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Meeting: Monday, November 18th
Scott Feltrinelli, local guide

Local guide and fishing guru Scott Feltrinelli will speak at the Chapter's November 18th meeting. The meeting will begin at 730pm at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium. He will speak about local streams, guiding experiences and his work to get "catch and release" water in the Webster area.

Scott is a New York State licensed and DEC registered fly fishing guide, is a certified and experienced USCG licensed charter boat captain, and the owner and operator of Ontario Fly Charter and Stream Fly Fishing Service. His fishing experiences with the fly rod have taken him to over 20 international fly fishing destinations for many different saltwater species of fish. And, he has just as much experience on his freshwater resume as well. He is involved with Trout Unlimited, FFF, LL Bean, Orvis and Simms as well. He has been published and has been a guest speaker for a number of professional forums. His passion for fly fishing and sharing the sport with others in any way he can is foremost.

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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Join Our Chapter

The easy way to join our Chapter is to click on this link, and go to the Trout Unlimited web site. Indicate you would like to join our Chapter (New York: Canandaigua Lake) and then complete the rest of the form. Thanks for joining the Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter (#594).

With regards to women’s membership, any woman (who has never been a member before) can sign up for TU via this "hidden link", just click, join for FREE.

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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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Meeting Location Change

We have received word that the VA Auditorium will not be available to us for our January and February meetings as a new floor is being installed. The meeting place for these meetings will be noted in this Newsletter when we determine a suitable and convenient location.

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Aberle Eye Care

You Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

If you’re not going to eat your catch, you can release a healthy fish to the water using these five basic steps:
1. Always wet your hands before handling a fish. This will help reduce damage to the fish’s protective mucous coating that helps prevent disease and makes it glide easily in the water.
2. Use a rubber net rather than the knotted nylon type to help prevent abrasions to the fish.
3. Always use two hands to hold a fish that may weigh over 5 pounds, supporting its weight with a hand under the belly. Holding a big one only by its jaw will almost always cause injury and hinder the fish from feeding after being released. Smaller fish (< 5) lower jaw, either by hand or with grippers.
4. Gently lower your fish into the water until it begins to swim away. If it isn’t ready to swim, you may need to slowly swish it in the water first.
5. Plan ahead and take along a de-hooking tool or needle-nosed pliers to help remove the hook as quickly and safely as possible.

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Quick Tip: When Fishing for Big Fish, “Restart” Your Stripped Line

Kevin Kram

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of fishing for tarpon in Key West with a new line from Scientific Anglers. It’s called the Chard Salt Water Grand Slam Line and is in their Mastery Textured Series of lines. I fished 10-weight and 12-weights with it. The line was simply amazing for throwing larger flies on a super heavy leader in a stiff wind.

The problem was, for someone like me who’s not used to doing this all day, is that I had the propensity to cast half of the line I had stripped off my reel, then strip the line I had just cast back into the casting basket on top of line that was already there. I’d do this a couple times. Cast, strip off more line, cast, etc, etc…. While this is all fine and dandy for trout fishing, it’s a different story if you hook up with a 100-plus pound fish. The problem is that you are creating different layers of line every time you do this, and if you do hook up and that fish screams off a couple hundred feet of line there’s a good chance the line in the stripping basket will tangle on its self and—POP—your fish will be gone. This is especially true for textured line like I was using. It casts amazingly well, but has propensity to “grab” itself if given the chance.

Tarpon set

Solving this problem is easy. One, don’t cast unless you are absolutely sure there’s a fish you can reach and present a fly to well. Two, every time you do throw the line at a fish either reel it all back up and start over again by shipping off fresh line off (or be doubly sure that the line you are stripping back into the basket is on top of the line you’d already stripped off)—basically “restarting” the pile in the stripping basket and keeping it from tangling on itself if a fish takes a huge run.
~~ Tim Romano

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

In mid-October I attended a Friday CPA/CPE seminar in Saratoga Springs. On the return trip I stopped at The Fly Shack in Gloversville. They have a very convenient location right on Main Street and are located in a very large building. The shop is very nice, big showroom, and very helpful staff. While the owner was not available, it was nice to visit this store that is happy to be a sponsor of our Chapter Newsletter. Personally I have purchase flies from The Fly Shack before and always found the prices to be excellent value, the service great and the quality of the flies more than satisfactory. The Fly Shack actually has much more than just flies. I will have a few store catalogs available at the coming meeting. I encourage you to check them out, just click on the link under their ad here in the Newsletter. I am sure you will be satisfied.

New Board Members elected at the October meeting were Mike Linse, Max Hillring and Ed Groh. Thanks to these guys for offering your expertise and volunteering your time to help make our Chapter just a little bit better.

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.

In the past month, we have had several TU members from Seth Green Chapter join us. Welcome guys ... please introduce yourself around. And Canandaigua Lake guy, introduce yourself to these new members.

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.

I'm goin' fishin'.
~~ C

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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


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 8, Fly Fisher's Workshop, Brighton Middle School, 9am-4pm.
February 17, Chapter meeting. Jesse Hollenbeck, 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 7 and 8, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby
June 23, Chapter Picnic. TBD.