Fly Fishing Instruction
Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge encourages those new to fly fishing by offering instruction on how to get started fishing for the lunker trout and salmon of the Great Lakes. Most people are pleased to discover that tributary fly fishing is not a complicated proposition to start. In fact, the basic techniques can be mastered in a short time and the business of hooking and landing the fish of a lifetime can happen sooner than you think! Our practice of being accommodating to all sporting anglers is a serious tenet of our approach to instruction. We would not suppose to insult our customers’ desire to learn by being arrogant. We really want to see you have fun fly fishing!
The shop hosts Fly Fishing classes in the Fall and Spring. The Fall class in October is designed for beginners or those new to the sport. All of the basics of tributary fly fishing are covered including run timing, fishable tributaries, stream etiquette, rods, reels, equipment, casting techniques and fly presentation. The one-day class includes hands-on, streamside demonstrations. Time permitting, students can cast for 20 pound+ Salmon at the end of the day. And, a hearty lunch is always included in the nominal class fee. After completing the course, students can look forward to the entire Fall, Winter and Spring tributary fishing season to hone their skills. Overnight lodging can be arranged for out of town students, as well.
Spring tributary fly fishing classes take place in April when the magnificent Steelhead is the primary quarry. Steelhead are willing takers of a well-presented fly and they leave many anglers holding a slack line halfway through a spirited battle.
The Spring class covers much of the same basic material offered in the Fall and also includes some more advanced techniques used for Winter and Spring Steelhead fishing. Classes cover material during a one-day session that an intermediate or beginning fly fisherman may come to learn on his or her own over the course of several seasons. All fly fishermen can benefit from course instruction as we should never presume to know it all. Often just being shown a fresh perspective is worth enrolling for instruction. If you are interested in more information for the Fall or Spring class, contact Orleans Outdoor.
Fly Tying Instruction
Although die-hard Steelheaders ply the icy waters all winter long hoping to do battle with a silver chromer, Winter can also be a great time to stock up depleted fly boxes.
Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge offers a 6-week fly tying course covering all of the basic tributary patterns. For the first week, students learn some relatively simple patterns. From there, each week builds upon the next so that students learn to not only tie specific patterns but also the application of select tying techniques so that many other patterns can be tied.
After the course, the new tier can look at nearly any fly and determine how the fly was constructed and with what materials. The fly tying instructors include commercial tiers and experts with many years of collective experience. If you have never experienced it, you owe it to yourself to feel the sense of accomplishment of catching a trout or salmon on a fly of your own creation. It’s a great thrill!
Advocacy & Information
Here at Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge we work hard in support of the tremendous trout and salmon fishing in Lake Ontario and the tributaries. We do this as a concerned stakeholder AND out of genuine respect for the resource. None of us should take for granted the truly World Class angling we enjoy. In that regard you’ll find Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge in support and lobbying for things like consistent water feed for the Oak Orchard River from the Erie Canal, good public access along the tribs and reasonable creel limits to name just a few. We support catch and release and have zero tolerance for any illegal “fishing” methods. Snagging in any of its practiced forms just takes opportunities and enjoyment away from all of us. If you are interested in checking out a great organization that’s main focus is enhancing the tributary fishing please check out the Lake Ontario Steelhead Association (LOSA).
We provide daily fishing conditions and information throughout the fall, winter and spring via this website and a recorded phone message. The reports are accurate and current to our best ability based upon angler reports, direct observation and experience. Under almost any conditions, good or bad, there is the opportunity to hook a trout or salmon and the daily reports reflect that. That is just the nature of how good this fishery is. However, because of the nuances of weather, water flow, angler skill and fish migrations, experiences can vary. Conditions can and do change on a moments notice without our immediate knowledge. No guarantee of success, natural conditions or safety is ever implied. Out of respect for the fishery and other limitations, the reports are somewhat grounded, and we encourage anglers to visit the shop for more details. Come experience the great fishing based upon an informed decision. If you don’t, you’ll probably miss some great fishing action!
Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge is an official drop station for Angler’s Choice Taxidermy and Mountain Man Taxidermy. The taxidermists produce amazingly realistic mounts so that you may treasure the memory of a trophy trout and salmon for many years afterward. The taxidermists can also produce exceptional reproductions with little more than a photograph and length-girth measurements. With the investment in a reproduction, you support the fishery, and keep the sport alive for the future. For truly one of a kind art reproductions, complete wood carvings are available from New River Fish Carvings. Models can all be viewed at the shop, so please stop by.
To round out the services Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge provides in its mission toward being accommodating to all sporting anglers, customers can purchase the appropriate New York State fishing license. Internet sales are made quicker and easier by retaining your old or expired license and presenting it upon purchasing a new one.