STF Endorsed Guide: Nick Pionessa

February 3, 2017

Our new Endorsed Guides and Outfitters program helps you connect with the best two-hand focused guides in the business. 


Today, we introduce Nick Pionessa of Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters in Western New York. Nick has also been a regular contributor to Swing the Fly, including one of our favorite pieces from last year, "Pilgrim", featured in the print premier Winter 16' issue. 



Specializing in two handed instruction and guiding on the many Great Lakes tributaries of Western NY. Learn how to effectively swing the fly on waters both large and small. I’m happy to work with anglers of any experience level. Beginners are always welcome. Learn rigging from reel to fly and demystify the line selection process. Working with experienced anglers to improve their casting and fly presentation or introducing them to GL Steelhead, Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass. Helping the seasoned GL Steelheader make the switch over to two handed rods. From the Trout stream sized tribs to the mighty Niagara we can teach you to be successful and leave the bobbers behind.




Extend your GL two handed season by targeting Lake run, pre spawn Smallmouth bass. These are adult, spawning sized fish (1.5-6lbs) that run the tribs as the Steelhead are leaving. They take a swung fly well and fight hard. Wading a big river where the farther you can cast the more fish you’ll hook to skating Gurglers for explosive top water takes. All while the weather is comfortable in Spring to early Summer. Perfect for the business travelling angler, minutes from the city of Buffalo.



Exclusively Catch and Release with all species. Striving to educate the angling community on proper fish handling techniques.

It’s a short season and these prime dates fill in fast. Fall Steelhead 10/1-1/1. Spring Steelhead 3/1-5/1. Spring Smallmouth 4/15-6/1

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