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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A holiday week full of family, friends, and of course...Steelhead!

First I would like to apologize for the lack of report blogs as of lately. Most every one on the staff is on our area rivers daily and this has made it extremely hard to get on a computer at night. I am sure you understand this due to our heavy guide schedules, but I will do my best to get regular reports up as usual for the rest of the season. Thanks for your calls and emails!

Wow! What a week! We had alot of great trips and hardy individuals out on the hunt for Lake Erie steelhead and I am pleased to say they all found what they were looking for. We filmed a second steelhead fly fishing episode with our good friends at Sports Time Ohio, and spent the Easter Holiday with friends and family. It was also nice to get in alittle Easter morning hook up for myself, which these days is pretty hard to come by.

As of right now the Lake Erie region is starting to see a decent amount of rain, and the west side tributaries are already on the rise. We may see the Eastern Lake Erie streams come up a bit depending on the amount of precipitation they receive, so check the gauges before heading out tomorrow. The sustained colder temps have really kept the bite slow in the morning hours, but we are still hitting some decent fish. The afternoon bite has been pretty good when the air temperatures rise and warm things up a bit. The runs are a mix of fresh and old fish right now with a good amount of feisty drop backs in the system.

This week we had some fantastic stone fly hatches nearly everyday on the tributaries we were fishing in both PA and Ohio. Some pretty big bugs in the #16 to #12 range. Senyo's Wiggle stones and standard stone fly patterns produced alot of good fish. Other productive patterns this week were small bright micro nuke eggs, brown and white decaying eggs, caddis imitations, Pat's Chicken Little streamers, White and brown woolly buggers, and Senyo's Ice man minnows in various colors.

The Easter Bunny left the chocolate at home and instead brought me some holiday hook ups!

A Chartreuse Senyo's Ice Man Minnow Tube hits another large Buck.
Easter week seemed to bring out the best in every one! We had the privilege of fishing with Fathers & Sons, Fathers & Daughters, brothers, husbands & wives, and long time friends. Its truly inspiring to see so many families taking up fly fishing and making steelhead fishing a seasonal family get together and hobby. A big thank you to everyone for spending another successful week with us on Steelhead Alley and for letting us share some great memories with you and your families. Below are a few of this weeks pictures from the guides at SAO.

Joe with a hefty chrome hen

Mike With a heavy kyped buck

Joe with a bright drop back hen

Senyo's EZ Minnow tube hit this nice buck while swinging on Elk Creek

Head shot of a nice fresh Lake Erie steelhead

Turney spending time with his daughter Joleen

Joleen cracks this nice buck on Elk Creek. Joleen has become quit the fly girl over the past few years and it was a great pleasure to fish with her and her father this week.

Joleen with another good fish

Dr. Cliff Megerian with a nice drop back Ohio steelhead

Dr. Conner Delaney and son Peter with a beautiful Ohio steelhead

Cliff shares a picture with his son Drew and this nice Ohio steelhead

Peter & Drew share a pose with another nice fish. I can see these two friends hitting the streams on their own quest for steelhead very soon.

Guide John Clouser and a happy group of steelheader's after a great day on the water!

John Clouser and Wife Nikki looking for some Easter steel

Nikki Clouser with a great looking Ohio steelhead

We would like to introduce you to Phil, and he is John Clouser's brother and every time Phil is in town he seems to crack a monster steelhead that everyone loves to envy. Well Phil we are not going to post that picture, instead we decided to post that trophy Lake Erie Bone fish you caught!!! Congrats Phil!!! See you next time...HA HA HA

Phil's Wife Holly with her first PA steelhead

Fresh is good! Look at the girth on this fish!

Hal with a fat Ohio Hen

Bill with a nice Ohio buck

Hal with a monster Ohio Buck. Check out Bill in the back ground! These two gentleman had some hot rods this week.

Bill with another Ohio buck

Guide John Clouser poses for a shot with Hal and this fresh steelhead

We have guides on the water the rest of the month and into early May, so you can expects more pictures and reports from the SAO staff to follow. We are still taking bookings for the remainder of the season and would love the opportunity to see you in one of these photos. If you are thinking of that last minute steelhead fly fishing trip we are the service for you! Don't hesitate to call me on the river at any time 419-466-9382.
Have a great spring and tight lines!
Greg Senyo

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