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Oatka and Spring Creek Update from the DEC

On Monday, January 18th, the NYSDEC Region 8 Fisheries Unit and Canandaigua Lake Trout Unlimited will host a public meeting to present the results of DEC's recent fishery surveys of Spring Creek and Oatka Creek. This meeting will be at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and will begin at 730pm. This will allow interested anglers to participate in the update that cannot make a previous meeting held in Caledonia. All are welcome.

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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Fly Tying Class

The Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now taking reservations for its annual Beginner’s Fly Tying School. The series of 8 classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Canandaigua Wood Library beginning January 20, 2016.

The advance registration fee of $60 covers instruction, materials and support by experienced fly tiers. The students bring their own tools, and the chapter has a vise loaner program if needed. Each week there will be a different guest instructor. Dick Steinheider, course Co-Chairman, said: “The guest fly tier approach has been proven valuable to provide a wide range of techniques and tips for both new and experienced fly tiers. Students who complete the class will have all the basic skills to tie any fly pattern.” The flies tied during the class are patterns that can be used in local streams. Class size is limited so advance registration is required. For more information contact Dick Steinheider at 585-381-9404 or email for registration.

You can also find additional information on the Chapter web pages; click here. Please "pass the word" as this class fills rather quickly ... because, without doubt, it is the BEST fly tying instruction at the BEST price and the BEST value around. Don't wait, call 381.9404.

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Five Tips for Photographing Fish

Just click here.

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Travel A Store

Prez sez ...

~~If you are interested in learning to tie some advanced "local" patterns, we will have an Advanced Fly Tying class on Saturday, February 13. This will follow our usual Advanced Fly Tying day schedule; breakfast around 8am, followed by fly tying, over about 1pm. Instructor for the day will be Jay Peck. More details to follow.

~~Repeating this because it affects many members.

US Passport Update: The U.S. State Department will no longer be adding additional passport pages in 2016 - The service is DISCONTINUED as of January 1st, 2016.

If you are running low on pages and will be traveling Internationally soon, we will ensure you get your pages back to you before the New Year. After December 31st, you will be required to obtain a new passport or renew your passport to obtain additional pages.

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

~~I need someone to help with membership data, etc. All work can be done at your leisure. Please give me a call at 585.360.1812 or send me an email and I will tell you what is needed.

I goin' fishin'!
~~ C

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Trip to Belize Planned

I have arranged for a return trip to Belize and El Pescador Lodge. The dates are November 9-15. This trip is organized for TU members, but open to all. Currently I have reserved 8 spaces, but should still be able to add a few more if needed. Four places are already "spoken for". Easy fishing for bonefish, permit, and tarpon (well maybe not that easy). But, this is a great place to learn saltwater fishing and does not require much more that good rods and reels and warmwater lines. No wading gear, no special boots. Two rods, a 7 and a 9 or an 8 and 10 combination will do the job. This is also a good place for the non-angler to join you and relax at the pool, enjoy a trip to Mayan ruins, walks to town and more. The cost for anglers, exclusive of airfare, is $2,545, double occupancy. Please call me at 585.360.1812 or send me an email for more information or to hold space for you.
~~ Jean Chaintreuil

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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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Joan Wulff Teaches Fly Casting: "Shooting Line"

Click here to watch this 4 minute video.

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Tips for Casting in the Wind

Here is the link for this under 4 minute video.

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Help Wanted for the 1One Fly

The 1One Fly Challenge was a huge (huge-ah) success last year. Scott Feltrinelli is willing to do it again, but would like another hand or two. Want to help, and still get to fish? Send Scott and email. Please do it now, advanced work and planning is necessary.

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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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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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5th Annual Tie One On

Iroquois Trout Unlimited and Dette Trout Flies are happy to invite you to the 5th Annual Tie One On. They have two very special and great guest speakers, a change in venue and many of incredible tying friends from around the country returning to spend the day! This is a public event so feel free to invite and share with your friends. Saturday, March 19, 9am-5pm, Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.

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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

January 18, Chapter meeting, Oatka Town Hall meeting.
January 20, Weekly Annual Fly Tying classes begin.
February 6, Fly Fisher Workshop.
February 13, Advanced Fly Tying Class, Jay Peck.
February 15, Chapter meeting, Evan Botcher, fishing the Adirondacks.
March 19, "Tie One On", Iroquois Chapter, Syracuse.
March 21, Chapter meeting, George Daniel, streamer and nymph fishing expert.
April 18, Chapter meeting, Bass fishing Erie tribs, Scott Feltrinelli.
April 29, Annual Fly Fishing School.
May 16, Chapter meeting, 3D printing fly reels, Michael Hackney.
June 4 and 5, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.
June ???, 1ONE Fly and picnic, Cohocton River.