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Spring Steelhead Update- April 15

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (2)



There are still good numbers of fresh steelhead running the Ohio rivers




Ohio has been fishing very well over the last two weeks. We had a decent amount of rain the last day of March that pushed in a good run of fresh fish into all major tributaries, then again last night we had another system move through with rain and low temps. This should extend the season an extra week or two. I expect good fishing as the water drops again, with what will probably be the last significant push of fresh fish of the spring. Based on what I'm seeing, I'd expect all but the largest tributaries to be wrapping things up by the end of the month, as these late runners are usually quick in the rivers. The biggest rivers in the area will probably continue to fish until about the second week of May, water temperatures permitting. This is based on the ratio of fresh fish to drop backs that we're seeing. On the big river that ratio is about 60/40 dropbacks to fresh, while everywhere else is more like 80/20. We still have some excellent fishing ahead, but the '18-'19 steelhead season is nearing the end. Going forward it will be important to keep a thermometer for taking water temperatures on those warmer afternoons. Get out there and enjoy it while you can. Won't be long till it's the smallie show.




Tight Lines,


 - D
























Spring Steelhead Update

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)



John with a really nice swing fish


Spent the weekend fishing with John again, and we just had too much fun. This '18-'19 steelhead season has been weird. In the fall it was all water. Everyday was rainy, the Catt was out of the pic. Now in the spring, when we usually see the most water due to rain and snowmelt, everything is super low. Go figure! But it isn't preclusive of success, and we caught our fair share of fish. In fact judging by the looks of the people we saw fishing around us, we might have caught their fair share of fish too haha.

The focus, as it usually is when fishing with me, was spey fishing. Towards the end of the trip on the last morning John's casting was really coming together, and he had a good couple hours were most of his casts were tight loops out to 60 feet or so. Impressive for a guy with only a couple days time working a two hander! As a result of his progress he landed an absolute stunner of a buck. Not big but beautiful. We fished both the Chagrin and the Grand. The Chagrin is gin clear and if we don't get meaningful rain it may fall below 100 CFS. The Grand has some flow right now but again it's still very low considering what is normal this time of year. All in all, John landed four swinging and lost about as many. We did a little indicator fishing too, and he picked up another half dozen or so, and hooked many more. Not bad for a weekend of fishing!



Tight Lines,


 - D




Gorgeous little buck




John working a run




Another pretty swing fish

 







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

Fall Fishing Update

Posted on October 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Nice chromer!


Both Matt and I have been out hitting the water over recently. Matt has been hitting the Erie creeks well I spent the last couple days fishing salmon. And we've even got a couple floats done as well. There are fish in all the creeks and rivers now, but last night we got hit pretty hard by another weather system. The smaller creeks have been on the lower side all fall so far, with most fish predominantly found in the lower reaches. The Catt has been pretty much flooded since October 1, with the exception of a couple windows where fishable conditions existed though none for longer than a few hours. Pretty bummed about that because it means we're probably not gonna get a floating line season this year on the Catt. But I wouldn't be surprised if we have a lot of fish to play with swinging tips when she drops down.

Hopefully things will start to dry out now as even the small creeks are high and muddy now. This should bring in a lot of fish into the rivers and creeks! Look for good fishing as the water drops!


Tight Lines and enjoy the pics!


 - D




Pretty little coho buck 




There are some good sized kings around!





Fun with the raft






Matt with a fresh fish





Another big king



Pre-Season Scouting

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Beautiful stretch



Well spent a little time a few days ago looking around on some of the local creeks and rivers. It's starting to get to my favorite time year, and the best time to be outside as far as I'm concerned. Didn't spot any fish in any of the smaller creeks, which was a bit surprising to me. Though we've had hot weather over the last week, before that we had three cool rainy days that I'm sure pushed in some fish. The nice thing is that all the smaller creeks I checked had at least decent flow so any fish that entered a week and a half ago may have been able to make it up a little higher than I'd normally expect. 

Then I jetted over to take a peek at how things looked over on the Catt. Despite air temperatures above 80 and water temps reading in the low seventies people were out fishing low on the river. I feel like a broken record for saying this, but it's just too hot right now. Looking ahead, though we had been forcasted to drop down into the 60's for highs, that has changed. On Thursday the high is in the mid-80's, and low 80's today and tomorrow. By Friday though that all is supposed to change. Again, hopefully this will be the last bout of hot weather until spring. But only time will tell.

In the meantime, tie some flies.



Tight Lines,


 - D 

Wyoming and Utah Trip and Fall Forecast

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Matt with a really nice brown trout


Well we're at that time of year again. Steelhead season! But before I get into what this fall has in store, Matt and a couple of his buddies just finished up a few weeks of trout fishing out west in Wyoming and Utah. From the pics he sent me, it looks like they had a blast with browns, rainbows, and cutthroat all captured, photographed and safely released! 

Back to business. Last week was miserable with temps in the mid nineties. But what a change happened on Friday! Temps started dropping and by Saturday morning we had temps in the low sixties with rain, and it hasn't stopped raining or dropping temps since! As I write this, it is 57 degrees and drizzly. This front is sure to draw in the first small push of fish, though larger systems are all high and dirty and will remain so for a few days at least. Even the smaller creeks will be off line for a day or two with all the rain we've received.

Looking ahead the rain is supposed to taper off today, and the temps are going to be bouncing back up. By the middle of the week the forecasters are calling for highs in the low to mid-eighties. Water temps will trend with air temps, so if you are planning on getting out and looking around on the creeks and rivers as they drop back into shape over the next few days, please be mindful and bring a stream thermometer. Concentrate fishing efforts during the first few hours of the morning, and if you get a water reading over 65 degrees as the day progresses remember to call it quits.

As for this fall season, last year we had a really consistent run starting about the first week of October. The two week forecast has the temps dropping back down after next weekend into the sixties with consistent rain. Hopefully this next heat wave will be the last real warm spell of eighty or more of the season, but you never really know. If the weather does pan out as called for, we should be in store for another consistent early fall season- which we'd love to see.

Can't wait to swing the floating lines.


Tight Lines,

 - D





Beautiful cutty




Another great brown





Clean rainbow





Matt with a well-fed cutthroat



Defining success

Posted on August 5, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)




What is success when fishing steelhead? That's a loaded question and the answer varies with the individual asked. As fly anglers for steelhead, success obviously does not mean hooking the most fish. If that was it, there are many more productive methods to catch steelhead. Same with spey fishing. In that facet of thinking, spey fishing is not the most productive method of fly fishing, and fishing a dry line is not usually the most effective method of spey fishing. So there must be something more.

To me the answer is personal satisfaction. Spending the day fishing the way I want to my favorite type of water. Each day I get to do so, I have succeeded, regardless of the outcome. With that attitude I never have a bad day on the river.

Go out there and succeed.


Tight Lines,

 - D