Fly Fishing for Ohio Steelhead and Gunpowder Browns

Fly Fishing in Ohio for Steelhead
Thanks to Mitchell for the great pics and report.

Hello Theaux,
I always enjoy stopping in your shop when I’m in town visiting my sister Diane and her husband Stuart Pelkey who doubles as my fishin’ partner. Your shop has a great atmosphere and your warm hospitality is much appreciated! The Gunpowder is an awesome river, very scenic and rich in wildlife. It’s great fun casting to those browns with a four weight in hand. This past summer we had great luck drifting dry flies and over thanksgiving streamers were the ticket! A bead chain olive wooly bugger that was a bit neglected in my box brought frequent strikes.My passion is fishing for steelhead with a two-handed rod and I employed the same down and across swing that I use for steelies. In the low clear water conditions I targeted areas with a broken water surface and structure. I often tried to position myself to allow the swing to end in the “dangle” right in front of the structure. Great fun! Attached is a pic from my recent trip to the Gunpowder and a nice steelie that caught shortly after my return to Ohio. Browns in Baltimore and steelies in Cleveland! If you didn’t know better you would think that I was talking about football! Happy Holidays to you and the rest of the crew at the Backwater Angler!

Sincerely
Mitchell Nahra

ps Look me up if you ever in Ohio and want to chase some steelies.

Winter Fly Fishing For Gunpowder Trout