Please note that unless otherwise indicated, all monthly chapter meetings are held in Rm 111 in the Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC/Ohio State University campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster OH.  Chapter meetings are held the second Monday of the month from September through May, starting at 7:15 PM.

The chapter is always looking for speakers for our meetings.  Please contact Randy Rowe ( for suggestions for persons to speak on fly fishing, aquatic resource conservation and related topics.


Event: December 2017  Chapter meeting

Date: 12/11/2017  Time: 7:15-9:00PM

Details: Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec will be discussing “Steelhead fishing in Cleveland Metroparks.”  Mike has been fly fishing for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge for finding steelhead and what flies they eat during the steelhead season (which has been heating up this past month).  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to improve your steelhead fishing.

The monthly raffle will feature an Echo Boost, 7′ 6″, 3-wt fly rod.  This is not a steelhead rod but perfect for a small stream like Apple Creek that right now is full of brown trout and rainbow trout stocked over the past two months.  The rod retails for $230.

Mike Durkalec


Event: January 2017 Chapter meeting

Date: 1/8/2018 Time: 7:15-9:00  PM

Details: Harry Hoitink, Bob Rohr and Jack Gravo will be presenting “Fly fishing Four Rivers from Twin Bridges, Montana.”


Event: Northern Ohio Fly Fishing Expo

Date: 1/20/18 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Details: To be held at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, 8001 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, OH.

Fishing seminars, demonstrations of fly tying by celebrity and club tiers, fly casting demonstrations, beginning fly tying, vendors of fishing and fly tying gear and much, much more.   Entry fee is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 13-18.


Event: February 2018 Chapter meeting

Date: 2/12/18 Time: 7:15-9:00 PM.

Details:  Featured speaker will be Aaron Brown, Wayne County Wildlife Officer.  Topic of presentation to come.

Aaron Brown


Event: March 2018 Chapter meeting

Date: Saturday, March 17, noon until 3 PM.

Details: The March meeting will be held at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake  Park, 5710 12th St NW, in Canton, OH.  The meeting will be held in conjunction with one of John Rochus’ Fly-tying Get-togethers.

The noontime speakers are guides for Mad River Outfitters  (Columbus), Patrick Kelly and Josh McQueen.  Their topic will be fly-fishing in Ohio for steelhead, smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskies.  Both speakers are from Ohio and began fly-fishing at an early age.  By their mid-twenties they began their guiding careers.

Both men guide walk-in and drift boat trips as well as jet boat trips.  Pat’s specialty   and “claim to fame” is his Musky trips to southern Ohio.  Josh’s claim is that he is the first “Pike on a Fly” guide in Ohio.

Following these presentations, door prizes will be passed out and the raffle winner for a new fly rod will be chosen.

For the last portion of the Get-Together, expert fly tiers will demonstrate how to tie their favorite flies.  Bring along your tying vices and tying tools.  Materials for tying flies can be purchased for $1.00.

Plenty of snack foods and drinks will be available for everyone.

Patrick Kelley
Josh McQueen

Event: April 2018 Chapter meeting

Date: 4/9/18 Time: 7:15-9:00 PM

Details: Kevin Kayle, Ohio Division of Wildlife fisheries Biologist will discuss “Current status of the Ohio Steelhead Fishery.”

Kevin Kayle


Event: May 2018 Chapter meeting

Date: 5/14/18 Time: 7:15-9:00 PM

Details: Dr. Stu Ludsin, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Ohio State University Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Columbus, will talk about “The threat that human driven changes to Lake Erie poses to its fisheries.”

Stu Ludsin