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Goodbye Steelhead Hello Trout

Posted on May 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Solid low-20's on meat


Got everything opened up at the PA cabin over the weekend and hit the river hard. It was worth it. The trout were acting trouty. Throwing the big stuff we moved probably fifty good sized fish. Lots of follows. Lots of swipes. Some real nice eats. Saw three bears on the river (didn't get a picture as it was a quick sighting unfortunately). I even caught two nice ones- one wading the first evening I was up there and a second that broke my rod on the hookset. Jeff and Matt all stuck really nice fish, including a couple really good rainbows. We'll be running trout trips in May and June. God I love trout fishing.




Good one on a double Ry-Snack 




Rainbow close to 20 





Matt with a pretty brown





And a solid rainbow





We floated through a snowstorm of caddis and picked up some hitchhikers





Jeff stuck the biggest fish on a double deceiver





This was a rod-breaker





The red on this adipose fin




Fall fishing update

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Jeff with a sweet Atlantic salmon!



The fishing this past week has ranged from very productive to working for a few fish as water levels have fluctuated from lower and clearer to high and stained. The Catt has fished on an off over the past week, with a weather system that came through Tuesday dropping about a half an inch of rain and muddying up the water for a few days. When it dropped, fish the fish in the river from before pushed up and fresh fish pushed into the lower stretch.

The smaller creeks all saw at least a little push on the high water, and fish can be found throughout each of them, though numbers still seem a bit lower than normal for this time of year. I attribute this to the low water and warm temperatures that persisted until about the second week of the month. Based on what I'm seeing, it seems like we're running a week or two behind schedule, which makes sense considering the foregoing.

The Ontario creeks all have fish in them, some more than others. The larger systems like the Oak and 18 Mile have the most due to the more consistent waterflows this fall. We have been pleasantly surprised by the numbers of Atlantics around this fall. Usually we see a couple darting around in the rivers each fall, but this year seems like there are a lot more around. That's really nice to see, and I hope that New York really develops this program. The kings seem to be struggling a bit, and I'm concerned that my predictions from September 2017 about an imbalanced predator-prey population are going to really manifest themselves in the next two or three years. Alewife populations are still really low and there have been a lot of mouths to feed over the past two years. The silver lining in that is with less king salmon, it seems the Atlantics are starting to flourish. But only time will tell.

Anyways, to sum it all up, the fishing is decent but not great. It should be getting better with each passing weather system that moves through, but the Catt will likely become more hit or miss as is usual this time of year. And I'm optimistic to see what the future holds.


Tight Lines.




Monster brown!  





Working a run





Hooked up!





The beauty of fall




Fall Steelhead

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


A large pod of fresh steelhead holding in a shallow tailout of a small creek


Well the guiding season starts next week. In preparation I've been spending a lot of time scouting around. As of writing this, all the creeks in the region are still very low with the exception of the Catt. But that hasn't stopped the run from pushing in, and with the cooler temps and rain in the forecast periodically for the next two weeks, I'm anticipating things to heat up quickly!

More and more I find greater joy in photographing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat without the harassment of anglers throwing all kinds of offerings at them. This time of year when the water is low the fish congregate in whatever suitable holding places they can find, often stacking up tightly like the picture above shows. So on the smaller creeks, its fun to walk the banks and observe- maybe take a picture or two and move on. When the water comes and the creeks raise it will be time to wet a line. 

I did stop by some of the larger creeks as well. There are fish in all of them. Spent about an hour skating a bomber and a riffle hitched hairwing but no takers. Hopefully that will change soon.


Tight Lines. 




Trout and Smallmouth

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)




Kyle with a nice 23" wild Pennsylvania brown trout!



Well the fishing remains very good! Central PA wild trout are still fishing very well with all the water. Fishing streamers to undercut banks and overhanging vegetation is producing great fish up over twenty inches, and we're moving much bigger ones. Lake run smallmouth have slowed down over the last week or two. Prior to that the fishing was very good when the rivers were dropping and clearing. Looking ahead, if we keep having intermittent thunderstorms to keep the flows up we probably have another 3 weeks or so of good streamer fishing. I expect the smallies to be finishing up here fairly quickly.



Tight Lines,


 - D






Nice smallie





Jeff with a pretty brown





Matt with a nice upper teens fish






Pennsylvanian Trout

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)




Jeff with a nice wild streamer eating brown



Spent the last few days hitting the wild browns in Pennsylvania and man it was too much fun! A good day streamer fishing is moving ten quality fish and hooking maybe three or four. On our float we moved somewhere around thirty up to around 25", hooked nine or ten and landed six- unreal! Jeff's fish above took a double white streamer literally as it hit the water looking exactly like a take on a mouse pattern- DID YOU SEE THAT!!!! Too much fun!

With steelhead in the rearview mirror, were hoping to get another few trout trips with the streamers before the water drops low for summer. When that happens big trout tend to stay deep, though terrestrials can tempt some up. 



Tight Lines,


 - D





Matt with the prettiest fish of the trip ( I don't know why this pic will only load upside down)






Jeff with another 



 




Spring is around the corner!

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Swinging a good run on the Grand!



Got out with John for some spey fishing a few days ago on the Grand. John drove in from PA to get his feet wet in the spey game, and he picked it up really quickly. Our first stop of the morning was over on the Chagrin, but it was slush central. I figured there would be some, but it was coming through pretty heavy and there was just no way to get a line in until it burned off. So we jetted over to the Grand to fish the big water, and the upper river was slush free!

Spent the rest of the morning working some really good runs. About an hour into it we had a great grab but the fish simply didnt connect, then about an hour later we hooked a nice fish but lost it during the fight. I didn't take a water temperature, but I can tell you it would have been around 33 degrees or so. The two fish that grabbed were both in the slow winter water, though the fish we lost looked like a fresher fish when it came up. Nice to see the spring fish getting up that high.

After that we went to a mid river run that has changed quite a bit recently. The wind picked up and the sun went away making it really cold and blustery. Iced guides became a problem again. Kept at it until about 5 in the afternoon but didn't get a third chance. All in all though for winter swinging on the Grand two grabs and one hookup is a good day! Won't be long now until we start really seeing numbers!  



Tight Lines,

 - D





Happy New Year and Recent Pics

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)



Asa with a toad!


Well here's to a new year! Looking back over 2018, the fishing was all over the place. Ohio fished really well all spring, with consistent fishing as early as February and lasting until early May. As for fall, trying to find a single day to get out on the Catt was nearly impossible. There was a stretch for about a month an a half between October 1 and November 15 where it rained 38 days in that period. So naturally the Catt was offline for pretty much the entire fall season.The Erie creeks fished inconsistently during October and November, with some seeing decent but sporadic pushes of fish while others saw less dependable numbers. The really high point was the heavy numbers of lake run browns we found starting in November and lasting all the way to the present.

Over the past couple weeks we have still been finding high numbers of large brown trout, some of which were fresh run fish. I expect the fishing for lake run browns to remain very good so long as we don't see ice up. Looking ahead to the weather, I don't see ice being a real problem for the immediate future, as most days have highs above freezing. But we will likely see a cold spell at least at some point throughout the winter that will cause slush and ice.

As of now we are gearing up for the Ohio spring season. Ohio fishing has been picking up since we are seeing great temps and good water conditions. If you are looking to get out during the winter, the next couple weeks should offer very good fishing with the flows being right for a drift trip.

Also if you haven't already check out the new Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine for our article on the Chagrin River that we put together with Rick McNary!


Tight Lines,


 - D 





New Eastern Fly






Full Page!





Chagrin Article





28" Brown on the swing!






Craig with a nice brown






Eliot with his first brown trout!







Average brown swung up!











Silver and Gold

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)




Great brown on the swing!



The fishing is still great! There are lots of browns still in the rivers and creeks and steelhead are in the mix too! Look for browns to slowly work their way back out over the next couple weeks, though many will remain in the systems over winter. As most of the spawning has finished, watch for a transition from egg patterns to nymphs or streamers. Baitfish patterns will be very effective.



Tight Lines,


 - D




Awesome steelhead





Plenty of these guys still around





Chunker





Those colors though





Stout little trout












From the past few weeks

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)




An absolute stunner brown



Just got the photos from the past few weeks from Matt and wanted to get some of them up on the site! The fishing remains good, though conditions can be challenging at times. The Erie creeks are more hit or miss and continue to see some pretty wild fluctuations in flows. The Ontario creeks are fishing very well, with good numbers and size of the lake run brown trout. This week we have snow and rain in the forecast. Will probably muddy some things up a bit. Next week it looks like the bottom drops out of the temperature, with nightly lows into the low 20's. This will likely start the ice up process on the smaller creeks over the next week and a half.


Tight Lines


 - D




Sleek steelhead





Nice brown on the swing





We've been seeing a lot in this size range





First trip out our way




Close up





Jeff with a good fish





Nice steelhead

More fun with the lake runs

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Me and Dad with a good one



Well, I had a couple cancellations, but it all ended up working out alright. I got to take my Dad up to chase lake run browns! Matt came with and his buddy Jeff, and between the four of us we lit them up. In a half day fishing, we netted 12, including a double with an 8 pounder and a 10 pounder in the net at the same time! Of the fish we landed, we even swung 4 up on the big stuff (the hangover strikes again!), with the rest coming under indicators. And I got to break in my 3 wt. trout spey on a couple of really nice fish (they were small- only about 6 pounds each, which was a good thing as they were all I could handle on a 3 haha). 

Tight Lines,


 - D




Jeff with a toad





Matt with a really beautiful buck






Hangover victim!





Another nice fish





Another on the swing