CLEVELAND EAST SIDE, OH – I rarely chase steel when they have moved upstream to spawn. Not because of the whole argument over the ethics of fishing for them (and the fish around them at spawn), but rather I just have moved on to other species. This year, after a friend had an epic outing, I was convinced I needed to spend one more day chasing them. I ended up choosing a weekday that was as beautiful of a day as we had seen in 2019. The bad part about that was a resurgence of anglers to compete with for space and fish that could see you just as much as you could see them. Unless you are talking about park fish that are used to being fed by people, fish that can see you are always weary of feeding. Adding to all of these things working against me was the fact that I was fly fishing. Simply put – I am average at best with the fly rod.
What I lack in skill, I make up for with persistence. When other anglers move on to other pools or different locations, I just keep fishing. I’m not even sure if this is a good or bad trait, but it does pay off with a fish now and then. After hours of fishing with only 3 hookups, I finally managed a take that held firm all the way through landing. The strong fish combined with rather shallow water made for a very chaotic memorable fight. I’ll consider it a fun day, despite only one catch!