Professional Fly Fishing Guides in Ohio and Beyond

Mad River Outfitters boats a full staff of professional fly fishing guides in Ohio and beyond and below you can find out more about who they are and what their specialties are.

**Be sure to see our Guide Service page for details and pricing on booking a trip.

Learn more about the unique talents and background of each of our guides by selecting their name below or by scrolling down.

Fly Fishing Guides in Ohio

Brian Flechsig fly fishing guide in OhioBrian Flechsig-

Mad River Trout, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Trip Host, Lead Instructor

Along with serving as lead instructor and a guide for Mad River Outfitters, he is also the founder and President of the company! Brian started his guiding career right here on the Mad River in Ohio in 1989. He also spent most of the nineties chasing steelhead up along Lake Erie and in Michigan. Most famously, he spent 9 years guiding folks in hot pursuit of trophy largemouth at the Wilds and was featured as such on an episode of the Walker's Cay Chronicles with Flip Pallot.

Although not a full-time guide, he does occaisionally still find a few days a season to float the Mad River in his AuSable River boat when requested. Brian is also planning a return to the largemouth bass business and the musky business in the Spring of 2015 along with his usual teaching of classes and schools for the shop on a regular basis.

For the 2015 season, Brian is slated to host the Andros Island Bahamas Trip in February, the Slide Inn Montana Trip in July and his new favorite trip....the New Orleans Redfish Trip in November. He is also already signed-up to host Andros again in February 2016. See our Travel page for more details on these trips and don't hesitate to call Brian directly at the shop for details on any trip or guide trip.


Graham Stokes fly fishing guide in OhioGraham Stokes-

Ohio Trout, Ohio Smallmouth, Erie Steelhead, Instructor

Graham is an independent guide who works very closely with Mad River Outfitters.  He has and does occaisionally work part-time in the shop as well as guides and also runs our "One-Day Fly Fishing Schools" as well as the Orvis Ohio 2-Day Fly Fishing Schools.

He worked right beside Brian Flechsig at the Wilds for many seasons and now chases steelhead, smallmouth and just about anything you can catch here in Ohio. He does find a few days also to show a few folks around the Clearfork River for Browns here in Central Ohio. 

In addition to serving as lead instructor on our 1-Day and 2-Day Fly Fishing Schools for 2015, Graham will also be hosting a trip to Soaring Eagle Lodge on the San Juan River in October.


Andy Jensen carp guide in OhioAndy Jensen-

"The Fly-n-Carp"- Ohio Flats Fishing

Andy is the captain of the now famous "Fly-N-Carp" and serves as "Head Carp Guide"....a position that nobody else wanted! Seroiusly though....he is a carp fishing expert and a true professional at what he does. One of the more unique guide experiences to be had in the country! Click here to learn more about the Fly-N-Carp.

Many will also recognize Andy as he serves as the General Manager of Mad River Outfitters retail store in Columbus, Ohio and can be found there when not on the water.

 For 2015, Andy will be teaching our "Carp School" in June as usual and will also be hosting our July Alaska Trip. Other than that you will find him on the skiff living out of his YETI cooler(s).


Jerry Darkes fly fishing guide in OhioJerry Darkes- 

Erie Steelhead, Instructor

Certainly one of the most recognized names in the Midwestern arena. Guide, instructor, author, lecturer.....sales rep. He does it all and has been doing it all for a long time.
We have been working with Jerry for nearly 20 years now! He is a true pioneer in the Erie Steelhead fishery and one of the "original" steelhead guides in the region. His guiding is limited and by request so if you are interested in fishing with him just let us know!

Jerry also does some instructing for us...teaching seasonal classes and helps out with the 2-day Fly Fishing Schools. He has also been known to host a trip or two for us. 


Pat Kelly Ohio fly fishing guidePatrick Kelly- 

Ohio Smallmouth, Ohio Pike, Mad River, Ohio Musky

Patrick Kelly has been fishing the streams in Ohio since he was a young boy. He has been honing his skills in recent years and has become one heck of a fishing guide. We are thrilled to offer his services to our clients. Pat also works in the shop and is our "Fly Manager".

To say that he is a multi-talented guide is quite an understatement. His loyal following books with him season after season and if you get a chance to fish with will too. Pat guides walk-in and drift boat trips on the Mad River for Trout. Pat guides jet boat and drift boat trips for smallmouth bass. Pat guides jet boat and drift boat trips for pike.....and....his specialty and "claim-to-fame" are his Musky trips in Southern Ohio.

Patrick is also one of our best "Trip Hosts" and is currently slated to escort the 2016 Peacock Bass Trip in Brazil.


Jeff Liskay steelhead guide in OhioJeff Liskay- 

Erie Steelhead, Switch and Spey Instructor

Jerry Darkes says that Jeff Liskay is the single best angler that you will ever meet! If you know us you know Jerry, and that is saying ALOT! When we got the chance to work with Jeff here at MRO we jumped at the chance.

Jeff will be running a limited number of Steelhead guides trips in the Erie region each season. We are especially excited about the fact that he can specialize in Spey/Switch techniques and he is quickly becoming a big name in the science.

Jeff serves as an official "Ambassador" for the Patgonia company which is something that we certainly agree on wholeheartedly. They have a great bio on him HERE.


Captain Brian Meszaros Great Lakes Fly FishingCaptain Brian Meszaros-

Lake St. Clair- Musky, Pike, Smallmouth, Carp, Drum, Perch, Largemouth

Having served with 7th Group Special Forces and retired from professional Firefighting, Capt. Brian a current USCG licensed Captain has been guiding, writing, filming television shows and conducting seminars since 1992. 
Being an innovator in the sport, he became the original fly fishing guide on Lake St. Clair developing the “St. Clair Slam” and "Super Slam" techniques and tactics in the pursuit of warm water species indicative of the region. He has become an integral part of our "Musky Triangle" of fly fishing guides which includes himself, Patrick Kelly, Brian Flechsig and Blane Chocklett.

Capt. Brian, a FFF Endorsed Guide, has also appeared in a various fly fishing periodicals and television shows and was recently honored as 1 of the top 100 fly fishing destinations in the world by American Angler Magazine.

We are thrilled to be working with Captain Brian and have for many years now! Find information on his trips under Great Lakes Fly Fishing- Lake St. Clair. 


Josh McQueen Steelhead and Pike guide in OhioJosh McQueen- 

Erie Steelhead, Ohio Pike, Ohio Smallmouth

Josh Grew up in cetnral Ohio chasing smallmouth bass on the Kokosing River. He also went on his first trip to Lake Erie at age 11 and has been hooked on the fishery ever since. He has been fishing with a fly rod since age 14 and after catching a bowfin at East Harbor on a wooly bugger, his love and passion for fish on the fly has never stopped growing. 

 At age 24, Josh began guiding and teaching folks the art of fly fishing and has been guiding  now for many seasons. He guides for steelhead and smallmouth but his real claim to fame is that he is the 1st "Pike on the Fly" guide in Ohio. He owns a jet boat and can get you into places where you will see more bald eagles than other anglers.........well, you might run into Pat Kelly! Josh and Pat work closely together on the Pike and Smallmouth program here at the shop.

Josh will also be hosting a few trips for us and is currently slated to host our August 2015 Alaska Trip- "Silvers and Bows"

We are thrilled to have Josh on our guide staff and you will love fishing with him!


Patrick Grizzly Campbell fly fishing guide in OhioPatrick "Grizzly" Campbell-

Erie Steelhead, Erie Smallmouth, Ohio Trout, Instructor

Patrick grew-up in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.  He purchased his first fly rod when he was 10 and spent his youth chasing panfish and bass.  Since those humble beginnings in central Ohio he has went on to pursue fish on the fly from Florida to Alaska including everything from tiny native Pennsylvania brook trout, coastal redfish, angry musky, largemouth & smallmouth bass, and of course salmon and steelhead.

Patrick is a certified casting instructor and is a very patient teacher.  He does the majority of his guiding for steelhead across Steelhead Alley from October through May, as well as lake run smallmouth bass across Steelhead Alley each Spring.  BUT, he also loves to guide streamer trips for brown trout on his home waters, the Mad River. He will also be helping us out on the 2-Day Fly Fishing Schools as well.


Michael Bennett- Dr. SteelheadMichael Bennett- In Memory

"Dr. Steelhead"

Michael was one of the original "Steelhead Pro Staff" members.....launched in our Fall 1998 newsletter. Very close friends with Jerry Darkes and Brian Flechsig- their steelhead addictions in the 90's were of legendary proportions. Being a psychologist, many knew him as "Dr. Steelhead" and he was simply one of the finest fishing guides you would ever fish with!  
Not only was he a guide for Mad River Outfitters...he was a friend, a mentor...and..."Head Mental Health Specialist".
Michael unfortunately passed away on May 9th of 2003. He retains a permanent spot on Mad River Outfitters guide staff! He is sorely missed to this day and is always on guide trips in spirit!