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: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/9/pdf/rocky.pdf
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)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 1X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 7 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Salmon/Steelhead WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
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 ...
to fish in America.
The Cleveland Metroparks provide excellent public access along the Rocky and its branches, and several fords along the river force migrating steelhead to pause in their upstream movement, creating excellent fishing opportunities. Like the other shale-bottomed rivers in Northeast Ohio, the Rocky rises and falls dramatically after a precipitation event, so monitoring its flow in cubic feet per second is critical to being successful as an angler. Also like the other northeast rivers, it fishes best with a slight green stain, which usually corresponds to flows between 200 and 400 cubic feet per second.
During the summer months, the Rocky provides excellent warm-water fly fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, carp, and panfish. A 9 ft. 5 or 6 weight rod is perfect for casting the flies needed to bring these fish to hand.
Look for seams in runs and riffles. Fish towards structure and focus efforts near the lower sections of the river to find early steelhead.
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