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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sunny....85....and quality fish!!

BASS! Large and Small (mouth). Had a great few days on the water this past top water with poppers, stripping streamers, and catching a variety of fish in addition to our intended Smallmouth target.  Before we get into last week...I have to give my daughter Mya props - she landed her first smallmouth on the fly a few weeks ago, and it was a sweet event! 

Not bad for a first!


Fellow Guide Patrick Robinson threw on a popper and hammered this guy.

Pearl white was the preferred meal on the day... 80% of the fish were caught on that color, including this healthy bronze back...

 I just about lost this one...he took me deep into the weeds. Not quite a fist mouth, but close.

Conservatively...10 of these handsome Rock Bass came to hand, and they were a blast!

 Last but not least, this photo had to be taken to show the kids...

If you are looking to get the rod out for some warm water fun....the time is now. We will be back on the water this week so give us a call. 

Cheers To Bent Rods,

Ben Barger
Guide - Steelhead Alley Outfitters

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thank You!

To all the fallen Men and Women of our Armed Forces and Law Enforcement. We thank you for all your dedication and we will always remember your sacrifies.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Get Your Bass Off The Couch!

Right now the Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good with plenty of fish willing to play. The area tributaries are at their usual low/clear conditions, so long leaders, good casting, and slow retrieves are required if you want to be successful. The best flies have been basic Black, Olive, Rusty colored Woolly buggers with no flash or weight added, foam dries and hoppers, and Schultzy's Low Water Crayfish was by far my top producer for stubborn and finicky bass.

We have limited availability going into June, if you want to take a shot at a few trophy caliber Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass let us know we would love to get you out. Here is a link to our easy online Trip RSVP form.

June 2-3 2012 Free Demo Days at Schultz Outfitters! 2 full days and a full schedule of events on everything you need to get in the game! To check out all the details Click Here. I hope to see you there! Here's a few photos of some fun in the sun...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Grand River On The Endangered Rivers List!

Reading or hearing that a river near you is in danger, would and should start to make anyone think about the future. I will say it is very sad to see how many rivers and streams that are effected by mining, fracking, and the construction of dams. What comes to mind most recently is the pebble mine project in AK.

At the same time I understand the need for resources, but with technology where it is today are we really in need of fossil fuels as our primary energy source? Shouldn't we be progressing say as fast as our iphones? Or is the big business of oil and coal holding us back. Yes, I know it's all about the Benjamin's!

I can tell you first hand I am not any type of tree hugger nor have I been the most environment friendly person with what type of car I drive, how I recycle, and the products I buy.  To see Ohio's Grand River listed as #6 in this countries Most Endangered Rivers List, was to say the least frighting and eye opening. Check out the link below that Brett McCrae just sent over...

The Grand River is Ohio's crown jewel steelhead fishery.

The Grand River provides prime habitat for numerous wildlife and recreational opportunities for the public.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

TFT Testing Tank In Skagit Master 3!

Check out the new Skagit Master 3 Trailer! Good friend and Ohio steelheader Tony DiBenedetto Jr's swim tank is set up and featured!!! Very cool to see a local guys product in the production of one of the best video series ever made for swinging flies. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

On The Water...

Heading out of town for Brook Trout Retreats and I will not be back until Monday the 14th. If you need any assistance in booking a trip, inquiring on a destination, need flies tied, or a quick river report- please contact Patrick Robinson at or call 419-348-7199. I will not have email or phone reception during this time, but will answer all messages promptly on my return.

SAO is currently accepting resumes for part-time seasonal guide positions. Each year we continue to grow and need extra guides to help fill our schedules. A guide training program is required and will be completed before work is given. We would like to see 10 years fly fishing experience, and a good work ethic, and the willingness to be apart of a team atmosphere. All resumes should be forwarded to


Don't miss out on the smallmouth fly-fishing opportunities going on right now! If you have never targeted lake run smallmouth bass on the fly, you are missing out on some of the best tributary fishing of the year... Easy Online Trip Request Form

Mike Schultz Says, for all of you located in the Toledo area, Northwest Ohio, and Southeast Michigan Schultz Outfitters is rocking the new fly shop on the banks of the Huron River in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Come check out Mike Schultz and the staff of Michigan's hottest new fly shop!
4 East Cross Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring Bronze

The Smallmouth fishing is starting to pick up and offer stellar opportunities at bass ranging from 3 to 5 pounds. Our PA/Ohio Lake Erie Tributaries offer a brief window into some of the best sight fishing for  lake-run bronze backs on the fly. If you are interested in getting out for the day to enjoy the pleasant weather and great fly fishing let us know... We will be out there!