Fishing the Upper Section of the Clear Fork River
                                &  Mohican State Park's Clear Fork River Gorge

        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
    streamers.
        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 Belleville 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
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                   Insect Hatches
        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.

  • Sulfurs are good between Mothers Day and Fathers Day. The Blue Wing Olive can
    start hatching in late March and go till October, and be found in hook sizes 18 to 22.
    The later in the year, the smaller they get.
  • The Light Cahill hatch can last only a few weeks but is worth mentioning, they
    hatch from mid-June to mid-July in hook sizes 14 to 16.  
  • The best time to find Tricos hatching is at first light until about 10:00 A.M. from mid-
    June to about August, but they can hatch until December. The Tricos are small:
    hook sizes 20 to 24.
  • The Caddis hatch is good almost any time of the year. You will need flies with wing
    colors in light tans to browns, and with body colors of caddis greens, light browns,
    or tans. Their sizes will vary from 14 to 18. The black caddises should be fished in
    sizes 16 to 18, and they hatch from late March to mid-May.
  • The major stonefly on the lower Clear Fork River is the small Black Stone, and they
    can start hatching in late February and continue to early May. Sizes range from 12 to
    16.
  • The midge hatch is year around. Almost any typical midge pattern and color will
    work, but at times the fish can be very selective to sizes that will range from 20 to 32.

        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.
Fishing the Clear Fork River
Mohican Fly Fishers of Ohio
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