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Spring 2014

Sorry No Openings

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Fall 2014

Nov 7,8,and 9th

Taking Reservations Now

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. Contact Don at 330-565-5457 for more nfo.

 

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.

 

Blog's from the Alley's  Steelheader's

 

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.

 

Bob Williams blog is full of good info and stream reports.

 

inthedrift.blogspot.com/

Mike Engelhardt's Blog is packed with great photography and stories of his adventures.

 

Ohio DNR Info

OH Fishing Report

Ohio Steelhead Fishing

Ohio Steelhead Info

 

 

The Best informational book on fishing "Steelhead Alley"

 

John Nagy has updated his great book on Lake Erie Steelhead fishing.

Tube flies are all the rage on the alley.  If your interested in tubes you gotta check out Tony DiBenedetto's web site tubeflytech.com

 

County Visitors Bureau's

Dfishinfool's Guide Service is a 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.

 

Dfishinfool's Guide Service is a proud members of the Lake County Visitors Bureau

 

 

Helpful links on rigging your spinning outfit for Steelhead

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

 

 

Team Member Guide Websites

DDon Mathews and Dfishinfool.com have been your Source for Steelhead Alley info since 1997

 

www.extremesteelheading.com

Jeff Novak's website.  Jeff travels the Great Lakes Guiding Anglers.

 

Guide Dick Keagy is a true OhioSteelheader check out his website

 

www.fishwithtrout.com

Guide Travis McAllisters website. 

 

 

Ben's Bait and Tackle Garden River Ontario

In addition to our guided Ohio and Pennsylvania trips we offer a select number of trips each Fall to Western, NY and the Cattaraugus Creek. Steel headers often refer to the Catt as the "Crown Jewel" of our Great Lakes tributaries. We fish the Catt during the month of October. It is a beautiful stream and the early fall fishing is great. Give me a call and we will discuss a trip to the Catt. Don Mathews NY License #4348

ATTN:  Clubs, Trout Unlimited Chapters, Sports Shops

We have 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 club meeting.

 

Area Fishing Clubs

Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders

Western Reserve Fly Anglers

Pennsylvania Steelhead Association

3 c u Trout Association

North West Pa Trout Unlimited

SONS of Lake Erie Club (save our native species)

Neshannock Trout Unlimited

Emerald Necklace Trout unlimited Cleveland OHF

Firelands Fly Fishers

North Branch Boys Fly Fishing Club Toledo Oh

North Coast Fly Fishers

Tri County Trout Club

 

Other Great Clubs

Buckeye United Fly Fishermen

Derby City Fly Fishers

Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers

Bluegrass Trout Unlimited

Louisville Trout Unlimited

We also have a presentation "Finding Fish on Steelhead Alley" available to put on at your seminar, event, or club meeting. We have assembled a awesome power point presentation and have all of our own equipment. We offer this presentation at a very minimal cost, $100 plus expenses. It is very educational and your audience will learn from it.  Please contact Don for more info 330-565-5457

 

 

"Steelhead Alley"

Steelhead Facts

All of our streams in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York hold fish during the winter months December- March 

MOST YEARS ALL OF OUR STREAMS FREEZE OVER IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

New 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.

Ohio Steelhead fishing starts in October and lasts until early May.  Ohio streams are usually fish the best in the spring.

After Fishing

Biscotti Family Winery 440-593-5403

Buccia Vineyards 440-593-5976

Popular local winery..!!Debonne Vineyards 440-466-3485

Emerine Estates 440-293-8199

**Fool's Favorite Great food**  Ferrante Winery 440-466-8466

Fools wife's Favorite Grand River Cellars 440-298-9838

Harpersfield Vineyard 440-466-4739

Laurello Vineyard 440-415-0661

Markko Vineyard 440-593-3197

Great place..!!  Old Firehouse Winery 440-466-9300

** Great Wine live music **  Old Mill Winery 440-466-5560

  **  My Favorite wines **  South River Vineyard 440-466-6676

Tarsito Winery 440-224-2444

Lakehouse Winery 440-466-8668

Variant Family Winery 440-466-1314

 

Area Rental Homes

Conneaut

Orange Street Rentals in Conneaut Ohio rents out a nice home in a quite neighborhood minutes from Conneaut Creek. 440-593-4546

Painesville Area

Fairport Harbor Rental Home for very large Groups. 8 BR Sleeps 20.  Vey Nice views of lake 440-773-2741

Fairport Harbor Cottage Sleeps 6 with nice Lakefront views. 440-773-2741

 

Our Favorite Lake Erie Charter Boats

If you want to catch a bunch of Perch without spending a bundle.  Check out the Edward John head boat out of Erie Pa. Just $28 for adults..!! Call 814-883-7622

My Time Too Charters

Capt George Neil runs a 30' Baha out of Ashtabula Harbor  He will put you on the fish 330-637-0989

 

Capt Don  lives right on the water in Fairport Harbor.  His boat an gear are first class 216-337-1208

 

Capt Ray Clark runs out of Ashtabula Ohio in a 30' Baha Give him a call for some hog eyes and perch. 440-241-2214

 

Procaster Charters

Everybody tells me Capt Gary Raymond catches fish when no one else does 440-964-7594

 

Lake Ontario Charters

If your looking for some huge Lake Ontario Browns and Salmon I would call Capt Brian Edwards and Fatal Attraction Charters out of Sodus Bay in Fair Haven NY   315-754-8914

Guides We

If your ever fishing in central Kentucky look up are friends at Cumberland Drifters for a great float trip

 

If your looking for a guided trip on the Mighty Muskegon or the surrounding Michigan Streams give Chad Betts a call at 231-652-3189

John Valk runs Grindstone Angling .  They are located in South Central Ontario Canada. I have used John as a guide in the past.  He is pleasant and nice to fish with. I highly recommend John as your guide if you travel to the area.  Grindstone Angling also has a very nice flyshop.

 

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Spring 2014 Steelhead Alley

 

A message from Don

Thank You for your continued support.  I guess we must be doing something right. We are so busy I was forced to turn away 2 out of 3 trip requests last fall. This is frustrating for me.  AND spring 2014 is almost full now. I can't put off my knee replacement surgery any longer. In February I go under the knife. So I will not be guiding at all this spring. I will be back at it in September for our Canada Salmon trip. Jeff, Jason, Travis and Kurt will be doing all of our guide trips on Steelhead Alley and their schedules are filling up fast.  Jeff and Jason will be doing the Grand River float trips in late March and Early April.

If your interested in a Spring date contact me ASAP and I will try my best to get you on the schedule

Don Mathews

Call or text 330-565-5457

Dfishinfool@aol.com

 

Our spring guiding schedule is getting very full. PLEASE CALL BEFORE SENDING A DEPOSIT. 

 

 Everybody is asking why so few website updates and pictures.  Sorry folks I am just too busy these days. I ain't getting any younger !!  We instead are focusing our efforts on our guide trip customers.  This has always been our true passion.  So I do apologize for the sparse reports.   The Steelheadsite and fisherie websites provide a good source of information.   BUT honestly those USGS Gauges are all you really need. Good Fishin..!!  Don

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STELLHEAD SCHOOL SPRING 2014

Sorry No Openings

Still just $370 for the entire weekend (double room included)

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STELLHEAD SCHOOL Fall 2014

November 7th,8th, and 9th

Still just $375 for the entire weekend (double room included)

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March 16 2012.  We will only post periodic reports and updates to this page.  After much discussion it was decided that our team of guides will be Tweeting our reports and updates on our twitter account @steelheadschool  We can text tweets from the stream for real time reports.  This is a huge time saver for me !!!!!!  Our reports will be more personal than ever but we will limit our audience somewhat.  No guides please...  Just click on the link above and we will accept you as a follower.  Good Fishin..!!  Don

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Here at Steelhead School our primary focus is on steelhead fishing on Steelhead Alley in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Our team of guides have guided thousands of successful steelhead anglers since 1998. During the summer months our team of guides keep on fishing and guiding for Trout and warm water species.   I invite you to check back here often to view current river reports and pictures of our adventures.  Plus you can check out  years of old report archives.

 

 

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9-17-11  report from Garden River Canada   We are having a blast up here in Canada. We are at our Fall salmon Camp near Sault Ste Marie Ontario.  9 1/2 hours North of steelhead alley. We are on the Private Garden river First Nation Lands.  We have over 20 miles of river with only a handful of anglers.  It truly is paradise. The camp on the Garden River is up and running about 18 miles up from the mouth of the river.  The river level is low but that seems to be working for us so far.  We set our new camp up in a section of stream called the Ivory bluffs.  This section contains much shallow spawning habitat.  The fish seem to be stopping in front of us instead of running up river thru the seven mile rapids.  One hole in front of camp easily has 500 pink salmon in it.  This is supposed to be a so called off year in the Pink Salmons bi annual cycle but there are just as many Pinks this year as there was last year.  Plus they are running much larger. Jason got one 26 inches long last week.  Of course the River is full of big fresh kings.  The guys walking and targeting the kings have been rewarded with quite a few good hookups.  The Kings are running large also with a 32 lber taken in front of Bens shop.

The Atlantic salmon have not showed up in big numbers yet but we got two today.  The big talk around camp is the number of Brookies we are getting.   Ben and Jason landed over 40 yesterday and another 10 today.  Most of the brookies are 8-12 inches but a few have made the 15 inch mark.  The wild Brookies are beautiful. The  guys have been hitting the resident rainbows as well as the steelhead.  we hads several steelhead yesterday that went close to 30 inches.

This is going to be a great fall run.  Ben still still has open spots in camp for anglers to arrive Sept 23  and Sept 27th  for the four night package. Total cost is $1125 and no license is required. For more info click here. I will be out of touch with the cell phone but for information or directions call  our native american outfitter Ben's Bait and Tackle at 705-946-6334.

Good Fishin..!!  Don

9-16-11  So So busy sorry not much time to post reports these days.  Don't worry we are alive and well.  Just back from the Garden River in Canada and we have a great trip planned for this fall.   We saw Atlantics every day while we were there.  Cool to watch them slash bait in the St.Marys in front of Bens shop.  We got well over 50 Atlantics up there last fall on our Garden river trip and Ben kept on guiding after the flood and they got over 50 more after we left..!!  Most of these were taken using spinning gear but this year I think more of the fly guys will target them.  The Garden River has been running hard since spring and the water temps are below normal. This is perfect for the Salmon run this fall.

While we were up there we teamed up with our Garden River First Reserve native outfitter Ben Belleau.   Bens brother Bob to graded the 16 mile road into camp, fix some culverts and clear off a new spot for our salmon camp in September. Its got a awesome view and it sits on a bluff that cant flood.  Bob is going to grade a nice path down to the river for us.  It will be myself and Jeff Novak hosting the camp.

Garden River Canada Fall 2014

All Exclusive  area located near Sault Ste Marie On the Private Garden River First Nation Lands.  We use Native outfitter Ben Belleau and the guides at Bens bait and tackle.  ***NO CROWDS fish in solitude***  Easy to wade a fly fishers dream stream, The best Salmon Fishing on the Great Lakes Bar none..!!

Atlantic salmon, Pink salmon, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Steelhead, Resdient Brookies and rainbows all in the same stream..!!! You gotta fish it to believe it.

Jeff with a Garden River Chinook

For more info  call Don Mathews at

330-565-5457

Joe with a monster 39 inch Garden River Chinook Salmon he caught 200 yards from the camp

It is the best fishing I have ever experienced. You can literally catch fish till your arms hurt..!!  It truly is a dream trip. I used to fish the Pere Marquette in Michigan and the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY and I honestly believe the Garden River gets a bigger run of Chinooks than either of those streams.  We seldom see another angler that isn't part of our group. Salmon fishing in such un-pressured conditions is impossible to find anywhere else in the Great Lakes area. Only a select few non natives have ever had the chance to fish the Garden River.  I saw what a great fishing opportunity the Garden River was and I have reserved the Ojibway native guides for the peak fifteen days of the season on a continuing yearly basis. 

Pink Salmon like this one number in the thousands near our Garden River camp 

 

Our team of Steelhead guides for the 2011 season

Don Mathews 330-565-5457

Jeff Novak 330-984-7406

Travis McAllister 330-978-4378

Chris Kazulen 724-322-4982

Jason Heinbaugh 440-536-1391

You can call Don at 330-556-547 or any of our team member guides to book a trip

Steelhead School Fall 2011

November 4th, 5th and 6th

 Includes two nights lodging. Still just $350 per angler in a dbl room. Taking reservations now. Accepting 12 students max.

For more info see Steelhead School Web page

 

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Steelhead Alley Weather Central Links

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OHIO USGS FLOW

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Chagrin River
Vermilion River
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PA USGS FLOW

Walnut Creek Pa
Brady Run(Elk trib)

 

NY USGS FLOW

Cattaraugus Creek

Salmon River

 

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Our Team of area Guides

Webmaster - Guide Don Mathews

330-565-5457

All guides 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

Guide  Jeff Novak

www.extremesteelheading.com

330-475-9906

 

 

Guide Travis McAllister

www.fishwithtrout.com

330-399-2746

 

 

Guide Jason Heinbaugh

www.ohiosteelheadguide.com

440-536-1391

 

 

Guide Kurt Bitikofer

TTo book 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 at steelheadschool.com  You may also call your guide of choice at anytime with questions or to check on availability.

 

Stream Maps

Ohio

Pennsylvania

New York

 

Best Area Bait and Tackle Shops

Anglers who travel to the area are in luck.  Dan, Eric and the team at FishUSA are there for you.  They stock what you will need.  Don't waste your money at the marts. FishUSA will have your order to you very quickly.  They also have a storefront in Erie Pa. with everything they stock available there.   You can stop there and get online prices on the spot.  Tell them I sent you.

 

Elk Creek Sports

 I have known Dan Seaman since I started guiding in Pa.  his shop Elk Creek Sports is open early has licenses, shiners, bait and everything else the Steelheader needs.  He is located on Rt.5 right at Elk Creek.  He keeps his river reports page up to date and the info is good.

 

BAC Bait and Tackle has Several stores with a great selection of fly tying materials, bait, tackle, rods, reels and waders. Located around the Erie Pennsylvania area

 

Gary and his wife Dot run a great bait shop located on Rt 5 near Walnut Creek in PA  called Poor Richards  I have been a customer there since Gary bought the place many years ago.   The prices are good.  The selection is great, with everything you need to catch fish, fly or spin.  They clean fish and will exchange your fresh caught steelhead for a smoked fish on the spot.  Check them out..!!

 

Jim runs Folly's End fly shop and campground.  Jim bought the shop a few years ago from my good friend Larry.  Jim has done a great job of keeping the shop well supplied for steelhead fishermen and done some nice improvements to the campground.  Clyde Murray has worked at the shop for years.  He is a steelheading icon. Clyde's friendly advise has caused the demise of countless steelhead.  The shop is located on the banks of Elk Creek in one of the most productive sections of stream. You can park on the left side of the driveway going down to the shop. From there you can access the stream to fish. Please stop in the shop and let them know though.

 

Lake Erie Ultimate Angler is located at 3737 west 12th Street in Erie Pa.  They are a Orvis shop that carry's a nice line of upper end fly fishing equipment 814-833-4040

 

Barcelona Market is located just a half mile ease of Chautauqua Creek on Lake Rd.  The have NY fishing licenses, bait and steelhead tackle.

 

Appalachian Outfitters

Appalachian Outfitters is located at 60 Kendall Park Rd in Penninsula Ohio.  They are a full service outdoor shop with a nice fly fishing department.

 

Harpersfield Bait and Tackle

Harpersfield Bait and Tackle is located in the Ashtabula county metro-park at the Harpersfield Dam.  They are open seasonably and they have Bait, Tackle, Snacks, and flies tied by local tiers. Give Joe a call at 440-983-9500 for more info

 

Stop in and see Frank at TMF Orvis if your ever near Ravenna Ohio.  Frank is about as good natured and friendly as anybody you will ever meet.  He runs a very neat and tidy shop that has a great selection of fly fishing gear for the steelheader, trout fisherman or saltwater angler. His fly tying material selection is great.  They also have lots of quality rods and reels. 

 

KMD Tackle

Located at 263 Liberty st in Painsville Ohio. Minutes from some of the best stretches of the Grand River.  Kevin has the best fly fishing selection in the area.

 

Chagrin River Bait and Tackle

 Cat Bill Goble is a seasoned veteran Erie charter Capt. who runs trips on his nice 30 foot Baha the "No Woes".  Bill also owns Chagrin River Bait and tackle located at 140 forest dr. in Eastlake Ohio. They sell fishing licenses, bait, and steelhead tackle.  Bill closes up for a few months in the winter but he offers fish cleaning during the summer. His BBQ Ribs and Fish dinners are a big hit with the locals.  They open at 6:00 am most mornings  440-942-9716

 

Dan Pribanic owns Chagrin River outfitters located at 100 North Main Street in Chagrin Falls Ohio 44022. They are a full service fly shop and they have one of the areas best selections of Steelhead Alley fly gear. Give Dan a call at 440-247-7110

 

Erie Shore General Store

Some bait and tackle located in Eastlake Ohio 440-942-3470

 

Karran Shop

Karan Shop has bait and steelhead tackle plus a selection of Lake Erie Tackle. Located at 413 South Ridge  Geneva, Ohio (440) 466-3561

 

Neshannock Creek Fly Shop is located on a nice trout stream about an hour or so south of Erie they have a great fly fishing selection

 

Erie Outfitters

Craig Lewis runs Erie Outfitters Located in Sheffield Lake Ohio.  They have a great selection for the steelheader as well as lake fishermen.  There is a nice launch down the street that puts you about 6 miles from the sandbar. A lake Erie fishing hot spot in recent years. Erie outfitters has shiners, bait and licenses.

 

Gone Fishing Bait and Tackle

Bill Laughard owns Gone fishing Bait and tackle at 1027 Munroe Falls ave in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio.  The word is out on the steelhead runs the Cuyahoga has been getting the past couple of years. Plus it has some great bass and pike fishing.  Bill knows the river well and he knows where they are biting. 330-945-4590

 

Snug Harbor Bait and Tackle

Jack owns Snug Harbor Bait and tackle located at 1021 Broad Street in Conneaut Ohio. The shop sits on the bluff looking over the mouth of Conneaut creek and the Harbor. I'm in his shop daily in the summer because in my opinion Conneaut is the best fishing port on lake Erie. The perch fishing is consistent all summer and fall and the walleye fishery peaks in July and August. Snug Harbor has the right bait, tackle, and advise to make your trip a success. they also clean fish. Jack also maintains a river report line call 440-593-3755

 

StudioEoutdoors

Online store carrying a variety of fly tying supplies at discount prices.

 

CustomFishingTackle.com

John DeMartino owns the online store CustomFishingTackle.com  out of Rochester NY.  He is a Great Lakes pioneer of using Centerpins for steelhead.  He also builds custom Rods and sells a wide selection of gear for the centerpin enthusiast online

 

 

Area Camp Grounds Open year round

Jim and Clyde at Folly's End have a great fly shop on site at their riverfront campground. You can access one of the best sections of Elk Creek from their campground.  They offer daily stream parking and camping. As well as seasonal camping.  If your near Elk Creek stop in. They will hook you up.

Uncle John's Elk Creek Campground is located right on the stream near the mouth of Elk Creek.  Fishing is very good on their property.  John is a great guy and he let me hold my Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes in one of his cabins for free.  The cabins are for rent they are new and are very nice.  The showers and restrooms are great The place is always clean and well kept.  It is very angler friendly. He offers daily stream front parking for a small fee.

 

Indian Creek Campground Geneva Oh  Phone 440-466-8191

 

Best Area Chow

Cleveland

If you can' find something you like to eat in Cleveland  your in trouble.  I'm not going to waste your time trying to list hotels or restaurants in the Cleveland or the burbs.

Mentor

Bravo! Cucina Italiana 7787 Reynolds Road Mentor 440-946-2090

Willoughby

Willoughby Brewing Company 4057 Erie Street Willoughby Try the Cheddar Ale Soup..!!

Painsville

Pickle Bills 101 River Street Grand River is located on the water and is a locals favorite for Crab Legs, Prime Rib and Shrimp. I highly recommend them.  440-352-6343

Brennans Fish House 102 River Street Grand River Excellent fresh fish and seafood 440-354-9785

Geneva

Best Friends Restaurant Located right at Exit #218  Good Breakfast and reasonable prices. 440-466-0041

 

Chops is located right at Exit #218 On Rt 534.  They have a nice dinner menu and serve some local wines

 

Ferrante Winery is my favorite place.  Don't wear your waders. Good Italian food.  Meals are $10-$20.  Located 5 minutes from Exit #218 call 440-466-8466

Ashtabula

Crows Nest Restaurant Follow Rt 11 north and you will dead end in their parking lot. Good choices lots of selections reasonable prices.  The monster bowl of Chili will warm you up.  440-964-2696

Briquettes Smokehouse in Historic downtown Ashtabula harbor 440-964-2273

Conneaut

Beef and Beer Great food for the money.  Home cooked meals.  Daily specials, Hearty burgers.  Bottled beer your real likely to run into one of us there. They Even have a fish tank table. Located Right at I-90 Exit #241 Right near the state line.  440.593.3667
 

Biscotti's Restaurant  186 Park Ave Conneaut  Local favorite Pizza and Italian food Call 440-593-6766

 Fairview Pa

Crowleys is just 2 1/2 miles south of I-90 on Rt 18. Great food but don't wear your waders. They have a grill in the center of the place and you can cook your own steaks if you want. Call 814-774-8450

Avonia Pa

It's hard for me to drive by Avonia Tavern Just West of Walnut Creek on Rt 5. Great Wings and Burgers all the food is great and they have reasonable prices.

Erie Pa

Teresa's Deli is located at 5360 West Lake Rd.  Just a short drive from walnut creek.  The subs are fantastic and a big hit with the area fishermen all 814-833-6913

Follow I-90 to Peach Street and there are a lot of choices.  Quaker steak and lube wings are a local favorite.  Or jump on I-79 North to Mill Creek Mall.  All the big chains are in town. 

NorthEast Pa

Lighthouse Inn 3704 East Lake Rd is our favorite over that way. 814-899-9300

Plummers is located East of 20 mile Creek on Lake Rd just across the NY state line.  They have good burgers and cold beer

STEELHEAD ALLEY Motels

Comfort Inn Exit #241 Rt 45 Austinburg Ohio is the home of our Spring Steelhead School and offers convenient lodging for guests fishing Eastern Ohio. 440-275-2711

 

The Green Roof Inn is located Just 2 miles south of I-90 on rt 18 they are close to the action and very fishermen friendly.  Gene tells me the rooms are very clean.  They have reports on their web site.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Many lodging options exist along "Steelhead Alley" and Interstate I-90.  Here are a few lodging options located near to the streams that we fish.

LOCAL LODGING
We Recommend these hotels to our Guide trip guests.  They are all located close to I-90 and the fishing.  Please beware there are some real dives out there.
 
Elyria - Vermillion
Comfort Inn Elyria Ohio;  440-324-7676
EconoLodge Elyria Ohio; 440-324-3911
Mentor
Best Western Lawn Field 8434 Mentor Ave 440-205-7378
Geneva
Howard Johnson's Geneva Ohio Exit#218; 440-466-1168
State Park Lodge Geneva Ohio Exit #218; 866-806-8066
Ashtabula  Austinburg Exit #223 on  I-90
Comfort Inn is our recommended North Eastern Ohio hotel and home of our SteelheadSchool Mention your fishing with us for a discount rate.

Comfort Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2711

Hampton Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2000
America's Best Value Ohio Exit #223 call 440-275-2011
Holiday Inn Express Ohio Exit #223 Call 440-275-2020
Sleep Inn Ohio Exit #223 Call 440-275-6800
Comfort Inn Ashtabula Ohio Exit #223; Call   440-275-2711
Kingsville
Dav-Ed Motel Exit #235 Call 440-224-1094
Conneaut
Days Inn Conneaut Ohio Exit #241 Call 440-593-6000
Western Pa
Green Roof Inn Rt 18 South of I-90 call 814-774-7072
Erie Pa
Wingate by Wyndham 8060 Old Oliver Rd     814-860-3050
Best Western Erie Pa exit#18 814-838-7646

Clarion Inn Erie Pa Exit#18 814-833-1116

Western NY

Comfort Inn Dunkirk NY Exit#59 716-672-4450

White Inn Fredonia NY Exit#59 716-672-2103

Best Western Dunkirk NY Exit#59 716-366-7100

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