Citizens’ Climate Lobby announces lecture by Dr. Russell Cuhel 4:30 EST Thursday, Feb 25th

We often think of seafood as only coming from the ocean, but the US has freshwater fisheries as well.  Dr. Russell Cuhel will talk about how climate change is affecting the Lake Michigan ecosystem. He was featured in the 2020 MSNBC miniseries, “What’s Eating America”, when it looked at the collapse of the southern Lake Michigan perch fishery.

Everyone interested in the health of our fresh water fisheries should attend.

Dr. Russell Cuhel is a Senior Scientist at the Center for Great Lakes Studies at the School of Freshwater Sciences of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

The conference will by by ZOOM: Click here for the link. Pass code: 123

 

Friends of Goddard State Park announce a “CANE ROD RAFFLE”

Goddard State Park is in Mercer County, PA. It’s a hidden gem that I’m sure you’ve passed driving north on I-79 on the way to the Tribs. Click Here for a link to FROG…FRiends Of Goddard…website with details about the park and activities.

As a fund-raiser, FROG is sponsoring a raffle for a nice bamboo rod made by Boiling Springs rod builder Joe Baker. Click here for more information about the rod and how to buy a ticket.

Meet new member Max Skirpan

Max writes to us:

“Hello! I am excited to be joining the Penn’s Woods West chapter of Trout Unlimited. I am looking forward to engaging in chapter meetings and being a part of efforts to preserve cold water fishing.

“I am fortunate to have grown up in a family of fishermen in Western PA. Since a young age, I have developed a fascination with the underwater world of fish – trout in particular. When I was very young, I remember the flies I tied hardly resembled anything in a trout’s diet. I really didn’t care because I loved to dream of one day becoming a trout fisherman.

“I graduated from Bucknell University in May of 2020 with a degree in Mechanicaal Engineering. I am currently working full time at a robotics company near Homewood, in Pittsburgh.

“I believe that there is no end to the trout fisherman’s education, and am looking forward to meeting other Chapter members and participating in meetings and conservation activities, whenever they start up again. Every time I fish, tie flies, talk to another fisherman, or even look at a stream, I learn something new and see trout in a new light. That is why I love fishing.

A remembrance of Mike Homza by Bob Bukk

Click here to find Bob’s sentimental remembrance of our former President, Mike Homza. Unfortunately, we can find no picture of the man, so we will wish him “the best of times on the best of streams when the fish are biting YOUR LURE and no one elses”.

State to stock Peters Creek.

In case you missed John Hay’ article in the PG today (Feb 7, 2021), there’s good new for Allegheny County anglers: Fish and Boat will start stocking Peters Creek between Finleyville and Rt 51 in south Allegheny County this spring. The section to be stocked runs 5.4 miles from where Piney Creek joins Peters (Green Man tunnel) to the big bend below the Montour Trail parking lot. Good water. Three stockings are planned in April and May. For the stocking schedule of 8 other Allegheny County waters see www.fishandboat.com.

PA Fish and Boat announces new stocking dates and procedures

Click here to access the latest PA Fish and Boat announcement concerning opening dates (changed this year) and stocking dates.

Buffalo Creek in running for PA River of the Year: your vote needed

Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River that is not far north of Pittsburgh is in the running for PA River of the Year award. Please consider adding your vote to the mix. Click here for more information. And Click here to vote!

“Smoke and mirrors”…how fish escape being someone’s dinner (12-19-20)

Ever wonder why fish are so hard to see in the water? Well, here’s a nifty article from the Wall Street Journal that focuses on fish scales and their role in helping fish escape predation. Turns out that fish scales are quite complex in their structure and capable of reflecting light that matches the color of their watery environment. This property allows fish to blend into their surroundings quite well. You may ask: “What about fish that live in the depths of the ocean where there’s very little light?” The scales of these fish are made of a different substance that absorbs, rather than reflecting, light. These fish elude predation by matching their black backgrounds. All very interesting.

Click here for the WSJ article.

Tim Flagler interview Wednesday, December 16th at 9 pm

The New Fly Fisherman will interview Tim Flagler, our January Chapter Meeting speaker. Click here to join the interview on YouTube Live.

Karl Weixlmann shares steelhead fishing tips in John Hayes’ PPG column (12-14-20)

In case you missed it, John Hayes had a nice article about Karl Weixlmann, a Lake Erie steelhead guide, in the December 13th edition. John presents the intimate details of Karl’s very successful dry-dropper technique. It’s especially suited to low water with skittish fish and lots of fishermen…the usual situation on most Tribs this time of year. Enjoy. Click here for the article.