Guide Services

Professional Fly Fishing Guide Service for Ohio, the Great Lakes Region and Beyond!

 To book a guide trip: Call us at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.


  Meet Our Guide Staff

Erie Steelhead

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Ohio Brown Trout

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Ohio Carp

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Central Ohio Smallmouth

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Ohio Musky

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Great Lakes Fly Fishing

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Michigan Steelhead

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Erie Smallmouth

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Other Fly Fishing Trips

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Guide Service Description Policies

Mad River Outfitters is proud to offer a complete professional guide service on Ohio  local waters for trout, smallmouth, largemouth, steelhead, muskie and carp. We offer a licensed guide service for the Erie and Ontario tributaries in MI, PA and NY as well.. We now also feature the Erie/Ontario guiding talents of Steelhead Alley Outfitters.

Our original specialty, Mad River guide trips, offer a unique option with a float trip for brown trout in our AuSable and Hyde river boats.  We also guide for trout on the Clearfork River near Mansfield.

Canoe and Kayak trips for Smallmouth Bass also available on several productive waters such as the Kokosing, Scioto and Darbys. Smallie fishing in Ohio just might surprise you!

Spending a day one-on-one with one of our guides can literally take years off of your learning curve! Our guide trips are geared towards learning advanced techniques while in hot pursuit of fish. Read below for some further details on Mad River Outfitters Fly Fishing Guide Service.

  • Gear can be provided with prior arrangement- waders typically not
  • Although our guides carry plenty of flies- it is expected that you would have a basic selection which will be recommended 
  • Guide trips may or may not include lunch and typically DO NOT, please make prior arrangements with your guide on this and consult the "Trip Information" for details.

  • Fee based on an eight hour day

  • Tipping of guides is appreciated

More Important Info:

  • For all guide trips, we require a 50% deposit at the time of booking and the balance is due thirty days prior to the trip.

  • All and any cancellations must be made within thirty days. If you need to cancel for any reason, we will make every effort to re-book your spot on that particular day. However, if we are unable to find another client to fill your spot, we will not be able to return your deposit/payment and full payment will be required. There is a $20.00 fee for all cancelled guide trips.

    We hope that you understand the necessity for this policy to insure that we can continue to run our trips and classes on a sound financial basis. We realize that emergencies do happen and please know that we will make every effort to re-book your spot, but if we don't, we must uphold this policy.

  • We do not make our sole living off of guide does not behoove us to take you fishing when conditions are not right. In other words, we won't fish you if we don't think the fishing will be worthwhile.

    In the case of weather/poor fishing cancellations, we will try to re-book you for another day or another time. If we cannot do that to your approval, you will be entitled to a full refund of your deposit/payment.

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Steelhead Guide Trips

We offer a guide service for for Great Lakes steelhead and salmon...and now feature the "tributary talents" of some of the finest guides here in the Erie region and Steve Kueick and his RiverQuest Charters in Michigan. 
Let our guides show you the ins-and-outs of finding, understanding and catching the multitiude of fish along the Great Lakes coastlines. Our season runs from early September through mid May and sometimes later. We guide in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan and will determine the best location for your trip depending on the time of year, water/weather conditions and your personal preference.

**most MRO Steelhead Guide Trips include most equipment but typically do not include lunch!!! Most of our clients prefer to pack an easy lunch and eat "on the swing". Guides do bring coolers with water and soft drinks.


Conneaut Creek, Grand River. Rocky River, Chagrin River, Vermilion River
What: All steelhead
When: November through April, Ohio’s strongest runs are definitely in the Spring, peak months are March and April!

PA- Licensed guides

Elk Creek, Walnut Creek, Raccoon Creek, Crooked Creek, Conneaut Creek
What: Steelhead, occaisional salmon
When: Mid-September through April, strongest runs are in the Fall and Winter

NY- Licensed guides

Oak Orchard, Johnson’s Creek, Sandy Creek, Chautauqua Creek, Cattaraugas Creek
What: Chinook salmon, Browns and Steelhead
When: Mid-September through winter; Chinook and Browns early-steelhead later-browns and salmon wind down near the end of November

MI- Licensed guides

Muskegon and surrounding with RiverQuest, Manistee and surrounding with Schmidt Outfitters
What: Chinook salmon, Steelhead, Trout
When: March- winter; Steelhead- March- May then again after salmon season and through the winter, Trout- May- November, Salmon September- October  **smallmouth also available
* Michigan trips are based on float trips

Erie/Ontario Salmon/Steelhead Tributary Guides

Walk-in Trips: $350.00 for one or two anglers and $100.00 for each additional angler

Float Trips: $450.00 for one or two anglers (float trips on the Conneuat and Grand Rivers)

Michigan Steelhead/Salmon/Trout Guides

$450.00 for 1 or 2 anglers with RiverQuest/Muskegon

3rd angler can be added for $125.00

* Michigan guide trips based on float trips
*Lodging can be arranged through Mad River Outfitters on all Michigan guide trips

Steelhead Pics Here!

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip for Steelhead in the Great Lakes Region -give us at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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Mad and Clearfork Rivers - Brown Trout

We offer guided trips for brown trout on both the Mad River near Dayton, and the Clearfork of the Mohican River near Mansfield. Our season runs year round and some of our best fishing occurs during the winter months.

Float Trips are available in our AuSable River or Hyde Drift boat on the Mad or Canoes/Kayaks on the Clearfork. Walk-in trips are also available at any time!

 Ohio Trout Fishing Guides

Float Trip - $375.00 for one or two anglers
*One angler only for Kayak trips
AuSable and Hyde river boats used on the Mad River only. Canoes and Kayaks used on the Clearfork River.
Walk-in Trip - $350.00 for one or two anglers
                       $100.00 per additional angler-  up to 3 anglers max 

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip for Trout in Ohio - give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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Ohio Carp Guides

The closest thing to saltwater angling you can find inland! We are proud to offer a complete guide service for Carp in a variety of waters in Central Ohio including the waters that are featured in the "Carpin" video and the famous Walker's Cay Carp Episode.
Join us from May - September aboard the "Fly-N-Carp" or on several local streams for some Ohio flats fishing!- Dates booking now for the upcoming season!

Carp/Lake Guides

  • Legendary Carp fishing out of modified Bass/John boats
  • as featured in the popular "Carpin" video and as featured in the Walker's Cay Chronicles

* The "Fly-N-Carp" Trip- $375.00 for one or two anglers Click Here!

Carp/Stream Guides

Walk-in Trip - $350.00 for one or two anglers
                      $100.00 per additional angler-  up to 3 anglers max
Check out some Carpin' Photos!

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip for Carp - give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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Ohio Smallmouth Guides

Local waters guided include the Olentangy River, Scioto River and our specialty....the Kokosing River. Walk-in trips as well as floats in canoes/kayaks are available. Our season typically runs from mid-March through early November.

Smallmouth fishing in Central Ohio can be good to excellent at times although the size of our fish is usually not exceptional. There are places and times when we catch some larger fish but most will run 8-12 inches...but you might catch alot of them!!!

Smallmouth River Guides

Float Trip- $375.00 for one or two anglers

* one angler only for Kayak trips

Walk-in Trip- $350.00 for one or two anglers
                     $100.00 per additional angler-  up to 3 anglers max

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip for Smallmouth - give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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Ohio Musky on the Fly

The word is getting out......Ohio is one of the top Musky states in the country and Mad River Outfitters is leading the pack. We are now offering boat and float trips for these Apex Predators in Central and Southern Ohio. Join Ohio Musky pioneer Patrick Kelly in his john boat or drift boat on a variety of lakes and streams here in Ohio.

Ohio Musky Guides

**Best seasons are May- July and September- December. Please contact Pat at the shop for a consult.

Float Trip - $450.00 for one or two anglers

Check out some Ohio  and St. Clair/GLFF Musky Photos!

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip for Ohio Musky on the Fly -give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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Great Lakes Fly Fishing

Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent trophy warmwater fly fishing trips- right here in the Midwest! We have partnered up with Brian Meszaros and his Great Lakes Flyfishing and Waterfowl LLC. Come and fly fish the crystal clear waters of Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River for a varitey of warmwater game fish.  

Lake St. Clair has been recognized by American Angler magazine as one of the "Top 50 Fly Fishing Destinations in the U.S." and may be the best smallmouth fishery anywhere! In addition, Lake St. Clair is rated as one of the top fisheries in the U.S. for muskellunge. Anglers are also likely to encounter largemouth bass, northern pike, white bass, yellow perch, carp, walleye, drum and rock bass. Below is some basic ideas on the seasons as well as trip basics and pricing. As always, give us a call or click the links below to book a trip!


Muskellunge: First Saturday in June - November 1st (St. Clair) and Last Saturday in April - November 1st (Inland Lakes)
Smallmouth Bass: Last Saturday in April - November 1st
April - May/ October- November 1st
White Bass:
May- June
Walleye: April - June
Carp: April- June
Largemouth: April- November 1st
Drum: April - November 1st

Trip Details

Once you have booked a trip, you will be contacted by Captain Brian. You will then meet at the specified time and place, a map will be provided with your trip confirmation. Great Lakes Fly Fishing provides all of the equipment and flies that you may need although you may want to bring your own. A basic equipment/flies listing will be provided as well for those that do. You need to bring your own food/drinks. Cooler is provided. 4 hour or 8 hour charters are available. Start times are flexible. Overnight accomodations and hotel/airport pickup is available- just ask. * Further information provided upon trip confirmation.

Trip Pricing

All rates are for the boat, 1 angler or 2, the price is the same.
Full Day Trips (8+ Hours): $450.00 and can include all tackle and flies
Add $100 for third angler, contact us for a fourth angler
1/2 Day Trips (4 hours): $300.00 and can include all tackle and flies
Add $75.00 for third angler,  contact us for a fourth angler

Check out some GLFF Photos!

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip with Brian Meszaros and his Great Lakes Fly Fishing - give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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Lake Erie Tributary Smallmouth

In early to mid May, as our steelhead begin to make their way out to the lake.....the smallmouth move in! The crowds disappear....and the fishing gets good. 

Join us for some fantastic tributary smallmouth fishing along the shores of Lake Erie. Trips booking during May and into the 1st few weeks of June.

Erie Tributary Smallmouth Guides

$375.00 for one or two anglers and $100.00 for each additional angler

Check out some Erie Smallmouth Photos!

To inquire about a Fly Fishing Trip for Lake Erie Smallmouth- give us a call at 888-451-0363 or contact us here.

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