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Steelhead School's Spring 2017


March 17,18, and 19th

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The Original Steelhead School Since 2001  Often imitated but never duplicated

We will offer another Steelhead fishing class this spring. I have fished all over the Great Lakes and let me tell you there is no place like home! We are truly spoiled living along Lake Erie's southern shoreline. We have a world class steelhead bonanza in our back yards that lasts for nine months a year. Believe me there is nothing that will take the winter blues away from you like a fly hooked steelhead running down the river like a freight train. Many find fly-fishing and just being outdoors on our beautiful streams to be therapeutic to the soul, but don't we all fish to catch fish?  Problem is most people are not very successful. Many feel intimidated with so many choices to make. When to go, where to go, what to use, how should I fish it, reading the water, and on and on. It is a true fact that 10% of the fishermen are catching 90% of the fish. Let us help you figure out the choices and join that 10% at one of our three day all inclusive schools.

Our steelhead school is hand on.  You will come away with the knowledge you need to become a better angler.

Come spend a weekend learning the secrets of fishing "Steelhead Alley" at one of our all inclusive schools! Each class is limited to nine students. Myself and members of my guide staff will be there to instruct you. We will share our many years of steelhead experience with you..!! It will be very comprehensive and will include all aspects of fishing for steelhead in our streams. Both the fly rod and the spinning rod will be covered.


We have had over 100 people attend our past schools

 On Friday, after you check into the  room that is included in the package. We will meet at 6:30 PM at the hotel meeting room. The schools are timed to coincide with the peaks of the fish run. It will be introductions, pizza, a slide show presentation,  rod rigging, and knot tying on night one. We will set up a fly rod and a spinning rod for fishing the tributaries. Each class participant will be provided with a quality Scott fly rod and a Fenwick noodle-spin rod to use for the weekend. We will cover all of the necessary knots. We will also go in depth into gear, fly and bait selection. It will be hands on and very detailed. 


The previous schools have went well. We have done over 30 classes now. With well over three hundred and fifty graduates.  I think everybody who has joined us at a school has came away worn out from the fast pace of the weekend but a much better Steelhead fishermen. Touring the streams and learning basic fly-tying in one day is an awful lot to expect of a person. Nobody ever complains and most everybody catches a bunch of fish. Most on a fly they tied the night before.  Everybody learns to tie the knots necessary for fly-fishing and builds a hand knotted fluorocarbon leader for the fly rod they use on the guided day of fishing on Sunday.


  Saturday morning we will meet in the restaurant for Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards everybody will get in their cars, and we will form a convoy and tour the west side of "Steelhead Alley." This will include the streams in NE Ohio. The tour will focus on learning the streams and their characteristics, we will not fish. I will show you all of the streams and the good access points..!! This alone is worth the price of the class..!! It took me over twenty years to learn these spots..!!  We will stop at several access points for each stream and we will discuss when and why I fish them. I suggest everyone bring maps or a Atlas-Gazetteer or other quality map to highlight. After the tour you will have a few hours to fish or have dinner before we regroup at the hotel.


  Saturday evening we will cover fly tying and bait preparation. I have lined up some of the best local tiers to help out with the Fly Tying section.   We will tie flies and make bait sacs hands on. We will have fly tying vise's and all the tools for each class member to use. Everyone will come away with a half dozen flies and the skills to tie our basic steelhead flies.  We will also go over the knots again.  Everybody will build a knotted leader on their own.


After breakfast on Sunday morning we will split up into groups of three for guided fishing and fly casting instruction. You will get a full day of all inclusive guided fishing on Sunday. All rods ,reels , flies, ect. will be provided. All you will need for the weekend will be your fishing license and waders.  The price will include, two nights lodging ,  Pizza Friday evening and your breakfast both mornings is included. The total price of the weekend is $375 per angler based on two sharing a room. For a single room add $50.  A Non-Refundable $50 deposit will hold your spot.


Through the years many fish pictures and letters from former participants have came in. It gives me the warm and fuzzies to see these pictures and the smiles on the peoples faces.  As it turns out a few of the people who attended the school are now regular fishing buddies.  I am happy to report  to date we have received all good feedback about the class and its content. I thank everybody who took the time to send the kind e-mails.


March 17,18, and 19th






If you have been thinking about giving fly-fishing or Steel heading a try but have felt intimidated by everything involved. Fear no more. Spend a weekend at one of our schools and you will leave with the confidence and knowledge to catch the ultimate fresh water game fish. Steelhead !!



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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


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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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....


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