The Niagara River is an amazing all-year fishery and starting in Oct., the steelhead and browns start moving in as well as lakers to spawn (season closes for them in Oct.). Only problem with fishing the mighty Niagara is water turbidity caused by strong winds on Lake Erie and strong winds on the river that makes it very difficult for boat control.
James Packer was out recently and had excellent success with fresh run steelhead using an imitation single egg/yarn fly combination. The best way to fish drift-baits on the Niagara is by drifting with a 1 – 1 1/2 oz pencil weight/3-5′ lead off a 3-way swivel and either a single egg imitation, roe bag, live minnow or 3″ streamer. The key is to drift close to the bottom at current speed without getting snagged on the bottom.