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

Monday, April 29, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Inland Stream Report 4/29/2013

The Oatka was fishing very well this morning with lots of Henny's popping everywhere with an B.W.O. thrown into the mix. The fishing was very good until the rains came and then it was spotty, so I switched to a spring creek special and dredged up a few then went home.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report Inland 4/28/2013

The Genny was fishing very well this weekend with good bugs coming off, the water color was damn near perfect and the flows very good. The bugs coming off were stones most of the day and Hendrickson's in the later afternoon. The fished wets for most of the day and then switched over for the hatches. I had a new fly fisherman with me and Bill caught his first trout on the dry!!!!.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/21/2013

Jeff and I went inland today and found crowds for almost  all of the streams we tried to go to. The streams were in good shape to awful, we did find one that was in great shape and no other fisherman on it. The fish were caught on spring creek specials and nothing else.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/17/2013

The smaller Erie tribs today were green and ready, the med sized ones were dirty and the catt is out for awhile.

Monday, April 15, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/15/2013

I went to spring today and it was busy with fisherman!!!!!  The fish were coming up sporadically, I caught all of my fish on blood worms and tan scuds.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/14/2013

The smallest streams were fishable today and held a few fish, the fish were caught on cheese colored sucker spawn. The suckers are in big time now so be prepared to hook a lot of the Lake Erie bonefish.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/8/2013

I went back to the Oatka today as the powers that be, decided that we only need 4 days to work instead of 5. The water looks great and the temps were a little cold, but the fish were looking up sporadically as the midges and stone flies started to pop, I caught fish on spring creek specials, stone flies and P.T.'s.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Equipment Review - Sage ESN

Well I finally got the 10' 3WT in my hands and what a rod!!!  It's a joy to cast and looks good also, the rod casts very well and is a joy to high stick. I bought this rod for nymphing (which it's designed for) and deep wading for throwing dries on the Genny.  I had no problem throwing two flies with shot and a Indy today on the Oatka, everything I caught was on stoneflies. I you are thinking about getting one of these rods go see Phil at Colville's Outfitters and jump on it right away!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/2/2013

The smaller Erie tribs are in very good shape, the med sized ones should be ready in the next couple of days and the Catt is out for awhile.

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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


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