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No Meeting or Picnic this Month

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Wet-Fly Fishing

One of the most common questions I'm asked at Catskill Flies is "How do I fish wet flies?" The simple answer is to fish the fly in a way the fish expects to see it. To do this, a few moments should be spent on selecting tackle. In wet fly fishing, control of the cast is more important than distance. I prefer a 9' 5 weight rod with medium fast action. with either a weight forward or double taper line. The softer rod allows me to cast flies with split shot and helps to soften the take, preventing snapping tippets.

As far as terminal tackle a 9 - 12 ft. leader seems to work fine on Catskill Rivers. I generally fish only one fly at a time. If I do fish two, I tie one off on a short length of tippet. To do this, tie a 6" piece of mono at least 2X heavier than the tippet. When fishing two flies, the larger fly should be tied to the dropper. When casting, use a more open casting loop as this will help prevent tangles.

The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

As far as methods to be used, much depends on the type of water and bug activity. If I am fishing pocket water, most of my fishing is done upstream. This type of water has numerous conflicting currents so that to fish down and across would be difficult.

On long sections of riffles I prefer the "greased line method" invented by Jock Scott. The cast is made upstream with an aerial mend-that is the rod is upstream of the fly. As the fly sinks and drifts, the floating line starts to catch up. To avoid drag, line must be mended upstream in such a way as to not disturb the downstream drift of the fly. When the fly gets downstream, a lift can be applied to give the fly some action. At this point the fly should be picked up for the next cast. When fishing a wide riffle, first fish to the middle and then move to the middle to fish the far side. In wet fly fishing, control is the goal-not longer casts.

In the larger slow pools with scattered fish rising and moving, I often fish my wet across and mend downstream to speed up the movement of the fly.

Wet fly fishing can be very productive when fishing a Caddis hatch. Caddis often take the pupa as it swims toward the surface. I like to to cast my fly upstream and have it rise to the surface as the insects are doing. When fish are nymphing in the surface film, I fish my wet as a dry fly.

Trout Power

Click here to go to the Trout Power web site.

Casting my fly up and across or down and across depends on the position of the fish. When attempting to imitate a swimming nymph, I generally cast my fly 45 degrees downstream and as it swings, I make short strips to the line and twitch the rod tip. This gives the fly a life-like swimming motion.

Everyone has their own patterns they like to fish, and, in time, you will too. My favorites are soft hackles, light and dark Cahills, Hares Ears and Lead Wing Coachmen-all in sizes 12-16.

Give wet fly fishing a chance. You'll quickly see there is more to them than just "swinging a wet fly".
~~ Dennis and Ellen Skarka, Catskill Flies, 6 Stewart Avenue, Roscoe, NY 12776, 607-498-6146

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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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Kevin Kram

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Aberle Eye Care

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

We have canceled the Annual picnic for this year ... based on past years' level of participation and assistance from members. It just appears that this is not something that Chapter members (as a whole) are really interested in. As I have stated many times, we need your input to make the Chapter meetings and events something that YOU are interested in. Now would be a good time for you to pass on some of your interests and concerns. Please ... feel free to call me (585.360.1812) or send an email.

Check out the "For Sale --" section. Several rods and reels are available at good prices from Scott Feltrinelli, Jesse Hollenbeck and others. 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.

This past weekend I went to Stowe, Vermont for a TU Northeast Regional meeting. I have brought back some interesting ideas and thoughts that will be shared at a future Board meeting. One "big thing" is that we need more participation from our members. Running this Chapter, now with 185+ members is work, but can work best if we all take a small interest. Want to help? Again, please ... feel free to call me (585.360.1812) or send an email.

I am going fishin' (again)
~~ C

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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

June 23, No Chapter Picnic or meeting.
July 21, No meeting.
August 18, No meeting.
September 15, Chapter meeting. TBD.
October 20, Chapter meeting. TBD.
November 17, Chapter meeting. TBD.
December 15, No Chapter meeting.