THE GUIDE STAFF
Owner / Operator
Justin was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania where his love for fly fishing began. A graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, he has spent many seasons guiding the great state of Alaska as well as serving as the senior guide for Steelhead Alley Outfitters for many seasons prior to becoming owner in 2019. Justin’s passion for fly fishing drives him to pursue all sorts of fish no matter where he finds himself, although, he will tell you that steelhead are without question his favorite fish to pursue. If you’ve fished with Justin, you won’t soon forget his passion and energy.
However, Justin’s priorities have now shifted focus. His new role brings him the greatest of opportunities. And that’s passing on the torch and introducing our new guests to the most multifaceted and talented guide team on the Alley.
Director of Operations
Patrick hails from Southern Indiana moving to Ohio in the late 90’s. Patrick brought Steelhead Alley Outfitters to market with Greg Senyo back in 2007 and has been with the company since day one as a guide service. Patrick keeps his hands busy in all aspects of the business. When he isn’t in the office or guiding locally, he can be found hosting trips to destinations abroad. Patrick is an accomplished writer, photographer and fly tyer with numerous accolades to his name. Patrick resides with his wife Elisabeth, four children, and his hunting companion Drake, just east of Cleveland in the heart of it all. When he isn’t busy fishing, he can be found in the local marshes where his other passion lies as an avid waterfowler. Clients can be certain that when they fish with Patrick they will fish with experience mixed with a twist of adventure!
Nate is a native of Northeast Ohio, growing up close to the Grand River and the surrounding areas that inherently lent themselves to the pursuit of steelhead and smallmouth bass in and around Lake Erie and its’ tributaries. 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. Nate 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 net!
Josh was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and caught the fishing bug early in life as he watched a neighbor fly fishing their backyard pond. Thanks to great parents, he was able to have access to numerous fishing locations around Ohio, fishing any chance he could get. From there he has gone on to chase steelhead and warmwater species across the southern shores of Lake Erie and beyond, always looking for that next opportunity. Josh has also spent his summers since 2015 guiding the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, where he also enjoys pursuing fish on two handed rods in his downtime. While not on the water, Josh can often 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! Although Josh is one of our youngest members of the SAO staff, we guarantee he will surprise you with his levels of experience gained from fishing both home and abroad!
Dan was born and raised on the banks of the Grand and Chagrin Rivers. His passion for fly fishing has led him to countless streams and tributaries all across the United States including many of the finest trout streams Colorado has to offer. As much as he loves exploring waters abroad, nothing says home quite like the steelhead and smallmouth bass he grew up with on the tributaries of Lake Erie. Dan is always looking for ways to improve himself and believes there is something to be learned every time he puts his boots on. Dan is passionate about others getting fish and enjoying themselves on any trip with the SAO crew. His goals are to steward the resources we have been given through conservation and to do his best to treat what is a privilege, with respect. After our spring seasons are complete here locally, Dan can be found chasing smallmouth all summer long with our friends up at Schultz Outfitters in Michigan.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Stephen began his love for fly fishing at just 5 years of age. While attending Allegheny College for Environmental Science, he developed such an addiction for steelhead that his senior thesis lead him to study steelhead migration on Elk Creek and its various tributaries. When he is not on the water chasing steelhead, you can find Stephen floating down a river searching for wild brown trout with streamers. Outside of fishing, he loves upland bird hunting for grouse and pheasant with his bird dogs. His goals while guiding are focused on encouraging conservation of our resources in such a way that we look at fish with admiration rather than numbers. Stephen enjoys sharing his passion with all age groups and loves teaching the amazing sport to all those who want to share the experience.
Born in Northeast Ohio, Dustin spent much of his childhood fishing for muskie, pike, and bass on his family’s lake property. Any and all family trips were spent on the water chasing numerous species of fish in both freshwater and saltwater. Dustin’s favorite form of angling has and will always be targeting trout and steelhead on the fly. Dustin spends his summers guiding for trout on the North Platte and Bighorn Rivers in Wyoming, but is proud to call Lake Erie’s tributaries home! Dustin is a graduate of Sweetwater Travel Guide School and is also the co-founder and director of “Nimi on the Fly,” a nonprofit charity that seeks to promote character building, enrichment, and conservation with the youth of Northeast Ohio through the sport of fly fishing. A day on the water with Dustin will consist of enthusiastic and patient instruction, storytelling and laughter, and a new friendship. When not on the water, Dustin also enjoys tying flies, keeping baseball stats, and traveling with his wife, Jamie.
Cole is a western PA native whose love for fly fishing is rivaled only by his passion for telling stories through video. Cole is the creative director at On The Fly Media, a production company specializing in outdoor content. He grew up camping and fishing throughout Pennsylvania, and feels most at home on the bank of a trout stream with a camera in his hands. Cole started making videos when he was still in elementary school, “borrowing” his family’s camcorder and taking it on adventures in the backyard. Today, Cole is Steelhead Alley Outfitters’ primary digital content creator, highlighting adventures on the Alley and beyond. Cole has a decade of experience fly fishing the tributaries of Lake Erie and enjoys fly fishing in all forms. He has worked as a fishing guide, cameraman, and news producer since graduating from Ithaca College in 2017. When he's not behind the lens or on the Alley, Cole is usually exploring the Pittsburgh area where he lives with his wife Analise and their german shepherd, Millie.
At Steelhead Alley Outfitters, we are always on the lookout for good people who can help to service the clientele that we have worked to build over the years. As our business grows, so too does our need for infrastructure and organization. If interested, inquire below.