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Sunday, March 1, 2015

2" luminous minnows(glow in the dark).  These flies use a #4 Flymen Fishing Company fish mask, ice living eyes and Letera's Luminous Streamer Fiber.  Smallmouth and steelhead beware.  Charge this fly with a bright L.E.D. flashlight for about 10 seconds or so and hang on.  The fish masks and living eyes can be obtained through and the flies will be added shortly.  In the meantime if you need the flies email me at

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Using the Flymen Fishing Company tungsten evolution stonefly heads to make up woven stones that will get slammed by some steelhead after this perpetual winter lets up and open water appears.  The evolution heads make tying and weighting a semi-realistic fly extremely simple.  The evolution heads can be obtained through and the flies will be added there shortly. In the meantime if you need the flies email me at

Tying up glow in the dark mysis shrimp.  These flies are like candy to steelhead and trout.  Lake Erie has a population of mysis shrimp that steelhead gorge upon when in the lake but when they enter the tributaries not many fishermen take advantage of using mysis flies.  I have had many days on the water that have been saved by this fly.  These flies are great when fished in stained water, early morning or night.  To charge the fly for night fishing use a bright L.E.D. flashlight and hold the fly under the light 10 seconds or so.  These can be obtained at
Making up a ton of Luminous Dubbing(glow in the dark).   This dubbing makes great egg flies, egg veils, bodies and wings.  To charge this dubbing use a bright L.E.D. flashlight and hold your tied fly under the light for about 10 seconds or so.  The Luminous Dubbing can be obtained through

6/0 glow in the dark streamers.  These should get the attention of hybrid stripers, bass, pike and musky.  These use the Flymen Fishing Company fire living eyes and Letera's extra large Luminous Streamer Fiber.  Charge this fly with a bright L.E.D. flashlight for roughly 10 seconds or so then your ready to rock some big fish.  The living eyes can be obtained through and the flies will be added shortly.  In the mean time if you need the flies email me at

Saturday, September 7, 2013

What is more enticing to a steelhead a crystal meth or a stonefly nymph?  Now you don't have to choose, feed them both.  The "Meth Head" combines the best of both worlds.  This pattern has been hot for me the last two years.  It has fished in NY, PA and OH for me.  My favorite way to fish this pattern is dead drifted along the bottom with no indicator.  The strikes are violent to say the least.   So tie one on and get ready for a show.  When they ask you what your using tell them a "Meth Head" and get ready for some strange looks.  But who cares what everyone else thinks as long as your reel is screaming.  Fish on!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Walnut Creek/Elk Creek/Trout Run, PA
By Aaron Letera

  Every fall, around the end of October and early November, flashes of mint silver begin to dance in the minds of local fly anglers as steelhead season begins in the tributary streams of Lake Erie, near the town of Erie, Pennsylvania.
  The three most popular places to fish for these hard-hitting finned torpedoes are Walnut Creek, Trout Run, and Elk Creek. These three Lake Erie tributaries are easy to access from Fairview, Pennsylvania, east of Erie. Walnut Creek and Elk Creek are wadable; Trout Run is not because it is nursery water and thus closed to fishing except at its mouth in the lake.
  Walnut Creek features a hard shale bottom with water-carved chutes and ledges gouged into the rock. Because the creek is both popular and extremely productive, you can expect plenty of company when the steelhead arrive. Anglers crowding the holes may seem intolerable to some, but if such a fishing scene doesn't bother you, Walnut Creek is well worth the effort. An effective combination is to trail a caddisfly larva/pupa pattern, Hare's Ear Nymph, Copper John, or Stonefly Nymph behind an egg fly.
  At its mouth in the lake-the only area open to fishing-Trout Run features an easy-to-wade gravel/sand bottom. There is a visible surface current here that shifts from side to side. The fish hang in or along the edges of the current. Try dead-drifiting a pair of egg patterns below an indicator along the visible edge of the current or in the center of the current. When the steelhead are present off the creek mouth, the action can be fast and furious, the only drawback being that such action attracts crowds to this highly accessible area (the public access area is maintained by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission).
  Elk Creek feature shale ledges and a bed of gravel and sand, and is the deepest of the tributaries. Most of the steelhead hug the shale walls and lie in the shelves carved in the rock. The best tactics include dead-drifting egg patterns and the aforementioned nymph patterns, and also fishing Woolly Buggers and other streamers, including tube flies. As with Walnut Creek and the mouth of Trout Run, expect to find crowds when the fish are in. To find some elbow room, try heading upstream.
  The steelhead run extends from late October or early November into late March on all three of these streams. May delivers hard-fighting lake-run smallmouth bass. These bronze beauties fight with all the vigor of a fresh-run steelhead, minus the cold weather and the fishing pressure. These highly aggressive fish can be caught in the mouths of all three tributaries, with Elk Creek drawing the largest number of smallies running up from the lake. Try swinging tube flies and streamer patterns resembling baitfish, and crawling crayfish imitations along the bottom.