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.

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 her

 

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.