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An Introduction to Striper Fishing

The Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter February meeting is Monday, February 16th. Chapter member Scott Feltrinelli will introduce you to striper fly fishing. Scott is the owner of Ontario Fly Outfitters, a premiere fly fishing guide service specializing in a wide variety of fishing experiences for every level of fishing ability with over 25 years of both fresh and salt water fly fishing experience. Scott is a New York State licensed fishing guide registered with the Department of Environmental Conservation and targets a world class fishery within Western New York, on the tributaries of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie from the Salmon River to Steelhead Alley in addition to his many years of striper fishing the eastern seaboard. The meeting is at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begins at 7:30pm. Your questions will be welcome, and you can learn about the "adrenal rush" associated with striper fishing.

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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Kevin Kram

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Enrico Puglisi Seminar

Puglisi logo The Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter will host Enrico Puglisi, world famous fly tier and innovator of fly tying materials, at a seminar on April 11, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Canandaigua American Legion, 454 North Main Street, Canandaigua, and is open to the public.

More information and registration is available at this Chapter web page. Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter members can receive a discounted seminar ticket if purchased before February 16th.

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

Report from the Fly Tying School: 10 students and all doing well.

The Canandaigua Lake TU Chapter will host Enrico Puglisi, world famous fly tier and innovator of fly tying materials, at a seminar on April 11, 2015. The seminar will be held at the Canandaigua American Legion. Click here, for complete information. Note that Chapter members are being offered a discount ticket when purchased at or before our February 16th TU meeting. Help us with our "counts" and purchase today. Thanks.

Would someone like to step forward and Chair (and bring back to life) the 1ONE Fly Challenge? Scott Feltrinelli has said "sure, I'll do that. I would like just a little help." So there you have it. We have the 1ONE Fly back on the schedule. Details will follow shortly; probable date in early June. If you would like to help, here is an easy job to get involved with Chapter activities. Please email me or Scott to offer you help.

I heard many favorable comments from the January meeting on saltwater fishing in Belize. Another trip is planned to return to El Pescador again in November. I am holding 8 places at the moment and four are already spoken for. Please email me or call me (585.360.1812) if you have an interest.

Big C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to Chapter member Dr. Ben Gullo who was was recently named "Mr. Canandaigua" at the 105th annual dinner and membership meeting of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerece on Friday, February 6th. A recipient is someone who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community ad its citizens over and above what is normally expected of someone, with little or no compensation. One of Gullo’s nominators used the following Alfred Einstein quote to describe him: “A fellow who does things that count, doesn’t usually stop to count them.”

We are in the process of adding more photos of Chapter member's catches, some of our conservation projects, and other related shots. If you have any photos you would like to add to the Photo Gallery page, please email them to me. Don't be bashful.

I am back to doing taxes!
~~ C

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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Catch and Release

As soon as you bring a fish out of the water, hold your breath. When it's time for you to breathe ... it is time to put the fish back in the water.

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Help Needed - Grand Canyon Trip

I am planning to visit the Grand Canyon in later February, and hope to fish the Colorado River out of Lees Ferry. I would be very interested in getting some advice on guides, outfitters, etc. Thanks. John Gilbert.

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How to Catch a Striped Bass

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The first time I hooked a striped bass on a fly rod, it felt like I’d hooked a shark.

Only I wasn’t fishing in saltwater, I was fishing my hometown river just downstream from one of the larger reservoirs in the area.

Catching a striped bass was the last thing I expected on this day, but the five-minute fight on my ultra-light trout rod was one I’ll never forget. Today, fly fishing for stripers is one of my favorite winter pastimes – with much heavier equipment of course.

About the Striped Bass

The striper or striped bass (Morone saxatilis) is a remarkable species in that it has adapted to a freshwater existence, expanding its range from coast to coast.

Today, the striped bass can not only be found in the ocean, but in lagoons, bays and freshwater reservoirs and rivers.

And landlocked stripers can get as big as their saltwater brethren, growing over 20 pounds in many areas.

Striped bass get their name from the seven or eight horizontal stripes along the width of their bodies. The species is anadromous, migrating from the ocean to coastal bays and rivers where they spawn each spring before returning to the ocean.

Where to Find Stripers

The species has been introduced in reservoirs from coast to coast with the exception of some Midwest and Rocky Mountain fisheries. Both pure and hybrid fish can be found in freshwater as the striped bass has been crossed with such species as the white bass (the result often being referred to as a wiper or sunshine bass).

Striped bass are also common in nearshore fisheries such as estuaries, bays and lagoons. The fish is a popular target of surf fishers as well.

Fly Rod, Reel, Lines

Striped bass are big, bruising fighters – even in freshwater – so if you know you’re going to be targeting stripers, consider an 8- to 10-weight fly rod.

Saltwater anglers might even want to bump up to a 10- to 12-weight design depending on the size of the fish and conditions they’re facing.

The stronger the rod, the more leverage you’ll have during the fight and more likely you’ll be able to land the trophy of a lifetime.

For saltwater fishing, you’ll want to consider a disk drag system and a large arbor fly reel.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to use a fly line and tippet that cuts through the current and reaches the depth stripers are holding at. Consult your local fly fishing shop to find out where the fish are holding and the best line class/system to reach the strike zone.

Fly Selection

As for picking flies, you’ll want to fall back on big bass patterns such as a deer hair popper, baitfish fry, leeches, dragon and damselflies and crawdad patterns for still waters.

For inshore fishing, similar patterns in the saltwater variety work well. Flies resembling anchovies, shrimp, crab, worms and sculpin are always a good bet for striped bass.

The key being placement of the fly and getting down to their level. Once you find the strike zone, hold on because you’re going for a ride.
~~ Brian Milne

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Merganser Problem on Spring Brook

As you know, it appears that over the winter numerous mergansers consumed much of the trout population, although the full scope of the impact on the stream is not yet known. Similarly unknown is the impact, if any, on the trout population in the Oatka Creek.

Yesterday evening we met with Matt Sanderson, who is the Senior Aquatic Biologist at Region 8 of the DEC. We had invited Mr. Sanderson to discuss the merganser situation with us. We had an extended and cordial meeting. Among other things, he pointed out to us that the DEC divides the trout streams it manages into two general categories. Some are classified essentially as "put and take" streams and the DEC monitors those streams and stocks so that there will be sufficient trout to satisfy the demand of anglers. The other category encompasses those streams managed as wild trout fisheries. Here, the agency monitors stream conditions and imposes regulations (e.g. special harvest limitations or tackle restrictions) to protect the fish population. These streams are typically not stocked; a part of their attraction is the opportunity to fish for wild fish.

With respect to the Spring Brook and the merganser situation, I think the important points we took away from the meeting are as follows:

*The DEC is very aware of the merganser problem and is evaluating its impact and consequences for the New York fishery.
*Spring Brook is managed as a wild trout fishery and the DEC is very unlikely to intervene to remedy what it perceives as an act of nature, even an unusual act; so any stocking to bolster the fishing this year is extremely unlikely.
*The DEC generally believes that the Spring Brook is a very healthy, fertile stream and that spawning will restore a fishable population (even if the merganser impact is as severe as we now believe it to have been), probably in two or three years.

As noted, the agency continues to study this problem and it will probably be some time until we have a good idea about the impact on the fishery.
~~ Garbutt Club report

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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).

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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Here is a site that might be of interest to you ... www.RentWaders.com. I think the name tells you why!

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For Sale --

William Joseph Sling Pack. Sling Pack with front and rear compartments. Front has tippet dispenser compartment, main with foam fly patch and 2 built in retractors. Rear has 2 compartments, one is mesh. Nicely made, like new. $25. Contact Steve Coleman by email (steve3c@rochester.rr.com) or call (585.943.0328). Can bring to a TU Meeting.

Fishpond Westwater Boat Bag. New with Tags. Bought this bag for a trip, but too large to pack in luggage. Never used. Waterproof design, multiple dividers and pockets. 3.7 lbs., 1,405 cu. in., 17.5" x 10" x 12.5". Asking $120. Contact Steve Coleman by email (steve3c@rochester.rr.com) or call (585.943.0328). Can bring to a TU Meeting.

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.

Nine foot, six weight, two piece rod, boron/graphite . It has snake guides and is in great shape with little use. Nice smooth action. Comes with a fabric rod sack and plastic tube. Asking $70. Email (gmitch@rochester.rr.com) or phone (585.621.1906) for details. Gary Mitchell.

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.

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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 16, Chapter meeting, Saltwater stripers, Scott Feltrinelli.
March 16, Chapter meeting, Evan Bottcher from The Hungry Trout, Lake Placid.
April 11, Enrico Puglisi Seminar, 8am-1pm, Canandaigua American Legion
April 20, Chapter meeting, Bayside Fly Shop.
April 25, Fly Fishing School.
May 18, Chapter meeting, Members offer "Tips and Tricks".
June 6 and 7, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby
June 15, Chapter meeting, TBD.