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					              Up The Creek
                  Monthly e-newsletter of that Hillbilly
                  Gang At The Blue Ridge Mountain
                   Chapter (#696) of Trout Unlimited



                                   November 2009

                            Coming Up For the Gang:


 GA DNR Fisheries Biologist to speak at Nov. Meeting: Our regular
monthly meeting will be held inside the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce on
Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. This meeting will be truly special. DNR Fisheries Biologist
and tailwater expert John Damer will provide new data collected through his study into the
Toccoa River tailwater's trout population. The study is well into its second year.
  Hopefully, we will learn not only about the health of the fishery. Rather, we will gain
insight into the future of the fishery and achievable actions that can be taken to preserve
and protect everyone's beautiful river. There will be lots of pictures of big fish, but the
scientific story unfolding through the study of those fish will be most intriguing and
invaluable to scientists, DNR officials and of course us anglers.. John is a great speaker
with tons of experience studying southeastern tailwater systems—You do not want to miss
this meeting.
  Damer has been heading up the group of DNR Biologists who have been so earnestly
studying the Toccoa tailwater for two years. Damer is an expert in tailwater fisheries. He
was hired and assigned to this project in light of his background.
  He is also a good guy and excellent trout fisherman. Last year, Damer spoke on his
interim assessment of his Toccoa River study to our Blue Ridge Mountain. TU chapter, and
that presentation was one of the most informative and popular programs we had last year.
  During Damer’s presentation, we heard some history of the river, saw lots of neat fish
pictures, and learned a ton about the fishery. Guests are welcome. You do not want to miss
this, as Damer has another full year of study under his belt. Other than "where did you
shock up that 10 lb. brown?", Damer is generous about answering questions. If you care
about the future of the fishery, be there.

  Volunteer Opportunities this Month: Rivers Alive Cleanup is Saturday, Nov.
7, 2009, 9 am at Tammen Park, where our chapter is in charge. We need help not only with
the cleanup, but also registration and cooking and serving lunch to volunteers. There will
be youth and adult volunteers depending on us. Please let Mike Holloway
(mike@hollowayrealtors.com) or Ralph Artigliere (skywayra@tds.net) know if you
can help. In any event, plan to be there for this important event. There will be gloves, bags,
and T-shirts (while they last) for participants and the opportunity for important service to
our rivers and streams.
   Blue Ridge TU Volunteers Help DNR and USFS Stock the Toccoa
                     River Delayed-Harvest
                                      By Ralph Artigliere

    This week marks the beginning of the Toccoa Delayed-Harvest season. Much to the
delight of local TUers and guides, anglers fishing delayed-harvest streams must release all
trout immediately and use and possess only artificial lures with single hooks from November
1 - May 14 annually. A Map of the DH appears below, courtesy of the Unicoi Outfitters
website, http://www.unicoioutfitters.com/toccoadh.html. Before you take advantage of the
great fishery, if you have not already gotten out there, you may want to know about some of
the work that went into preparing a fishery for the season.




  On Friday, October 30, a group of hearty souls gathered at Sandy Bottoms canoe launch to
help DNR stock the DH for the first time. As we waited for the hatchery truck filled with
3000 trout, I reflected on my trip to the Chattahoochee Hatchery near Suches earlier in the
week.

   The highlight: I got an unplanned but appreciated up-close look at the crop of trout that we
were putting in the DH thanks to Deborah Burger of the USFS. The rainbows she showed me
were colorful, decent size, and lively critters thanks to care and maintenance by the hatchery
staff and this year’s unusual abundant rainwater at the hatchery.

   I also observed hard-working USFS employees working with and working on equipment
for removing falling leaves from the hatchery site. The hatchery is in the middle of the
Chattahoochee National Forest, so leaves are everywhere, but removal of the leaves from the
hatchery is not an aesthetic exercise. Leaves can clog screens in the fish runs and are life-
threatening to the fish.
   Few realize how critical the maintenance of the hatchery and care of its finny product can
be in order to provide a successful stocking for the DH and our other waters. Temperature,
water purity, avoiding leaf clogging in the tanks, and just constant watchfulness and work go
into a successful stocking.

   I realize it’s their job, but that should not deter us from appreciating the attention to the
task and hard work. Daily tedious effort, weekend shifts, and TLC are the order of the day.
The next time you see one of the hatchery folks, thank them. Better yet, plunk down $10 and
become a Friend of the Hatchery and then thank them.

  DNR biologists and techs, led by John Damer, planned and executed the stocking. Because
the water in the upper Toccoa was running somewhere between 500-580 cfs, depending on
the source.




    TU Volunteers, USFWS Staff and Ga DNR Officials teamed up to sock the Toccoa River
    Delayed-Harvest Section on Oct.30. Approximately 3,000 trout were stocked in the DH and
    more will be periodically stocked until the season ends May 15.




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         Santa has got to wet a line some time you know!?
  Recent Fishing Reports
  “In the past 2 weeks I've caught more fish than I deserve,”
Dennis Sauls said.
  “Come on now, Bud. Is there really such a thing?” would be my
response.

  If you are looking for a “Trophy Trout” stream where the waters
run crystal clear, the river is most accessible, and 20 inch plus
Rainbow Trout are approachable to the average fly-fishing-warrior….
then look no farther than your local Cherokee Tribal Nation.
  A good friend of mine from Lawrenceville GA did his homework and
“coerced” me into a trip to the recently developed and well managed
2.2 miles of “trophy-trout-catch-release-single-hook-fly-fish-only”
section of the Oconaluftee river in Cherokee NC. Much has been said
and written on NGTO as of recent on this section. I personally
applaud the manner in which this river has been developed and is
managed.
  Frank and I both put several 20” bows in the net as well as many
other impressive encounters. Both of us having “fish-on“ at the
same time is indicative of a great trip. We landed rainbow, brook,
and brown but the big bows dominate these clear, cold waters and are
the true rod-benders. There is plenty of water for 2 days of fishing
.
  The illusive and majestic Palomino trout are delightfully observed
in hold patters in many sections of these waters and will identify
(to the keen eye) other larger fish in the runs.
  BH legged stones, BH flash-back-nymphs, WD-40’s, lightning bugs
with droppers are among the patterns that were productive for us.
  Hint: never under estimate the timing of your cast as it holds the
end of a good run!
  Cost: Annual Tribal permits run $20 and daily fishing fees are $7.
I think this is a bargain for the opportunity to approach such big
fish. Comfortable overnight lodging can be acquired in the $70 range.
  A personal note:   I am indebted to my friend Frank who invited me on
such a great trip.   And… I was caught “off-guard” when working a 20
inch rainbow into    the net. A local photographer had been “working
me” on his camera    and was most kind to send me numerous photos of a
proud catch.
  Life is good.
  IF…. you can tolerate driving past the Casino-looney-golf-funnel-
cake-t-shirt-moccasin-fried-chicken-bikers-welcome    retailers…..,
THEN the drive up “Big Cove Road” will be your reward!
  Happy Trails and Tight Lines….!
  -Dennis Sauls




  Fannin County High Elevation Report:

  Last week, I got out on a tiny, cold flow, above 2,900 feet
elevation in search of some brookies. It didn't take long and I
was into the brooks thick. I caught lots of fish between 3-6
inches and a couple between 6 to 8 inches. Despite the small
size of the stream and my-foot, 2-weight rod and reel. The fish
seemed to take anything, with yellow stimulators (size 14-16)
and Parachute Adams (size 16-20) working the best. I've got
this thought that due to the small streams they're in, they
don't let much float passed them without at least checking out
the fly. Your best bet at fooling these guys is to wear camo or
mute, earth-tone colors, wade quietly and cover every little
nook and cranny in the creek. You just never know when the 10-
or 12-incher may come out to play.




  Early Fall Tailwater Report: More than anything, the
most important thing on the tailwater right now is Safety First.
There have been many unscheduled, unannounced changes in
schedule and pulse releases lately. Be sure to check the
schedule by phone just before entering the water. These have
most likely been due to the heavy rain we've received recently.
Try a dry-dropper with a big yellow Stimulator or tan Elk Hair
Caddis with a flashy Copper John, Rainbow Warrior or a small
yellow stone nymph (size 22). The water will probably remain
cloudy enough to to target some bigger fish with bigger woolly
buggers (Olive and Black, it's all in the tail) and big
streamers. Just be sure your tippet is in good shape to fool
with a 5-plus pound trout.
                                    Joe DiPietro
                                                   SharperBItes.com




Toccoa Delayed-Harvest Preview:          With 3,000 rainbow trout just
having been stocked throughout the DH, there should be plenty of fish
willing to play for several weeks, at least. Go with the standard “junk
flies” like Y2Ks, bright pink San Juan Worms, Woolly Buggers of all
colors. Flashy attractor nymphs like rainbow warriors and just-add-water
may turn the freshly stocked fish on to. As the season rolls on, look
for these fish to get a very good education. The good news is the State
and/or Federal officials typically stock several times during the DH
season.

       Trout in The Classroom up and Running for its 4th year
   ―What's really cool is to see how this has trickled down,‖ Fannin County Middle
School 7th grade science teacher Jeff Weaver said. ―I've got elementary students stop
me in the grocery store to ask if they'll get a chance to raise the fish. So, that just goes
to show how excited these students are.‖
   Unlike years in the past, the eggs were obtained from a local source—The
Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery on Rock Creek. In years past, the eggs
were shipped in from Washington.
   BRMTU VP Carl Riggs delivered the eggs, President Mike Holloway made a few
remarks during the event.
   ―This is real science here, guys,‖ said teacher Tony Tichler, ―It doesn't get anymore
real than this.‖
  Fannin County Board of Education Chairman, Trout Farmer and TU member Terry
Bramlett was also on hand for the arrival of the eggs. Bramlett donated the tiny food
that the few-day-old fish will eat.,
  Both Jeff and and Tony are grateful to be able to take part in the program.
Additionally, they said they wanted to be sure to thank TU, the hatchery and all the
additional school staff who help care for the fish.
  ―It's a total group effort,‖ Tony said.
  Both teachers have every intention of continuing to use this life-science program
year after year.




      Fannin County Middle School students in Jeff
   Weaver's and Tony Tichler's classrooms recently
 received about 500 rainbow trout eggs per room. The
 students will now take an active role in rearing the
  fish. They will care for the trout until “Release
Day” in April, were the fish will be set free in the
              Toccoa River tailwater.




             The Gold Rush TU Cup Fly-Fishing Challenge
  The Gold Rush Chapter (Dahlonega) of Trout Unlimited is pleased to invite you to
one of the best fly-fishing venues in the United States—―Frog Hollow ." Also known
as the ―Home Of The Hogs" in Dahlonega, Ga.

    The maximum number of 10 Teams has not been reached and we have four spots
still available. We have made some changes in this year's Gold Cup Challenge.
   This year’s event takes place on Nov. 21, 2009. A kickoff dinner will start the event
Nov. 20, 2009, at 5 p.m.
   The Gold Rush Cup Trophy will be engraved with the winning team name and
Participants.

  A $500.00 per 2 man team fee covers registration meals. This event will be open to
the public with food and drink available.

  This is a 2 man team event and the rules are posted at: www.goldrushtu.org

  Captain’s meeting will be Nov. 20th at 4 p.m., to go over any rule changes and
answer any questions. Each team will meet in the morning 7 a.m. at the Scoring
Center to draw fishing schedule.
  A valid Georgia fishing license is needed to compete which needs to be purchased
by each Contestant.
   All proceeds from this event will go to Trout Unlimited Gold Rush Chapter, a 501
(C)(3), non-profit organization.
   Event and team sponsor will receive a business hyperlink from Gold Rush Chapter
Challenge website and winners results page. Provided they supply logo and website
address.
   The Gold Cup Challenge is a yearly fund raising event. The goal of the TU Gold
Rush Challenge Committee was to coordinate an event with a prestigious award with
the benefits and intent to promote, educate and inform the public about the joy of fly
fishing.
   Please help spread the word. Forward this information to anyone you think might
enjoy this fly-fishing event.

  Please send bank check or money order to Trout Unlimited Gold Rush Chapter. 360
Frog Hollow Rd. Dahlonega, Georgia 30533. Registration is open until Nov. 17.




                         SAVE THE HEMLOCKS
                              By Carl Riggs & Joe DiPietro

   A group of concerned citizens joined Trout Unlimited members on Weds., Oct. 28, to
discuss and learn more about how to treat and identify Eastern Hemlock Trees that are
infested with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.
   HWA is an aphid-like pest that has the potential to literally suck a hemlock dry, one
needle at a time. The bugs first showed up in in the middle 1960s along the east-central
seaboard in shipments of ornamental hemlocks from the Far East. However, unlike the
Lady Bugs in the U.S.A. which keep the American Aphids under control, the predator
beetle did not make its way along from the Far East with the HWA. In other words, there
is no natural way of containing HWA unless we can successfully introduce HWA's ―lady
bug‖ or predator beetle.
   Guest speaker Donna Shearer was very informative and discussed several different
processes to protect and improve the survival rate of an infested tree or stand of trees.
   Treatment options range from chemical treatment via ―soil injector‖ to predator beetle
releases. Meanwhile on public land, state and federal officials are working hard to
control the outbreak.
   Because Hemlocks grow alongside many trout streams in this region, concerns of
chemically treating trees near streams or other water sources were discussed. Testing by
the USFS has concluded that low dosages used to treat trees has a minimum effect on
fish and invertebrates in nearby water. Additionally, anglers are concerned with the idea
of more erosion, less shade and poor breeding conditions due to the HWA as well.
  ―Are we going to save them all, no,‖ said USFS Wildlife Biologist Jim Wentworth.
―Our goal is to preserve certain stands of (Eastern) Hemlocks, so that once we find an
effective method of control, we will still have some healthy trees we can use to
repopulate the region.‖
  Wentworth has said that he's collected positive data regarding the establishment of
predator beetles population in some areas. Of course, the flip-side to that is that there's
enough HWA for them to thrive on.
  For more information or to get involved in the effort contact Donna Shearer at 706-
429-8010 and visit the website at www.savegeorgiashemlocks.org.
  The Fannin County Office of the Georgia Forestry Commission has a soil injector
available for rent for those who wish to treat individual trees on their property with
chemicals.
  Wentworth advised applying imadicloprid, a chemical that kills HWA bug without
harming the tree and surrounding ecosystem at least once every three years. Other brand
names of soil injection and spray on formulas are available at your local hardware store.




                  This Started as a Fishing Story, but…
                                      By Stony Brooks

        Author’s note: For all you skeptics, the physical events in this story are true, right
down to the last detail. There is no accounting for the feeble but consistent workings of
the male mind, so you may judge for yourself whether my imagination really took me on
the path described below. Caveat emptor: Those who demand political correctness… read
no further.
                                      Since the Blue Ridge Dam was not generating for a
few hours in the afternoon, I grabbed my rod and vest, put on my waders and wading
belt, and headed for the river. The October afternoon was gorgeous, sunny, and warm
enough for me to eschew the fleece jacket. The lake turnover combined with color
feeding the river from Weaver Creek, making the water slightly off-color but the
bottom visible enough for safe wading and bigger tippet. There were caddis and blue-
winged olives coming off in sufficient numbers for fish to rise and show themselves
with a sparse, but consistent, set of targets. I was optimistic and happy.
        Using a caddis dry fly and tiny nymph dropper, the fishing was steadier than I
had seen in recent weeks. Sure, these were mostly stockers, but they were hungry,
strong and pleasing. Also half of them were hitting the dry and many reached low
double digits in length. I was fishing, not prospecting, from the start. Two nice
browns that I picked off in the slower water near the bank punctuated the fun I was
having with rainbows. Another benefit: since the hiatus from generating was only
four hours, leaving less than three hours to fish, I had this section the river all to
myself.
        Then it happened. I was in the middle of the river, facing downstream,
tending my drift with a flipping release of line from the rod tip when I felt something
hit me in the back of my thighs. My first thought was my net which hangs from a D-
ring on my rain jacket these days. But I was not wearing the rain jacket because it was
warm and sunny. Baffled by the mystery of something solid now working its way
between my legs, I reached down and pulled up a full can of Anheuser-Busch Natural
Light. I am not kidding.

  While I stared at the can wondering over my good fortune, I missed the fish that took
my caddis briefly causing a discernible tug and release. But now my mind was no
longer focused on fishing. I turned around to see who was fooling with me. Nobody
there. In fact, there was no visual or audible sign of any human involvement in the
river. Obviously, I reasoned, the odds of a full can of beer hitting me squarely
between the legs in a river some 80-100 feet wide are so astronomical that there must
be a practical explanation for the event.




   My sharpened male wits were put in play. My first thought: I have given birth to a
can of beer! And there was no pain in the process! No, that could not have happened,
as the beer appeared outside my waders. Birthing the beer through my waders is a
physical impossibility,

   I reasoned. Plus, women are the ones who give birth, right? Wouldn’t it be great if
women could give birth to beer for us men? That would make women very attractive
to men. We all know women want to attract men, right? They need us and want us.

   Well, being of a reasonably wise, old age, I now realize that the idea that women
should want to be attractive to men is a myth perpetrated by Madison Avenue to sell
stuff. Women soon wise up to the fact that they neither need nor want men. The idea
that women would go through the birthing process in order to produce beer is a pipe
dream. Granted, it is a desirable dream for men, but one that fades away quickly in the
cold reality of life. Sigh.

   So there I was in the middle of the stream holding a nice river-cooled beer with no
explanation when it dawned on me: the fish must have sent me the beer to distract me
from hooking their brethren. You know what, their pis cine plot worked! While my
masculine mind worked on the puzzle of the can of beer, my line dangled harmlessly
downstream and the fish were safe. I noticed that the water was rising and it’s time to
head to the safety of the bank. Safely on shore, the fact that I was so easily distracted
escaped my thought process. Instead, I held the cool aluminum vessel and
contemplated the miracle that can of beer represented. Should I keep it and put it in a
safe place to inspire future contemplation and valuable man-thoughts? Psssssssst,
contemplated the miracle that can of beer represented. Should I keep it and put it in a
safe place to inspire future contemplation and valuable man-thoughts? ―Pssssssss
gulp.‖ ‖Yum, too late.




 Georgia DNR's Tagging Study of the Toccoa Tailwater Continues

  We need your help for an important fish study in progress by Georgia Department
of Natural Resources. There is a drawing for a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s
License for one lucky person who participates in the study, but the real benefit for
all of us is important scientific information about the fish and the fishery.
  The DNR has been studying trout in the Toccoa River tailwater, and Region I
Fisheries Biologist John Damer needs to upgrade the detail of data by tagging
stocked fish to get more specific information about individual fish. To accomplish
this tagging study, fishermen who catch a tagged fish should report their catch by
telephone and mail in the tag. Just doing those two things makes the fisherman
eligible for the drawing and enhances the data and Damer’s ability to understand
and improve the fishery. Just follow these easy steps if you catch a rainbow trout
with a GREEN tag.
       Remove the tag by cutting it with a knife, nippers, etc., as close as possible
to the fish's body (do not pull the tag out of the fish if you plan to release it, as this
will likely injure the fish severely). You can then keep or release the fish as you
would do normally.
    2. Call the Calhoun Fisheries office at 706-624-1161 to report the tag. Make sure
you have the tag number ready when you call.
  3. The person you talk to over the phone will ask you a few questions about when,
where, and how you caught the fish and then they will provide you with an address
where you should mail the tag. Please make sure to mail the tag in, because only
tags that we physically receive back will be entered into the drawing for a Lifetime
Sportsman's License. Even if you do not wish to be entered into the drawing, please
still mail the tag back as it is important in calculating estimates of non-reporting
(how many anglers catch tagged fish but do not report them).
 MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
  -Tags are green, about 1.5" long, and implanted on the fish's left side just below
the dorsal fin.
-Roughly 600 tagged rainbows will be stocked each month from March through
August. (near;y all of the tagged fish are already in the river.)
-The drawing for the lifetime license will be held sometime in Spring 2010, and
only ONE license will be awarded.
  ―Please send my thanks to anyone who returns a tag, as it means a lot to the State
of Georgia and to me personally,‖ Damer said. ―Hopefully the information gathered
through these tag returns will help us to better understand the trout fishery on the
Toccoa River, and to make good, sound decisions about how it will be managed in
the future.‖
 Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited is supporting this study by furnishing the
Lifetime Sportsman’s License and by encouraging fishermen to report tagged fish.
This is an important study for Georgia and for those who love to fish for trout, so
please take the time to report tagged fish and to mail in the tag.




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                               490 East Main Street
                               Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
                               (706) 632-1880; Fax (706) 632-1885
                               David Hulsey
                               flyfish@unicoioutfitters.com
                               www.UnicoiOutfitters.com

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                              www.ReelAnglingAdventures.com
                              PO Box 12
                              Suches, GA 30572
                               866-899-5259

  More guided fishing destinations than any outfitter in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia, Tennessee
  and North Carolina:
    Drift Boat Trips … browns, rainbows, brook trout – and stripers in season – on the Hiwassee, Toccoa
    and Chattahoochee rivers.
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    Noontootla Creek Farm and Tooni Cove Farm (on the upper Toccoa River).
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    habits, important insects and fly patterns that imitate them, and a half-day wade trip on nearby stocked public
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       Attention Sponsors:         It's that time of year again. Time to renew
       memberships as sponsors of the BRMTU Newsletter and Web Site. Existing
       sponsors need only pay $25 to renew for another year.. ( That's a savings of
       75%!!) We would love to expand our sponsorship outside of the fishing
       industry to include art boutiques, hiking gear and the many other downtown
       businesses. Please e-mail FanninTrout@gmail.com to RSVP your renewal or to
       set up a new donated advertisement. Thanks so much for your ongoing support.


       Local Developer, Saving Private Brooks Coordinator and TU Member Bruce Hanson has
       made the following "Friends of the River" offer: Any TU member that brings a friend to
       Riverwalk to see our community and at any time purchases one of the qualifying properties
       (a lot or a home) we will contribute $2,500.00 to the Local Chapter of TU
       here in Blue Ridge in the name of the member and pay $2,500.00 to the TU
       member that referred the friend to Riverwalk.

       Note: Qualifying properties are all of those properties at Riverwalk that
       are still in our inventory and all of those re-sale properties owned by
       others that have chosen to participate in this exciting promotion. Most all
       of the properties for sale are qualified properties.




        Join Us or Consult Us.           Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the preservation and
        enhancement of coldwater fisheries like the Toccoa River. For more information on our
        meetings and membership, go to www.BlueRidgeTU.com or www.TU.org.



                                            Chapter Officers/Contacts
 PRESIDENT                                 Vice-President                    TREASURER
 Mike Holloway                             Carl Riggs                        Everett Hall
 mike@hollowayrealtors.com                 7turns@tds.net                    lab12@tds.net
 SECRETARY                                                                   NEWSLETTER EDITOR
 Mike Maginn                                                                 Joe DiPietro
 mtmike@tds.net                                                              FanninTrout@gmail.com
 (706) 838-5515                                                              (706) 633-0890
                                             Current Chapter Leaders
          Role               Name        Member ID     City      State
 Chapter Board Member       John Pool     408278000   Jasper      GA
 Chapter Board Member       Carl Riggs    403762123   Suches      GA
  Chapter Conservation      Carl Riggs    403762123   Suches      GA
          Chair
Chapter Fundraising Chair Bruce Hanson 411545023 Mineral Bluff    GA
Chapter Membership Chair Bruce Hanson 411545023 Mineral Bluff     GA
Chapter Newsletter Editor Joe DiPietro     411182926 Cherrylog    GA
    Chapter President    Ralph Artigliere 408524650 Blue Ridge    GA
    Chapter Secretary    Michael Maginn 401630991 Blue Ridge      GA
    Chapter Treasurer      Everett Hall    311961650 Morganton    GA
  Chapter Vice President    Carl Riggs    403762123   Suches      GA
   Chapter Webmaster      Natalie Sharp 409676764 Blue Ridge      GA




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