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Our 2017 Fall Steelhead season got off to a relatively late start large in part because of the lack of rain in Northwest Pa. The tribs have been running very low, clear and unseasonably warm in the early Fall making for tough fishing conditions. Conditions that we refuse to allow our clients to have to contend with. A lot of our clients are making their very first trips to Steelhead Alley and we would like to ensure the most memorable trip possible and low clear water prohibits that goal. In addition, we strive for the safe catch and release of all of our Steelhead and the water temps in early Fall were too warm for that.
With all that said, our first trips of the Fall have been on fire!! The fish have been very cooperative and our clients have been doing an awesome job of catching them. I have been so fortunate to be able to guide many first timers to Steelhead Alley, as well as first time fly anglers. The joy and excitement in their faces when they are battling a Lake Erie Steelhead is really why I do this. I'm honored to be able to experience that with our clients.
Lastly, the Pa tribs are very dependent upon rain for the majority of their water flow. This makes it very difficult scheduling trips with clients who may only have a small window of time to fish with us. In an effort to better serve YOU, the client, I am now not only a licensed Pa Guide but also a New York Guide. This opens up a lot more water options for us and hopefully making it easier for our clients to schedule trips around optimal water flows. Western New York is just a short drive from Erie Pa and hosts some incredible Steelhead fishing. The NY waters seem to hold water longer thus opening that fishing window for our clients. Click the link for New York Nonresident license information http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html