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

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WNY Fly Fishing News Update 5/25/2011

Remove Ischua Creek catch and release section (2012_R9_01)

Description: Eliminate existing special regulation catch and release section for Ischua Creek.

Rationale: Extensive public input indicates that many anglers would prefer to use bait, particularly in the vicinity of the Village of Franklinville. This change would enhance angling opportunities by allowing beginner and young anglers to use the section of stream located in the village.

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Possible Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes 2012_R9_01

We all need to fight to keep all Catch & Release sections everywhere in this country. The lazy environmental rapists need to learn to preserve the resource not destroy it for their own greed. C & R sections should be protected so our children and beginning fisherman can enjoy success with out  driving miles and miles because the streams are empty from over harvesting, plus the sight of the slobs leaving live bait containers and garbage all over the banks is a huge put off and we all get a bad name.

Let trout fishing be a year round activity not just a one or two month beating of  our water ways.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 5/21/2011

We hit the upper catt for some inland action, and what a great day it turned out to be. The water was perfect and the fish ready to take our offerings. I started off with the spring creek special and got a few, but the nymph's were the ticket. We used hares ears and prince nymphs mostly, the biggest fish of the day came on my peacock and biot nymph which imitates a march brown. We got a mixed bag of brown's and rainbow's throughout the day.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 5/14/2011

We have to find the person who is doing the rain dance and cut off their legs!!!!!!! The rains have come and look like they are going to be with us for the better part of a week, so i would be very careful on where you want to fish, as most streams are high and looks like they will stay that way for the upcoming week.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WNY Fly Fishing - The Caddis

Caddis Flies

For a caddisfly, the first stage of life is spent as larvae; depending on the species of caddis, this larvae stage is spent in a case, a fine (web like) net , or as free-crawling larvae on the bottom of the river.
When they are ready to emerge, the larvae pupate and swim to the surface (using their legs, body, and wings), where they hatch into an adult. An important note on emerging pupae, is that they often hold in the surface film for extended periods of time--a highly vulnerable situation.
From here, the newly hatched caddisfly will quickly fly away and mate. Unlike the mayfly, an adult caddisfly has a fully developed mouth, allowing it to feed thus affording it a long life--days, weeks, or even months for some caddisfly species.
After mating, the females return to the water to lay their eggs, which is accomplished in different ways by individual species of caddis. Some females lay their eggs on the surface, while others actually re-enter the stream and swim to the bottom, where they deposit their eggs.
If you are not familiar with their appearance, caddisflies have wings that fold over their body similar to the shape of a tent. Unlike the graceful flight of a mayfly, caddis appear nomadic while in flight, diving and weaving erratically in the air. If none of this helps you to recognize a caddisfly, remember, they bear a striking resemblance to a moth. An important note to recognizing caddisflies is that specific identification is often not necessary; instead, attempt to imitate the basic silhouette and size of the bug.
A caddis emergence can confuse anglers not familiar with its hatching characteristics. During a caddis hatch, it is common to NOT witness insects floating on the surface, yet see fish feeding. Caddisflies emerge rapidly, often without detection by the fisherman. This speedy emergence also causes the fish to display a characteristic rise when feeding on emerging caddis pupae. When emerging caddis are present, fish will rise splashily and aggressively, often leaping completely out of the water after the swiftly emerging pupae. Although this behavior is also, in part, due to the speed of the current; basically, fish have to move and feed more aggressively in a fast current as opposed to a slower one. If all else fails, what is the best way to recognize if you are in the presence of a caddis hatch? The best indication is when you see feeding activity by the fish without any bugs appearing to be present.

Fishing an adult pattern is probably the single biggest mistake that people make when in the company of a caddis emergence. At this time, the fish are interested in the emerging pupae, not adults, as the mature bugs are not yet present. Iris, X-Caddis, and LaFontaine’s Sparkle Pupae, in corresponding sizes and colors, are fly patterns that have proved very successful for fishing a caddis emergence. Adult patterns become highly effective when adult caddis are present, which is most prominent during egg-laying activity.

As with all sources of food, trout are only interested in the mature caddisflies when they are active on or in the water, which, for adult caddis is during egg-laying. At this time, the Elk Hair Caddis or other adult patterns, in a corresponding size and color, become highly effective as they closely match the characteristics of an adult caddisfly.

There is no disputing the fact that patterns such as the Elk Hair Caddis work at times when there is little or no egg-laying activity. Caddis enjoy a relatively long life-span and are prolific in many streams, imprinting themselves as a prominent food source in the fish’s brain. With this in mind, one can theorize that fish will readily consume these imitations based purely on recognition. This, in part, is the theory behind attractor flies and blind fishing; basically, during those periods when caddis activity is heavy (summer months), fishing a caddis pattern is wise, even when emergence or egg-laying is not currently present; conversely, fishing an adult caddis imitation when there has been little or no activity (winter for example) is less than prudent.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 5/8/2011

Well i finally got out to fish with Luke and Andy, for our first inland trip to Spring Creek. The weather was perfect and the fish hungry. I caught a bunch on scuds size 16-18, blood worms and black midge's size 22-24. After lunch we headed over to Oatka to throw meat in the high water, it was a good choice as we got into trout, pike, and a large mouth bass. The bass was the first one any of us seen caught here a monster 3lbs and over 20"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 5/3/2011

Well the reports are the same, rain and rising water for most of the area. You will have to pick the water wisely or you will drive all over. The smallest should be fine to fish with the biggest out of the question for now.

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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


Mirrored Minnow

Mirrored Minnow

Rainbow Runner

Rainbow Runner

Emilee's Spey

Emilee's Spey

Thunder Creek Minnow

Thunder Creek Minnow

Simple Sculpin

Simple Sculpin



Rabbit Leech

Rabbit Leech

Hare's Ear Wet

Hare's Ear Wet

Peacock Emerger

Peacock Emerger

Sulpher Emerger

Sulpher Emerger

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