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Meeting: Monday, October 21st
Ed Weber

Local guide and fishing guru Ed Weber will speak at the Chapter's October 21st meeting. The meeting will begin at 730pm at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium.

Ed will go over rod weight selection, matching the fly line to the rod, matching the leader to the line, tippet to the leader and tippet to the fly. Ed grew up in the Bay Shore (NY) area and has always been an avid fly fisherman. His favorite ... is to chase "chromers" ... NYS steelhead. He is always willing to travel to "rip some lips" ... out west or a camping-canoe trip in the Adirondacks. Ed will go over some of his fishing trips, including where to fish and when.

This will be our Annual Meeting, so election for three Board Members will held.

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. See Norm Brust or Jean Chaintreuil. Or, send an email request with your name, address, and size (M, L, XL) to Jean Chaintreuil.

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Dolomite Product Stone Quarry Permit Update

Dolomite Product Stone Quarry, on Gulf Road in Leroy NY, had filed the proper paperwork, with NYSDEC Region 8 DEC, to seasonally discharge 2.8 million gallons per day of ground and storm water from the Quarry to Mud Creek. This will allow a small expansion of the mines boundary. Ultimately Mud Creek flows into Oatka Creek 1.5 downstream of the Quarry and 3 miles upstream from Spring Creek.

All water will flow through two Air Strippers, before entering Mud Creek. The Air Strippers treat any harmful chemicals and ensure the discharge of the ground and storm water is in compliance with the State Pollution Discharge Elimination System standards.

Dr. Paul Richards, Associate Professor of Hydrogeology @ Brockport State, addressed the Impacts of this Dewatering on Mud and Oatka Creeks in a Impact Report. Dr Richards said “Based on our previous analysis of Mud Creek discharge and data before and after the Mud Creek sinkhole, only in the highest storm events will this water flow past the sinkhole to its outlet in Oatka Creek. This will only occur during periods of Karst-related flooding from January to April when seasonal high water tables coincide with snowmelt events. This period coincides with the period when mining is not occurring and when dewatering activities are minimal.”

Over twenty people reviewed the documentation including Pump Expert, Environmentalist, Chemical Engineers and Toxicologist. All the people involved in the review fish the Oatka and have a special interest in what is being injected into the Oatka. The result of the review was “THIS EFFORT WILL NOT HAVE ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OATKA CREEK”. But, if you want to review the 57 pages of supporting documents yourself, contact Tony Malagisi (by email) and he will send you the documents.
~~ Tony Malagisi

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Basic Steelhead Fishing

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It’s that time of year again, snow is falling, ski areas are opening, fall is in the air, but more importantly steelhead are entering numerous rivers and streams local to you!

Still a steelhead virgin? Never had the chance to have a heart-throbbing, two-toned, majestic acrobatic freight train of a fish tugging on the end of your line? STOP, take a minute and read this article, soak it all up and learn how to be a more productive steelheader day in and day out no matter how tough and adverse the conditions.

There are two types of steelheaders, those who get it and those who want to know how to get it! As frustrating as these chrome beauties may seem, they are actually quite contrary to your belief and instant success can come to those who are willing to adhere to some general guidelines.

Since this is Steelhead University, and we are the GO TO RESOURCE for everything there is to now about steelheading, we have made it easy for you to cut to the chase.

Layer-up, it’s cold out there!!!
It might not seem that significant to you right now in the confines of your home or office, but trust me, a guy who has had more purple toes then Barney, you will want to invest in a quality set of cold weather fishing apparel. If you’re serious about winter steelheading, and can swing it, I recommend you try and get some of the items listed below.

A good set of breathable waders are the thing to have now if you are going to fish very often from the bank or drift boat, for that matter. They not only allow you less restrictiveness than neoprene, they also keep you warmer by keeping moisture out. A good pair of felt sole boots is also a must for walking along the slippery river rocks that we so commonly find in the northwest. The felt helps grip rocks so you won’t take an ice bath in the 36 degree water! For the outer shell, I prefer Gortex for the durability and comfort but you can get away with any pvc- type material shells made for the commercial fishing industry.

Underneath my waders I prefer to sport light warm materials such as micro fiber fleece pants and wool or wick away socks. I also throw on a nice warm fleece hat and fingerless gloves when the temps get down into the 20s. These clothing items help make the long days of early wake up calls and freezing temps more tolerable as you battle for northwest steelhead.

Gear up!

Kevin Kram -Pliers
-Hook File
-Latex Gloves
-Pre Tied leaders in the 6ft length
-Various lengths of weights, pre cut lead and slinky’s
-Good amount of snap and barrel swivels
-Bobber Stops
-Yarn in pink, white, chartreuse and black
-Various flies to meet local conditions
-Tape Measure
Some of you might pack around more and some might have less, this is just a basic run down of what you should think about having in your vest.

Top fishermen know that having everything organized and prepared puts more fish to the bank or boat. Simple math tells us that the more time your gear is in the water the better chance you have of catching fish, you never know when your fish might bite!

Attention to details like keeping your hooks sharp, checking knots for strength, and running your fingers down the line to check for abrasions will also coincide with better long term results. The little things do, and will, make the difference especially when fishing is tough. Remembering the little things could make a 2 or 3 fish lost day a 2 or 3 fish banked day. And that’s what we’re all after right?

Practice catch and release the right way! Fisheries nationwide need us, the sportsmen, to practice ethical and less harmful ways of protecting our native runs of steelhead. I came up with a few ways to make this easier and more feasible while still allowing for picture taking.
1. Get a good quality net that is knotless and made for catch and release.
2. Use barbless hooks.
3. When taking a picture, beach the boat, net the fish and keep it half way in the water, only having the fish out for a few seconds, if that.
4. On rivers that allow harvesting, take a tape measure and let the fish go, steak tastes better
5. Pick up any trash and tackle that you see on the river.
Practicing these general rules will indeed help us sustain a more consistent run of native fish for us and future generations.
~~ Travis Milward

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

A reminder ... in NYS you need a new fishing license on October 1 of each year, unless you have a lifetime version. This is your reminder!

The Boy Scout Fly Fishing merit badge work continues. 17 Scouts from Troop 167 in Pittsford have only a few more requirements to complete. I was a little disappointed that I only had Norm Brust and Dick Steinheider to help me with the casting and catching part of the badge on Saturday. We need more help if these undertakings are to be a success. Thanks Norm and Dick.

At the October meeting we will use as our Annual Meeting, therefore, we need elections for three Board Members to serve the terms that are now expiring for Mike Linse, Max Hillring, and Gerry Luzum. If you are interested is helping the Chapter and as a Board member, please call me (585.360.1812) or send an email.

Looking to go to Alaska? I have received a 50% off coupon from Alaska's Legend Lodge on Lake Illamna. Up to 7 anglers can "participate" in the group/coupon. Ask me.

Now is a good time to fish the Catt or the Salmon River. Great steelhead reports are being received from both locations. I am sure that the local tribs, Oak Orchard, Sandy, etc. will also be getting good reports and fish ... soon!

I'm goin' fishin'.
~~ C

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5 Steps to Becoming a Better Swinger

We are talking, of course, about steelhead. If you’re new to swinging—or have been stuck in a rut and want to take your game to the next level— consider these 5 tips toward an improved steelhead game.

Fish the Fly
A lot of people get into swinging because they think it’s easy, a simple matter of throwing the fly out, letting it swing through a run and hoping something bites. “That’s incorrect,” Hubbard explains. “What you really need to learn to do—and this happens over time—is fish the fly.” The first step to doing this effectively is reading the water. When evaluating a run, you need to ask yourself two questions: 1) Where is an active fish likely to be holding? and 2) How can I get my fly down to the right depth to present it there for the maximum amount of time? The answer to the first question will depend on your river. The answer to the second will rely on time of year and current flow. But it’s going to involve being alert: watching your line and your tip and making adjustments through mending and repositioning for the duration of the cast.

Pick a Beat of Water and Learn to Fish it Well
It can take a while to get a sense of how different flies (weighted and unweighted, sparser and fuller), different heads (floating vs. intermediate) and different tips (in terms of both weight and length) affect presentation depth, speed and swing. The best way to shorten the learning curve is to pick a piece of water, fish it hard and stick to it. For a whole season. “Having that control variable helps tremendously in understanding what’s happening beneath the surface, and why,” Jeff says. “You’ll see more clearly what you have to do differently in order to present effectively to the fish.”

Stash your Nymph Rod
This is an extension of the above point. “Put simply, you’re not going to develop the confidence to swing flies, and swing them effectively, if you are constantly going back and forth between your nymph rod and your swing rod.” So leave that other stick at home, especially if you happen to be a legendary nymph angler before whom fish cower. It’ll force you to work harder and longer with your swing stick—and will make you a better angler faster.

Go Where No One Has Gone Before
“Swinging flies allows you to fish a lot of water that guys can’t effectively fish while bottom bouncing or indicator rigging,” Jeff explains. “Paying attention to that ‘swing-only’ water, especially on more heavily pressured systems, can really up your chances at fish.” What these spots look like is going to vary according to your river. It might be an undercut bank. It might be a run with submerged timber that would prove fatal to nymph. Or it might mean dangling your fly right in the face of a boulder pile or logjam. In any case, once you better understand what your limits are—and aren’t—you can begin taking advantage of lies that might not often get fished.

Move It On Up
A lot of people fish too deep. Especially when the water is in the upper 40 to upper 50 degree range. Warm water makes for aggressive fish, and aggressive fish are more likely to suspend higher up in the column. They are also much more likely to look up than down, and a dredge presentation—which might be effective in February—might mean in this case that the fish simply aren’t seeing your fly. One way to remedy this is to start swinging higher up in the column, especially in early fall when the water temperatures are favorable, and then slowing your presentation down and moving it deeper if you don’t get any takes.

There is, of course, no substitute for time on the water. But that doesn’t mean you can’t speed up the learning curve with a little dedication, a little patience, and a whole lot of paying attention. The two-handed semester is just about under way. Be sure you’re the one doing the schooling this year.
~~ Dave Karczynski

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Lunch or Bait?

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Trout Power

Click here to go to the Trout Power web site.

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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From our Chapter Photography Guru ...

Our members may be interested in this photography link. "Best sports cameras".
~~ Mike Linse

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For Sale --

Simms G-4 Pro Waders: M-Short stocking foot, 7-8 men's foot, 39"-40" girth, 29"-30" inseam, $430 list, No leaks. Call Jean Chaintreuil, 585.360.1812. Best offer.

Items For Sale:  ??? 
E-mail jpc@travela.com with the details and we will list your item(s) for sale. 
How else can we say it? It's a free Want Ad.

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Upcoming Calendar

October 21, Chapter meeting. Ed Weber, a guide's point of view; Annual meeting and elections.
November 18, Chapter meeting. Fishing near Webster; Scott Feltrinelli.
December 16, No meeting.
January 20, Chapter meeting. Eric Dodds and Wild Water Fly rods.
January 22, Annual Fly Tying school begins.
February 17, Chapter meeting. Jesse Hollenbeck, fishing Oatka Creek and Spring Brook.
March 17, Chapter meeting. DEC stream improvement reports.
April 21, Chapter meeting. Douglaston Salmon River visit and report.
May 19, Chapter meeting. Matt Smythe Alaska fly fishing trip.
June 23, Chapter Picnic. TBD.