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Ohio’s World-Class Trout & Fly Fishing Club

Ohio’s Best Fly Fishing and Trout Club

Fly fishing for trout and their beautiful colors is a life-long passion that hooks more than just a few anglers. Ohio may not be the first state that comes to mind for trout fishing. However, unbeknownst to many, the trout fishing it harbors is world-class and the opportunity for the best fly fishing and trout fishing experience is right here in the Buckeye State.

Ohio’s Premier Trout Club

It is a known secret in the area that the best fly fishing and trout fishing in Ohio is located at Briarwood Sporting Club in Bellefontaine, Ohio just outside of Columbus.

It is also no secret, that to a trout angler, there is just not a replacement for the days spent casting a fly to an unsuspecting trout at an incredible location. The kind of days where everything is as it should be with beautiful waters and even more beautiful fish.

Briarwood Sporting Club has long since provided these kinds of days on the water to fly fishermen and trout fishermen alike with the location and trophy trout to be Ohio’s top fly fishing club.

The Diversity of Fish & Rare Trout

The diversity of public water trout in Ohio is often limited by the resources available. However, private fly fishing and fishing clubs, such as Briarwood, are not constrained by these limitations and species diversity is one of the many great assets of belonging to a private fishing club.

Briarwood Sporting Club is the home to many species of trout which includes the popular Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout. Briarwood Sporting Club also features unique and exotic variations of Rainbow Trout: the Golden Rainbow Trout, Calico Trout, and the Blue Rainbow Trout. These trout are seldom found elsewhere and their rarity makes them a prized catch that Briarwood Sporting Club offers.

Quality of Fish & Trophy Trout Potential

An incredible day of trout fishing means different things to different fly fishermen and trout fishermen alike. Whether that perfect day trout fishing includes seclusion, fishing alongside family, beautiful weather, or just wetting a line, there is one thing universal: catching not only a trout but a big trout.

Briarwood Sporting Club offers not only a beautiful place to catch and fish for trout but also one of the best opportunities in Ohio to catch a trophy trout. Often time’s public waters cannot keep up with angling demand and many trout that are stocked lack the potential to grow to large sizes.

At Briarwood Sporting Club, we stock our waters with trout ranging from 1lb to 12lb’s plus.  With a forage base that we’ve established and also the one in which nature provides, we are able to create a habitat that nourishes and sustains our fishery. Thus providing an environment that enables our guests to consistently catch large, healthy trout.

Also, while not required, many fly anglers at Briarwood choose to practice catch & release fishing. Catching and releasing a fish provides that much more opportunity for growth and for the next angler fly fishing to catch the fish of a lifetime.

Peaceful Streams, Spacious Water & Family Fishing Areas

The best fly fishing and trout fishing in Ohio starts not just at the fish, but at the location and with the angler. Briarwood Sporting Club has not only the picturesque trout fishing waters but also an environment that elicits a peaceful yet exciting fishing experience for anglers.

The excitement comes from knowing the very next cast could be an exceptionally beautiful or trophy-sized trout and the peacefulness comes from the spacious location to focus on just that. Briarwood Sporting Club features 4 different trout streams that are spring fed and not lacking in space or beauty.

For the fly fishermen, there are specially designated trout streams dedicated to fly fishing only. The art of fly casting paired with streams that team with fly hatches leads to the best dry fly fishing in Ohio.

The exceptional opportunity for world-class trout fishing also exists for families and children, at Briarwood Sporting Club. Special areas were made specifically to help introduce the next generation to the sport of fishing. In these special areas both fly fishing and traditional spin fishing is allowed to ensure children are started off with an exceptional day fishing to lead into a lifelong passion of trout fishing.

Other Unique Fishing Opportunities

While Briarwood Sporting Club is known for the best trout fishing and fly fishing in Ohio, it is important to not overlook the fact that there also exist some other unique fishing opportunities at Briarwood.

As with the diversity in trout species, there too is a great diversity of other fish species. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass, stripers, multiple panfish species, and even tiger muskie are in Briarwood Sporting Club’s 16 lakes and 4 streams.

Even the most passionate trout fisherman may find the opportunity to catch a diversity of species too much to resist. Or the fly fisherman may want to try their luck casting a streamer to the elusive tiger muskie. A species that is rare and sought after in Ohio.

The Experience

It is easy to focus on the world-class trout fishing and the beautiful waters, but it is the cumulation of the experience as a whole that makes Briarwood Sporting Club the top trout fishing club.

Just off the water is a comfortable place to relax after fly fishing at Loafing Lodge. With a kitchenette, bathroom and lounge area, as well as a porch that overlooks the stream, the Loafing Lodge does more than just recharge the trout fisherman. It gives that frame of mind to reflect on the day’s fishing or provide a place to rest before heading back out to catch more beautiful trout.

The Best Trout & Fly Fishing Club in Ohio

Briarwood Sporting Club is more than just the top fly fishing club in Ohio. It is a place where an angler can immerse themselves in the art and sport of fly fishing in a location that focuses on the experience of what it means to be a fly fisherman.

The beauty and peacefulness of the waters, the diversity of species, and of course, the trophy trout are all a part of what makes Briarwood Sporting Club the best fishing in the state of Ohio. The days spent on the water here are not easily forgotten.

Best Ohio Fishing Club…Period 

Ohio Fishing Club Opportunities  

 By: Kristy Daniels  

 At least that’s what I think!  If you ask me WHY I think Briarwood Sporting Club is the best Ohio fishing club, I’d say it’s because we have the best members! When we purchased the club in 2008, we hadn’t the faintest clue about fishing clubs.  I grew up in Indiana, where we ate everything we caught (think Bluegills here), and my husband Chris grew up in Florida fishing the Gulf of Mexico (don’t think Bluegills….think Tarpon and Grouper).  Neither of us knew a thing about trout or fly fishing…..Or what we were getting ourselves into!

 

Fast forward 9 years and we have made some incredible improvements to the club, amazing friendships, and increased our ranks with some incredible fishing club members!  We love when they stop by the office to say hello, show us pictures of the fish they caught, or better yet when they introduce us to their kids and grandkids!

 

Just last week, a member stopped by the office to grab a cup of coffee.  We chit-chatted for a few, and then he proceeds to say “I sent this photo to my wife along with #BestBriarwoodDayEver!  I had a blast!”. Another gentleman who’s been a member 30+ years, taught his 5 boys how to fish here, and now brings his NUMEROUS grandchildren out twice a year, every year.  This family knows how to fish Briarwood like no other!  Here’s a cute photo of one of his grandsons with a trout he caught himself.

 

This feedback is exactly why we offer the experiences and opportunities we do at Briarwood. Unforgettable memories for outstanding outdoorsmen and women!  

I could go on and on about our members (and I am sure I will in a future post), but to wrap this up…..Briarwood truly is a family and our members are what make it truly special. 

-Kristy