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From a modest start, steelhead fishing gets in the blood of Ohio angler

From a humble beginning in a small wooden boat, Ken Harper has become a master of trophy steelhead. (Photo courtesy Ken Harper)
Growing up near the Rocky River, Ken Harper’s interest spanned the usual assortment of species: panfish, bass, and walleyes, to name a few. That was until a steelhead in the early 1980s changed what he thought of fishing. One fish was all it took. He was 19. It began with a friend of his brother. No one in particular, just a guy who had been talking about a fish called the steelhead. You could catch them in Cold Creek. Harper knew the creek; he caught rainbow trout there. But, if you wanted to catch a steelhead, you had to go at different times of the year.
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