“Outside” Conservation Opportunities (posted 7/3/2020)

Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee has put together a list of Allegheny County and local watershed organizations that share our focus on stream preservation and improvement, Click here for the list, Find an organization near where you live and join up. Bring their ideas and practices back to the Chapter. Bryan is the go=to guy on this end. Click here to email him.

Summary of June 4 Board phone conference (6-5-2020)

Your Board met by phone on June 4th. Restrictions due to the virus are really slowing us down. Christ Church at Grove Farm is not permitting indoor meetings in their facility at this time, so we may or may not have “in person” Chapter meetings in the fall. Alternatives including Zoom sessions and video streaming are possible. Christian Shane is working on a schedule of speakers. Bob Bukk has proposed that the Chapter sponsor a scholarship for some worthy college student to honor Tom Walsh. National TU suggests that we give money to a department head who picks the winner and managed the grant rather than doing all this ourselves. Bryan Mathie has been busy identifying possible conservation projects for the Chapter. Bryan has also been busy organizing next year’s Cabin Fever Expo. The big news is that Kelly Galloup will be the keynote speaker at the event. (Photo above is one of Kelly’s famous ties). Plans are underway to have a dinner for Kelly on Saturday night and possibly a limited attendance fly tying session. The hotel has permitted us to move the Flea Market out into the hall which will open up 6 spaces for vendors and possibly a Conservation Corner for education. Draft minutes will be posted shortly.

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.