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.
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.
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.
This from George Altemus:
Winston Rod Co has produced a 10-part video of Joan Wulff demonstrating basic and advanced fly casting techniques. Joan was married to Lee Wulff, and was 20 years his junior. She distinguished herself by beating all competitors in distance casting competition as a young woman who weighed barely 100 pounds. Her perfect form and maximum utilization of the mechanics involved in distance casting allowed her to cast further than men much larger and stronger than she. She was the National Casting Champion from 1943 to 1960, and made a record 161-foot cast.
She and Lee ran a flyfishing school at Lew Beach on the upper Beaverkill River in the New York Catskills.
Sadly, Joan passed away two years ago at age 82. FACT CHECK by Bryan Mathie: Incorrect, Joan is still alive and active at age 92.
The video was produced by Winston Rod Company. Click Here to go there.
Here’s a link to the Backyard Science videos Christian has been creating each week for his students at Ingomar Middle School. This week’s video is a tribute to the trout and their early release. Click here to go to the video.
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.
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.
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.