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It’s the 51st year for the Allegheny Mountain Chapter’s Trout Kick-off banquet! Don’t miss out and don’t wait – make your reservations now! The banquet will be held on Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Falls Creek Eagles. We’ll have a buffet dinner and, as always, lots and lots of prizes!

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Register by March 15 for a reservation discount. Register now!

Final day for reservations is March 24.

You can now register online and pay with a credit card by clicking this button:

Or you can download a reservation form and send in with your check by clicking here.

Are you or your company interested in being a sponsor? The Trout Kickoff is open to the public, and is a great place to connect with others who enjoy fishing and other outdoor recreation or simply value clean water. You can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by clicking on the sponsorship letter.

The Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited is dedicated to protecting, conserving and restoring our local coldwater resources. We do this through habitat improvement projects, water quality monitoring, stream assessments, and education and outreach. Your generous support makes this happen!

All are welcome to attend the banquet. There will be fun and games for all ages!

February Membership Program

The next membership meeting/monthly program will be Wednesday 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.

Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) is hosting a beginners fly tying class starting February 9, 2017 at 7 pm at the DuBois Martin’s Community Room featuring instructor Rich Ferrara of Anita. Class is open to the public, cost is only $25 total for the 8 week course, material will be provided by TU. Participants are required to bring their own tools. TU will have a complete tool kit with vise available for sale to participants if needed for $20.

Questions or to Sign Up (take payment to first lesson) contact Terry Malloy at Jim’s Sports Center (814)765-3582 or email at terry@jimssports.com.

Fly Tying Roundtable Photos

Thanks for a great turn-out at our Fly Tying Roundtable. Lots of flies were tied and lots of advice was given out – some of it was even true!

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January Membership Program

Please note: Due scheduling conflict, this meeting will be held on Thursday January 19.

How would you like to learn some different fly patterns or how to use that tying tool? Do you wish you knew how to make your own flies for fishing? The Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting its annual Fly Tying Roundtable 7 pm on Tuesday January 17, 2017 Thursday January 19 in the community room at Martins Grocery in DuBois. We will have several expert tyers on hand demonstrating various techniques. Information will also be available to our upcoming fly tying class to start in February. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.

For more information please call George Kutskel at 814-371-9290 or email maksak@comcast .net

George Kutskel and Codey Schlemmer participated for our chapter in the Cross Fork redd count on 12/11/16.  This is an annual event done on all the tributaries of Cross Fork.  The count was much lower this year due mainly to the low water in the summer. 

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This tributary in was completely dry in September but we did find some redds.

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Here is the MAD BOMBER in search of trout.

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2017 AMCTU Officers and Directors

AMCTU membership elects officers and directors annually in October. Below are the officers and board of directors for 2017.

President: George Kutskel; Vice President: Matt Marusiak; Secretary-Treasurer: Joe Buterbaugh

Directors: Marty Hrin, Edwin London, Codey Schlemmer, Sam Sleigh, Ken Undercoffer, Kelly Williams, Eric Wilson, and Doug Wolfe

Big congratulations and thank you to these members willing to serve as AMCTU leaders – it can be a lot of work, but it is a lot of fun too! We are always looking for people interested in being an officer or director. Feel free to reach out to anyone on the board if you are interested in learning more.

Important Dates for 2017

2017 is right around the corner. We try to find dates and times for meetings that work best for most everyone (it is challenging) and this year we are moving all meetings to Tuesday evenings. The officers and directors will meet quarterly on first Tuesdays starting in February. Membership meeting and programs will be held on the third Tuesdays, except during the summer. Please mark your calendar for the meeting dates listed below.

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