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Meeting: Monday, May 20th
New York City’s Water Supply: Managing a Complex System

At the May 20th meeting of the Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited Chapter, William Becker will discuss his involvement and consulting assignments to managing the water supplies to New York City, including controlling water flows from Catskill reservoirs and trout fishing waters like the Main stem and the West Branch of the Delaware. The meeting begins at 730pm at the Building 5 Auditorium at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.

William Becker, Ph.D., P.E. is Vice President and the Water Practice Leader at Hazen and Sawyer – a consulting firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University. He has more than 25 years consulting and utility experience and specializes in water quality and physical-chemical treatment processes. Bill has been teaching graduate courses in water treatment for 15 years and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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

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The Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby has been set for June 1 and 2, 2013. And with Canandaigua Lake TU a major sponsor, we will again need a little assistance from members and friends at the weigh station on the north end of the lake. Please contact David Morrow to offer a little bit of your time -- only an hour or two. We are sure you will enjoy your efforts. Thanks. Contact David by email or phone, 1.585.750.2948.

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Volunteers needed for Fly Fishing Event in CNY

Fly Fishing Regionals

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We are looking for volunteers for a Fly Fishing event being held Saturday and Sunday June 1st – June 2nd. The event is the Fly Fishing Team USA North Regional, where anglers will be competing for an invitation to the US National Championships and a chance to make Team USA and represent this country at the World Championships in Belgium.

Never seen a Fly Fishing Completion before? It’s not what you think. These are some of the best anglers in the country who bring new techniques, products and skills to fly fishing with a conservation mind set. Barbless hooks, quick fights and releases with minimal handling, are just some of the rules and we are looking for your help.

We are looking for controllers “judges” to help with the event. 4 Sectors will be used which include Chittenango Creek, Butternut Creek, Limestone Creek and Green Lake. Sessions run 9am-12pm and 2am-5pm and we ask controllers to be at their "beat" (section of water) 30 minutes prior to start time to meet your angler and get ready. A basic set of rules will be given to you, but the main job is simply to take a fish from the anglers net, measure it in the provided measuring tube and release it.

Help out, learn from the best and walk away with more information, new techniques and skills than you could in a lifetime. No experience required other than the love of fishing. We will supply everything needed. We will supply lunches for each day and controllers are invited to the awards ceremony and dinner on us at the Maplewood Inn, Sunday Night. If you (or someone you may know) are/is interested in helping out please contact Ken Crane via email at kcrane377@gmail.com or phone, 315.72.-7392. You can work one day, or both days, morning, afternoon or both sessions; all your choice.

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Do’s & Don’ts of Guided Fishing Trips

Question: In a few weeks, I am fishing with a guide for the first time ever and don’t want to make an ass of myself or be “that guy”—the one whom the guide makes fun of with his buddies later on. Got any “do’s” and “don’ts” for how to be a good client?

Answer: First of all, having worked with and for many guides, I can assure you that plenty of them are asses and “that guy,” so don’t get worked up thinking that every guide is part of some cool crowd that you want to be part of. They may occasionally get the rock star treatment in the angling press and films, but the vast majority of guides are just regular folk trying to make a living doing something they love. Don’t feel like you have to act the part of the “cool client”; just be yourself.

Carl Coleman'sThat said, there are a few things you can do to make your guide think highly of you:

1. Before you fish with the guide, offer an honest assessment of your skills. It will help the guide tailor the day to give you the best chances for success. When I guided in Yellowstone National Park, I had several anglers tell me that they were experts and wanted to test their skills against the wily trout of Slough Creek. Once we got there and they started slapping the water, I knew that we were in for a long, unproductive day. Had they been honest, I could have taken them to waters where the water wasn’t so low and clear and the fish were less wary.

2. Don’t tell the guide what your expectations are; instead ask him (or her) what reasonable expectations should be. You are showing up to fish the guide’s water on a single day. The guide has probably been fishing it all season and knows what to expect. Ask about the conditions/weather/river flow/hatches/etc. and actually listen to what the guide says. This will help you get in the right mindset for the day ahead. I once had a client who insisted that we float the Yellowstone, through Paradise Valley, even though the river was the color of chocolate milk from several days of heavy rain. He asked me what his chances of catching a fish were, and I said, “Zero to none.” I was right, but he was still pissed at me at the end of the day—so neither of us was happy.

3. Listen to the guide’s instructions and suggestions, and then follow them. See above. The guide knows the water better than you; that’s why you’re paying him. I was always astonished when a client would ask what fly to use and then ignore my advice altogether—despite the fact that my advice was based on weeks of observation. For instance, once the sockeyes were on their redds on Alaska’s Copper River, you had three fly choices for rainbows—eggs, eggs, or eggs. Yet clients would insist on casting their “hot” patterns from back home. Eventually, they’d come around, but they caught fewer fish because of their belief that they knew better.

4. Have a smile on your face. Fishing is supposed to be fun, but it’s tough for a guide to enjoy a day when his client can’t enjoy it. Look around, enjoy the scenery, rejoice in the opportunity to be on the water—no matter what the conditions. You could be back in the office, you know.

Trust me, the vast majority of guides would rather spend the day helping a beginning angler who observes these four rules catch one fish than with a know-it-all grumbler who catches two dozen big trout.
~~ Philip Monahan

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The Fly Shack

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Lots of Flies
(In the Water, and On Your Line)

Throughout the long, cold winter, a trout stream is as sleepy as a tourist town in the off-season. In April, the place starts to come to life.

Insects in the water become more plentiful as different species of stoneflies, mayflies and caddis become active. And now that there are more flies in the water, it makes sense to try using more flies on your line.

Multi-fly rigs are as old as fly-fishing itself. The logic behind them is clear: three flies instead of one means three times as many opportunities for a bite.

Regardless of pattern, simply using two or three flies instead of one can improve your chances. A gang of flies going by in single file is more likely to be noticed than a lone fly, and a fly has to be noticed before it can be eaten.

But the opportunity to use two or three different styles of fly at once is the main advantage. Use a nymph, a winged wet and an emerger, and you've imitated the whole life cycle of a fly. Use a nymph and a dry, and you've got a fly in the right place whether the trout are looking up or down. Two big ones and a small one, two small ones and a big one, all the same color, three different colors, some flashy, some drab -- you can offer a trout anything it could possibly be in the mood for, all in one cast.

Of course, you do need to make the cast. And casting is where multi-fly rigs get complicated.

Even the best-made rigs, cast with utmost care, will tangle occasionally. Some rigs are worse than others. The least likely to make you use bad language is also the simplest to build: you simply tie a length of tippet to the bend of the hook of your fly, and add another fly at the other end of the tippet. You can add as many flies as you want this way, but more than three is probably asking for trouble.

The more traditional multi-fly rig employs droppers -- short lengths of tippet sticking out from the leader with flies tied to the ends, and a fly tied to the end of the leader itself, often known as the "point" fly. Again, more than three might be asking for trouble. In fact, you probably get most of the benefits with fewer headaches using only two.

There are a number of ways to attach droppers. You can simply cut your leader back by three feet, then add three foot-long sections of tippet and leave one of the tags on each knot nice and long. You get a nice crisp right angle if you use a blood knot, but the much easier and equally strong surgeon's knot is fine, too.

Another option is to knot on a couple sections of tippet but clip the tags normally, and then make removable droppers like so: Tie a loop at one end of eight inches of tippet, hold it against the leader above one of the knots, pass the tippet through its loop, pull tight and snug down against the blood or surgeon's knot. You can put these on and take them off as you like.

Building a dropper rig is time-consuming, and unless you're very careful (and lucky), every so often you can expect to get tangled so badly that chopping off the whole rig and building a new one is a much better choice than trying to untangle the original.

But dropper rigs do allow the dropper flies to swing around with a little movement of their own, instead of the single-file appearance with tippets tied to hook bends. (One fun trick is to "dapple" the top dropper at the surface while the other dropper and/or the point fly swim below. It's been known to drive trout nuts.)

Most modern multi-fly rigs incorporate a dry fly: the Dry and Dropper, Hopper and Dropper, and the Hopper, Dropper and Copper (as in Copper J, a nice heavy nymph that will drag subsurface tackle down to where the fish are.) It's always fun to catch a fish on top and having a dry in your rig makes that possible. But it's also worthwhile even when there's little reason to expect fish to rise; the dry fly makes a great strike indicator, and it's more pleasant to stare at than a blob of foam or a wad of yarn.

Whichever multi-fly rig you choose, the fun part is in the fly selection. The classic approach is a team of three old-fashioned wet flies. (A Partridge and Green, Orange Fish Hawk and Leadwing Coachman rig used to catch lots of trout in the Catskills and probably still would if anyone bothered using it.) But use your imagination. Nymph, winged wet and soft-hackle. Small, medium and large. Two dark, one light, or two light, one dark. Heck, try three of the exact same fly and see what happens. Glo Bug? San Juan Worm? Woolly Bugger? Why not?

It stands to reason that the more choices you offer the trout, the more likely you are to include the one they want. And in April, trout are finally starting to get a variety of flies to choose from. This is the month that sleepy streams wake up.
~~ The Fly Shack

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Why I Fly Fish (the book)

There’s an aphorism that goes something like: “God does not subtract from the allotted span of men’s lives the hours spent in fishing.” The quote has been attributed to a number of sources, including Mohammed, the 8th century B.C. philosopher, Piscius, and an Assyrian tablet dating back to 2,000 B.C. Whether you ascribe the sentiment to divine or more earthly sources, it suggests to me that fishing has long had a certain spiritual component that transcends being merely another way of putting food on the table.

Why I Fly FishI would like to think that man and woman might get a few extra hours in their allotted lifespan for time spent fly fishing.

I’m constantly asked by my neighbors, my children’s friends and their parents and strangers in airports gawking at my expanse of gear bags what the appeal of fly fishing is. Is it the grace of casting? Is it because flies work better than lures? Did I start because of A River Runs Through It (what people in the industry simply call “the movie”)? I have trouble answering the question succinctly. But the question so frequently posed to me got me thinking, and got me asking my angling companions about their motivations for taking up the long rod. I was astounded by the range of responses, and how deeply the sport seemed to resonate for so many of its practitioners.

The desire to record and share some of these fly fishers’ observations on their motivations and satisfactions in fly fishing was the impetus for my most recent book, Why I Fly Fish. When I was trying to determine who to interview for this book, a few obvious choices surfaced—iconic fly angler Lefty Kreh, television personalities Flip Pallot and Conway Bowman, chronicler extraordinaire John Gierach. But as I dug deeper, I realized that fly fishing was a fairly common pastime among prominent business people. Former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin loves to chase bonefish in the Bahamas. Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, loves trout fishing on small streams in his native Michigan, Donald Trump, Jr. will fish any chance he can get, be it for steelhead in upstate New York or striped marlin off the coast of Baja California.

What’s fly fishing’s appeal? How does it inform its practitioners lives? Is it the level of analysis and finesse necessary to outwit a finicky trout feeding on insects the size of half your pinky nail? Or the opportunity—at least in many venues—to be beyond the reach of even the most powerful cell services? I’ll let a few of my interviewees weigh in below…

Bill Ford: “Within the auto industry, I’m known as one of the earliest green advocates, and I took criticism for it early on. When I think back to the source of my passion for the environment, there’s no doubt it’s from my early days out in the wild, standing in rivers. My fly fishing experiences formed my viewpoint of the natural world, and helped me understand why it’s worth preserving.”

Though fly fishing has helped inform Ford’s business practices, business does not make its way to the river. “I make it a point to not mix business and fly fishing,” Bill explained. “For me, fishing is a private thing, a personal thing. It’s something I do by myself, with close friends or with my sons. I don’t want to be worrying about business when I’m out on the river.”

Donald Trump, Jr.: “When I was 12, my grandpa passed away, and my parents were going through tough times. I was sent to a boarding school that year in Pennsylvania, and I had one teacher that was a wing shooter, one that was a fly fisher. They took me under their wings, and my interest in those pursuits took off. My interest in the outdoors helped me avoid a lot of trouble I could’ve gotten into. This continued into college. When I was at University of Pennsylvania, while my fellow students were recovering from hangovers on Saturday morning, I’d head off to go fishing in Carlisle (Pennsylvania) or deer hunting in New York.”

After graduation, Donald headed west to Colorado. “I may be the first Wharton grad to leave school and become a ski and trout bum,” he quipped. “During the spring and summer, I’d work for a few months, and then spend a month living from the back of my truck, hitting all the blue ribbon rivers in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. It’s amazing how much fishing you can get in with the energy of a 21 year-old.”

Robert Rubin: “What’s struck me is that when I go into a meeting and find that someone on the other side of the table fly-fishes, there’s a camaraderie that’s quickly established. You realize that you both care enormously about something outside of the room. It may not have anything to do with the issue you’re meeting about, but it connects you.”
~~ Chris Sanbtella

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Did you know?

Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 are free fishing days in New York. A free fishing weekend. No license required. Great time to take a kid, friend or Dad.

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A real special thanks to Jim Cantin, his Committee, and all those that helped with the Chapter's Annual Fly Fishing School. It was a great success and we received several comments that we will use as testimonials in the future. Be sure to keep this school in your mind when you discover a new fly fisher. It is always scheduled for the last Saturday in April, a week before the first Saturday of May (Kentucky Derby Day).

Spring is around the corner. Trout season opens on April 1st. We are currently stocking the Cohocton and working on some "serious" stream improvements. Watch your email for updated information that will be passed along as soon as received.

And ... Al Kraus has done another fantastic job with our conservation and stream improvement work on the Cohocton. Great turnout on both Saturday and Sunday from you volunteers. A really BIG thank you.

We are continuing to work with Tracy Brown, TU National and the Millennium Company (sponsor), with both the current projects and now with additional requests from
TU National (via Tracy Brown) to continue and add to this project. All with funding provided. We need your continued support; and thanks again.

Several fishing tournaments have been scheduled for the first couple of weeks of June. Also note that the Chapter is a co-sponsor of the Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2. Please help us to continue to make this a great event. We need help with the weigh station at the north end of Canandaigua Lake (it's our responsibility to "man" the north end). Contact David by email or phone, 1.585.750.2948 and sign up for a block of time. It really is a fun time and easy. Family, kids, friends, whatever. All welcome and you will have a fun time. Plus ... it's EASY. Again, thanks for your time and support.

I'm goin' fishin'.
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Upcoming Calendar

May 20, Chapter meeting. Bill Becker explains NYC's control of the Catskill reservoir water.
June 1 and 2, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby
June 1 and 2, Fly Fishing Team USA North Regional qualifier, east of Syracuse
June 1 and 2, Hendrickson Hatch Fly Fishing Tournament, Malone
June 8 and 9, Trout Power, West Canada Creek
June 17, Annual Picnic, Canandaigua American Legion Pavilion
June 29 and 30, Free (no license required) fishing weekend in NYS