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.

Orvis-sponsored Fly tying competition between Tim Flagler and Tom Rosenbauer (12-6-2020)

Tim Flagler will be our speaker for the January Chapter meeting so you may want to check out this competition. SHORT NOTICE: the event will start at 3 PM on Monday, December 7th. Click Here for details. The good news is that this and previous competitions are recorded and previous sessions can be viewed. Today’s fly is #14 Rusty Spinner.

Mop flies make the Wall Street Journal (11-14-2020)

The lowly mop fly has hit the big time with an article in the Wall Street Journal. (Click Here for the article). The article is cited by Mid Current which features an ad for a large assortment of mop flies (Click Here for the ad.). These flies are so irresistible to trout that they have been banned from competition. (Ed note: collection that is for sale does not include any green mop flies. Lefty Kregh wouldn’t approve. He always said: “If it ain’t chartreuse, it ain’t no use”).

Christian Shane’s New Website

Christian is a prolific writer as well as great teacher. He does Trout in the Classroom each year with his students. He’s contributed a number of articles for the website. Now, he has a new website: www.christianshaneauthor.com