Roger Hincliff 11-16-2017

Our January Speaker is Roger Hinchliff

On January 30th, 2020 our speaker will be Roger Hinchliff at the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills.

Roger began fishing the river banks of Southeast Michigan 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 articles. He also has several instructional videos on his YouTube Channel, Steelhead Manifesto, and two(2) Facebook pages; an entertainment page with memes and fish photos – which draws fans from around the world, plus a Facebook forum page – a place to discuss tips, tricks, tactics & techniques, 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 trout 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.

To learn more about steelhead fishing, visit Roger’s website at SteelheadManifesto.com

O.C.B.S. Club Meeting Schedule


Guest Speaker

December 12, 2019 – X-MAS PARTY
Winking Lizard Party Center in Solon

Guest Speaker:

January 30, 2020 – EAST
Firehouse Grille in Willoughby Hills

Guest Speaker:
Roger Hinchcliff

February 27, 2020 – WEST
BW3/Buffalo Wild Wings in Strongsville

OCBS Steelhead Workshop

March 26, 2020 – EAST
Firehouse Grille in Willoughby Hills

Guest Speaker:
Rick Kustich, WNY Fly Fishing author & Photographer

April 23, 2020 – WEST
BW3/Buffalo Wild Wings in Strongsville

Guest Speaker:
Mike Verhoef

2019-2020 OCBS “Members Only”
David K. Esner Memorial Tournament

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.


November 3, 2019
November 24, 2019
December 15, 2019
March 15, 2020
April 5, 2020

Dave Esner - Always Our Friend


Harbor Bait & Tackle
1248 High Street, Suite 6
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077



Erie Outfitters
5404 E. Lake Road
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054

(440) 949-8934

Signup sheets are available at scheduled membership meetings for members who want to participate in the tournament. Entry fee is $15.00 per participant.

Please be certain to read the Tournament Rules posted HERE.

2019-2020 OCBS Tournament Standings
(after leg #2 on November 24, 2019)

  1. Adam Hillman = 56.75″ (29.5″ + 27.25″)
  2. Justin Telep = 52.50″ (27″ + 25.5″)
  3. Casey Smith = 52.50″ (26.5″ + 26″)
  4. John Hartman = 52.00″ (27″ + 25″)
  5. John Rhoades = 52.00″ (26.25″ + 25.75″)
  6. John Beedlow Jr. = 51.50″ (26.5″ + 25″)
  7. Brad Vaughan = 51.25″ (26″ + 25.25″)
  8. Chris Dietrich = 50.75″ (26.5″ + 24.25″)
  9. John C. Smoggie = 50.50″ (26″ + 25.25″)
  10. Dave Craddock = 50.00″ (26″ + 24″)
  11. Ken Harper = 50.00″ (25.25″ + 24.75″)
  12. Mark Warren = 27.00″
  13. John Beedlow III = 26.50″
  14. Joe Moravec = 25.25″
  15. Rob Bolling = 25.00″
  16. Joe Gibson = 24.00″
  17. Keith Krause = 24.00″
  18. (22 Anglers TIED for 18th)

The second leg of the OCBS Members Only Steelhead Tournament was held on Sunday November 24, 2019.

A total of 28 fish over 24-inches long were checked in for the tournament.

Congratulations to Adam Hillman who placed first with two fish measuring 29.50″ and 27.25″ inches respectively. The majority of fish were caught in Conneaut Creek.

Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders 2019 Christmas Party

Santa Fishes for Steelhead!OCBS was founded in the summer of 1984 at the old RodMakers Shop in Strongsville, OH. 2019 marks our 35th Anniversary season which is a milestone for our club and should be celebrated.

I’m happy to announce that we’ll be holding a combination 35th Anniversary and Annual Christmas Party on Thursday December 12, 2019 at the Winking Lizard Party Center at 25200 Miles Road, Bedford Heights, OH 44146.

We’re celebrating with a delicious catered buffet dinner featuring a menu of Chicken Piccata, Beef Brisket, Cavatelli Pasta Bake, Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Green Beans, dinner rolls, soft drinks and coffee. There will be a cash bar. For all of you foodies, I believe this catered meal will be a big step up from the wings and bar food on the buffet at prior BW3 Christmas parties.

Winking Lizard Party Center
25200 Miles Road
Bedford Heights, OH 44146

We will start with a cocktail hour at 6:00p with a cash bar. Dinner will be served starting at 7:00p. Raffles will begin at 9:00p. The cost of dinner is $15 for members and guests – which is a great deal. OCBS is paying $28.15 for each dinner, but only charging members $15 in order to keep the party affordable for all who want to attend. All members and guests in attendance must pay for dinner.

We will have a premium rod and reel raffle featuring both fly and center pin gear, a Chinese raffle, a 50/50 raffle, special deserts and lots of fish stories. The party room at the Winking Lizard Party Center can hold about 125 people for dinner which is the limit for reservations.

I’m looking forward to celebrating the holidays and our OCBS 35th anniversary with ALL of you this December. It will be a good time that you will not want to miss!

Tom Blotzer
OCBS President

John Beedlow, Jr. will be in charge of Christmas reservations again this year. If you want to attend and share some holiday cheers with your fishing buddies, please make reservations by sending an email to OCBS@wowway.com or sign up at our October or November meetings. We are also requesting that you pre-pay for your dinner this year when making your reservation.

If signing up for the Christmas Party by email, please mail a check (prior to November 30th) to:

P.O. Box 29577
Parma, OH 44129

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