Local fisherman offers valuable advice
Weather conditions lately have been better suited for waterfowl hunting with all the wind and rainfall, but water levels and water temperatures are looking better for trout fishermen. Like with any rod and gun sport the secret to success is location, location, location, but getting a few tips from the pros doesn’t hurt either.
Marten “Marty” Klemann has been fishing area streams for at least 25 years and has been operating a legitimate guide service for eight. Here is some sound advice from Marty.
“Water clarity is important,” said Klemann.
If the water is too clear the fish will see you before you see them. When the water has a slight tinge to it, it’s the best time to be trout fishing. Be quiet, and minimize your motions to avoid detection. Your bait offering is not as important as your presentation. For instance, if you place a minnow or worm in front of a hungry fish, you will likely encounter a hook up. That goes for most types of fishing.
You also want the “presentation” to be natural. Plunking a two ounce sinker with a worm gob, on top of, or close to a fish will most likely spook the fish and shut down the bite. You are better off utilizing a float or bobber to assist your bait to keep it off the bottom and flowing in the stream, where the trout will then spot it and hopefully strike.
When asked about preference for using “meat”or artificials, Marty offered he likes using artificials, but eggs or egg sacks/skein will also work. Egg imitations are also productive with beads gaining popularity, by imitating a single egg. The one-two punch can cover a lot of the water column by using a float with both an egg and a nymph attached several inches below it. Marty commented that fly fishing does not have to be expensive. He suggests starting out with a basic fly rod and matched reel in a seven weight, with a floating fly line. Bills’ Hooks (366-0268) has a nice line of gear to get you started. A pair of waders will allow you more access to the water. Marty like many trout anglers is big on Catch and Release. If you want a photo, support the fish under its belly, snap a photo, and quickly release the fish. Wet your hands before handling the fish too, to avoid removing it’s protective slime. Marty’s Guide Service is called Canadaway Creek Outfitters at 410-3720.
In addition, when fishing use etiquette. It’s no fun to be fishing toe to toe. Avoid crowds, ask permission to private property and respect the landowners decision. Have fun. The season will last until the streams ice over. In addition, you can gain lots of knowledge about fly fishing by attending the FREE fly tying courses mentioned in the Calendar section.
Calendar: Just a reminder that I am always looking for a good hunting, fishing or trapping story, to share with our readers. I am usually available for photos too by calling 366-1772 or 467-2079. Good luck and enjoy your next outing. Conservation Club members are reminded that beginning Oct. 1, hunting season starts. Club members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the club on Tuesdays during hunting season for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. All canned food items will be donated to charity during the Christmas holidays. Thanks!
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Ladies Auxiliary is having a chicken BBQ at the Con Club located at the foot of Mullet Street TODAY from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are still available.
There is a pistol training course at the “Con Club” on Oct. 17 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. There is a mandatory fee of $80 for this course. To pre-register or for information contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.
The Lakeshore Longbeards our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be having a meeting on Wednesday Oct. 24, at Liberty Vineyards Winery located on Route 20 in Sheridan, meeting time is 7 p.m. The agenda will include the introduction of the new Regional Director, as well as the first look at what will be available for the 2019 membership drive/fundraiser. The meetings are always open to the public.
Free Monday night fly tying instruction has resumed on Monday nights at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located at Mullet Street in Dunkirk. Classes are for all levels of fly tying, but especially for beginners. No equipment is necessary. All participants get to keep their productions. Classes are from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The classes are open to the public. Sometimes they even have homemade cookies!
The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its 18th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. Note that classes will switch from Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to Tuesday evenings at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or email@example.com.
There will be a gun show at the Astabula County Fairgrounds located at the County Expo Center Building, 127 North Elm Street, Jefferson, OH, 44047. Show is on Oct. 27-28, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Next show is on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Hickory Post VFW located at 5550 East state Street. Us Route 62 East of PA. — West of Mercer on 62, Hermitage, PA, 16148. Same show times.
On Dec. 8 and 9, a gun show at Harbor Creek Fire Dept. Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 (located between North East, PA and Harbor Creek, PA. For details or information, contact Larry Spicer at 716-792-9972 or go to LRgunshows@gmail.com.
If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or any other outdoors event, and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048, or call the sports department at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.
Note: If you have a big game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000, ext. 5, after 6 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.