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.
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 [email protected]
George Altemus alerts us to a video that is available via the Midcurrent Fly Fishing site. George says: “This is the best underwater photography I’ve ever seen showing the habitat of the four types of mayfly nymphs: the clingers, crawlers, burrowers, & swimmers.” The video was shot in a very healthy stream in the mountains of California. Preserving and enhancing such cold water resources is part of the mission of TU. Click here for the Midcurrent video.
Patagonia presents a fabulous film about fishing in the Alps: “Il Pescatore Completo” (The Complete Fisherman). It’s a Tenkara approach to high mountain streams. Alberto Pugno, a fisherman in the Italian Alps, is the last great master of an ancient style of fly fishing remarkable for its pure simplicity and grace.
Your Board adopted two new policies (see nearby). One sets the terms of reimbursement for travel related to PWWTU, the other deals with the important topic of Youth Protection. The latter policy requires background checks and a viewing of the Youth Protection Policy of National TU in order for any PWWTU member to have contact with Youth (including children) that are not family members. This is a change from our prior approach, so you may want to download the document and read it.
The Board reviewed the Annual Report to Trout Unlimited and discussed the website and the overall strategy for communication with members. Christian Shane has proposed that we stream either live or virtual Chapter meetings. Who knows how long this virus lock-down will last?
Steelhead season is over this year, but one can always dream about future adventures. Christian Shane is a poet as well as a fine fisherman. His description of a very cold winter’s day spent in search of the wiley steelhead is a fine musing about how fishing puts us in touch with nature as well as the occasional fish. Click here to go there.
Ron Milavec has provided a nice history of our involvement in the annual Allegheny Sportsmans’ show. Our booth at the show allows us to contact the general public about our various programs and provide education in the form of fly tying demos and lectures. The report is particularly poignant because it has pictures of Rich Yurko and Tom Walsch who have both passed away in the last year. Both men were stout contributors to PWWTU and its mission and both are missed. Click here for the report.
Bob Heil is an accomplished fisherman and tyer who is also on the PWWTU Board. A little arm twisting has got him to write down the recipe for one of his go-to flies, the Ice Dub Minnow. This is a take-off of Ed Shenk’s famous minnow pattern and has been a winner for Bob against all sorts of fish. Sorry, no pictures of the fly are available, but he recipe is easy to follow. Click here for the whole story.
You may have also received a note in the mail from Chris Wood, President and CEO of the national TU organization. If you’re like me, you may have sent it to the circular file without opening it. Something said “open this one”, and I’m glad I did because Chris has nicely addressed the impact of THE VIRUS on TU and it’s programs. It’s worth a read. Click here for the letter.
Christian edited our Newsletter (Hatches and Rises) and won national recognition for the magazine and, especially, his articles. Copies of the magazine are located under the “Archive” tab. Christian’s pieces have also been published in regional fishing magazines such as PA Fish & Boat. The name “Hatches & Rises” has been reincarnated as the Title of the email blasts that members receive. The old newsletter format has been incorporated into the website. And Christian promises more articles. Click Here to get to his article about fishing for trout in PA.