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I might be heading up to Buffalo on a business trip soon. The dates are somewhat flexible. I'd love to fish the Niagara for a day while I'm up there. When should I be looking to go? Can anyone recommend a guide? Any info is greatly appreciated!
 

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I am not sure if there are any fly fishing guides on the Niagara. As i am sure you are aware, it is a huge river and not easy to fish. I personally don't love it but would head down there to kill a couple hours every now and then. I don't know if i would consider it a whole day kind of place. I would say november is probably the best time, especially if you have any interest in catching lakers. Steelhead are there all winter but it can be pretty miserable in the gorge at times.

Be extremely careful wading. Like stay within a foot of the bank.

Oak Orchard Flyshop can provide more info.
 

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X2 on Oak Orchard Fly Shop being a good source of info. It fishes best from mid November right on through the early winter for as long as you can hack the cold. If you are swinging, avoid the whirlpool on the Canadian side. For my tastes it sloshes around too much to provide a consistent swing. Some nicer drifts on the US side. Its a big river, but long casts are a waste of time at most locations. The fish are mostly hanging near the drop off close to shore.

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I fish the niagara a lot. Wicked river and crazy strong big fish. Have seen 20lbr's. I wish it with a 13' 8 weight but wouldn't be a bad idea to bring a 9. Great fishery from late October thru April
 

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Thanks for the advice so far, guys. I had no idea it fished as well into the river as it does. Crazy big & strong fish...that's ok with me!

Keep it coming!
 

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Give me a call at work or on cell
I fished there last year a few times and have insights and opinions to share
Paul castellano is a fly fishing guide who loves to stem the current with the trolling motor to allow u to swing
Shore fishing is challenging to put it mildly
David
 

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Heading there in early December with Vince Tobia. I have scratched the surface on this big river but with no pulls. I know most of the guys at Cattaragus Creek outfitters and Vince for some time now he is a quality guy and guide. I usually stay in Williamsville but will stay in Lewiston this trip.

I know nothing about the Canadian side and would love to hear about some regular spots to try out on that side as well.

I generally dry line but am figuring on my Guideline DDC.

I figured it was a good way to learn the river.

Cheers.
 

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Oak Orchard fly shop

I miss spoke before and was referring to Oak Orchard Fly Shop. Duh.

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Lewiston is a cool little town. Very close to the river. Waterstreet landing is a good place to eat, as is the barbecue joint.

There is also a place called the steelhead that although nothing special, was a place I liked to stop in just because of the name.
 

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Thanks for all the info, guys. Just waiting to hear back about when I can schedule this trip, then I'll put some of your tips into action.

David, I owe you a call. Talk soon...
 
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