Guided Steelhead Fishing Trips with Chagrin River Outfitters


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
  • Fall steelhead boat trip $575.00
  • *$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.



Guided Smallmouth Fishing


Availability: Spring/Summer


Targeting Smallmouth Bass on the tributaries, shorelines, flats, and Harbors of Lake Erie. When the water begins to warm in the Spring, Smallmouth Bass being to migrate to the shallower waters of the lake, staging to spawn. This is when fly fishermen can capitalize on the opportunity to target these hyper aggressive fish on the fly. Wading the tributaries of Lake Erie is a great way to target these fish much of the season. Using a powerboat extends the season, allowing fishermen to target fish in deeper staging areas, following the fish through their spawning migration, and back out to the deeper edges once summer sets in. Chances at hooking Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Bowfin, Carp, Gar, White Bass, Steelhead, and much more, all on the fly! Using 6-8 weight rods and reels, floating, intermediate, and sinking lines is the norm. Fly line choice will depend on water depth, water temps, and fly choice. Sight fishing and top water opportunities can offer very exciting fishing!

-Light spin tackle is available


Full Day:
8 hours $450 for one angler + $100 for additional angler

Half Day:
4 hours (Am or PM) $350 for one angler + $75 for additional angler

Walk and Wade Pricing:
6 Hours 1-2 anglers $425  

Guide will provide water, drinks, and snacks.




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.


Justin Pribanic grew up fly fishing in Pennsylvania with his family. He got his start at the age of 12 with trout, and quickly moved on to smallmouth, steelhead and more. He caught his first great lakes steelhead over 20 years ago, and still enjoys sharing this passion for them today. Justin has worked with Chagrin River Outfitters seasonally since the shop opened it’s doors in 2006. Justin is a licensed and insured full time guide and USCG certified captain.  Justin has guided from Massachusetts to Michigan for everything from striped bass to smallmouth. While Justin enjoys all aspects of Steelhead fishing, his true passion is pursuing them with the swung fly. Both new and experienced anglers can benefit from a day on the water with Justin while he shares his techniques and approach gathered from guiding multiple species and watersheds.  He is a true Professional, an artist of his craft, and a wonderful teacher of all things fly fishing. 

When not on the water Justin can often be found tying flies, a passion equal to that of his for fishing. He is a Renzetti and RD fly fishing ambassador. He has had his fly tying work featured in numerous publications. Most recently his work was featured in “Modern Steelhead Flies”.

Justin currently splits his time between guiding Steelhead with Chagrin River Outfitters and running float trips in Western Pennsylvania for both Smallmouth and Trout.


Mario Chance is a Girard, Ohio native attending Youngstown State University where he is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Over 10 years ago, he fell in love with chasing Steelhead Trout in the tributaries of Lake Erie and all of the surrounding areas. Mario has obtained his USCG Approved Captains License in 2017 and is able to guide in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. But do not be fooled by his recent certificate, he has several years of experience running the waters of Lake Erie fishing for everything from trout to walleye to perch. If he isn’t captaining a walleye charter, then he can be found probing the shallow waters of Lake Erie chasing Smallmouth Bass. In pursuing his passion of fishing, Mario has developed a keen sense of surveying water and reading weather conditions, allowing him to secure successful days for clients, along with ensuring their safety and comfort on every trip. He prides himself on making his clients’ well-being and overall satisfaction his highest priority.


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.


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.


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.


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.