Rivers are coming down, shop is stocked up for the holidays.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Rivers are on there way down and we should be fishing again here by the weekend without any more rain. Elk and Grand tribs will be fishing Thursday. In the meantime enjoy some pics.

Chagrin this morning is flowing around 1500 cfs. Give it until Saturday.

Had a brand new fly fisher out Saturday on the Chagrin that wanted to learn how to swing flies. Tackling a sink tip and big streamer your first time ever takes some gumption and this guy had it. We worked on casting, mending, presentation, etc and had one good grab and hook up that end with a cartwheel. Not a bad morning.

Since the rivers were not fishing it was time to bag some ducks. We interrupted these gadwall and widgeon on there way to Mexico. There is not much prettier than watching a group of ducks work your decoys. Mighty tasty on the grill and smoker.

Steelhead rods galore, take your pick from all the top brands.

We are now carrying Patagonia fleece and capilene, the best in layering.

Made in the USA Simms Gore-Tex waders and wading jackets. The choice of fisherman and guides worldwide.

Fish pics, New Scott A4's at the shop, Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011


Pictured in this spread are fishes representative of what we have in the rivers right now. Which means everything from fresh arrivals to colored up bucks who where some of the first arrivals in late September and early October. With the weather we have been having and the consistent fishing its smiles all around on steelhead alley. Also the great lakes most popular steelhead rod got an upgrade and is available here at the shop, stop in and check out the new Scott A4. Happy Thanksgiving everyone from Chagrin River Outfitters.

As the sun got lower in the sky Saturday fishing heated up.

High stick nymphing the heavy flows of the Conneaut Friday afternoon.
The fish seem to have a preference for nymph patterns lately. The good old pheasant tail was hot for us on Sunday.

This large buck likes egg patterns. He says they are easy to catch and full of fish oils and protein that make him big and strong like bull.

Aren't these the ones everyone likes to bring to hand. Fresh from the lake they fight like hell.

We have had a little bit of everything when it comes to weather but overall no ones is complaining. It has been an exceptionally nice Fall, and the simms waterproof backpack has made life much easier.

Legendary great lakes steelheader A. Mitch sent us this pic. I would liked to have hooked that beast. Awesome fish.

Salute to all the veterans, fishing report and pics.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011


One of the few times you will have the rivers to yourself in these parts is when the weather turns ugly for the first time. This morning was one of those times. Snow, wind and cold kept most anglers home this morning but the fish were willing. Overall fishing has been a little on the slow side in Ohio but there are fish to be had.

Found a few chromers this morning.

And a few that have been here for a while.

Wild Bill has been catching a few NY Browns.
Nice Ohio Buck from the Conneaut.

Pretty spots on a PA Buck.
Upside down steelhead from the Chagrin River this week.

Hen from the Conneaut earlier this week.

Fishing report:
Here in Ohio things have been ok but not great. The low clear water has the fish a little spooky at times and they have been seeing some pressure. At the same time if you put your time in you should be rewarded with a couple hook ups. In PA Elk creek got a big push of chrome though the water is low. Here in Ohio small pods of fish are trickling in under the light of the full moon with plenty more waiting for the next rain. Weather forecast is good and there is chrome in the river, i say go fishing. Good luck Dan and Pete.

Very nice, very nice indeed.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011


That's how i would describe the fishing thus far this Fall on the Ohio steelhead tribs. River flows have been good, weather has been conducive to spending time on the water, good numbers of fish in the rivers and the leaves have not been problematic. Oh yeah, and the best part of our season is still ahead of us, looking good.

Anglers are enjoying a great Fall run of steelhead on the Ohio tribs.

Rods have been bending all over steelhead alley this week. Swinging Pete was up to his old tricks again and tickled a few up Sunday and Monday on the Chagrin.

Ran into Will Turek throwing beautiful casts on the lower Chagrin Sunday with the new Ross 7 wt. switch rod and wouldn't you know it, Bam, fish on.

This young fellow is very proud of his first ever steelhead. I have to say i had a little steelhead envy myself when we put this one in the net, beautiful fish.

The best part about steelheading is the last few kicks of the tail and watching them swim away.

River report:
Ohio tribs have good numbers of fish and are starting to get fairly clear. Downsize fly size, go more natural and use fluorocarbon leaders and tippets for better success. The Grand river is another story, she is clearing nicely and fished well yesterday and should be very good today, tomorrow and over the weekend. In Pa fish numbers are through the roof on many stretches but low, clear water is making for tough conditions. Good Luck Dan and Pete.