All I can say is that this has been one crazy week. We have been very busy and with the late season snowfall that the east side of the alley received, it left us scrambling on a couple days to get the job done. However, thanks to hard fishing clients and a very dedicated family of guides, we were able to get the job done every time. Having said that, I need to say thanks to all of our great clients and guides for a great week. As Head Guide, it is good to have great people around you!
The week got started slowly after the rain and snow the region received. However, as the weather improved we were back in the grind. With multiple guides on the water most days, we were the kings of hopscotch as we crisscrossed the Alley to find the water needed to produce fish.
Below is a chrome fish we caught yesterday. Their was some questioning on the stream as to what states fin clip this was, and so I decided to check it out this morning for myself. The verdict: There is no documentation for a left pectoral and left ventral fin clip on the same fish. However, the only state/country that clips a left pectoral is Ontario. I am assuming based on information from Kevin Kahle of the Ohio Division of Wildlife Fisheries Division that the ventral fin clip may not be a clip at all. In reality it may be a result of rearing in the hatchery prior to being placed in its home water. Therefore, my verdict at this point is that this was an Ontario fish. If you know more information on this clip, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT APPEARS TO BE AN ONTARIO FISH (Left Pectoral Fin Clip)
ONE OF THE KENTUCKY BOYS PUT THE HAMMER ON A FISH!
JOE GETS THE FIRST FISH TO THE NET
A NICE LITTLE BUCK TO START THE DAY
PATRICK "FLYBUM" ROBINSON PUTS THE NET ON A FISH
AND THE RESULTS OF THE ANGLER/GUIDE EFFORT
We had the full gamut of clientele this week. We had young and old, men and women, experienced and beginners. Yesterday John Miller had a fine couple on the water. Gary, his client, was back for his second time this spring. We can confidently say that Gary is hooked. This time, he decided to bring his wife along for the experience and she did a fine job!
MELISSA BANGS A BEAUTIFULLY CHROME FISH!
A GREAT COUPLE POSING WITH A FRESH FISH
GARY WITH ANOTHER NICE, FRESH HEN
Earlier in the week, we had Mark out on the water. John Clouser was the guide and Mark was a very willing client. He hit conditions just right in the midst of the daily melt off and fish were produced....along with a multitude of smiles.
Great job Mark on fishing hard and landing a bunch of nice fish!
MARK RELEASES A FRESH HEN
MARK LANDS A NICE LITTLE PIECE OF CHROME
ANOTHER FRESH FISH CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Jason Gregory was on the water off and on this week as well. Yesterday's trip started off slow as the water was cooler and the previous days snow melt was still flushing. The good news was that the water was on the drop and clearing all day. As the day pushed on the fishing improved and many fish were brought to the net.
SCOTT WITH A NICE CHROME HEN.
STEVE LANDS A HEALTHY LOOKING HEN
SCOTT STRIKES AGAIN....THIS TIME A TIGHT CHROME HEN
STEVE FOLLOWS SUIT AND LANDS ANOTHER PIECE OF ERIE STEEL.
TIM POSES PROUDLY WITH HIS FRIEND GERRY, HIS GUIDE, AND YES, HIS FIRST STEELHEAD!
GERRY GETS HIS DAY STARTED WITH A YOUNG HEN.
Overall, the week has been great to this point. We have multiple guides on the water today and after having spoke with them early in the day, fish are already in the nets.
We are starting to see more "chrome" fish mixed in with the "old" and "fresh." Now is the time to be getting out for your chance at that monster piece of chrome. If you are interested in getting out, we have limited availability, but will do everything we can to get you in the mix. Give us a shout at 419-466-9382 if you are interested in a day on the water.
Until next time.....
Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Steelhead Alley Outfitters