Rocky River, Ohio Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Rocky River, Ohio Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Rocky is low and clear. This is making fishing conditions very tough. Stay towards to lower portions of the river when searching for early steelhead. Emerald shiner patterns will offer good opportunity. I recommend white krystal buggers and clouser minnows.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
10 / 19 / 2016
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rocky River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: Low

Visibility: 8 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 64 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Early-Mid Morning/Evening

Best stretch: Lower River, Rockcliff Springs to the Lake

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead

Fishing season: Early 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

Look for seams in runs and riffles. Fish towards structure and focus efforts near the lower sections of the river to find early steelhead.

7-Day Forecast

We need a big rain to bring the rivers up and to drop water temps a little more before more fish start entering the river. Watch the forecast before you plan your outing

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