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February Meeting:
Steelhead Guide Nick Pionessa

The Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at the Canandaigua VA Building 5 Auditorium on Monday, February 20th at 730pm.

Steelhead fishing Guide Nick Pionessa will be the Chapter guest and speak on current steelhead fishing opportunities in Western New York and a look to the coming “spring” season. Nick, associated with The Oak Orchard Fly Shop in Williamsville, NY, is a full-time fly tier. His flies end up in some of the better-known shops in the country.

Put this meeting on your calendar.

Friends and visitors are always welcome.
We will have our usual raffle.
So . . . Remember to bring dollars or flies!

Need directions the to VA Medical Center? Click directions

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Chapter T-Shirts are available at monthly meetings. $15. Or, send an email request with your name, address, and size (M, L, XL) to Jean Chaintreuil.

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Prez sez . .

Travel Adventures

TU Chapter operations are moving along at a wonderful pace!

The Fly Tying class has 11 students and Gerry Luzum and Dick Steinheider have things running "smooth as silk". Unfortunately Dick has had to step aside as an assistant due to family medical problems. Perhaps if you would like to offer a little help you could contact Gerry sometime soon.

Spring steelhead season will start shortly. Nick Pionessa is definitely an expert in Western New York and will share a ton of knowledge at this month's meeting. I encourage you to attend.

Please tell us where you have been fishing and with what success during this very unusual Western New York winter. I will allocate a little extra time at the meeting as I am sure a lot of fishing this unusual weather has offered you some "tips and tricks" that you will share with the group.

We are also ready to go with the Fly Fishing School. Jim Cantin has a new poster for this year and more information will be shared shortly. Or volunteer your time and experiences ... contact Jim.

I've got tax returns to do now!
~~ C

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Fishing Log

Here is something you might like. My Daily Fishing Log is a free, private, password-protected fly fishing journal. It is written for fly fishermen who keep a journal of their fishing trips and need a more organized way of recording streamside memories and analyzing their success. They believe the key to improving your fishing skills is by recording and analyzing various changing conditions on the river. The detailed journal, report and analytical features will help you become a better fisherman. The web page link is http://www.mydailyfishinglog.com/.

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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Invasive Species Management

Inspect-Take a close look at your equipment for any rocks, mud, plants, moss or other materials. And physically remove it.

Clean-Thoroughly clean your equipment with water and a brush to remove any attached materials.

Dry-Completely dry your equipment in the sun.

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Aberle Eye Care

Two-handed Rods

When it comes to fishing for kings on the Kenektok, or fishing for steelhead on the Dean, people really like spey casting. Two-handed casting is one of the coolest things around.

Spey rods are getting a lot more popular these days. That being said, we hear from a lot of people who say things like…
• “You’re making a bigger deal out of casting that you should.”
• “Spey rods are all about casting far, and you don’t have to cast far to catch fish.”
• “Spey gear is really fidgety, and you just like to stand around talking about gear.”
• “I don’t fish for steelhead, so why should I care?”

Here’s why.
• It’s easier to cover the water with a spey rod. If you need to cast more than 20 feet to get your fly to the fish, you can do it with a spey rod, with less effort than with a single-handed rod.
• Spey rods give better line control. Mending with a 13′ rod allows you to move more line than mending with a 9′ rod. It just does.
• Spey casting is easier on your body – especially your shoulders. You can keep your arms close to your body and still get the line out with a spey rod. If you’re like us and have made one too many double-hauls with 12 weight, your body will thank you for giving the two-hander a try.
• During those occasional stretches where you’re not catching fish, the casting itself is fun. Much like making a great golf swing, hitting a cast right with a spey rod is fun, in and of itself.
• All the gear is really fidgety and we like to stand around talking about gear. Guilty as charged. Spey fishing tackle and techniques are changing constantly, and it’s interesting to keep up with the cutting edge.
• Sometimes you really do need to cast long. There are times when an 80′ cast just won’t reach where the fish are holding, and when you need to throw it far, the spey rod is your friend.
• It’s not just for steelhead. Spey rods were made for swinging flies, so…any time you need to swing, you should think about a two-hander. Hoppers for trout on big rivers? Smolt patterns for giant rainbows? Striper fishing when you’ve got current? Yeah, try a spey rod.
• You don’t need to make a backcast. The River Spey in Scotland is lined with bushes, and it’s hard to make a backcast when you’ve got bushes behind you. Those wise Scots developed spey casting to enable you to present a fly in front of you when you’ve got bushes behind you. This happens a lot on rivers located very near to Anytown, USA.

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The Beaverkill

The Beaverkill River is located in the South Central part of New York State. One of the most famous rivers in the Northeast, it flows almost 44 miles through the Catskill Mountains until it joins the East Branch of the Delaware.

The upper 27 miles of the river are known as the Upper Beaverkill. This part of the river is narrow, steep, and very rocky. The first five miles are from 5 to 25 feet wide. This section consists of small pools and pocket water. The Upper Beaverkill is well shaded and has many cold springs, which keep its deep bedrock pools cold all year round. The next stretch of the upper part is from the Balsam Lake outlet down to Shin Creek at Lew Beach. This 12-mile stretch is from 20 to 60 feet wide. Here, there are more medium-sized pools that are separated by shallow riffle sections. Jones Falls is the most prominent feature in this section of the river. It is located about two miles above Turnwood, where it plunges 30 to 40 feet into a deep pool.

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The 11-mile stretch from Lew Beach to Junction Pool continues to grow in size. The river widens from 50 to 75 feet, with the pools and riffles becoming longer and more pronounced. The Covered Bridge Pool, at the state campsite, is located in this section.

The lower section of the Beaverkill begins at the famous Junction Pool, where the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc join. Here, the river almost doubles in size, which is why it is known as "Big River." This pool became famous because it unites two of the Northeast's most famous trout streams. The water in this section of the river is made up of beautiful riffles and pools that cater to the dry-fly fisherman. The Beaverkill's two-mile no-kill section which begins at the Delaware County line, is also part of this section of the river.

Horse Brook Run and Carin's Pool are both famous sections of the Beaverkill's no-kill water. Horse Brook Run is regarded by most as 1/4 mile of the finest pocket of water on the river. This section can be very difficult to wade, so fishermen must be careful. Carin's Pool is a long, deep, clear pool that holds a tremendous number of fish. This pool and its fishermen are visible from one of the overpasses on Route 17.

The last 10 miles of the Beaverkill are made up of long, shallow riffles and pools. Painters' Bend, Cooks Falls Pool, and the Flats are popular areas to fish in this section. About nine miles below the Cooks Falls Pool is the Horton no-kill section, which contains some excellent trout water. Stadel's Run, Cemetery Pool, Freeman's Flat, Horton's Pool, Acid Factory and Railroad Run all fish well when the water temperatures are good.

Below the Horton no-kill section, the remaining six miles of the river are wide, and a slow-moving, shallow section of water. The only exception is where Trout Brook joins the river. The Beaverkill ends at Keener's Pool, which is known for its large trout. The beautiful water, numbers of trout, and excellent hatches have made the Beaverkill a legend that most fishermen have heard of, and that all fly fishermen should experience.

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February 20, Chapter Meeting. Steelhead fishing Guide Nick Pionessa.
March 19, Chapter Meeting. Outdoor reporter Leo Roth.
April 16, Chapter Meeting. Fishing Photography.
May 21, Chapter Meeting. Lake Erie topics: DEC's Jim Markham.
June 2nd and 3rd, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.
June 18, Chapter Picnic. Canandaigua American Legion.
July, No meeting.
August, No meeting.