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Monday, October 19th Meeting:
"Steelhead Alley Update"

Canandaigua Lake TU’s October meeting will welcome DEC Region 9's Steelhead Guru Jim Markham. We meet at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and begin at 7:30pm on Monday, October 19th.

In 2014, Jim Markham of the Lake Erie Fisheries Field Station in Dunkirk received the Environmentalists of the Year Award. Without question, Jim is the expert at the Region 9 office of the DEC on steelhead fishing in western New York and all of the Lake Erie tributaries. He will share his wealth of knowledge on this world-class fishery, and bring everyone up-to-date on regulations, stocking, hot-spots, and more. Steelhead addicts will not want to miss this meeting.

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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Rod and Reel Found at Linear Park

A rod and reel was found in Linear Park on Saturday, October 10th. If yours and you can identify, contact Ben Nelson, 605.940.7216.

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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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Oatka Advocates Survey

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. A survey has been posted on the Internet, please go to the survey and leave your report. 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 their 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.

I will ask again: 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.

Thanks to the guys who helped with the Program Committee this year: Will Faber, Ralph Rothfelder, Richard Steinheider, Gary Wolf, and Brian Pitre.

I goin' fishin'!
~~ C

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Fishing Lake Erie Tribs

Tributary fishing is by far the most utilized and productive aspect of the Lake Erie steelhead fishery. Any stream that empties into Lake Erie has the potential for a steelhead run. The major Lake Erie tributaries such as Cattaraugus, Canadaway, Chautauqua and Eighteen Mile Creeks are the most popular among steelhead anglers. This is due to the high quality of steelhead runs and the amount of public access on these streams. Stream information and Public Fishing Rights Maps that detail public fishing areas are available for each of these popular tributaries. Other tributaries such as Buffalo, Cayuga, Cazenovia, Silver and Walnut Creeks receive good runs of steelhead; however there is very limited or no public access on these streams. In addition, numerous small tributary streams or feeders to the larger streams can provide decent fishing. To fish sections of stream that are on private lands, you must have landowner permission. Your fishing license is not a permit to trespass on private property.

Lake Erie harbors also offer steelhead and brown trout angling activity, most notably Dunkirk and Barcelona Harbors. Anglers can catch trout in these harbors from October through April; however the most productive months are March and April. Dunkirk Harbor remains a popular fishing site throughout the winter as a warm water discharge from a power plant keeps the harbor ice-free. Sturgeon Point Marina, Buffalo Harbor and the Upper Niagara River also have some trout fishing activity.

Starting in mid-August, steelhead begin staging in deeper water off the major tributary mouths in preparation for their seasonal run. At that time, trollers can target steelhead in 70-90 feet of water. Spoons work well when run near the thermocline at 2-2.5 miles per hour. The deep water bite can last through September. As creek temperatures drop during September and October, trolling closer to the creek mouths becomes productive as the first of the steelhead start to enter the creeks. Also at that time, wading and casting spoons near creek mouths or from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall works well at dawn and dusk.

Lake Erie Steelhead Overview Map, click here.

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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Aberle Eye Care

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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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Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated one his top advisers, Basil Seggos, to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Seggos joined Cuomo’s administration in 2012. He has served as the governor’s deputy secretary for the environment since 2013.

If approved by the legislature, Seggos will replace Joe Martens, who resigned the post this summer. Marc Gerstman, who has been filling in as acting commissioner, will continue as executive deputy commissioner. John Sheehan, a spokesman for the Adirondack Council, said his organization is pleased with Cuomo’s choice. “He cares about the environment, and he cares about communities,” he said.

Asked what he’d like to see Seggos accomplish, Sheehan replied, “We’d like to see him purchase Boreas Ponds as soon as possible and classify most of it as Wilderness.”

The 22,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract, which abuts the High Peaks Wilderness, is the last piece of former Finch, Pruyn land that the state intends to buy from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. The purchase is expected to be made by March 31, the end of the state’s fiscal year.

In a news release, Cuomo called Seggos “an exceptional public servant, a strong advocate for the environment.” Seggos previously served as an attorney for the Hudson River Riverkeeper. He also has held positions with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Council on Environmental Quality in the White House. In January 2015, Tony Hall, the publisher of the Lake George Mirror, took Seggos to task for trying to oust David Wicks as executive director of the Lake George Park Commission. The Cuomo administration, Hall wrote, was not happy with Wicks’s efforts to stop invasive species by requiring boats to be inspected before entering Lake George.

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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.

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

October 19, Chapter meeting, TBD.
November 16, Chapter meeting, Fishing the Ponoi River, Russia.
December 21, No Chapter meeting.