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Fly Fishing The Mad River Ohio
The Mad River is located in West Central Ohio. It flows
for a total of about sixty miles to Dayton where it joins
the Great Miami River. Only a portion of that length
stays cool enough to support trout. It starts north of
Campbell Hill near the city of Bellefontaine and flows in a
southwest direction near Springfield.
Mad River is actually a spring creek. It is the largest cold
water fishery in Ohio and one of the few streams where
the native brook trout reside. It is regularly stocked with
6 to 8 inch brown trout by the State of Ohio.
Although you cannot tell it from the pictures on this site,
the water is usually very clear. When it is low it is
especially clear. Catching the brown trout under low
water conditions is usually tough. It headwaters are
spring creeks. Glady, Muddy and Nettle Creeks are
tributaries. Spring Creek joins Nettle just above the
confluence. These streams form from a number of small
The river has several access points but they are
generally small locations at bridges where several small
county and community roads pass over the river.
Most of the river is covered with overhanging tree limbs.
Tight casting conditions exist in most places. Undercut
banks are the prime lies for the brown trout.
Springtime is the best time to fish the Mad River. Most of
the hatches occur during the spring. Dry fly fishing can
The water can get on the warm side in parts of the river
during the summer. It also gets low and very clear and
fishing is usually fairly tough.
Fall is an excellent time to fish for the brown trout.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Mad River
Fly fishing the Mad River is best in the Spring and Fall
seasons. (Click Here To Continue)
Mad River, Ohio
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