April 2015 Webpage


Mike Durkalec - Ohio Steelheaders 2015Mike Durkalec Is Our April Speaker

Our good friend and fellow OCBS member, Mike Durkalec, will be the featured speaker at our April 16th membership meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings in Strongsville.

He will share his experiences fishing for trophy Arctic Char and Brook Trout in Ontario and Nunavut Canada. He has a lot of great stories and pictures to share with club members about his recent adventure up north.

If you don’t know Mike, he is head of the fisheries and aquatic research programs at Cleveland Metroparks. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College and an M.S. degree in Fisheries Management from the Ohio State University.

Mike is a great advocate of both steelhead fishing and river conservation. He conducts fishing programs year round at the Cleveland Metroparks for adults and children. He is monitors the water quality of the Rocky River and Chagrin River watersheds throughout the year and organizes an annual Rocky River cleanup each spring.

Mike publishes the popular Rocky River Steelhead Fishing Report found on the Cleveland Metroparks web and will be available to answer any steelhead fishing questions you have. Mike is an excellent speaker that you do not want to miss.

Members Incentive Raffle

At this months meeting we will also hold our annual Members Incentive Raffle. This annual raffle is a small way to thank our members that helped by working in events that are supported or sponsored by O.C.B.S. These events are such as the Annual EXPO, river cleanups, Lake County and Cleveland Metroparks Kids Days and more. If a member worked an event their name is entered in the drawing. Of course you must be a member in good standing to participate.



The spring leg of the Steelhead Fly Fishing Outing was held on Sunday, 29 March 2015. A tough day on Steelhead Alley with 18 degree F temperatures in the early morning resulting in skim ice and slush on most streams.Temperatures rose into the mid forties by early afternoon and then the wind picked up with gusts up to 20 mph. Few fish could be located despite recent precipitation earlier in the week which should have brought in fresh pushes of fish into the tributaries.Despite the difficult conditions Mike Annandono landed a 26.5 inch fish to take first place in the event. Tom Blotzer came in second with a 24.25 inch fish. No other fish were checked in for the outing.Congratulations to Mike and Tom.

John Beedlow, Jr.-OCBS Club Outing Director



Congratulations to Joe Charief for winning this seasons OCBS Fly Fishing Outing with two fish totaling 49.00 inches in length. Rob Smith placed second with a 27.50 inch fish and Mike Annandono took third place with a 26.50 inch fish.

A total of seven fish were checked in for both legs of the fly fishing outing.A tough time had by all participating in this seasons outing. Better luck in next seasons event.

The 2014 2015 Fly Fishing Outings are  Sponsored by Backpackers Shop in Sheffield Village, OH

John Beedlow Jr.-OCBS Club Outing Director