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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.


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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The Jim Zwald Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting fly tying sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm during February and March at the St. Marys Area Middle School Library, 977 S. St. Marys Rd., St. Marys, PA. 

The sessions will be informal “tying and lying” sessions in preparation for the upcoming season.  Experienced tiers are urged to come prepared with their equipment to share successful patterns. 

Individuals interesting in introductory fly tying instruction will be welcomed and assisted by veteran tiers.

Tools and materials will be supplied to beginners.  

If interested, call 834-3472 or 486-1111.  Dates for sessions will be February 10, 17, 24 and March 3, 10, 17.

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I hope that the New Year has gotten off to a great start and no one has frost bite. We will be kicking off our chapter meeting this week January 14 at 7 pm in the Community Room at Martins Grocery Store in DuBois. I would ask that as many members as possible try and come to this meeting. This will be a joint board and membership meeting so it will be an opportunity to learn how the chapter functions and some of the many projects we are working on will be discussed. The program will be Alex Micknis who attended the Fly Fishing and Youth Camp at the Allenberry Resort. The applications are currently being accepted for students age 14-17. We have sent a student almost every year and this is your chance to learn firsthand how much fun these kids have while learning more about fly fishing and cold water conservation.

Joe Buterbaugh reports that the annual raffle tickets are in and he will have these available that evening as well. We are also going to be doing the place mat for the banquet again and we need your help in securing advertisers. The cost is the same this year $25.00 for a business card size ad around the border. If you have a business or know someone who would like to reach out to the local fishing community let me or Kelly Williams know. Space is limited so don’t delay.

Don’t forget the 49th annual banquet is early this year March 28 and will again be at the Falls Creek Eagles. If you have a hobby like woodcraft or art please consider making a donation for this fundraiser. Also if you have connections with local merchants we can use your help soliciting prizes to be used in our raffles at the banquet. I have several fly boxes that if some of our members would tie some flies we could easily raffle them off as well. Please help if you can.

We have lost several directors in the past couple of months so we are in need of finding some people who would like to be more involved in the chapter. Please if you have any interests try and come out Wednesday and we can talk. Just in case you have not heard, we lost Joe Fieo and Dr. Lungren. Both will be sadly missed.

February’s membership meeting will feature Bill Anderson from the Little Juanita River Association. He will be giving an update on the river as well as sharing some tying patterns for success on some of the “famous” hatches. This will also be held at Martins on February 11 at 7 pm.

Our Chapter has been involved in the unassessed waters program for the past two years. We plan on continuing with it, but like many projects we need more people to get involved. I will be attending a training session sometime in February in Bellefonte. We will have a speaker at the March meeting to talk more about this and I would hope we have some members who wish to participate in this.

Thank you
George Kutskel,
President AMCTU

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

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Happy New Year everyone!

The meeting schedule has been updated for 2014.

The next board meeting will be Wednesday January 8 at the DuBois Nursing Home starting at 7 pm.

We are not having a membership meeting in January. Members are invited to attend the Iron Furnace TU Chapter meeting on Wednesday January 22 for a presentation by George Daniel on “Dynamic Nymphing.” This meeting will be held in Clarion starting at 7 pm. You can find more information here.

Please mark your calendars for AMCTU’s 48th annual banquet on April 5, 2014 at the Falls Creek Eagles. As always, it will be a good time with lots of prizes.

The 2014 Keystone Coldwater Conference will be February 21-22 in State College.

Also, note that the National TU Mid-East Regional Meeting will be held on May 31 – June 1 in State College.

On a final note: we are always in need of volunteers for various projects such as youth field days, environmental days, stream assessment and improvement projects, etc. If you would like to donate some of your time this year and want to learn more about volunteering with TU, please contact George Kutskel at maksak@comcast.net or 814-771-4022.

Have a a happy and healthy new year!

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State Partnering with Forest Service to Educate the Public

Warren, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and United States Forest Service (US Forest Service) are organizing a workshop aimed at training volunteers to identify and report new hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) infestations in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The workshop will be held on Monday, May 6, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts, located at Cook Forest State Park and will feature presentations by Dale Luthringer of DCNR about the Cook Forest infestation and some of the specific old-growth hemlock trees at risk, and by US Forest Service entomologist Rick Turcotte on the adelgid’s biology and the threat it poses to local hemlock forests.  Participants will observe hemlock woolly adelgids first-hand and gain experience in detection, monitoring, and reporting protocols.  Participants will also have the opportunity to volunteer in the “Adopt-a-Hemlock” program to conduct surveys and report new infestations in local hemlock forests.  Participants are asked to dress for the outdoors and to bring lunch and water for the afternoon.


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Thank you to all our members who helped make this year’s 47th annual banquet a success.  We are already planning next years which will be April 5th at the Falls Creek Eagles.

Wednesday May 8th our chapter meeting will be an important one for our members wishing to help out with our youth projects.   The chapter will be having the folks from Big Brothers Big Sisters on hand to help fill out the clearance forms to work with children.  There will be no cost to members to get their clearances and we will ask for a second copy so that we are covered at other events involving youth.  We have been informed that we need to have child clearances to take the kids fishing at our Big Brothers Big Sisters event on June 15th at the Tannery Dam in DuBois starting at 9am.

Also at the meeting on the 8th we will go over how to ”easily” use Google maps to help locate streams in the unassessed water program the chapter started last month.  Anyone with knowledge of steams in the Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk Counties that hold wild trout should try to attend so we can get these streams surveyed to be added to the wild trout list.  

We can use some help for the Environmental Day at Camp Mountain Run on May 17th.  Our chapter has been working with the DuBois Area Middle School for several years with this field trip.  We host several stations where the children get hands on experience with collecting bugs, doing habitat assessment, water quality and with National TU this year tie dying T shirts.  We have the hard parts covered, but extra hands make some of the stations go much smoother, if you would like to help out or learn more email me at maksak@comcast.net or call me at 814-771-4022.

We just held our last board meeting last night until August, so if anything comes up look for another email from the chapter. 

Have a Great Summer

George Kutskel, President

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There is still time to get your ticket to our annual banquet on April 6th.  If you want more information or to make a reservation please call George Kutskel at 814-771-4022 by Thursday April 4th

The Chapters April meeting to be held at Martins Grocery Store will be the start of our participation in the Unassessed Waters Initiative. We will have Renae Greiner on hand with maps and lists of streams in Clearfield, Jefferson, and Elk Counties that the PFBC is look for data on. They are asking the chapter to provide any information on fish populations in these unassessed streams. A priority list will be made based on this information, so that those streams we list can be sampled by biologist and determine if they meet the wild trout criteria and be added to the PA Fish and Boat Commissions Wild Trout List.

Also at the April meeting, we will also discuss the timeline for this pilot project. If all goes well, the PA Fish and Boat Commission plans to launch the program state-wide in 2014. We would like to invite all local trout fisherman to attend the meeting and consider helping out with this monumental effort to get wild trout streams protected.


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We aimed at the wrong target. . .

While many folks wrote to their legislators to oppose any Governor Corbett plans to force DCNR to lease more lands for natural gas drilling, DCNR has not received messages. At a recent meeting, State Forester Dan Devlin said that he was “surprised at the lack of feedback from the public”.

DCNR needs our support in opposing new leases.


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Can’t get out fishing these winter months? The next best thing is to tie flies. Whether you are a beginner wanting to learn how to tie, or a veteran looking to hone new skills (or pass some skills on), come out to Allegheny Mountain Chapter’s Fly-tying Round Table. The roundtable will be held Tuesday evenings starting on January 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm. We’ll meet at the DuBois Area High School in the upper cafeteria.

If you have any questions, call Eric Wilson at 591-8919.

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