Way Back in the day, Pittsburgh had a large number of streams that ran into the rivers. These got covered up and channeled underground as the city grew. Tom Batroney has chronicled this process in a fascinating article you may want to read. It’s a documentary of what lies beneath our feet and the current day problems of flooding related to the system. Click here for the article.
Face to face meetings of Bar Flies have resumed although the location has changed. The group meets the third Monday of each month, starting in January, 2022. The new location is Howard’s Tavern (see center panel for directions)
We are lucky to have a transplant from Portland Oregon, Glenn “Andy” Andrews, join PWWTU. Andy has lead ourdoor adventures in the Cascades and around Mt. Hood (see photo) for more than 20 years and would like to start a similar program for us. The effort involves planning camping/fishing adventures in PA and WV. Andy needs help identifying good sites for these adventures and well as hosting the events. Please contact Chuck ([email protected]) if you are interested in helping with this new activity. Click Here to get more information.
Bob Bukk, PWWTU Vice President, pays attention to National TU which offered Chapters a complete fly fishing set for youth. Bob put this offer together with a request from a local woman needing equipment for her son. Bob presented the rod, reel, line, leaders to Lauren and Gideon. Perfect timing: Gideon’s grandfather who is an avid fly fisherman, arrived from out of state to coach Gideon. Click Here for Bob’s account.
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding the 27th annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp June 19-24, 2022. The camp will be at Messiah University in Grantham, PA. It begins on Sunday and ends the following Friday. Admission is limited to 24 selected qualified students from 14 to 17 years of age.The camp will begin accepting applications for the 2022 camp on November 1, 2021.Click here for more information.
PWWTU has in the past sponsored one or two youth to attend. Contact if interested: [email protected]
Chuck Meyers passed on November 4, 2021. Click here to read several remembrances.
Thanks to Rob Reeder, the Fly Fishers now have a website hosted by Days on the Water. Click here to go there. Check it out for information about the upcoming Christmas Party. In-person meetings start in January. It’s a great way to learn about the arcane aspects of fly fishing.
Your board met November 4, 2021 and made several notable decisions:
1. A $4,600 request for funds for stream improvement on Buffalo creek by the Arrowhead Chapter was reviewed and approved. The stream is 45 minutes from downtown and offers trout fishing year-round. This follows a decision made last month to fund aspects of a project by Forbes Trail TU to resurrect the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail ($3,600). Both projects represent collaborative relations between PWWTU and other SW PA TU Chapters.
2. The Communications Committee and Mr. Joe Birch, our web master, are making forward progress on a revision of PWWTU.org that will improve appearance and navigation.
3. Mr. Glen “Andy” Andrews has moved here from Portland, OR where he was quite active in a TU chapter. He was a board member for at least 20 years and during that time he organized 5-6 weekend camping/fishing trips each season. The Board approved a new committee named “Exploration”, and the President appointed Mr. Andrews chair of the committee. If you know of sites in PA where campgrounds are on or close to trout streams, please contact [email protected]
4. A high school teacher in the Franklin District has asked for help. He’s organizing a fly fishing club and needs tying material and instruments plus rods, reels and fishing equipment. Click here to get a summary of the project and contact him directly if you can help.
5. The controversy surrounding PA Boat and Fish commision’s decision to continue stocking streams that have sufficient reproduction of native or wild trout to maintain the population has reached the simmer stage. It may boil over, in part due to an article by Len Lichvar who is against the practice of stocking over native fish. Read his article by clicking here. There should be a call for commennts, and the Board will review the issue and ask members to respond then.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has continued to stock streams that sustain populations of native trout. Len Lichvar discusses the pros and cons of this practice. Click here for his article. The photo above is Eric Hussar, PFBC Commissioner with a wild brown trout he caught and released on a stocked stream.