Shop sale, fishing report. Happy New Years.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011


New Years sale at the shop Friday Dec. 30th and Sat. Dec. 31st. 20%-40% off simms, orvis, patagonia, fishpond, and more.

Fishing report: Chagrin, Grand Tribs, and Elk were all good today and should be better tomorrow as they continue to drop. Conneaut will be another day but should be nice by Sat. Make sure you have some good nymph patterns, stoneflies and caddid in sz 10 and 12. Remember cold water means get your flies down and tailouts become important holding areas. Good Luck.

The big fish of the day, not a great pic but she was double digit heavy.

Fresh fish continue to move into our streams.

Bonus brown trout from today. Not the biggest brown but a nice surprise.

Colored up buck that was laying in a slow deep seam.

Father and son land their first steelhead together.

A happy buck that was grateful for being released.

Fishing/river report, shop is stocked with great gifts for all you anglers.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011


It seems more and more anglers on steelhead alley are making the jump to switch rods and swinging streamers, i couldn't be happier. I think there is no better way to pursue these fish than with a sink tip, switch rod, and a big streamer pattern. Now don't get me wrong and think its the most productive, it certainly is not, if it's numbers you are after grab some bait and have at it. However if you are after a challenge and love arm jolting strikes that feel like lightning being shot through your body then this may be for you. The other thing i like about guys swinging flies is they have great stream etiquette, which at times is severely lacking on steelhead alley and is a breath of fresh air. If you are out on the rivers remember to give other anglers space and be courteous.

On a side note if you like the reports, blog and service we provide than remember to support the shop over the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Swinging Pete knows what i mean, he gets all the grabs.

Brett making some pretty casts with his Scott Spey rod on the Chagrin this afternoon. We didn't catch many but we got grabs and caught fish swinging flies in December which is pretty good.

Another guy that knows all about swinging and has showed me some killer patterns, Thanks Goran.
The hot fly today was pretty much like the Avenger in the tying blog but 3x the amount of flash in the stained water.
Nothing reel big lately but plenty of nice medium sized fish to keep you busy.

This fresh buck just had to have it, wham.

When they say "The tugs the drug" they really mean it, once you get your first couple of pulls you have to have more. If you have an addictive personality stay away from swinging, it will consume you. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back out right now and its 9:30 at night.

Just in case you were wondering what happens to those ducks, fresh off the smoker, all we need is some cheese and crackers.

Fishing Report:
Solid. Things have been good on steelhead alley, weather and fish are cooperating nicely and we couldn't be happier. Rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow but it beats ice and snow so we will wait and see. If you are heading out over the holidays try the Chagrin, Conneaut, or Elk. All three have been pretty consistent lately and i don't expect that to change, with fresh fish still moving in there are more steelhead in the rivers right now than there has been all fall. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Chagrin River Outfitters.

Happy Holidays, fishing report.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Fishing remains very solid on the Ohio and PA tribs here in the Month of December. Rain today and tomorrow will have the rivers up a bit and off color for a few days but after that we are looking good. Temps next week still look very good and the all important overnight low temperatures they are calling for are very mild for this time of year. After a few years of tough fishing and bad weather it looks like we are catching a break. Remember Chagrin River Outfitters for the holidays.

This Colorado angler found fast and furious action on steelhead alley.

Greetings from the Salmon River.

That's a good looking run, should be a couple in there.

Getting grabs on the Salmon river.

It's the time of year for northern redlegs.

Got out with a buddy and managed to find a few fish.

Simms gear and steelhead weather just go together.

You always want just one more.

Support your local fly shop this holiday season, fish pics, river report.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Monday, December 05, 2011


As always this holiday season please remember to support your local fly shops around the country wherever you may be. Specialty shops like Chagrin River Outfitters are what we all depend on as fly fisher man for reliable info, expert advice, and a familiar friendly face you can't get anywhere else and we all thank you for your support. Happy Holidays from Chagrin River Outfitters.

On the fishing front things have been good and there seems to be plenty of fish in our rivers. Right now we are waiting for things to subside after the last rain and it is turning colder so remember you don't have to be on the water at first light. Your better fishing will be late morning thru mid afternoon.

For the best selection and advice on fly rods look no further then your favorite fly shop.

The more Simms waders, jackets, and boots we sell the happier our customers seem to be getting. The best gear available really makes time spent on the water that much more enjoyable. Take it from me, my G3's are going on 4 years and still are like new.

This beast was wrangled out of the Chagrin last week. Mr. Lemiuex reports it was a heated battle and a stalemate for some time but the monster was finally subdued, he claims, due to expert fish fighting technique, which may or may not have included a few adult beverages.

Great gifts await the fly fisherman at CRO.

If you want to see Pete catch a fish just add water.

He and a friend had a great day swinging streamers on Sunday. Thanks for calling me.