Austin Price joins PWWTU

Greetings future fishing buddies! My family recently moved to McCandelss from DC and I am excited to see new water and meet new people who share a passion for fly fishing and the outdoors. 
As a child, my parents gave me a choice. I could spend Sunday mornings in the church pew with my mother, or I could spend the morning meandering through woods and streams with my father. Either way, I had to report back on my reflections with three ways I could be a better son, brother and community member. The outdoors is still the place where I find serenity, physical challenge, community, passion and self.  We also spent many hours together fishing for all kinds of cold water and warm water species, but walking a small stream looking for natives was always our favorite. 
After grad school at Pitt nearly a decade ago, I lived and worked in France, Cameroon, California and DC. Through the chaos of early career and travel I backpacked and camped some, but not as much as I would have liked. As the demands of career and family life stack up, I am finding the ability to live in the present moment that nature gives me is central to how I take care of myself. I am at my happiest sharing the joy of flipping over rocks and finding what is around the next bend in the stream with my family or on a solo trip. 
I am relatively new to fly-fishing and largely self taught so I look forward to learning from and with all of you. Thank you and tight lines!

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.

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.

Meet New Member: Dave Roarty

Dave lives in Murrysville.  Happily married 42 years (Marsha), 2 wonderful daughters and 5 perfect grandchildren. Retired from Westinghouse nuclear side after 42 years in 2018.  Started fishing late in life, not really much until retirement. Love fly fishing and slowly acquiring enough skill to occasionally catch fish.  Tying a little and enjoy that as well.  I also golf, scuba dive, bike, hike, kayak and brew beer.  Still learning the streams, had a great winter of frozen fishing.  Look forward to fishing without gloves, I have enough problems tying knots. I have personal goal to help Turtle creek become a great trout stream some day.  Still a lot of mine acid and silt issues but working with the watershed to make it happen, hope I live long enough.

Basics of nymphing – nice summary

The internet really is a wonderful thing. A friend sent a link to a blog put out by the guides at Avidmax, fly shop in Colorado. It’s worth a read, especially if you’re new to the sport or ocassionally have trouble catching trout. Click here to get to the article.

New Member: Steven T. Strausbaugh

Meet our newest member, Steven T. Strausbaugh
Steve has long-standing roots in western PA and fishing traditions. Born and raised in Shenango Township, Lawrence County PA – Steve grew up going to Lake Arthur, Shenango Lake, Wilhem and Pymatuning with dad and grandpa. Trout season has been a life-long tradition with both friends and family – beyond just first day festivities or stocking operations which are most typically spent just outside of Franklin, PA on the East Sandy Creek.
After successfully being trained to always catch the biggest fish in the family, Steve joined the US Coast Guard at the age of 18. In joining the Coast Guard, he became the 3rd generation of sailor in the Strausbaugh family to serve his country, and the first rescue swimmer. He served in the Coast Guard for 2 years on an icebreaking tugboat in Cleveland, Ohio where he earned status as an official “Great Lakes Sailor” and then for 3 years in Portsmouth, VA where he was eventually inducted into the “Order of the Spanish Main” by eating a cherry out of King Neptune’s belly button. At 6 ft 6 inches tall he just barely met the Coast Guard’s height requirement to be able to walk back to shore.
Most recently, Steve has been a member of the Oakmont Lions Club and the Oakmont Volunteer Fire Department as he continues to believe in service to the community around him. He has been married to his wife, Tanya for 6 years. Together they enjoy hiking, cycling and boating with annual trips every fall to National Parks across the US (pre-Covid). They are currently in the process of renovating their new home in Fox Chapel and are looking forward to getting to know new angler friends and fellow outdoor conservationists.

Photo shows Steve in Ennis Montana with a giant fish sculpture.

2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour coming soon to a couch near you

The annual Fly Fishing Film Tour, sponsored in this area by International Angler and Casting for Recovery, will be a virtual event this year. Buy your ticket(s) in person at International Angler, receive a QR code for your phone, and stream the show from the comfort of your own home anytime you choose between March 10 and April 4. Ticket price normally $20 but IA will give a $5 discount and $2 from each ticket goes to support CFR.