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Summer Edition

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We need help! We need volunteers!

Seriously. The Chapter needs members to step forward and take an active part in the Chapter activities. It is not a large commitment that is being asked, just a willingness to volunteer with a few on-going Chapter activities. If you are ready to jump in, or just want a little more information, please give me a call at 585.360.1812, or send me an email. I will give you a straight-forward, honest answer of what your commitment will be.

Directors for 2015-2016

TU chapter elections are held at the October meeting annually. At that time a Nominating Committee, consisting of one or several Chapter members, will present a slate of individuals who are willing to serve the Chapter as a Director for a three year term. Would you volunteer to be part of this Committee?

Terms for three Directors (Brian Pitre, Jim Cantin and Matt Smythe) will terminate in the fall. If you would like to run again for your Director position or you are new and would like to be part of the Canandaigua Lake TU Board, then please call me at 585.360.1812, or send me an email.

Program Committee

This is a fun one (in my opinion). We get together in late July or early August for lunch (Dutch Treat) and come up with ideas for meetings for the 2015-2016 season. Ideas are put into appropriate months and then each member of the Committee will get one or two of the meetings to make arrangements with the speaker. That's how we come up with our annual "plan of events". So ... is this for you? Drop me an email or give me a call at 585.360.1812.

If you are still bashful, then give me some ideas for future meetings; I will make sure that the Committee gets your request. Send me an email.

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Other Positions

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Thank you ... Jim Tefft

Thank you ... Jim Tefft ... for repairs to our school rods. You're the greatest!

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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Where to Look for Trout

Fish finders are nothing new. Anglers have had access to electronic gizmos to locate fish below their boats for years.

While fish finders can work in deep, slow rivers, they're not much good on shallow, rocky trout streams. But that's OK. The stream itself will tell you where to find the fish.

"Reading" a stream is the one of the skills you acquire as you gain experience in trout fishing. It simply means spotting the places that are likely to hold fish. Some are obvious; others may be surprising. When looking for likely "lies" for trout, first remember the role the stream itself plays in the way a trout eats. The flow of a trout stream serves as a 24-hour-a-day conveyor belt, delivering food to waiting fish.


Most of the food is aquatic insects like mayflies, caddis flies or stoneflies. Terrestrial insects like worms, ants, beetles and grasshoppers also find themselves carried along in the water at times, and small fish - minnows or even baby trout - sometimes end up swept along in the currents.

Having access to this moving feast is critical for the trout's survival. So the best place to look for trout is in or near the current.

Of course, raging whitewater is a difficult place to hang out, even for a current-loving fish like the trout. Under most circumstances, the heaviest currents aren't the best places to swing your flies. But transitional areas, where heavy currents become calmer and slower, are ideal places to try. There's less current pressure for the trout to deal with here, and plenty of food tumbling down from the faster water above.

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Often, where a stream transitions from a fast riffle to a slow pool, you'll observe a "tongue" of current at the upper end of the pool, usually right in the middle. There will often be slow or even still water on either side of this current tongue. We refer to the edge of the current as a "seam," and it's a great place to look for trout. They have the ease of holding in slow water but also access to the conveyor belt; to grab a little snack, they can just sidle into the current and snatch it as it goes by. A "run" is a stretch of relatively deep water that's moving faster than the water in a pool, but not as fast as in a riffle. The best ones for holding fish flow at about walking speed. Often spots like this are two, three or four feet deep - great holding water for trout, because it gives them the security that comes with depth. The current may look too strong to hold fish, but remember that you're only seeing the surface of the stream. The water at the bottom travels more slowly because of the friction of the streambed against the current. It's easier for a fish to hold in a spot like this than you might think.

Slow-moving pools sometimes hold the biggest trout - the ones that can roust out smaller competitors and lay claim to the safety and comfort a pool provides. These might be the most obvious places to look for trout. But they can be tough to fish. If the trout in the pool are rising, a well-chosen fly, a light tippet and a perfect drift may be necessary to fool them, since they have plenty of time to expect things drifting slowly along on the surface. And if they're feeding down deep, getting a fly in front of them and getting it to drift naturally, sight unseen, can be a real challenge.

The heads and tails of pools are better and easier to fish than their middles. The current is quicker in both places, reducing the amount of time trout have to inspect flies. Trout at the head of the pool are already inclined to eat - that's why they're there in the first place. Cast a nymph or streamer far enough upstream and the strong current will churn it into the pool, where the trout are waiting. Trout in the tail, meanwhile, need to act quickly to catch potential food before it disappears into the faster water below. The tail of a pool is shallow, and an easier place to get a nymph in front of a fish. Sometimes, it's obvious where to drop your fly. But in many cases, you need to spend some time with a stream to learn its secrets. When in doubt, look for the spots that offer the trout an advantage. Finding them will give you an advantage, too.

~~ The Fly Shack

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Help At Your Own Time With Tree Maintenance?

Fortunately, with the help of some real good volunteers, on the 26th of June we were able to get around to about 85% of the trees we planted along the Cohocton River. And I am very please to report that the majority of our trees are doing very well (see picture ... both the Dogwood next to this volunteer and the one in the background are huge, and they are already shading the river and providing other environmental benefits).

Unfortunately we were not able to get around to all of the trees we planted in 2013 and 2014. It is critical that we try to get out in July to the rest of the trees that we planted, so that all of the trees are given the best possible growing conditions and they can continue to thrive. The biggest problem is where morning glories are growing on the protective cages and shading out most of the light, and in some cases winding around the trunks of our trees.

I got a note from some of you indicating you could not make it on the 26th of June and asked about going down on your own for a few hours to help. I would like as many of you as possible to pick a date within the next two weeks to go down to the Cohocton to work a few hours; you can either go by yourself or set something up were you go down with two or three others at the same time to work together. If you are willing to do this, please contact me and I will tell you where I need you to work; we have three relatively short sections that need to be checked/completed.

I have also had a few folks tell me they were willing to “Adopt” sections of trees: Tony Malagisi (O’Neal Property vicinity intersection Route 21 and 37, and Peckins Road); John Feltman and Max Hillring (area across from Lawrence Park), and Andy Yudichak (area just up-stream of the bridge at Wentworth Road). If you have not already done so, please check these trees before the end of July and let me know when they are completed. I would like to commend Tony for the great efforts he has taken towards taking care of the trees within the section he has adopted. In addition, Pete Austerman with the DEC indicated he would get around to the trees associated with the Don Graham Project some time in July/August.

If you would like to sign-up to do some tree maintenance at a time of your own choosing or to “Adopt” a section of trees please let me know some time this week.

Thank you for you help and consideration.
~~ Al Kraus

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Al Kraus 14" Brown from the Cohocton, early May, 2015

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Kevin Kram

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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 --

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

July 20, No Chapter meeting.
August 17, No Chapter meeting.
September 21, Chapter meeting, TBD.
October 19, Chapter meeting, TBD.
November 16, Chapter meeting, TBD.
December 21, No Chapter meeting.