A November 2005 trip
to Erie by fishinghabit
Quote: The Lake Erie fall steelhead run creates an ideal fishing opportunity for the fly-fisherman who loves the outdoors in all forms of weather. This fall the snow fell early creating classic conditions with clear run-offs and anxious rainbows fresh from the lake.
Local tackle shops (like Poor Richards http://www.poorrichardserie.com/) are extremely helpful with the latest stream flows, Steelhead runs and fly patterns. They also have a "fish exchange" allowing fisherman to exchange a days' catch for freshly smoked filets. The FishErie.com website provides plenty of helpful background information to educate you before you go.
I'd also highly recommend the article by John Nagy on the website library. His complete book on Steelheading is also a "must read" for the serious fisherman. If you are interested in a guided trip (and I wouldn't do it any other way the first time out) I highly recommend Dick Redsicker. Email me for contact info if you are interested, otherwise look him up at any of the big sportsman shows in PA and NY. Dick is a real gentleman who genuinely enjoys seeing his clients catch fish. Unlike other guides, he won't cut you off after your "8 hour" trip. Most days we are begging Dick to call it a day while he puts his line in front of "one more big one".
Most of the creeks are within a reasonable hike of main roads with improved parking. Be prepared to park in "farmer fields" or other unimproved pulloffs at the more remote locations though. Although 4 wheel drive is not required, "all weather" tires are a must for this time of year. On our trip this year it snowed three inches while we slept through our first night there! Late on the second afternoon we had another two inches while we continued to enjoy hot fishing.
Bottom line is - Don't let inadequate transportation end a trip early or spoil an otherwise "perfect" steelheading day.
Attraction | "Steelheading on the Great Lakes Tribs"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2005
Steelheading on the Great Lakes
20 Mile Creek Near Erie PA