Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Next up in our Ohio Guide series is Nate Miller with Steelhead Alley Outfitters!
Nate’s story starts at the age of eight. In his budding ages, he admired to be like his
grandfather and relentlessly pursued being dropped off along the banks of the Grand River in Ohio. The result has been a lifelong quest for fish that eat flies. Born in Northeast Ohio, the surrounding area inherently lent itself to the pursuit of steelhead and smallmouth bass in and around Lake Erie and its’ tributaries. This pursuit is accountable for numerous miles along interstates and dirt roads throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Nate began his guiding career in 2004 while working on a degree in business from
Cleveland State University. Since the completion of that degree, he has gone on to become a registered nurse. His schedule allows him to put time in on the water to keep a pulse on the local fishery. Nate’s days on the water are more than a day at work. Being a husband and
father, he understands and has experienced himself the bonds and memories that can be
created during a day of fishing. Like the rest of the SAO staff, Nate is a pro-staff member of
several of the finest manufacturers in fly fishing, promotes conservation through his affiliation
with local metro parks, and is a steward of our resources and just plain loves to put fish in the
How long have you been fly fishing? How were you introduced to the sport?
I have been fly fishing since I was eight years old. I was introduced to the sport of fly fishing by my grandfather and remember learning on a vintage Martin automatic fly reel.
When did you start guiding and how did you get into it?
I began guiding in 2004 when the opportunity found me. My phone number was given to a fly shop owner who contacted me. After we fished together a couple of times I was asked if I was interested in guiding. I remember thinking, “I can’t believe I can earn a paycheck doing this!”
Where in Ohio do you guide? What species do you usually target with your clients?
I guide most of Northeast Ohio. Northeast Ohio pr