Rocky River, Ohio Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Rocky River, Ohio Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
With the snow melt and rains this past week the Rocky is blown out at this point in time. Watch and wait for falling levels.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
11 / 25 / 2014
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rocky River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: high

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Early morning/ Late evening

Best stretch: Lower River

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Steelhead

Fishing season: Fall

Nearest airport: Cleveland Hopkins Int'l Airport (CLE), Cleveland-Akron-Canton (CAK)

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Rocky River Description

The Rocky is a medium-sized tributary of Lake Erie similar in character to its Eastern neighbor, The Chagrin River. It receives excellent runs of Lake Erie steelhead from October through April in most years, and its close proximity to Cleveland’s Eastern and Western suburbs make it a very popular destination for fly anglers. In 2007 Field and Stream Magazine named the Rocky River one of the 150 best places ...

Techniques & Tips

Swinging streamers can be productive when flows allow, but drifting nymphs and egg patterns under an indicator gives you the best chance of hooking into some fish. Rather than targeting spawning steelhead, look for the pre-spawn set or "drop-backs" huddled in pools below the gravel. These fish are much more willing to take flies and seem to have more fight in them. In addition, look for breaks in the current because steelhead tend to rest just behind these breaks.

7-Day Forecast

There is rain and warmer weather in the forecast for the next couple of days which means the water levels will be a bit high. It looks like Thanksgiving might be the day to hit the water before dinner. Watch for falling levels, these high flows and cold temps might have been what was needed to bring the numbers of fish up the rivers.

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