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Monday, January 29, 2018

Back to Alaska - Alagnak 2018

Have you ever dreamt of fishing the waters of the great state of Alaska?  If so, we have a trip that you would absolutely love and it will be full of hard pulling fish that you'll never forget!

For several years now we have been traveling up to the Alagnak River also known locally as the Branch River due to it's highly braided nature as it winds its way to the sea.

If you think you would enjoy catching a ton of hard pulling salmon (Pinks, Chums, and Silvers) on stripped and swung flies, then this trip is for you.  There will be shots at other species too such as Grayling, Arctic Char, and the leopard Rainbows that call the river system home.

Here are a few shots from past years to give you an idea of the experience.

 This photo could have been taken every 5 minutes on some days!

 A big buck Pink Salmon.  Their hump makes it difficult to fight them in strong currents!

 Leopard Bow from the Alagnak

 Silver Salmon in full spawning colors

 Arctic Char are stunning in their spawning colors!

 A super fresh Silver Salmon.  We hope to get many of these this summer!

 A very common sight 

 Grayling are great fish...especially on a dry fly.

 Chum Salmon that ate well!

 Your view for the week from the dock.

This was an epic day and it could be yours too!

As you can tell, we have had some fun on these trips up north.  The summer of 2018 will be no different.  We have two weeks back to back available.  If you are interested, let us know.

Week #1 - August 5-12, 2018
Target species: Swinging and Stripping Fresh Pinks and Chums 
Other Species Targeted: Rainbows, Char, Grayling

Note:  This week has been for many anglers the best swung fly fishing they have ever experienced.  Many days anglers land between 25-50 fish per person on the swing.

Week #2 - August 12-19, 2018
Target species: Stripping for Fresh Silver Salmon
Other Species Targeted: Rainbows, Char, Grayling, Chums, and Pinks

Note:  The Alagnak River has one of the best returns of Silver Salmon in the Bristol Bay region.  And Silvers (Coho) are very good table fare as well.

If you would like more information about this trip, please contact Patrick Robinson at or call (888) 453-5899.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bar Flies Cleveland - Don't Miss Out!

Ok, Cleveland, here ya go!  Please share this with your friends and let's get this kicked off and going strong!!!  We hope to see you all there!

Come and spend an educational and fun filled evening of fly tying, refreshments, and food with the regional well known fly fishing personalities.

                                                                                                          MERWIN'S WHARF 

Merwin's Wharf
1785 Merwin Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

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Cost is $20.00 Per person at the door 

RSVP to 734-544-1761 to RSVP or send us a PM and we will add you to the list.

January 26th Greg Senyo
Come and learn to tie a few tied and true flies for Great Lakes Steelhead

February 11th Jeff Liskay
Come and learn to tie Simple and effect steelhead flies from Cleveland's own and Highly respected angler

February 23rd Jake Villwock
Come learn to tie effect and simple trout flies for the Mid West and East's favorite trout streams.

March 10th Tommy Lynch
Up your streamer game and learn to tie the effective and articulated stripping streamers used for Brown Trout and Steelhead.

March 22nd Mike Schultz
Learn to tie today's tried and true Smallmouth Bass flies

All Materials and pattern sheets are included, please bring your vise, tools, and thread...
Join us for Appetizers and Refreshments at 6pm and tying will start at 630pm

Hope to see many of you soon!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Another Steelhead Season Underway!

This is the sight on many streams currently...with varying levels of clarity!  Streams have been improving over the last couple days and many are starting to clear up and fish well as of today, so get out there while the getting is good!

The Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, Grand tribs, Ashtabula, Conneaut and Elk are all either fishing or just starting.  Expect flows to still hold some sediment from the snow melt that is still happening and choose your fly patterns and presentations accordingly.

If you need to get a guide on the books, don't wait!  The phone is ringing off the hook and dates are going fast!  Call us at 1-888-453-5899 or email us at

The Ashtabula has been dialing in nicely!  Hoping for a good run this spring!
Don't forget that the pressure on the water will be less than desirable this weekend.  That means that this is a perfect opportunity to remember what stream etiquette is all about.  Remember...although you may not realize it, you could be the only teacher of proper stream etiquette some people ever see!  Make all your opportunities count this weekend be it setting the hook on a fish or teaching those around you the finer aspects of the sport!

The Elk is looking good today and although considered more of a fall fishery,
it shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to early spring fish!
A gorgeous spring fish....many more of these to come!

All the best out there this spring!

Friday, February 20, 2015

While The Snow Flies, Come Watch Us Tie!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to come learn about the sport of steelheading and fly tying.  We are heading out for The Backpackers Shop in Sheffield Village on the west side of Cleveland tomorrow and hope that if you are in the area, that you'll join us.  It is an all day gig and doesn't cost you anything more than your time.  And trust us, it will be worth that and more!  Here are the details.

We hope to see you all there and getting geared up for the spring season!