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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 $350.00, 1 or 2 anglers full day $450, 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. 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 $350.00
  • 1 or 2 anglers full day $450.00
  • 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.


NEW Instructional SWINGING One On One

There is no better place to improve your swinging skill set than on the water, one on one, with a veteran Steelhead guide. These trips are designed to help improve casting, rigging, sink tip selection, fly presentation (speed, depth), reading the water, and more. This is an in depth, thoughtful approach, to swinging flies for Steelhead, in the Great Lakes area.

6 Hour Private Class - $375

NEW Instructional INDICATOR One On One

Designed to help you improve all aspects of your indicator game. Learn to cover water more efficiently and effectively, improve casting, rigging, fly selection, and more. This is hard core, fast paced Steelheading.

6 Hour Private Class - $375

Smallmouth and Pike Float Trips

Availability: May - September

Mixed bag float trips that target both species, or focus on one or the other. 7, 8, and 9 weight rods with a full arsenal of floating, full intermediate, and sink tips line are needed. These can be provided if you do not have them. This is run and gun fishing, hitting structure, log jams, boulders, and blow downs where these predators like to hide with large streamers patterns. Average day is about 7 hours. These floats are for one or two anglers and run May-September. Cost is $500. Please call the shop to book your trip today, 440-247-7110.

Ohio's Musky Lakes & Reservoirs

Availability: Spring/Summer/Fall

Full Day and Half day trips centered around Ohio's Musky lakes and reservoirs. Both fly and gear trips available for 1-2 anglers.

Half Day - $400 / Full Day - $500



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.


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.


Growing up in and around his dad's fishing business and after 20 years as a long-time flyfishing [aficionado] a'fish'ianado, Mike "that fly guy" has matured into an outstanding angler, fly tyer, and guide. Mike basically eats, sleeps, and breathes fishing. He's passionate, enthusiastic (to say the least), and a consummate professional. Mike has an uncanny way of finding and catching fish for his clients. Whether fishing for carp in the canals or steelhead and smallies in our rivers, Mike can tailor any fishing experience to your angling needs. A day spent on the water with Mike will be a day to remember!

Mike Goffos

Growing up in Northeast Ohio Mike began chasing Steelhead at the age of 12.. For the past 8 years he’s been fishing/guiding his way around the country, from Ohio to Michigan and Montana to Alaska. There’s even rumors he fished the Tigris River in Iraq! Mike loves nothing more than floating down the river with anglers. He has plenty of experience in the rowers seat, cutting his teeth on the Yellowstone & Bighorn Rivers of Montana and guiding week-long wilderness floats on the remote Holitna River in Alaska. Mike enjoys Fishing with anglers of all skill levels but especially enjoys fishing with kids. “Being a father of 4” he has plenty of patients for it! Spending a day on the river with Mike is one you won’t soon forget.