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Monday, November 16th Meeting:
"Fly Fishing the Panoi River, Russia"

Canandaigua Lake TU’s meeting for Monday, November 16th will feature Oatka Creek resident, accomplished fly fisherman, fly tier, and bamboo rod maker Tom Wermuth. Tom brings to this meeting his report on fly-fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Panoi River on the Kola Peninsula in northern Russia. Some of the biggest runs of Atlantic Salmon in the world are only found on the Panoi, one of Russia’s finest rivers! A true wilderness fly-fishing location that is catch-and-release only, with over 50 miles of double-bank water accessed by 17-foot jet boats and hovercraft. His pictures and videos are awesome!

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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Our friend Jerry Luzum is not doing well. Here is a note received from his wife Rosemary: “I will tell Jerry that all is progressing well with TU. I doubt that he will be attending any more meetings. Right now he is in the Ontario County facility for rehab. He had some trouble with his blood enzymes that left him mentally confused and physically weak. The mental is improving and he needs rehab for the physical. If anyone is in the area, I am sure he would appreciate a visit. The address is 3062 County Complex Dr., Canandaigua.” Jerry, all our best, as always.

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Organize Your Fly Boxes

On organizing and simplifying your fly boxes - GIVE IT UP! FORGET IT. For more than 40 years I have tried every system imaginable to simplify and organize my flies.

By type: Put all emergers in one box, all spent wings in another, all nymphs here, all streamers there, etc. You've seen those guides boxes with flies in perfect rows. The problem is you end up with lots and lots of boxes - wet flies, soft hackles, cripples, duns, ...

Then, when you are on the water, you hit a sulfur hatch! The sulfur nymph is here, the sulfur emerger is there, the dun is.. where?

By hatch: So organize by hatch. All olives, whether nymph, emerger, cripple, dun or spent in one box here, all sulfurs the same in that box, red quill, blue wing olive, terrestials, PMD, isonychia, and on and on in their own boxes. Back to more boxes. Guess wrong about what's hatching just once after a long planned trip and you'll drag all boxes from then on.

By each day: For a while I tried emptying my vest each night and essentially 'going shopping' through my own stock of flies before each day's trip. Very time consuming and anxiety provoking - what to take today?? And then I had to put everything back!

By River So I organize by river. If I'm off to the Beaverhead or the Farmington I can organize for that river. All I do is decide what's hatching - usually no more than 3 or 4 possibilities, , what size I need - a few 12s, 16s, 18s, maybe some 20s, what type of flies - emergers, duns, spent wings and before you know it I'm back to my vest weighing 30 pounds!

Simple bad advice: Just take an Adams, a caddis, a gold ribbed hare's ear and a woolly bugger. (But what size? bead head or not? what color caddis? what color woolly bugger?)

Resign yourself to a heavy vest and never worry!!
Carl Peterson
Brookfield CT

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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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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

Many thanks to Paul Osborne who is now the "raffle man".

Sorry, buy I must 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.

I goin' fishin'!
~~ C

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The Fly Shack

Click here to go to The Fly Shack web site.

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The Atlantic Salmon Federation

Wild Atlantic salmon are seen by millions of people as the symbol of healthy rivers. They are admired for their successful migrations across thousands of kilometres to distant ocean pastures and their return to their birth rivers.

Our culture has not always treated wild Atlantic salmon well. Acid rain, bad forestry practices, industrial wastes and genetic degradation from escaping farmed salmon are just a few of the impacts that have taken a toll. With all these stressors, mortality at sea doubled, and the numbers plummeted. Atlantic salmon populations reached a low point in 2001.

But with action taken by ASF, its partners, and some governments, that downward spiral has been halted, and runs are improving.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is actively working to restore wild Atlantic salmon populations to historic high levels. To have the greatest impact, ASF uses a set of guiding principles:

The ASF is following several paths to increase survival of wild Atlantic salmon in freshwater. Recreational anglers are an important part of this effort. When, on the rivers, they are an effective "observation" force, reducing poaching and maintaining a high interest in having the rivers healthy and productive. ASF actively encourages anglers to learn the techniques of live release and to practice them at all times. In 2011, ASF commissioned an economic study of wild Atlantic salmon, that discovered how important this species was to those who angled - and to the large number of citizens who are not anglers, but who understand the true value of wild Atlantic salmon. Click here to see more.

Healthy freshwater conditions, and successful migration to and from the ocean, are absolutely essential to the survival of wild Atlantic salmon and a return to historic high levels. These rivers need to be well oxygenated, have cool water and sufficient food for young salmon, and we need to protect them from the presence of invasive species predators such as smallmouth bass and pickerel. There needs to be sufficient protection against poachers, and residents who understand the importance of wild Atlantic salmon to the environment.

In some regions of the North American range of wild Atlantic salmon, such as in rivers flowing into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in some areas of Newfoundland, and elsewhere, conditions appear to be healthy, overall.

An important part of keeping these rivers healthy is having a large number of conservation-minded anglers on the water, watching for illegal activity, and themselves practicing live release angling. More information? Click here.

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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.

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

November 16, Chapter meeting, Tom Wermuth, Fly fishing in Russia.
December 21, No Chapter meeting.
January 18, Chapter meeting, Oatka Town Hall meeting.
January 20, Weekly Annual Fly Tying classes begin.
February 6, Fly Fisher Workshop
February 15, Chapter meeting, Evan Botcher, fishing the Adirondacks.
March 21, Chapter meeting, George Daniel, streamer and nymph fishing expert.
April 18, Chapter meeting, TBD.
April 29, Annual Fly Fishing School.
May 16, Chapter meeting, 3D printing fly reels, Michael Hackney.
June 4 and 5, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.