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
Cattaraugus Creek just took a bump of water. Look for it to become fishable within a few days. Other smaller erie tribs might be the way to go for the next few. We are seeing the steelhead starting to thin out but the smallmouth are here.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Cattaraugus Creek is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Alberto Rey

Water flow:

Visibility: 6 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: evening (last few hours of daylight)

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

Swinging flies such as streamers or large wet flies is a very effective method as the water warms up. Dropback steelhead and fresh run fish can be very aggresive and looking for a big meal! 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. 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

Look for the Catt to become fishable within the week but the fishing should be good when it comes down. We will have mostly bass hanging around after this blowout.

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