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Fly Fishing in Florida

Calling all "Snow Birds" and those that want to be! Chapter member Mike Linse will talk about his experiences in fly fishing in Florida while avoiding the snow in Canandaigua. All the details ... locations, equipment, expectations, and more. Mike will "show all" (you know he is a great photographer), and "tell all" at the Chapter's monthly meeting, Monday, April 20th. We meet at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begins at 7:30pm. Your questions will be welcome. If you have spent winter time in Florida, we hope you will join us and contribute to the meeting. Share your information for all to learn. Thanks. And ... see you Monday night.

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 hosted Enrico Puglisi, world famous fly tier and innovator of fly tying materials, at a seminar on Saturday, April 11th at the Canandaigua American Legion. Breakfast was served at 8 and the session laster past noon. 26 participants learned and laughed, and the usual raffle was a great success with Enrico donating the 6 flies that he demonstrated along with the necessary materials.

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

Those of you that missed the Puglisi seminar really missed a fund and informative morning. All in attendance raved about the event ... compliments to Canandaigua Lake TU were all about. And thanks to the committee that put it all together: Scott Feltrinelli, Eric Dodds, Brian Pitre, Richard Steinheider, Steve Coleman, Jim Cantin and Rick Bush.

Our next event, and always a successful one, in the annual Fly Fishing School. My understanding from the Chairman, Jim Cantin, is that only a few spots still remain. Get on that list now if you are interested. Better yet, pass the word to someone who should attend this school. It is the BEST in the (very wide) area.

Remember the 1ONE Fly Challenge? Scott Feltrinelli has said "I'll be he Chairman. 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 will be June 13th. 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.

As a result of the Puglisi seminar, we have planned a trip to Campeche (Mexico) for baby tarpon and more fly tying with Enrico. The dates are August 8-15, and one place is available. Three guys have already "signed up". Cost of this trip is $2,895 plus airfare. With sufficient interest we can also return to Belize and El Pescador Lodge this 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. Don't delay on either of these trips.

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 goin' fishin'!
~~ C

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

Spring Is (Supposedly) Here

While some American anglers have enjoyed some nice winter fishing this year (and lorded it over the rest of us on social media), most of the country has suffered through one nasty, cold, snowy, windy season.

The beginning of March lived up to the old saying by coming in like a lion, at least here at Fly Shack headquarters in upstate New York. We're hoping the rest of the saying holds true, too. If the snow melts in an orderly way and temperatures rise to comfortable levels, we may all enjoy some welcome fishing in April.

Here are a few do's and don'ts for early spring fishing.

DON'T expect much dry fly action, at least at first. In 2012, the northeast experienced such a mild winter that the spring mayfly hatches began in March, at least a month ahead of schedule. That's not likely this year. The spring fishing doesn't really get going until stream temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Considering the bitter cold winter we've had, that may take a while.

DO fish with bead-head nymphs. If your local streams are swollen with melting snow, you may want to make sure they're tungsten beads, which sink faster than brass. Trout will be feeding, but they'll be doing it near the bottom - they have no reason to be higher in the water column until the insect life gets going. Drifting a Copper J or a bead-head Prince, Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear, Czech Nymph or Woolly Bugger along current seams and through deep pockets should produce. A sink-tip or full-sink line with a short leader and a streamer could be a very effective strategy, too.

DON'T make risky moves. Wading can be dicey at this time of year, and taking a spill in sub-50-degree water can be dangerous. Wear studded soles, use a wading staff and respect the river. Don't be tempted to stand on any shelf ice that may still be along the edges of your stream; it's just asking for trouble.

DO give the stream a chance to warm up a degree or three. Late morning and early afternoon is the best time for early spring fishing. You'll have plenty of chances to be out at the crack of dawn or stay out past sunset in a few more weeks; for now, enjoy the banker's hours.

DON'T be caught without the necessary clothes. A decent spring day can turn lousy if weather moves in. Having a waterproof shell and warm headgear can help you stay comfortable on the water. You can always shed layers you don't need, but you can't put on what you don't have.

DO take advantage of tailwaters or spring creeks. Streams flowing from the bases of dams and those whose water comes from underground can be considerably warmer than surface-water streams. They also provide a more stable environment right through the winter than freestone streams, so trout may be more comfortable and habitually feeding when the season opens.

DON'T rely entirely on streams. Lakes, ponds and reservoirs where trout live can provide great fishing right after ice-out. Work your way along the shoreline with nymphs, wets or streamers, but have some dry flies handy too, such as Griffith's Gnats or Blue-Winged Olives, in case you luck into trout feeding at the surface.

DO look at the bright side. Yes, there is one. Ample snowpack and cold weather in late winter usually means plenty of cool water in April, May and maybe even June. That's good news for the trout, and the trout fishing. Our patience will be tested in the early season, but our reward will be healthy trout feeding vigorously during the marquee hatches in the weeks to come. Better that than streams heading north of 70 degrees by Memorial Day.

We deserve a good season after the winter we've patiently endured. Spring has to start sometime. Use the time between now and then to fill your fly boxes - Flyshack.com has all the flies you'll need, or all the tools and materials to tie your own. Before you know it, we'll be off the snow banks and on the stream banks.
~~ Fly Shack

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Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

Al Kraus is leading a project for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association that is designed to combat the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Canandaigua Lake. As part of this project we will be building about 15 wooden sign frames and disposal stations ... see models in picture.

Being good stewards of the environment, he is wondering if any of you are good working with wood and would like to help with this project. He is looking to set up a work day on 7 (Thursday) or 9 May (Saturday) in Canandaigua.

He particularly needs about 3 volunteers who have Sliding, 10 or 12 inch, Miter Saws and Tables that they can bring to the worksite one or two days ahead of time and operate on the designated work day (we will be in a secured building). Also needs some volunteers to bring portable drills that can also be used to drive 3 to 4 inch wooden deck crews.

The main tasks involved are cutting lumber “very accurately” to size, cutting galvanized wire to size, erecting the bases for the disposal stations, erecting the sign frames, and coating the wood with a sealant. The biggest boards that will be cut are 2 x 8 x 8 s.

If you are interested in helping please let Al Kraus know soonest ... if you respond please let him know if you can bring any of the tools outlined above. The Association is seeking volunteers from both the Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Watershed Association. The work group will be limited to about 10 volunteers.

Also, if you respond let Al know what day or days you could join us ... the 7th or 9th, or both.

Contact: Al Kraus

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A Deliberate Life

I wanted to let you know that the film project I've been shepherding for the last two years is finally complete. A Deliberate Life has been released on Blue-ray and Vimeo on Demand as a digital download. Both are available for purchase on our site (silofour.com). We've already been selected for (and screened at) a documentary film festival in Ontario Canada. I'm waiting to hear back from a small handful of other festivals around the country as well. Sales have already taken the film to about 7 countries around the world.

It's a pretty cool feeling, having the film done and out running its own circles. A mix of relief, pride, and excitement. The best part for me though is the stories that people have been sharing with me of the struggles, successes, happiness, pain, fulfillment, freedom, and exceedingly tough choices they're making in their lives after having watched the film. It's struck a very deep chord with people and I'm humbled by how candid and empowered these folks feel. And so the film's journey continues on.

Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know about this small victory.

If you're inclined to buy a copy of the film or the download, or simply pass on the news to folks you think would dig it, I'd appreciate the support tremendously. Again, you can find it at silofour.com.
~~ Matt Smythe

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Aberle Eye Care

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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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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.

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

April 20, Chapter meeting, Florida Fly Fishing for the "Snow Birds".
April 25, Fly Fishing School.
May 18, Chapter meeting, Stream Walker Nets.
June 6 and 7, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby
June 13, 1ONE Fly
June 15, Chapter meeting, TBD.