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Contribute To Ohio's Mad River Management

In December 2010 Tom Allen, President of the Madmen Chapter of Trout Unlimited copied Joe Nagel, Editor of Tightlines,
The Monthly Newsletter of the Miami Valley Fly Fishers, on an e-mail he'd sent to Ethan Simmons, the Fisheries Biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.  Tom was relaying catch information to Ethan gathered from the Madmen's fishing day on the Mad held the previous September.  Ethan was trying to get an idea of numbers / size of fish caught on different sections of the river.

Joe considered that a lot of the MVFF members fish the Mad and that perhaps data collected from their individual fishing trips could help Ethan as well.  So, Joe contacted Ethan directly to see if there was interest in setting something up.  There was.

Initial thoughts were of of collecting information into a spreadsheet, but the idea soon took on a life of its own.  With the help and encouragement of a coworker Joe was able to pull together a prototype of the survey on-line.  We realized having the survey on-line also would broaden the potential base of participation, to all fly fishers and non-fly fishers alike.    After a few tweaks, Joe and the team came up with the survey in its present form, which can be seen at:



The data from the survey is collected and sent to Ethan, for the purpose of assisting the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife in the management of trout populations in the Mad.  If you fish Ohio's Mad River, you should make a habit out of filling in the survey after each outing. Your observation and assistance will help manage the Mad River and make it a better fishery.

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