The home fishing waters of the Mohican Fly Fishers of Ohio club is the Clear Fork
Branch of the Mohican River. The most publicly fished area is inside the Mohican State
Park between Pleasant Hill Dam and State Route 3. This area is known to club members
as the "Lower Clear Fork". The river has been stocked with brown trout yearly since 1992
and can be fished all year long if the water level permits, usually between 1 to 2 feet on the
chart. Bass, crappie, bluegill, carp, and saugeye are readily caught in the river as well, with
an occasional muskie falling prey to some unexpected fisherman. The Clear Fork River is
only one of a few rivers in the state that is cool enough to maintain a trout population all
year around. Brown trout are taken using wet or dry flies from areas such as undercut
banks and around fallen trees and boulders, which occur throughout the stream. Also fish
through the runs, holes, eddies and riffle areas using nymphs and streamers.
The stretch of the Clear Fork River above Pleasant Hill Lake is known by the club
members as the "Upper Clear Fork". This area is mostly private property, and the status of
being a club member in good standing may help with access to some of these fishing
locations. The Newville Bridge area toward the lake is public access, and when the white
bass make their Spring run, there can be some hot fly fishing action when using
The Upper Clear Fork River has another interesting distinction! There is gold in the river
as well as fish. The gold was brought to this area by glaciers sliding down from Canada.
This area is where the glaciers' leading edges stopped, and when the ice melted the gold
was deposited and is know as placer gold. There are two notable gold deposits in the
area. One is north of Bellville and is know as Deadman's Run and the second is Wildcat
Hollow west of Butler.
The Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) has leased a section of land
along a two mile section of the Clear Fork River in the Wildcat Hollow area, so if you wish
to try your luck gold prospecting in this area, you must be a member of the GPAA. Almost
all gold recovered is in the form of tiny, flattened flakes only a millimeter or so in diameter.
Less common are pieces the size of a wheat grain, and rare are those the size of a pea. At
most productive locations, several hours of panning will produce only a few flakes.
Fishing this leased area is another matter; permission must be first acquired. The
Mohican Fly Fishers has had a good relationship in the past with the GPAA and they have
allowed our club members to fly fish on their leased land. We maintained this relationship
by respecting the land, the water, and their rights as lease holders.
The complete region along the Clear Fork River is a natural beauty and a treasure to
behold, so do your part and help keep it clean and beautiful for generations to come. The
EPA has declared the Clear Fork River the cleanest river in the state for the past few years.
Quite an honor!
To view or print a fishing map of the Clear Fork River, click on this link if you have the
Adobe Reader program: Printable PDF file of Clear Fork River
Here are some of the major insects and the approximate times they emerge. Keep in
mind these times can very. Hatches on the lower section of the Clear Fork River could be
weeks earlier than on the upper section. This is due to the water being warmer on the
lower section below Pleasant Hill dam.
The nymphs of all the insects mentioned above also should be fished to coincide with
the hatches. Fish them matching the various stages of the nymph's life cycle.