- Guided walk and wade trips
- Introduction to fly fishing
- Fly fishing lessons
- Introduction to fly casting (course is based upon Fly Fishers International texts and guides)
- Available for tournament fishing/crewing
Things to consider about lessons from Keystone Fly Girl,
- Techniques I utilize: swinging for Steelhead, traditional American nymphing techniques (inspired by Joe Humphreys Trout Tactics), indicator nymphing, streamer fishing, and dry dropper finesse tactics
- What we can work on: choosing gear, selecting flies for conditions or intended fishing method, how to set up your entire fly rig efficiently, how to read water, how to hook fish, how to play fish, and how to net your own fish
- Species I have experience chasing with a fly rod in Pennsylvania: Steelhead Trout, Brown Trout, native Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass both lake-run and river dwelling, Largemouth Bass, the entire panfish family (including famous Lake Erie Yellow Perch), Walleye, and lake run suckers. I grew up casting spoons, spinners, and other lures as well as fishing with bait!
- Species I have experience chasing in saltwater with a fly rod: Jack Crevalle & other dock dwelling species, and Atlantic Tarpon. I have drift fished with conventional tackle & caught Mahi Mahi, various snapper species (Red, Mutton, Yellowtail, Mangrove), Cobia, King Mackerel, Queen (and Common) Triggerfish, and other common reef dwelling species.
4 Hour Steelhead Alley Trip, Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead — $250
- Price is 2 anglers; I can absolutely accommodate more anglers, but we will need to coordinate will other licensed guides in the area and the price will be higher
- Snacks (included, I will ask if you have a favorite. Please be clear about any food allergies.)
- Drinking water (included in the cost)
- Flies, tippet, tippet rings, tapered leaders, etc . . . all included in the cost
- High Quality fly rod & reel loaded with high quality line is included. If you would like to use your gear, (hell yeah) bring it!
- You must provide your own waders. You must provide your own wading staff; you can rent a Simms Wading Staff from me for $20 per day. Wading is a dangerous activity; you will sign a release from liability waiver prior to our trip.
- You must purchase your own Pennsylvania fishing license with a Lake Erie Stamp and a Steelhead/Trout Stamp. All three “licenses” make you legal. The Lake Erie Stamp is necessary for all PA waters touching Lake Erie. Conneaut Creek would be the only exception to the above referenced licenses; Conneaut hits Lake Erie in Ohio and thus is exempt from only the Lake Erie Stamp.
Big Day — 6 Hours in Steelhead Alley fly fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead — $375
- Price is for 2 anglers
- Snacks & lunch provided (Let me know of any dietary restrictions/food allergies; vegan food options are available.)
- Drinking water & an electrolyte-containing drink provided
- Flies, tippet, tippet rings, tapered leaders, etc . . . all provided
- Fly rod & reel loaded with the appropriate brand name fly line is provided. (If you would like to use your gear please bring it along.)
- You must provide your own waders. Hip height wading boots will suffice. If you have limited mobility there are locations with great fishing and easy access. I am creative, but I need to know expectations and limitations in order to maximize our success.
- You must purchase a valid PA fishing license. You will need a PA fishing license, a Lake Erie Stamp, and a Steelhead/Trout Permit. Visit PA hunt fish to purchase your license online. If you have a screenshot of your license on your phone that will be adequate for a Waterways Conservation Officer. I am not responsible for making sure that you purchased the proper license.
Why not offer an 8 hour trip?
I want us to have fun and enjoy ourselves. Eight hours straight doing anything is tough. Moreover, the wading conditions in and around Lake Erie can be physically demanding. The more fatigued you become when enjoying the outdoors, the more likely you are to injure yourself. Most importantly, I do not want you to learn bad casting habits because you are tired.
Questions to consider:
- Have I fly fished before?
- Have I fly fished for Steelhead before?
- Am I physically capable of walking down into the creeks, fishing, and walking back out without assistance? Do I enjoy hiking?
- Do I want to learn the techniques and catch fish, or mostly catch fish?
- Can I roll cast or will I need an introduction to fly casting before hitting the water?
- Do I know fly categories and how to identify bugs on the rocks in the water?
I can help you learn the answers to any of the questions listed above. I just need you to communicate your goals and wishes with me.
-Please book your preferred dates below; a $25 deposit is requested to save the date.
-You will receive an email confirmation; calendar is subject to change.
-I am not available Mondays.