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, January 7, 2016

WNY Fly Fishing - Good Read

We’re On The Same Team


I’ve never considered myself an authority on fly fishing but I’d like to think I’m pretty good at observation.

Stonefly Nymph
Photo: Rich Duda
One thing that I’ve noticed: This invisible stigma of how other people chose to fish. The private judgement of nymphers from the swing guys. The uppity laughs given to streamer huckers from bobber pros.
The alarming part of all of this is that its growing. The smugness toward opposite sects of fly fishing is becoming deeper and deeper . The first question to ask is, “why?”. Is it for the ever evolving social media fame that seems to be plaguing our precious pastime? The internet is flooded to massive proportions with fish porn of all kinds. Maybe it’s just that the accessibility is there, so why not, right? Would the old timers have done the same thing given the technology to be there? We see old photos of their accomplishments. We hear their stories of folklore and legend…
Steelhead
Photo: Justin Damude
So why the segregation? Maybe it comes down to competition. Maybe its pride. Maybe its just
that you’re doing it the one way that most others you know don’t. My area is notorious for this. Swinging a fly is now “mainstream” and if you’re not doing it that way you’re just not doing it “right”. It’s especially prevalent when the nympher comes along and cleans house when the swung fly just isn’t producing. I’ve even found myself doing it sometimes. The premature judgement when you see that Thingamabobber bouncing against the rod as they make their way towards your pristine run. “How dare this S.O.B come and muck up my run with that garbage. Why can’t he swing a fly like I’m doing?”
When I find myself doing that I nowadays try to stop and just let it go. Why do I have this sick sort of entitlement that I’m doing it better than the guy down the run? The thing of it is, I’m not. We that indulge in this awesome thing called fly fishing have get back to our roots.  Forget the guy down the run slinging a dropper rig or the guy upstream swinging intruders. Remind yourself that everyone has their own personal reasons why they fish the way they do.

 Jim Guida Yepper that just about sums it up, fishing is fishing and its up to the angler for what style he or she prefers. There is no right or wrong way to fish as long as you are out enjoying the outdoors, natural or stocked, river or lake, small brook or anything else, just get out with friends or if you enjoy the solitude get out and have fun.

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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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