Blue Stream Fly Fishing
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Vermilion River - Vermillion - Ohio

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midges
February Midges, Stoneflies Afternoon #18-22, #14-16 Zebra Midges, Black Stonefly Nymph
March Stoneflies, Midges, Blue wing olives Afternoon #14-16, #18-22, #16-20 Nymphs, Zebra Midges, BWO Nymphs
April Caddis, Blue wing olives Afternoon-Evening #14-18, #16-20 Elk Hair Caddis, BWO Dries
May Green Drakes, Sulphurs, Caddis Evening #8-10, #14-16, #14-18 Green Drake Dries, Sulphur Dries, Elk Hair Caddis
June Sulphurs, Light Cahills, Caddis Evening #14-16, #12-14, #14-18 Sulphur Dries, Light Cahill Dries, Elk Hair Caddis
July Caddis, Tricos, Terrestrials Morning-Evening #14-18, #20-24, #12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Trico Spinners, Ants/Beetles
August Tricos, Terrestrials Morning-Noon #20-24, #12-16 Trico Spinners, Ants/Beetles
September Terrestrials, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon-Evening #12-16, #16-20 Ants/Beetles, BWO Dries
October Blue Winged Olives, Stoneflies Afternoon #16-20, #14-16 BWO Dries, Stonefly Nymphs
November Midges, Stoneflies Afternoon #18-22, #14-16 Zebra Midges, Black Stonefly Nymph
December Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midges

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Renowned for its trout, the Vermilion River offers an array of spots ideal for fly fishing:

  • Albert Lea Lake: Situated at the mouth of the Vermilion River, its shallow waters are rich in walleye and northern pike.
  • Cascade River State Park: Known for its rushing water and vibrant wild trout, the river cascades offer a perfect fishing spot.
  • Orr Creek: Located on the northern side, it provides a great spot for brook trout fishing.
  • North Vermilion: This sprawling body of water is teeming with walleye, making it a great fishing spot.
  • South Vermilion: It’s not as crowded as North Vermilion and is famous for large muskellunge.
  • Tower:It offers excellent fishing opportunities, especially in the spring when walleye and northern pike are spawning.

Best Access Points

The Vermilion River offers a wealth of opportunities for passionate fly fishers. Here are the best access points:

  • Blackstone Park: Noted for its deep water holds and slower currents, which are ideal for fly fishing.
  • South Woodson Bridge: Recognized for its consistent bass activity and ample parking facilities.
  • Streator City Park: Boasts slower moving waters, suitable for beginners.
  • Gebhard Woods State Park: Provides access to both the river and the feeder canal, doubling your fishing opportunities.
  • Ayers Landing: Ideal for fly fishers looking for smallmouth bass and panfish.
  • William G. Stratton State Park: Offers four boat access points and plenty of casting space.

Be sure each spot is open for fishing before you go. Licenses are required to fish on the Vermilion River.

Local Fish

  • Smallmouth Bass: One of the most popular fish species in the Vermilion River, known for their size and aggressive fight.
  • Walleye: This species is particularly targeted during early summer and late fall.
  • Northern Pike: A voracious predator in the river, often sought for their size and aggressive nature.
  • Muskellunge: Also known as ‘muskie’, these are prized by many fly anglers due to their large size and exciting fight.
  • Channel Catfish: These bottom-dwelling fish are prevalent in the Vermilion River and can be targeted year-round.
  • Carp: These fish are sometimes overlooked by fly fishermen, but their size and strength can make them an exciting catch.
  • Freshwater Drum: Also known as ‘sheepshead’, these fish inhabit deeper water and are often targeted during the warmer months.
  • Sauger: Similar to walleye, these fish are found in large numbers in the Vermilion River and can be a great target for fly fishermen.

About The River

The Vermilion River, also known as Vermillion, boasts a dynamic history. Originating in the Appalachian mountains, it winds its way across 70 miles before joining the Wabash River in Illinois, defining the cityscape of towns like Danville and Pontiac, imbuing them with natural charm.

The name ‘Vermilion’ is inspired from the French word for the hue of red ochre, aptly reflecting the river’s reddish color during sunsets.

Notable points in its history include:

  • Native American era: Early tribes such as the Miami and Wea species once flourished alongside this river and used it as a water and food source.
  • Exploration Period: In the 18th century, French explorers navigated its waters, setting the path for trade and colonial influence.
  • Industrial Age: In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Vermilion played a vital role in the industrial development of the region, including the coal mining industry.

Today, the Vermilion River is cherished for its serenity, scenic beauty and rich array of wildlife, making it a popular spot for water-based recreation and nature viewing.


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