Fly Fishing in the Spotlight: NE Ohio Fishing Report


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rocky River is a fishing hole famous for its rainbow trout, an urban creek that boasts bountiful stocks of spirited fish that swim up northeast Ohio’s spawning rivers from the lake. Erie during cold months.

The river is often crowded with anglers and over the next few weeks it will be a busy fishing hole as the ice clears and the muddy waters calm and clear after recent rain and snow.

“The introduction of wild, hatchery-raised rainbow trout from roe from Lake Michigan beginning in 1996 really kickstarted the great Ohio rainbow trout fishery,” said said Strongsville fly fishing expert Jerry Darkes. “The purchase of the Castalia State Fish Hatchery to raise these young rainbow trout until they are released into the rivers at one year old has put Ohio on the angler map. on the fly.

“As a result, these days we also see anglers expanding their fly fishing to include many warm water species such as bass and bluegill, and even casting a fly on Lake Erie to catch the gold.”

The Fly Fishing Movie Tour stops in Cleveland: The popular fly fishing movie “A River Runs Through It”, an American drama film directed by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt, sparked national interest in fly fishing in 1992. Fly fishing videos fly fishing have since proliferated, and one of the most entertaining has been the annual Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), which will make a stop at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 5. The film features fly fishing adventures from across the country and around the world.

The 2022 lineup features fly fishing locations that include Costa Rica, Hawaii, Maryland, Belize, Louisiana, Alabama, Australia, Colombia and beyond. There will be a variety of local fishing exhibits to check out at the museum before and after the film. For more information, including movie trailers and descriptions, visit

Organized by the CMNH Trout Club, the doors to the museum will open at 6 p.m., with the film at 7 p.m. There will also be local fly fishing exhibits and refreshments. Attendees must enter through the parking lot as the CMNH lobby is under construction and provide proof of vaccination or have tested negative for COVID-19 within two days of the event.

Tickets are $20 online or $18 at Chagrin River Outfitters in Chagrin Falls.

Slow-to-melt ice around Cleveland Harbor: Don’t expect to launch a boat in Cleveland Harbor for a while. The boat ramps at Edgewater, Wildwood and East 72nd Street are still frozen. Although the ice is starting to break down, it hasn’t happened fast enough for anglers willing to cast from shore for yellow perch, walleye and rainbow trout.

When the Cleveland Harbor and Rocky River boat launches open, boaters should remember to purchase a 2022 Cleveland Metroparks Boat Launch Annual Pass for $30 $ online at Cleveland Metroparks.


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