Next Meeting with Jeff Liskay. It should be a special event. Please join us.

Jeff Liskay has been a self-admitted steelhead junkie for nearly four decades.  From his home base in northern Ohio, Liskay has fished across the entire Great Lakes and is now reaching into Alaska, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and beyond.  He is well recognized for both his two-hand casting and fishing skills and is a regular on the Spey gathering circuit as both an observer and a presenter.

Liskay spends the warmer months prowling Great Lakes shoreline areas chasing warm-water species on the fly, but as the weather cools steelhead take over.  He is considered one of the top guides on Ohio’s Lake Erie tributaries and is also in high demand as a Spey casting instructor.  He is an established speaker and presenter, giving numerous club and show programs each year.  Jeff is also a talented fly tier- his creations are generally simple, functional, fish catchers.

Liskay is a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador and a Pro Staff member for a number of companies, including Scientific Anglers and Scott Fly Rods.  He has been featured in books and magazines, on television, and in podcasts for his angling skills.  Liskay owns and operates Silver Fury Guide Service and Schools, where he focuses on the use of two-hand rods and swung flies for migratory fish.

August Updates

I hope your summers are rounding out nicely!  We’ll be back in Sept (9/12) with a great presentation on the world class spring creeks fishing in the Driftless Area by Tim Schultz!   In the meantime…


CFR is enlisting river helpers for this year’s Casting for Recovery retreat. Helpers are needed on Sunday, September 17from about 8:30-2:00 at Indian Bear Lodge in Walhonding, OH. Chuck Holmes (Land of Legends Fly Fishers) is the coordinator this year. Interested COFF members can email him directly at  to learn more.

Political Unrest for the Division of Wildlife

Unprecedented  and seemingly rash moves are being made under the leadership of ODNR Director Zehringer.   After receiving the support of Ohio sportsmen and sportswomen to bolster the Division of Wildlife’s (DOW)  budget by increasing tag and license fees  (which was strangely against the director’s wishes), he has fired or demoted much of the Division’s leadership.  Read more from the Sportsmen’s Alliance website.   There’s also an active forum with some good info here (but, it’s a forum… so step carefully!)

We’ll let you know here if there’s something you can do (other than write our governor -the person who appointed the director in the first place…)

Phil Hillman – Passes at age 62

A longtime friend of fishermen and fisherwomen in Ohio passed away this week. Phil Hillman, 30+ year ODOW employee and avid fisherman  will be missed by many – and certainly all who had the pleasure of working with him.  A strong supporter of and advocate for the development of steelhead alley.  Phil helped make the North Coast a great place to fish.   Tie one on in Phil’s memory.


Share your photos with other COFF Members

Do you want your picture shared with other COFF Members?  C’mon you know you are proud of that fish!  Feel free to forward your photos to  If they are front page worthy, I’ll put them up.  We also have a photo gallery that we can post photos to as well.  Let’s see what everyone is doing?  -Paul