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Friday, September 30, 2011

Lots To Do In Brown's Town...

It should be an exciting next couple weekends for local steelheaders with some can't miss local events.

First, OCBS will be holding it's annual fall steelhead expo.

Date: Oct 1, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM doors open at 8:30 AM
Place: Cleveland Metro Parks Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Park Way in Rocky River Reservation

I don't have many details about the event, but all you need to know is that year after year OCBS puts on a great show.  Admission is free, so don't miss this chance to interact with lots of local steelheaders and some seasoned experts!  More information on the event can be found at

Secondly, Chagrin River Outfitters will be holding their annual Fall Steelhead Shop Day the following Saturday.

Date: Oct 8, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Place: Chagrin River Outfitters, 100 North Main Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44120  

The schedule of free seminars and events for the fall shop day is as follows:

Brett McCrae - 8 am: Early season tactics and Lake Erie Browns. Learn early season guide secrets to putting more fish in the net this Fall and improve your chances of catching a trophy Lake Erie Brown Trout.

Jerry Darkes - 9:30 am: Learn why a switch rod must be in your arsenal if you are serious about steelheading the Lake Erie tributaries. Reach more fish, extended drifts, effortless casting, better line management, fighting and landing fish are all made easier by these versatile fishing tools.

Jeff Liskay - 10:45am: Switch rods for swinging streamers on Lake Erie tributaries. Learn the proper casts, rod and line combinations, sink tip essentials, and fly patterns to make swinging streamers your go to method for targeting steelhead.

Brett McCrae - 1pm: Steelheading 101 seminar. Learn from a veteran steelhead guide secrets to make you a more successful angler this season. Topics covered will include choosing the right rod/reel/line combinations, locating fish throughout the changing seasons, what steelhead are eating and why, understanding river flows and conditions, rigging for success, choosing successful fly patterns, properly fighting and releasing fish.  There is something that will benefit everyone in this presentation!

Greg Senyo - Fly Tying - 10am-12 noon. Learn from Greg, the 2008 Orvis Fly Tier of the Year, how to tie flies that trigger more strikes: nymphs, eggs, and minnow imitations for catching more fish this season.

Jeff Liskay and Jerry Darkes 12:15: Switch rod casting demonstration for better understanding how these rods work and why they are such a great tool for steelheaders.

Greg Senyo - Fly Tying - 2pm-3:30 pm: Greg explains how to tie and fish some his deadliest extended hook streamer patterns and why they hook more fish.

Representatives from Simms, Mystic Rod Company, Orvis, Ross Reels, Scott Rods, Scientific Anglers fly lines and more will be on hand to answer questions about gear and steelheading.

The SAO staff will also be well represented at this event, so come on down and meet some of the guides and pick up some tips to make you a more successful steelheader this year!

Now for a quick fishing report...

Life's a beach!

On the metalhead front things are looking up.  The past few doses of rain have got some fish moving up the tributaries, with some fish being caught surprisingly far upstream for this time of year.  With any luck, we'll keep getting this precipitation and our fish will continue to spread out nicely and set us up for a great fall.  Despite the amount rain we've had, the window of opportunity for prime fishing conditions on the rivers this time of year is pretty small.  With that said, anglers that hit it just right can be rewarded with some great early season fishing.  If you're interested in getting out for some early season steelhead, let us know.  We have guides available, and there's no better time of year to catch chromers at the absolute peak of their physical condition.

Anglers have also been experiencing some sporadic success fishing the beaches and river mouths along steelhead alley.  Keep a close eye on weather/wind conditions, and fish early and late.  Hot flies have been baitfish patterns in white, olive, blue, grey, and silver with a moderate amount of flash.

Check out the new Senyo's Gangsta Minnow fly tying tutorial.

Good luck out there, and we hope to see you at one of the upcoming local events!

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