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 October 29 – 31 and December 3 – 5 , 2021 during the peak of the steelhead run. The December event is now sold out but we have seats available for the October event! Maximum enrollment for each event is 12 participants so that everyone get enough attention. Sign up now!

Both events 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 couple of our well-respected local fly fishing guides including Alberto Rey, the 2021 Orvis Guide of the Year winner, who is organizing the events. 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 Friday evening. The smoker includes cigars 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, 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 at the Wanakah Country Club but are not included in the event fee. You will also need to purchase a Wapsi Fly Tying Starter Kit – Wapsi Fly before the event.

On Sunday, 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 post-event celebratory dinner will be presented at Wanakah Country Club (not included in the event fee). Appropriate COVID guidelines will be followed throughout the weekend.

The price for the cigar smoker, the weekend’s worth of fly tying and fly fishing instruction, and use of waders, boots and gear is $375. Please purchase a Wapsi Fly Tying Starter Kit – Wapsi Fly before the event. 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 several of the hotels that are minutes away.

This is a wonderful casual 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 ( Please send me an email ( after you have paid and mention which event you are interested in attending. Thank you.


Tentative Schedule

6pm – 7pm – cocktails – cash bar available – Wanakah Country Club – casual attire as per Wanakah C.C. dress code
7 pm – dinner – not included in clinic price
8 – 10pm – social time – cocktails- cash bar available

8am – breakfast – casual attire as per Wanakah C.C. dress code
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 – not included in clinic price
1pm – 6pm – tie fly patterns and discuss flies that would be effective for steelhead
6pm – 7pm – cocktails-cash bar available
7 pm – dinner- not included in clinic price
8 – 10pm – social time – cocktails- cash bar available

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 – lunch – tentative time – depends on what is happening on stream – location to be determined – not included in clinic price
1pm –  4pm – go to different stream if needed – continue to fish for steelhead
6pm – 8pm – post-event celebratory dinner (not included in clinic price) at Wanakah Country Club 
8pm – 10pm – social time – cocktails- cash bar available

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 – November 4 – 6-8pm – 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).