September OCBS Membership Meeting
Kevin Kayle, DOW Hatchery Manager
 Ohio Steelhead Program Update
Thursday September 26, 2019


Program: Kevin Kayle, Ohio Division of Wildlife Hatchery Program Manager is our featured speaker this month. Kevin will report on the current state of the Ohio steelhead program and answer any questions we may have. Kevin always has a great presentation with a lot of information to share with OCBS members. Our club members are very fortunate to be able to learn about the latest news regarding the Ohio Steelhead program directly from a DOW manager. This will be another excellent meeting you will not want to miss. I hope you can attend.                                                                      Rod Raffle: St Croix 10′ 6″ Float Rod, Model AVS106MLF2, $270 Retail

Location: Firehouse Grille and Pub
2768 Stark Drive Willoughby Hills, OH 44094



 The Board of Directors are working to assemble a excellent group of speakers this season as well as a few surprises! We hope you all can attend our meetings and help us celebrate our 35th anniversary year!

Our 26th Annual Steelhead EXPO will be held at Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday September 21st, 2019

9:00 am-5:00 pm
(Doors Open At 8:30 a.m.)
 Presented By
The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and
The Cleveland Metroparks and
Rocky River Nature Center
Rocky River Reservation
24000 Valley Parkway
North Olmsted, OH 44070
From I480, Exit at Clague Road Exit
South on Clague Road to Mastic Road
Turn right on Mastick Road
Follow the Metropark Signs!
Phone: Nature Center 440-734-6660
                                     The Expo will cover fly and spey fishing, fly tying,                           spin fishing and center pin float fishing. 

                                 Conservation organizations will be on hand to                          educate about protecting our rivers.

Local tackle shops will have displays with advice on the right gear.



                                          9:00 AM  Tom Blotzer, President
                                                         The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders
                                                         Welcome and Opening Notes

                                          9:15 AM Chagrin River Watershed Partners                                                                                     Conservation
                                                          Video and Project Update
                                                          Alicia Beattie, CRWP Associate Director
                                                          Learn about CRWP Conservation Efforts

                                          10:00 AM Fly Fishing for Steelhead
                                                          John Brochue – Fishing Manager,
                                                          Orvis Woodmere, OH Store
                                                          Learn about fly fishing with a single handed                                                                              fly rod

                                          11:00 AM Center Pin Fishing for Steelhead
                                                         Mike Durkalec – Metroparks Aquatic Biologist
                                                         Learn the keys to success for center pin                                                                                        fishing

                                      Noon Lunch Enjoy a lunch provided by the Girl Scouts

                                         1:00 PM Great Lakes Steelhead ing
                                                       Roger Hinchliff, – Steelhead Manifesto and
                                                       Lamiglass Pro Staff
                                                       Advanced Float/Spin Steelheading: Learn new                                                         tips to improve your                                                                                                   success on the rivers. Fish On!

                                       2:30 PM Great Lakes Spey Fishing for Steelhead
                                                     Jeff Liskay – Silver Fury Guide Service,                                                                     Founding  OCBS member,  Scott Fly Rod Pro                                                             Staff and  Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador
                                                     Learn about fly fishing for steelhead with a two
                                                     handed spey rod from one of the best

                                                             4:00 PM Raffle


OCBS Members Only On The River Seminar

The club is holding a Members Only “On The River” seminar on Sunday, October 20, 2019 on the Grand River from 8 AM to noon.


We will meet at the pavilion in the Helen Hazen Wyman Metropark located at 6101 Painesville Warren Road Concord Twp., OH 44077 at 8 AM. Members attending must be prepared to fish by bringing a rod, reel, fishing tackle and chest waders. All levels of experience are encouraged to attend. You must pre-register for this event by sending an email to, calling Les Ober at 216-347-2889 or  sign up at the Sepember or October membership meeting.


We are also looking for a few experienced OCBS members who would like to  pass on some of their steelheading knowledge to our membership and help as instructors. This is usually a fun morning of fishing for both the instructors and students that you do not want to miss.


OCBS 2019 Christmas Party

The Board Of Directors also has made changes to our Annual OCBS Christmas Party in light of celebrating our 35th Anniversary.

This year’s celebration will be December 12th, 2019, at the Winking Lizard Party Room on Miles road in Solon. the menu will be well upgraded from the previous menu over the last few years. Final arrangements are still being made and we will publish the menu and costs at a future date. we promise it will be a great time!

Note; the Winking Lizard Party Room is a private room located well back of the actual restaurant, details and directions to follow.

 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 TBD

April 23rd, 2020 is at BW3 in Strongsville   Mike Verhoef

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


                     EAST SIDE                                         WEST SIDE

              Harbor Bait & Tackle                           Erie Outfitters
              786 Richmond Street                           5404 E. Lake Road
                    Painesville, OH 44077                     Sheffield Lake, OH 44054