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.

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.