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Steelhead Jones

Year round Trout guides

Steelhead Jones is a roving guide service operating in what we believe to be some of the finest fly fishing venues in the United States. Like the fish that we chase, we survive by being highly adaptive to changing conditions and climates. While we fish a variety of locales, we have the experience and equipment necessary to provide a high quality trip consistent with any serious angler’s expectations. We run a tight ship, based on old school values and stewardship. All trips are fly fishing only with barbless hooks, and we practice devout Catch & Release. We don’t compete or self-promote at the expense of the experience. Instead, we take care to show the fish, the rivers, and the anglers the respect they deserve.

Migratory Guide Services

Depending on the season, Steelhead Jones offers guide services at different locations around the U.S.:

  • Summer: We return to our roots, guiding the world class trout waters of the Roaring Fork Valley for the Taylor Creek Fly shop in Basalt, Colorado.
  • Fall: We head East with a few weeks in Michigan, and soon after begin our Steelhead and Lake-Run Brown Trout program based in and around Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • Winter: Our winter fishing centers around the vastly underrated drift boat fisheries of Eastern Tennessee, specifically the South Holston and Watauga Rivers.
  • Spring: Versatility becomes the name of the game in the spring, as everywhere seems to fish well in the Northeast. Ohio Steelhead, the Delaware system, and Central Pennsylvania.

Based on the recommendation of Brian Shelton, we just spent two amazing days fishing with Matt and wanted to let you guys know about the success of our two trips. The definition of what it takes to be a great fishing guide by TakeMeFishing.org says "They’re stewards of the resources, advocates for the sport, and in the best cases, they’re great teachers" - well the kids fell in love with Mr. Matt the Frying Pan River fishing teacher and so did we!

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I am proud to announce that I have joined the staff at the West Branch Angler & Resort for the spring season.  West Branch features the premier location for lodging and dining in the area, as well as the most respected guide service.  Accommodations range from rooms in the lodge to one of thirty cabins.  A wonderful restaurant and bar is...

Well folks, better late than never.  A flood level rain event has finally fallen on the drought stricken Erie tributaries.  Fresh runs have occurred and many of the older fish have been redistributed, or have dropped out altogether.  Fishing has hit the reset button, just in time for cooler temperatures and winter weather.  This is what we have all waited for during what will be remembered as...

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In our previous article, we discussed how to approach the problem of a dry fall from a geographical approach.  Often, the best tactic to overcome low water conditions is to simply target a bigger river.  This is not always practical, or even possible.  When forced to deal with the challenge that extreme low and clear water presents, the angler must adjust.

The first important concept...