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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy's Fury Is Upon Us!

Hurricane Sandy's Effect along with a winter like storm take it's hold on Lake Erie's shoreline this evening.

Our Steelhead season is in full swing, but temporarily on hold due to the "Frankenstorm" as it has been called that is making landfall on the eastern seaboard as I type.  Sandy's far reaching rain bands are already upon us and anywhere from 1-5 inches of rain has been mentioned on the news channels I have been watching.  This is sure to bring some change to our riverscapes!

We still have some availability for anyone wanting to get out for some Steelhead this fall.  The rest of the season is going to be fun as the rains coming down are bound to give the Alley a brand new look.  We are keeping fingers crossed for nice pushes of fish and fresh holes to hold them.

Greg is back in the saddle and is back at the helm of the ship.  He can be reached at 419.466.9382 or at if you want to book a trip, order flies, or just check on conditions.  Please note that at this moment, 15,000-20,000 people are without power in our area and they are saying that many of us are soon to follow.  Power is expected to be out for a couple days if it goes, so please bear with us if we are bit slow answering phone calls or returning emails.  We will do so as soon as the storm passes and things start to dial back in for life, liberty and the pursuit of Steel!

Be safe and we will be back soon with a nice Steelhead Blog.

Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Head Guide
Steelhead Alley Outfitters

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cranking Up!

The fish are coming in with every push of water and the guys are out getting their early season fix.  If you are interested in getting out for a day on the water, give us a shout soon as the calendars are filling up early this year.

Here are a few snapshots of fish from the boys in the last few days.

Brett put a nice slab of chrome in the net.

Brett poses with happy clients and beautiful water!

Michael Decoteau got this beauty yesterday while scouting around the Alley!

Tim Hess crushed this bruiser on the swing these fish!

If we can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to give us a shout.  Also, please note that Greg is out of reach for the next couple of weeks so that means I am taking the helm of the ship.  If you have any questions pertaining to fly orders, steelhead trips, current conditions, etc, I can be reached by phone or email at 419-348-7199 or  Please keep in mind that I may not be able to answer my phone due to being on the water with clients, so please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

Thanks for your dedication to the SAO team!

Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Head Guide
Steelhead Alley Outfitters

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jet Lagged Confessions - Alaska Style - Part 2

Alright....the next confession in this blog series is that I love the colors of Alaska.  From the sky to the water to the tundra and the trees, the state of Alaska has some really cool colors.

I have been privileged to see some really spectacular sunrises and sunsets in my time, but Alaska seems to take the cake for the most breathtaking of them all!  This photo is one I snapped at daybreak and other than cropping it, did nothing to edit it for this blog....Simply amazing colors are seen regularly!

The view from my front porch looking out across the Naknek River.

The other confession I have is one my good friend Greg would wholeheartedly agree with and that is that I have a fly fishing love affair with Char....not just Arctic Char either.  I just absolutely love Char  and love chasing them wherever they can be found!

Although I didn't spend time this year getting really good photos, we did get some that bring back some great memories.  I did get a bit of video with my GoPro too, but don't have the time to edit it down right now, so the photos will have to do.

Jim and brother Bill show a beautiful Char on their return trip to Alaska 

An Alaskan Char ninja sighted on the Ugashik Narrows.

Ken holds a colored up Char at the Narrows.

SAO guide Ben Barger cherishes a moment with his father Jim as a beautiful Arctic Char graces their presence. 

Ben Barger and Hunter Johnson take time for a snapshot.

Ken holds a really nicely kyped Arctic Char on a jewel of a creek. 

In closing I must confess that yes, there is more video, but you will need a bit of time to watch this clip as it is around 12 minutes in length.  While it isn't a total Char piece, it does have the prettiest Char I have ever photographed or filmed without a doubt!  Again, this is an excerpt from the full length piece we edited down from last year's trip, so enjoy!

Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Head Guide
Steelhead Alley Outfitters