February OCBS Membership Meeting
Firehouse Grille and Pub Willoughby Hills, OH
Thursday February 29, 2024
Speaker: Rick Kustich, WNY Fly Fishing Guide and Famous Author
Topic: Fly Fishing for Steelhead

Rick Kustich is a fly-fishing writer, instructor, and guide who began fly-fishing fifty years ago on the lakes and streams of upstate New York.

His work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications. Rick is author of Modern Spey Fishing (2023), Hunting Musky with a Fly (2017) and Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead (2013) as well as four other titles including the best-selling Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead co-authored with his brother Jerry.

He is featured in the film Spey Daze and is the Great Lakes editor for Swing the Fly Magazine. Rick has also spent time as a fly-shop owner, travel host, and fly-fishing book publisher and lives in Western New York. Find out more on Instagram/Facebook: @rickkustich

 

Modern Spey Fishing is a complete guide to contemporary Spey casting and fishing techniques made possible through current advancements in equipment and line designs. The book  thoroughly covers in understandable terms today’s Spey lines and heads while diving in deep to discuss various presentation techniques for both two-hand and single-hand approaches. 

Hunting Musky with a Fly is a complete guide to musky fly-fishing. Musky have been called the fish of 10,000 casts and are one of the most challenging, yet rewarding fish to catch on a fly. This book gives advice about the right equipment, rigging, and flies, as well as the mental and physical preparation needed to hunt musky with a fly.

​Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead is the most up-to-date book on strategy and technique, as well as providing a foundation for all fly anglers. The book covers more advanced concepts to the Great Lakes region such as how to effectively use switch and two-handed rods, swinging flies, and new fly patterns by some of the region’s top tyers. 

Reflections on the Water is one angler’s account of memories and thoughts experienced in half a lifetime of fly fishing. “The passion of the pursuit has fueled a wonderfully fulfilling journey that provides influence, significance, and levity”

March OCBS Membership Meeting
Emerald Necklace Marina Cafe lakewood, OH
Thursday March 28, 2024
Speaker: Roger Hinchcliff, lamiglas pro staff & steelhead manifesto
Topic: Fishing for Steelhead With Hardware

Roger Hinchcliff began fishing the river banks in Southeast Michigan over 38 years ago. Considered an authority on steelhead fishing, he loves sharing his expertise with other anglers.

Roger is a featured speaker, a popular blogger, and the successful author of many published magazine articles. Roger also has several instructional videos on his YouTube Channel, Steelhead Manifesto, and two Facebook pages; an entertainment page—with memes and fish photos—which gets a lot of visitors each month, and a forum page—a place to discuss tips, tricks, and tactics, among other topics.

Roger’s passion for chasing steelhead all around the Great Lakes region, he says, started at first bite. He now spends every weekend—10 months each year—chasing and catching steelhead in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and Michigan.

Roger is a pro staffer for several fishing companies; belongs to many outdoors/fishing organizations; and he offers his time to various conservation projects and river cleanups. Roger Helped design “The Closer Rod Series 2017” for Lamiglas Rods and won River Angler of the Year in 2013.

Roger will talk about steelhead fishing with hardware such as spinners, spoons and lures.

This will be another great meeting that you will not want to miss.

April OCBS Membership Meeting
Firehouse Grille and Pub Willoughby Hills, OH
Thursday April 18, 2024
Speaker: Mike Durkalec, Cleveland metroparks Aquatic Biologist
Topic: Musky Fishing at Lake St. Clair and Ohio Lakes

Mike Durkalec, Aquatic Biologist at the Cleveland Metropark and top local Musky fisherman will share some of his secrets to catching these monster fish in Lake St Clair in Michigan and Ohio lakes.

Mike has an excellent presentation with lots of musky catching information to share with his fellow OCBS members at our April meeting.

This will be another great meeting that you will not want to miss.

OCBS in Action

OCBS conducted the raffle at this year’s Barbie Rod Steelhead Fishing Tournament which was held on the Rocky River on Saturday April 1, 2023. This is a fund raiser for the Cleveland Metroparks fishing fund.

We ran both a 50/50 raffle and a fishing equipment raffle which generated $2,290 for the fishing fund.

Thanks to OCBS members John Beedlow, Jr, Scott Grossnickle, Tom Blotzer, Bob Hajek, Ben Mott, Jim Berryman and John Brochue for working the raffle.

OCBS Member Photos

OCBS "Members Only" David K. Esner memorial
Steelhead Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by erie outfitters

2023 to 2024 OCBS Championship Steelhead Tournament
12-10-2023 Overall Results

Please see the Steelhead Tournament tab for complete results of this year’s Steelhead Championship Tournament Series Results

2023-2024 OCBS “Members Only”
David K. Esner Memorial Tournament
Sponsored by Erie Outfitters

Matt Hainzey with a beautiful 32 inch alpha male steelhead caught in the March 13, 2022 OCBS Tournament. Well done Matt!

This season’s OCBS Steelhead Tournament is dedicated to the memory of David K. Esner, a long-time Ohio Steelheader who passed away on May 6, 2018.

FISHING DATES:

November 5, 2023
November 19, 2023
December 10, 2023
March 10, 2024
March 24, 2024

Dave Esner - Always Our Friend

Our annual OCBS Steelhead Fishing tournament, sponsored by Erie Outfitters, is for OCBS members only. If not a member, you are welcome to join OCBS in order to register for the tournament.

Members can register for this year’s tournament as follows:

  1. US Postal Service: Print the below registration form, fill it out and mail with check for payment to OCBS PO Box 29577 Parma, OH 44129.
  2.  Online: Complete online registration form and credit card payment on our tournament page. Click here to go to online registration.
  3. OCBS Meetings: You can register and pay in person at our monthly meetings.

All participants are required to fish with another OCBS member who is in the tournament and is responsible for verifying the length of each fish checked in.

Check in has been modified to permit members to call or text their catch to the Tournament Director.

Entry fee is $20.00 per participant.

Be certain to read the tournament rules.

2022-2023 OCBS Championship Tournament Series
Winners

Casey Smith, the OCBS 2022 – 2023 Steelhead Tournament winner releasing a huge, colored up buck. Congratulations Casey!

Adam Hillman., second place winner in the 2022 – 2022 OCBS Steelhead Championship Fishing Series with a hefty male fall run Ohio steelhead.

Tom Blotzer, third place winner in the 2022 – 2023 OCBS Steelhead Tournament Series with a fat Fall run hen caught on an Ohio Tributary.

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!