Reel Action has been guiding the tributaries of Lake Ontario and Erie since 2001. Our guides are full time, licensed and insured for NY, PA, and OH. All our guides are excellent at casting instruction and Paul Jacob is also a certified casting instructor through the Federation of Fly Fishers. We have over 50 years combined fly fishing experience and our guides have traveled and fly fished in the Great Lakes, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Alaska, Bahamas, British Columbia, Argentina, Brazil, India, and Thailand.

We carry high quality equipment like Winston and Sage 7wt 10ft fly rods, G-Loomis and Sage spey rods, and switch rods all for your use. All flies, equipment and tackle are provided along with lunch and digital pictures of your trip. We fish both public and private water having access to locations through agreements with private land owners. All of our trips are strictly catch and release. We target both steelhead and browns on tributaries in NY, PA, and OH. We focus our trips on providing you with a high quality fly fishing experience with attention to detail. We move throughout the region targeting the best fly fishing opportunities on a real time basis. Our guides work extremely hard for you and are passionate about providing you with a great trip!

We have both an excellent spring and fall fishery here in the Great Lakes! The spring season starts up in mid March where there is excellent fly fishing for steelhead and also brown trout. The steelhead and browns can be very aggressive to swung flies and stripped streamers at this time of year as they are feeding on bait before returning to the lakes. As we move into the month of April the brown trout head back into the lakes while the steelhead are making their spring run. Beautiful scenery and a wide selection of tributaries to fish make these spring trips lots of fun. We fish right through the end of April targeting steelhead and at the very end smallmouth bass! Large Lake Erie smallmouth bass enter into the tributaries and provide for some great fishing with woolly buggers, streamers, and clousers. The smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good throughout May!

The fall season begins with fresh lake run steelhead coming into both Lake Erie and Ontario tributaries anywhere from late September to early October. These explosive early run fish have been known to peel out your drag fast, leap out of the water, and provide a challenge to even the most experienced anglers. These fish range from 6 to 8lbs of fighting muscle with many pushing 10lbs. As the month of October progresses more and more steehead pile into the tribs leaving a large selection of choices from rivers with 200 ft high cliffs to streams with spectacular scenery filled with steelhead. As we move into November steelhead fishing is fantastic along with a run of brown trout coming in early to mid November. These lake run brown trout are truly special with fish averaging 6 to 8lbs and many caught over 10lbs with some pushing 14 and 15 lbs. As we move through late November the fishing for both browns and steelhead is awesome making it a great month for a combination trip (1 or 2 days steelhead combined with 1 or 2 days brown trout). The Great Lakes is a world class fishery with many opportunities for fly fishing for that fish of a lifetime!

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

How much fly fishing experience do I need?
Reel Action Fly Fishing welcomes beginners and will provide you with any of the necessary equipment and tackle needed on your fly fishing trip. Our guides are very experienced in teaching beginners how to cast a fly rod and catch fish with basic techniques. We welcome beginners, intermediate and advanced anglers to a fun day of fly fishing on the streams.

Do you cover one river, or many different rivers?
In the Great Lakes region, salmon and trout come up rivers and streams at different times of the year. Some rivers may have many fish running at one time and others may not. This is why we choose to closely monitor a wide variety of streams based on the time of year, water flow and spawning habitats. Reel Action Fly Fishing does not rely on one river or stream but a series of rivers and streams in order to provide our clients with the best possible fly fishing experience.

Where do I stay on my fly fishing trip?
Since we cover such a large geographic area we will recommend hotels, bed and breakfasts, or cabins in the areas you will be fly fishing. In general we cover over 25 different tributaries on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in NY, PA and OH.


Daily Trip Rates (Accommodations Not Included)

1 Person - $475 for one angler
2 Person - $300 per person for two or more anglers
(Our guide ratio is 2 anglers per 1 guide)

Daily rates are per person and include rods, reels, flies, tackle, lunch and digital pictures from your trip.

Fishing Packages (Includes Accommodations)

2 Day - $1200 for 2 days / 3 nights
3 Day - $1700 for 3 days / 4 nights
5 Day - $2500 for 5 days / 6 nights
6 Day - $3200 for 6 days / 7 nights

If your traveling from a distance and would like us to fully arrange your trip and accommodations you can select a package. The rates are per person and based on double occupancy. Packages include all accommodations, any private access, rods, reels, flies, tackle, lunch and digital pictures from your trip.

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