2017 Chapter Picnic

AMCTU and Iron Furnace Chapter are once again co-hosting a chapter picnic at Dr. Walter Dick Park (“the fly project”) in Brookville on May 23, 2017 starting at 6 pm.

AMCTU provides the meat and Iron Furnace furnishes the table settings and the fixings. All we ask is that you bring a dish to share and a good appetite. Also bring your gear along as there is always time after we eat to do some fishing. We will be eating at 6 pm so arrive early and do some fishing or eat then fish.

Please come out and join in the fun and meet some of our TU friends. RSVP is not required but appreciated; contact George Kutskel at 814-771-4022 or maksak@comcast.net just so we have enough burgers and hot dogs.

Below are some upcoming youth events. Please  keep in mind that to help with youth events, you need have your clearances. Please take a moment and file the proper paperwork so we can count on having a large pool of helpers with the many youth events that we are asked to do. You can learn more about required clearances at this PA Trout webpage. If you need help, feel free to reach out to any of our directors.

Environmental Day

On May 19, 2017 AMCTU will again host the annual Environmental Day for DuBois Middle School at Camp Mountain Run. We have been involved in this for over 15 years. The day will start at 8:30 and end around 1:30. We have several stations such as electro fishing, macro collecting, fishing and habitat assessments. For more information call George Kutskel at 814-371-9290

Youth Field Days

AMCTU participates in both Clearfield and Jefferson County Youth Field Days.

The Clearfield event will be held at Camp Mountain Run on June 3. For more information call Marty Hrin at 814-583-5979.

Jefferson County will held at Renlow Park on June 10. Contact Kelly Williams at 814-591-1299 for more information.

The Allegheny Mountain Chapter will be hosting a public fly casting and nymph fishing clinic on Tuesday April 18th on the banks of the Sandy Lick Creek in the Delayed Harvest section.  We will be meeting behind Martins Grocery Store along the walkway at 6pm. 

Gary Kell, author of Keystone Fly Fishing, will be giving a free demonstration.   He will be willing to help those in attendance improve their casting as well as their fishing abilities.  There will be time after the program to try the lessons on the stream. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

For additional information please call George Kutskel at 814-371-9290

Thanks you for all your support for another successful AMCTU Banquet!

Congratulations to the winners of our annual raffle!

#1   Bryan Buterbaugh -  Punxsutawney, Pa.-  Orvis Fly Rod

#2   Bryan Snyder -   DuBois, Pa.-$200.00 Sheetz Card

#3   Laura Flanagan – DuBois, Pa. – $100.00 Sheetz Card

#4   Ron Williams -   Reynoldsville, Pa.- $50.00 Sheetz Card

March Membership Program

The next membership meeting/monthly program is Tuesday March 21, 2017 at the Community Room in Martins Grocery Store in DuBois starting at 7 pm. March’s program will feature Shannon White.

Shannon is a PhD candidate at Penn State University and has been conducting fascinating telemetry studies of the movement of brook trout. Shannon has a great blog about her research at thetroutlook.com.

Come learn how trout really think and how far they really travel. We are sure that this will be an informative and fun presentation.

This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. For more information call George Kutskel at 814-371-9290

Officers and Directors Report

The officers and directors met on February 1, 2017 and took the following actions:

  • Provided support letter to PFBC for approval of wild trout and Class A wild trout waters. You can find the list of waters being considered for designation at this web link: Wild Trout Streams Being Considered.
  • Started planning a family fishing event to be held at the Tannery Dam sometime in later April or early May.
  • Noted that PFBC is proposing to hold a Wild Trout Summit in the summer. PFBC also added six more streams to their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program, including Chest Creek, Kinzua Creek, and Oil Creek.
  • Appointed Doug Wolfe as the chapter’s Financial Reviewer. This is a new requirement from national TU that each chapter has an officer (who is not authorized to write checks, otherwise withdraw or transfer money from accounts, or use chapter or council credit cards) review the bank and/or credit-card statements every month. Thanks Doug!
  • Appointed Rich Ferrara to fill a director position vacancy. Thanks Rich!
  • Approved donations to the following organizations: $500 donation to PA Council of TU, $500 donation to the Western PA Conservancy, $100 donation to the Headwaters RC&D Council, $100 donation to the Toby Creek Watershed Association, $100 donation to the Bennett Branch Watershed Association, and $100 donation to the Kettle Creek Watershed Association.

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February Membership Program

The next membership meeting/monthly program will be Tuesday February 21, 2017 at the Community Room in Martins Grocery Store in DuBois starting at 7 pm. February’s program will feature Kylie Maland and Luke Bobnar of the Western PA Conservancy (WPC) Watershed Conservation Program.

They will present their efforts to incorporate more green, sustainable practices into stream restoration efforts. Project examples include using vegetative elements (a.k.a. soil bioengineering) in restoration practices to provide cost-effective and resilient alternatives and/or supplements to traditional methods (like log and stone structures for in-stream habitat and bank stabilization) to provide even more ecological services and habitat benefits to those projects. They will also discuss large woody materials (LWM) projects in the Allegheny National Forest and how those are developing.

WPC was also recently awarded a Coldwater Heritage Partnership Planning Grant to study the watersheds of Clear Creek State Park and State Forest, so they will discuss that process and hopefully recruit some interested volunteers to assist with the effort.

This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome. For more information call George Kutskel at 814-371-9290.