Penn’s Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Pittsburgh, PA

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Yip, Yip? (8-13-20)

A cute cartoon. Click Here for a larger version.

Cicada Zombies (8-5-2020)

Joe Birsa sends in a very interesting (and apparently true) article about Cicadas being hijacked by a fungus. The fungus produces psychotropic chemicals which affect the Cicadas’ behavior in, shall we say, unusual ways. Verified by several Board members including Bryan Mathie who thinks: “Yes, it’s real, but the impact on the Cicada population is […]

Eight reasons to take up fly fishing during a Pandemic (7-22-20)

Bob Bukk recommends an article originally published in the Washington Post. The article is a humorous look at fly fishing and the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for article.

National TU Conservation Update (7-15-2020)

Our parent organization is please to provide updates about major conservation efforts that are underway on a national level. “Protect, reconnect, restore, sustain”. Two web-based updates are coming up in July: July 21 – Pacific Coast & Alaska TU Conservation Highlights (2PM) July 29 – Interior West TU Conservation Highlights (12:30PM) These sessions are designed to educate and inspire […]

Leave ’em be (7-15-2020)

Torrid temperatures and lack of rain in Western PA have combined to deliver a “perfect storm” of bad conditions to the fish in our streams and lakes, especially the trout. Trout like it cold, in part because there’s more oxygen in the water. Trout tolerate water temps in the 70’s but are living on the […]

Jim Hoey has passed (7-14-2020) Update (7-18, 7-21)

Jim Hoey’s Fly Shop was a destination for fly fishers in the PIttsburgh area. Jim was always willing to take time from his work to swap fishing stories with his customers. John Hays has written a nice obituary. Click here to get more information.

Classified Ads – Buy and Sell Fishing Gear- Now available (posted 7-12-2020)

There’s a new section on the “Of Interest” page: Classified Ads. This section allows listing of items for sale and a link to those listings. PWWTU provides this service with the understanding that transactions will be between seller and buyer; PWWTU assumes no responsibility for any aspect of transactions. Click here to go there.

Combined wading staff – rod holder by the Birsas (Posted 7-11-20)

Mary Ann and Joe Birsa have conceived of a new device for freeing up hands while fishing: a combination of wading staff and rod holder. Joe has made several prototypes and is looking for advice about how to improve it. Click here for the story and PLANS.

2021 Cabin Fever Update KELLY GALLOUP primary attraction (posted 7/3/2020)

Bryan Mathie and Jodie Minor have good news for us concerning next year’s Cabin Fever Expo. Mark your calendars: Sunday, February 21, 2021, a change from our usual early March date. Location: Doubletree Hotel with expanded space for vendors and displays. The flea market will be held in the large hallway outside the vendor’s room. […]

PWW Meetings in the time of COVID (posted 7/3/2020)

Your Board has decided that the prudent course is to have VIRTUAL Chapter Meetings until the threat of COVID has diminished further. (Who knows when that will be, but it’s likely tied to the onset of “Herd Immunity” either through natural mechanisms or via a vaccine.) The plan at this point is to use Zoom […]

Upcoming Events

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All large group events such as Chapter Meetings have been cancelled or postponed.  However,  virtual reality is taking over during this time of Corona, and our Women’s Initiative is a good example:  Fly Tying demo done remotely.  All (including guys!) are welcome to tune in. See the handout with the event listed below for instructions.

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Expand your Horizons

Think outside the box of PWWTU. There are 400 plus Chapters of Trout Unlimited in the country.  We have a ton of members (over 1,000) but few cold-water streams supporting trout. Why not wind up the computer (or pick up the phone) and contact a TU chapter from the surrounding area to see what they’re up to and how you might be able to help. Click Here .SW PA TU Chapters for a spreadsheet of likely SW and NW PA Chapters, their websites, and a contact. What’s to lose?  You might even get introduced to a stream full of brookies that you didn’t know about.

Women and Diversity

Calling all Ladies!!!

We have a group just for you!!!

“Women’s Outreach” for PWWTU. This new group was created so that we, as a local organization, can better listen to and serve the needs of female anglers.

Our aim is to partner with female anglers who: want to fish together, learn more about the sport, support each other’s fishing growth and have fun! As women – we have the ability to become some of the best anglers – and our chapter wants to support that growth!

If this group interests you or you have any questions – please contact Jodie Minor or Nora Cline at [email protected]