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Niagara on the Lake, Ontario -- Spey or Steelies?

I am curious about another potential Spey fishing locale --- Niagara on the Lake, Ontario ("NOTL").

On the south shore of Lake Ontario, a gorgeous Canadian gem north of Niagara Falls, NOTL is known for its wines, fruits, flowers and its Shaw theater festival. I see a local Canadian fishing charter boat service promoting steelhead, smallie and walleye fishing, aside from their lake trout trolling.

Is there a spey fishing community near NOTL in Canada or the US? Or is NOTL a destination location for any spey anglers while the wife does culture and shopping?

Thanks for any info or advice on NOTL or TH fishing opportunities reasonably nearby.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 01:20 AM
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The Niagara River is big and fast and you need a boat and sink tips.

Try out: Cast Adventures for a local guide service.

NOTL is a great little town. There is lots to see other than The Shaw Festival. There is a lot of history in the area, and even a few old buildings the Americans didn't burn down in 1812 when they ran away.

The Olde Angel Inn is a great spot for lunch. The Prince Of Wales or The Buttery for dinner.

The fishing opportunites are limited. But there is a lot to fill your time in and around NOTL.

Accomodations: try a B&B. I recommend: Brockamour Manor, circa 1809. I've stayed there twice.
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Hi there,

I live close to the Niagara river on the U.S. side, about 20 minutes from the Lewiston /Queenston bridge. I am pretty new to spey fishing however the I have been to the Niagara several times over the past year, close to Artpark. I use my Meiser 15, Highlander 9/10/11 and a big chunk of T-14, about 15 feet of it. Fishing the Niagara is not so much about casting out very far but, about getting down.
The whole experience is VERY cool down in the gorge. I have seen Lakers, steelies, and some real nice musky caught. Give Nick a call at the Oak Orchard Fly Shop in Willimsville NY or, check out their web site and their fishing reports page. I know there is pictures from the Niagara in there somewhere. I see fisherman on the shore of the Canadian side but, have never fished from there. I can't imagine it could be much different.
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I fish the Niagara with a DH rods, usually with full sink lines, on both sides of the river. But I've never tried NOTL. Just looked at Google Earth and judging by some photos, there looks to be access and wadeable water right in town. There appears to be a small gravel beach with a path leading to it. This water is likely to be best fished with a single hander as I have no idea if there's much current near the shore there. The spot is just downstream of the marina.

While you're there, do some winery tours and be prepared to eat well.

The best DH fishing that I'm familiar with is farther downstream around the Whirlpool. There's also decent fishing in Lewiston on the US side.

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I think you mean upstream of NOTL
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I think you mean upstream of NOTL
Yup, that'll teach me to post before my morning coffee.

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Niagra on the lake

i would drive just south of the border and fish some of western NY rivers such as eighteen mile of the cattaraugus if the water is at a fishable level. Pm me if you want exact details. both rivers are less than an hours drive from there.

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"Is there a spey fishing community near"

see nick @ o.o.f.s. /ph. 716.626.1323

that crew of nick, rick k. other local guru's are right on the niagara r. and have been fishing that big water w) two handed rods longer than any others, sense the early-mid 90's when they use to chop/shop their own two handed line systems for the big water as none were available.

i have known them about a dozen plus years and they have been the "spey/two handed fishing community near" and far, for as long as i have known.

as far as i am concerned they are the entire great lakes region combined two handed, line,head,tip,fly patterns experts/experiance.

if its just you, just another fisherman looking to fish, and you decide to head south along the lake erie shore after. contact me, i will go fish with you, enjoy time spent and meeting people with simular interests. you can return the favor some day if i am in your neck of the woods looking to fish.

your in luck.........
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