“Smoke and mirrors”…how fish escape being someone’s dinner (12-19-20)

Ever wonder why fish are so hard to see in the water? Well, here’s a nifty article from the Wall Street Journal that focuses on fish scales and their role in helping fish escape predation. Turns out that fish scales are quite complex in their structure and capable of reflecting light that matches the color of their watery environment. This property allows fish to blend into their surroundings quite well. You may ask: “What about fish that live in the depths of the ocean where there’s very little light?” The scales of these fish are made of a different substance that absorbs, rather than reflecting, light. These fish elude predation by matching their black backgrounds. All very interesting.

Click here for the WSJ article.

Tim Flagler interview Wednesday, December 16th at 9 pm

The New Fly Fisherman will interview Tim Flagler, our January Chapter Meeting speaker. Click here to join the interview on YouTube Live.

Karl Weixlmann shares steelhead fishing tips in John Hayes’ PPG column (12-14-20)

In case you missed it, John Hayes had a nice article about Karl Weixlmann, a Lake Erie steelhead guide, in the December 13th edition. John presents the intimate details of Karl’s very successful dry-dropper technique. It’s especially suited to low water with skittish fish and lots of fishermen…the usual situation on most Tribs this time of year. Enjoy. Click here for the article.

Orvis-sponsored Fly tying competition between Tim Flagler and Tom Rosenbauer (12-6-2020)

Tim Flagler will be our speaker for the January Chapter meeting so you may want to check out this competition. SHORT NOTICE: the event will start at 3 PM on Monday, December 7th. Click Here for details. The good news is that this and previous competitions are recorded and previous sessions can be viewed. Today’s fly is #14 Rusty Spinner.

December Chapter meeting features Chris Mullin. His Topic: Introduction to Citizens Climate Lobby – A Trout Unlimited Partner in the fight against Climate Change OR “A Simple Solution to Climate Change”

Chris Mullin grew up in Minnesota, where he enjoyed canoeing and fishing its many lakes, especially the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. His most recent trip there was two years ago with his two brothers and 89-year-old father.  He earned degrees in physics from the University Of Chicago, and Cal Berkeley, and has a deep respect for what science can tell us about the world.  He has watched with growing alarm as climate science has clarified the causes, risks, and potential future of climate change.  He joined Citizens’ Climate Lobby four years ago because it offers a clear path to an effective, bipartisan, market-based solution to the climate crisis.  It feels good to contribute to tangible progress towards making a difference in the world.  

The link to the Zoom meeting will arrive in your email a day or two before the December 14 , 7 pm meeting.

Upgrading Glade Run (12-1-2020)

In case you missed this “Outdoors” article in the PPG newspaper on November 29th you can Click Here to read all about a major stream improvement project on an important tributary of Dunbar Creek. The story illustrates how many players are involved in a 21st Century project, and the time and effort required to bring it to conclusion. Dale Kotowski of the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited is featured because the Chapter built a similar but smaller passive treatment facility nearby the new one in 2003 and continues to provide crushed limestone to counteract acid mine drainage in other tributaries of Glade Run.

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.