“It’s a big money maker,” Loprire said. “This creek could be spectacular if they did a little better job of figuring out what’s going on. In fishing, information is king. If you would just have a website, and use it to poll fishing people, it would make a big difference. The big thing is you don’t want people coming up here when (fishing is bad).”
Overall, fly fishing has not been great on Lake Erie tributaries for the past three years, and it is not just a local issue. The fall steelhead fishing was particularly dismal due to bad water conditions. Disease claimed about half of the Little Manistee River variety of yearlings that Ohio uses to stock its streams. Loprire said Pennsylvania stocks a “Heinz 57” selection of trout that run only in the fall, but Ohio uses the Manistee, which run in the spring.
Fall or spring, the fly fishermen are a hardy lot, wading into water that is just a few degrees from becoming ice and hiking muddy trails and river banks in search of the next hot spot.
“It’s just like deer hunting, you go to the next spot where they are,” Marsh said.