GUIDED FISHING TRIPS
DRIFT BOAT & RAFT TRIPS
Half Day | 4 Hours | $250
Full Day | 8 Hours | $400 includes lunch
1 or 2 anglers
WALK & WADE TRIPS
Half Day | 4 Hours | $225
Full Day | 8 Hours | $350 includes lunch
Additional anglers + $50
Bring your own waders, we provide everything else
*Valid NYS fishing license is required for all anglers
Lake Erie steelhead
Steelhead fishing in western New York usually starts around the end of September and the fish will come in waves from then until May depending on the season.
With access to many tributaries in our surrounding area it's possible to escape the crowds and have a beautiful piece of our water all to yourself.
Great Lakes steelhead are beautiful, fast and powerful fish, and the trip to western New York is an affordable alternative to the west coast and their native ancestors. Recent seasons we have had the bonus of the odd lake run brown trout that come in to spawn and/or feast on the easy meals floating downstream.
Lake Ontario Tribs
(steelhead and brown trout)
The Lake Ontario Tributaries are on average much more popular country wide. The salmon anglers as well as the higher chance of catching the big beautiful lake run brown trout draws people from all over every fall. That being said, crowds are much bigger but so are the fish. King Salmon run these waters and the rest of the trout are always right behind them. Once the salmon begin to die off however, the anglers after the browns and steelhead will have more room to work over less pressured fish which is never a bad thing.
With average flows of 250,000 cfs the mighty Niagara River is a spectacle. The shear beauty of your surroundings is trumped only when you see the beastly salmonids and other fish that call these turbid waters home. Early fall the salmon are the first to enter followed closely by brown trout, lake trout, and steelhead. These fish on average are large and can use the massive current against you - having you and a net man chasing downstream. Walk and reel!
Although western New York is know for steelhead and our other migratory salmonids, there are hundreds of miles of stocked and naturally reproducing trout, as well as tiny babbling brooks with native brook trout. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, these fish can be brought to hand on nymphs, dries and even streamers. Spring and fall are the most optimal times, but trout can be caught in the dead of winter and summer, as long as stream temps are safe for the trout.
Euro nymphing is all the craze in fly fishing lately and for good reason. It works. It's called many things - Czech, French, Tightline Mono Rig - but the fact is a majority of most trouts diet is subsurface and this technique puts the bugs right in the fishes face. If catching a lot of fish is your thing, euro nymphing is your game. It's also not hard to teach, even to beginners because most takes of the fly you will actually feel.
When the flows/weather are right QCG can also take you and your fishing buddies out on one of our crafts for a day of fishing. Wether you are a hard core fly fisherman who wants to grind all day or a parent looking to get your kiddo out for a day on the water drowning worms - I'd love to help!