Mathie Family takes lead in Stream Clean-up contest (posted 4-24-2020)

Bryan Mathie, with the help of his family, collected an amazing amount of trash from the banks of Neshannock Creek last week (see photos below). All this in one afternoon! Bryan, it must be admitted, found time to capture a number of Neshannock brownies on a caddis emerger pattern during the trip. Three bags of trash and what looks like a computer carry full of old shoes, etc. define the haul. The Mathie’s efforts put them in the lead for this week’s prize. Remember, deadline for this week’s entries is Friday, April 24th at 5 pm.

The secret language of cartoons (posted 4-24-2020)

Ever wonder what the squiggly line rising from a cup of coffee in the comics is called? (answer: “indotherm”) or the beads of sweat flying off a distressed character’s head (answer: “pleweds”). The attached article will be of interest to fans of the comics and of language, since most of the words are unknown outside the comic world. Click here….

FY-20 PWWTU Financial Statement is available for your review (Posted 4-24-2020)

Treasurer Ed Barger has released the “FY-20” Financial Statements which actually cover an 18-month period due to Trout Unlimited’s change in fiscal year. Our Financial Reviewer, Walter Reineman, has reviewed the detailed list of transactions for the period as well as the statements. He found no irregularities. Walter and Ed are to be commended for the effort required to get 18 months of transactions into a Quicken database. The Financial Statements are an important part of our yearly report to the mothership (Trout Unlimited). Click here to see the document.

Ed Shenk, angler and writer, has died (posted 4-18-2020)

Ed was one of the old guard of fly fishermen on the Letort near Carlisle, PA. Check out this U-tube video of Ed talking and then a demonstration of how to tie his famous White Streamer. Click Here to go there. For Ed’s obituary: Click here. For a nice editorial remembrance, see Fly Fisherman

Stream Clean-up Contest – Starts April 17th (posted 4-14-2020)

Aren’t you just dying to get out of the house and do something useful? Here’s an opportunity to do just that: a contest to see who can collect the most litter from a local stream. Contest runs from April 17th to May 17th. Winners will be announced May 22. Grand Prize is a $200 gift certificate from International Angler that can be used to purchase a nice fly rod. Prizes go 4 deep. Many thanks to Bob Phillips and International Angler for their support of PWWTU and the contest. CLICK HERE to read about the contest and get the rules and a list of prizes. Social distancing of course, but take the family…it all counts and could be nice mucky fun.

Allison Park Sportsman’s Club Schedule (posted 4-13-2020)

APSC has cancelled most of it’s events this Spring. A possible exception is the Dan Wagner Memorial Kid’s Fishing Tournament at North Park on May 2nd. Click here to see the schedule. Contact: Gary Franceschina by email.

President puts boots where mouth is (posted 4-11-2020)

OK, I challenged you to take a stream walk in order to become familiar with a local stream and to pick up trash. Just you and your immediate family, not a large group. Well, I decided to put on my boots and explore the tiny tributary to Saw Mill Run that starts a hundred yards from our house. An adventure ensued. Click here to learn more about it.

Ticks

Ticks are likely to be a big problem this year because last winter was so mild. Click here for a fabulous summary of important information borrowed from PA Steelhead Association Newsletter with permission. (posted 4-10-2020).

Seven Springs Fly Tyers’ Reunion – POSTPONED

The annual Fly Tyers’ Reunion at Seven Springs has been POSTPONED. (posted 4-10-2020)

Take a Hike!

Given that the virus has provided way too much free time, why not get out of doors and do some good for the Chapter at the same time? Gather your family and tell them: “Hey, it’s an adventure that requires boots and gloves”. Pick a stream near home that has public access, maybe even aquatic life. Take a garbage bag for each person and your camera or phone. Objectives: pick up as much “safe” trash as possible (no tires, no sewer lids, no sharp objects) AND document the condition of the stream. Send photos and a short description of your adventure to President@pwwtu.org and watch right here on the website for your report. Include a screen shot of your GPS map so others can find (or avoid) your section. (posted 4-9-2020)