Fishing the Rocky River in Ohio for steelhead can be intimidating if you have never been to the river before. This holds true for most large rivers in Ohio the first time you visit them. The Rocky River is challenging water but this article will give you a heads up before you visit the river.morleyfordrockyriver

First, there is a lot of bank fisherman that fish the rocky river, having waders will give you the leg up on other anglers. There are 4 fords or dams that a lot of the bank fisherman fish on the Rocky River, and you can too but in different spots. The golden rule when fish a ford or dam is you need to fish the tail out of the run. In other words fish the slack water to the side and end of the fast moving water. This is where the steelhead will stop and take a break before moving further upstream. A lot of the bank fisherman cannot reach this section of water, so having waders will give you a leg up.

Now, there is a lot of water between all the fords and dams that hold a good number of steelhead. This is where you need to do your homework and find out what types of water hold steelhead. Avoid any long deep stagnant water, there may be steelhead there but you will spend more time trying to find them than catching them. Concentrate on the tail outs of the faster runs and you will have the most success there. Also, try and find narrow runs because that cut the water column down. Steelhead have to move through these areas and it will cut your search time in half.rockcliff_ford

The last point is to keep walking. The Rocky River has miles of public access which makes it one of the most crowded streams in the Ohio Tributary system. If you keep walking past the other fisherman most likely you will find a pod of steelhead all to yourself and not have to be bothered by other fisherman. That is what makes the Rocky River special.