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Spring Drift Boat Trips

Apr 23, 2022 – Jun 5, 2022

Float Trips on regional rivers targeting trout during peak hatch periods. The perfect time of year to try to match the hatch and catch fish on dry flies.

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Warmer Days, Time Change, and official first day of Spring on March 20th. That can only mean one thing in Western New York. Spring steelhead season has officially begun. After several weeks of creeks being froze over, we finally have open water to fish and plenty of fish to catch.
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Fall is here. With the change of leaves and cool fall rains mark the run of steelhead in the tributaries of the Great Lakes. Let me guide you to the rivers with the biggest returns of fish and show you the way to catch them using fly fishing gear. I look forward to seeing you on the river.

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Testimonials

a year ago
I had an outstanding trip with Damon fishing for steelhead in the Erie tribs. He was very knowledgeable, patient, fun to be around, and he worked hard to put us on fish. He works well with anglers of different skill levels and clearly enjoys helping people catch fish and learn the sport of fly fishing. I highly recommend him.
- Robert H
a year ago
Damon took us on a fly fishing trip on the Clarion River. It was an excellent trip. He is extremely knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. Highly recommend.
- John N

About us

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.


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  • (814) 598-4562

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