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















Thursday, April 29, 2010

WNY Fly Fishing Tips

Tips to make you a better Fly Caster


By Jim Guida



1. Your grip should be firm, but not squeezing the life out of your rod, your thumb should be on top of the grip.

2. The line will follow the path of the rod so point the rod at the target and the line will follow.

3. The forward stroke and back cast should be 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock, I know most experts say 10 to 2, but I have found that most people get the 10 o’clock position, but on the back cast it's more like 3 or later. A trick I use when teaching is to have the student stand slightly turned to the side and watch his or her back cast to see what is going on so they can correct dropping the tip. I also tell the student to count to 1-1000 then start the rod forward this should help out with the timing.

4. Fly casting is timing not power!!!!! So let the rod do the work and just hang on for the ride.

5. When starting out it is essential not to false cast allot, one or two false casts and shoot the line.

6. Keep your rod tip moving in the same plane as your arms moves and don’t cross over in front of your body.

7. Your casting should be like a hammer stroke, come back with some force and swing forward with a little bit more

8. Once you have practiced the false casting it’s time to let some line out, every time to false cast let out a little more line on the forward stroke to give you more distance, but beware not to be hero and try to do too much too soon or it will be a recipe for disaster.

9. Try to keep your casts under 40' as this is most fishing conditions. For salt water and bigger rivers you will have to make longer casts, so practice for where you live.

10. Make your first cast count as you don’t get too many shots at fish when you flub the first cast.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WNY Fly Fishing Report 04/26/10

I went down south to get my place ready for the up-coming season and just to poke around and see what i could catch while the derby was going on in it's full maddness. The creek was very low and clear, but cool and still had some movement to it. I caught fish on hendricksons, BWO, and spring creek specials. The fishing was as good as it was going to get with all of the pressure of the guys chucking metal all over the stream. I caught both Brown trout and Rainbow trout in the 14"-16" range with some dinks thrown in.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wny Fly Fishing Report 04/17/10

I went out today to the upper catt for some inland action. The creek looked in good shape and the fishing was very good for the weather conditions that we had. I caught several browns and rainbows despite the wind and snow that plagued me all day. The flies of choice were the spring creek special, small stone flies and a biot nymph I have come up with.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Switching Gears - WNY Fly Fishing

It’s time to put away for a little while the big stuff and bring forth the surgical weapons of summer. Walking to the stream and seeing hungry trout feeding in your favorite spot, planning a route to get into position to make the cast, timing the rise. Watching your fly as it gently drops down and slides ever so slowly towards the fish. Waiting and daring not to move it a millimeter, in fear of spooking the fish. Then striking when the fish sucks in your offering and all hell breaks loose.

Friday, April 9, 2010

WNY Fly Fishing Report 04/09/10

Most of the streams are in fine shape, with the temps dropping it will be low and slow for presentations. The flie sof choice should be as follows: BH Hares Ears, BH P.T., Prince Nymphs, Stonflies, and of course my fav the Spring creek Special

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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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