Three fishing classes starting in January offer fly anglers a wealth of information and hands-on tying sessions this winter.

• Ray Marks offers his popular Fly Fishing Class beginning Jan. 23.

Anglers at every skill level can learn a wide range of fly-fishing handiwork and lore during a six-week class that goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

All class equipment is provided during instruction at the Lake Shore Central Middle School, 8855 Erie Road (Route 5).

For more details, check with Marks at 549-1977; to register, call the Lake Shore Community Education office at 926-2270 or go to

• Orvis Buffalo in Eastern Hills Mall will conduct free Fly Tying 101 Classes on Saturdays beginning Jan. 19.

Basic classes go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are limited to eight students each session. To register, call 276-7200.

• The Canandaigua Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a series of eight classes on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 23.

Classes will meet at the Canandaigua Wood Library; each session includes a guest speaker providing fly-tying instruction. An advanced registration fee of $50 includes instruction from experienced tiers and material.

For more information, call either Jerry Luzum at (585) 396-1406 or Dick Steinheider at (585) 381-9404.

For this and additional chapter functions, go to

Bills reintroduced

Big-game crossbow hunting ended Dec. 31, the result of a sunset provision in previous big-game hunting regulations. That closing only immediately affected January hunts in Suffolk County and Tompkins County.

But for future statewide crossbow legalization, Assemblyman Sean Ryan has reintroduced a bill (A283) matching a bill he sponsored in 2012, which would grant the Department of Environmental Conservation authority to set standards for a legalized crossbow hunting season.

Sen. Patrick Gallivan is sponsoring a senate version (S1699) of the legislation Rep. Ryan has proposed.

Pistol league takes aim

Allied Sportsmen Club begins its Police Practical Combat Indoor Pistol League at the club on Clinton Street in Alden on Tuesday.

Shooting starts at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday. All, including youths and retired law enforcement, are welcome to participate.

For league details, call John Floriano (684-0990) or go to