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, March 23, 2017

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/23/2017

Most of the creeks are on the rise and dirty, with the rain that is coming I don't see too much going on this weekend

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WNY Fl y Fishing - Dressing to Fish in Cold Weather

Fly fishing in the cold weather can be down right horrible if you do not have the right equipment,  You will need to have the best clothing available, if you expect to stay warm.

Fly fishermen used to think we had no choice and used neoprene waders, but when you use neoprene you sweat a lot and the body loses heat almost 20 times as fast when wet.  Most fly shops today only stock breathable waders and they are the way to go for all seasons. The base layer regulates body temperature by wicking perspiration away from the skin. A base layering system offers the fly fisherman a variety of choices for different levels of exertion and temperature that wick moisture away from the skin, breath efficiently and dry fast. Mid-layers are usually some sort of technical fleece and are synthetic, they are best because of the small bulk compared to amount of heat keep in. The outer layers are a key element for this whole system to work, buy the best outer shell you can afford, the garment protects you and breaths during torrential downpours and cold weather snow squalls .

Friday, March 10, 2017

WNY Fly Fishing - Water temps For Trout

Here is a list of some general water temperatures that correspond to some fishing specific events/thresholds. Please note that the temperature values provided are best estimates.
72°F Anything above these temps DO NOT FISH AT ALL FOR TROUT
68°F – Temperature at which anglers should consider not fishing for trout
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68°F – Temperature at which Browns and Rainbows start to become stressed
67°F – Temperature at which trout significantly decrease feeding
65°F – Temperature at which Brooks start to become stressed
60°F – Temperature at which Damselflies begin to hatch
58°F – Optimal temperature for PMD hatches
55°F – Optimal temperature for Quill Gordon, Hendrickson, Trico, Green Drake and Caddis hatches
50°F – Rainbow trout spawning temperature
46°F – Brown trout spawning temperature
45°F – Brook and spawning temperature
44°F – Lower end of fishing temperature for Brooks, Browns, and Rainbow
39°F – Lower end of fishing temperature for Cutthroat trout
33°F – Lower end of temperature for all Trout fishing

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/8/2017

Lots of high water and wind for this week, the weekend might be a option on the smaller creeks

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WNY Fly Fishing - Fly Fishing High Water

  Trout want to stay out of the big flow of water as much as you do. They often times seek out the edges of the creek/river or go behind any object that can provide a break in the current, or they often go to the very bottom of the river where the current is slower.
  The water flow has dramatically increased and is moving much faster than normal.  Large heavily weighted flies are the rule for muddy water. Streamers like the clouser minnows, big sculpins, or large woolly buggers, weighted enough to hold them down on the bottom, would be my first pick. muddy water flies generally range from a size 2-6. Your flies need to have a lot of rubber legs or marabou, rabbit fur or flash. All of these products have a lot of motion to help trout find them in the muddy water, remember they cannot see as good in the dark water so the fly needs to be right in front of them.
Do not fish light tippet, you will be fishing near and around brush and snags. Remember the fish cannot see as good as normal, this allows you to fish very heavy tippet. I fish 2x-3x tippet in muddy water, that should be more than enough for our trout streams here. Nobody likes fishing high and dirty water, but not all of us can pick all the right days to get out on the water, so if mother nature throws you a curve ball give it a try you may be surprised at the results.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

WNY Fly Fishing Stream Report 3/4/2017

All the reports I have been getting from all the streams north and south have been good to very good, the fish are in and good numbers, they have been taking them on the swing and using egg patterns, The usual patterns egg flies have been sucker spawn, Guida's Hairballs, for streamers the guys have been using Guida's White lighting, buggers of all colors.

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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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