The Mad River of Ohio

by | Mar 16, 2013 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

To say the incredibly straight-lined Mad River looked mad today would be an understatement.  Mike Schmidt and I left Baldwin, Michigan at 7 PM last night and drove 7 hours to his home in Dublin, Ohio.  We did this for two reasons; one because I was speaking to Central Ohio Fly Fishers in Columbus tonight and the other so I could make my first ever cast in Ohio on their top trout stream, the Mad River.  Let’s just say we put my first cast in Ohio off for another visit.

The warm weather and intense rain blew out every body of water within three hundred miles of Dublin, Ohio including Mike’s favorite smallmouth river.  This picture of the smallmouth river showcases one of the most blown out rivers I’ve ever seen!

Despite the lack of fishing today the tour Mike gave me was cool.  Even on such a gray day this part of Ohio is quite beautiful and I never would have known.  Not only that, there’s a couple great pubs in the area that come in handy when fishing conditions are nonexistent.  Best of all, we had a huge turnout for my presentation tonight and I met a bunch of great folks.  A big thank you to Mike Schmidt and the folks of Central Ohio Fly Fishers for having me!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!