Re: Spring Run Steelies: Erie area, PA,
Fishing Report Posted: February 22, 2002

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Posted by LT Michael Snyder on February 22, 2002 at 10:27:47:

In Reply to: Spring Run Steelies posted by Bob Renkas on February 21, 2002 at 10:22:14:

: Could anyone tell me how long the Spring Run of the steelhead will last? I'm looking at the first week of April to come up.(I know it probably varies depending on conditions, rainfall..etc..)
: I want to fish with my Son....and could use any advice anyone would like too offer. What parts of the creeks?....lower stretches...middle, upper? Fly rods or bait? Sucker spawn flies....any particular colors that might be the best? Oh ya....we'll catch and release. This is a chance for a kid and his old man to makesome memories. Thanks. Sgt.Bob in S.C.

SGT Bob, this is LT Mike from RI, formerly PA and OH.

I lived in Erie and Ohio and am very familiar with fishing both for steelhead since I was 10 (over 25 years!)

Ohio is stocked with the Manistee strain of Steelhead that starts their run in the spring.

PA steelhead start their run in the fall and end in early spring, then fall back to the lake.

If you want to fish for fresh steelhead, try fishing from Conneaut Creek right on the border of OH and PA, Ashtabulah Creek in OH or Rocky River in Cleveland, OH.

I can't tell you how or where to fish these waters in this forum - would take more space than I have here but I will recommend John Nagy's book available on My favorite book and very informative for beginners!

I use a fly rod and fish just like I would for regular trout - with nymphs, streamers and egg patterns. John Nagy's book has recipes for the best patterns for NY, OH and PA.

You might want to consider a guide if you can afford it. I'm not sure about your son but you may also want to consider a "noodle rod" if he is not an avid fly fisherman. You can use single eggs, spawn sack, and mini-foo jigs tipped with maggots floated with "bobbers".

Best of luck to you and your son. If you want more info e-mail me at

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