Cigar Smoker and Steelhead Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Clinic

We are very excited about this year’s smoker and clinic!!

As you probably know, our streams are nationally recognized for their steelhead fishing. To celebrate the steelies annual fall migration, we are hosting Cigar Smoker and Fly Fishing Clinics on November 5 -7 and December 3 – 5, 2021 during the peak of the steelhead run. The event will take place at the stunning Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg, NY. Steeped in history and uniquely located along the shores of Lake Erie just 15 minutes south of downtown Buffalo. Wanakah offers facilities, service and activities that place it among Western New York’s most elite country clubs. This event is a fun and educational opportunity to learn to tie flies and learn to fly fish with a few of our well-respected local fly fishing guides. You will learn the aspects of fly fishing including history, equipment, types of fish, local fisheries, types of flies, fly tying, casting and so much more.

To kick off the event, we are having a dinner and smoker on the evening of Friday, December 3rd. The smoker includes cigars and with appropriately paired beverages of your choice. The cocktails and smoker will be presented outside at Wanakah Country Club on their beautiful grounds. The event is being sponsored by

On Saturday, December 4th, we will begin our presentations on the history of fly fishing, the introduction of steelhead to the Great Lakes, economic impact of steelhead fishing in the region and then we’ll begin our individualized fly tying instruction. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails will be available. After dinner, there will be a Bourbon Tasting by Erik Eustice, Level 3 Whiskey Sommelier and owner of Whiskey Folks.

On Sunday, December 5th, we will include a full day of instruction on the stream as we try to seduce steelhead using the flies you tied the previous day! Waders, boots, rods, reels will be provided for the day at no cost. A bag lunch on the stream will be available as well as a post-event celebratory dinner at Pasquale’s . Appropriate COVID guidelines will be followed throughout the weekend.

The price for the cigar smoker, the weekend’s worth of instruction, and use of waders, boots and gear is $375. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails will be available but are not included in the price. If you are concerned about having too much of a good time after the smoker and after-dinner cocktail socials, you need not be concerned. You can stay overnight at a historic mansion, Suncliff on the Lake, by making reservations at or there are several other hotels that are minutes away.

This is a wonderful event for friends, family and clients but this event is limited to twelve participants to provide specialized individual attention to each person. Get your reservations in NOW. First come, first serve. Click here to pay and register for the event or you can use Venmo (@alberto-rey) or Paypal ( Deadline to register is Saturday, November 6th. Please send me an email ( after you have paid and mention which event you are interested in attending. Thank you.

Tentative Schedule
Saturday, December 4, 2021
8am – breakfast – included for clinic participants
9am – 12pm – introductions, history of fly fishing, equipment, local fisheries, types of fish, when and where to fish, types of flies, introduction to fly tying   
12pm – 1pm – lunch – included for clinic participants
1pm – 6pm – tie fly patterns and discuss flies that would be effective for steelhead
6pm – 7pm – cocktails
7 pm – dinner
8 – 10pm – Bourbon Tasting by Erik Eustice, Owner/President of and a certified Level 3 Whiskey Sommelier – cash bar available

Sunday, December 5, 2021
8am – (7:30 sunrise) – Meet at Alberto Rey’s house to try on waders (211 Chestnut Street, Fredonia, NY 14063) – look at studio with ceramic and paintings while waiting for waders to try on – Janeil, Alberto’s wife will show you around.
9am – 12pm –  go to local stream, practice casting techniques and presentation of your flies
12pm – 1pm – box lunch – tentative time – depends on what is happening on stream – included for clinic participants
1pm –  4pm – go to different stream if needed – continue to fish for steelhead
6pm – 8pm – post-event celebratory dinner at Pasquale’s
8pm – 10pm – social time: cocktails

Please bring:
Please bring the following for the clinic: New York State fishing license (, polarized sunglasses, proper clothing appropriate for weather, waterproof jacket (preferably not brightly colored)

Follow up Event – To be announced – Orvis Buffalo Store –  Eastern Hills Mall- 4545 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 1422 – Snacks and beverages – to informally follow up and answer any questions, share stories, introduce to fly fishing equipment, etc .

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions ( or 716.410.7003).