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Set perfectly on prime Great-Lake-front real estate, Ohio is one of the Midwest?s foremost fly fishing gems. From spey casting big streamers to lake-run steelhead, to delicate dry fly presentations to small stream trout, there?s something for every angler in Ohio.
Six of Ohio?s streams make up the westernmost stretch of the notorious Steelhead Alley, a series of streams that pour into Lake Erie extending from just west of Cleveland, through Pennsylvania, and ending near Buffalo, New York. These streams are heavily stocked with steelhead smolts that move into Lake Erie where they spend anywhere from 2 to 6 years eating and growing big and strong, before returning to the streams to spawn. Although steelhead are not native to the Great Lakes, their introduction has created a remarkable fishery that draws anglers from all over the world who want to experience the thrill of catching a chrome bright steelie. While steelhead garnish the most attention from Ohio anglers, the state also boasts some exceptional trout fishing in streams such as the Mad River in central Ohio, the Clear Fork south of Lexington, and Clear Creek in the Columbus Metro Parks system southeast of the city. Brook trout are the state?s only native trout species and are only found in small, cold streams of northeastern Ohio, but thanks to some diligent stocking efforts, anglers can fish for more plentiful brown and rainbow trout in the aforementioned rivers.
Other than trout and steelhead, warmwater species make up the majority of fly fishing opportunities in Ohio. You?ll find more smallmouth bass than largemouth bass in Ohio?s lakes and rivers, with the Vermillion and Miami Rivers being favorites to target smallies. Northern Pike are another popular species to go after with a fly rod in Ohio, with the Cuyahoga, Joseph, and Tiffin Rivers providing excellent pike fishing.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
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Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
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6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Ohio
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