Combined wading staff – rod holder by the Birsas (Posted 7-11-20)

Mary Ann and Joe Birsa have conceived of a new device for freeing up hands while fishing: a combination of wading staff and rod holder. Joe has made several prototypes and is looking for advice about how to improve it. Click here for the story and PLANS.

2021 Cabin Fever Update KELLY GALLOUP primary attraction (posted 7/3/2020)

Bryan Mathie and Jodie Minor have good news for us concerning next year’s Cabin Fever Expo.

Mark your calendars: Sunday, February 21, 2021, a change from our usual early March date.

Location: Doubletree Hotel with expanded space for vendors and displays. The flea market will be held in the large hallway outside the vendor’s room.

Primary speaker: KELLY GALLOUP from the Slide Inn on the Madison River in Cameron, MT. If you’ve ever fished large lures for large trout, you’ll know that Kelly has invented some of the most productive (and cleverly named) lures in the business. Click here for a bio. His presentations are not to be missed.

Tentative schedule:

  • Limited attendance evening with Kelly who will tell stories and demo fly tying.
  • Two presentations on Sunday at the Expo: topics to be determined.
  • Limited attendance session to demonstrate the secrets of tying large streamers such as the Zoo Cougar.
  • Possibly a session with youth fly fishers.

PWW Meetings in the time of COVID (posted 7/3/2020)

Your Board has decided that the prudent course is to have VIRTUAL Chapter Meetings until the threat of COVID has diminished further. (Who knows when that will be, but it’s likely tied to the onset of “Herd Immunity” either through natural mechanisms or via a vaccine.)

The plan at this point is to use Zoom to record a short business meeting and the longer presentation by an invited speaker. We will upload these recordings to YouTube and distribute a link to Chapter Members via email. The link will also be posted on this website. It is not necessary to install Zoom or any other program on your computer.

It’s not as good as a face-to-face encounter with old friends in the confines of a Church basement, but it will have to do. Too many of our active members fall in the high risk category to risk exposure.

“Outside” Conservation Opportunities (posted 7/3/2020)

Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee has put together a list of Allegheny County and local watershed organizations that share our focus on stream preservation and improvement, Click here for the list, Find an organization near where you live and join up. Bring their ideas and practices back to the Chapter. Bryan is the go=to guy on this end. Click here to email him.

John Hayes – Plan to protect wild brook trout (6-9-2020)

John Hayes has nicely summarized the current status of PFBC’s new “Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania”. You’ll enjoy the update. Click Here for John’s article. Click Here for the Strategic Plan per se.

Summary of June 4 Board phone conference (6-5-2020)

Your Board met by phone on June 4th. Restrictions due to the virus are really slowing us down. Christ Church at Grove Farm is not permitting indoor meetings in their facility at this time, so we may or may not have “in person” Chapter meetings in the fall. Alternatives including Zoom sessions and video streaming are possible. Christian Shane is working on a schedule of speakers. Bob Bukk has proposed that the Chapter sponsor a scholarship for some worthy college student to honor Tom Walsh. National TU suggests that we give money to a department head who picks the winner and managed the grant rather than doing all this ourselves. Bryan Mathie has been busy identifying possible conservation projects for the Chapter. Bryan has also been busy organizing next year’s Cabin Fever Expo. The big news is that Kelly Galloup will be the keynote speaker at the event. (Photo above is one of Kelly’s famous ties). Plans are underway to have a dinner for Kelly on Saturday night and possibly a limited attendance fly tying session. The hotel has permitted us to move the Flea Market out into the hall which will open up 6 spaces for vendors and possibly a Conservation Corner for education. Draft minutes will be posted shortly.

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.