De’ja’ vu: Tim Flagler returns for the February 8th Chapter meeting

Tim’s Topic: “What Trout Like to Eat & Flies to Feed Them”


This presentation will include video of aquatic insects, bait fish & crustaceans trout eat to survive and the fly patterns we use to imitate them.

PA Fish and Boat announces new stocking dates and procedures

Click here to access the latest PA Fish and Boat announcement concerning opening dates (changed this year) and stocking dates.

Tim Flagler was a fabulous substitute for the Great Joe Kline fly sale, our usual January event

If you had a chance to tune into Tim Flagler’s presentation last evening, you learned a lot about tying three of his go-to flies. If you missed the event, Click here for the recipes Tim uses for the three flies he tied.

Click here for a YouTube video of Tim tying Egan’s red dart.

Click here for a tutorial about tying the Squirrel & Herl bugger.

Click here for Tim’s perceptive version of the Little Black Stonefly nymph.

January Chapter meeting: Tim Flagler ties flies

We are fortunate to have Tim Flagler as our guest on January 11 Chapter Meeting by Zoom. Tim is a noted fly tier, guide and personality in the fishing community. You will receive an email announcement with details of how to join the conference. Click here for the recipes for the three flies that Tim will tie.

Board action update for January 2021

Your Board met by virtual conference on January 7, 2021. Draft minutes of the meeting are available in the Documents column. Covid continues to be a problem and your Board has decided to postpone the Chapter’s 2021 Annual Meeting indefinitely. As a result, members will not be able to nominate or vote for new Board because of lack of a quorum. Thus the Board has approved extending the terms of current members by one year. Other issues: The first year of the Tom Walsh Memorial Scholarship at Chatham University has been funded and the University is in the process of selecting a recipient. Alex Ciocca has made a generous donation to PWWTU. He won a fishing trip to Montana in a contest last summer which was cancelled. Alex has donated the cash value of the trip ($500).

Buffalo Creek in running for PA River of the Year: your vote needed

Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River that is not far north of Pittsburgh is in the running for PA River of the Year award. Please consider adding your vote to the mix. Click here for more information. And Click here to vote!

“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.