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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/26/2015

 Jeff and I went out for the last Steelhead trip of the year, we went out to the Erie tribs. The water was low and clear not gin clear, but close. The water was cold and the fish were in deeper pools and bunched up, we got fish on egg patterns, streamers and nymph's.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/23/2015

Well the Steelhead season is winding down and the Inland is starting up, so here we go. The smaller streams should be in good shape, the mid sized ones should be stained, but fishable, the biggest ones will be shot for a couple of days, now with all that in mind, the snow melt/rain that is coming will reek havoc on the streams some more, check the gauges if the stream has one and plan to fish the best one.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/19/2015

Jeff and i went out to the Erie tribs today for some late season steel head action, the water was almost perfect and the fishing got better and better as the temps warmed up, we got fish on buggers,sucker spawn and trout beads.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing - Casting 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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/13/2015

The reports I have been getting is that the streams are in good shape and there are good numbers of fish spawning in the now, I just had surgery and will be out for a few weeks, so the reports will be from other sources that I have.
Good Luck Tight Lines

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 4/7/2015

All of creeks I went over today were coffee with three cream colored, the smaller ones were fishable although stained, they should be ready in a day or two depending on what mother nature has in store for us.

Friday, April 3, 2015

WNY FlyFishing Stream Report 4/3/2015

Tom and I went out to fish before the weather shuts us down for awhile, the creeks were up a bit and stained. I caught one steelhead on White Lighting and got all the browns on my sculpin pattern, fished down and across and stripped slowly.

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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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