What can I say? Its been another great start to the week here on the Alley. Water conditions are very low and clear as of right now, but we are getting a mix of precipitation moving through the region. Hopefully we get some rain were we need it. Tactics so far this week have been resorting to light tippets and very small flies. Early in the mornings and the last hours of day light have brought good fish to the net, by stripping small streamers, sculpins, and buggers.
Right now the persistent and patient angler is finding success. Changing flies frequently has also helped keep the bite going.. Hot Flies were #14 Burnt Orange decaying eggs, white eggs, #14 Senyo's wiggle stones, #14 BH hares ears and Pheasant tails, #8 olive streamers and buggers.
Phil with a monster- This fish was ripping up the river!!!
Sorry for the delay in river conditions, returning emails, and river reports, but the staff has been steady on the water now for the past few weeks and its not getting any slower any time soon... We are out throughout the rest of the month and into December, so please contact me on the river @ 419-466-9382 for guided steelhead fishing trips inquires. I did get every ones emails and all fly orders are on the way. We thank you for your orders, re orders, and business I truly appreciate it.. We have started to fill our Spring Calenders, so please don't hesitate to put your days in early. We have 12 experienced and professional guides able to accommodate you in any way, and we will be hiring a few more seasoned guides to extend you the opportunity of catching steelhead on the fly at any time.
Dave with a beautiful 14 pound Buck Steelhead.
Starting in January instead of having two PA licensed in John Miller and Jeremy Hoffman, we will have a minimum of 5 PA Licensed steelhead guides and will be expanding an already great service to the traveling angler. We will continue the fly fishing tradition of professionalism and excellence while Guiding Ohio, PA, and NY for steelhead and Salmon, and hosting desirable destination trips across the U.S.A. Many new and exciting announcements to come this fall from SAO!!!
Craig with a fat PA tributary steelhead.
If the weather cooperates and the flows come up to good levels, we are offering float trips this winter with guide John Miller on the Grand River in a comfortable Hyde drift boat. John Miller as guided and floated everything from the San Juan in New Mexico, the Muskegon River in MI, to his summer Guiding grounds with the West Branch Angler on the Delaware River. Give us a shout if side drifting, swinging and stripping flies is your thing!!! 419-466-9382 if you are interested in a float trip on the Grand..
Steelhead Guide John Clouser on the oars, while scouting the Grand River.
Hooked up while stripping streamers from the Drift boat on the Grand River, Ohio.