Wednesday, December 28, 2011



Back from Christmas in Ohio, which was a great family adventure enjoyed by all involved...especially the kids. I typically get away for a day of Steelheading somewhere back there this time of year but this trip was shorter than normal and family was the name of the game. I did, however, get away for a day of trout fishing with some clients that live in the area.

They are members of a trout club called Rockwell Springs near Sandusky, OH. It was a new experience for me to say the least. Any trout fishing is good fishing in my book and every experience has it's own place. This place is best described as "Country Club" trout fishing. Manicured lawns, perfect meanders, gin clear water, proper walking paths and golf cart paths with plenty of walking bridges. Crocs are all the wading gear needed here. The fish are mostly stocked and managed as a put and take fishery although they do have some catch and release sections that had some pretty nice-sized fish. Complete with bar, clubhouse, and cottages, this place is straight out of the old field and stream stories of "proper trout fishing."

That said, the folks were very nice and their isn't an air of pretentiousness to the lot. Just good ol' trout fishing in a private setting that is geared for the family and catching some trout in a an area of the country where that isn't so easy to do.

The fishing was pretty typical in that the creek is loaded with fish that are hard as hell to catch the proper way of matching the hatch. Throw a little bugger on and it becomes a little easier. When you first walk up to the creek though and see 50-100 fish in every pool, the first thing that comes to mind is something along the lines of "they'll never let me back in here after they see what I'm going to do these fish." An hour later I'm tying 6x on to a 12' leader and digging deep for something with a satin black bead on it. Humble Pie gratis some 12" stockers!

Anyway, it ended up being a good day, great to see the folks I was fishing with, and we ended up getting enough trout to feel like we are the superior race. Great to be home!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think I've heard of this place, nice to see what its all about. Gotta love walleye fishing out of Sandusky too. JGR