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 is currently flowing at 272 CFS and dropping steadily. Currently the upper Cattaraugus is in good fishable levels. Watch for rain tomorrow and saturday to bring flows up quickly. Though it may hold off fishing for a few days this rain is well needed. When fishing keep a lookout for hatching bugs and rising fish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Cattaraugus Creek is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Alberto Rey

Water flow:

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Arcade through Yorkshire

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Sulphurs, Tan Caddis, Blue wing olives, Iso's

Fish species: Brown, and Rainbow trout

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

As mid summer flows start to become the norm, Dry dropper is one of the best prospecting techniques to fish. Caddis, Hopper, and beetle patterns make for great buoyant dry flies. Pheasant tails, hares ears, and other attractor nymphs make for great droppers. Prospecting deeper pools with streamers in the early morning is also a great way to cover water quickly. Be sure to keep your eyes out for any rising fish from afternoon into the evening. In the afternoon emergers, and adult dry flies are go to's. In the evening hours use rusty spinners to target those picky risers.

7-Day Forecast

With rain totals over the next few days exceeding an inch be sure to check the usgs gauge before heading out to fish. Be sure to check the USGS Gauge for current conditions!

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