Monthly Archives: April, 2012

All,

I received the note below from Dave Agness. The LOTAC group is doing some cleanup and tree planting on the Salmon River and Oak Orchard on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to help, meeting places, times and Dave’s email are listed below. Thanks.

Jake 

Jake an FYI and short notice….but we are planting ((LOTAC) about 10,000 trees tomorrow on the Salmon River. Tree Planting starts at Noon …meeting in the Lower Fly Zone in Altmar, and on Sunday, we are doing a stream clean up on the Oak, and a tree planting of about 2,000 trees. That starts at 10 AM and we meet at the Water Port Dam parking lot. Please pas along to your group just in case anybody wants to join in.

David H. Agness
david.agness@kodak.com

Hello to all.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 2nd. We will meet at the Pittsford Rec Center (Spiegel Community Center), 35 Lincoln Ave, Pittsford. The meeting will be from 7 – 8:30. This will be our Fly Tying Demo meeting. We will have members and guests tying their favorite patterns or sharing some different techniques.

Tyers: Mike Simmons (Guys, Flies and Pies) – will be tying bass poppers and maybe an articulated streamer.

          Dave Eveland – will be tying a knock down mayfly pattern.

          Jake Jakubowski – will be tying a Hans Weilenmann Double Whammy (very versatile pattern).

(Note: if anyone else would like to tie just let me know. More is better!).

ALSO: FLY RAFFLE (FINALLY!) For those of you who tied flies last year for a raffle (no I did not use any of them), I have packages put together of a dozen or so flies and they will be on display next Wednesday. We decided to put together smaller packages so more people have a chance to win. We will start selling chances on the flies at this meeting and at the June picnic meeting. Winners will be drawn at the picnic (you don’t need to be present to win, but, hopefully you will be). Tickets will be two dollars a chance. We may be adding more flies to each package by the time of the picnic as well. It’s a great chance to win some really nice flies.

Format for this meeting: 7 – 7:15 fly fishing banter, check out the fly packages, buy some chances. 7:15 – 7:30 – short business meeting, 7:30 – 8:30, fly tying demos, questions, buy some chances on the fly packages.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday.

Jake

Lyme Disease is a real threat to those who go fishing

Wherein We Discuss a Fly Anglers Malady

Lyme Disease is a real threat to those who go fishing, unlike the recent hysteria over the rarely transmitted dog tapeworm larva (Echinococcus granulosus) to humans. In 2011 there were over 30,000 reported cases in the U.S. of  often debilitating Lyme disease. It is usually transmitted by the small, hard-to-see deer tick, which has as its primary host white-tailed deer.  Density of deer and density of ticks is closely related.  A new map has just been produced showing the actual density of deer ticks. Here in the Northern Tier of PA and Southern Tier of NY we have some real hot spots.  The infected area is spreading.  It also doesn’t help that we are having a mild winter.  This means the cold weather (or lack of) is NOT killing enough of the ticks.  Last year was a bad year for ticks…  unfortunately, I’m thinking this year will be even worse.

As you can see in my circle. Bradford/Sullivan Counties are considered a hotspot! As well as all of PA from Wayne County to Chester County.

Areas in the United States where people have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease are pinpointed in a new map created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme disease is one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases in North America. It’s transferred by ticks and symptoms range from headaches, fever and a rash to arthritis and Bell’s palsy, or damage to a facial nerve that can lead to temporary paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face.

At least three closely related bacteria cause the disease. It is transmitted by the bite of deer tick and is usually easy to treat with antibiotics if discovered early, but as time goes by treatment gets harder as the organism settles in and begins to damage various organs.   Even us DFP’ers get ticks. I had one embed itself in my arm while fishing on the Oswayo Creek near Shinglehouse, PA.  I was sitting on a nice manicured lawn along the creek when I got the tick.  It wasn’t in a classic tall grassy area.  So be on the lookout!

Damn ticks!!

The incidence of the disease is reduced by careful examination of clothing and skin after (and while) outdoors, knowledge of the first symptoms, and reduction in deer ticks.  Outdoor activities such as flyfishing, hiking and of course, hunting will put more folks into areas that could lead to a tick bite.  The best way to combat getting a tick bite to to wear waders or long pants and to wear shirts with long sleeves.  Staying out of tall grassy areas with exposed skin helps.  But what’s a dirtbagger to do when we are fishing along weedy growth areas?  Wear some ”bug juice” that has Permethrin in it. 

Permethrin forms a bond with fabric and will last through several to many laundry cycles. It is a toxin but in this case it is bound to the fabric, and therefore cannot harm you. This is what all of our Armed Forces use on their uniforms. The warnings should not be dismissed but are there mainly to avoid lawsuits, e.g., kind of like warning labels on hammers.

Fracking with Propane

 

The Gas Companies’ Latest Tactic to Bring Fracking to New York State

A group of landowners in Tioga County in Western New York State have reached an agreement with gas drillers’ eCorp and GasFrac Energy Services to open up 130,000 acres to gas drilling and to use liquid propane gas (LPG) as a fracking agent. The coalition’s strategy appears to be to bypass the current de facto moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing through the use of this alternative fracking agent.

Our lawyers have advised us that New York law does not permit fracking with LPG because given its significant risk of adverse environmental impacts any application to use it would first require its own supplemental-generic or site-specific environmental impact statement. It is unfathomable that the state would consider allowing a process that forces explosive liquid propane gas underground under high pressure without first doing the proper environmental review.

What we do know is that this dangerous new technology resulted in two explosions/fires in 2011 – one left 3 workers hospitalized and one worker with second degree burns and the second, a flash fire, injured about a dozen workers, two of whom had to be evacuated to the hospital by helicopter. In a third incident, GasFrac Energy Services of Alberta Canada, the company who pioneered this technology, had to shut down the company for 2 weeks in January 2012 while they investigated a fire at a well site.

GasFrac has touted fracking with liquid propane as a major breakthrough because it eliminates the need for the millions of gallons of water that are needed to frack each well, however, it is not at all clear that fracking with liquid propane gas is any less threatening to the environment or to people’s health than water based fracking. There has been no independent empirical analysis or scientific studies done of the complete life cycle of the process and the only information about it comes from the company’s marketing materials, which claim, for instance, that it is a “green” alternative to water based approaches.

Also, the elimination of water does not eliminate the need to truck this highly explosive gas to the well sites, the need for chemicals in the fracking solution or the threat of air pollution. It doesn’t solve the problem of methane leaks and its highly combustible composition brings with it new levels of danger for both workers and residents. For more on the dangers of propane fracking, please see our website.

The bottom line is that fracking with liquid propane gas should not be allowed in New York State.


Join us in writing to your legislators and Governor Cuomo demanding that this process be banned.

We often ask you to write to our government officials, and some of you may feel that you have already expressed your objections to fracking, however, it is critical in this fight that we keep up the pressure and that our elected officials hear from us again, and again about why fracking is too great a risk to our health and the well-being of our communities to be done in New York State.

And please mention that you don’t want propane fracking in New York when you call Governor Cuomo as part of our “DON’T FRACK FRIDAYS” call campaign. His office can be reached at (518) 474-8390.

Thank you for your past actions and thank you for staying in this fight.

Increase Your Fishing Skills with DEC’s Freshwater Fishing Tips

 

Want to know all the nooks and crannies where a fish may be hiding? Visit DEC’s new webpages,Where to Fish: Rivers and Streams and Where to Fish: Lakes and Ponds to find information on the best locations to drop your line and reel in a fish from a flowing stream or calm lake. You can learn other techniques and tips for a better fishing experience by visiting DEC’s Fishing Skills webpage.

Good afternoon Upstate Fly Fishers members and friends

April tyer: Our guest tyer this month will be John Dwyer. He will be tying a Dorato Caddis. He will begin at 7:00

Program: JP Ross of JP Ross Fly Rods in Utica will be doing a presentation on his Trout Power program. J.P. is promoting West Canada Creek, it’s trout and the surrounding area and businesses.

NOTE:  JP will be starting his presentation at 7:30. BRING A FRIEND! Let’s get a nice turnout for JP.

Where: We meet at the Pittsford Rec Center (Spiegel Community Center), 35 Lincoln Ave, Pittsford. Meeting starts at 7 PM with a fly tying demo.

Links for JPRoss, Trout Power and the tournament (PDF file attached):

J.P. Ross website: http://www.jprossflyrods.com/

What is Trout Power about: http://troutpower.blogs pot.com/2011/11/what-is-trout-power-all-about.html

Trout Power Tournament: http://www.troutpower.blogspot.com/p/2012-tournament.html