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Meeting: Monday, May 19th
Eric Dodds and Wild Water Fly Rods Fishing

Eric Dodds is the owner and President of Wild Water Fly Fishing and he will be the speaker at the Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter meeting on Monday, May 19th. The meeting is at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begins at 7:30pm.

Wild Water Fly Fishing was founded in 2006 to create the best combination of features, service and price in the fly fishing equipment industry. They are a fly fishing only company. While they do have some dealers they primarily sell their products online.

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).

Attention Women Fly Fishers ...

In the fall of 2012, TU launched a campaign aimed at getting more women to sign up as members. In doing so, women were offered complimentary trial memberships over the course of the year. Over 2,500 women signed up! What a great success. And, TU can boast a 13 percent retention rate so far on these trial members.

But, TU can do more! So, they are pleased to announce the launch of a limited time offer. From March 1 - May 31, TU is reviving the offer to sign up women as new members, at no cost. In addition, women can renew for half price, at a special $17.50 rate. No better time to join the Canandaigua Lake Chapter, or renew, than now.

And to change Chapters ...

Anyone can call TU at 1.800.834.2419 and have their membership moved from one chapter into another chapter of their choice at any point in time.

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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. Inventory is starting to get low.

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Spring Fishing Ideas and Tips

Kevin Kram

Early season fishing usually brings with it high, cold and sometimes off-colored water making for difficult fishing conditions. The following tips might help you when you encounter these conditions and the fish are on the "pout".

At this time of year, fish are in the pools safe from ice jams and heavy run off. The fish remain there until the water temps reach between 45-50 degrees before moving into the riffles and pocket water.

The key to catching fish is getting the fly to the bottom. For early season streamer fishing, consider a 9-foot, 6 or 7 weight rod. This heavy rod has the backbone to cast either a sink tip or floating line with bulky weighted streamers. With a sink tip, a short leader of about 3' of 2x flurocarbon. The short leader combined with the sinking line keeps the streamer close to the bottom; with a floating line, a longer leader of about 12' ending in 2x flurocarbon. The longer leader is necessary with the floating line because the floating line holds the fly up in the water column.

Position yourself where the water starts to slow down, cast up and across and mend the line upstream. Follow the drift with the rod tip releasing loose line in your hand. This will keep the fly close to the bottom during the entire drift. As the fly starts to move up in the water column, a slight twitch can sometimes be effective. Resist moving the fly in fast jerks. At this time of year all of nature is moving slowly and so should your streamer. As for patterns, sculpin patterns, a bugger or black- nosed dace are all effective. In general the more off-color the water, the bigger the streamers.

The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

As for nymph fishing, use a floating line and a long leader of about 12 ' ending in 3x or 4x flurocarbon. Because strikes are subtle, use a strike indicator for this fishing. Mending line upstream to avoid drag and keeping the fly as close to the bottom as possible is the goal. If you are not losing flies, you aren't deep enough. Patterns that are effective are Hare's Ears, Zug Bugs and/or stone flies. The size depends on water conditions. The more off-color the water, the larger the fly. Be persistent and cover the water carefully. Fish won't move far; at times you have to hit them on their nose.

Hard as it is to believe, the Trout Fishing 2014 season is here even if it is still cold outside. Conditions for spring appear to be favorable. Water temps remain cold but should gradually warm up in light of warmer weather predictions.

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Trout Power

Click here to go to the Trout Power web site.

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Aberle Eye Care

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The Cohocton River

The Cohocton River originates in southern Livingston County and flows southeasterly through Steuben County until it enters the Chemung River. The Cohocton River provides a unique year round trout fishery. The upper section of the Cohocton River contains wild brook trout as well as both wild and stocked brown trout. Brook trout are found primarily in the colder headwaters. The lower portions of the Cohocton River contain stocked brown trout and an occasional wild brown trout or brook trout. Some large trout (over 20 inches) can be found in this portion of the river. The Cohocton River is managed under special regulations: please review the Special Regulations by County for Region 8 (Livingston and Stueben Counties) in the Fishing Regulations Guide for more details. For more information and stream maps, in color, click here.

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dockside.net

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

Check out the "For Sale --" section. Several rods and reels are available at good prices from Scott Feltrinelli and Jesse Hollenbeck. And remember that this is a free service, so if you have stuff for sale, this might be a good place to list it ... for free ... and get it sold! Just email me the details for your ad.

Great event ... again ... for the Chapter's Annual Fly Fishing School. Excellent job by Chairman Jim Cantin and all the helpers and instructors. Thanks guys! We will do it again in 2015 on the last Saturday in April ... April 25th.

The Malone Revitalization Foundation will be hosting the 10th anniversary of the Hendrickson Hatch tournament on May 31 and June 1, 2014. Plan your calendar now for this year's tournament. Fishing will take place on the Salmon River between the Chasm Falls dam and State Route 37 in Westville, NY. Access to the river must be public and legal. Fishing licenses are required for ages 16 and up. Registration fee is $40. (Kids 12 and under, $15) Registration fee includes miscellaneous gifts at registration, an invitation to Saturday evening's reception at Donovan's Restaurant, and a ribs and chicken BBQ on Sunday afternoon. Registered anglers will also be entered into a drawing for miscellaneous door prizes on Sunday afternoon.

More information is on at http://www.hendricksonhatch.org/.


70# Tarpon on a Travel Adventures trip to Turneffe Flats, Belize

I've finished my tax returns; I am going fishin' (again)
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SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS

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For Sale --

Six weight rod: Nine foot, two piece, boron/graphite blank. Snake guides. Very fine condition. There's a fabric sack and plastic rod tube. I have some pictures available. I don't know the blank manufacturer and there is no information on the rod. Excellent conditions, not used in several years. Asking $80. Call Gary Mitchell for details - phone 585-621-1906.

Selling three rods. The Winston and LL Bean rods are like new. Some miles on the Sage, but a great rod. All function well and come with rod tubes. I have reels to match and will negotiate a price if you are interested. (1) Winston Ascent 8ft 3wt 4pc ($225 retail) asking $175. (2) LL Bean Streamlight Ultra 9ft 6wt 4pc ($149 retail) asking $125. (3) Sage Launch 9ft 8wt 4pc ($245 retail) asking $200. Call or email Jessie Hollenbeck to make an offer at (585) 944-6575 or jhollenbeck@wideskyflyfishing.com.

Sage 9 wt. 3500 Series Reel for Saltwater, $650 value (slightly used). Will take $275 for it. Contact Scott Feltrinelli, Ontario Fly Outfitters, (585) 694-9328 or scottfeltrinelli@yahoo.com.

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


May 17, Cohocton River projects.
May 19, Chapter meeting. Eric Dodds and Wild Water Fly rods.
May 31-June 1, Henderson Hatch Tournament, Malone, NY (http://www.hendricksonhatch.org/).
June 7 and 8, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.
June 23, Chapter Picnic or meeting. TBD.