Christian Shane provides advice about streams to fish in PA (posted April 29, 2020)

Christian edited our Newsletter (Hatches and Rises) and won national recognition for the magazine and, especially, his articles. Copies of the magazine are located under the “Archive” tab. Christian’s pieces have also been published in regional fishing magazines such as PA Fish & Boat. The name “Hatches & Rises” has been reincarnated as the Title of the email blasts that members receive. The old newsletter format has been incorporated into the website. And Christian promises more articles. Click Here to get to his article about fishing for trout in PA.

15 minutes of FAME (4-26-2020)

The website is soliciting articles and stories that deal with fishing and conservation. This is your chance to get your fishing exploits, family adventures, or conservation efforts up in lights. It’s also a chance to add useful content to the website by referring articles or topics that you think may be of interest to the membership. Click Here to get to the submission form.

Mathie Family takes lead in Stream Clean-up contest (posted 4-24-2020)

Bryan Mathie, with the help of his family, collected an amazing amount of trash from the banks of Neshannock Creek last week (see photos below). All this in one afternoon! Bryan, it must be admitted, found time to capture a number of Neshannock brownies on a caddis emerger pattern during the trip. Three bags of trash and what looks like a computer carry full of old shoes, etc. define the haul. The Mathie’s efforts put them in the lead for this week’s prize. Remember, deadline for this week’s entries is Friday, April 24th at 5 pm.

Ed Shenk, angler and writer, has died (posted 4-18-2020)

Ed was one of the old guard of fly fishermen on the Letort near Carlisle, PA. Check out this U-tube video of Ed talking and then a demonstration of how to tie his famous White Streamer. Click Here to go there. For Ed’s obituary: Click here. For a nice editorial remembrance, see Fly Fisherman

Stream Clean-up Contest – Starts April 17th (posted 4-14-2020)

Aren’t you just dying to get out of the house and do something useful? Here’s an opportunity to do just that: a contest to see who can collect the most litter from a local stream. Contest runs from April 17th to May 17th. Winners will be announced May 22. Grand Prize is a $200 gift certificate from International Angler that can be used to purchase a nice fly rod. Prizes go 4 deep. Many thanks to Bob Phillips and International Angler for their support of PWWTU and the contest. CLICK HERE to read about the contest and get the rules and a list of prizes. Social distancing of course, but take the family…it all counts and could be nice mucky fun.

President puts boots where mouth is (posted 4-11-2020)

OK, I challenged you to take a stream walk in order to become familiar with a local stream and to pick up trash. Just you and your immediate family, not a large group. Well, I decided to put on my boots and explore the tiny tributary to Saw Mill Run that starts a hundred yards from our house. An adventure ensued. Click here to learn more about it.

Stream Girls Program June 6-7 POSTPONED

This from Jodie Minor: ”  Given the current situation with the Corona Virus, I am going to recommend that we postpone our June 6-7 Stream Girls until we can set a date when we know that some normalcy has returned.  My primary concerns are that school is cancelled indefinitely and that the site at North Park we planned to use has no running water or easily accessible bathrooms.”

Conservation moves to the forefront

PWWTU has a long and proud history of stream improvement and conservation. Early records indicate projects on 4 or 5 streams every year with good member turnout. Our “home” stream is Little Pine Creek which flows from North Park Lake down to the Allegheny River. We share responsibility for this stream with the Allison Park Sportsman’s Club and work closely with them. Here’s a picture from the 70’s of PWW members hard at work on White Run.

Monroeville Sportsman Show quite a succss

Our booth at the Monroeville Sportsman Show. Ron Milavec organized a number of PWW folks to help run the show, including Jamie Schroder (on Ron’s right side). Ron managed to sell $300 worth of flies left over from the Joe Kline Fly Sale. Ron also set up several tying stations and instructed 60+ people, mainly children, in tying a San Juan worm, green weenie, or a MOP FLY. Charles Allen, Rich Simmen, Doug Beck, Jamie Schroder, Ernie Kern, Ed Barger, Bryan Mathie, Charles Buffington, Ken Buettner, and Tom Reed all helped Ron staff the booth.