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
My tips of the week
Keep an eye on rain. We are just about to see our first big pushes of fish! With these cool temperatures as of late the season should be off to a good start this fall! We are in huge need of some rain. With the creek hitting drastically low water prepare your small flies and light leaders!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Cattaraugus Creek is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Alberto Rey

Water flow:

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning and Evening

Best stretch: Irving to Springville

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Steelhead

Fishing season: Fall, Winter, Spring

Nearest airport: Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

Person Fishing in a stream

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 warmer water temperatures in the earlier season Swinging flies such as streamers or large wet flies is a very effective method. Using Two handed switch rods with a variety of sink tips makes swinging flies easy and fun! One other very effective method of fly fishing for steelhead is indicator nymphing. Very similar to Indicator nymphing for trout, using a Indicator, split shot, and fly. The main difference is tippet size and fly selection. Generally use of tippet sizes in 3x-2x and larger nymphs such as Stoneflies, Hares Ears and Pheasant tails in sizes 6-12 are common. Egg flies are another great option to use while Indicator nymphing, egg flies such as Blood dots, single eggs, Steak n' Eggs, Steelie omelets, and Pyscho spawn in varying bright colors and sizes 6-14 work very well!

7-Day Forecast

But with cooler nighttime temperatures giving us a taste of the fall, Steelhead are just about here,we are waiting for our first big push of fish but the low water is not helping. In the meantime, our trout fishing has been great with the cooler weather! And is a good option to shake off the rust before the upcoming Steelhead season! Be sure to check the USGS Gauge for current conditions!

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