We all missed this booth at Cabin Fever (6-2-2020)

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.

COVID-19 and Fall PWWTU Meetings (6-1-2020)

If only we had a crystal ball! Your Board is actively discussing what to do about Chapter Meetings in the Fall of 2020. Christ Church at Grove Farm is currently not allowing groups such as ours to meet in the church building. But this policy could change over the summer, so we plan to be ready with speakers and programs if things loosen up. We may do virtual meetings in place of our face-to-face. We’ll keep you posted. President@pwwtu.org.

2020 Stream Clean-up Contest – Winners (6-1-2020)

Sue Lympany is the First Place Winner of the 2020 Stream Clean-up Contest and will receive a gift card worth $200 at International Angler. Drew Richards is the Second Place Winner and will receive a gift card worth $100 at International Angler. There were only two entries in the contest this year, so Third Place and $50 will have to wait until a future contest. Congratulations to the Winners and to Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee. Read Sue’s narrative by Clicking Here and Drew’s by Clicking Here.

July 20-21 date set for PFBC meeting about wild trout stream designation (5-29-2020)

You’ll remember a similar post from earlier in the Spring before COVID-19 shut us down. Now a new date has been set, and the opportunity to comment extended:

On July 20th and 21st, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will meet in Harrisburg to discuss upgrading protections for 73 Wild Trout Streams and 5 Class A streams. If approved, this change will ensure the future health of clean water in these streams and allow these populations of wild fish to continue to thrive. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Fly casting with Joan Wulff (5-29-2020)

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.

Jamie Schroder explores Linden Creek (5-22-2020)

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.

The secret life of the mayfly (5-22-2020)

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.

“The complete fisherman” (posted May 14, 2020)

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.

Click here to go there.

Bob Heil, Jr shares his secret recipe for the ICE DUB MINNOW (5-1-2020)

Bob Heil is an accomplished fisherman and tyer who is also on the PWWTU Board. A little arm twisting has got him to write down the recipe for one of his go-to flies, the Ice Dub Minnow. This is a take-off of Ed Shenk’s famous minnow pattern and has been a winner for Bob against all sorts of fish. Sorry, no pictures of the fly are available, but he recipe is easy to follow. Click here for the whole story.

Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited, on the status of TU (posted May 1, 2020)

You may have also received a note in the mail from Chris Wood, President and CEO of the national TU organization. If you’re like me, you may have sent it to the circular file without opening it. Something said “open this one”, and I’m glad I did because Chris has nicely addressed the impact of THE VIRUS on TU and it’s programs. It’s worth a read. Click here for the letter.