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is our number one priority at Steelheadschool.com
most people are smart enough to spot a fake or a liar.
Before you book a trip with any Steelhead Alley Guide
ask them how many years they have been fishing Ohio. If
they are honest you might be surprised by the answer.
Anybody can be a internet hero and since you don't need
a license to guide Ohio. Out of state guides are
flocking to the area to make a quick buck. Our team of
guides have been fishing Ohio and the rest of Steelhead
alley our whole lives. We want lifelong customers. We strive to exceed our
guests expectations. My guarantee is simple. If
your not 100% satisfied with anything we do contact me.
If I can't make it right. I will give you a full refund.
No questions asked.
and founder of Steelheadschool.com
March 27, 28, and 29th
Often imitated but never
duplicated. We have over 150 satisfied Graduates thru the years. It is a
three day adventure into the world of fishing Steelhead Alley. Our team of
local steelhead pro's teach you everything you need to know to be a successful
steelhead angler. It also includes a nine hour tour of the hot spots on the
streams. We will cover, When to fish where, knots, rigging terminal tackle,
leader construction, fly selection, reading water, fighting fish, spin, fly, spey and cenerpinn techniques
plus thee hours of hands on fly tying. All you will need are an Ohio fishing license and a
pair of chest high waders. . The weekend is value priced at $350 per angler and
included in the price is two nights lodging
Bill Rusinko at
Realistics Taxidermy is the
only one I will trust with my trophy fish, He lives in Michigan's UP and
he is an expert at correctly painting our great lakes species.
This link takes you to
Greg Lum's blog. Greg is
a good friend of mine and an expert with the center pin. He is on the
river almost every day and his reports are funny but accurate.
John Nagy has updated his great book on Lake Erie Steelhead fishing.
We are proud members of the
Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Their website lists local attractions, the areas fine wineries, hotels and other
information on the area.
Our Team of Guides have the
required permits to Guide on
Lorain County Metro-Parks property. Lorain County is host to some beautiful
well appointed parks.
We trust quality
RedWing floats and terminal tackle on
our guided trips
Here is a great link from
Redwing Tackle on rigging up your Spin or Pin outfit
DeFranks Fles will tie your custom
flies. From Trout to Tarpon their the place to call.
If your ever fishing in central
Kentucky look up are friends at
Cumberland Drifters for a great float trip
flyandfloatfishing.com is a
great website with lots of good information. Especially for the Center Pin
A neat new concept in floats.
Area Fishing Clubs
Pennsylvania Steelhead Association
3 c u Trout Association
North West Pa
SONS of Lake
Erie Club (save our native species)
Trout unlimited Cleveland OHF
Boys Fly Fishing Club Toledo Oh
Tri County Trout Club
Other Great Clubs
United Fly Fishermen
Louisville Trout Unlimited
Stream Etiquette while fishing "Steelhead Alley"
Copied with the permission of the author Greg Lum
Stream Etiquette (from
Lake Erie's steelhead fishery has increased in
popularity over the past several years due to aggressive
stocking programs, media coverage and word of mouth. As
the number of fish stocked increases, so does the number
of anglers. This has become a problem, because of the
limited number of tributaries and access along the
Stream etiquette is often overlooked in the face of a
big fish waiting to be caught. Here are a few basics
that are guaranteed to show other angler's your respect
for the sport of fishing.
Greg Lum is a Canadian transplant who resides in
Cleveland Ohio. He is a self proclaimed steelhead
junky. For years he was the webmaster of the
popular steelheading101.com website. Greg loves
his center pin setup and it is deadly medicine on the
Respect an Angler's Space
This is probably the most violated rule on the river.
Many popular sections of a river can be very crowded
during the spawning run. Crowding another angler is
inconsiderate. If you approach him or her, make sure to
ask before moving into the area. Give the angler enough
space so the two of you can fish without interference.
Don't Walk into a Run
Nothing aggravates a veteran steelheader more than
another angler walking into a run of fish. Most of the
time it's because the person is not familiar with the
stream. Most new steelheader's are not yet accustomed to
reading water. A common rule I use is "don't go past
your knees". Once again, watch where people are fishing.
If you're not sure, ask.
Don't Jump into Another Person's Spot
When an angler is fighting a fish, more than often they
may have to move from their spot to land the fish. This
doesn't mean the space is available, because more than
likely the person is coming back.
Don't Play a Foul Hooked Fish
If you foul hook (accidentally snag) a steelhead, snap
the line. Tackle is cheap. Most foul hooked steelhead
are very difficult to control, resulting in injury or
unnecessary stress to the fish. Once foul hooked, they
will leap from the water and thrash about, spooking the
other fish. If you repeatedly fight foul hooked fish in
a crowded section, you'll become very unpopular. Also,
you will find most game wardens look at this practice
Tolerate Other Forms of Fishing
This is a never ending debate on the local rivers: fly
fishermen Vs bait fishermen. To some anglers, fly
fishing is the only way to catch steelhead, because they
are a trout. I use both fly and spinning gear. One day,
I may use minnows - another day I'll drift nymphs.
Nothing gets my blood boiling faster than a loudmouth
elitist. There is no better or worse style of fishing
Respect People's Property
This has become a major problem on Lake Erie's
tributaries. Every year more and more landowners have
posted "No Trespassing" signs on their property because
they're fed up with garbage left behind and a general
lack of respect. If you come upon a posted property
don't trespass. If you want to fish there, ask the
landowner. If they say "no" respect their wishes. If
they allow you, do something nice in return such as
cleaning up garbage along the shore.
Often when I'm fishing I see garbage everywhere. First
of all it's pollutes the environment and it's an
eyesore. Some sections of streams have been closed to
fishing because landowners were fed up with garbage
along their property. Make it a habit to pick up
discarded monofilament, cans and other trash, and
dispose of them properly.
Questioning Anglers that Keep or Release Fish
There is nothing wrong with keeping a fish. Likewise,
there is nothing wrong with releasing your catch. If you
see an angler release a nice size fish, it is considered
rude to say "Aren't you going to keep that?" or "You
should keep that one!".
Give Others Space When Fighting A Fish
Give other anglers enough room to land their catch. If
it's necessary, take your line out of the water to give
them some space. This may happen when you're fishing
down river and another angler has to move down river to
land a fish.
Walk Quietly Around Others
Be courteous to those already on the streams. Walk
behind other anglers and out of the water if possible.
If you must stay in the water, walk with minimum surface
To read more of Greg
Lums writtings and ramblings check out his Blog
For More "steelhead Alley"
Fishing reports Click here
Time and buy your fishing license online.
Please check with your guide on what state you
will be fishing.
our Steelhead Fishing Reports page. Here you will
Ohio fishing reports and Pennsylvania fishing reports, compliments of Ohio Steelhead fishing guide, Don Mathews and the
team of guides at
Webmaster - Guide
listed below are self employed. We have joined
forces. We believe that by networking together on
the stream our group of local guides can give the best
steelheading experience possible. We guarantee it..
Feel free to call any of us at anytime to check on
availability or to just talk fishin.. Don't be
fooled by the NEW wave of guides in Ohio. These
guys are your
true local steelhead pro's
usually too busy fishing to be bothered guiding BUT on
occasion I can talk him into helping me out. If your
looking for a guided trip with the center pin give me a
call and I'll hook you two up
a trip with any of the above guides please call Don Mathews at 330-565-5457 .
He handles the website and our central booking calendar
You may also call your guide of choice at anytime with
questions or to check on availability.
Clubs, Trout Unlimited Chapters, Sports Shops
put together a great Power Point Presentation on Fishing
"steelhead Alley" its not just a bragging guide with a
bunch of big fish pictures. We have put together
an informative lesson on steelheading. It contains
many tips we have learned in our 10 year history of
Guiding Steelhead Alley. The principals we
show you can be applied to many other fisheries. We
offer this presentation at a very reasonable cost of
$100 plus our fuel expenses. We have a high
Definition Power Point projector all we need is a screen
or blank wall and a group of fishermen. Feel free
to contact Don at 330-565-5457 to set up a date for your
of our streams in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York hold fish during the winter months
MOST YEARS ALL OF OUR STREAMS FREEZE OVER IN JANUARY AND
York Steelhead fishing is best in October thru December
but most years the Cattaraugus Creek s the first stream
to get a run of fish
Pennsylvania Steelhead fishing peaks in November and
December but gets runs as early as September. They
are the most heavily stocked streams on "Steelhead
Alley" and hold the most fish per square mile.
Steelhead fishing starts in October and lasts until
early May. Ohio streams are usually fish the best
in the spring.