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Local Report: Fishing in Montana

The Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter meeting is on Monday, October 20th. The meeting is at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begins at 7:30pm. Chapter members Will Faber and Richard Pacora will show pictures and give full details of their "some what annual" trips to trout fish in Montana. These trips usually consist of four to six guys from the area, all good friends and good fishermen, and they travel to Montana to fish the more noteable rivers and streams, and share expenses. A very easy "pattern"; all details will be shared. Your questions will be welcome, and you can do-it-yourself next year.

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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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

Remember, this meeting will be the Chapter's Annual meeting. Norm Brust (Nominating Committee) has proposed the following Directors to serve through September 30, 2017: Jean Chaintreuil, Richard Steinheider and Scott Feltrinelli (to replace Jean Chaintreuil, David Morrow and Norm Brust). The floor will also be open to nominations. Anyone interested that would like to be consider in this elections should contact me as soon as possible. This short business meeting will preceed the Montana presentation by Will Faber and Richard Pacora.

I want to take this time to personally thank David and Norm for all the work they have done for the Chapter. David is an original Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter member and was instrumental in forming the Chapter. Norm has been a Director over several terms and served on many Committees. Their direct envolvement will be a little less, but I am sure we can call on them for their expertize, when needed. THANKS guys.

I will make the plea again: WE NEED NEW LEADERS. We can't continue to have the same people doing all the work. Won't you offer a little assistance? Most positions needed are not that time consuming. It is a great way to find fishing partners for sure. Give me a call at 585.360.1812 or shoot me an email if you have any questions or concerns. I would be glad to answer your questions or concerns and welcome you aboard. And if I call you, please be willing to help. "Many hands make light work." That's a quote from my Mother!

I am going fishin' (again)
~~ C

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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Tying Bonefish Leaders

IIf you are a great caster, then by all means grab a bonefish leader off the rack at your fly store and you are good to go. But if you have trouble straightening out a leader into a 20 mph wind, my advice is to go with a much stiffer leader than you can buy off the rack.

Whenever I see anglers having trouble casting in the wind, the first thing I do is over weight the rod (nine weight line on an eight weight rod), then build a super stiff nine foot leader. They think they should enter casting competitions. The change is dramatic.

As I said there are lots of formulas out there, here is the one I use to make a ten foot bonefish leader:

How do I say this nicely … the more challenged you are as a caster, the stiffer the leader material should be. If you are new to casting in the wind, go with Mason Hard Mono.
~~ Clint Kemp

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Five Ways to Pack Better for Your Next Fishing Trip

GREAT, you’ve blocked off the time, rounded up your friends and spent some money on a fishing trip. When it’s time to get packed, just a little extra effort will make your life a whole lot easier before and during the trip. Give these ideas a try the next time around!

1. Ditch your rod tubes. Yes, those aluminum rods tubes that came with your rods are pretty much bomb-proof. You could throw them in your suitcase and you wouldn’t have to worry at all about damage to your rods. The problem? They’re also heavy, unwieldy and often totally unnecessary. Lots of modern angling luggage provides a very safe place for rods just folded up in their ‘socks’. Bags like the Sage DXL Rolling Duffel have a stiff bottom compartment that’s perfect for ‘loose’ 4-piece rods, and still has plenty of room for fleece, waders, shirts…pretty much anything else that’s soft and bulky. As a bonus, that bulky stuff helps to pad your rods inside the big bag.

2. Use packing organizers. Most fishing trips involve multiple stops. You might hit 3 motels in Montana in a week. You might overnight in Anchorage on the way to the lodge. Any time you’re going to be in and out of your luggage, packing organizers like the Eagle Creek Pack-It system keep you, well, organized, and avoid the ‘sea of gear in a giant bag’ syndrome. They weigh almost nothing, and you’ll be amazed at how much more space you have in your bag by keeping things folded and packed in a little more orderly fashion. No more digging through your bottomless duffel in the morning – just unzip the ‘clean boxers’ pouch and you’re off!

3. Pre-pack your boat bag. Prior to your trip, think hard about what you’re going to need when you’re out on the water. Pack your boat bag accordingly, at home, before you leave. Organizing your boat bag on the first night of your trip is a pretty bad idea. Loading your boat bag at home makes it a lot more likely that you remember every last little gadget, and besides, you don’t really want to spend the first night of the trip alone in your room organizing fly boxes, do you?

4. Know what they’ve got where you’re going. Can you do laundry at the lodge? Do they have loaner waders? Is your fly shop host bringing extra rods in case you break one? Is your buddy bringing the cooler? Do they have your favorite scotch behind the bar? Getting these kinds of questions answered will keep you from over-packing. Really, you and your 5 buddies don’t all need to bring a spare 8 weight.

5. Go for wheels or backpacks. It might not be that far from your car to the check-in counter, and the rolling duffel bag may cost a little more, but we angler types are expert at packing 50 pound bags. 50 pound bags slung over one shoulder are very bad for your back. Make it just a little easier on yourself – go for the rolling bag, or at the very least go for the backpack and use both straps.
~~ Andrew Bennett, Deneki Outdoors, www.deneki.com

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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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For Sale --

Winston and LL Bean rods, like new. Both 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. Call or email Jessie Hollenbeck to make an offer at (585) 944-6575 or jhollenbeck@wideskyflyfishing.com.

Orvis Access 7 weight rod, 4 piece, brand new. Valued at $495 each. Will sell for $295. Orvis Hydros Rod, 9 weight fast action, 4 piece, in tube. Slightly used. Original retail $595; will accept $275. This is the original Helios Rod. 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

October 20, Chapter meeting. Fishing Montana, Will Faber and Richard Pecora.
November 17, Chapter meeting. Tom Rosenbauer, Orvis.
December 15, No Chapter meeting.
January 19, Chapter meeting. Fishing Belize, Chapter members.
January 21, Fly Tying School begins.
February 16, Chapter meeting, Saltwater strippers, Scott Feltrinelli.
March 16, Chapter meeting, Evan Bottcher from The Hungry Trout, Lake Placid.
April 20, Chapter meeting, Bayside Fly Shop.
April 25, Fly Fishing School.
May 18, Chapter meeting, Members offer "Tips and Tricks".
June 15, Chapter meeting, TBD.