Trout, trout, and Happy Independence Day.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Had some fun with my Daughter, Brother, and Niece on a little Ohio spring creek catching rainbows.

Nothing more fun than seeing little ones fight the big one.

Pa trout trips have been pretty good still. A wild PA brookie is hard to beat.

Though we have decided on wet wading and forgo the waders which is very comfortable this time of year. The new simms rip-rap sandals and guide wading pant are just the ticket.

Fishing report:
Locally the resident smallie fishing has been productive with some good sized fish being taken on the upper Chagrin and the Cuyahoga in the past few days. Large Clousers and crawfish patterns have been good.
Happy 4th Dan and Pete

Happy Fathers Day, headin back to PA, tailwater trout pics from laurel highlands guide service.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011


Trout fishing is heating up on the Youghiogheny tailwater in PA. Only 4 hours away, worth checking out.

Well fed rainbows and browns in good numbers have been coming to the nets for the boys at laurel highlands guide service over in PA. If interested in booking a trip check out thier website at

For me it's been a busy week of catching up at home and the shop so no new fish pics. On the flip side i have a group of anglers to entertain in PA mid next week and am looking forward to getting out again.

Until Next time tight lines, Dan and Pete.

Sale at the shop June 16th-18th, PA trout trip pics, blood suckers on the Chagrin.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011


Myself and 5 other anglers just returned from a 3 day trout fishing trip in
North central PA and enjoyed some very good dry fly fishing in a beautiful setting.

The highlight of the trip may have occurred on our first evening of fishing as we found ourselves
in the middle of the greatest green drake spinner fall i have ever been witness to. The fishing had been pretty good when the big white flies began to make there appearance. As they started to descend and land on the water we watched in amazement as the pool in front of us became alive with rising trout. Were there was once 12 rising trout became 24, then 40, and in a matter of minutes there seemed to be a hundred or more fish feeding with reckless abandon all around us. It was an event none of us will soon forget and was a great start to our trip.

The next couple of days everyone became immersed in the fishing and the surroundings. As fish rose to flies or nymphed under the surface figuring out what they were eating became the focus of our attention.

Many nice trout were caught and released fishing dry flies with a nymph dropper. I would say it was about 50/50 on what the fish took.

The last morning we targeted fish in faster runs and riffles using one of my favorite dry flies of all time that many people don't seem to use any more. The classic royal wulff. Ray found out just how effective it can and for a time the trout could not resist his offering.

A nice rainbow that fell to a royal wulff dry.

It was hard to leave such a beautiful place on such a perfect day but all good things come to an end.

On a side note if you ever find yourself in this place don't say i didn't warn you.

Not a great pic but on a river adventure with my daughter on the upper chagrin i saw many beds in the riffles and could not quite figure out what was making them until i came upon this nasty pair of lampreys spawning around Jackson field. It looks like the dam being out will benefit more than the steelhead and smallmouth.

Shop Sale this week June 16th-18th. Come on down for that special gift for Dad, the recent graduates, or for that special something you have had your eye on.

Fishing report:
For PA trout anglers the big hatches are winding down but the fish are definitely looking up. If you are on your way the Slate drakes are on right now as well as some caddis, Brown drakes, and ants and beetles will start working as well.

On the local front i have been out of touch but i have reliable reports that the lake run smallies are hard to come by and seem to be moving out.

Couple fish pics, river report, shop sale.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011


I don't know if i posted this pic yet or not but i saw it and said man that's a big brookie. This one is courtesy of my little brother at laurel highlands guide service. If you are looking for a great float trip this summer close to home give them a call.

My new friend Tony and i did a little fly fishing school together at one of the local trout clubs and had a great time. We started with the basics of casting, knots, etc. and worked our way up to putting a fly on and catching a few fish. Other than the fact that he is an old baseball player and wanted to throw the rod in the water every cast, i would say he took to it like a fish to water. Congrats Tony on taking the first few steps, your on your way.

Did somebody give Kilby to much coffee this morning, he's killing me.

For all the great customers of Chagrin River Outfitters and all the guys that bellyache about never having a sale be here June 16-18th for a great sale just in time for fathers day, graduates, and anyone looking to pick up that special something they have had their eye on.

River report:
Pa trout fishing is on fire. Bugs are hatching, fish are eating. If you are thinking of making the trip stop thinking and get going. Green and brown Drakes, tan caddis, and a few march browns have the fish looking up. Mornings and evenings are prime time.

For you local fisherman the lower,lower, grand is loaded with white bass and a smattering of good size smallmouth. Clouser minnows and white zonkers are hot.