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History meets technology: Developing a 3D Printed Fly Reel

Reel maker Michael Hackney will provide an overview of desktop 3D printing technology, and how he developed a fully functional 3D printed fly reel. The presentation will include a live 3D printing demonstration and an example of 3D printed reel parts and completed reels. This meeting will be Monday, May 16th at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Auditorium and will begin at 730pm.


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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Trout Derby ... Volunteers Needed

The Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby is June 11 and 12 (a change from last year), and with Canandaigua Lake TU a major sponsor, we will again need a little assistance from members and friends at the weigh station on the north end of the lake. Please contact David Morrow to offer a little bit of your time -- only an hour or two. We are sure you will enjoy your efforts. Thanks. Contact David by email or phone, 1.585.750.2948.

On Sunday, June 5th, there is an Italian Buffet Dinner at Ray's Restaurant, 2510 Rochester Road, Canandaigua. Cost is $10.

Family, Friends and Visitors are always welcome.

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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 an email. Please do it now, advanced work and planning is necessary. The date for the 1One Fly is Saturday, June 11th.

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FREE Fishing Days at DSR

May 27-30 - Current and Former Military: All current and former military are welcome to fish DSR for free May 27-30th; please provide Military ID at Ticket booth.

May 27-30 - Current and Former Military: All current and former military are welcome to fish DSR for free May 27-30th; please provide Military ID at Ticket booth.

June 10-12 - Kids Weekend: DSR welcomes all adults to fish for free when accompanied by a youth (15 years old or younger) June 10-12th.

Contact the Douglaston Salmon Run or call 315.298.6672.

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Choosing a Fly Reel

Once you’ve picked out your fly rod, choosing a fly reel is your next step. You’ll often hear that the fly reel is not a very important aspect of the fly fishing gear. I would have to disagree. I feel that a quality fly reel is essential for when you hook into that fish of a lifetime and all that stands between you and that monster of a fish is your gear.

When I first started fly fishing and was choosing a fly reel, I went for the cheapest fly reel I could find. That was mostly because of a lack of funds for my new fly fishing addiction, but partly because I thought what most people think…that it just wasn’t important since it only really held the fly line. While that is the primary function of a fly reel, there is still the aspect of fighting fish. There will be times when your drag on that fly reel makes the difference between landing that 30 InCopy and not. My first fly reel failed me and I’d hate for that to happen to you.

Key Points in Choosing a Fly Reel
• The main key point to choosing a fly reel is to pick one that can hold the necessary amount of backing and fly line for the weight of rod that you are fishing with. If you purchased a 5 weight fly rod, make sure you are choosing a fly reel that will accommodate fly line weights from 4-6. Most fly reels will be available in different models to accommodate a range of fly line weights. Just make sure that you find yours within that range. By choosing the correct size of fly reel, you will make sure that it holds an adequate amount of backing for that time when the fish you hook makes the run of his life.
• Another key point in choosing a fly reel is the drag system on the fly reel. This is typically what distinguishes the $300-$400 dollar fly reel from the $50 dollar fly reel. This is also where it becomes important to determine what type of fly fishing you are doing and the species of fish. An inexpensive drag system will not hold up to hard running fish such as saltwater bonefish. However, for your typical trout species an inexpensive drag system will be sufficient.
• Again, choosing the correct size fly reel will also make sure that it is weighted appropriately to balance out your fly rod to help prevent extra fatigue when casting for extended periods of time.

Recommendations for Choosing a Fly Reel
My recommendation for choosing a fly reel is to find one that you like, is the correct size, and Design’t break the bank. That may sound like a vague answer, but it holds true. If you have $200-$400 to spend on your first fly reel and it Design’t get you in trouble, you will come away with a fantastic piece of fly fishing equipment. Some options in that range include the Ross Evolution LT Fly Reels or the Larson Lightroom Hard Alix Reels. If you have $50-$150 to spend, you can still come away with a phenomenal fly reel to get you started with the fly fishing basics and on your way to learning how to fly fish. Some great options in that range include the Waterworks Larson Sonic Fly Reels, the Ross Fly start Fly Reels, or the Ross Fly rise Fly Fishing Reels. I highly recommend the Ross and Larson (Waterworks) fly reels. They are high quality even in their entry-level fly reels and will provide you with years of use.

Choosing a fly reel can seem daunting at first because of the sheer number of options. Don’t let this get you down and just head to your local fly shop to check them out in person. When doing so, follow the key points above and you should be good to go in choosing a fly reel.
~~ Clint Lonee

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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 tailwater 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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Free Family TU Memberships

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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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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.

Wolf Apex vice with peak bobbin holder, $70. Call Jack Czarevitch, 585.368.8057.

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


May 16, Chapter meeting, 3D printing fly reels, Michael Hackney.
June 4 and 5, Hendrickson Hatch Fly Fishing Tournament, Malone.
June 5, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby Italian Buffet Dinner at Ray's Restaurant.
June 11, 1ONE Fly and picnic, Cohocton River.
June 11 and 12, Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.
July 18, No Chapter meeting.
August 15, No Chapter meeting.
September 19, Chapter meeting, TBD.
October 17, Chapter meeting, TBD.
November 21, Chapter meeting, TBD.
December 19, No Chapter meeting.