Sunshine has been a welcome sight lately, even if the temperature has recently dipped below freezing.
Local streams have cleared up and anglers took advantage of fishable waters earlier in the week. Lots of fishing pressure will usually "spook" the fish according to fishing gurus, but putting a convincing bait in front of a fresh run steelie is a recipe for excitement.
I had the opportunity to watch local fishing talent Willie Federick in action on Canadaway Creek this week. Systematically working his offering through lovely-looking fishing pools, he yielded several "bows" on Tuesday along with a small brown trout. All the fish were fooled by a minnow-imitating small jig presented under a clear float. Federick, like most serious trout seekers, uses fluorocarbon leader and barely visible split shot well away from his offering. The secret to his success is tying the jig with a loop instead of a tight knot and letting the jig swing on the loop, which produces a swimming effect. Frederick and his friends show newbies their tricks and how to tie flies on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club at 6 p.m.
OBSERVER photo by Gene Pauszek
Willie Federick with a couple steelies caught on his own hand-tied flies.
Rick Miller, in Irving, reports anglers found their way out to 50 feet of water off the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek on Tuesday and got into the perch. Miller has emerald shiners finally, and with warm weather in the weekend forecast, it might be worth your while to give it a go. Warning! Most of the dock structures are withdrawn from launch areas this time of year, so be prepared with boots. Also, wearing a PFD in boats under 21 feet in length is required by NYS law.
Calicos are reportedly active on Chautauqua Lake near shore, especially after dark.
Deer will be on the move this time of year during low light hours. Use caution.
Our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lakeshore Longbeards, will hold a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20 in Sheridan. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and will focus on the upcoming membership dinner. Regional Director Marty Huber plans on attending. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., and all are invited to attend.
The SAREP Youth Fly Fishing Program will begins its 14th season of FREE fly tying/fly fishing classes on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Fredonia Middle School Cafeteria. Field trips will occur shortly afterwards. Classes are free and are open to children and community members. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The classes will continue to meet every Monday until early summer.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club also will host FREE fly tying instruction compliments of Willie Federick, Jeffrey Rasmus, Ken Hollander and Monte Kennedy, on Monday evenings, starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will resume its annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program. On Tuesdays, Con Club members are urged to bring a non-perishable food item with them. All donations will be distributed to the needy in the community through the efforts of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Youth Organization during the Christmas season.
Fly tying classes have resumed on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., at the Sinclairville Free Library. Classes will continue until May. All tools and materials are provided free. For more information, call 962-3635 or 485-3919 or log on www.countrykidsonthefly.blogspot.com.
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road, Bemus Point will host a turkey shoot on Nov. 11, from 9 until noon. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon. This event is open to the public.
The 2012 Arts of the Angler Show will take place on Nov. 10-11 at the Danbury Ethan Allen Inn, Exit 4 on Route I-84, in Danbury, Conn. This will be a little taste of fly fisherman's heaven, featuring the finest contemporary and collectible fly fishing, including tackle and accessories, materials, books, destinations, guiding and services for the fly fishing community. There will also be a live auction on Nov. 10. For more information call 845-439-4810 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at www.cffcm.net
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.