Merry Christmas and Happy New Years, Shop Sale, fishing report.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012


The more things change the more they stay the same along steelhead alley and everywhere i suppose.  2012 has come and just about gone with 2013 right around the corner.  What i have learned or has been re enforced rather with our fishery and anglers is that every year is strangely different but also eerily similar to years past.  Meaning that while conditions, water temps, etc vary from year to year its the angler that perseveres and sticks with it that comes out on top.  Fishing this Fall from October to late November was pretty slow and many anglers put away their gear and focused efforts elsewhere but recently those anglers that stuck with it and kept their flies in the water have been seeing the best fishing of the year with very little fishing pressure.  The forecast is chilly for the next 8 days or so and we will wait and see what happens while hoping for temps to warm a bit.   If they do there are plenty of fish in the Chagrin and Grand rivers for the catching right now.  Happy New Years to all and to all tight lines. 

20-40% off shop clearance sale thru Jan 2nd. includes waders, rods, reels, wading pants, fleeces, and more.

Fly tying with Greg Senyo Saturday December 29th. 12-4 at CRO.

Steelheading is better than its been all year on the Chagrin and Grand but its getting chilly.

December steelheading is many anglers favorite time of year.

Plenty of fish and minimal crowds make December a good time to be on the water.

A Chance at large steelhead is another reason anglers like December.

Shop Sale includes some great fleeces.

Oh yeah did i mention December is a good month to fool a big steelhead.

Simms G4Z waders on sale as well.

Sunglass sale.  Get great optics at a great price.

Fleece pants on sale as well, come on down and start the new year with great savings.

Thanks to all the great customers and friend we have made at CRO that support the shop for a memorable 2012 and here is looking forward to an even better 2013.  

Happy Holidays from your local fly shop.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, December 06, 2012


Hard to believe that another year has just about passed here along steelhead alley,  Thanksgiving has come and gone and 2013 is just around the corner, amazing really.  Not sure if its possible or not but does time really go faster as you get older?  It seems like it most of the time these days.  However there are times that if I pay attention, usually with a rod in my hand, that things seem to slow down to a very peaceful and manageable pace.  These times though fleeting i am very thankful for this year more than ever.  Hope everyone had a wonderful 2012 and 2013 is your best yet.  On the North Coast of Ohio 2012 has been a tough one for many Steelheaders.  An unusually warm spring had the fish in and out very early and this Fall started good but stalled out after Thanksgiving.  However reports are in that with these last few rains that the fish have arrived in good numbers.  One angler described it as a triple run of fresh fish on an eastern trib on Tuesday and anglers on the lower Chagrin did well also on Tuesday.  So lets keep our fingers crossed and hope that 2012 that came in like a lamb on the fishing front goes out like a lion.  Happy Holidays everyone.
Some pics of a few new gift ideas at the shop and a bunch of fish pics of course.  Remember to please support your local fly shops during the holidays because they support you during the fishing season.
Patagonia Piton Hybrid windproof fleece.  Great for fishing or around town.

If you can't be on the water this I-Pad cover is a nice reminder of where you would rather be.

And if you are on the water why not sport one of these great new fly boxes.

The best waders in the game.

Western style trout belt goes great with your favorite jeans.

Capilene for those cold winter days.

This creek is loaded with chromers right now and December sees a decrease in anglers.  Go get em.

Funny when you put a fish in someones hands it puts a smile on their face.

Early morning hook up.

Lake Erie Tank.

Road Trip to the Salmon provided some exciting hookups.

Salmon River Silver.

Patagonia sun proof long sleeve fishing T-S.  Great as a layering piece or by itself.

Salmon River Chrome.
Happy Holidays and Thank You to all our great customers.