Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in New York

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Damon Newpher Fly Fishing

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon814-598-4562 Email iconnewpherd@gmail.com Link iconellicottvilleflyfishing.com
PO Box 1374
Ellicottville, NY 14731

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The Story

Whether you're interested in chasing steelhead in the waters of western New York or drifting limited access stretches of the Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania in pursuit of wild browns, Damon Newpher knows the fish and the water. He fished the Upper Clarion as a child with his grandfather, ventured west to guide in Montana as a young man, and returned to helm the Orvis-awarded Glendorn Lodge fishing and hunting operation for more than a decade. For those who set their sights farther afield, Damon has hosted trips to Belize, Mexico, and The Bahamas, and he keeps a bag packed and local guides at the ready.

Now based in Ellicottville, New York, Damon brings the unique combination of fishing expertise and hospitality experience to every adventure. From deftly navigating his ClackaCraft between proven holes to grilling mid-day steaks along a quiet riverbank, every detail is patiently anticipated for anglers of all skill levels.

And speaking of angling, when the steelhead are running, Damon will be wading into the fray along Cattaraugus Creek and the Lower Niagara River, just to name a couple. Depending on the season and the weather, though, he will also be fishing for salmon, musky, pike, and smallmouth bass, on lakes and rivers across western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Half- and full-day trips are available, equipment is provided, and itineraries can be tailored to suit ambitions, abilities, and conditions.

What is Provided:

Leader and tippet
Flies are provided for your day on the water. We hand-tie our own flies for the rivers and region we fish.
Full-day trips include lunch.

We highly recommend that you bring your favorite rod for the species we're targeting, however we have plenty of gear for your use. Bring waders and the necessary layers to get you through the day. We have access to rental waders if needed.

Also available is a combination week with time at both Cinco Rios Lodge and Estancia Del Zorro. Please inquire with Orvis Adventures about these special packages.

What to Bring:

We recommend:
Polarized glasses
Rain gear
Layering for the season.
A backpack is useful for hike-in fishing to adjust layers as needed

Gear Recommendations:

We target many different species of fish throughout the year. We use 1-4 wt rods for small inland streams, 5-7 wt for the large rivers, 7-10 wt for Salmon, steelhead, musky, pike and bass. Spey and switch rods on the Cattaraugus and Niagara Rivers if you like to swing flies or "speydicator" fish.


Fly Fishing Western New York and North Western Pennsylvania is possible year-round for a wide variety of species. There are peak times for all and with our Great Lakes region a wide diversity of cold and warm water possibilities.

January-March: Steelhead, brown, rainbow, and brook trout.

April: Steelhead, brown, rainbow, brook trout, musky, and pike.

May-September: Brown, rainbow, brook trout, musky, pike, carp, and smallmouth bass.

September: Brown, rainbow, brook trout, musky, pike, carp, smallmouth bass, steelhead, and salmon.

October-November: Brown, rainbow, brook trout, musky, pike, steelhead, salmon, lake trout, and lake-run brown trout.

December: Brown, rainbow, brook trout, steelhead, and salmon.


Year-round fishing opportunities for a wide variety of inland and lake run, cold and warm water species.


Licensed in Pennsylvania as well as New York we fish inland rivers as big as the Lower Niagara to small native brook trout streams. Steelhead in the Zoar Valley Gorge of Cattaraugus Creek including float trips on the Allegheny and Clarion River for trout and Upper Allegheny River, and its tributaries, for musky, pike, smallmouth bass and carp. There are many options for the wade angler, as well as float trips.

Typical Weather:

Spring: A mix of cool and wet weather brings on the spring hatches and big browns come out to play.
Summer: Warm and humid. Excellent for terrestrial fishing, chucking large streamers for musky and dry-fly prospecting for native brookies.
Fall: Cool to cold. A great time of year to catch our lake-run fish of Erie and Ontario.
Winter: Cold and snowy. Steelhead and trout are the target species during the winter months.

Rates start from: $200 You can find all pricing information at: https://www.ellicottvilleflyfishing.com/

We are based in Ellicottville, New York. There are plenty of year-round activities to choose from ranging from golf, skiing, mountain biking, rafting, spa, shopping, and plenty of resorts, B&B's, and restaurants to choose from. More information can be found here: www.ellicottvilleny.com

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