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Monday, September 21st Meeting:
"The State of the Fishery in DEC Region 8"

Canandaigua Lake TU’s first meeting for the season opens with Peter Austerman, Aquatic Biologist, Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources at the DEC Region 8 Office in Avon. Hear an update of current projects and “The State of the Fishery in DEC Region 8”. We meet at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begin at 7:30pm on Monday, September 21st.

Topics will be varied: Vitamin B deficiency in Steelhead recently uncovered, improvements to watersheds, increased creek access, and of course any data surrounding our fishery in terms of increase or declines of various species, (Atlantic Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead). Expect also a discussion on the Oatka Creek area and the decline in trout seen there recently. Questions and hopefully answers throughout the evening. Here is your chance!

We meet at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begin at 7:30pm.

We will have our usual raffle.
So . . . Remember to bring dollars or flies!

Need directions the to VA Medical Center? Click here for directions

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Chapter Facebook page

Thanks to Scott Feltrinelli, who has set up a Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited group page. Join in with your comments and photos and watch for Chapter announcements as well. Click on this link to get to the page; you can also type "Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited" in the Facebook search bar. Hope to see you there!

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Free Family TU Memberships

TU is pleased to launch a new Free Family Membership Upgrade offer to any existing Trout Unlimited member -- for a limited time only! By signing up and adding the names and information for the family members living in your household at www.tu.org/family membership, you will enjoy the benefits of a TU family membership for the duration of your regular membership for free.

These benefits include:
• Ensuring your family members feel that great sense of belonging to the nation’s leading trout and salmon conservation organization.
• Additional family members can expect to receive communications and invitations to local, statewide and national events and activities, like for example one of our dozens of chapter-hosted women's specific fly fishing seminars or youth fishing days.
• A complimentary copy of Stream Explorers magazine for any youth under age 12.
• All members of the household will be able to create a unique member profile on www.tu.org to engage in our online community, join discussion groups, access member-only content such as the digital version of TROUT Magazine,
• and more ...

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Oatka Advocates

This new group, now chiefly consisting of Canandaigua Lake TU, Seth Green TU, Upstate Fly Fishers, Oatka Fish & Game Club, the Oatka Watershed Association and Jesse Hollenbeck. The mission of this group is to determine a solution and plan of action to resolve the lack of trout in Oatka Creek and restore it as soon as possible to a premier fishing stream near to us.

The first few planning meetings have gone well, with much input. We will keep you posted as items develop and hope that you will support this effort to (bottom line) put some trout back in Oatka Creek. The group is now preparing a survey and reporting arrangement via the Internet and/or by phone. All we want to know is "how was the fishing" and "what did you see"? More later, but we hope all anglers that fish any stretch of the Oatka will report your findings.

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

The new DEC announcement about about the Sporting License System improvements can be found by clicking here.

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.

I goin' fishin'!
~~ C

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Trout Streams and Summer Thunderstorms

We all know what happens to a creek when it's subjected to heavy rain, melting snow or both. It becomes deep, swift and muddy - often too deep, swift and muddy for comfortable fishing. It becomes, in the parlance of fly-fishing, "blown out."

In the eastern states, this condition is most likely in the spring, caused by snow melting in higher elevations and those proverbial April showers, which are sometimes day-long deluges. Depending on where you are, the streams don't reliably settle down until well into May.

Out west, there's an early spring fishing season as the cold weather loosens its grip in April - again, depending on location. The Rockies blow out in May and June, when the snow thousands of feet above the tree line finally begins to melt and runs down uncountable gulches and canyons.

By July, the western snow-melt blow-out is winding down. But west or east, just when you think the streams have dropped to manageable fishing levels, summer brings thunderstorms.

You know the routine: at mid-afternoon on a warm, sunny day, the sky begins to darken underneath towering cumulonimbus clouds. The wind picks up, the undersides of leaves show pale green, and outdoor recreationists know their fun is over for the moment. At best there will be a drenching; at worst, real danger from lightning and even tornadoes.

They usually pass quickly, and the fishing right after a thunderstorm can be excellent. But often all the fallen water in the high country makes its way down to the fishing streams, and conditions can be as bad as run-off.

The blow-out from gully-washer storms is short-lived compared to the weeks-long phenomenon of snow melt. But that's small comfort if the Saturday afternoon or weekday evening you're free to fish is within 24 hours of the most recent downpour.

All is not lost (although the evening rise on your favorite pool might be.) There are options, even when your local creek looks like a raging torrent of chocolate milk.

The Fly Shack

Modern technology can save us all some driving and help ensure success on the stream. To find out which streams are running higher than others, visit the U.S. geological Survey's Real-Time Stream Flow page to see flows of nearby streams, measured in cubic feet per second. The graphs show the normal flow as well as current conditions, so it's easy to judge how badly blown out a given stream might be.

The best way to find fishable water is to seek out a tailwater or tailrace - a section of stream downstream of a dam. Most of the water in such spots is released from the dam itself, and it's usually a steady, measured flow. The closer to the dam, the less influence from swollen tributaries.

If there are no rivers with impoundments nearby, go as far upstream as you can on the local freestoners. Again, getting upstream of tributaries is key, since each one will contribute more water to a creek that already has too much to begin with.

If you do have to fish in swollen streams, you can catch fish. You probably won't have a chance to use your size 16 dry flies on rising trout. But the trout are still in the water and they need to eat. In fact, trout feed like kings in heavy water, what with all the insect life washed into the stream by the rain, along with the aquatic insects dislodged by the heavier flow.

The strategy is to find pockets of "soft" water alongside the heavy flows. You can bet the trout will congregate in such places, where they don't have to battle the relentless current but still have access to the 24/7 conveyor belt of food that is a trout stream.

You'll usually need a heavy fly for this kind of fishing. They're a little unwieldy to cast, but they get down where the feeding fish are. Any bead-head nymph (preferably a tungsten bead, which sinks like a rock) can work; trout feed opportunistically in such conditions, rather than keying in on a particular kind of bug. Worm flies like the San Juan Worm are great for storm-swollen streams. Don't be afraid to use the brightest pink pattern you can find. The most important task is getting your fly noticed in the off-color water, amidst the flotsam and jetsam.

The ever-popular Woolly Bugger may be as good a fly as any. From small size 10s to heavy sizes 6s, that wiggly marabou tail and wavy palmered hackle is thought to suggest everything from crayfish to stonefly nymphs to the trout. The Woolly Bugger signals "tasty bug" as it tumbles and darts through the stream.

Is the water's brown, a brown Bugger might disappear into the murk. Black or white are better choices since they're more visible. If the water's reasonably clear, use the brown or olive Buggers that have worked for you in the past (and they've worked for just about all of us at one time or another).

Struggling to pick a few fish from a blown-out stream isn't what most of us daydream about. But there's a certain satisfaction in overcoming the odds and landing a few fish. It's certainly better than staying home.
~~ The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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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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Upcoming Calendar

September 21, Chapter meeting, TBD.
October 19, Chapter meeting, TBD.
November 16, Chapter meeting, TBD.
December 21, No Chapter meeting.