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Meeting: Monday, February 17th
Local Guide Jesse Hollenbeck

Local guide Jesse Hollenbeck will be presenting a program to the Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited on February 17, 2014. Discussion is on fishing Oatka Creek and Spring Brook. The presentation will look in detail at the aquatic bug life of each fishery and how to match the hatch. Come on out! Secret spots and hot flies!

The meeting will begin at 730pm at the Canandaigua American Legion, 454 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. This is a new location for January and February meetings while a new floor is being installed at the VA Medical Center.

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 at the Canandaigua American Legion, 454 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY.

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Oatka Creek

Oatka Creek is the third longest tributary of the Genesee River, located entirely in the Western New York region of the U.S. state of New York. From southern Wyoming County, it flows 58 miles (93 km) to the Genesee near Scottsville, draining an area of 215 square miles (560 km2) that includes all or part of 23 towns and villages in Wyoming, Genesee, Livingston and Monroe, counties as well. Its name means "leaving the highlands" or "approaching an opening" in Seneca.

Like its parent stream it originated during the end of the last Ice Age, as glacial impact on the upper Allegheny Plateau created a rolling landscape streams could gradually erode through, The Oatka carved a deep groove known today as the Oatka Valley, where the upper creek's two major settlements would be established. Native Americans of the Seneca nation established a few settlements along it where clearings arose in the forest. The Revolutionary War’s Sullivan Expedition, brought the valley's fertile soil to the attention of the emerging nation, and the region was opened for settlement shortly after the war.

For a time the Oatka was called Allan's Creek after the area's first settler, Ebenezer "Indian" Allan. Its waterpower facilitated early 19th-century European settlement of the abundant fertile lands in the Holland Purchase. Today it remains an important regional resource, used for water supply and recreational purposes, and actively protected to assure water quality. It is a popular trout stream, stocked from the oldest fish hatchery in the Western Hemisphere near its mouth. A dam in Le Roy makes the section below it a losing stream, dry during the warm months of the year as the stream flows through subterranean channels.

Trout Power

Click here to go to the Trout Power web site.

Several small streams, some of which ultimately rise to the north at elevations of almost 1,600 feet (490 m), come together to create the main stem of the creek amid the fields and woodlots on the high plateau just in Gainesville just south of the Warsaw town line, a short distance west of Silver Spring Road. The new stream flows first south a mile, then turns northwest paralleling the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks toward the small hamlet of Rock Glen. There it crosses for the first time NYS Route 19 (NY 19), which it will parallel closely for much of the rest of its length.

It narrows again north of the village towards Buttermilk Falls and the section that flows underground in warm, dry weather. The valley here is broad, its walls now long and gently sloped instead of steep and short. After going over the 60-foot (18 m) falls, marking the Onondaga Escarpment, it turns east, leaving NY 19 a mile south of the New York State Thruway. This geologically distinct section is known as the lower Oatka. It dips south, north and then south again through a largely wooded area as it approaches Genesee Country Village and enters Monroe County near Mumford.

After bypassing that hamlet to the north, NY 383 parallels on the north and the CSX rail line across New York on the south, as the creek reaches Oatka Creek Park, a large tract of former farmland to its south. Here both road and rail are to the north of the stream, widening again. Beyond the park it enters an area of predominantly farmland again as it passes south of Scottsville, where NY 251 enters the village by bridging the Oatka. A mile further along, it empties into the Genesee.

The lower Oatka is considered a blue-ribbon brown trout fishery, with some brook trout populating the water as well. The state fish hatchery on Spring Creek near Caledonia stocks the stream annually, and there is also evidence of a wild trout fishery on the stretch between Bowerman and Wheatland Center roads.

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How Do You Fish Streamers for Trout?

Kevin Kram

Bill Stevens (Maine) says: I use the Black Ghost marabou all summer long in my home waters, both on the lake and river. In the river I cast upstream and across, then strip it slowly back towards me, not too fast. Sometimes I also cast downstream and across and strip it towards me to give the appearance of a small fish swimming upstream. Also try a dead drift ... cast upstream and just let it drift down until the line straightens out .... perhaps tie it on with a Duncan loop .... tighten the knot about 1 or 2 inches from the hook eye .... as it drifts, periodically strip the line a few inches .... it gives the appearance of a dying fish and can attract all kinds of attention. Other streamers that work well for me are the Grey Ghost and olive wooly bugger.

Larry Tillis (Utah) offers these tips:
1-There is no streamer that never works and none that works all the time.
2-All streamer techniques work at some time or another! It takes some experimentation.
3-I've found that casting streamers at different angles, like the hours of a clock from your position is a good experiment. Note which angle seems to get you the most hits and then cover lots of water.
4-Different water types require different casting angles and fly presentations.
5-Experiment constantly with fly depth, retrieve speed and retrieve cadence.
6-Keep moving and looking for the most aggressive fish.
7-You will end up with a few confidence patterns that you know work. Stick with them when things are slow and experiment when fishing is fast. I often play the two fish game and switch fly patterns every 2 fish to give me experience and confidence in patterns new to me.
8-My best confidence patterns are: Wooly Bugger, Tillis Wiggle Bug, Bunny Matuka, Canadian Brown Leech, Dolly Lama and Zonker.
9-Time of day or light intensity makes a difference. Low light or shadowy ambush spots are usually best.
10-Start with the old axiom "bright day, bright fly.... dark day/dark water, dark fly".
11-If you get chases but few hits, go to a smaller, sparser pattern.
12-Oversize streamers = fewer but bigger fish.

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Pictures from the February 8th Fly Fisher's Workshops

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Five Most Common Mistakes in Fly Casting

  1. starting with the rod too high off the water;
  2. not stopping the rod at the end of each forward and backcast;
  3. going too far back with the rod on the backcast;
  4. trying to “throw” the fly; and
  5. tailing loops.

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

Ray Markiewicz is our Regional Coordinator for Project Healing Waters. He was instrumental in establishing our Chapter and a Project Healing Waters Chapter. Ray now has been diagnosed with Leukemia and will undergo a stem cell transplant the end of January. We will “pass the hat” for donations to help Ray with his medical expenses.

I came across a pretty good looking web site that demonstrates and gives tying details for 15 knots. Very interesting; good refresher; good details for our fishing knots. Check 'em out with a click on this link.

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.

We participated in the Fly Fisher's Workshop on February 8th. I understand that there were about 300 paid attendees. We were the only fly fishing group with a table and I added about 30 possible new Chapter members to our Newsletter. Several expressed possible attendance at our Fly Fishing School. Many of our members volunteered there time to teach classes. I am happy to say that Craig Dennison, also a Chapter member, did a fine job with this event. Thanks also to Ed Groh for helping me at the Canandaigua Lake TU table.

I'm goin' fishin'.
~~ C


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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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For Sale --

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E-mail jpc@travela.com with the details and we will list your item(s) for sale. 
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Upcoming Calendar

February 17, Chapter meeting. Jesse Hollenbeck, Oatka Creek and Spring Brook.
March 17, Chapter meeting. DEC stream improvement reports.
March 22, Iroquois Chapter TU "Fly Tying Rendezvous - Tie One On", 9am to 5pm, Barbagallos Restaurant, 6344 East Malloy Road, East Syracuse.
April 21, Chapter meeting. Douglastoan Salmon River visit and report.
April 26, Annual Fly Fishing School.
May 3 and 4, Cohocton River projects.
May 19, Chapter meeting. Eric Dodds and Wild Water Fly rods.
June 7 and 8, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby
June 23, Chapter Picnic. TBD.