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
Fish towards the evening if you can due to the cold temps we are seeing. Keep your eye on the USGS graphs in between periods of precipitation and warm weather to ensure you have good conditions! Focus on getting your flies low and slow. We will be seeing the air temps go below freezing for a high, this can cause slush and ice to form. Try to target days with "warmer" (above freezing) temperatures the night before and during for your best chance of an ice free creek!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Cattaraugus Creek is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Alberto Rey

Water flow:

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 33 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

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. 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

Keep an eye on the weather. Air and water temps are going to get cold! The river should be fishable but I am expecting the river to start to slush and ice up as we get further into the week. Be sure to check the USGS Gauge for current conditions!

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