Ohio Guide Series: Ryan Mccargar

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Our next featured guide in our Ohio guide series is Ryan Mccargar with John Fabian Fly Fishing. Ryan is a native of the south shores of Lake Erie. As a kid he spent a great deal of time in the Adirondacks where his Father is originally from. This instilled a passion for the outdoors at an early age.


Ryan has always had several hobbies and interests throughout life, but for some reason he always ended up back at moving water. It is something that always seemed to have a spell over him.


If Ryan isn't out on the water, you will likely find him spending time with his dog Lucy, playing guitar, listening to music, or tinkering with tools in his garage.

How long have you been fly fishing? How were you introduced to the sport?

I have been fly fishing for 12 or so years now. I was introduced in the most cliché possible way- a certain Robert Redford flick. Maybe you’ve heard of it? For a long time, I was mostly completely self-taught. My biggest mentors never really came along until much later in my fishing career.

When did you start guiding and how did you get into it?

I kind of stumbled into guiding a few years ago. I had met John (Fabian) on the Delaware river up in NY, and we kept in touch. Over the course of a few seasons we kept bumping heads out on the local rivers and eventually John hit me with the offer to guide for him.


Where in Ohio do you guide? What species do you usually target with your clients?

I am primarily a south shore Lake Erie tributaries guide. Now, that being said, NO! I don’t only fish for steelhead. NE Ohio and its tributaries have so much to offer.


Yes, our steelhead fishery is one of the best in the country and I spend most of my guide time fishing for them, but it’s the native species that I really love. That being said, we fish for all different types of warm water species as well as trout here in NE Ohio. Smallmouth bass, bowfin, white bass, largemouth bass and my absolute favorite the northern pike.


What is your guiding style like?

That’s a tough one. You can never put yourself in a box as a guide- at least in my opinion. I am very green to the world of guiding, but it has been my experience so far that the guide is there to tailor the experience to the needs of the