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

Saturday, March 30, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/30/2013

All of the Erie tribs that I have seen are shot for the time being and if the weather holds we will have some great fishing by Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/27/2013

All of the streams I drove over today were coloring up nicely, and looked to be in good shape for the weekend, but the warmer temps will melt the snow off more quickly so choose your fishing spots wisely.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/26/2013

All of the Erie tribs I drove over today with the exception of the catt and clear creek were very low and gin clear. I have no reports on the L.O. tribs as of yet, but will give you one as soon as it comes in.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 2/20/2013

Most of the Erie tribs I went over today are low and clear with lots of ice chunks in them, the catt is looking better and better each day, so lets see what the weekend weather has in store for us.

Monday, March 18, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/17/2013

The L.O. streams are in primo shape and fishing not bad, my only concern is the amount of suckers we are getting compared to steelhead and browns. The ratio is way out of line with this time of the year, I know suckers are moving in, but I haven't seen them in these numbers with the water being as cold as it has been.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/16/2013

Jeff and I went to the L.O. tribs today, in spite of the cold temps. The water was is great shape, up and stained to a perfect shade of green. The fishing started out with a bang with a steelhead and a brown, then quickly turned into a sucker fest with a occasional brown thrown into the mix. We caught fish on cheese and pale orange sucker spawn/hairballs, and I even got a sucker on White Lighting go figure. All of the other fisherman we ran into didn't have any luck at all, I think the colder water temps have put them down for now.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/13/2013

All of the Erie tribs I drove over today are still muddy, but slowly coming down. The smallest ones were green and low, so who knows what is going on right now. We should be in business by the weekend as long as nothing else happens.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/12/2013

All of the streams I drove over today were muddy as hell and showing no signs of clearing, which was from the catt on northward.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/11/2013

Jeff and I went out to some smaller Erie tribs to get away from the crowds and have some solitude. The creeks started out in nice shape , but as they day went on the water murked up do to the melt off. We trudged through snow in the morning and sloppy mud in the afternoon on the way out. The fishing was very slow with only two steelhead hooked and landed both on cheese colored sucker spawn.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/6/2013

Most of the Erie Tribs I went over today were low and clear, the exception is the catt which was in perrrrfect shape. The L.O. tribs and down and fishable from my sources and have fish in them.

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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

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