Local bass action, PA and MI stream reports, summer destination trips.

Lake Run smallmouth action is pretty much done, but resident smallies are plentiful in the Grand and Chagrin.  They are not the biggest fish, but fun with a popper on a summers evening, and every once in a while you can get a real beauty.  PA trout action is good.  Most major bug hatches are winding down, but trout still have to eat.  On top ants, beetles, hoppers will all work, while underneath nymphs presented properly will take plenty of fish.  Water temps and conditions are still pretty good all over the Keystone state.  Streamer bite after a rain is always good.  Michigan is where the action is for a lot of people these days, with the Hex hatch and all.  If you are heading up that way make sure you have plenty of rest, a headlamp, and bug spray.  

For many summer means destination fishing trips.  If you are heading on a fly fishing adventure make sure to stop in the shop before you go.  Whether it’s Alaska for salmon, West for trout, North for bass and pike we know what you need.  Proper rods, reels, clothing, flies, fly lines, all make the difference between an OK trip, and a great trip.  We want to help make yours one of the great ones!!!  For those in need of waders, boots, or a new jacket stop in and take advantage of our 20% off sale on those items.  Sale is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday so top in, or call(we do ship you know) 440 247 7110.  

June fishing opportunities, wader/boot sale, river report.

Weather seems to be calming down, bass action picking up, trout action is steady.

Locally the river smallmouth fishing has been decent.  The Conneaut seems to be the best so far this Spring for these big lake runners.  Tandem rigs with a streamer and crawfish have been good.  Presque Isle bay has been tough for the shore bound angler so far.  However any day could be great at this wonderful fishery.  Intermediate or sink tip lines are recommended for Presque Isle.  PA trout angling has been very good.  Bug activity has been excellent with green drakes, sulphurs, march browns, BWO’s, isonychias, golden stones, and tan caddis.  Trout are feeding well both above and below the surface.  Local largemouth angling is good, with hungry bass looking for an easy meal. Streamers and surface bugs have both been hot.  Subsurface has been a little better, but if your like me, its hard to resist that surface bite.  MI trout angling has been getting better as well, with water temps warming up just enough too get bugs moving, and trout taking notice.  If you are heading on any destination trips in the near future make sure to stop in and get geared up.  Preparation, and having the proper equipment, is the difference between a good trip, and a great trip.  Let the well traveled staff at Chagrin River Outfitters help make sure you trip is a great one.  Hope everyone is having a great start to summer!

Funky weather, funky fishing.

The fishing the last week or so seems to be a lot like the weather.  Sometimes good, sometimes not so good.  Much depends on what you are angling for.  The warm sunny days are great for bass and panfish, the cool, overcast days have been better for the trout angler.  In PA sulphurs are going strong, march browns, tan caddis, and green drakes.  Nymphs and spinners of all of the above should be in your box as well.  Look for the PA trout angling to stay very good well into June if this wet, cool weather stays around.  Bass bite has been clouser minnows, murdich minnows, leeches, and crawfish.  For Presque Isle and the lake shore i would definitely have a full intermediate fly line, or a sink tip fly line with the high lake levels.  We have some very nice ones at the shop.  You may have noticed that we are now offering Musky Trips on the fly.  These trips are a lot of work, casting big flies on big rods.  However the reward can be pretty good to.  Please see below for trip details.  Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend, and takes a minute to remember what we are celebrating.  Remember to support your local fly shop and tight lines from Chagrin River Outfitters.

Musky Trips:
Location: Primarily lakes, but will be determined at the time of the trip for best opportunity.

Duration: Trips will last 4-5 hours. Weekday trips will start between 4-4:30 and go until dark. Weekend trips will begin based on the conditions at the time.

Timing:  Post spawn fishing in April/May is good, as is June. Fishing stays good until November. Extreme heat in the summer (late July/August) might shut fishing down, or limit it to mornings and evenings.
Weekday evening trips will be either Tuesday or Thursday. Other weekdays can be done by request.

Gear:  Guides can provide all gear and flies.  11wt and 12wt fly rods, floating, intermediate, and sinking lines.   Large 8-12 inch flies.

Expectations: Not for the beginner fly fisherman. Anglers should be able to double haul, and cast a 12wt comfortably for 4-5 hours. Expect to throw large streamers (6-10”) on 11wt & 12wt rods using full sinking lines, for large predatory fish ranging in size from 30”-50”  A good day of fishing is typically getting 2-3 shots at fish in 4 hours of fishing.

Cost: $400 for one or two anglers.  Anglers must take turns fishing when two anglers on board.

Jerry French at CRO

jerry-french-photoSunday April 9 •  Evening In Store

Starts at 4:00pm at Chagrin River Outfitters
In Store Composite Loop Fly Tying Class
Six to Eight Students Maximum, $65.00 each.  Pay at time of registration please.
All materials included

Monday April 10 • Time On Water

Meet at Shop at 9:00am…On the river by 10:00am…Off the river by 3:00pm
On Water Trout Spey & Skagit Class with Jerry French and Jeff Liskay
Grand River or Chagrin River
Casting skills all levels,matching lines to rods, modified casting strokes, casting shorter trout and switch rods, fly selection and presentation
Six to eight students $125.00 each

Monday April 10 • Evening In store

Jerry French Meet and Greet at Chagrin River Outfitters, 5pm-6pm
Composite loop and signture flies demo 6:00pm-9:00pm

About Jerry French

Jerry French is no stranger to the steelhead and skagit world of fly fishing. He has been an important innovator and fixture in this realm since the beginning…

Born and raised in the rain forest region of the west coast, Jerry quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a steady passion for fly fishing. My youth was spent exploring the coast, it’s rivers and mountain streams. This was my foundation and my building blocks toward a journey that still continues today!

By the age of 16, I loaded up my Volkswagen Beetle and chased trout all over Washington, Oregon, and BC.
My trout addiction inevitably led to steelhead. Once I caught that first summer run steelhead, all I could think about was encountering more. Summers were soon occupied with guiding in Alaska to support my winter steelhead habit. There’s nothing like the peaceful and quiet current of winter steelhead on the Skagit and Sauk Rivers.

Now, almost 30 years later, I’m even more infected with the steelhead bug! Currently I’m invested in fly pattern and Skagit Rod development with several successful fly patterns such as the Dirty Hoh and techniques like my composite loop inspiring new age fly design. Not to mention my rods are pretty darn good!

I’ll be traveling a lot to bring a piece of the Skagit to your region! I can’t wait and I’ll see you soon!

Lance Wilt trout tactics for Winter, Spring, and Summer. Discover PA’s Allegheny river, Fly tying. Steelhead report and river update.

Great seminar for all of us trout/nymph/streamer geeks this Saturday.  Winter, spring, and summer trout tactics with fish whisperer Lance Wilt.  If you are not a trout freak we will also be discussing PA’s Allegheny river and its awesome smallmouth fishing.  Want more?  We got it.  Lance and Justin Pribanic will be demoing go to smallmouth, and trout streamers as well. Seminars will be from 10am-12:30pm, with fly tying from 1pm-3pm.

On the steelhead front fresh fish are on the move, and most of the rivers are in good shape.  For tomorrow and the weekend the Chagrin, Conneaut, and Elk are all in play and fishing fairly well.  The Grand is still up, but may be in play by Saturday or Sunday.  If you need some help with locations or flies stop in the shop.  Good luck on the rivers.  If you have time make sure to check out Saturday’s seminar, it will be one of the best we have had so far.

f01d542b-2f22-4ee2-a833-532be537ca18Justin Pribanic will be at the shop Saturday sharing some of his go to trout/smallmouth streamers.  If you have seen Justin’s bugs before i know you will be there.  If you haven’t do yourself a favor and stop in.  He will be tying from 1pm-3pm.

Fresh fish are entering rivers, but high water is making it tough. Pennsylvania trout and bass seminar information below.

bfa8c11c-27d7-4935-9f4e-a7e2d8eb7591Some of our guides got out Monday, and found pretty good fishing on the smaller tributaries.  However the skies opened up once again, and put a halt to any fish plans for Tuesday, or Wednesday.  If you have time to get out tomorrow Elk Creek, Grand River tributaries, and the Rocky River will be your best bets.  We are do for more rain Friday.  How the fishing conditions will be over the weekend will depend on how much rain we get.  If only a little look for the smaller tributaries, Rocky River, and Chagrin to be fishing.  Keep your fingers crossed.  If we do get blown out over the weekend we will keep you posted, but expect  things to be in shape by early next week.  As always if you need help with what, or where to fish, stop in the shop and we will help you out as best we can.

Beautiful week of weather, and wide open rivers!! Guided trips available.

5510e20c-8631-4cdd-9b4d-f0d72a5d8a5aForecast is great, and rivers are dropping into shape nicely.  Monday look for the Chagrin, Grand Tribs, Elk Creek, and Rocky River to fish.  On Tuesday you can throw Conneaut into the mix. They are calling for a little bit of rain so keep an eye on that as well.  If you have any questions, or need help, remember to stop into the shop.  With the great weather, and good fishing, we are still running guided trips.  If you would like to get out with one of our guides for a full, or half day on the water, please call the shop and we will get you on the water.  We can be reached at 440 247 7110 or stop in.  Tight lines and remember to support your local fly shop.  

Remember new shop hours are in effect.  Store is closed  Monday’s, open Sunday’s 10-3.

Lance Wilt Seminar – Saturday January 28th, 10AM-2PM at CRO


Renound Fly Fisherman and Guide Speaks & Ties

Lance Wilt grew up in Central Pennsylvania, inside casting distance of Big Fishing Creek. Lance’s passion for the sport manifested itself into his profession while pursuing a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management at Lock Haven University. His professional fishing experiences span 4 continents. He has contributed to every major fly fishing periodical and has been featured in several fly fishing books. Lance coached the United States Youth Fly Fishing Team to our country’s first Gold Medal in 2011. He is the operator of Outcast Anglers and Managing Partner at The Limestone Lodge. Lance will be visiting Chagrin River Outfitters on Saturday, January 28th and will be discussing his home waters, disclosing his confidence fly patterns, and sharing his experiences working abroad.

Winter Trout Fishing Tips

Effective, low-maintenance nymphing strategies/set ups that catch fish and reduce the common headaches associated with cold weather fishing.

Targeting specific water types and microhabitat where trout prefer to reside during cold water/weather periods.

Post-spawn streamer strategies to target the largest fish that live in your local trout stream.

Central PA Spring Fishing Overview

A monthly angling approach to typical weather/water conditions.

Hatch fishing demystified: The mental checklist I use when targeting a specific (rising) fish.

Proven hatch-matching nymphs, emergers, and dry flies.

Summertime Trout and Smallmouth Program

Basic trout tactics for fishing after dark.

The Allegheny River and its tributaries.  (PA’s most underrated trophy fishery.)

Micro-skagit techniques/set ups to add to your warmwater arsenal.

Pat Cohen – Deer Hair Demo Days!


Sat. September 24th – Deer Hair tying Demos 11am-4pm

Sun. September 25th – Advanced Deer Hair Tying Class 9am-1pm $75 limited to 10 students.

Pat Cohen Bio

I specialize in deer hair bass bugs, but I tie everything from streamers to nymphs. The artistic freedom that fly tying offers is what drew me to it. All of my flies are meant to be fished with the exception of the display offerings. Every piece of each bug – be it the hair, feathers, or weed guards – has a purpose. The final product is a fish catching fly and a miniature sculpture all in one. To my way of thinking, there is nothing like watching a five pound bucketmouth or an 18 inch smallie erupting from the water to crush one of my bugs as it’s drawn across the surface.

I have a deeply ingrained passion for chasing golden bones; carp on the fly is a challenge that more and more fly anglers are only beginning to appreciate. Carp are by far one of the most difficult fresh water species to hook with a fly, and I’ve created a wide variety of nymph patterns to target these misunderstood and often maligned game fish.

My Travels have also taken me into the world of salt water fly fishing. Most of my patterns are tied on reliable Mustad salt-water hooks for extra durability, and are suitable for stripers, blues, and any other salty game that might chase a baitfish.

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