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 the retail price of a print in this limited edition to be $150 but has a special offer for TU members: $50 each plus $5 shipping and handling. Click here to see the print.

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 ready with speakers and programs if things loosen up. We may do virtual meetings in place of our face-to-face. We’ll keep you posted. President@pwwtu.org.

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 and $50 will have to wait until a future contest. Congratulations to the Winners and to Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee. Read Sue’s narrative by Clicking Here and Drew’s by Clicking Here.

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.

July 20-21 date set for PFBC meeting about wild trout stream designation (5-29-2020)

You’ll remember a similar post from earlier in the Spring before COVID-19 shut us down. Now a new date has been set, and the opportunity to comment extended:

On July 20th and 21st, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will meet in Harrisburg to discuss upgrading protections for 73 Wild Trout Streams and 5 Class A streams. If approved, this change will ensure the future health of clean water in these streams and allow these populations of wild fish to continue to thrive. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Fly casting with Joan Wulff (5-29-2020)

This from George Altemus:

Winston Rod Co has produced a 10-part video of Joan Wulff demonstrating basic and advanced fly casting techniques.  Joan was married to Lee Wulff, and was 20 years his junior.  She distinguished herself by beating all competitors in distance casting competition as a young woman who weighed barely 100 pounds. Her perfect form and maximum utilization of the mechanics involved in distance casting allowed her to cast further than men much larger and stronger than she. She was the National Casting Champion from 1943 to 1960, and made a record 161-foot cast.

She and Lee ran a flyfishing school at Lew Beach on the upper Beaverkill River in the New York Catskills.

Sadly, Joan passed away two years ago at age 82. FACT CHECK by Bryan Mathie: Incorrect, Joan is still alive and active at age 92.

The video was produced by Winston Rod Company. Click Here to go there.

Trout in the Classroom; Christian Shane’s recent video (5-23-2020)

Here’s a link to the Backyard Science videos Christian has been creating each week for his students at Ingomar Middle School. This week’s video is a tribute to the trout and their early release.  Click here to go to the video.

GLITCH affects Stream Clean-up Contest – submission deadline extended (5-23-2020)

A missing letter in the email contact for the recent Stream Clean-up Contest has resulted in a GLITCH: no entries were received by the cut-off date (May 17, 2020). However, several members have contacted us with questions. “What about my entry?”. To be fair, we’ve decided to extend the submission deadline to May 30, 2020. So, if you attempted submission during the April 17 – May 17 period, PLEASE RESUBMIT. Send your submission to bryan.mathie@sbcglobal.net and to President@pwwtu.org

Jamie Schroder explores Linden Creek (5-22-2020)

Board member and Membership Chair Jamie Schroder has found a gem of a stream in North Strabane, about a 40 minute drive south from downtown Pittsburgh. Cows, golf, target practice, deep holes in the creek with trout…who could ask for more. Read all about her adventures by Clicking Here.

Stream Clean-up Contest Update (5-22-2020)

Conservation Chair Bryan Mathie challenged members of PWWTU to get out and clean up part of a stream. Prizes were offered for the largest collection of trash. Bryan and his family even provided an example of how to do it. Unfortunately, no other chapter member entered the contest. If you thought about doing a stream clean up but decided not to, please share your thinking. Contact us at President@pwwtu.org.