O.C.B.S Speaker For October is Jeff Liskay



OCBS founding member, Jeff Liskay, has been a self-admitted steelhead junkie for nearly four decades. From his home base in northern Ohio, Liskay has fished across the entire Great Lakes and is now reaching into Alaska, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and beyond. He is well recognized for both his two-hand casting and fishing skills and is a regular on the Spey gathering circuit as both an observer and a presenter.

Liskay spends the warmer months prowling Great Lakes shoreline areas chasing warm-water species on the fly, but as the weather cools steelhead take over. He is considered one of the top guides on Ohio’s Lake Erie tributaries and is also in high demand as a Spey casting instructor.  He is an established speaker and presenter, giving numerous club and show programs each year.  Jeff is also a talented fly tier- his creations are generally simple, functional, fish catchers.

Liskay is a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador and a Pro Staff member for a number of companies, including Scientific Anglers and Scott Fly Rods.  He has been featured in books and magazines, on television, and in podcasts for his angling skills.  Liskay owns and operates Silver Fury Guide Service and Schools, where he focuses on the use of two-hand rods and swung flies for migratory fish.

Jeff is a great speaker with over 40 years of steelhead fishing  knowledge that he wants to share with his fellow OCBS club members and friends. This is a meeting you do not want to miss. Hope you can attend.


OCBS 2019 Christmas Party

OCBS was founded in the summer of 1984 at the old Rod Makers shop in Strongsville, OH. This marks our 35 anniversary season which is a mile stone for our club which should be celebrated.

I am happy to announce that we will 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 Hts., OH.

We will celebrate 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.

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

John Beedlow 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 you to pre-pay for your dinner this year when making your reservation. If signing up by email, please mail a check to OCBS  P.O. Box 29577 Parma, OH 44129 by November 30th.

I am 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

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

3 November 2019    24 November 2019    15 December 2019

15 March 2020                  5 April 2020


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       Harbor Bait & Tackle                           Erie Outfitters
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This seasons Steelhead Tournament will dedicated to the memory of David K. Esner long time OCBS Member who passed away on 6 May 2018. 

Signup sheets will be available at scheduled membership meetings for those members who want to participate in the tournament.  Entry fee: $15.00 per participant. 

Be sure to consult the Tournament Rules posted on the OCBS Website

 John Beedlow

Tournament Director

 2019-2020 Meeting Dates and Locations

September 26th, 2019 is at the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills  with Kevin Kayle

October 24th, 2019 is at BW3 in Strongsville with Jeff Liskay

November 21st, 2019 is at the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills Danny Coville 

December 12th, 2019, is the Christmas Party at the Winking Lizard Party Center in Solon

January 30th, 2020 is at the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills Roger Hinchcliff

February 27th, 2020 is at BW3 in Strongsville Steelhead Workshop

March 26 2020 is at the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills Rick Kustich, WNY Fly Fishing author &                                                                                                             Photographer
April 23rd, 2020 is at BW3 in Strongsville   Mike Verhoef