Rocky River, Ohio Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Orvis Westlake
Fly Fishing Map of Rocky River, OH
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Rocky River, Ohio Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
If you are not getting into fish, move! The key to doing well is to get over fish. Make sure you are covering your spots effectively, but don't stick on a spot just because it looks good. I would focus on tail outs with the current water temp.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
1 / 16 / 2019
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Rocky River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 211

Visibility: 14 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 34 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: First and last light

Best stretch: Lower and middle access points

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Baitfish and sculpin patterns are the primary forage to imitate on this river. Stoneflies, woolly buggers, and egg patterns are great when nymphing.

Fish species: Steelhead

Fishing season: Winter

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

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

Nymphing stoneflies, eggs, and woolly buggers under an indicator and stripping or swinging emerald shiner, sculpin, and leech patterns.

7-Day Forecast

Rivers are starting to freeze over with the dropping temperature. Look for open water.

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