Penn’s Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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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 […]

“Outside” Conservation Opportunities (posted 7/3/2020)

Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee has put together a list of Allegheny County and local watershed organizations that share our focus on stream preservation and improvement, Click here for the list, Find an organization near where you live and join up. Bring their ideas and practices back to the Chapter. Bryan is the […]

John Hayes – Plan to protect wild brook trout (6-9-2020)

John Hayes has nicely summarized the current status of PFBC’s new “Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania”. You’ll enjoy the update. Click Here for John’s article. Click Here for the Strategic Plan per se.

Summary of June 4 Board phone conference (6-5-2020)

Your Board met by phone on June 4th. Restrictions due to the virus are really slowing us down. Christ Church at Grove Farm is not permitting indoor meetings in their facility at this time, so we may or may not have “in person” Chapter meetings in the fall. Alternatives including Zoom sessions and video streaming […]

We all missed this booth at Cabin Fever (6-2-2020)

Rick Latham is an art publisher from Narberth, PA. Maybe this distance to Pittsburgh discouraged his attendance at Cabin Fever. Rick’s buddy, B. Riley spent a year carefully drawing 12 classic dry flies which were collated and turned into a 20-24″ print on quality grade, acid-free, rag paper. Click here for more information. He considers […]

COVID-19 and Fall PWWTU Meetings (6-1-2020)

If only we had a crystal ball! Your Board is actively discussing what to do about Chapter Meetings in the Fall of 2020. Christ Church at Grove Farm is currently not allowing groups such as ours to meet in the church building. But this policy could change over the summer, so we plan to be […]

2020 Stream Clean-up Contest – Winners (6-1-2020)

Sue Lympany is the First Place Winner of the 2020 Stream Clean-up Contest and will receive a gift card worth $200 at International Angler. Drew Richards is the Second Place Winner and will receive a gift card worth $100 at International Angler. There were only two entries in the contest this year, so Third Place […]

John Hayes – how fish see (5-31-2020)

John Hayes has provided a great summary of how fish see and the variables that affect their vision in the water. This information is relevant to all fishermen and fisherwomen. The original article appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on May 28, 2020. Click Here for the full report.

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.

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 pwwtuwomen@gmail.com