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Hatches and Trout Flies for the Mad River in Ohio
This streams has a large number of mayfly nymphs that would be called Blue-winged Olives.
They are probably is the most consistent hatches that occurs on the river. These mayflies
should start hatching in late February or early March, depending on the weather, and continue
through May and on into June. Other species of them, along with those that are bi-brooded,
should hatch off and on, depending on the species, from late August through November.
Little Black Stoneflies appear in late February and March. This hatch is fairly significant. It is
over by the first week or two in April. Green sedges hatch starting in April. It last through June.
There are more than one species of them. Cinnamon Caddisflies start hatching in May and last
all summer long. This hatch ends in August, depending on the particular species.
March brings on some decent hatches of Blue Quills. This hatch last about six weeks. In April
the Hendricksons begin to hatch. This is a very significant hatch which last into the first week of
May, depending on the location.
May brings about some smaller hatches of March Browns. They last until as late as the first
week of June but are rather sparse. Look for hatches of Sulphurs starting around the first of
May. This is one of the Mad River's best hatches and can last into the first week or two of June.
The first two weeks of June, you should find some hatches of Brown Drakes. This hatch can be
substantial. You will also find a few Light and Cream Cahill in June, but both hatches are
In the middle of July, Tricos start to hatch. These little mayflies are very plentiful in the Mad
River and the hatch usually last until the end of September. White Miller caddisflies are also
very plentiful during August and September. In the middle of October, hatches of Great Brown
Autumn Sedges appear randomly. They hatch until cold weather starts or usually until the
middle of November.
By the first of June, terrestrial insects become important on the Mad River. There are lots of
grasshopper, beetles and ants along the river and in the crops adjoining the stream. Imitations
of these insects fish properly, can produce some nice brown trout.
This river has a huge population of midges. They hatch throughout the year. Trout can be
taken on imitations of their larvae, pupae and the adults almost anytime. They are more
important during the cold periods when few other aquatic insects are hatching.
The Mad River has sculpin, minnows and baitfish species, so streamers tend to work great.
They are more effective when they are fished after the water has become somewhat off color
from melting snow or rain and also, when it's early and late in the day.
This river has a huge population of craneflies and dobsonfly larvae. Trout can be caught on
imitations of these larvae most of the year.
We have specific imitations of everything trout eat in the Mad River. They are not only the most
realistic imitations you can purchase, they are also the most effective at catching trout. If you
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Mad River, Ohio
The water look muddy in these pictures but it actually wasn't. It is the bottom color showing through.
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