however, anglers are reporting Brown Drakes have begun to hatch in the lower portions of the river. This big bug (#8) hatches in the evening and the spinners fall after dark, this hatch may be the best chance at a large fish on a dry here. The Nymphs for this hatch are very important as well, fish them deep or as a dropper during the day, and then in the evening fish the emerger under and adult or swing the nymph. This hatch will only last for a week or two so if listening to a large fish taking a dry at night appeals to you get out while you can.
Summer like weather this week has kicked off the sulphurs on the mad and really made the dry fly fishing the top choice. Look for these to start hatching early to mid afternoon and keep and eye out for spinner falls in the evening. The sulphurs on the mad tend to be very green so have some #16-18 Olives as well as the classic yellow immitations to keep on top of what the fish want. Cloudy and rainy days have brought good olive hatches as well as excellent streamer fishing for those anglers willing to brave the rain. Nymph fishing with caddis pupae and pheasant tails has been a great way to catch some fish before the bugs begin to hatch, many anglers are simply dropping a nymph below a dry to find what the fish want more on a given day. Keep and eye on the gauges, recent rains have muddied the river but the water has cleared by the next day, currently the river is in excellent condition.
Good spring fishing continues as the bugs continue to hatch. Yesterdays rain has the water stained but the mad usually clears within one to two days and is already in great shape. With plenty of rain in the forecast streamer fishing should be excellent on rainy days or if the water is off color. This time of year cover lots of ground and fish the streamers fast! as the browns are out to chase. The other big bonus of the rains is big BWO hatches, look for fish feasting on the #18-20 spring olives during the afternoons of cloudy or rainy days. There are still some handricksons hatching in the afternoons, and there are more and more caddis hatching everyday. Swinging soft hackles has been and excellent way to catch good numbers of fish any time of day, the same can be said of fishing a larger dry with a pheasant tail or caddis pupae dropper. Nymph fishing with a caddis larva or attractor pattern followed buy a small caddis or baetis nymph has also been effective. Look for fish to use the pockets along wood and the cuts below riffles heavily this time of year.
Despite the lack of rain the Mad is still running with good flows and the water is exceptionally clear. The Stoneflies are gone but the Hendrickson hatch has been gaining momentum and as higher numbers of bugs hatch more fish look up for a meal. As far as method not much has changed the fish are just rising more steadily. Fish Hendrickson nymphs and caddis in the morning, switch to swinging soft hackles and fishing emergers in the early afternoon and once the bugs begin to hatch go dry. Make sure you have plenty of Henny's and the emergers in your box, the clear water gives the fish a good look at your immitation so having the right one can be the key.
It looks like the Mad has been missed by the rain that has been through the state this past weekend. This means the river is still in great shape with good flow and very clear water and lots of bugs hatching! Lately there have been huge numbers of stoneflies every afternoon, as well as some sporatic caddis. Both of these are more important as nymphs but the fish have been taking them of the surface as well, try skating a #12 black caddis or stimulator to imitate the stoneflies, and a #14 tan Butch Caddis for the big early caddisflies. There are still some blue quills hatching in the afternoons, fish will rise to these mayflies more readily than the abundant stoneflies, try a #16 BWO or adams when these are hatching. The hendricksons, our main event on the mad are already out and the fish are taking them. This hatch should strengthen over the next week and should be strong through the first half of April. The fish eat these #14 mayflies from top to bottom. Start out in the morning nymph fishing with a hendrickson nymph or a pheasant tail, when the hatch starts you can just fish the dry or drop an emerger of the back for the picky fish. For the dries you check out the hendrickson on our early season hatches page, Bears Para henny is a favorite especially if you want to put a nymph below the dry, and try galloups drowned spinner in rust, this pattern doubles as a great henny emerger! Another great method right now is swinging soft hackles, this is a great way to pick up fish through the afternoon and evening, especially in the faster pools. Nymph fishing has taken a back seat to the dries, but it is still a good option, especially in the mornings before the hatches start. With all of the insects hatching caddis, stonefly, midge, and mayfly immitations will all work, but keep a hendrickson nymph on for the next month. Streamer fishing has slowed with the warm sunny weather, however some big fish are still on the move in the mornings and evenings.
Spring is starting to show on the Mad and it is time for the dry fly season to start! Right now the Blue Quills are begining to hatch and giving anglers the first good opportunities at fishing dries since the fall. Look for these #16-18 Mayflies to hatch during the warmest portions of the afternoon. Classic blue dun patterns, #16 BWO parachutes, or even an Adams will take fish rising to the Duns. Nymph fishing with Black stonefly nymphs, Pheasant tails, and Phlamin Pheasants has been effective. Right now the fish are keyed on the insects getting ready to hatch over the next month, look for fish moving into faster feeding lanes and keying in on these #14-16 nymphs. Streamer fishing has still been a good choice, but with the water remaining very clear the best times for streamers have been cloudy days or mornings and evenings.
Sorry for the lack of reports lately, we have been busy in the shop and reports have taken a bit of a backseat, this won't be a problem now that we are moving into march. The Mad has leveled out with good flows and very clear water. This has given anglers stable fishing through the past few weeks. Nymph fishing has been the most effective with small stoneflies being a key pattern, small Pheasant tails or copper Johns have been good droppers. Streamer fishing has been OK with the best days being overcast or rainy, on sunny days stick to early morning or evening for the best chance at a big fish. There have been some insects hatching, small winter stoneflies and midges are popping up on the warm sunny days and a lucky angler may find some fish rising in the upper river, but so far there have been very few fish looking up. This should change in the next few weeks, especially once the Blue Quills begin hatching in march.
After another big shot of rain the Mad is out of shape for a few days, but the river clears very quickly and the upper river should be fishable Sunday. This winter the Mad has been a yo-yo but for those anglers willing to watch the guages and change with the flows have had consistant success. With the high flows throughout the winter many anglers have been fishing streamers and some very large fish have been caught. With the cold water finding the right retrieve is the key to success, so keep experimenting and keep at it, once you find what they want it has been great. Nymph fisherman have been having the most consistant success this winter. Fishing deeper pools and cuts has kept many anglers hooked up. The best flies change with the flows, shortly after a spike in the flows larger patterns such as San Juan Worms, and craneflies with stonefly droppers have been best. Once the flows stabilize fish key on midges and small mayfly nymphs fished behind stoneflies.
It looks like the new year will be more kind to anlgers than 2011 was. With unseasonably warm weather this week and no rain before the weekend things are looking great for anglers looking to get the first brown of the new year. Flows are still on the high side but are very fishable through most of the river, the lower portions will still be difficult to wade for a few days but should get easier as the water drops. Nymph fishing will rule as the water drops, the water is clear and cold so getting your flies to the bottom will be the key to catching fish. With the high flows craneflies are still a top producer and will usually account for the larger fish taken on nymphs, #12-16 black stoneflies are also a top option and will remain so until late winter. Small midges and Pheasant tails are always a good option in the winter, #16-20 zebra midges, brassies, and red copper johns are always great trailing patterns, especially in the upper river. As the winter progesses we can usually expect to find some fish rising to midges, especially in the upper river, though with the high flows this winter this will sporatic at best until the flows drop. Streamer fish has remained great with the high flows, swinging streamers is always a great way to take winter fish in high water, swinging wooly buggers slow and low will take some fish on almost any winter day. With no snow to cool the water temps the fish have remained aggresive to stripping streamers. Weighted patterns the drop on the pause have been the best producers lately.
The clearfork has continued to fish well with the good flows. Look for rising fish in the afternoons and evenings, cahills and caddis are taking fish. Nymph fishing with caddis and san juan worms has also taken lots of fish. When all else fails soft hackle fishing has been killer.
Finally some really good conditions on the clearfork, the upper river has been fishing well and now the lower river in the park is in great shape. Look for the fish to be very active with caddis, midges, and the begining of the Light Cahills being the target. Swinging soft hackles will be very effective here, as well as fishing nymphs such as Caddis, San Juan Worms, Copper Johns and hare's ear nymphs. For dries caddis and a #14-16 light cahill will be a top pick. Don't forget a few streamers, the trout will take them but so will the smallies here.
The water is finally going to drop in the lower clearfork this week, it is high right now but the lake is close to pool and there is little rain in the forecast. The upper river is dropping into good shape and fished well this past weekend. Fishing attractors such as San Juan worms and copper johns, with PT's and Caddis will produce very well. With the warm weather look for rising fish in the afternoons, caddis, hendricksons, small craneflies and midges are all in the mix. Often a caddis or hendrickson is all you need, but have some other patterns on hand for picky fish. Swinging a wooly bugger with a soft hackle below is a great way to catch fish right now as well, as well as a good way to cover ground.
With the rain this week the clearfork is blown out, we'll let you know as soon as it's back down.
The Clearfork looks great right now! The fishing has been getting better as the water warms and the fish have been looking up. Midges and Hendricksons have been catching the eye of the fish, but weather or no they are taking midges they are very willing to take a Handrickson drifting by. Small attractor nymphs and hendrickson nymphs are taking fish as well.
Great water conditions on the clearfork should lead to good fishing into the next week. Dry fishing fishing should be good with Midges, Olives, stones and blue quills all in the mix, and hendricksons on the way. Nymphing in the mornings before the hatches get going with pheasant tails and copper johns or swinging soft hackles if if there is no surface activity will work as well.
Water conditions are great here this weekend. The fishing has been best in the upper portions. Fish here respond well to little black stones both deep and on the surface. There should also be sporatic blue quills as well.
The water here is still high from the weeks rain, look for the fish to be looking for stonefly and mayfly nymphs when the water level drops.
Not much has changed here, the water levels are good and the fish are in winter feeding mode. Swinging streamers will remain a top bet here. When nymph fishing make sure to have some stoneflies and copper johns.
Great water conditions on the clearfork should lead to good fishing with the warmer weather this week. With the warmer water swinging buggers and soft hackles should take some fish. Nymph fishing will be good with Copper johns, hare's ear's and midges all taking fish.
The Clearfork is in great shape above pleasant hill, but below it is currently very high. Nymph fishing with caddis, midges, and small stones will take good numbers of fish, on sunny days you may even find a few fish rising to adult midges. With the water a bit elevated swinging big buggers by wood might pull a big holdover out of the cover.
Clearfork is currently high and off color but as soon as the water has dropped we will let you know. Keep an eye on the guage if it drops below 2ft fishing small steamers and wooly buggers should be good.
It's getting good on the clearfork, flows are good and the fishing is best from now through the winter. Nymph fishing is very good with copper johns, san jaun worms, and caddis being favorites. There are also some caddis and BWO's hatching, dry fly fishing will be best on cloudy days. Leaves here a a problem but the fish should still bite.
With cool weather the waters temps have dropped and the fishing has improved on the clearfork. The lower portions in the park typically donnot fish well until october but the upper portions have some nice fish to be caught. Nymph fishing in the pools has been the most productive technique. Caddis, princes, and san juan worms have been the top fly options, if nothing is going try a small streamer. This fishery is best in the winter months but can be a fun option from now on.
Low warm water has turned the lower portions of clearfork into a smallmouth and carp fishery, and the warmwater fishing has been good. However for trout the best option will be early mornings in the upper stretches. Look for good trico hatches in the mornings with fish keyed into the spinner falls in the riffles. After the tricos fishing nymphs in the deeper areas has been the best option, caddis pupae have been most effective here. There are some fish taking terrestrials throughout the day and into the evenings as well. The fishing here should pick up as soon as the water cools in the fall.
Still running low and very clear here and as the water warms the fish are feeding like crazy before mid summer heat sets in. Terrestrials are a major player here with beetles and ants taking fish well. Smaller nymphs fished in deeper, faster runs will take fish, especially if there is wood cover nearby. In the lower stretch try trout in the morning and carp or bass in the afternoons!
The water is running low and clear here but the fish are feeding heavily. Cahills are still the main attraction, especially in the upper river. However the caddis are making a strong showing, and terrestrials are taking fish as well. This stream fishes best before the summer and is also a great place to fish a streamer for a mixed bag of warmwater and coldwater species.
The rain this week is a welcome change to the low clear water up on the clearfork, the water is running a little higher now making the fish less spooky. The Light Cahills are the main event right now, and fish have been eager to rise to these big mayflies. Nymph fishing in faster runs has been productive as well, caddis pupae and attractor nymphs are often top on the menu on this stream, but when the fish get picky don't forget smaller patterns such as a zebra midge.
This is a great time of year to fish the Clearfork, both the upper and lower stretches are fishing well and there are good dry fly opportunities. Caddis often get the attention here and there are lots of fish willing to come up for a caddis adult, but the Light Cahills have begun and the trout have trouble letting a big helpless mayfly dun drift by. Look for the afternoons to be the best time to find rising fish. Early in the day try dropping a nymph below a dry or indicator deep runs. Fishing smaller streamers such as wooly buggers can be lots of fun here in the spring, the browns will come out for the attact, but so will the many warm water species that share the water with the trout here.
Clearfork is in great shape and currently is fishing pretty well. Lots of caddis and some Hendricksons have kept the fish looking up for an easy meal. As is often the case here nymph fishing with a caddis pupae and pheasant tail always takes some fish. Once the begin to rise try a Hendrickson and if they don't want that try the caddis. Often this time of year your will see fish making splashy rises when they are eating caddis pupae just below the surface. So if you can't get the fish to eat swing a green soft hackle and hang on! There also have been a few nice fish taken by anglers fishing with small streamers and buggers.
The clearfork has been hit pretty hard by the recent rains and is running high right now. Once the water returns to normal expect some of the same hatches as the mad. We will let you know a soon as the water drops.
Fishing has been warming up on the clearfork. Nymph fishing down in the park has continued to produce fish. Streamer fishing the park in the spring is always exciting, swinging a shad pattern may produce a brown trout, a smallie, and saugeye or one of many other predators that call lower clearfork home. In the upper clearfork look for fish beginging to look up for clue quills and late winter stones. Nymph fishing the same patterns as the Mad will also produce here. Look for faster areas in pools and deep runs.
The water has been up and down here but anglers are catching fish in both the upper and lower stretches of the river. Now the water has stablized in good condition look for good fishing. Nymph fishing with caddis and stonefly nymphs has been the ticket, but a few anglers are also picking up fish with wooly buggers. Keep an eye out for rising fish in the next few weeks, especially in the upper streches. Cloudy days should provide the best action, but if you are looking for some early dry fly action stick to sunny afternoons.
The water on clearfork is on the high side but in fishable condition. Indicator fishing with large nymphs followed by midges has been working well here all winter. Small streamers always have thier place in this fishery, try white to imitate the shad and olive for the sculpins, you can even swing two wooly buggers at once to get the fishes attention in the higher water. When the water drops here keep an eye on the surface on sunny days, the fish will often sip midges of the surface all winter here, try fishing griffiths gnats and Brian/Ryan Midges to these risers. If the fish are being difficult, try dropping a small zebra midge behind and small parachute adams.
The flows in clearfork have dropped into great shape and the winter full will be in full swing here. Nymph fishing with midges and standared nymph patterns such as copper johns and hares ear's has been productive. Fishing wooly buggers through the holes is always an effective and fun way to fish the stream as well. There may be some fish rising to midges on warm sunny days through the winter here, try griffiths gnats and Brian/Ryan midges to these picky fish.
This will be the last report of the season, with the warm weather the streams quickly heated up and the remaining steelhead got out quick. Anglers are still finding a few but they are mostly old fish that eat smallmouth flies. There are a good number of large lake run smallmouth around so if you are looking for some fun this can be great all the way to june. Fish streamers of poppers in deep pools, or sight fish with crayfish and poppers, these can be some of the biggest smallmouth that a wading angler can reach anywhere so hold on!
It's amazing that there is still good steelhead fishing but with the cool and wet spring we have plenty of fish left. Currently the smaller streams and the Chagrin are in good shape, with everything else on it's way to fishable by the weekend. Many of the fish are spawing or drop backs, but there have still been a few late fresh fish showing up. With the warmer temps the fish have been aggresive and streamers swung or drifted have been effective, as well as smaller egg patterns and nymphs. As the water clears pale eggs, princes and wiggle stones have gotten the nod. This may be one of the last weekends to steelhead fish but it should be a very good one. There are also good numbers of lake run smallies in the streams that can provide lots of fun for anglers stripping streamers around.
We still have a bit more of steelhead season left with the cold conditions. Fishing has been pretty good in ohio the past couple weeks. The fish have been coming in fast and quickly moving to spawning areas. Fresh fish are getting caught in deep cuts on nymphs as well as swinging flies. Indicator fishing and swinging are both working well, with the indicators taking more fish but swinging gets the big bonus smallies. Right now the Rocky, Chagrin and Conneaut are all shaping up for the weekend, the Grand and the Vermillion may be fishable as soon as sunday, keep and eye on the rain. There is still time to get some steelhead, take advantage before summer!
Despite the forecast for heavy rain the alley was for the most part spared and should fish well this weekend. The Grand will be to high and the Chagrin, Vermillion and Rocky will be a bit high but they should fish saturday and be in great shape sunday, as will the smaller streams and Conneaut. The fish have been moving around this week, with some days being better than others. With a mix of fresh fish, spawners and drop backs the key has been finding areas with concentrations of fish that want to bite. Look for deep fast chutes with adjacent gravel, these areas serve as staging areas for fresh fish. Eggs, nymphs and streamers have all been taking fish but nymphs have been taking the most fish, especially in clearer water, try wiggle stones and the Fly Formally Known as Prince. Swinging flies has been taking some fish, with some nice bonus fish as well.
This rain has brought in TONS of bright crome fish and the fishing should be excellent for the next few weeks. There is more rain on the way but if you can fish fishable water they will be there. The small tribs will fish today and through monday, Sunday the Rocky and the Chagrin should be high but fishable and the fish will be aggresive. We will keep a close eye on the weather and the water levels and let you know as things drop into shape. With the killer conditions pick your technique, swinging streamers will be great for aggresive fresh fish and dropbacks. Nymph fishing with small streamers and bright eggs will be great until the water drops, as the water clears try smaller eggs and nymphs as well. After the cold winter and spring this is what we have been waiting for!
Here comes the best fishing of the season! Right now the water is low, the Grand is in good shape and the conneaut and the chagrin are low but fishable, everything else is too low and clear. But there is rain in the forecast and lake erie is just warming up, this next week of rain should bring in lots of big chrome fish. With the warmer water the fish have been crazy once hooked so be prepared to loose some fish! There have been a mix of chrome fish, dropbacks, and fish on the redds, just keep moving and you will find some fish that want to grab.
Spring like conditions have made steelhead fishing much nicer, but with lake erie water temps in the mid 30's we need some warm rain to get the fish moving to the rivers. The fishing has been ok with the winter fish staging below riffles, and the dropbacks hungry for streamers. But the giant wave of spring fish is still waiting, luckily there are more fish showing up every day and it's a matter of time before the crazy numbers show up. There is some rain in the forecast tomorrow, this should help. Right now the Vermilion and rocky river, and the small tribs are all fishing well, the east side is still dealing with some snowmelt.
Finally! some spring like fishing for steelhead! The water is still cold on the alley but the warm days will make the fish happy and willing to eat. Right now everything is in good shape, the Conneaut, Rocky, and Chagrin are all fairly clear and have medium flows, the Grand and vermillion are both flowing great and have fair visibility. There should be fish spread throughout all of the streams it's just a matter of finding a larger pod. Most of the fish are a bit darker but the warm weather should bring a bunch of chrome fish in the next few weeks. With the streams in such good shape indicator fishing and swinging should both be great. Large streamers will bring some aggressive takes, especially on the Grand this weekend. With the clearer water on most of the streams look for stoneflies to be effective as well as chicken little's, steech's, and pale colored eggs. The fish will still be in the holes but some will be shifting to faster water, especially on warm evenings.
It looks like the end of winter is finally in sight! This weekend the upper portions of the Chagrin and the smaller streams should fish, and the rocky by sunday. There have been lots of fish throughout the alley but the cold has made them reluctant to bite. Next week it looks like the weather will warm up and this should kick off the fishing. Right now try and concentrate on slower holes and tailouts, keep the flies near the bottom. With the off color water this weekend larger bright flies will be in order, we will keep you updated as conditions change next week.
Sorry for the lack of reports here, there was a few weeks with lots of ice. But now we have good conditions again! After the snowmelt and rain this week the water is quickly becoming fishable in the rocky and the chagrin rivers. There have been good amounts of fish around in both and this weekend despite the cold the fishing should be good. The rest of the alley should take some more time to drop, the Vermillion and the conneaut may clear this weekend. We will keep you posted. Remember with the cold water give these fish a reason to move, large nymphs and egg patterns in bright colors, and big streamers swung deep will draw strikes from the fresh winter fish.
Perfect winter conditions! That is what it looks like tomorrow and saturday. Today the Chagrin and the Rocky are in perfect shape, the Conneaut is going to fish tomorrow and the Vermillion should be fishable on saturday. These are great conditions for swinging streamers for the fresh fish that just came in with the last rain. For anglers drifting eggs and stoneflies will be top options. Look for fish holding in the core of the pools and in the tailouts. This may be the last chance to fish for a week or two so take advantage of the good conditions.
The water came and the streams are way out at the moment, but this should bring in tons of fish. We have more rain in the forecast this weekend but by the end of next week the Ohio Tribs should be fishing again. If you need to fish some of the smaller PA tribs might fish but it looks pretty grim at the moment, we will let you know as soon at the conditions are back in shape.
It's on! across the alley! This break in the weather should bring excellent fishing this week and hopefully this weekend. All the tribs in ohio are fishing well with good numbers of fish throughout the systems. The warming water will kick start these fish into a big bite before the rain comes, this is a great time to get some fish on the swing! Look for fish to be holding in deeper areas and tailouts, and moving into faster water as the water warms in the afternoons. The warm rain this week may blow out the tribs but it will bring in more chrome winter manistees and should keep the fishing good for some time! We will keep you posted on what streams are fishable as condtions change.
Happy New Year Steelheaders! We have been welcomed in to the new year with brutal cold but some surprisingly good fishing. Right now all the streams are fishable but several especially the grand are on the high side. There are problems with self ice and slush on most of the streams, especially in the mornings. But on warm afternoons the fish have been responsive to dead drifted and swung presentations. With the green stained water larger patterns have often been more effective, as long as you can get them to the bottom where the fish are. It looks like there are some warmer days in the forecast next week, any days, especially sunny days that warm into the upper 30's should burn the sluch off faster and warm the water just enough for a good afternoon bite.
The Yo-Yo water levels of the past week have made it a bit difficult to guess what will fish when, but the fishing has been good whenever we get windows of low water. Right now it looks like PA and the smaller ohio tribs should all fish very well tomorrow and in to the weekend with only the smallest getting to clear by the weekend. In Ohio the Rocky should fish tomorrow though it will be stained. Look for the Conny and the Chagrin to be borderline on Thursday and great by the weekend, same for the Vermillion on the west side. Anglers have been catching lots of bright fish in the past week and this week should be even better!
Finally some rain! After a couple weeks of low water we have had some much needed rain and more is on the way. Today the Rocky river, the small creeks, and the PA streams are all in great shape, and we already have reports of people catching fish this morning. Tomorrow there is more rain in the forecast so we will keep you updated with conditions. Look for the PA tribs to fish very well later this week and into the weekend, in Ohio the rocky and chagrin usually fish first and unless we get tons of rain everything except the grand should fish this coming weekend! This rain has all of the right factors for bringing lots of fish so get ready.
The fall season continues as more fish come in and spread out with each push of rain and others continue to trickle in despite the low water. The fish are spread out through most of the tribs and anglers that are willing to move are finding the most consistent success. Currently the larger tribs with the most water are the best bets, the chagrin and conneaut are still holding some flow and the grand is in good shape. The PA tribs as well as the west side are very low but there are fish to be caught for the stealthy angler. With the low clear conditions nymphs have become key with pycho prices, caddis and small stones taking fish, however if the fish are not eating well try something different such as stripping a streamer through the pool or drifting an ice man minnow. On the grand anglers can still find good conditions for swinging flies if they want to cover ground, and with the stained water egg patters are a good bet when indicator fishing.
After and excellent week of steelheading across the alley we are looking at a great weekend as well. The PA streams have dropped and you are looking at low water conditions there and in the small tribs in Ohio. The big news all of our major streams will fish this weekend. The Rocky, Chagrin, Vermillion and the Conneaut will all be a bit low but fishable, and there are good numbers throughout them, especially east of clevland. The Grand will be exceptional through the weekend but expect other anglers to have the same idea. In the clear streams think small with nymphs being top bets, but don't hesitate to strip a streamer through the pools. In the more stained areas try swinging big streamers are drifting bright eggs and wooly buggers. The season is in full swing right now!
Quick update on the conditions. The water across the alley is dropping like a stone. Right now the PA streams are fishable, today the large streams where a bit high but dropping and the small streams are fishing very well. These streams will continue to drop and will be running low by mid week. In Ohio the smaller streams and creeks will fish well tomorrow, the rocky will be off color but maybe worth a look. By Tuesday the Rocky, Chagrin, and the Conneaut should all be in good shape and the fishing should be excellent through the week. Swinging streamers will be a great way to find some big bright fish this week, as well as larger nymphs such as chicken littles and Steech's, and brightly color eggs. The fish will be on the move and spread out so get out and have fun.
This is it! the hurricane has passed and brought the big blowout we needed. This high water will push all the leaves out and bring in lots of chrome fish. The low water the past few weeks has kept the fishing slow but that is over now. The PA streams should be excellent this weekend as long as we don't have any major rains. Ohio will be out of shape until at least mid next week. These fish will be aggressive so for those that enjoy swinging flies the next few weeks will be excellent. For nymph fishing, especially when the water is first fishable stick to bright eggs and small streamers. This should be the best few weeks of the fall season coming up.
Steelhead season has finally truly started and many anglers are looking to go up and catch the first chrome of the season. Right now we could use some more water, but the PA streams got a bit last night. PA should fish well today and tomorrow, by the end of the weekend we will be facing low clear conditions here as well. In Ohio the Grand and Chagrin have the most water but the conneaut has just enough to try. Most of the fish are in the lower portions of the streams, but don't expect to fish alone. There are some fish scattered upriver but it is difficult to find any numbers. With the low water nymphs and pale eggs have been the go to but small streamers have been very good as well. If the fish are in the slow pools don't hesitate to strip a wooly bugger or Ice Man Minnow over their heads. These early season fish can be very aggressive. With each rain we will get more and more fish, swinging streamers in the high flows can contact some of the hottest fish of the year. Keep an eye on the gauges and follow the water. Don't forget our Steelhead Central Page has a list of optimum flow and links to the gauges.
I always love the first report of a new steelhead season! The nights a cooling, the lake temps are dropping and despite the low water a few determined and lucky anglers have connected with some early chrome. The season is still a few weeks off but it is time to dust off the long rods and start tying up steelhead flies. As soon as we get a good blowout the season will begin. Timing in the fall is everything, so far most the fish caught have been shortly after rain events and in the lower portions of the rivers. Once the water drops the fish become very skittish. We will keep you posted as soon as the fishing takes off, but each rain event from here on will bring more bright aggressive rockets into the rivers!
With this week of summer like weather the steelhead should be more or less finished, there are still a few around but the smallmouth have taken front stage. Try the lower stretches with streamers for some of the biggest smallmouth available for the whole year.
With this extended period of low water it seems like most anglers have decided that the steelhead season is over. This is a good thing for the anglers that don't like crowds, but know that with the lake temps along the alley still in the upper 40's there are still lots of fish around in the lake. Recent rains allowed the flows to bump in the Conneaut and the fish responded. We are nearing the end of the season but there is still some time to go catch some fish for anglers willing to run up when the flows are good. There are also good numbers of big lake run smallies in the alley, the grand, rocky, chagrin, and conneaut seem to have the best numbers. Anglers can have a great day stripping clouser for a mixed bag of drop back steelhead and smallmouth this time of year.
The water has dropped to very low levels for the spring throughout the alley. Without any more rain this leaves few options for anglers looking to steelhead fish. Right now the Grand is the best game in town, but the Rocky and Chagrin rivers though low and clear have enough water to fish, but the fish are extremely wary in the clear flows. Fishing has been pretty good however, anglers have been taking some very nice fish along with lots of drop backs and skippers. Indicator fishing with small stones, wiggle stones, and small streamer has been the most consistant method. But many anglers have been taking aggressive dropbacks and big lake run smallmouth swinging big streamers. Keep and eye on the weather, if we get some rain in the fishing should be excellent after the water comes up and invites more fish into the rivers.
Spring is moving very quickly on the alley and the water temps are warming up fast. The steelhead are still moving in good numbers, but many fish are quickly moving on to the redds. Right now the streams are blown out but there is only a chance of rain this week, so the weekend looks good right now. Eggs and nymphs have been hot but as we see more dropbacks the streamer bite will heat up.
Spring Steelhead Season Is Here! Lots of fresh fish filling up the rivers with each rain and nice warm days to enjoy while catching them. Chasing good water levels is still the key, right now it looks like the Rocky, and Vermillion will fish tomorrow with the Chagrin coming on strong by sunday, the PA streams will also begin fishing tomorow. With the rising water temps the fish are aggresive and will respond to many techniques. Swinging streamers will be a very good option the next few weeks, this is a great way to get some heart stopping strikes. Indicator fishing with egg patterns get the nod when you want to bring numbers of fish to hand. Fish large brightly colored eggs in off colored water, when the water clears light colored egg patterns and stonefly nymphs are excellent choices.
After the strange and mild winter it looks like we are going to be in for one heck of a spring season. Anglers are finding consistent success on all of the Ohio tribs with many nice bright fish being reported. The key to finding early success is timing, looks for warm trends and dropping water and you should be into fish. This coming week should be excellent, the rocky and chagrin should be fishable Sunday. These streams both will be in good condition on monday through the week, with the Vermillion and the Conneaut dropping into shape by mid week. Most of the fish have been caught in classic mid depth wintering holes with egg patterns fished below indicators. But there have been more and more fish showing up in pockets and smaller holes as they move upstream. The hot flies have been brightly colored egg flies and wooly buggers, but when the water clears black stoneflies have been excellent. In the higher flows anglers can swing big streamers with success when other methods don't get the attention of the fish.
Anglers are still catching steelhead throughout the alley whenever the water levels are in shape. The high flows are keeping the fish spread out throughout the streams but the thought of big chrome winter steelhead keeps anglers searching. Right now the Ohio tribs are blown out and it doesn't look like they will be in fishable condition until next week. The PA streams should be fishable on Sunday and into good condition by Monday. Most anglers are finding success fishing egg patterns under indicators, remember to keep a keen eye out for light takes in the cold water. With the high flows some anglers are still out swinging and finding some success swinging large streamers, this is a great way to find bright fish in high marginal water contions.
It looks like winter is going to give us every chance to fish for steelhead that we can handle. Right now every stream in the alley is fishable except for the Grand. Fish have been spread throughout every stream and the angling pressure has been spread out as well. This is a great time for anlgers who like fishing for steelhead without the crowds. Look for fish to be holding in deeper slots and tailouts with the low water temps. Brightly colored egg patterns and wooly buggers drifted through these areas are great ways to contact what can be some of the biggest fish of the season. Keep an eye on the indicator though, cold water takes can be very subtle.
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