Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and winter steelhead.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, December 04, 2013


 WOW!!!!  Can it really be December again?  How time flies my friends. 
     Down here at the shop we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry holiday season and say thank you to all our wonderful friends who made 2013 a great season at Chagrin River Outfitters.  Also a big thank you to our many friends who made this Fall our busiest guide season yet.  While the fishing has been difficult i feel its safe to say that both guides and clients had one of our best Falls yet.  That being said we are excited and looking forward to see what December has to offer from a fishing standpoint as it is typically a great month to be a steelheader.  Please see below for special guided trip offer for December.  We would also like to remind everyone to please support your local fly shop during the holiday season.  As a full service fly shop we can get anything on your holiday list from all the manufacturers so let us be your one stop shop.  

Happy Holidays from your favorite fly shop.  Great gifts for everyone on your list including that angler who has everything.

Great selection of fly rods and reels for every species and every budget.

Great gifts for cold weather enthusiast, capilene tops and bottoms, wool buffs, patagonia fleece and more.  If you don't like the cold check out our hosted destination trips to the Bahamas and Ascension Bay this winter.
There have been a few surprises on the rivers this Fall, a few browns in the mix and king salmon as well.

Many anglers continue to discover the allure of swinging flies for steelhead, which is the preferred method for many veteran anglers.

December half day guides trip special 4hours $200.00
call shop at 440 247 7110 to book today.

Steelhead season is upon us, stop in the shop to find out the hot flies and hot patterns.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013


Its November in Northeast Ohio and that means its prime time for steelhead.  Fishing has been good on all the Ohio tribs and off course the PA tribs have plenty of fish as well.  Down here at the shop we are stocked up on rods, reels, fly lines, fleeces, hats, gloves, hot fly patterns, etc. for all of your Fall fishing needs.  We are also booking guided trips for December which will be here before you know it and offers some of the best fishing of the year.  Hope everyone has a great season on steelhead alley and if you need any help please stop in. Tight Lines from Chagrin River Outfitters.

                                   Great new selections of fly lines and shop logo gear.

       Rod selection is as good as ever and as always we are here to help you get the right set up for
                   your fishing needs.

Fish fresh from the big lake are what Fall steelheading is all about.  If you need help with locations, rigging, rods, reels, or anything steelhead please stop in and let us help answer any questions you may have.

Our selection of swinging flies is better then ever with many custom flies you will not find anywhere else.

Our wader and boot selection now includes Patagonia, Simms, and Orvis to offer you the best selection around.

Our selection of buggers, streamers, nymphs and eggs is second to none with many custom local flies designed for our rivers you cant find anywhere else.

Shadows are getting longer....Fall is in the air. Annual shop day Saturday Sept. 21st.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, September 05, 2013


Another summer has passed and September is here again.  Crisp mornings and long shadows stir old familiar feelings in the outdoorsman in all of us.  For many midwest angler it means salmon, steelhead , and trout have begun to move inland towards there natal rivers where they will soon begin their upstream migrations.  Fly anglers begin to sort thru rods, reels, fly lines, waders, old flies and more in preparation for returning to the rivers....its a fine time of year.  In preparation Chagrin River Outfitters will be holding its annual Fall event day with speakers, fly tiers, demonstrations and more as a way of saying thank you to its current customers and as a way of introducing new anglers to the sport.  Also we have been getting in some great new gear for the fall and are carrying a few new brands as well.  So stop on in, tell a friend about the shop day and we hope to see you soon.  Thanks, Dan and Pete

Shop Event Day Saturday Sept. 21st:
Shop Day:  Join Chagrin River Outfitters and our team of professional fly fishing guides as they teach the art of fly fishing for steelhead in our local waters.

8:30:    Steelheading 101 with Brett McCrea.  As a leading guide on steelhead alley for many years Brett has the experience and knowledge to help beginners gain confidence when getting their toes wet for the first time.

10:30:  Rigging for success with John Fabian.  Learn closely guarded secrets pros use when rigging up and choosing flies to put more fish in the net.  

12:00:  Gearing up for success on the water.  Learn what gear you need while on the water to make your fishing time more comfortable and enjoyable.  

2:00-4:00:  Fly tying with your local fishing guides.  John Fabian, Brett McCrea,  Dan Pribanic and Alex Bercheck will share with you their local go to steelhead flies that they use every day when guiding on our local steelhead rivers.  Patterns will include new streamer, nymphs, minnow, and egg patterns.   
  Door and raffle prizes from orvis, sage, beulah fly rods, fishpond and more.

Learn from veteran steelhead guides how to put more fish in the net this Fall at our annual shop event day Saturday Sept. 21st.

Learn hot new local fly patterns from local steelhead guides at our annual shop day.  
We are now booking guided trips for the Fall steelhead season, book your trip soon as dates are filling fast.

Feels like Fall has come early, anglers are getting itchy, shop sale Saturday August 16th.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Its the 3rd week of August but feels like early October.  Mid 60's for highs and 50's at night have many guys thinking steelhead, salmon, and browns in the great lakes tributaries.  Around the shop it feels much the same as the fly bins are getting stocked, new rods and reels arrive, and fly tiers are once again getting busy at the vise. Anticipation is higher than we have seen in many years for a good fall run of chrome and guys are itching to hit the water.  I would be ready for early opportunities for steelhead this year, especially as you go East.  Last time we had this weather pattern steelhead were a few weeks ahead of schedule and if things continue to go the way they have been going so far this year look for more of the same.  In the meantime here is a new fly pattern to try this Fall and a few other pics as well.

New fly in fly blog for Fall chrome in our best fish catching colors. We will also be tying these up at the shop during the shop sale Saturday the 16th along with a couple other newbies.

If you need a fix bassing on the local rivers and ponds has been pretty good.

For fly anglers everywhere its never to early brush up on techniques or learn a few new casts.  Got some help myself on the Deleware river a couple weeks ago with the two hander. 

Gear sale at the shop Saturday August 16th.  Switch rods, reels, skagit heads, fly tying materials and more to help kick off the Fall season.  

Summer doldrums have not been to bad, recent pics of your favorite CRO fishing guides past and present.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Mid July in Ohio has many anglers heading for greener pastures so to speak.  Alaska, Montana, and Canada have anglers traveling the continent in search of angling memories.  Closer to the home front PA trout fishing has been good and local bass fishing has been just ok but should get very good now that the rains have subsided and the heat is upon us. In the meantime i hope your summer has been a good one and remember to support your local fly shop.  Also a few pics below for the slow times at the office.

One of the original and still one of the best shop employees Danny Frank from US school and Chagrin with a giant CO. Brown.

Brett poses with a nice Baby Tarpon from our March 2014 hosted trip destination.  He also managed both permit and bonefish the same day giving him a coveted grand slam. 

We have been doing some recon for future angling destinations recently, one of which is the UP of Michigan.  The fishing was great but maybe not as good as the spectacular sunsets.
On the local front white bass have been hounding shiners along the lake shore making for some fast and furious fly rod action in the evenings.
If you like brook trout fishing you owe it to yourself to give the UP of Michigan a try.

CRO hosted trips include the bahamas in December and Pesca Maya in March 2014.  For more info call Pete at the shop 440 247 7110.  

Buster brown from a July float trip over the border in PA.  Plenty of water should make for good terrestrial(ants, beetles, etc) in July.

Rain, Rain, and more Rain usually means good fall river conditions. 

Justin has been harassing the striped bass on the New England flats of late and is anxiously waiting the arrival of albacore and bonito.

Fabian has been honing his skills in Alaska this summer which will make him even deadlier on the steelhead rivers this Fall.  

Shop seminar and summer time flies for bass, carp, and musky Saturday June 8th. Dad's and Grads sale June 13, 14, and 15.

Posted by Dan | Posted in , , | Posted on Sunday, June 02, 2013


Saturday June 8th: Guest speaker and fly tier Steve May. Bass and Musky in Ontario featuring the Maitland, Saugeen and Grand Rivers. Steve will also be tying a few of his signature flies including his full motion crawfish, full motion hex, clearwater crawfish, identity crisis and big predator fly(musky, pike). Seminar will start at 10am until 11:30 followed by fly tying from 12-2. 

Stop in Saturday the 8th from 10-2 and learn how to tie the full motion crawfish pattern and several other of Steve Mays favorite North of the Border Smallmouth flies.
Small stream trout hunting in PA.

Most of the fish are not large in size but are large in fight and spirit.

This undercut bank has to hold a nice fish, maybe next time
 Shop our huge Fathers day Dad's and Grad's sale starting Thursday  June 13th-thru Saturday June 15th.
 A new fishing hat will put a smile on dads face.
Its big trout time in the East right now.

Its also big smallmouth time...there are still some big lake runners in the rivers and the Erie shoreline is heating up.


Smallmouth Seminar Saturday May 18th with Jeff Liskay, Pa trout pics, new summer gear arriving every day.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013


For those interested in becoming a better smallmouth fisherman please join us at the shop for a great seminar and fly tying event that will cover what you need to know to hook more smallmouth bass and where  to pursue these wonderful game fish.  Jeff Liskay will be on hand to share his wealth of smallmouth knowledge Saturday May 18th from 9am to 1pm.  Topics covered will be what makes a good bass fly rod, flies, locations, time of day, fly choice and more.   Also we will have on hand new gear to demo and fly tying so stop on down.  In the meantime enjoy the pics from a recent trip to the Pennsylvania wilds and remember to support your local fly shops.

The Pennsylvania wilds are full of streams and river to explore.
This trophy rainbow came from a well known PA freestone stream.

While this rainbow came from a lesser known PA freestone stream.

And this trophy brown came from a small stream you never heard off that most of us could jump across.  Opportunities for great trout fishing are nearby.

A series of small beaver ponds provided a very good morning of dry fly fishing.

This river is just what many of us needed after a long crowded steelhead season.  The fishing however was a little tough...once more bugs start popping i think that will change.

New products continue to roll into the shop.  This 4 trout T is one of my favorites.

Rainbows on a 4 weight are fun...going from 10# steelhead tippet to 5x tippet is not fun.

Spring is in the air...so are the mayflies.

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2013


Ah Spring...take a deep breath, exhale, and bask in its splendor.  Trees are blooming, mayflies are hatching, trout are rising, bass and bluegills are bedding, and just about everything we pursue with a fly rod is attainable.  Here are a few pics of what we have been up to in the last couple weeks and remember to support your local fly shops because they support you.

Pete and Fabian caught up with each other on the Delaware river and had an epic day of trout fishing.

Justin added a great streamer pattern to the fly blog.  This one has been great for bass and pike.

Getting spring/summer gear on the shelves.

Treating yourself to a new fishing shirt, hat, or pants is a great way to kick off the season.

The PA streamer bite has been pretty good so far.

And the bass are getting hungry as well, pond bucket mouths and river smallies are all pounding baitfish patterns.

And for those looking to discover new fishes to fish for they are out there waiting all over Ohio and the midwest.