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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-05-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I may be in the Buffalo/Niagara area in late October. Might be able to stretch it out for a day or two chasing steelies. Can anyone suggest guides in the area?

Is swinging flies popular in the area or is most FF steelheading done by nymphing? I'd prefer to swing unless this is just not practical for the area.

Suggestions of guides and shops to contact appreciated.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 08:45 AM
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The guys at Oak Orchard Fly Shop in(near) Buffalo can probably get you on the right track.
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another endorsement for the Oak Orchard Shop. Great shop, well stocked, great staff.

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Go to Vince Tobia's website as well Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters a good guy and lots of info.

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Nick Pionessa at the Oak Orchard Fly Shop is a die hard two hand swing fishing machine and really knows his way around the Cattaraugus, a dandy steelhead stream.

Mike Augat has access to private/posted water on the "Catt" and will be happy to help you fish with either dead drifted or swung flies. I have fished with him a couple of times myself. http://www.augatanglingadventures.com/?page_id=28

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Mike Augat IS NOT a licensed NYS guide. you can look that up in the NYS DEC's registry of guides. you need to be licensed to guide in NYS and also to have valid insurance.

look it up here for any guide in NYS

http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/D...tion=GuideList

you can definitely swing on several waters around here with a two hander. if using a switch you will have even more options.

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Nick - I sent you a PM.

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Nick,
Can you suggest any comfortable/convenient lodging for fishing your area? Thinking of a week or so in late November.
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there are all of the major chain hotels and such around. the Hamburg area right off the 90 is a good locale for lake erie tribs. Batavia, also right off the 90 is good for LO tribs. there are also a couple in Albion closer to OO creek if that's the destination. if doing both sets of tribs the Buffalo/Williamsville area is right in the middle and also right off the 90.

CCO does have cabins in the LE area too.

pm me if you need more specifics.

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Thanks, Nick- will PM
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Didn't realize Mike A no longer had a NYS license. Sorry if I have caused any confusion or led anyone astray. No harm intended and the error was completely mine.

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I would try and fish the Catt, as mentioned above, and would try and fish somewhere below springville dam, and above the town of gowanda. I would grab a map, or check some things online, as there are lots of different places to fish, and able get some space from others. The Zoar valley area is worth checking out...

You will need to keep a check on weather, as the catt gets blown pretty quickly. Lots of little, little, tribs in the area that get lots of fish, but lots of pressure as well, when the catt gets blown. You'll probably want a single hand for some of these smaller creeks.

I personally would avoid staying at any of the hotels off the thruway, or close to buffalo...There are a few small, places to stay near gowanda. Not the best accommodations, but a good location if the catt is fishable.
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Iíve been out a number of times with local guide Brian Slavinski, and I hope to again this fall. He specializes in two-handed rods and swinging flies on the larger Lake Erie and Ontario tribs.
Heís definitely worth a call, 716-834-4331.

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