2018 Hosted Fly Fishing Adventures

Crooked Island, Bahamas      February 24-March 3 & March 3-10

Christmas Island    March 20-27

Cuba's Zapata peninsula   May 3-12

Steelhead & Bass Camps       (Fall 2017--October 19-22 & November 26-29)

WNY Trout Camp         (June dates to be determined)

Alaska-Kanektok river       (July 7-14, 2018) 

If you're considering joining us for a fly fishing adventure, please get in touch now to reserve your spot.    Call us at 716-479-2327, or e-mail  us.  SINGLE ANGLERS WELCOME!!  (at double occ. rates)

We hope you can make it--these trips are a blast--great fishing, food and camaraderie, and some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere.   Remember, booking your guided trip with us doesn't cost any more than booking directly with the lodges. Plus, you'll receive the added advantage of having a trip host on your adventure, who is there to make sure that your trip is enjoyable and hassle-free. 

Your trip host will be available to help with any tackle questions or problems that arise.  We will have extra gear in the event of equipment failure or breakage. Extra leaders, tippet and flies will be available too. If you need help booking your flight and making travel arrangements, we can help. Our hosted trips are fully guided by local native, knowledgeable guides & there is no additional cost added to the trip for our assistance.  Our goal is for all guests to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Crooked Island, Bahamas      February 24-March 3 & March 3-10

On Crooked Island, we have found what we believe to be one of the best deals in the Bahamas. The bonefishing/flats fishing is excellent, and the shallow water reef program adds another dimension to the great flats fishing already offered. The guides are great, and they work hard, often staying on the water for 10 hours. Their boats are top-notch, and better than we have seen anywhere we have visited in the Bahamas. The lodging is also modern, clean and very comfortable, and you can watch the sun setting over the ocean every evening, not to mention you can catch jacks, snapper, grouper and barracuda right from shore. And there are very few bugs here, for reasons unknown to me. The food is also superb, and as fresh as you can get it. Lobster, wahoo, mutton snapper, grouper & conch are just some of the tasty dinners we'll enjoy.

The cost is $2850.00 per person for seven nights, six full days of guided fishing. (based on double occupancy) *Cost includes guides, lodging, all meals & non-alcoholic drinks on Crooked Island, and airport transfers from Crooked island airport to the Lodge. *You pay for airfare to Crooked Island, one night’s lodging, taxi & dinner in Nassau, tips, and alcohol, if desired.

Christmas Island      March 20-27

We are hosting a trip to Christmas Island (republic of Kiribati) in the central Pacific Ocean.  Renowned for great bone fishing, with endless hard packed sand and coral flats, Christmas island also offers giant and Bluefin trevally, indo pacific triggerfish, as well as bluewater fishing very close to shore.  This trip should be on any saltwater flats angler's bucket list.  Guests stay on the water at Ikari House, a great location with easy and fast access to the inner lagoon.

The rate for the 7N/6D package is $2792 per person, dbl occup.  Included in the package are accommodations, guided fishing, all meals, non-bottled beverages. Excluded are your international flights, guide and staff gratuities, bar tab and items of a personal nature.

Cuba         May 3-12
Join us in Cuba from May 3-12, 2018 for a fly fishing & cultural adventure!!

A lot has changed with legal entry into Cuba, but US citizens can legally travel there, and we have partnered with a legal and reputable agency that allows for anglers to travel legally & hassle free to Cuba.  If you were thinking about going to Cuba, now is the time!   Read more about it here: https://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/ctl
LOCATION: At just under half a million hectares, the Zapata Peninsula is by far the largest swampland in the Caribbean. It’s located in the Matanzas District of Cuba (southern coast), and takes up almost a third of the district. This enormous mangrove estuary encompasses the entire peninsula and is home to millions of birds, mammals and reptiles. It’s sparsely populated when compared with the rest of Cuba and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by the Cuban Government.

Bonefish and Tarpon. Permit, Snook, Cubera Snapper, Jack Crevelle, and Barracuda are also available.

This is one of the most unique and diverse fisheries and there are three principal areas that can be fished: the flats, the river and the Bocas.

The flats - are a wade fisherman’s dream as roughly 80% of the 100,000 acres of fishable water can be waded. The average water depth of the inner flats is between 6 and 18 inches. There is more shallow water bonefish habitat here than any place we know of and it would take a lifetime to fish it all. There are also deeper water flats on the outer edges of the park and this is where we often find permit and even the odd tarpon.

The river -is about an hour drive from the hotel but still located inside the National Park. The river is an excellent juvenile tarpon fishery, with the average tarpon weighing between 5-25 pounds. 60-80 pound tarpon are not uncommon and there is a healthy snook population living in the river as well. Guests will fish the mangroves as well as the wider bays and tributaries for rolling fish.

The Bocas -The Bocas are the outer islands and channels that protect the inner flats of Las Salinas. The Bocas are approximately a 45 minute boat ride from where the bonefish skiffs are launched each morning, but well worth the trip. These pristine outer islands hold excellent numbers of tarpon, cubera snapper and snook. The water is 4 to 10 feet deep and crystal clear. Time after time our guests marvel at how visually stunning the Bocas are and they almost always come back with stories of epic battles with tarpon and snook. Each guest has his or her own guide for the duration of the week in each of the three fishing areas.

We will be staying at a nice 5 room beachfront hotel with a restaurant and bar in El Caleton, a small, quaint beachside community on the south coast of Cuba.  All rooms are double occupancy.
El Caleton is close to Playa Larga, several kilometers south of Boca de Guamá at the head of the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), which was one of two beaches invaded by US-backed exiles on April 17, 1961. Nowadays, it's the best base for exploring the Zapata peninsula, Cuba's largest wilderness area.

There is a whole fleet of brand new Beavertail Flats skiffs powered by 30 horse powered 4 stroke engines. These skiffs accommodate one angler and one guide. There are also 3 larger flats skiffs that accommodate 2 anglers and 1 guide. Most anglers love having their own guide and skiff for the week but if you’d prefer to fish 2 anglers per skiff, please let us know this at the time of the booking so we can make sure one of the larger skiffs is available for you.

Guests will fly into Havana (there are direct flights from several US cities), and we are spending two nights in this wonderful city, at a 4 star hotel situated in the heart of old Havana.    On Saturday, guests will be driven to the Zapata in a modern air conditioned van or bus. The trip takes 2.5 hours and we will usually stop once for refreshments. Las Salinas is the small launch site inside the National Park, where the bonefish skiffs leave from each morning. In order to get down to Salinas, guests have to pass through a Cuban Military check point located at the edge of the park boundary. There is only one road down to Las Salinas and all visitors heading into and out of the park are closely monitored to prevent the poaching of fish and wildlife. The ride from the hotel through the park and down to Salinas takes about 50 minutes, depending on road conditions and there is a full time professional driver who handles all the driving and is with us for the duration of you trip.

- It is often difficult to pay for things with credit cards in remote locations like the Zapata. Cash is king
- Electricity is 220

PRICE: $4750 pp with private guide, $4500 with shared guide

•Being met at the airport in Havana
•2 nights in central Havana in 4 star hotel
•All transfers inside Cuba
•7 nights at Beachfront hotel in El Caleton in double occupancy room
•All meals while in El Caleton. Breakfast lunch and dinner each day
•6 days of guided fishing (single or double occupancy in skiff as chosen)
•Cuban sport fishing license

•Bonefish & tarpon trust travel document ($250)
•Meals in Havana
•Fly fishing gear
•Mandatory Cuban Medical Insurance Policy as of May 1, 2010. Normally included when you buy your airline ticket.
•Cuban travel visa ($50-75)

1) A valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after your departure from Cuba
2) A Cuban Entry Visa.

Steelhead & Bass Camps      (2018 dates tbd)

Learn to use a spey or switch rod for steelhead & smallmouth bass on Cattaraugus Creek.     Single handers welcome!  Head instructor/guide is Nick Pionessa

Fly Tying demo, spey/switch instruction

The rate for the Steelhead/Bass camp is $650/person
Cost includes: two days of guided fly fishing by N.Y.S. Registered guides. (2 or 3 anglers per guide), streamside lodging for three nights; lunch for both guided days; fly Tying demo in the evening, spey/switch instruction & use of fly fishing equipment if needed. (note: if Cattaraugus Creek is running too high, we will fish alternate tribs)

Lodging is provided on the night prior to the first guided day, and for the next two nights. Our cabins have full kitchens, so bring breakfast supplies. We'll dine out for dinners at local restaurants, or you can bring food and cook your own dinner.

To reserve a spot requires a deposit of $200 per person. You can make checks payable to Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters. The balance is due at the end of your trip.

Inland Trout Camp      (2018 dates tbd)

Learn to fish the inland trout streams of western NY, with a special emphasis on dry fly fishing

Arrive on June 2, and depart on the 5th (friday--monday)
3 nights lodging on the Catt, guided fishing on the 3rd & 4th
Fly Tying demo, small stream dry fly instruction
Head instructor/guide is Nick Pionessa

The rate for the inland trout camp is $650/person

Cost includes: two days of guided fly fishing by N.Y.S. Registered guides (2 anglers per guide), streamside lodging for three nights; lunch for both guided days; fly Tying demo in the evening, small stream fly fishing instruction & use of fly fishing equipment if needed;

Lodging is provided on the night prior to the first guided day, and for the next two nights. Our cabins have full kitchens, so bring breakfast supplies. We'll dine out for dinners at local restaurants, or you can bring food and cook your own dinner.

To reserve a spot requires a deposit of $200 per person. You can make checks payable to Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters. The balance is due at the end of your trip.

Kanektok River Alaska Adventure    (July 7-14, 2018)

If you are interested in going to Alaska on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, please let us know. The trip is hosted by me, and the lodge is run by friends of ours from Upstate NY.

This week in July offers king, chum, pink & sockeye, salmon, plus great mousing for rainbows & dolly varden, as well as grayling. The chums on this river are chrome bright and are very tough fighters - guests often comment on how hard they fight. You will be catching a lot of them daily.

This river is a fish factory! It's fly in only and this lodge is one of only two lodges on the river.


The Spectacular Kanektok Fishery

The Kanektok (aka the Chosen River) is a fly fisherman’s dream. The river is the perfect size and provides outstanding spawning grounds for all five species of Alaskan Pacific salmon. Located in southwestern Alaska near the village of Quinhagak, our camp is perfectly situated within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Encompassing over 4 million acres, it is home to some of the most prolific salmon runs in the world and hosts a wide variety of fish, bird and mammal species. From rolling tundra to the highest mountain peaks, and from the rugged coastlines to crystal clear rivers, the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for all things wild. A magical place by any account, its ability to support wildlife and sustain natural populations of WILD fish truly set it apart. In the clear waters of the Kanektok, anglers will find king, coho, sockeye, chum and pink salmon, as well as trophy-sized native rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, and dolly varden. The Kanektok and its tributaries and braids give anglers access to some of the best sport fishing in the world. We are extremely lucky to be here on this river and are excited to share this very special area with you.

The Kanektok river fishing season is dictated by the king and silver salmon fishery and has excellent trout fishing. The kings run June 15th – July 25th while the silver salmon run July 23rd until Sept 10th. The king salmon escapement goal is 3,500 - 8,000 per season. The silver salmon escapement goal is 50,000 per season. During the month of July the Kanektok receives a run of 50,000 – 200,000 chum salmon and on even years receives a run of over 100,000 pink salmon. The river also has a run of 50,000 - 200,000 sockeye salmon in mid July. The rivers’ rainbow trout are most prevalent in the braided section of the river. There are trophy rainbows available with some close to 30 inches. The dolly vardens are sea run with over 20,000 - 35,000 passing the fish weir last year. The river also has a good grayling population.

2018 rates: $5150.00
Your trip includes all accommodations, guides, meals, rods, reels, flies, terminal tackle, and a DVD of pictures or video from your trip.

A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to hold your week

Terms and Conditions
A deposit of 50% is required within 15 days of booking to confirm a reservation. The balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.  Deposit is refundable, less a $100 per person processing fee, if written cancellation is received at least 90 days prior to the trip. A 50% refund will be made to client if written cancellation is received 31-89 days prior to the trip, and no refund will be made if written cancellation is received 30 days or less prior to the trip, unless a substitute angler is found, in which case a full refund will be made less a $100 processing fee.    Receipt of deposit is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation/refund and responsibility clauses.

Because many deposits and final payments for trip packages may be non-refundable (see above,) it is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance in the event that you have to cancel, postpone or reschedule your trip for any reason. This is the only way that we can assist you with compensation for a cancelled trip. For more information or for assistance in purchasing trip insurance, please contact CCO Fly Fishing/Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters

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