Cattaraugus Creek, New York Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Cattaraugus Creek, NY
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Cattaraugus Creek, New York Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Cattaraugus Creek in Gowanda is flowing at 205 CFS. The upper stretches in and around the town of Arcade are currently in prime water conditions for inland stocked brown trout and wild rainbow and brown trout.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Cattaraugus Creek is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Alberto Rey

Water flow:

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early and late

Best stretch: Sardinia up through Arcade

Best access point: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/cattcreekhosmer.pdf

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis (black/tan), Sulphur, blue wing olives, Little Yellow Stones, Tricos

Fish species: Brown Trout (stocked and wild) Rainbow Trout (Wild)

Fishing season: Summer

Nearest airport: Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

Cattaraugus Description

Lower Cattaraugus Creek, NY

Each year from October through April, the Cattaraugus Creek sees one of the most prolific runs of Steelhead in the entire Lake Erie region. Steelhead averaging 5-8 pounds with some fish reaching 13 pounds ascend the creek on a mission to find adequate ground in which to spawn. From its mouth in Irving upstream 34 miles to the Springville Dam, the Cattaraugus is more ...

Techniques & Tips

With the prime water this week, prospecting with a hopper dropper rig can be a very productive method. Large Dry flies such as Caddis, Stimulators, and Hoppers used as your dry fly/indicator, then adding 18-24 inches of mirage 5x with a dropper nymph can be especially productive. Pheasant tails, green caddis, hares ear, and smaller stone flies are great nymphs this time of year. Early morning / evening streamer fishing can also be productive. Focus on deep pools and undercut banks using a fast sinking poly leader to get your fly down

7-Day Forecast

Cooler weather is happily welcomed after the hot days last week. Water will be cooling down from the heat and will make for some great fishing early this week, keep an eye on afternoon water temperatures as the days get hotter this weekend. Check the Cattaraugus Creek USGS Gauge for updates on water flow after any rain this week. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv?site_no=04213500


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