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What to Bring on your Guided Trip We will have all Rods, Reels, Tippet, Flies, Bait, picture CD of the trip, coffee, and a streamside lunch. The trip price covers it all.  There are no hidden costs..!!

Checklist of what you need to bring

Fishing License it will save valuable fishing time on the morning of your trip if you buy your license in advance. They are available online.

Chest High Waders hip boots will limit the places we can cross the stream. Most of the time breathable waders are fine.  You may wish to consider neopreme boots for cold weather. Felt bottoms are usually the best choice.  Studded boots are not necessary but are nice to have.

Rain wear and Layered Clothing Our mornings often start off cold and it warms through the day. It helps to be able to shed a layer when it heats up. Rain wear is always recommended, even if it doesn't rain it will help keep fish slime ff of your clothes.

Polarized Sun Glasses will help you see the bottom as you walk across the stream.  They will also protect your eyes from lines and flies. If fish are in the shallow water it will make it much easier to see them.

Good Attitude  We work hard to put you on the fish.  If you pay attention you will learn a thing or two and you will catch fish. Not every day is a perfect day but we work hard to make every day the best it possibly can be.  This is your trip.  Don't be afraid to speak up and tell your guide what you are interested in. Some folks just want to catch a bunch of fish.  Others want to learn how to do it on their own.  We want you to enjoy yourself and have fun..

Why book your trip with a SteelheadSchool.com team member Guide?

  We don't  expect you to have the specialized gear and flies we use for steelhead fishing like some other guides do. Don't worry, just let us bring all of the gear.  All you need to show up with are chest high waders and a current fishing license.  We will take care of all of the other details.  Your guide will arrive in the morning with a hot thermos of coffee.  He will also serve a delicious streamside lunch including desert. 

Your guide will have boxes of well tied flies for you to use. His rods and reels will be  top quality by names like Hardy, Scott, Orvis, Fenwick and Penn. We will not chance your fish of a lifetime to cheap no name rods and reels. Best of all there will be No Hidden Costs ..!! The advertised trip price will be the total price.  Of course your guide will appreciate any gratuities but he doesn't expect them.  

All of our guides are professionals.  Your safety is always our first concern. Your guide will be a expert woodsman who knows the outdoors well. He will be trained in CPR, First Aid and Water Safety.  Each of our guides carries a half million dollar liability policy. Your guide will NEVER ask you to sign a wavier or insure yourself prior to your trip

Dress for success.  Our weather along the southern shore of lake Erie is very unpredictable.  So I would suggest dressing in layers. You need a rain jacket as your outside layer.  Even on sunny days it will keep you dry as we handle fish.  Fleece is the ideal material for your base layers of clothing as it can be easily removed as the day warms up.  If it is chilly outside your going to need a pair of gloves.  I like the fingerless wool gloves, you can fish with them on . I would suggest a extra pair of gloves in case one pair gets wet.

Our stream bottoms can be quite slick at times.  I would recommend felt bottom boots or studded korkers.  In cold temperatures neoprene waders are the warmest but if outside temperatures get above 40* they can be too warm.  I like breathable waders best.  If it is chilly outside I just add a extra layer of fleece underneath.

I suggest that you also bring a pair of polarized glasses.  They will help you see fish but more importantly they will help you to see the bottom as we wade the stream.  I will have a digital camera and wading staffs for you to use but you are welcome to bring your own. I also suggest that you bring a change of clothes to leave in your vehicle just in case.

Your guide will bring all of the rods and reels but you are welcome to bring your own if you would like.  For fly fishing we use 6 or 7 weight rods with floating lines.  NO running line or orange colored fly lines please. Orange Lines spook fish we prefer Weight Forward Floating lines in olive green color.  Reels must have butter smooth drags to work on our hard fighting steelhead. Of course we will have all of the flies and bait but if you would like to tie some flies to use please contact your guide before the trip for recommendations.


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Save time,  buy your fishing license online the night before your trip.  Please check with your guide on the state to purchase.








In addition to our guided Ohio and Pennsylvania trips we offer a select number of trips each Fall to Western, NY and the Cattaraugus Creek. Steel headers often refer to the Catt as the "Crown Jewel" of our Great Lakes tributaries. We fish the Catt during the month of October. It is a beautiful stream and the early fall fishing is great. Give me a call and we will discuss a trip to the Catt. Don Mathews NY License #4348

We also have a presentation "Finding Fish on Steelhead Alley" available to put on at your seminar, event, or club meeting. We have assembled a awesome slide show and have all of our own equipment. We offer this presentation at a very minimal cost, and your audience will learn from it. So Please contact us....

Many lodging options exist along "Steelhead Alley" and Interstate I-90.  Here are a few lodging options located near to the streams that we fish.

Comfort Inn Elyria Ohio;  440-324-7676
EconoLodge Elyria Ohio; 440-324-3911
Howard Johnson's Geneva Ohio Exit#218; 440-466-1168
State Park Lodge Geneva Ohio Exit #218; 866-806-8066
Hampton Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2000
Comfort Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2711
Days Inn Conneaut Ohio Exit #241440-593-1226
Best Western Erie Pa exit#18 814-838-7646

Clarion Inn Erie Pa Exit#18 814-833-1116

Comfort Inn Dunkirk NY Exit#59 716-672-4450

White Inn Fredonia NY Exit#59 716-672-2103

Best Western Dunkirk NY Exit#59 716-366-7100


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