View Michael Hosack’s presentation at the November Zoom Chapter meeting. (11-20-10)

Click Here to see the video of Michael’s very informative talk about stocking the Tribs. This is a must-view for Trib fishermen.

Mop flies make the Wall Street Journal (11-14-2020)

The lowly mop fly has hit the big time with an article in the Wall Street Journal. (Click Here for the article). The article is cited by Mid Current which features an ad for a large assortment of mop flies (Click Here for the ad.). These flies are so irresistible to trout that they have been banned from competition. (Ed note: collection that is for sale does not include any green mop flies. Lefty Kregh wouldn’t approve. He always said: “If it ain’t chartreuse, it ain’t no use”).

Casting for Recovery 2020 Online Auction now LIVE (11-14-20)

Casting for Recovery supports women surviving breast cancer. CFR has an annual online auction each November, and the 2020 event went live November 11 and closes November 22. This year’s auction has over 200 items related to fishing. Support a good cause by bidding on an item for yourself or someone you love. Click Here to get to the auction. This link takes you directly to the auction which is being run by Bidding for a Good Cause rather than CFR. Don’t worry, it’s legitimate.

November Board Meeting Recap (11-11-20)

The November, 2020 Board meeting was held by Zoom conference on November 5th. Bob Bukk reported that the paperwork associated with our funding of a student grant at Chatham University was in order. Ed Barger is preparing to pay the first installment of the grant in December. Ron Milavec announced that we will not have a live booth at the Monroeville Sportsman’s Show for first time in many years; however, it may be possible to have an un-manned booth advertising Trout Unlimited. Cabin Fever 2021 is cancelled due to Covid. The hotel deposit has migrated to late February, 2022. Bar Flies is on hold also. The Board has approved purchase of ZOOM Pro which will improve our chapter meetings as well as a new laptop computer to facilitate presentations during in-person Chapter meetings, whenever they return. No Joe Cline fly sale this year, but tie up some anyway and save them for next year. There are three openings for new Board members this coming year, so contact Dale Fogg if you are interested in serving.

Christian Shane’s New Website

Christian is a prolific writer as well as great teacher. He does Trout in the Classroom each year with his students. He’s contributed a number of articles for the website. Now, he has a new website: www.christianshaneauthor.com

November Chapter Meeting (10-29-20)

Our speaker for the November 9, 2020 virtual meeting is Michael Hosack, Fisheries Biologist, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Lake Erie Research Unit. Michael is a whiz kid when it comes to the biology of Lake Erie Steelhead. His topic will be: “LECAL Steelhead Survey & Management of steelhead and brown trout fisheries(Q & A Session to follow)

Click Here to access a video of Michael’s presentation. A MUST FOR ALL TRIB FISHERMEN!

One of Michael’s projects is to generate a report each year based on the logs of fishermens’ experience on the Tribs. He provides log books that fishermen document important details of each adventures chasing the wily steelhead and brown trout in the Tribs. Click here to find out more and to sign up to participate.

Chapter honors Tom Walsh with a grant to Chatham University (10-11-2020)

Tom Walsh was the chair of our Conservation Committee until his untimely death last year. Tom’s love for (Little) Pine Creek in the North Hills was unmatched. He organized work parties, stocking, and children’s fishing derbies. Your Board has chosen to honor him by donating $2500 each year for 5 years to support one or more upper-class students at Chatham University who is (are) in the BS Biology program with a focus on “sustainability”. Chatham has an entire campus in the North Hills dedicated to sustainable living (including a trout rearing facility!). Bryan Mathie is working to establish a relation between PWWTU and this aspect of Chatham’s efforts.

Tom was a superior human being and this Memorial Grant will help his name and good works live on.

Alex Ciocca wins fishing trip to Montana, donates value to PWWTU

Covid has a silver lining afterall. Alex Ciocca, one of our younger members. won a recent contest and has donated the grand prize ($500) to PWWTU. The story: Alex took a quiz focused on things he has learned from fly fishing. Then he submitted a 1 minute video on three things he has learned. The prize, a week fishing in Montana, was cancelled due to Covid, so Alex has donated the money to PWWTU. Thanks Alex!

Bryan Mathie will discuss PWWTU conservation options Monday Oct 12 (10-9-20)

Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker for the October Chapter meeting has become unavailable. Bryan Mathie, our Conservation Chair and Board member has agreed to fill in. His topic will be “Conservation Strategies and how you can get involved”. Remember that conservation of cold water resources is TU’s mission and recognize, please, that our Chapter needs to up our game in this regard. The Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/3968036408

INFORMATION ON ZOOM:

To use Zoom, download the app on your phone or the computer OR use the link in the email to connect. The group will not officially start until we log in at 7:00 PM. Your video call will request to launch on joining the call if you’re using a phone app or computer program. You can be on video so that we can have more connection, but feel free to turn your video off as needed while watching the presentation.

It’s important to minimize the background noise and we ask you to remain muted for the meeting. We will give a brief orientation to the Zoom program at the start of the call. 

Board meets by ZOOM October 1, 2020 (10-4-20)

Your Board met October 1 and made several important decisions. First, Cabin Fever, originally scheduled for late February, 2021 has been cancelled. The hotel will move our reservation to February, 2022. Second, the board approved funding a 5-year scholarship to students studying Biology with a focus on Sustainability at Chatham University in memory of our former Conservation Chair and colleague, Tom Walsh. Thanks to Bob Bukk for coming up with this idea and doing the leg work to get it to happen. Full minutes are nearby.