WNY Fly Fishing Private Lessons

I offer private lessons for fly casting and fly tying, the cost in $60.00 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















Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Finding Fish in Streams

WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SUCCESS RATIO ON A STREAM

· FISH AN AREA OFTEN TO LEARN THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SPOTS.

· FISH BY EYESIGHT. THIS IS DONE BEST BY REMAINING IN ONE PLACE, SIT ON THE BANK OR STAND MOTIONLESS IN THE STREAM, AND OBSERVE THE WATER FOR RISING FISH OR FISH MOVING ABOUT.

· READING WATER AND IN MY OPINON THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND FISH.
ONCE YOU LEARN TO READ WATER YOU CAN APPLY THESE SKILLS TO EVERY STREAM THAT YOU VISIT.

THERE ARE FOUR BASIC REQUIREMENTS THAT FISH NEED TO SURVIVE

· THEY NEED PROTECTION FROM PREDATORS.
IDENTIFY AREAS THAT HAVE UNDERWATER LEDGES, FALLEN TREES, UNDER CUT BANKS, OR POSSIBLY THE DEEPEST PART OF THE POOL. KEEP IN MIND THEY WILL HOLD OR STAY CLOSE ENOUGH TO RETREAT TO THIS SAFE POSITION. FISH WILL LIE WITHIN BREAKS, CHANGES IN CURRENT, TAILS OF POOLS OR IN SEEMS THROUGHOUT RIFFLES. FISH PREFER TO CONSERVE ENERGY AND WILL HOLD TIGHT TO THEIR COVER.

· COMFORT IS THE NEXT REQUIRMENT.
FISH PREFER RESTING AREAS—HOLDING AREAS. EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN FIND FISH IN STRONG CURRENTS OR WARM TEMPERATURES THEY REST IN PARTS OF THE STREAM THAT HAVE MODERATE FLOWS AND COOLER TEMPERATURES. IDENTIFY LARGER BOULDERS, LOOK FOR BREAKS OR SEAMS IN THE CURRENTS SURROUNDING THE FORMATIONS.

· TEMPERTURE
THIS VARIES DEPENDING ON THE SPECIE OF FISH. A LARGE MOUTH BASS FOR EXAMPLE: LIKE WATER TEMPERATURES IN THE 65 - 75 DEGREE RANGE, WHILE TROUT SEEK OUT WATER IN THE 40 - 50 DEGREE RANGE.

· FOOD
IDENTIFY AREAS THAT PROVIDE A FOOD SOURCE. THEY WILL MOVE INTO FEEDING LANES WHEN THEY LOCATE A MEAL THAT IS WORTHY OF EXPENDING THEIR ENERGY. FEEDING LANES CAN BE NARROW. LOCATE AN ABUNDANT FOOD SOURCE AND THIS SHOULD PROVE TO BE A PRODUCTIVE FISHING HOLE.
WHEN ALL OF THESE REQUIRMENTS ARE FOUND TOGETHER WE CAN PIN POINT THE BEST SPOTS FOR FINDING FISH AND ELIMINATE THE MAJORITY OF UNPRODUCTIVE WATER.

LET’S LOOK AT SOME STREAM SITUTATIONS THAT WE WOULD ENCOUNTER ON THE WATER.

· UNDERCUT BANKS PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM PREDATORS, COOLER WATER AND MODERATE WATER FLOWS.
THE FEEDING LANE WILL BE RIGHT NEXT TO THE UNDERCUT BANK AND SHOULD BE FISHED AS CLOSE TO THE BANK AS POSSIBLE.

· FALLEN TREES PROVIDE SHADE AND PROTECTION.
PLACE YOUR CAST AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE TRUNK AND BRANCHES. REMEMBER THEY ARE HIDING IN THESE AREAS FOR A REASON AND MAY BE UNWILLING TO MOVE TOO FAR FROM PROTECTION.

· EDGES FORMED BY OBSTRUCTIONS IN THE WATER LIKE ROCKS AND BOULDERS.
THE WATER FLOWING AROUND THEM FORMS EDGES AND USUALLY PROVIDES MODERATE CURRENT FLOW. WHEN THE OBSTRUCTIONS ARE LARGE, THE AREA OF MODERATE CURRENT FLOW BEHIND WILL BE LARGE; THIS SHOULD HOLD SEVERAL FISH OF AVERAGE SIZE OR MAYBE ONE MONSTER.

· DEEP HOLES PROVIDE SHADE AND PROTECTION.
FISH WILL USUALLY SIT ON THE EDDY SIDE AND HUG THE BOTTOM. USE WEIGHTED FLIES OR STREAMERS, LET THEM SINK AND STRIP THEM IN.

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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

Followers

Mirrored Minnow

Mirrored Minnow

Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runner

Emilee's Spey

Emilee's Spey

Thunder Creek Minnow

Thunder Creek Minnow

Simple Sculpin

Simple Sculpin

Hairball

Hairball

Rabbit Leech

Rabbit Leech

Hare's Ear Wet

Hare's Ear Wet

Peacock Emerger

Peacock Emerger

Sulpher Emerger

Sulpher Emerger

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