Steel Dam and Deeds Point Park
The Dayton Fishing Examiner made his initial fishing foray of the 2010 season to Steel Dam and Deeds Point Park on March 6, 2010 from 3:15 to 4:45 pm. Conditions were excellent with plenty of sunshine, no clouds to speak of, temperatures in the low 50's and reasonable clear water. The rivers were up just a bit which is not surprising given all the recent snow-melt. Some fish activity was apparent as was some activity by the gulls of the Riverscape Aerodrome. Flies used were a size 6 olive Beadhead Woolly Bugger and a white/chartreuse Deceiver in size 2.
It became immediately apparent that the fish had either finished feeding for the daytime hours or had yet to start for the evening hours. After about thirty-five minutes at Steel Dam, a change of venue to the mouth of the Mad River was initiated. It was discovered here that the water was indeed up a little. The rocks of the shoal that often show immediately West of Deeds Point were completely submerged and the breakline between the current of the Mad River and The Great Miami trailed away directly to the West instead of curling upstream into the Great Miami as it so often does.
At 4:45, a move was made to the Mad River downstream of the Findlay Street Bridge. The powers that be have been at it again, reshaping the gravel in this area with earthmovers and bulldozers, to what end they never seem to say. There is a nice trough developing along River Left. It appears about 24 to 30 inches deep within 18 inches of the bank. Swinging the Woolly Bugger into that trough and retrieving slowly resulted in one brief nip of a strike that did not bring a solid hookset. The better part of valor was exercised at 5:45 pm. Score: Fish 0, Angler 0