Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Fly-Fishing Guide in Mentor, OH

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John Fabian

Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon440-823-3888 Email iconJohnfabian.fish@gmail.com Link iconjohnfabianflyfishing.com
Mentor, Ohio 44060

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The Story

Enlist Orvis-endorsed guide John Fabian for your fly-fishing excursion in Ohio—we are Ohio's premier guide service, offering year-round fly-fishing opportunities for multiple species in a diverse range of habitats. We're best known for our steelhead fishery, and specialize in float trips.

Exciting local opportunities include musky and pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and sight fishing for carp, catfish, and freshwater drum. Our extensive knowledge of the fish we chase and where they live assures our guests a quality experience!

Corporate events and educational programs are also offered.

Join Orvis-endorsed guide John Fabian for your fly-fishing adventure in Ohio: "Fly fishing is a way of life for myself and the members of my staff. Local guides with local knowledge of the fish and the resources are the foundation of John Fabian Fly Fishing. The south shore of Lake Erie is a special place to fly fish. The diversity of the fisheries and the changing of the seasons allows fly fishing every month of the year. Beautiful fish and scenery provide a backdrop for making great memories. Several lodging options will meet your needs, and activities other than fishing and proximity to a major airport make Northeast Ohio a place you NEED to fish! Along with providing a safe, memorable experience, our main focus is to help our guests become better anglers. Learning proper techniques with the right equipment and our professional guidance will strengthen your skill set as an angler! Whether you are an accomplished angler interested in a new experience, maybe you are hoping to check a trophy fish off the bucket list, or you have never held a fly rod before—all experience levels and interests are welcome. We build our trips around the individual's needs and expectations to assure a quality experience."

What is Provided:

All necessary equipment will be provided. Specific gear is available upon request. Bottled water is provided on all excursions. Lunch available for any trip upon request.

What to Bring:

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Quality rain jackets
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Seasonally, extra dry layers and extra pairs of gloves.

Gear Recommendations:

Bringing your own equipment is always advised. Building skills and practicing on the equipment you will be fishing after the trip will help create a level of comfort and a foundation to build upon. Specific gear is available upon request. Wader/boot rentals available.

Outfit Recommendations:
Steelhead: 9-10' single-handed rods with 6-8 wt, floating line; 10-13' two-handed rods, 6-8wt
Musky/pike: 9' single-handed rods with 8-12 wt floating line, intermediate line, and sink-tip line
Bass: 9' single-handed rods 6-8 wt with floating line, intermediate line, and sink-tip line
Carp: 9' single- handed rods 7-8wt with floating line
Waders are optional these trips

Steelhead: Equipment recommendations needed here. Waders are always necessary. Studded boots are highly recommended.


  • Steelhead
  • Musky/pike
  • Lake-run smallmouth bass
  • Largemouth/smallmouth Bass
  • Carp/catfish/freshwater drum


  • Steelhead (October-May)
  • Musky/pike (May-October)
  • Lake run smallmouth bass (May-June)
  • Largemouth/smallmouth Bass (May-October)
  • Carp/catfish/freshwater drum (May-October)

Constantly changing weather can reduce or prolong any of these seasons. Some of the best fishing each season happens in relation to harsh weather. Keep the faith, roll the dice!


Northeast Ohio is flat plateau, slowly rolling east along Lake Erie's shore. Ohio offers a variety of different-sized rivers and streams. Relatively easy wading and accessible water makes fishing enjoyable locally. Inland lakes of various size are easily accessible by boat. Northeast Ohio's park district is outstanding! Unique features to Northeast Ohio are Lake Erie, trending wineries, hiking and biking trails, along with the food and entertainment scene of downtown Cleveland. There are a lifetime of fishing opportunities within 90 minutes of Cleveland!

Typical Weather:

Northeast Ohio has weather that is ever-changing. Areas we fish, especially the fisheries along Lake Erie, experience rapid changes in weather. This pattern is known as "lake effect". The ambiance of this weather adds to the experience!

Rates start from:$300-$550
You can find all pricing information at: Johnfabianflyfishing.com

Additional Activities:

Northeast Ohio boasts several fun local activities. Museums, stadiums, hiking/water trails, and Lake Erie cruises are just a few. With several lodging opportunities to choose from, ample ride sharing, and a killer food scene Cleveland will not disappoint!


Certain programs are accessible to guests of all mobility levels. If you are unstable wading or prefer to fish seated, let us get you in a boat and back on the water!

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