WNY Fly Fishing Private Lessons

I offer private lessons for fly casting and fly tying, the cost in $50.00 per student for two hours for casting, equipment, knots and general fly fishing and $40.00 per student for fly tying; I supply all materials for the tying class. You must bring your own vise and tools. E mail me at jimguida@hotmail.com



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I have been teaching fly fishing for about 25 years now and have made some great friends along the way, I also am a Umpqua Signature fly designer and a Pro Staffer for Scientific Anglers and Ross Reels

Flies For Sale

My Patterns are as follows: Guida's Mirrored Minnows $2.50 ea, Guida's White Lighting/Black Thunder $2.00 ea, Guida's Emerald Shiners $2.00 ea, Hairballs, sucker spawn, single eggs $.75 ea all orders must be in Qty's of 5's or 10's per style
e-mail orders to jimguida@hotmail.com

WNY Fly Fishing Trout Camps

We offer Trout Camps in the spring for inland trout. The classes are one day and cover casting, fly selection, and reading the water. We provide lunch, guides, flies/leaders/tippet, rods and reels if needed, you must bring waders and wading boots, sunglasses. This is the best way to start out fly fishing and learn from some of the best instructors in WNY.

Cost is $250.00 per person $350.00 per two
Please call Brian Slavinski for group rates
716-834-4331















Sunday, August 2, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 8/1/2015

We Went out for more green trout action on the Genny, the weather was much cooler than last week and the fishing was a little slower, but we got bigger bass and one brown trout.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing - Stream Report - Deposit NY

Water Recedes and Anxiety Rises After Hole Opens Near Upstate New York Dam


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The Cannonsville Reservoir Credit Emma Tannenbaum for The New York Times
DEPOSIT, N.Y. — It has been a half-century since the waters first rose at Cannonsville Reservoir, engulfing several towns, swaths of farmland and untold family memories under billions of gallons of water, all to slake New York City’s unrelenting thirst.
But over the last two weeks, those waters have been receding, as city officials try to contain the effects of a potentially dangerous accident that has allowed water to seep out of a rock embankment near the base of the reservoir’s 175-foot-high earthen dam.
Since discovering the problem earlier this month, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, which operates the reservoir, has been diverting or releasing more than a billion gallons of water a day, creating a widening ring of newly exposed rock and sand around the rim. Crews are monitoring the dam and water pressure gauges around the clock, and amassing materials and equipment for possible emergency repairs. Local officials and residents, too, are on alert, with public meetings being held along the Delaware River Valley.
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Lynda J. Swart, center, at a meeting in Deposit, N.Y., this week about the drilling accident. Credit Emma Tannenbaum for The New York Times
And while engineers say that the communities in this upstate area are safe, the episode has nevertheless reignited the long-simmering anxieties of those who live in the shadow of the aging reservoir, as well as the animosity they feel toward those who benefit from its waters more than 100 miles away.
“Sure it worries you,” said Bob Lamoreaux, whose house sits about a mile below the dam. “But if there’s a rupture,” he added, there would not be “time enough to think about it.”
The seepage began with a bore hole drilled on July 8 by a construction company doing preliminary work on a new $70 million hydroelectric plant planned for the reservoir that is envisioned as a way of raising revenue for the city’s water system. The hole pierced an aquifer, causing turbid water to bubble up through a rock layer about 50 feet from the base of the dam, a troubling sign for engineers who worry that the flow, if it continues, could undercut the dam’s stability.
About a week after the hole was drilled, the environmental department began to rapidly draw down the reservoir, which holds more than 95 billion gallons of water and was nearly full after a very wet June. Some of that water has rushed toward the city via the West Delaware Tunnel — part of New York’s elaborate water-distribution network — while even more has spilled into the Delaware River, producing sudden rapids and sunken islets.
On Friday, crews outside Deposit — a village of some 1,100 people about 120 miles northwest of the city — were expected to begin work on a two-step fix: First, they would drill several relief wells uphill from the bore hole to relieve water pressure in the aquifer, and then they would use industrial-strength grout to press the bore hole shut.
Named for a submerged riverfront hamlet, the Cannonsville Reservoir stores up to an eighth of the city’s water, but department officials say there is no threat that city residents or about one million customers in the suburbs will go dry.
Still, even before the repairs had begun, city officials were quick to accept blame for the problem.
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Robert Rynearson Jr., mayor of the village of Deposit. Credit Emma Tannenbaum for The New York Times
“This type of condition should not have happened,” Paul V. Rush, a deputy commissioner at the environmental agency in charge of water supply, said at a meeting in Deposit on Thursday night to update the community on the reservoir’s status. “New York City is fully responsible for what happened. We’re responsible for what goes on at that dam.”
Such sentiments may do little to appease upstate residents who say the city’s need for water has often eclipsed their need for a sense of security.
“I think it’s all over dollars,” said Erica McDowell, 34, who lives with her three children 2.8 miles — she knows the exact distance — from the reservoir’s wall of water. “I think they should have left the dam alone.”
Such ambivalence is common here, in part because of years of past grievances. The city seized the land to build the reservoir — one of 19 in its system along with three lakes — by eminent domain more than 50 years ago. In the process, hundreds of residents were displaced, and thousands of graves relocated, from small lumber, stone and dairy towns with names like Rock Rift, Rockroyal and Beerston.
Today, little evidence remains of those places: A simple marker at the reservoir’s southern edge notes “Former Site of Cannonsville,” while a veterans’ memorial on the opposite shore cites “Cannonsville Members” who died in the course of military service.
But people remember.
“My family lost its farms to the Cannonsville Reservoir,” said Lynda J. Swart, who lives in Deposit and is the state committee chairman of Daughters of the American Revolution. “So this goes back.”
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Ms. Swart was one of about 100 people who gathered at the State Theater in Deposit for the meeting on Thursday. Many of those on hand asked pointed questions about a range of subjects, including the potential impact of the accident on fishing, both for recreational anglers and those conducting tours on the Delaware. Mr. Rush said that he expected no fish kills in the reservoir as a result of the drawdown, and that some fishermen might even thrive, at least temporarily, as a result of frigid water drawn from the bottom rushing downstream.
Indeed, river outfitters to the south were seeing benefits to the added water. Allen Crouthamel, a manager at Kittatinny Canoes in Milford, Pa., said the river was at least a foot higher than average, and though colder by a few degrees than usual, canoeists and kayakers were taking advantage of the conditions.
“The white water has definitely picked up,” Mr. Crouthamel said.
Others were also trying to find an upside to the situation. Mayor Robert Rynearson Jr. of Deposit said he hoped the accident would salve what he called “a lot of bad politics and hurt feelings between the municipalities and the management of the dam.”
“At lot of people here say, ‘At least the Indians got beads,’ ” said Mr. Rynearson, a reference to the story about how Dutch settlers acquired Manhattan. “But I’m hoping we can build something positive out of this.”
Mr. Rush and other officials hoped that the work set to begin on Friday could be completed quickly, but said it could drag into September and leave the reservoir drained by half, or more. The signs of the drawdown were already apparent this week: Between Thursday evening and Friday morning, for example, as wispy fog floated over the placid surface, the water’s edge had receded about four feet.
Residents say they have long lived with the reality that the dam exists, and is largely outside their control.
“We just have to go by what they say,” Mr. Lamoreaux said as the Delaware lapped at the edges of his backyard. “We can’t go up there and plug it.”

Monday, July 27, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 7/26/2015

Tom and I went north on the genny to fish for some green trout and give our cold water buddies a rest, well they followed us up the creek as they say. The water was ok for trout, but for bass just right, we hit a pile of bass and a few very nice brown trout, we caught the fish on my new crayfish pattern, and olive and brown buggers.



Friday, July 24, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 7/20/2015

Drew and I went out to the upper catt for some trout action, the water was low and warming up to summer temps. The fishing was slow and we got a few rainbow dinks swinging wets, all in all a very nice day to be out with a good friend.

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WNY Hatch Chart

Name Size Dates
Stoneflies 10-18 April - September
B.W.O 18-22 April - September
Hendrickson 12-14 April - May
Black Caddis 16-18 March - May
Caddis 14-18 April - September
March Brown 10-12 May - June
Grey Fox 12-14 May - June
Sulpher 14-18 May - June
P.M.D. 16-20 May - June
Lt. Cahill 14-16 June - July
Green Drake 8-10 May - June
Isonchia 12-14 June - August
Yellow Stonefly 12-14 June - September
Hexagina 6-8 June - July
Trico 20-24 July - September

Ants 16-22 June - September
Beetles 12-16 June - September
Flying Ants 16-18 June - September
Hoppers 10-12 August
Crickets 10-12 August

USGS Height Gage

USGS Height Gage

Flow Rate Guide

Oatka Creek
2.60 – 2.80 low water flows·
2.80 – 3.00 moderate flows·
3.00 – 3.20 good fishing flow·
3.20 – 3.40 starting to rise·
3.40 – 3.60 High Water


Genesee River near Wellsville
100 – 200cfs Summer Flows Low water
200 – 300cfs Summer Flows Good Water
300 – 400cfs Spring Flows Fishable·
400 – 500cfs Spring Flows High Water·
650cfs + Stay Home


Cattaraugus Creek

Cattaraugus in Fall
100 – 250cfs Low Water Flow·
250 – 400cfs Good Fishing Flow·
400 – 650cfs Fishable Flow·
650 – 800cfs High Water Flow·
800 – 1000cfs Very High Water Flow·
1000 – 1200cfs Stay Home Tie Flies


Cattaraugus in Spring

100 – 250cfs Low Water Flow·
250 – 400cfs Good Fishing Flow·
400 – 650cfs Normal Fishing Flow·
650 – 800cfs High Water Flow·
800 – 1000cfs Very High Water Flow·
1000 – 1200cfs + Stay Home Tie Flies

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Rainbow Runner

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Thunder Creek Minnow

Thunder Creek Minnow

Simple Sculpin

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Hairball

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Rabbit Leech

Rabbit Leech

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