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Guided Steelhead Fishing Trips with Chagrin River Outfitters

SERVING OHIO & PENNSYLVANIA - STEELHEAD ALLEY

Availability: October 15th – May 15th

The Fishery: Northeast Ohio provides anglers with a world class fishing opportunity to target Lake Erie steelhead. Cool rains in September raise water levels of our spate streams from typical late summer flows, and allow the first pushes of steelhead to enter area streams. Angling opportunities are plentiful as these fresh run fish are very willing to take a properly swung streamer, or a naturally drifted egg and nymph tandem rig. Fishing typically becomes consistent by mid-October, and continues to be steady until cold settles in, usually around early to mid January. If you can handle a little cooler temps December offers some of the best fishing of the year and is the favorite of our guides. Mid-January to Mid-March have fishable days and the fishing can be great but its hard to know when those days are going to be from a weather standpoint.

March brings a return of daily fishable weather, and after the first bout of warm temperatures the ice and snow in the area disappear. Ohio boasts fantastic spring runs of steelhead that can last until water temperatures warm in the month of May. Fishing sink tips and large sculpin and leech imitations can result in rod jolting strikes and fantastic aerial battles. Dead drifting eggs and nymphs during the spring run is almost always sure to result in a couple hook-ups.

The Gear: Ten foot seven and eight weight rods are a great all around choice for our area. Anglers looking specifically to swing streamers should consider shorter spey and switch rods paired with Skagit lines. A large arbor reel with a solid drag system capable of holding 125 yards of backing is sufficient to handle Lake Erie chromers. Floating WF or indicator taper lines provide anglers with the versatility to fish for steelhead using a variety of techniques. Breathable waders allow anglers to remain comfortable during the ever changing weather conditions along Lake Erie’s southern shore. In addition, boots with studs can provide the angler with an extra sense of security while wading our slippery spate streams.

Anglers may bring their own gear for guided trips, but we are always more than happy to supply rods, reels, waders, and boots according to need with advance notice. Anglers will need a valid Ohio or Pennsylvania fishing license, depending on the water being fished that day.

How to book a trip: Chagrin River Outfitters offers both half and full day guided fishing trips. 1 or 2 angler half day $325.00, 1 or 2 anglers full day $425, 3 anglers full day $500.00, Full day float $500.00. Interested anglers should contact the shop at 440-247-7110 to check guide availability on days that they would like to fish. Fifty dollar deposits are required to secure a day of fishing. Chagrin River Outfitters is capable of handling large corporate groups, and can provide catering with enough notice. Please call the shop for additional details on these sorts of trips.

  • 1 or 2 angler half day $325.00
  • 1 or 2 anglers full day $425.00
  • 3rd angler add $75
  • Full day float $ $500.00
  • *$100 deposit at time of booking

Interested anglers should contact the shop at 440-247-7110 to check guide availability on days that they would like to fish. One hundred dollar deposits are required to secure a day of fishing.

Chagrin River Outfitters is capable of handling large corporate groups, and can provide catering with enough notice. Please call the shop for additional details on these sorts of trips.

 


 

CRO GUIDES:

DAN PRIBANIC

Dan Pribanic started fishing at a very young age and never really stopped. Starting out like most of us, with spinning rods and bait, his fishing began to evolve and eventually he took up fly fishing. He has fished all around the country, Mexico, and the Bahamas, in both fresh and saltwater and says his favorite type of fishing is whatever he happens to be doing at the time. His experiences with many different types of tackle and the variety of species and waters he has fished have helped to make him a great angler and even better guide. His 35 years of fishing and 15 years of guiding have also helped to make him a great instructor/teacher as well and is equally comfortable with newer anglers as well as the more experienced. A day with him will help make you a better caster and fisherman, learning techniques you can take with you and apply on your home waters.

BRETT MCCRAE

Raised in Northeast Ohio, Brett began guiding fly fishermen on Lake Erie’s tributaries in the spring of 2004. Since that time, Brett has guided and fished across the United States and all over the world. Whether he’s rowing his drift boat down the Bighorn or North Platte, hosting a group of anglers to a remote Mexican lodge, or swinging a fly through one of his favorite runs on the Chagrin with his friends, nothing makes Brett happier than spending time on the water with other anglers who share a passion for fly fishing. He loves learning new tips and tricks, sharing memorable experiences, and making new friends each day he has a fly rod in his hand.
Whether you’re a world-traveled fly fisherman looking to sharpen your game, or a first time beginner thinking about trying your hand at a new sport, Brett has the knowledge, experience, and passion to offer everyone an awesome and unique experience on the river. It’s his favorite way to spend his time and you’ll end the day a better angler; after spending a day on the water with him - we’re sure you’ll agree.

BOB WHITE

Over the last decade Bob has spent countless hours learning and trying to perfect Steelheading on the fly. From the chase and hours of preparation, to teaching that extra something to help put a fish on the end of the line. Being an Ohio native, Bob's passions run deep for this beautiful fishery that we have, known around the fly fishing world as steelhead alley. Bob spends numerous hours tying flies, reading river maps, exploring new waters, and learning from every angler he meets. He views each trip on the water as a great learning experience. A guide for all anglers Bob excels at teaching both the basics and the finer points of great lakes steelheading.

BOB WARD

A Northeast Ohio native Bob has been steelheading longer than most. He knows the best runs, holes, cuts, and riffles to swing a fly or dead drift egg patterns in search of Lake Erie Silver. When you're on the river with Bob expect a lesson in steelheading and a good honest day of fishing. While Bob understands its not always about catching that doesn't mean he isn't going to give it 110% every day. Bob is fluent in all forms of steelheading and is most comfortable with anglers who have a little experience with the long rods. When not on the Lake Erie tribs chasing silver Bob enjoys trout fishing in Pennsylvania, bonefishing in the Bahamas, and exploring the Florida coastline.

SCOTT MCLINTOCK

Scott enjoys teaching fly fishers of all skill levels. He can provide instruction to the novice or just tweak the seasoned fly fisher. He can help you with your casting and presentation weather it is with a single hand or two handed rod. His goal is to help you get to the next skill level and to ensure that you have a great time on the water.
Scott has fished all his life in many waters around the world and still does. In the fall and winter he guides for Steelhead and lake run Browns for us at Chagrin River Outfitters. He hosts trips to Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia in February and March, and in spring till mid summer he is on the Pro Staff at West Branch Resort on the Upper Delaware. Then to Montana, Yellowstone Country, until late summer.
He has been a student of entomology for more than 35 years and loves to fish hatches, but also loves to fish streamers and nymphs in an effort to pull one of those monsters of the deep that are seldom seen working over a hatch. He has been creating and tying flies for more than 40 years shares his patterns with anyone interested.

ADAM FRANCESCHINI

Adam began guiding on the famed rivers of western Montana, where he quickly learned how to navigate a drift boat on big water. Since then, he has guided on the San Juan river in N.M., the Amazon basin of Brazil, and the Salmon river in Pulaski N.Y. He also served as head guide for Housatonic River Outfitters on the Housatonic river in C.T. for five years.

Along with being a commercial fly designer and an Ambassador for the American Museum Of Fly Fishing, Adam is a field and product tester for Orvis and a popular guest speaker among Trout Unlimited chapters on the east coast.

Adam is a year-round Professional Guide. He spends his winters guiding on the South Holston in Bristol T.N., his spring guiding for Westbranch Anglers in Hancock N.Y., and his summers guiding for Tikchik Narrows Lodge. This fall Adam will be guiding for Chagrin river Outfitters in Ohio.

JOHN FABIAN

As an Ohio native, my passion for our resources runs deep. Lake Erie and it's tributaries were the foundation of my angling career and I feel the diversity of this resource has given me the insight to find success in all conditions. My goal as your guide is for you to leave the trip as a more proficient angler, with a better understanding of our great sport. In an effort to provide you with an unforgettable fishing experience we tailor the day to meet your individual expectations.

Whether this is advanced spey casting lessons or your first introduction to a fly rod I guarantee you will leave the day a better angler. My passion is casting two handed rods and swinging flies for aggressive Steelhead from October thru April around the Great Lakes. However, I am finely tuned in all techniques used to target these migratory fish. Staying on top of the newest gear, techniques and flies allows me to fish in conditions others shy away from.

When our seasonal fishery slows down I consider myself privileged to head East and work for the Westbranch Angler in Hancock, NY. Spending my summers chasing wild trout all over the Delaware River system is something I look forward to every year! From expert anglers to beginners, I focus on educating and helping people form a skillset that will last a lifetime. Fly fishing is more than a hobby for me, It is a lifestyle. Showing people that passion and passing it on to the next angler is what I thrive on.

JOE MARINZEL

Joe is from Pittsbugh, PA, where he grew up fishing the Alleghany River for Muskies and his father driving him to the Lake Erie tribs as a kid to fly fish for steelhead. Since then, his path has led him down a road to wherever trout, musky, and steelhead live. Joe has guided most of the lower 48, Alaska and British Columbia. Joe has spent a lot of time pursing Great Lake and British Colombia steelhead with a two-handed rod. He has been a guide/instuctor for 18 years.