Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Next up in our Ohio Guide Series is Josh Trammell with Steelhead Alley Outfitters!
Raised in Northeast Ohio, Josh Trammell caught the fishing bug at an early age. At 9 years old, his fly fishing interest was sparked by a neighbor fishing in their backyard pond. Thanks to great parents, he was able to have access to numerous fishing locations around Ohio, fishing any little chance he could get. From there he has gone on to chase steelhead and warmwater species all across the South shore of Lake Erie. Josh also spends his summers guiding trout and salmon on the Naknek River in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where he also enjoys pursuing fish on two handed rods in the downtime. While not on the water, he can be found hovered over a vice somewhere whipping up all sorts of fishy flies. Josh enjoys sharing his passion with others and hopes they can catch the bug as bad as he’s got it!
How long have you been fly fishing? How were you introduced to the sport?
I’ve been fly fishing for about 12 years. I was introduced through a neighbor that fished in the community pond behind my house when I was younger. Many mentors have helped mea great deal along the way.
When did you start guiding and how did you get into it?
I started guiding full time about three years ago. I’ve done Ohio for three and I’ve worked in
Bristol Bay Alaska for 5 seasons. When I was 12 and 13 years old, my parents bought me half
day guided trips for a birthday present. I knew from the moment I landed my first steelhead that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Working in Alaska at a young age was an amazing experience. It’s really where I fell in love with the sport and where I learned to guide.
Where in Ohio do you guide? What species do you usually target with your clients?
I’m am just about everywhere in Ohio these days. Pretty much anything between Columbus and Conneaut I spend time on. I of course spend most of the fall through spring on our steelhead alley streams. As the summer comes, I migrate to more inland waters for smallmouth bass and pike. I specifically target three species with clients; northern pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead. The amount of different species we encounter duri