Allison Park Sportsman’s Club has launched its own website thanks to the hard work of Steven Plut (pictured above). Click here to get to the new page. PWWTU has a long-standing relationship with this club and our members have joined in numerous projects on “Little” Pine Creek in Allison Park. Bookmark this site so you can easily find out what they are up to.
Rob Reeder and Scot Loughner are educational wizards who teach a number of CCAC courses each fall. Click here to get the list of courses. Their course “Learn to Fly Fish” starts September 8th. Click here to get registration information. They’ve also added two new courses on tying Steelhead flies this fall.
Nick Cobler, a PWWTU member and graphic designer, has developed a Tee shirt to honor the late Jim Hoey, owner of Hoey’s Fly Shop in the North Hills. The shirts come in many sizes and colors, and Nick plans to donate all proceeds from the sale of these shirts to PWWTU! Click here to get to Nick’s website and learn how to purchase a shirt.
A cute cartoon. Click Here for a larger version.
Joe Birsa sends in a very interesting (and apparently true) article about Cicadas being hijacked by a fungus. The fungus produces psychotropic chemicals which affect the Cicadas’ behavior in, shall we say, unusual ways. Verified by several Board members including Bryan Mathie who thinks: “Yes, it’s real, but the impact on the Cicada population is likely to be small because they reproduce quickly”.
It’s interesting that Asian cultures have eaten deep fried Cicadas for hundreds of years. Should you be tempted to follow suit, remember that fungi produce all sorts of harmful compounds as well as the happy ones. Plus, you’ll have to keep your oil hot for another 14? years until the next time they emerge. Click here for Joe’s original article. Click here for a confirming article from the Smithsonian.
Bob Bukk recommends an article originally published in the Washington Post. The article is a humorous look at fly fishing and the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for article.
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.