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
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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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing - Read

Selectivity: The Theory & Method of Fly Fishing for Fussy Trout, Salmon, & Steelhead


"Wow. What a book and what an undertaking. This should be a must-read for the most exacting fly fisherman. I would guess that it will be one of the most important reference volumes ever written. It should be read and re-read many times."
--Ed Shenk, author of Ed Shenk's Fly Rod Trouting
  • Strategies for fooling tough fish in all types of environs, from tailwaters to spring creeks to Gaspe salmon streams
  • Breathtaking photos from the top streams around the world
  • Hundreds of innovative fly patterns with recipes and notes
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report - Sage Response 7100-4 Review

    Sage Response 7100-4

  • Good line-speed/power for performance in windy conditions
  • Progressive taper helps with presentation
  • Truly a “Jack of all Trades” rod

    The Sage Response seems tailor made for the angler wanting to throw a variety of flies in a wide range of conditions. I caught skittish Steelhead/Salmon in crystal clear pools along Cattaraugus Creek yet also pushed line through the heavy cross winds common in our area.
    Casting Distance and Accuracy
    While not the top in either category , the Sage Response 7100-4 was in the top three in both categories, earning top marks as a true “All Purpose” rod. The Response offers enough power to throw plenty of line onto big waters like the Catt and even the Salmon river.
    General fit, finish and feel
    This American-made rod (made by hand at Sage’s factory on Bainbridge Island, Washington) looks like a slick piece of art. The soft mahogany-red finish of the rod pops against the green and blue waters of wild rivers. The cork grip proved a bit fuller than most of the others in the test and some of the smaller testers though it just a tad too large, but not unmanageable.
    Whether you need to reach across a river to swing a streamer through a feeding channel or use a heavy indy rig , the Response meets the need. I found even novice anglers were casting 50 feet with little effort, while experienced casters were making that distance and then some.
    I really enjoy this rod and you will too



    When you want a do-it-all rod, compromises have to be made, and the Response makes reasonable compromises to be a true “quiver of one.” By coupling proven rod blank tapers with existing top quality carbon fiber, Sage created a rod with good casting power and good sensitivity for smooth, soft presentation of dry flies of all sizes. When you need a “do-it-all” rod rather than a quiver of specialty rods, the Response fills the bill as well as any in the class, though it costs a bit more than some with similar characteristics.


    WNY Fly Fishing Stream report 2/4/2015

    I don't have much to report, as I have not been out in this crazy weather, but I hear the L.O. streams are fishing well for this time of year

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    WNY Fly Fishing - Czech Nymphing by Dell Neighbours

    Czech Nymphing: Dell Neighbours Talks Tactics & Rigging with G&G

    Louis Cahill Photography
    Czech nymphing can put fish in the net when other methods fall short. Photo Louis Cahill
    For a while now, we’ve been getting requests from G&G readers about writing a Czech nymphing post. It’s a subject we’ve wanted to tackle on the blog for a while now, but  neither Louis or I specialize in Czech nymphing. Furthermore, we’re not the kind of guys that write about fly fishing topics that we’re not experienced with. When we find ourselves in this position, we go out and talk with the professionals who are, gather the information, and then bring it back to you. Dell Neighbours, head fly fishing guide for Reel Job Fishing, is highly competent in Czech nymphing, and he’s volunteered to talk with us today about Czech nymphing tactics and his rigging recommendations.

    Czech it Out! 

    I often have clients ask me about my fishing style when I mention I normally don’t use strike indicators when I’m nymph fishing. Currently, there seems to be a growing interest with indicator-free nymphing for trout, so I was pretty excited when Kent asked me to write a post for the G&G readers about Czech nymphing. There’s many different styles and tactics out there for catching trout without strike indicators, but the primary method that comes to mind for most fly fishermen, is Czech nymphing. When you strip away everything to the bare bones, Czech nymphing is very similar to the traditional American tactic of high-sticking with nymphs. The only real difference lies in the rig setup and you don’t use a floating strike indicator.
    First, let’s talk about the type of fly rod I prefer to use when I’m Czech nymphing. I find that long and light fly rods work the best, with my favorite Czech nymphing rod being the Echo Shadow PE, 10  1/2′ 3wt. You can Czech nymph with any length rod, but it’s definitely easier to manage the rig with a longer than average fly rod. The main reason longer fly rods are preferred, is because the normal leader setup you fish with when Czech nymphing, is generally much longer than your traditional 9′ tapered nylon or fluorocarbon leaders. I’ve experimented with lots of variations in Czech leader setups over the years, but there’s one that I keep coming back to because it’s simple, and it allows me to fish multiple styles with the same leader setup.
    czech rig
    Czech Nymphing Leader
    I start with a nine foot, 0X tapered leader, then I attach 20 inches of 2X high-vis mono (I prefer Umpqua Indicator Tippet), followed by three to six feet of 4X fluorocarbon tippet. The sections are tied together using a triple surgeons knot, but you can also use a blood upqua-indicator-tippetknot. Feel free to play around with the leader formula (lengths and sizes), but I find this setup works exceptional well for me on all sizes of trout water. If you’ll be fishing a shorter fly rod, you might find it easier to use a 7.5′ 0X leader instead, and shorten up the high-vis section of mono a little.
    If you review the leader diagram above, you’ll see that the high-vis mono section (called the “sighter”) is used for detecting strikes and replaces the floating strike indicator found in traditional nymph rigs.
    Czech Nymphing Tippet & Fly Setup
    At the tippet end, I use a lot of different combinations as far as fly placement goes. It is preferable in most situations to use two flies in the Czech nymphing rig, one heavy anchor fly (attached at the end of the tippet), and one slightly smaller or lighter fly above, tied off the tippet tag of a triple surgeons or blood knot. Flies can be attached several different ways as well, but I prefer mine to be tied on tags approximately 20 inches apart. Some anglers may prefer to tie off to the hook bend, and that’s perfectly fine. Lastly, many anglers utilize tippet rings at the end of the high-vis mono and at the tippet section of the leader to tie on the nymphs. This lengthens the life of the rig, makes it faster to change out flies or re-rig when you break off.

    Where I Czech Nymph Most

    It’s best to look at Czech nymphing as a niche way to fly fish with nymphs. It’s suited best for specific water types. I use it only when the right opportunity presents itself, and most of the time it’s when I’m fly fishing mid-thigh to waist deep riffles and plunge pools. I’m not saying you can’t use it in other water types, but I find that this is where Czech nymphing is most effective. One of the reasons for targeting this type of water without an indicator, is that the water speed on the surface and the water speed where the fish are hanging out (often very close to the bottom), are quite different. Trout often sit on the bottom of the river or stream in these places, where the current is slowed significantly by friction from the irregular riverbed and other underwater cover. When you fish a traditional indicator rig in this type of water, a lot of the time, it’s extremely difficult to keep the fast water on the surface from grabbing and pulling on the indicator during the drift. The drag created causes your flies to speed up and rise in the water column, and a lot of the time you’ll find that your flies never make it down to where the trout are holding.
    With a Czech nymphing rig, the long leader allows you to keep everything out of the water except for the tippet section of the leader during the drift, and the small diameter of the fluorocarbon tippet allows your flies to sink into the strike zone very quickly. In laymen terms, you’re able to almost completely eliminate the drag that plague the strike indicator and thick butt section of the leader it’s attached to. And since you don’t have any drag, it’s much easier to keep your flies moving slower and drifting more natural in the current. Trout are more likely to eat artificial flies if they’re moving the same speed as the naturals in the current.
    I typically start out with my anchor fly on the bottom of the rig, and more times than not, it’s a size 10 hares ear variation with a 4mm tungsten bead. My second fly (tied on the tag, 20″ above) most often is a size 16 pheasant tail variation, with a tungsten bead (2.4-3.2mm). If I’m fishing a knee deep riffle or run, I will usually run the anchor up top with the smaller fly trailing on the bottom of the rig (This setup helps to keep the rig from snagging). Play around with different combinations, because experimenting catches fish!

    Czech Nymphing Technique

    Now that we’ve covered the rig and I’ve laid out the basics of why and where you should Czech nymph, let’s talk about the technique. Czech nymphing is basically short casts and short drifts right under the rod tip. The good thing about fishing the previously mentioned water types, is they allow you to get a little closer to the trout without spooking them. Most of the time you’ll want to position yourself perpendicular to the water your Czech nymphing, and you should keep in mind, that most of your presentations will be less than 15 feet upstream (anymore and you’ll find it hard to manage your rig properly). You should only have a foot or so of fly line out the end of the rod tip during your presentation and drift, sometimes none at all. Bring your rod tip up and your flies to the surface, like you’re going to roll cast, and lob the flies upstream. Now that your flies are in the water, lift the rod tip until your high-vis mono sighter is six inches off the water, then you’ll want to begin slightly leading your flies through the drift with your rod tip. The line between your rod tip and the sighter should be fairly straight, and the rod tip should be tracking just in front of the sighter. Bare in mind, this is going to take some getting used to, if you’ve never Czech nymphed before. With some practice, it will become very fluid and second nature to you.
    During the drift, keep a close eye on the sighter, and if it twitches, straightens or stops, set the hook. Because you’ll have a pretty tight connection with the Czech nymphing leader, lots of times you’ll actually feel the fish eat your flies (bump, bump, bump). When my drift is about to come to an end, as my flies begin to swing, I like to give the rod a little wrist snap backwards (it’s like a short hook set), which helps me from missing those last second bites that you often get when your picking up your rig to make another presentation. Once, you’ve performed the wrist snap, raise your rod tip and rig to the surface, and send your flies upstream for another drift. Grid the water off, fish the water closest to you first, and every half dozen drifts move your drift closer to the opposite bank. Try to cover every inch of the run, because sometimes in this type of water, trout have very small feeding lanes and won’t move very far to feed.
    I hope some of you will give this technique a try. If you put in some time and experiment with it, I think you’ll find it a pretty satisfying way to nymph fish, and I promise you’ll connect with trout that would otherwise still be sitting on the bottom.
    Dell Neighbours shows off a perfect place to try Czech nymphing.

    Czech Nymping Q & A

    What’s your favorite style hook you like to fish when you’re Czech nymphing?
    I like to use Hanak Czech Nymph hooks made by Umpqua. They’re used heavily in competition fly fishing, hook gaps are good size, barbless and have super sharp hook points. A lot of times I’ll use jig hooks like the Umpqua C400BL for my anchor flies because they give a little more up and down action with the fly in the water, and they snag on the bottom a little less. Lastly, the Umpqua TMC 2499SP-BL is a great curved short shank hook that I tie all kinds of wet flies with. It’s 2x heavy, 3X wide, and has a razor sharp point. There’s lots of great hooks out there for Czech nymphing, but these specific hook recommendations have served me well over the years.
    Do you suggest building the Czech nymphing leader with 100% fluorcarbon?
    I really don’t think there’s a need to use fluorocarbon for the entire leader, because the tippet section of the leader is really the only part of the leader in the water, and that’s the only place I use fluorocarbon in my Czech nymphing rig.
    How would you modify your Czech nymphing rig if you wanted to fly fish shallower pocket water?
    When I do find myself Czech nymphing this type of water, I’ll usually go with a single fly, and shorten the tippet section of the leader from six feet to three feet. In situations where I’ve got lots of conflicting currents, I think a single fly can sometimes provide me a better drift because with two flies, they can get pulled in different directions at times. One fly is also easier to keep from getting snagged up. I’ll also lighten the weight of my fly as well when I’m Czech nymphing shallower water.
    What’s a couple common mistakes you see first time Czech nympher doing on the water?
    They have too much slack in their line during the drift or they try to make too long of presentations, with their flies drifting too far away from them. You really want the majority of your rig floating under your rod tip during the drift to maximize your ability to stay in constant contact with your flies.
    If the fish don’t seem to be eating on the dead drift, what tips would you give an angler?
    I would try jigging the flies a little during the drift and using a Leisenring lift at the end of thedrift.
    Does this Czech nymphing leader help you in spooky fish situations?
    Yes, for starters it’s significantly longer than your average size tapered trout leader. This helps you present your flies with much more stealth, because your fly line doesn’t really ever come into play (only have a foot or two of fly line out the rod tip when your fishing). Lastly, for those extra spooky, flat water situations, you can tie on a dry fly (also can add a tiny nymph dropper) and my Czech nymphing leader is capable of laying out extremely delicate presentations out to 30 feet with no problems.
    Would you consider your personal Czech nymphing rig to be more like a hybrid euro nymphing rig?
    Yes, it’s length makes it sort of a cross between a traditional Czech nymphing rig and a French nymphing rig. French nymph rigs are about twice as long.
    What’s a few of your favorite Czech nymphing patterns?
    Hares ear variation, frenchie, and surveyor are a few of my go-to patterns. I of course use lots of other fly patterns, but day in and day out, these three produce consistently. I also substitute the dubbing colors in the patterns, specifically the hotspots at the thorax. Some color variations work better at different times of the year.
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    Sunday, January 18, 2015

    WNY Fly Fishing - Slick Ideas

    Jeff told me about a slick way to secure the trout beads on your line, the guides up in Alaska told him to tie a nail knot with 20lb test on your leader, cut the bottom tag end off and leave the top tag on to stop the bead from sliding over it. I have used this method and it works very well, if you don't want to use the beads anymore just slide it up next to the indy and you are ready.

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    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

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    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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