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Happy New Year!

Hard to believe we have come to the end of another year. As we celebrate the New Year, tradition is to reflect on the past year and make some resolutions for the new.

Education remains a priority for our chapter. We started off last year with Rich Ferra stepping up and teaching our fly tying class. Fourteen students attended, with an evening on the stream at the end. Nine of our members along with some members of other area chapters took the time to become certified fishing skills instructors. We now have a good number of people who can host fishing programs to the public and get fishing license waivers to help bring more anglers into our sport. Due to the great participation, the Clearfield County Conservation District will now be a rod loaner site, thanks to Kelly Williams. Several of these new instructors traveled to Bellefonte to become fly fishing instructors as well.

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Coldwater Resource Conservation and Education: Rising to the Challenges; Embracing Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited will host the 13th Keystone Coldwater Conference February 23-24, 2018 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College. The conference is an opportunity for grassroots conservation organizations, environmental professionals, college faculty, staff, and students to share ideas, concepts, and network in order to protect, conserve and restore Pennsylvania’s coldwater resources.  

Registration is NOW OPEN. Click here to register or for more information

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Here’s a video from this year’s Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp. We sponsored four youth to this year’s camp.

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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

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Our October meeting will be this coming Wednesday October 14, 2015 at 7 pm at Martin’s Grocery Stores Community Room in DuBois. Shawn Rummel will be presenting and update on TU’s efforts to recover the West Branch of the Susquehanna from past mining practices. He will also be talking about TU efforts in finding steams with reproducing trout populations. Hope to see you here!

Wednesday will also be election of officers so your voice needs to be heard. All Chapter members are encouraged to come out and vote.

In other news:

– Kelly Williams is looking to host two family fishing events like the one we held at the Tannery Dam last May. These are great events to promote fishing and to introduce kids and parents alike to the sport we all enjoy. This is also a great time to showcase thing that the chapter is doing. All this sounds good, but it cannot happen unless we have people willing to help out. The chapter will have several planning meetings to work on this and the 50th banquet. Members that are interested should send me an email at maksak@comcast.net so we can pick the times best suited to plan these events.

– We are submitting the permit work to begin a project on Wilson Run in Northern Clearfield County.Again like all things we do we will need people.We would hope to have the permit and begin work in the summer of 2016.

– We had two members step up to help with the DuBois Middle School Fly Fishing Club. We really could use some additional help as they will not be able to participate each month. This club meets once per month on the 1st Wednesday from 1:30 till 2:30pm.While fly tying is a component of the club it is not the only thing to be covered.Casting and knot tying can also be a part of the club.If interested please contact me.

– We are looking for someone to host our weekly fly tying roundtable or as Eric liked to call it tying and lying. Two things need to come together to make this happen. One is someone to take charge and people to show up to either tie or tell stories. As with many fun things we tend to burn out our volunteers, this doesn’t take a lot of effort it does require a commitment of several weeks. Let’s hear from our members if there is an interest.

Calendar of Events

October 14, 2015: State of the Susquehanna and its tributaries.

November 4, 2015: Board of Directors reorganizational meeting Hoss’s Steak House

November 11, 2015: Learn some new fly patterns with Mark Hanes.

TBA : Planning meeting for banquet and other events for the coming year.

If you need more information, contact George at maksak@comcast.net or 814-771-4022.

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I hope you all received their invitation to our 49th annual banquet to be held on March 28th, at the Fall Creek Eagles.   We are still looking for donations for raffle items; along with individuals interested in helping to solicit prizes. If you can help in anyway please let me know.  This year there will be multiple opportunities for your business (or an individual) to sponsor the event. We have three different categories of sponsorship for you to show your support to the chapter.  Please check out our website www.amctu.org to learn more.

Do you know of a child that likes to fly fish and is between the ages of 12-15?  The PA Council along with Wayne Harpster are offering a day on the famous Spruce Creek.  This is a mentored fishing event with the Penn State Fly Fishing Club. The date is April 26th 2015.  They are currently taking applications which are due before April 3rd.  For additional information please go to www.patrout.org.

Every year we try and sponsor a student to the Rivers Conservation and Youth Fly Fishing Camp held at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs PA.  This camp is open to students ages 14- 17 and is one week long. The deadline to apply is March 31st. This is a great opportunity to learn about our coldwater streams and get in some great fishing.   Please go to their website www.riverscamp.com for all the details.

CHANGE IN FEBRUARY MEETING

Last month I said that we would be having Bill Anderson come and speak about the Little Juniata River.  Unfortunately, Bill had a schedule change with his group’s monthly meeting and is unable to attend until March 11th.  The good news is that we will have Rachel Kester from National TU.  She will be talking about the many projects that TU are doing around the state as well as some updates on some of the projects we have been involved in.  This would be a great chance to get out and see what TU is doing.  

We will be meeting at Martins Grocery in the community room at 7pm Wednesday February 11th. 

If you need more information, contact George at maksak@comcast.net or 814-771-4022.

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