Pretty much gonna be our last report here on the Erie tribs until the Fall season kicks-in. We have been running a few trips in May and early June but the low water has made fishing challenging. Getting some decent fish, but not quite the lake run smallmouth season we were hoping for. Not that you can't still go catch some..but it will dwindle from here on out.
We'll be back at it in mid to late September! Thanks for a great season...our best guide season for steelhead in 14 years! Thanks to Josh, Patrick C., Jeff and Graham for being such great guides.
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Guides and anglers have been out on the hunt for Smallmouth. A few pods of steelhead still around but not many, and with the water temps the way they are, it's pretty much not ethical to be fishing for them at this point. It's smallmouth season.
Have been running a few trips and doing pretty well, although the water is pretty low. We could use another shot of rain to really get the fish moving up the rivers. Regardless, there are good numbers of Lake Run smallies to be had in the Erie tribs and the action should last a few weeks. Hop onto Facebook or G+ for pics of recent trips. Most reporting catches on streamers and a few on poppers as well. Stick with white or white and olive streamers with alot of action. Check out the new Skiddish Smolt pattern...it's been hot on both trout and smallmouth around here.
Did get some water in the creeks mid-week. Rains that hit on Tuesday night and into Wednesday did bring water up a bit from the Chagrin over to the Conneaut. They are dropping back down again pretty quickly though. The Vermilion and the Rocky didn't really get much at all and are both pretty much now a trickle.
We have had a few folks out the past few days and the results have been varied.. Although a few folks have found some fish in numbers....most are finding more smallmouth than steel. Although we hesitate to say the season is over, with the water temps pretty much regularly in the 60's now, it may well be. Again, we don't want to say it can't be done, but we also don't want to promise anything that is not true. We can tell you that our guides have told us to hold-off booking any further steelhead trips as it would not be the right thing to do at this point.
If you go, it's time to pack along your box of smallmouth streamers as well as your steelhead flies.
The good news is that the smallmouth are starting to show up in good numbers, especially in the lower reaches of the creeks. The next few weeks should really get cranking and we should have a month or so of killer action on Lake Run Smallies! Have some streamer patterns and be prepared. Guides will be out this weekend and coming week for smallies and we'll keep you informed.
Wow what a week it's been! Some great trips this week and shockingly large numbers of fish...and a nice mix of dropback AND fresh fish. Seems like just about anything has been working also! Eggs, nymphs, streamers.....swung flies. Josh was guiding yesterday and threw a big ol Pike/Smallmouth fly in search of a bronzeback and a steelhead nailed it.
The bad news is, the water throughout the region is slowing to a virtual halt. Just about the only river with any flow at all is the Grand and even it is approaching desperate status. Guide trips the next few days will certainly be on the Grand or Conneaut.
It is very hard to say what will happen the next few days and even the next week. If we were to get a nice push of water, we might think that this would last a few more weeks!?! If we don't which it doesn't appear that we will...it could make fishing very tough to say the least. The lowest streams like the Vermilion, Rocky and Chagrin have already become a bit barren as the week has rolled on.
The strange thing is that we are not seeing the numbers of Lake Run Smallmouth just yet. A few in the lower parts of the rivers but guides are not finding them in big numbers. Just as we thought they were starting to move in a few weeks ago, the weather changed and they seemed to slow up...and the steelhead picked up again.
Again, hard to say but the next few days should be VERY telling and we'll try to let you know what we do. We'd love for you to go out and prove us wrong, but probably going to be a very tough weekend.
Lots of fish around and most guides and anglers reporting some of the best fishing of the season going on this week. Seems that we are still smack in the heat of the season with really no signs of the end just yet. We did start seeing some Lake Run Smallies late last week and over the weekend but mostly in the lower rivers and they have seemed to slow up here with this cold snap. As much as we love steelhead fishing, we always look forward to fishing for the these guys and May and June should be killer months on the tribs for Bronzebacks.
The week started off great! Trips Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday produced huge numbers of fish....both fresh and dropbacks. Then Wednesday night that cold front came through and seemed to slow things up on Thursday a bit. The fish were there...they were just a little sluggish and not as aggressive as earlier in the week. Hopefully things will warm up a bit today and tomorrow and get things moving again.
The Vermilion was really good earlier in the week, but is getting pretty low at this point. Probably not a good bet until we get another push of water, but we'd love for you to prove that wrong.
The Rocky and Chagrin are looking good today but without rain, they will be approaching low status this weekend and things may slow up a bit until we get more water.
The Big News is that the Grand is looking great and may well be the hotspot right now. Although our guides haven't been on it much, we have been getting reports from customers that they have been doing well. Some REALLY well. Great chance to get out on this wonderful river! The Ashtabula and Conneaut are also looking good for the weekend and should fish well.
Get out there and let us know how you do!
Late Friday Update:
Reports coming in today from customers and guides that the fishing was great today. Waters are pretty low and clear as reported but still plenty of fish around and they were happier today. Seems like it should be a great weekend. Hope for a shot of rain though......
Another stellar week along Steelhead Alley! Our guides have been out in full-force this week....and pretty much booked solid next week as well. They are still finding plenty of fresh fish, along with drop-backs and seems that we still have plenty of good fishing ahead. Might have a few openings in the schedule before it's all over so let us know if you are interested in a trip...we can make it happen.
Although we have been looking for smallies to show up, nothing to report yet. Patrick was scouting for some and wound up catching a trophy....absolutely gorgeous steelhead instead. Just posted the pic over on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram etc. if interested. He caught it stripping a white wooly bugger which normally works pretty well for smallies. We will of course keep you updated on when we start to see the Lake Run Smallmouth as well.
Anglers and guides are reporting that a variety of flies and methods are working. Eggs have been great as well as the standard fare nymphs. The Brer Possum, Psycho Princes, Steelhead Candy etc. have all been good along with the standard sucker spawn and scrambled eggs. Patrick has been doing quite a bit of swinging flies with the two handed rod and doing very well.
Still plenty of time to get out and enjoy Ohio's Spring Steelhead....the end is not yet in sight. Rain coming late in the weekend but it doesn't look like it will hurt us too much for next week. We'll keep you updated!
A few thoughts today from MRO Guide Patrick "Grizzly" Campbell.
"Everything in Ohio got a little muddy yesterday from the rains Monday night. The flows did not bump much though, so things will be back in shape quickly today & Thursday. We have a little rain in the forecast, but not loads of it. So with a little hope, things will be good into the weekend.
The golden redhorse suckers and a few quillback carpsuckers have been coming in the past 10 days, which means, the lake run smallie numbers are about to start ramping up real soon.
The predictions for this season were that the Ohio stocked Little Manistees would be a bit smaller than normal because of the dip in the stocking of steelhead a few years ago. But the reality is, the Little Manistees have been HUGE. I think what the prognosticators failed to consider is that 2 of the last 4 Springs had a lot of rain, and many of the steelhead ran up, spawned, and made it back to the lake before getting harrassed by fishermen. Those fish are returning again with tremendous size. I can't get over the number of 30" fish this Spring."
Always useful insight from Patrick. To learn more about Patrick Campbell and the rest of the Fly Fishing Guide Staff at MRO.....Click Here. Hop onto Facebook or Google + to see an album of what he's been up during the past week. Also, let us know if you are interested in chasing the Lake Run Smallmouth during May and June. Josh, Patrick, Jeff and Graham are available to get you out and show you this fantastic fishery once the steelhead have gone deep for the Summer.
Just a quick update- seems that a storm burst hit around Cleveland last night and has brought the Rocky and the Chagrin up a bit. Had some calls this morning from folks that were out and head to head elsewhere. The Vermilion didn't budge nor did anything East of the Chagrin. Tomorrow and Thursday could be great days on the water! We'll keep you updated.
As of today pretty much all streams are in fishable shape and the fishing should be fantastic this week. We did have guides out on Saturday on the smaller tribs which were fishable. The streams dropped nicely and folks got out in full-force yesterday and things should be stabilizing today. Even had reports of anglers doing pretty well in the Grand..even though it is still a bit up. Swinging flies seemed to be the ticket there with the long rods.
A variety of techniques have been working...which is cool. In the higher, stained water, alot of folks swinging flies and getting some grabs. Eggs and nymphs have of course been producing the numbers of fish but also some good reports of stripping streamers and getting some fish to chase.
Many folks have been calling and stopping in asking if we think the fishing is over for the season. Our answer is quite the contrary...things are heating up nicely and we still have a few weeks of good to great steelheading in front of us. Maybe more.....?
Whoa Nellie! Hold the horses...not gonna be such a great weekend. With the rain today the streams kept climbing higher and the Ashtabula and Conneaut blew out as well. Hard to say what the weekend will hold but we'll keep our eyes on it and let you know as we do.
We did get a guide trip in today and our good friend Bob Baker, his son Quentin and his friend Ed Bailey were out with Josh on the far East side and all got into their 1st steelhead....and then some. We posted a few pics on Facebook, Google + etc. Josh said that the hot flies were chartreuse and scrambled eggs along with the Brer Possum Nymph. Also got a few on Psycho Princes.
Depending on the precip today and tomorrow, we could be looking at a STELLAR weekend of steelhead fishing in the region!
The Vermilion, Rocky and Chagrin are all dropping nicely and should be fishing tomorrow...or possibly later today if you don't mind a little stain. Could be good swinging/streamer water for a few days and then right back to eggs and nymphs for the weekend? The Grand took yet another hit and may be a while. We are hoping that the Grand comes into shape and is a late season sleeper for us. We'll see.
The Ashtabula and Conneaut are looking good today and have been spared by the storms the past few days. Guides have been out on both and the fishing the past few days has been nothing but spectacular. We have been swinging flies, stripping streamers as well as drifting eggs and nymphs. Go with bright, chartreuse eggs if the water is stained and peachy or cheese color if clear. Black Stones, Brer Possums and Steelhead Candy nymphs have all been working well for us also.
Prime guide dates still available and we fully expect to be catching fish...and fresh fish....well into May this year. Click Here for details on our Steelhead Guide Service.
Everything from the V to the Grand started rising yesterday afternoon and blew out completely last night. They are still going up so hard to say right now what we are looking at. Oddly enough, the Ashtabula and Conneaut really didn't budge and look like they will fish today. We'll keep an eye on them during the day as there is rain in the forecast both today and tomorrow. The good news is that the fishing the past couple of days has been good to fantastic!
Pretty much all streams dropped quickly all day yesterday and we were back out on the water today. As we speak, everything but the Grand is fishable. Josh was out today on the Chagrin and will be out again tomorrow. Did get some nice fish today and should have photos up on Social Media sometime tonight. Patrick will be out as well tomorrow as well as a bunch of customers who were through the shop today and we should get more reports.
Hard to say what this rain will do. Right now it's business as usual and the fishing has been good to excellent. There is quite a bit of rain it the forecast so we'll keep you as informed as we can.
So much for that. Blown off the water pretty early today. Did manage to get a few grabs before it got too tough.
All of the Erie tribs are pretty well blown out as of this morning and it will be a few days before we are back at it. Not to mention, more rain in the forecast and looks like a fair amount.
We'll keep an eye on the situation and let you know as things change.
Again, this will all depend on what happens overnight, but the report hasn't changed much today. The Vermilion fished well today. Josh was scouting for a trip tomorrow and did pretty well. Pic posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google + if interested. Guide trips for tomorrow are ON!
The Rocky should also fish tomorrow and the Chagrin is dropping pretty quickly and might be in the cards for tomorrow afternoon if you don't mind a bit of stain. Tribs further East will be another day or more and we'll try to keep you updated. The good news is that the water has warmed a few degrees and the fishing has really picked up with a variety of techniques working well. Stay tuned.
This report will probably change throughout the day but here is what we know as of Friday A.M.-
Most of the rain was further East so the Vermilion really hasn't budged and is fishable as we speak. We did have guides on the river this week and they did hook plenty of fish. The Rocky is fishable as we speak but rising and a bit cloudy. The Chagrin and pretty much everything East of there is pretty well blown for today and tomorrow....maybe Sunday. They seem to be cresting now but the verdict is out on how much more rain we will be getting.
It was a pretty good week though with our guides reporting in with fair to good hookups throughout the system. Does seem that the further East you go the more fish are around..but that should change here with this push of water. We should be looking at a couple of GREAT weeks of steelhead fishing ahead and maybe then some.
Did you see the post on Facebook about Rolf Selent from Germany? This guy came over on business and hired us to take him out....been a 20 year dream for him to catch a steelhead on the fly. Congrats to guide Josh McQueen for helping make his dream a reality. Hop on over to Facebook or Google + and check out the photo.
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Pretty much everything blew out yesterday with the rains. We were able to get a decent morning yesterday but the rivers came up pretty quickly and pushed us off. We can report that there were plenty of fish around and this water should bring a motherload of fish. Those that can get out Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc. should see some fantasic steelhead fishing!
The Chagrin is the one that is dropping like a rock and may well fish tomorrow/Sunday if you don't mind stained water...which you shouldn't. Should be great water for swinging flies or streamers! The Vermilion, Rocky and Conneaut will be a few days but are already on the drop. Elk Creek and the PA streams should fish tomorrow and Sunday...maybe a little stain tomorrow but will fish.
We will hopefully get some reports from folks today/tomorrow and will continue to let you know what we do but as always, don't hesitate to call the shop for more info if you need.
Things are really starting to get moving across the region.
All of the tributaries across PA are fishing pretty well, with Elk having the best flows and color. The temps on Elk today were up to 36 degrees, compared to 33 degrees all of last week. Those few degrees of increased temperature do have the fish moving around some and taking bigger offerings. Small streamers, eggs, and stone flies are all working with good presentation.
Conneaut's flows are coming down, but she still had significant stain this morning. It should start to fish WELL on Tuesday.
The Grand is still going to need a few days, and with rain in the forecast it may be a few more after that....Could be HOT fishing when it does...get your 2-handers ready!
Ashtabula, Chagrin, Rocky, and Vermilion are are in good shape as of today. Reports from the Vermilion are spotty. Josh did run a trip there on Saturday with minimal results and wound up over on the Chagrin and did well. Some great reports and some marginal reports from the Rocky. The Chagrin, although a bit stained, has seemed to be the hot spot.
There is rain in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday, so get out Tuesday and early Wednesday if you can.
Just posted a pic from today on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Instagram etc.
Inching closer each day....it's about to begin! Our guides have been out on the water and a few even took clients out the past few days over on Elk Creek. By all accounts, next week, we should explode with steelhead!!!! Watch the rains this weekend though and we'll try to update. As of right now, here is what we know.
Elk Creek in PA is in prime shape as far as flows and stain. The mile creeks are on the the drop and still pretty cold as there is still some snow on the ground West of Erie that is trickling in.
The Rocky is just coming into fishable shape today, but still has considerable stain. Could be good swinging water the next few days? The Chagrin should come into shape by late tomorrow and could be excellent. Ashtabula should fish later tomorrow as well but it may be another few days before we wet our feet in Conneaut. The Vermilion is probably 2-3 days away from fishable and we'll be keeping our eyes on the siltation, as usual. The Grand, as can be expected, is still a ways off.....maybe next week depending on the precip that we get.
Guides were reporting that the fish in PA this week were responding to single eggs, sucker spawn and small dark stoneflies. They did get a few fish to chase small streamers as well.
Seems like we are just about there friends. Let the games begin!
If you're not doing anything Saturday, remember that we do have Jerry Darkes here all day doing a program called "Tying and Fishing Tubes and Intruders"- should be a great class and we do have a few openings. Click Here for the details and pricing.
Brian and Josh are headed to the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Warren, Michigan this weekend and that marks the end of the "Winter Show Season". That means Spring fishing starts next week!!!!!
Special thanks to all who attended the F3T Film Tour here in Columbus last week. It was a sold out show and looks like we raised over $3500 for Project Healing Waters. Job well done friends!
Still not much to report yet friends on the steelhead front...but we are close. The snow and ice is gradually retreating from the Erie region and we are showing some signs of water opening up. Still...no fishing this weekend and nothing overly positive to report.
With the snowmelt and the rain this weekend we should be able to come up with a better idea sometime early to mid next week and can give you something concrete to plan your fishing around. We'll do our beset to post here but if we don't...as always....feel free to give us a call at the shop.
Happy New Year friends! Thanks so much for your support this Holiday Season. It was our best on record and we have you all to Thank! Further proof that the specialty pro shop and old fashioned customer service still prevail.
Thanks also for your patience with Fishing Reports. We should be getting back to some regularity here but as always, feel free to call the shop. We are always happy to share what we know. That being said...stay tuned...as we are working on a new Blog format for our fishing reports that you are going to LOVE. We should have it up and running sometime in February.
Some cool things coming up in the next few months. Always be sure to check the Calendar...but here's a few highlights:
* Saturday, January 17th- Special Guest: Blane Chocklett- FREE program on Musky on the Fly- 7:00 p.m.- Click Here
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* February 13th- 15th- Columbus Fishing Expo- Click Here
* Thursday, March 5th- Fly Fishing Film Tour in Columbus- Click Here
Now onto the Steelhead......
Turns out that December was by far our best month of the Fall. Although water conditions stayed on the low side, we did have enough precip to keep the fish moving, and fishing was pretty good. Guide trips continued up until the past week or so when we got the blowout last weekend. Most fish were caught on the staple nymphs and egg patterns with Scrambled Eggs....the Peach and Cream in particular, topping the charts.
Last weekend we got alot of precip and the streams blew out. Just day before and yesterday they were coming into very fishable levels but it appears that things are starting to ice over now. Surely a bunch of fresh fish are out there swimming around, but the ice and cold with make things difficult and downright dangerous at this point until the temps come up a bit....or quite a bit. The Grand is the only river not icing up and that is due to the still increased flow from last weekend. If things keep up like this for another few days, we will be completely out of the steelhead business until the streams open up again.
We'll do our best to let you know but please remember that if we haven't posted here.....feel free to give us a call. We are always here to help!
Guess we need to find a new meteorologist! The tribs did get hit last night and continue to. The Grand is no longer the hot spot for the weekend...it came WAY up to dangerous levels. The Vermilion is up but still fishable but hard to say what will happen over the course of the day. Rocky, Chagrin and Conneaut are still fishable as we speak this morning but will most likely blow out. Oddly enough, Elk is way blown...don't go there. We'll check in later today.
Fish are still around, but things are starting to get a bit tough again. In need of another shot of rain. The rains that are happening in the central and southern part of the state are not really hitting the tribs as of yet. The Vermilion did turn on for a day or two last week but has come back down and is probably not much worth fishing. The Rocky and Chagrin are both low and clear again as well but we have had some folks catching fish. The Chagrin in particular fished much better this past week than it has all fall.....still worth a try. The hot tickets this weekend will be the Grand and Conneaut. The Grand is clearing up and should be darn near perfect this weekend. Conneaut continues to fish well...including surprising numbers of lake run browns the past few weeks. Elk is low and clear, but does have fish spread out. The Grand will be the place to be this weekend until we get some more rain! Most fish being caught on peachy cream or Oregon Cheese Scrambled Eggs and small nymphs. Swinging flies of course bringing some fish to net where there is enough water. The Grand is in prime shape for swinging right now. Go fish and hope for rain!
Guides today are reporting fresh fish all over the place. Look on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram..etc. for some pics of chrome fish from today. The high flows did exactly what we needed them to....cleared out the leaves and crap and brought the fish!!!
The Vermilion did come up but is pretty much back down to low status. We did have some folks catching fish there today but it is still not on fire. Rocky is good and should fish well to very well this weekend. The Chagrin is coming down and should fish tomorrow and into the weekend and hopefully this is what we needed to get that stream kicked-into gear. The Grand is still up and will be out for a few days but the weekend is not out of question. It should be on fire once it becomes fishable. The Conneaut fished extremely well today and is certainly a hot spot as it has been all fall. The Elk and others are now back down to low levels but did get a push of fresh fish. All-in-all it should be a stellar weekend for steelhead fishing in the region. Happy Thanksgiving and if not fishing...we hope to see you in the shop or the online store for the killer events going on!
The rain dances we all did over the weekend worked.....Thanks! The rains, coupled with the snowmelt, have brought us just what we needed to make for a perfect Thanksgiving week!!! Pretty much all the tribs are blown out as we speak and washing those leaves down to the lake! When the water comes down, we should be in that perfect "green" zone that we wait for each fall. Should be fishing again late tomorrow and into Wednesday and it should be "game on"!!!! We'll let you know how things are looking as we do.
Although fish are being caught, steelhead have been a tough game this week. Heavy snows in the region kept some folks away..(and for good reasons). The only precip we have had has come in the way of snow and it is still holding strong...so the streams are very low again. The Vermilion has been very tough and any fish being caught seem to have been in there awhile. Might be Spring before this one produces at all. The Chagrin by most accounts has been very tough as well and the Rocky not far behind. Most anglers are reporting success in the Grand, Ashtabula and Conneaut with the latter being top choice of guides right now. The Elk and Walnut both have good numbers of fish but they are so low the fishing is getting tough. Some guides opted to fish this weekend and a few cancelled due to the snow and forecast. We'll try to let you know what we hear and always be sure to check our social media for updates as they happen.
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Rains the past few days have been spotty. Here is what we know: The Vermilion came up a pinch but is still on the low side and full of leaves. We did have a few anglers there this week and the fishing was mediocre. The Rocky, Chagrin and Grand all blew out today and will be a few days before they fish again. This is not good news for the weekend...but good news. Conneaut looks to be ok for the weekend at the moment and we did have anglers out today and they did VERY well. Elk is actually a bit on the low side and really wasn't affected by the rains. It is full of fish though.......Another push of rain next week and we get these leaves to clear out and it's game-on!
Great weekend! Reports of great to incredible numbers of fish in most if not all of the streams in Ohio and PA. We did get some rain mid to late last week and the streams came up a bit and fish were moving. Elk Creek in Pa is already back down and most guides are leaning towards Ohio for the week until we get more rain. In certain areas, and on windy days, the leaves are still a hassle but it seems to be winding down and we should be in the clear here very soon. The best of the Fall should be over the next 3-4 weeks!!! Tons of fish being caught on streamers and on the swing...this is great to see. Nothing like aggressive steelhead! Standard egg and nymph rigs have been working well also and pink or cheese colored eggs have been doing exceptionally well for a few of our guides. Hot nymphs have also been Brer Possums, Prince Nymphs and Bloody Marys. If you haven't yet, get out there and experience this great fishing we are seeing this year! If you need more information or current reports, please remember to give us a call at 614-451-0363. We are always happy to help!
Things are heating up fishing wise...as the weather cools down! Good reports of fish in the lower sections of the rivers and some of the recent rains have fish spreading out fairly well. A few folks have found steelhead way upstream, seems especially on Conneaut. Elk has been a little low but should pick up and begin fishing very well, very soon. It is still early, but looks to be a good start until the leaves start to fall and make conditions tough for a bit...but once the leaves are down...it's game on! Good reports of fish chasing white and bright streamers as well as some swung flies. Otherwise, most folks catching fish on the usual nymphs.
Wow steelhead season is Back! Cool nights, shorter days and changing seasons have people already asking about the fall season. So to answer the big question, Yes, there are a handful of steelhead in the stream across the alley. The cool weather has brought some early fish in and a few have been caught, but remember its still early. Right now we need some serious rain to get things really moving into the season but it is time to dust off the rods, take inventory on tippet and save up a few days off. The fall normally starts off in the PA streams with Ohio getting some strays, fishing usually starts to get consistent in mid October but if you can hit the small window after cool rains you can find some good fishing before then. As things progress we will keep you updated, right now it looks like a dry forecast so until we get some more rain there will not be much to tell, as soon as we get some rain in the forecast things will get rolling.
This will be the last steelhead report for this late and strange steelhead season. There are still some fish left, more in the river on the east side, but these are the last of the fish for the year. Right now the chagrin and conneaut are the best options, the grand should be back in shape early next week. A few dedicated anglers will probably catch fish into june this year especially if we continue to get cool rains but the numbers will be low. The lake run smallmouth fishing this year has been very good for anglers looking for some more big lake run fish. Look for the big smallies to stay in the slower water and relate to rocks and wood, stripping a large clouser around these areas can also take the occasional bonus dropback steelhead as well.
Most years we would be telling everyone that the season is over but this year we still have fish, and in fact anglers have been reporting some great success. All the streams in the alley are currently fishable, the smaller streams are running very low and clear. Anglers have been finding a nice mix with lots of aggressive dropbacks plus dark fish and the last few fresh fish coming in. The cool rain forecasted later this week will keep the season going. Most techniques are producing fish with most anglers fishing eggs and stoneflies, but swinging streamers has been very effective with plenty of dropbacks and big smallies taking the streamers. After a tough season the past couple weeks have been some of the best fishing of the year and there are little to no crowds on the water.
This will be a late season this year, anglers are still catching fish throughout the alley, as well as some really nice lake run smallies. The recent rains should have brought a few late fresh fish in, with the lake temps much lower than normal for this time of year we may see fresh fish during the next rain event as well. Right now the Chagrin, Rocky and Ash are fishable, the Conneaut will fish tomorrow. With lots of dropbacks and smallies swinging streamers has been a great way to catch fish, try dark flies in the stained water and brighter colors as it clears. Indicator fishing has been the best way to catch numbers once you find them. Fish have been aggressive so larger patterns such as steeches and Chicken Little's have been very effective as well as pale egg patterns and nymphs. This is a great time to go catch fish in great weather and low crowds!
This crazy season has offered lots of challenges for steelhead anglers. It looks like we will finally have a low water weekend. Right now all of the streams are in good shape with a few getting a bit low, by the weekend the best bets will be the chagrin, Grand, and Conneaut, the rocky and vermillion will be fishable as well but with low flows and all will have clear water. We have heard mixed reports with some anglers catching dropbacks and spawners but many others are finding big fresh fish that have just moved in. The calender may say steelhead are slowing down but the lake temps are cold and it looks like we still have lots of fish that have yet to show up. The next few weeks will provide Excellent fishing. There are also some big late run smallmouth kicking around to provide a nice surprise especially if you are fishing streamers of larger nymphs.
Last night the alley got a big shot of water but we are still looking good for the weekend. The smallest tribs and the PA streams should begin fishing tomorrow and the chagrin, ashtabula and rocky should be in shape thursday or friday. The vermilion and the grand take longer to clear and we will keep you posted as they drop into shape. This rain should bring even more fish in so things are looking great the next couple weeks.
Spring has finally arrived in the alley, except for the snow tomorrow, but spring will be back mid week. Fishing has been pushing in across the alley with reports of fresh fish ghosting up rivers and good numbers of fish staging below gravel areas and other fish up in the shallows. Techniques can vary, with fish taking eggs and nymphs well but with a mix of fresh fish and dropbacks swinging streamers is taking fish as well. The rain today did not drop too much water and currently everything but the grand and vermilion are fishable, there may be enough snow tomorrow to muddy things a bit with snowmelt but it looks like there should be good fishing through the week and into the weekend. By late this week everything should be in good shape so it will be a great weekend to fish steelhead!
Well it finally warmed up and the ice melted and now the rivers keep getting blown out, this has been a tough steelhead season all around but it looks like we will get a chance to fish this week. Right now the small tribs and the PA streams are fishing, by tomorrow the upper stretches of the chagrin should become fishable and by friday the rocky and chagrin will both be in fishable condition. There is rain forecasted sunday and monday but before then the fishing should be good. The water is warming fast so look for fish to start holding in the faster stretches as well as the pools. Swinging streamers will be a great way to find aggressive fish this weekend, and indicator fishing with stoneflies and eggs will produce very well. Look for fish to start moving into deeper pockets near gravel as some will start spawning. The next few weeks should bring some great fishing for steelhead after a long winter.
Snowmelt has things blown out for a bit up in the alley, the bad news is more rain in the forecast will blow the streams back out right before they come back into shape. The great news is that we are starting to see fresh fish in the ohio tribs and the ice jams are all but gone and are not effecting fish movement. This warm rain should bring in big numbers and get the spring season roaring. We will keep you posted on what streams come back into shape first after the rain. If your planning on heading up this weekend the small streams especially in PA fish first, and if we don't get too much rain some of the ohio streams may fish as soon as sunday.
It looks like steelhead season has begun. Right now the Rocky and chagrin and smaller streams are in good shape, and the grand is high but fishing. The Vermilion and the Conneaut both have fishable water upstream but reports are the lower stretches have too much ice to allow fish movement so there are very few fish in the fishable areas. There is some rain in the forecast, depending how much falls we may have good conditions this weekend or more likely the PA streams and the smaller creeks will fish and the water and warms temps will help finally bring in some good fresh fish. As far as techniques indicator fishing has faired best, the numbers of fish have been low so fish key areas hard. Egg patterns have been best but drifting stoneflies and buggers have picked up fish as well. Swinging streamers has been tough with the cold water but has picked up some fish. As the water warms the swing bite can get really good before the fish begin spawning, these next few weeks should be some of the best fishing of the year so be ready! This year it looks like the season will be short but it should be very intense with all the fish running in a shortened period.
Well we can finally begin fishing in a few areas! The open water is still limited to the upper parts of most of the streams but there are some fish being caught. The water is still high right now but the Rocky and Elk are fishable though heavily stained, most of the other streams are still to heavily jammed at the mouths to allow much fish movement or are still to high to fish. Most of the fish caught lately have been in slower pools are stones and bright eggs, but as the water warms in the afternoons swinging larger streamers can help you locate some of the fresh aggresive fish. The season should be in full swing in the next couple weeks so be ready.
Steelhead anglers are chomping at the bit to get to some open water after this winter. Right now options are very limited, the upper rocky and the grand have some open areas to fish, the Hoga will also offer open water for anglers looking for a challenge.There is still snow on the ground so as that melts this weekend it should open up some areas. Truly we still need more warm weather and some warm rain to open up the areas at the mouths of the river to allow fresh fish in. If you need to fish there is some water to fish but reports have been mediocre at best from most anlgers. If you do get out low and slow with black stoneflies, buggers, and eggs in deep pools. Hopefully spring arrives soon.
We have been neglecting the steelhead reports with the freezing temps this winter. Anglers looking to get a few fish will have a nice window tomorrow with the warmer weather for a day. The rocky will be the best bet in ohio, unfortunately the ice jams have made the flow guages impossible to effectively read. The Elk will also have a bit of fishable water, stick to the upper reaches as the lower rivers are jamed with ice and will not allow any fresh fish to move in. There is a good amount of shelf ice and there will be slush in the morning but if you need to get out those will be the best bets. Fish deep in the slower pools with stoneflies and eggs and keep a sharp eye for subtle takes.
Well it looks like we may have a real winter with lots of frozen water. After last weekends blowout the water on several rivers has dropped and anglers are catching fish. Right now the Rock, Chagrin, and conneaut creeks are fishing, though conneaut is rather high but dropping fast. The PA streams especially elk creek are still fishing as well with a few fish getting caught in all the streams. However anglers are already dealing with slush and the shelf ice is beginning in the slow areas. Fishing late afternoon anglers should be able to find some open water and a few fish, bright egg patterns have been the most effective. Next week we have another deep freeze looming that will again lock up most of the alley. Keep you fingers crossed for an early spring.
Things are pretty locked up in the alley, the rain this weekend should clear out the ice but will probably blow out the rivers for a few days. This is mid winter fishing where you get out when the water is open, we will let you know when the rivers are coming into shape.
What a weekend to steelhead fish! Conditions in ohio are looking great as is the weather. Conneaut, chagrin and the Rocky are all in prime shape with good numbers of fish, the vermilion will be stained but fishable sunday, the grand will remain too high. In PA the conditions are good on elk but a bit low in the smaller streams. Fish should be aggresive with the mild weather, look for fish in slower runs and deep holes, but there will still be a few in fast runs as the day warms. Make sure to have some stoneflies in the box as the winter stonefly nymphs should be out in force, mix in some egg patterns and a few streamers and you have all you need. Get out now before winter comes back!
Steelhead anglers will be happy after this past weekend. The water is on a fast drop and things are looking good later this week and very good for this next weekend. The smaller PA creeks are already fishable and a few anglers are out there catching fish. Elk should be fishable but high tomorrow and will be prime late this week. In Ohio the chagrin and rocky are droping fast and both look like they will begin fishing wednesday or thursday, most of the small ohio streams should fish by then as well. The Conneaut, Grand and Vermilion are all still very high and just beginning to drop, the conneaut should be good by the weekend, as for the V and the grand we will keep you posted. All the high water is also warmer than the lake this week, this means that we should get some big waves of chrome manistee fish this week. These aggresive fish will take swung streamers very well for those who want to get out and swing. Anglers indicator fishing should try larger eggs and drifting small streamers.
Finally a good warm up on the way. The rivers are on the way and going way out! The high water coupled with warm rain should warm the water up and bring lots of fresh fish in to the ohio streams. We will let you know early next week when the streams should be fishable, right now our best guess is that you could find some water to catch fish by late week and definatly next weekend.
After the warm weather and snowmelt of last week ohio has had some great fishing. Right now the Conneaut and chagrin are both low and clear but fishable, the conneaut has been fishing better. The Rocky, Vermillion and the smaller streams have fish but the water is very clear and with the cold weather on the water they should begin to have slush and ice as early as wednesday. The grand though high has good color and has had some great fishing and will be the last river to freeze with all the water. The PA streams have been slower than normal and should have ice by mid week. Indicator fishing has been very effective, remember to match the flies to the water color, thing big and bright in stained water and muted colors in clear water. We have done very well lately with chicken littles, wiggle stones, and hare's ears. Swinging streamers has been very effective lately as well, despite the colder water the fish have been taking the large streamers well. Sometimes in the cold the large flies are more of a threat and can work very well. Keep an eye on the weather, lots of bright fish have been moving in so any break in the cold will provide excellent fishing.
It's winter steelheading at its best right now on the alley. Early mornings slush has been a problem, especially on the smaller streams that are low. The fishing has been pretty good in ohio, good numbers of fish are in all the rivers from the vermilion to the conneaut. Finding the river with the right flows has been the key. Right now the vermilion is low, the rocky, chagrin and conneaut are all fishably low and fairly clear and the grand is in great shape. Find the deeper wintering holes with fish and the action has been really good. With the lower water stoneflies and small streamers drifted with eggs have been really good. Swinging streamers has been effective as well, the big meal can get the fish to move in the cold.
Well after the last few wind storms and the big storm last night it looks like the leaves will no longer be the problem they had been. Right now it looks like everything is out for the day, PA got more rain than ohio but the smaller PA tribs and the mile creeks will fish tomorrow. Even the elk may fish tomorrow if you like swinging in high water, but will be in great shape by wednesday. In ohio the rocky has fishable flow today but will be off color, it will fish tomorrow as will many smaller streams in the state. The chagrin and possibly the vermillion should fish by wednesday and if there is no major rain later this week the conneaut should follow. The water temps jumped up with last nights wawrm rain, this will bring in good numbers of fish and get the fish moving. Try swinging streamers to find where the active fish are, this past week streamers where doing really well even better than nymphing some days.
Looks like another good weekend of steelheading this weekend. Right now the rocky is the only good option in ohio, but the chagrin should be in good shape by sunday and might fish tomorrow, the conneaut is the same story as long as the water continues to drop quickly. Think swinging streamers and fishing bright eggs in ohio this weekend. PA is in excellent shape and is fishing well, mix it up in PA but make sure you have plenty of nymphs, wiggle stones and princes have been effective. Color and flow will be just about perfect in PA this weekend.
Right when the rivers where getting a bit low we got the big rain to blow them out again and bring more fish. This weekend looks great in PA, Elk will fish well tomorrow as well as the smaller streams. There is some rain in the forecast that may or may not muddy elk for sunday, if it does the mile creeks will be exceptional. In ohio the Chagrin and Rocky may drop by sunday, as well as some small streams, more fish have been arriving in ohio though the big numbers are still east. Techniques have remained the same, swinging streamers in the larger streams has been producing. Indicator fishing has been the most effective, especially with the colder nights, remember try large bright patterns in stained water and small patterns in clear water. Early next week will be great across the alley for those that can fish weekdays, take monday off!
We got some rain on the east side yesterday so the Grand, chagrin, and conneaut are currently blown out. PA is in great shape and will fish really well this weekend, these are the conditions you wait for on Elk! In ohio the smaller streams are coming down and the Rocky is in good shape with some fish spread throughout the river, the Vermilion is low and has a few fish scattered in the lower river. Nymphing has been the go to but this will be a great weekend to swing flies. The chagrin should be in good shape to swing sunday and the conneaut and grand should be good early next week.
Well the cold rain that everyone hoped was coming is here at the alley and the fishing has responded. With light rain forecasted on and off the water has been in good shape and that should continue throughout the alley. Right now everything except the grand and conneaut are in good shape. Conny should be down in a few days and the grand by the weekend. Anglers have reported catching fish throughout the east side of ohio, and some great catches have been coming out of PA. Indicator fishing has been the most effective method but the Grand and the Conneaut should swing well this weekend. The season is now in full swing and it should be good fishing from now on out.
Feels like steelhead season outside! The nights are cold and there has been rain through the week, that means this should be the first good weekend of the steelhead season. Right now in ohio the smaller streams are back down, the rocky and the chagrin are fishable but a bit turbid and the conneaut is on its way and should be in shape this weekend barring any further rain. Pa is in great shape and if there is more rain it will stay that way. Right now ohio has had decent numbers of fish especially on the east side, PA has lots of fish, but has plenty of people as well. These early fish are aggressive so swinging streamers can be a great way to cover ground and find fish. Indicator fishing is still the most productive, in the off colored water have some bright eggs, orange and chartreuse, and in clear water try smaller nymphs and pale eggs. It looks like this will be a good year so it's time to get out there and get some chrome!
This rain should really help kick steelhead into gear up on the alley. Water is dropping fast and PA was fishable yesterday, and producing some fish. In Ohio the rocky and chagrin fell into shape today but are off color, the rocky is still a little high but should be good tomorrow. The conneaut still needs rain, and the Grand should be in good shape this weekend. With no rain in the forecast most of the streams will be low by the weekend but early anglers will be hooking fish this week! These early fish love to take streamers either swung in the higher flows or in low flows striped though the pools. Small nymphs and pale eggs will also produce in the low water that we will see by the end of the week.
There has been alot of talk and buzz about steelhead this past week. Last weekend after the rain some early anglers found good success, especially in PA but there where some fish caught on the east side in Ohio as well. The numbers of fish are not bad for this early in the season but the water is extremely low right now. We need lots of rain before any serious fishing gets done. It looks like late next week there is some rain in the forecast and that may be the event that kicks of this steelhead season. Keep an eye here and on facebook and we will let you know as soon as it gets good.
Oh yeah it's almost steelhead season! There has been talk and rumors already and with the cool weather there have been steelhead staging at the mouths and even a rare few that have moved up. Just remember it is still very early, this is the time to tie up the flies, dust off the rods, and score points with the family so you can get time off in a month. If we get some good strong storms the first true pushes of steelhead will show up, we still consider the start of the season Oct. 15 but there are always fish around before. We will have current reports up here as often as we can through the season, be sure to check out the steelhead central page for river levels, and never hesitate to give us a call for current conditions, we always have some friends and guides on the water during the season. October and November are prime months and they are right around the corner!
This will be the last report of the season, with the warm weather the streams quickly heated up and the remaining steelhead got out quick. Anglers are still finding a few but they are mostly old fish that eat smallmouth flies. There are a good number of large lake run smallmouth around so if you are looking for some fun this can be great all the way to june. Fish streamers of poppers in deep pools, or sight fish with crayfish and poppers, these can be some of the biggest smallmouth that a wading angler can reach anywhere so hold on!
It's amazing that there is still good steelhead fishing but with the cool and wet spring we have plenty of fish left. Currently the smaller streams and the Chagrin are in good shape, with everything else on it's way to fishable by the weekend. Many of the fish are spawing or drop backs, but there have still been a few late fresh fish showing up. With the warmer temps the fish have been aggresive and streamers swung or drifted have been effective, as well as smaller egg patterns and nymphs. As the water clears pale eggs, princes and wiggle stones have gotten the nod. This may be one of the last weekends to steelhead fish but it should be a very good one. There are also good numbers of lake run smallies in the streams that can provide lots of fun for anglers stripping streamers around.
We still have a bit more of steelhead season left with the cold conditions. Fishing has been pretty good in ohio the past couple weeks. The fish have been coming in fast and quickly moving to spawning areas. Fresh fish are getting caught in deep cuts on nymphs as well as swinging flies. Indicator fishing and swinging are both working well, with the indicators taking more fish but swinging gets the big bonus smallies. Right now the Rocky, Chagrin and Conneaut are all shaping up for the weekend, the Grand and the Vermillion may be fishable as soon as sunday, keep and eye on the rain. There is still time to get some steelhead, take advantage before summer!
Despite the forecast for heavy rain the alley was for the most part spared and should fish well this weekend. The Grand will be to high and the Chagrin, Vermillion and Rocky will be a bit high but they should fish saturday and be in great shape sunday, as will the smaller streams and Conneaut. The fish have been moving around this week, with some days being better than others. With a mix of fresh fish, spawners and drop backs the key has been finding areas with concentrations of fish that want to bite. Look for deep fast chutes with adjacent gravel, these areas serve as staging areas for fresh fish. Eggs, nymphs and streamers have all been taking fish but nymphs have been taking the most fish, especially in clearer water, try wiggle stones and the Fly Formally Known as Prince. Swinging flies has been taking some fish, with some nice bonus fish as well.
This rain has brought in TONS of bright crome fish and the fishing should be excellent for the next few weeks. There is more rain on the way but if you can fish fishable water they will be there. The small tribs will fish today and through monday, Sunday the Rocky and the Chagrin should be high but fishable and the fish will be aggresive. We will keep a close eye on the weather and the water levels and let you know as things drop into shape. With the killer conditions pick your technique, swinging streamers will be great for aggresive fresh fish and dropbacks. Nymph fishing with small streamers and bright eggs will be great until the water drops, as the water clears try smaller eggs and nymphs as well. After the cold winter and spring this is what we have been waiting for!
Here comes the best fishing of the season! Right now the water is low, the Grand is in good shape and the conneaut and the chagrin are low but fishable, everything else is too low and clear. But there is rain in the forecast and lake erie is just warming up, this next week of rain should bring in lots of big chrome fish. With the warmer water the fish have been crazy once hooked so be prepared to loose some fish! There have been a mix of chrome fish, dropbacks, and fish on the redds, just keep moving and you will find some fish that want to grab.
Spring like conditions have made steelhead fishing much nicer, but with lake erie water temps in the mid 30's we need some warm rain to get the fish moving to the rivers. The fishing has been ok with the winter fish staging below riffles, and the dropbacks hungry for streamers. But the giant wave of spring fish is still waiting, luckily there are more fish showing up every day and it's a matter of time before the crazy numbers show up. There is some rain in the forecast tomorrow, this should help. Right now the Vermilion and rocky river, and the small tribs are all fishing well, the east side is still dealing with some snowmelt.
Finally! some spring like fishing for steelhead! The water is still cold on the alley but the warm days will make the fish happy and willing to eat. Right now everything is in good shape, the Conneaut, Rocky, and Chagrin are all fairly clear and have medium flows, the Grand and vermillion are both flowing great and have fair visibility. There should be fish spread throughout all of the streams it's just a matter of finding a larger pod. Most of the fish are a bit darker but the warm weather should bring a bunch of chrome fish in the next few weeks. With the streams in such good shape indicator fishing and swinging should both be great. Large streamers will bring some aggressive takes, especially on the Grand this weekend. With the clearer water on most of the streams look for stoneflies to be effective as well as chicken little's, steech's, and pale colored eggs. The fish will still be in the holes but some will be shifting to faster water, especially on warm evenings.
It looks like the end of winter is finally in sight! This weekend the upper portions of the Chagrin and the smaller streams should fish, and the rocky by sunday. There have been lots of fish throughout the alley but the cold has made them reluctant to bite. Next week it looks like the weather will warm up and this should kick off the fishing. Right now try and concentrate on slower holes and tailouts, keep the flies near the bottom. With the off color water this weekend larger bright flies will be in order, we will keep you updated as conditions change next week.
Sorry for the lack of reports here, there was a few weeks with lots of ice. But now we have good conditions again! After the snowmelt and rain this week the water is quickly becoming fishable in the rocky and the chagrin rivers. There have been good amounts of fish around in both and this weekend despite the cold the fishing should be good. The rest of the alley should take some more time to drop, the Vermillion and the conneaut may clear this weekend. We will keep you posted. Remember with the cold water give these fish a reason to move, large nymphs and egg patterns in bright colors, and big streamers swung deep will draw strikes from the fresh winter fish.
1-17-13 Perfect winter conditions! That is what it looks like tomorrow and saturday. Today the Chagrin and the Rocky are in perfect shape, the Conneaut is going to fish tomorrow and the Vermillion should be fishable on saturday. These are great conditions for swinging streamers for the fresh fish that just came in with the last rain. For anglers drifting eggs and stoneflies will be top options. Look for fish holding in the core of the pools and in the tailouts. This may be the last chance to fish for a week or two so take advantage of the good conditions.
The water came and the streams are way out at the moment, but this should bring in tons of fish. We have more rain in the forecast this weekend but by the end of next week the Ohio Tribs should be fishing again. If you need to fish some of the smaller PA tribs might fish but it looks pretty grim at the moment, we will let you know as soon at the conditions are back in shape.
It's on! across the alley! This break in the weather should bring excellent fishing this week and hopefully this weekend. All the tribs in ohio are fishing well with good numbers of fish throughout the systems. The warming water will kick start these fish into a big bite before the rain comes, this is a great time to get some fish on the swing! Look for fish to be holding in deeper areas and tailouts, and moving into faster water as the water warms in the afternoons. The warm rain this week may blow out the tribs but it will bring in more chrome winter manistees and should keep the fishing good for some time! We will keep you posted on what streams are fishable as condtions change.
Happy New Year Steelheaders! We have been welcomed in to the new year with brutal cold but some surprisingly good fishing. Right now all the streams are fishable but several especially the grand are on the high side. There are problems with self ice and slush on most of the streams, especially in the mornings. But on warm afternoons the fish have been responsive to dead drifted and swung presentations. With the green stained water larger patterns have often been more effective, as long as you can get them to the bottom where the fish are. It looks like there are some warmer days in the forecast next week, any days, especially sunny days that warm into the upper 30's should burn the sluch off faster and warm the water just enough for a good afternoon bite.
The Yo-Yo water levels of the past week have made it a bit difficult to guess what will fish when, but the fishing has been good whenever we get windows of low water. Right now it looks like PA and the smaller ohio tribs should all fish very well tomorrow and in to the weekend with only the smallest getting to clear by the weekend. In Ohio the Rocky should fish tomorrow though it will be stained. Look for the Conny and the Chagrin to be borderline on Thursday and great by the weekend, same for the Vermillion on the west side. Anglers have been catching lots of bright fish in the past week and this week should be even better!
Finally some rain! After a couple weeks of low water we have had some much needed rain and more is on the way. Today the Rocky river, the small creeks, and the PA streams are all in great shape, and we already have reports of people catching fish this morning. Tomorrow there is more rain in the forecast so we will keep you updated with conditions. Look for the PA tribs to fish very well later this week and into the weekend, in Ohio the rocky and chagrin usually fish first and unless we get tons of rain everything except the grand should fish this coming weekend! This rain has all of the right factors for bringing lots of fish so get ready.
The fall season continues as more fish come in and spread out with each push of rain and others continue to trickle in despite the low water. The fish are spread out through most of the tribs and anglers that are willing to move are finding the most consistent success. Currently the larger tribs with the most water are the best bets, the chagrin and conneaut are still holding some flow and the grand is in good shape. The PA tribs as well as the west side are very low but there are fish to be caught for the stealthy angler. With the low clear conditions nymphs have become key with pycho prices, caddis and small stones taking fish, however if the fish are not eating well try something different such as stripping a streamer through the pool or drifting an ice man minnow. On the grand anglers can still find good conditions for swinging flies if they want to cover ground, and with the stained water egg patters are a good bet when indicator fishing.
After and excellent week of steelheading across the alley we are looking at a great weekend as well. The PA streams have dropped and you are looking at low water conditions there and in the small tribs in Ohio. The big news all of our major streams will fish this weekend. The Rocky, Chagrin, Vermillion and the Conneaut will all be a bit low but fishable, and there are good numbers throughout them, especially east of clevland. The Grand will be exceptional through the weekend but expect other anglers to have the same idea. In the clear streams think small with nymphs being top bets, but don't hesitate to strip a streamer through the pools. In the more stained areas try swinging big streamers are drifting bright eggs and wooly buggers. The season is in full swing right now!
Quick update on the conditions. The water across the alley is dropping like a stone. Right now the PA streams are fishable, today the large streams where a bit high but dropping and the small streams are fishing very well. These streams will continue to drop and will be running low by mid week. In Ohio the smaller streams and creeks will fish well tomorrow, the rocky will be off color but maybe worth a look. By Tuesday the Rocky, Chagrin, and the Conneaut should all be in good shape and the fishing should be excellent through the week. Swinging streamers will be a great way to find some big bright fish this week, as well as larger nymphs such as chicken littles and Steech's, and brightly color eggs. The fish will be on the move and spread out so get out and have fun.
This is it! the hurricane has passed and brought the big blowout we needed. This high water will push all the leaves out and bring in lots of chrome fish. The low water the past few weeks has kept the fishing slow but that is over now. The PA streams should be excellent this weekend as long as we don't have any major rains. Ohio will be out of shape until at least mid next week. These fish will be aggressive so for those that enjoy swinging flies the next few weeks will be excellent. For nymph fishing, especially when the water is first fishable stick to bright eggs and small streamers. This should be the best few weeks of the fall season coming up.
Steelhead season has finally truly started and many anglers are looking to go up and catch the first chrome of the season. Right now we could use some more water, but the PA streams got a bit last night. PA should fish well today and tomorrow, by the end of the weekend we will be facing low clear conditions here as well. In Ohio the Grand and Chagrin have the most water but the conneaut has just enough to try. Most of the fish are in the lower portions of the streams, but don't expect to fish alone. There are some fish scattered upriver but it is difficult to find any numbers. With the low water nymphs and pale eggs have been the go to but small streamers have been very good as well. If the fish are in the slow pools don't hesitate to strip a wooly bugger or Ice Man Minnow over their heads. These early season fish can be very aggressive. With each rain we will get more and more fish, swinging streamers in the high flows can contact some of the hottest fish of the year. Keep an eye on the gauges and follow the water. Don't forget our Steelhead Central Page has a list of optimum flow and links to the gauges.
I always love the first report of a new steelhead season! The nights a cooling, the lake temps are dropping and despite the low water a few determined and lucky anglers have connected with some early chrome. The season is still a few weeks off but it is time to dust off the long rods and start tying up steelhead flies. As soon as we get a good blowout the season will begin. Timing in the fall is everything, so far most the fish caught have been shortly after rain events and in the lower portions of the rivers. Once the water drops the fish become very skittish. We will keep you posted as soon as the fishing takes off, but each rain event from here on will bring more bright aggressive rockets into the rivers!
With this week of summer like weather the steelhead should be more or less finished, there are still a few around but the smallmouth have taken front stage. Try the lower stretches with streamers for some of the biggest smallmouth available for the whole year.
With this extended period of low water it seems like most anglers have decided that the steelhead season is over. This is a good thing for the anglers that don't like crowds, but know that with the lake temps along the alley still in the upper 40's there are still lots of fish around in the lake. Recent rains allowed the flows to bump in the Conneaut and the fish responded. We are nearing the end of the season but there is still some time to go catch some fish for anglers willing to run up when the flows are good. There are also good numbers of big lake run smallies in the alley, the grand, rocky, chagrin, and conneaut seem to have the best numbers. Anglers can have a great day stripping clouser for a mixed bag of drop back steelhead and smallmouth this time of year.
The water has dropped to very low levels for the spring throughout the alley. Without any more rain this leaves few options for anglers looking to steelhead fish. Right now the Grand is the best game in town, but the Rocky and Chagrin rivers though low and clear have enough water to fish, but the fish are extremely wary in the clear flows. Fishing has been pretty good however, anglers have been taking some very nice fish along with lots of drop backs and skippers. Indicator fishing with small stones, wiggle stones, and small streamer has been the most consistant method. But many anglers have been taking aggressive dropbacks and big lake run smallmouth swinging big streamers. Keep and eye on the weather, if we get some rain in the fishing should be excellent after the water comes up and invites more fish into the rivers.
Spring is moving very quickly on the alley and the water temps are warming up fast. The steelhead are still moving in good numbers, but many fish are quickly moving on to the redds. Right now the streams are blown out but there is only a chance of rain this week, so the weekend looks good right now. Eggs and nymphs have been hot but as we see more dropbacks the streamer bite will heat up.
Spring Steelhead Season Is Here! Lots of fresh fish filling up the rivers with each rain and nice warm days to enjoy while catching them. Chasing good water levels is still the key, right now it looks like the Rocky, and Vermillion will fish tomorrow with the Chagrin coming on strong by sunday, the PA streams will also begin fishing tomorow. With the rising water temps the fish are aggresive and will respond to many techniques. Swinging streamers will be a very good option the next few weeks, this is a great way to get some heart stopping strikes. Indicator fishing with egg patterns get the nod when you want to bring numbers of fish to hand. Fish large brightly colored eggs in off colored water, when the water clears light colored egg patterns and stonefly nymphs are excellent choices.
After the strange and mild winter it looks like we are going to be in for one heck of a spring season. Anglers are finding consistent success on all of the Ohio tribs with many nice bright fish being reported. The key to finding early success is timing, looks for warm trends and dropping water and you should be into fish. This coming week should be excellent, the rocky and chagrin should be fishable Sunday. These streams both will be in good condition on monday through the week, with the Vermillion and the Conneaut dropping into shape by mid week. Most of the fish have been caught in classic mid depth wintering holes with egg patterns fished below indicators. But there have been more and more fish showing up in pockets and smaller holes as they move upstream. The hot flies have been brightly colored egg flies and wooly buggers, but when the water clears black stoneflies have been excellent. In the higher flows anglers can swing big streamers with success when other methods don't get the attention of the fish.
Anglers are still catching steelhead throughout the alley whenever the water levels are in shape. The high flows are keeping the fish spread out throughout the streams but the thought of big chrome winter steelhead keeps anglers searching. Right now the Ohio tribs are blown out and it doesn't look like they will be in fishable condition until next week. The PA streams should be fishable on Sunday and into good condition by Monday. Most anglers are finding success fishing egg patterns under indicators, remember to keep a keen eye out for light takes in the cold water. With the high flows some anglers are still out swinging and finding some success swinging large streamers, this is a great way to find bright fish in high marginal water contions.
It looks like winter is going to give us every chance to fish for steelhead that we can handle. Right now every stream in the alley is fishable except for the Grand. Fish have been spread throughout every stream and the angling pressure has been spread out as well. This is a great time for anlgers who like fishing for steelhead without the crowds. Look for fish to be holding in deeper slots and tailouts with the low water temps. Brightly colored egg patterns and wooly buggers drifted through these areas are great ways to contact what can be some of the biggest fish of the season. Keep an eye on the indicator though, cold water takes can be very subtle.