Your guide has been an Orvis-Endorsed Guide for around two decades and is also a renowned artist whose work is in over 20 museum collections and is regularly featured in national fly-fishing magazines. He is the founder and director of a youth fly-fishing program as well as a distinguished professor. These qualifications have made him an interesting and patient teacher and guide who is passionate about sharing his love for steelhead, fly fishing, and nature.
The terrain we fish varies dramatically from small to medium-sized rivers. Decisions on where to fish depend on water condition, the client's skill level, the client's preferences, and the location of steelhead pods. We generally drive to our locations and walk down to the creek and wade. Sometimes we can just walk out our front door and fish in our backyard for steelhead. We have around around 10 steelhead streams of various sizes with in a 25-minute drive from our house.
Weather for steelhead fishing in our area can vary dramatically depending on the time of year:
October can provide changing leaves along the stream with mild temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees. This is usually peak time on Cattaraugus Creek due to the minimal to moderate rainfall we receive. Smaller streams are usually starting to get some runs of steelhead.
November is usually our peak part of the season with temperatures usually between 30 - 50 degrees. From mid-November to early December, most steelhead streams have received plenty of good runs of steelhead.
December is generally a good time to fish, with plenty of steelhead in the streams and temperatures between 25 - 40 degrees. Steelhead are coming close to their peak spawning time, after which they will begin to move back into the Great Lakes.
January sees fewer fish in the streams, although we still have moderate numbers of fish. Temperatures usually range between 25 - 35 degrees. Guide trips are scheduled tentatively during this time due to water temperatures. On good days, fish are eager to take your flies and you will rarely see anyone on any streams.
February typically has the same temperatures as January with fewer fish in the stream.
March brings the beginning of the spring runs of steelhead with temperatures between 30-50 degrees. By the second or third week in March, we are getting good pushes of steelhead moving into the streams.
April brings more runs of steelheads with temperatures between 40-60 degrees.
May brings warm temperatures between 45-65 degrees with many steelhead moving back into the lake as the Skamania strain (warmer blooded) of steelhead move in with small mouth bass. The Cattaraugus starts to clear up with more fishable days available.
June usually brings good fishing for large, aggressive smallmouth bass, with temperatures between 50-70 degrees.
Although our schedule changes throughout the season depending on available light and water temperatures, we start our days by meeting at my house or me picking you up at your hotel. Then we fish for around 4-5 hours after which we return to our home for a hot home-cooked lunch and beverages prepared by my wife, Janeil. We usually finish of the lunch with dessert and a bit of port before we go back on the stream for another 3-4 hours of fishing.
A special tour of his studio can be scheduled during your stay and a watercolor or oil painting of your trophy steelhead or favorite stretch of water can also be commissioned. This is a perfect way to remember the day’s events or as a gift for a special friend, business associate, or family member.
Watercolors – around 6 x 10 - $1,200
Oil paintings – 15.5 x 33 – $2,000
Oil paintings – 33 x 48 – $4,000
Oftentimes the best gift is a fond memory. Let us try to create a lifelong memory for you and your guests.
Steelhead and brown trout from October through May.
All equipment is provided for your trip: rods, reels, flies, instruction, and images from the trip. Most requests for waders and boots are fulfilled unless we do not have your size.
The clothing a client needs depend on the time of year but generally you should bring:
Q. Where am I located?
A. We are located in the town of Fredonia, NY on the banks of a steelhead stream that is about a 45-minute drive west from Buffalo.
Q. Where are the closest airports?
A. Buffalo International Airport, Buffalo, NY (major airport); Jamestown Airport, Jamestown, NY (regional); or Dunkirk Airport, Dunkirk, NY (local).
Q. Where should I rent a car?
A. Rental car is available at airport or pick up available for $200 round-trip from Buffalo Airport (45 minute drive each way and includes tolls). Taxi service is also available from A – Cab (716 -366-8888) for $120 for up to 4 passengers each way.
Q. What bodies of water do you fish?
A. Cattaraugus Creek, Chautauqua Creek, Canadaway Creek, and several secret streams.
Q. What types of Fishing do you do?
A. Wading streams, fly fishing, and catch and release.
Q. What can you accommodate to meet my needs?
A. We would like to make your trip as memorable and as fulfilling as possible. If you have any dietary preferences or physical limitations/concerns/ preferences, please let us know. We would like to try to accommodate your needs and wishes.