Senate Passes Brewster Bill to Aid Therapeutic Fishing Programs

The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Jim Brewster aimed at helping veterans and others who are “in recovery” by waiving license fees for recreational fishing within the confines of an approved program.

PA Senate Bill 241, will exempt the cost of fishing licenses in Pennsylvania for veterans and other individuals taking steps towards physical or mental recovery as part of therapeutic angling events sponsored by established service groups such as Project Healing Waters. (Click here for text). The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission estimated in 2018 that more than 60 different service organizations and hundreds of unique one-day fishing opportunity events across the Commonwealth would have qualified for exemption under the provisions of the bill.

“Fishing, like all outdoor recreation, is healthy fun, healthy for the economy and we now know that it can be an important part of the health of thousands of Pennsylvanians trying to overcome challenges,” Brewster said. “I’m looking forward to seeing hundreds of events across Pennsylvania that provide opportunities for recreational and therapeutic angling.”

The bill now goes to the House.

Advocacy

Advocacy of conservation and environmental issues is an important aspect of our mission, as outlined in the recently adopted Strategic Plan. We’ve added a column titled “ADVOCACY” to the Conservation page. Please contact [email protected] with ideas for individual and/or group action.

Board Approves Strategic Plan

Every organization benefits from taking a hard look at where they are and where they are going. Your Board, following a suggestion by Ed Barger and with the expert assistance of Jamie Schroder and Bryan Mathie, has developed a plan for the Chapter that should guide our activities for the immediate future. The plan has been unanimously approved by the Board. Click here to view the plan.

Greg Hoover’s Cicada pattern

Those of you who listened to Greg Hoover talk about the Brood 10 Cicada hatch this year will appreciate the details of his pattern. The fly is shown in the picture. Click here for a pdf of Greg’s article. Click here for a condensed recipe. This is a photo of the Chenille Greg uses:

Cecil Township Park Youth Fishing Derby a success

The happy smile on Brendan Ewig’s face reflects the spirit of the first annual Youth Fishing Derby held at Cecil Park on May 1, 2021. Brendan is 11 y.o. and the fish was released for others to angle for. Our chapter provided 220 # of rainbow trout (including 7 golden rainbows that the kids loved) for Miller’s Run, the creek that passes through the Cecil Township Park. Chapter support was designed to introduce youth to the magic of trout and angling for them. Fifty kids participated.

PWWTU Board Endorses “Energy Inovation Act” (H.R. 2307; 117th Congress)

Your Board has endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Ted Deutsch (D, Florida; shown above). Click here for a quick summary of the Act. Click Here if you would also like to endorse the bill. ‘

TROUT UNLIMITED has endorsed the bill with the following statement:

Climate change is no longer a distant problem— it’s right here, right now in the form of rising temperatures, unpredictable floods, worsening droughts, and more intense wildfires. Climate change threatens the resilience of native trout and salmon fisheries, from the Rio Grande cutthroat trout of Colorado and New Mexico to the Eastern brook trout of Appalachia and the Northeast. Trout Unlimited believes it is time for Congress to seriously address the root cause of climate change. Congressman Deutch’s bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would use market mechanisms to substantially reduce carbon emissions—and help us save our fisheries, the health of our communities, and the watersheds on which they rely.

Bryan Mathie is winner of Spirit of TU award

Our Bryan Mathie has been named as a winner of a prestigeous Trout Unlimited award: The Spirit of TU Award. Ed Barger, Chuck Buffington and Larry Myers (from the Forbes Trail Chapter) worked with Doug Spiro (a videographer – “Spirovision”) to produce a 2-minute video about Bryan’s activities in the chapter and PA Council. Click here to see the nomination video.

THREE of our members published in PA Angler & Boater e-magazine

Bob Bukk, Charles Cantella and Christian Shane all have articles in the March-April, 2021 issue of PA Angler & Boater. This is an e-magazine that is free to all who hold a current fishing license in PA. Click here to find out more if you’re not already signed up.

Bob’s article: “Remberance of Charles R. Meck”

Charles Cantella’s article: “Exploring Cannonsburg Lake”

Christian Shane’s column: “Tying Together”

and we can also claim local author Debra Weisberg: “Protecting Wild Trout.”

Congratulation! Outstanding PWWTU representation.

Allison Park Sportsman’s Club PINE CREEK stocking is underway

The general public will still not be allowed to help stock this year.  The PFBC will allow personnel from clubs and other organizations that have traditionally help float stock and carry buckets in the past to help stock this year.  We’ve been asked to help stock this year.  We need to submit a list of people at each stocking to the PFBC, so let me know the stockings you plan to attend.  Masks and gloves are required to stock.  Click here for the rather extensive stocking schedule. For more information or to sign up to help contact: Gary Franshescina ([email protected] Phone number: 412-364-2436 ).

End of an Era and beginning of a New Day

Just an FYI: outdoors stories in the PPG by Mr. John Hayes will not appear in print going forward but will only be published online under “Lifestyles/Outdoors” The good news is that the e-version will include a weekly newsletter with an enhanced Fishing Report, relevant stories from the Post-Gazette archives, and additional material that could not fit in print. So look for Mr. Hayes’ articles in the online edition. You’ll have access if you currently have a subscription to the PPG.