East of Cleveland, the Chagrin River is popular with fly fishermen for steelhead trout. The Chagrin River is growing in popularity with float-style fishermen, especially on the lower sections. The river has mainly a hardrock shale bottom, with occasionally gravel runs and pools.
There are eight primary river access points: Eastlake Seawall, Boracs Landing Boat Ramp, Mitchell Field, Chagrin River Park, Gilson Park, Todd Field, Daniels Park and the North Chagrin Reservation.
Many consider the best section for fly fishing on the Chagrin River to be in the South Chagrin Reservation, especially below the dam in Gates Mills.
Overall, Chagrin River is the 4th most popular fly fishing river of all 12 fly fishing spots in Ohio.