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!
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.
Rob was born and raised in Northeast Ohio just a short walk from one of Steelhead Alley's finest tributaries where he has devoted much of his time to pursuing every fish species in the area with a special focus on Lake Erie’s Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater
Drum, and Steelhead. Rob is passionate about treating our Great Lakes and waterways with respect and conserving the abundant and healthy populations of game fish it is blessed with. To that end, you will regularly find him packing out more trash than he brings with him on any given fishing trip. When Rob isn’t
targeting river fish with a fly rod you will find him running up and down the near-shores of Lake Erie in his orange 18’ deep V aluminum Fishing Machine throwing a combination of fly and spinning gear at trophy sized Smallmouth Bass and giant Freshwater Drum. Rob believes that nature is the best place to create a lasting memory and will do everything he can to provide
you with a great experience on the water.
Jon was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. From a young age, he had a passion for bass fishing and that's where his fishing roots took hold. In 2006, while attending Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa, he got his first taste of steelhead fishing and was forever changed! An obsession with chasing the “silver bullet” has had a firm grip on him ever since. So much so that Jon put down his roots right in the heart of steelhead alley to maximize his fishing opportunities. But don't let his passion for steelhead cause you to think he has forgotten his roots! John is also a Coast Guard certified Master Captain and loves to chase warmwater species as well. Jon has been fortunate to throw a fly in some awesome places around the world including..Iceland, Mexico, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, Montana, Wyoming, and south Florida. Whether chasing steelhead or warm water species, Jon has a passion for putting his clients on fish and creating friendships with all he shares a day with.
Aaron was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. As a kid, he loved catching walleye on Lake Erie with his dad and pond-hopping for bass. While fishing the creeks of Western Pennsylvania, he fell in love with trout fishing and tying flies and thus his love for fly fishing was launched. Aaron continued refining his fly fishing skills while he pursued his other passion, art. Aaron eventually became a well-known tattoo artist and painter, opening his own tattoo shop and art gallery in 2007 and expanding in 2014. If you ever get to spend some time on the water with Aaron, you’ll come to appreciate his love for the sport as he sees something special in every fish brought to the net. When Aaron’s not in the shop, he can be found all across the Alley targeting Steelhead on the fly and learning the next best thing or species worth pursuing! Keep your eyes peeled as Aaron's love for art and fly fishing are sure to collide soon and find their way to SAO swag. And it should be noted that Aaron's love for art and fly fishing can only be eclipsed by one thing... his wife and young son Louis who he hopes to have on the streams with him very soon!
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.