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Mike Kelly, retired outdoor editor of the Syracuse Post-Standard, has spent a lifetime finding Finger Lakes fish.

Kelly’s latest book, “Fishing the Finger Lakes: A Complete Guide to Prime Fishing Locations in Central New York State,” covers all 11 lakes in the chain.

Along with open-water areas, the text highlights tributaries and streams entering the lakes and nearby public-access ponds. The book is published by Burford Books.

Mike Seymour, a veteran fishing guide in the St. Lawrence River area, has put together a book for anglers with tips, tricks, insights and basic hands-on guidance to improve an angler’s catch rate and the enjoyment of fishing.

Seymour’s “The Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing” offers help to the newest of youngsters and adults and to the most seasoned veteran anglers working any freshwater during warm weather or when ice fishing.

Seymour’s book is available through Amazon.com or at BN.com.

Fly tying school

The Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited begins its Fly Tying School, an eight-week series of classes, on Jan. 22 at the Canandaigua Wood Library.

Sessions go from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Each week presentations are given by different guest instructors. Students bring their own tying tools, but the chapter will provide loaner vises for beginning students.

An advanced registration fee of $60 covers instruction, materials and aid from experienced chapter members. For registration details, call Dick Steinheider at (585) 381-9404 or email: steinheide@aol.com.

Conservation savings

If outdoors folk missed the 50 percent off Black Friday deal on a Conservationist magazine subscription, that sale continues today and Cyber Monday.

All can subscribe for a full year (six issues plus a bonus issue) for only $6 instead of the regular $12 price. Current subscribers can also renew their subscriptions at this special rate.

For subscription details, go to Theconservationist.org.

Snowmobile shootout

American Snowmobiler magazine’s 24th Annual Shootout Trials are set for Dec. 13 at the White Otter Fish and Game Club grounds, 10914 Woodgate Road in Woodgate.

The DynoTech Research Center in Batavia does computerized tests prior to the shootout to confirm that snowmobile companies’ submitted new models are new “box stock” that a snowmobiler would purchase from a commercial vendor.

Spectators begin lining fences along the test strip at 8 a.m. that morning. To review test comparisons of stock machines, go to dynotechresearch.com.

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