2018 September

 Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 Season of  OHIO Steelheading! 

Another new Steelhead season is getting closer and closer. once the rivers start to run the run will begin again! you can prepare by attending our meetings AND our 24th Annual Steelhead EXPO. See some details below:


kevin kayle 2Our first meeting is at the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills, September 20th, 2018 @ 7:30pm. Our scheduled speaker is Kevin Kayle, the Hatchery Manager of Ohio Fish Hatcheries, including the Castalia Hatchery Kevin always keeps us up to date on the Steelhead Program  and the forecast for the coming season. He is always informative regarding our fishery.

Through the efforts of the O.D.N.R. we will have fingerlings stocked in our rivers this spring. Kevin will bring us up to date about our fishery. We certainly appreciate the efforts Of the O.D.N. R. to provide fish for next years stocking!


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OCBS 25th ANNUAL EXPO  Saturday September 22nd, 2018

We help kick off our new Steelhead season with our 25th, (yes 25th!) O.C.B.S. Steelhead Expo. This year we are again fortunate to be able to hold this event at Rocky River Nature Center, in association with Cleveland  Metroparks. The date is Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. We will have expert advice for all Steelheaders no matter what style of fishing you prefer, spin, fly, centerpin or spey. We will have all the experts to help you improve your steelhead fishing techniques. I hope to see you there. As usual, we do need the help of some of our club members to put on this great event.

25th Annual 2018 OCBS Expo Schedule

  • Saturday September 22nd 
  • The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders – Tom Blotzer – President – 9:00 am
    • Session Welcome and Opening Notes
  • Update on the OHIO Steelhead Program – 9:15 AM
    • Kevin Kayle – Fish Hatchery Program Administrator – ODNR Division of Wildlife
  • Great Lakes Steelheading – 10:00
    • Roger Hinchcliff – Steelhead Manifesto
    • 38 Years of Great Lakes Steelheading experience 
  • Ohio Steelheading – 11 AM – Confirmed
    •  Mike Durkalec – Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Biologist
    • Learn the keys to success when fishing Ohio Tributaries
  • Enjoy Lunch/Snack  provided by the Girl Scouts and catch a Steelhead Fishing Movie
    • Grab a snack and enjoy the movie Spey Daze – A Great Lakes Journey by Robert Thompson
  • Fly Fishing for Steelhead – 1:00
    • John Brochue – From Orvis Eaton Shop
    • Learn how to effectively approach Steelhead Fall, Winter and Spring with Fly
  • Great Lakes Steelhead Fly Tying Demo – 2:30 – Confirmed
    • Jerry  Darkes – Angling Consulting Services – Learn how to tie the most productive patterns for Ohio Steelhead waters

Steelhead Raffle Winners will be announced at 4:00                                                                      Expo Concludes at 5:00                                                                                                                Many Thanks to Our Sponsors for the Raffle Prize Donations


                 4 November 2018    18 November 2018    9 December 2018
                                   17 March 2019    7 April 2019


        EAST SIDE                                                        WEST SIDE

    Harbor Bait & Tackle                                            Erie Outfitters
   786 Richmond Street                                           5404 E. Lake Road
   Painesville, Ohio 44077                                   Sheffield Lake, Ohio 44054  
     (440) 354-8473                                                    (440) 949-8934

Signup sheets will be available at the October 2017 Membership meeting for those members
who want to participate in this season’s steelhead tournament.
Entry fee: $15.00 per participant.

Be sure to consult the Tournament Rules posted on the OCBS website.

John Beedlow

Outing Director