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Annual Fundraiser

We held our 57th annual fundraiser on March 25th. The crowd was down from the last few events, but we were competing with many other fundraisers that evening along with mentored youth day. Still a good time was had by all in attendance. Winners of this year’s annual were:

1st prize Matt Hershberger

2nd Kacie Rieg

3rd Chaz Buterbaugh

Attendees had a chance to win a kayak, custom knife, donated by Chris Ireland, Winston Fly Rod as well as our usual fine spread of bucket prizes.

Due to needing to purchase many of the prizes and giveaway items the net take for the night was much below last years record. We thank the members and guess that helped by donating a prize that made this years event offer some excellent choices.

58th Annual Fundraiser

I can’t remember when we were last here, but I believe it was in the early 1990’s. We are going back to the future. Circle April 13th, 2024, we are going back to the former Litts Club in DuBois. Now known as Luigi’s Villa. I’m sure we still have a good number of our members that remember our dinners there. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and visit our website for updates as they become available.

Membership Meeting

Our February meeting was held at the Penn State DuBois Campus room 202 in the DEF supervisor from Bellefonte. They gave an update on items of interest to all present and took many questions from our members present. One item was the Tannery Dam and how it’s managed. While it’s a stocked fishery that warms to lethal levels for trout by late May, it also goes to waste when they stock it in February and is closed to fishing until the statewide opening day. The Officers agreed that it would be a good lake to add a stocking in either the fall or winter and be open to catch and release from mid-February to the opening day. We sent a letter asking just that to the Executive Director of PA Fish and Boat. We await a response. Being that the lake is in town and easy for children to get to along with all the people fishing before season why not make it Catch and Release during the closed season. If you agree, please contact PA Fish and Boat and tell them.

The March meeting was the fly-tying roundtable which allowed members to ask our experts questions on learning new patterns.

We also sent a letter of support to the Western PA Conservancy for the purchase of over 1400 acres in Elk Co along Johnson Run and Bennett Branch. This would be added to the Moshannon State Forest if approved.

Fly Tying roundtables

We held our popular fly-tying roundtables in both DuBois and Punxsutawney this winter. We had good attendance at both. Thanks to Punxy Pizza for hosting the event in Punxsutawney. We also attended the Mutton Hollow roundtables in Clearfield held at the Country Butcher. We were very happy to have several youths attend and learn how to tie flies. We held an evening on the water at the DHALO on the Sandy Lick Creek behind Martins. Thanks to all who helped the young tyers in their efforts to catch trout on their ties.

Environmental Day

This year we will be planting trees along Mountain Lick Run at the scout camp. This will be the habitat portion of the day. The Western PA Conservancy will oversee this part. The other stations will be electro fishing, macroinvertebrates collection, and of course fishing, using the PA Fish and Boats SMART angler program. If interested in helping, please contact George K for more information. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this day possible.

Up Coming Events

April 22nd Tannery Dam Cleanup and Homeless children’s fishing event 9am meet at the pavilion.

May 12th Middle School fly fishing club outing

May 1st Cleanup Day at the Dr. Blakeslee Forest in Medix Run meet at the parking lot 10am

May 17th Picnic with Iron Furnace in Brookville at Walter Dick Park eat at 6pm

May 19th DuBois Middle School Environmental Day Camp Mountain Run

May 25th Punxsutawney Elementary School Environmental Day

August 27th Picnic Bendigo State Park Eat at noon.

For additional information contact any of the directors listed on the back of this newsletter


We know life is busy and there are many things pulling us in different directions. The picnics listed above are a way to have a relaxing time and make a few new friends and acquaintances. The picnic in Brookville is a joint picnic with the Iron Furnace Chapter. We supply meat (hot dogs and hamburgers) and buns. Iron Furnace supplies tableware and drinks. All we ask is you bring a dish to pass. Like most events there is more food than people can eat. There is plenty of time to fish both before and after we eat. The park is very kid friendly as well so those with little ones will not be bored.

Bendigo is a joint picnic with the Jim Zwald Chapter out of Elk/Cameron Counties. This one is catered so all you need to do is show up. We have pavilion #1 which is along the East Br Clarion River. If you have never been up here your in for a surprise at the facility, ice cold water makes trout fishing good even in the hottest or driest summer. There is a real swimming pool for your children and yourselves to cool off if hot weather prevails as well as a playground and hiking trails. We will be eating around noon and if the past is any sign of it, we will have enough food for dinner as well.

The best part is this is all FREE! We do not ask for money for tickets or food. I know many of us are tired of all the solicitations for money from Trout Unlimited and our annual fundraiser, so here is an opportunity to get something back for your membership.

We welcome nonmembers to join us at all our events for a fun time, so bring a guest along with yourselves.

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Board Meeting

Our annual re organizational dinner and meeting was held on November 3. Plans were started for our annual fundraiser and meetings for the coming year.

Membership Meeting

Our October meeting was held at the Lakeside Methodist Church. Our election of officers and directors was held and a full list of all can be found on the back of this newsletter. Members were able to hear from Phil Thomas from National TU give an explanation on their effort to add wood to many of our local brookie streams. It was good to learn the reason why some sections of our creeks are full of trees and how these benefits both the stream and the brook trout


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Board Meeting

We held our meeting Thursday March 24th at the Lakeside Methodist Church. We welcomed our new Director Dave London back to the board. Kelly assigned tasks for all at the annual fundraiser to be held on April 9th. Codey gave out a list of dates for chapter activities up to September. A full list of these will be at the end of the newsletter. After the two years with little or no activities it feels good to be back to active mode. We wrapped up our fly-tying roundtable with our session on March 14th. We hosted boy scouts from Curwensville who were learning to tie a fly and catch a fish to earn their merit badge. Thanks to those in attendance lending a hand and helping these boys tie their flies. If you want winter to pass quickly, then mark your calendar for January 2023 when we will once again have the weekly fly-tying roundtable.

Membership Meetings

March 21st, we held our monthly membership meeting, and we were able to have Clearfield County WCO Justin Schillaci come give us an update of the upcoming trout season. We also had Dan Collins come to our February membership meeting with a presentation on his time working for Trout Unlimited. Chapter member Tony Kumitis came to our roundtable and gave a presentation on his work in Wyoming last summer for the Fish and Wildlife Department. The plan is to start back up with monthly meetings with the next two being a field trip and picnic before our usual summer break.

We joined with the Jefferson County Conservation District in applying for a Cold-Water Heritage Grant for Clover Run. The chapter looks forward to helping create a conservation plan and hopefully remove the remnants of the old Punxsutawney reservoir. We have not yet heard as to whether or not the grant was accepted and should hear shortly.

56th Annual Banquet

We had a fun debate on whether this was our 56 or 54 due to the loss of two years from Covid. Since the chapter started in 1966 and we have had some sort of fundraiser every year. I’m going with this being the 56th annual.

April 9th marked our annual fundraising dinner after a two-year break. We had a good attendance and was great to see everyone again after being shut in for so long.

Winners in our annual raffle (Yellow tickets)

1st Prize Gary Lyons $400

2nd Wendy Steele $100.

3rd Joyce London $50.

Congratulations to Rich Ferrara being awarded the Golden Reel Award this year at the banquet. Rich was honored with the work he has done with setting up our new shed and the presentations he has given on Euro nymphing and teaching fly tying.

If you missed this year, here is the save the date on next year. We will once again be at the Falls Creek Eagles the date will be March 25th due to Easter being the 2nd Saturday of April.

We will need some help in preparing for next year’s fundraiser, if you’re interested in lending a hand, please reach out to one of our directors. We really need to have help soliciting prizes and it’s never too early to start.

Dates to remember:

April 23rd Earth Day Clean up at the Tannery Dam in DuBois meet at the lake 8:30

April 23rd Family fishing event sponsored by the Chapter and Lakeside Methodist Church. Help needed to assist kids fishing. Meet at the Tannery at 10am

April 25th Chapter meeting at Cardiff mine reclamation. Meet at St Joseph Church in Force at 6PM

May 6 DuBois Middle School Fly fishing outing at the Tannery Dam

May 12 Cleanup at the Dr Blakeslee Memorial Forest in Medix Run. Meet at the parking lot on 555

May 14th DuBois Girl Scout family fishing at Camp Mountain Run. Help needed to assist the girls fishing.

May 18th Our annual picnic at Walter Dick Park in Brookville. Bring a covered dish to pass. Also bring your fishing gear.

May 20th DuBois Area Middle School Environmental Day at Camp Mountain Run

June 3rd Clearfield County Youth Field Days we host the macro collection for the kids always can use extra hands.

June 25th Jefferson County Youth Field Days Renlow Park. We host the kids fishing at the lake.

August 28th Chapter Picnic with Jim Zwald Chapter Bendigo State Park. We supply all the food

Some background on some of the above.

The April 25th meeting, we will be touring the old Cardiff mine site on Cherry Run in Force. The chapter donated $3000 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to build passive treatment and replant the area as well as removing a large mound of red dog that was polluting Cherry Run which was unable to hold fish once it flowed into the old mine area.

May 12 We made a major donation to the Dr Blakeslee Memorial Forest to make this area happen and to keep it looking good, the chapter does a cleanup of the area removing dead trees that have fallen on the trails and clearing brush as well. It usually doesn’t take that long so there is time to fish either Bennetts Branch or one of the other streams in the area.

The youth events can always use additional help and it is very easy to get the clearances to work with children. Please consider helping us so we can maintain these very worthwhile events. The field days and the environmental day are very fun and easy to help with as you do not need to be an expert in any field just a willingness to help. .

May 18th and August 28th are chapter picnics and really a good time to just hang out with members share some stories or even cast a line.

As stated above the 18th the chapter will provide the meat and buns all we ask is that you bring a dish to pass. Since it is at the park on the North Fork in the fly fishing only section you are sure to have many fish to try and catch. This is a family event so pack up your children and bring your spouse or significant other for a fun night.

August 28th is our annual picnic with the Jim Zwald Chapter held at Bendigo State Park. We provide ALL the food for this event so all we ask is let us know you will be attending and show up. This is catered so it’s not the usual picnic fair. We have pulled pork, hot & sweet sausage, hot dogs, various salads, baked beans and of course deserts. We have reserved pavilion #1 which can seat 60. We know this is a little bit of a road trip, but it offers a swimming pool and trout fishing regardless of the weather due to being a tailwater fishery that never gets above 65.

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Looks like the dark days from the pandemic are behind us and life can start to return to a more normal routine. With that said we are having a Chapter picnic on August 28th at Bendigo State Park just north of Johnsonburg. We will be eating at noon and if the past is a good indicator there will be enough food for dinner as well. As was reported in the previous newsletter the Chapter is supplying everything except your attendance. We need a head count so we can let the caterer know how much food to supply.

PLEASE let us know if you can attend and how many people will be with you. You can email your RSVP to the chapter email at amctu036@gmail.com or call (814)371-9290 and leave a message. We need to hear from you by the 22nd of August. The Jim Zwald Chapter will be joining us as well so it should be a fun day.

Just some fyi on the site at Bendigo. The East Branch of the Clarion is right in the park and even though it is late August the water will be cold, and trout will still be there to supply some fishing to anyone wishing to give it a shot. The Park also has a swimming pool and a kiddie’s pool with lifeguards on duty. We have pavilion # 1 which can seat a large group under roof so weather should not be an issue either. If you are not into fishing or swimming, there is a hiking path that follows the river and loops back to the park.

Other Chapter happenings

President Codey met with PATU Council Chair Greg Malaska in May. In addition to getting together they also looked at some of our chapter projects. The annual fall meeting will be held in the Bedford area in September so look for additional details as they come out.

Members of our chapter met with the Western PA Conservancy and students from Indiana State University the last week in May to electro fish the Sandy Lick in the DHALO section that the habitat work was done last summer. Even with the hot weather and low flows that were common in late May many trout were still using the cross vain and some of the undercuts in this section. They also found many species of other fish as well.

We once again hosted the macro invertebrate station at the Clearfield County Youth Field Day at Camp Mountain Run in June. Big thanks to Doug Wolfe for chairing this station and to all those who helped.

Our 1st outing post pandemic was a picnic at Walter Dick Park in Brookville. We had a great attendance and a good time fishing and just catching up with all after a year of not meeting.

The Chapters fundraiser is back on the calendar for 2022 the date is April 9th at the Falls Creek Eagles. Mark, your calendar as this should be a BIG event since we have not held our fundraiser dinner for two years.

We should be starting to hold our monthly meeting starting in September if we secure a site. Our hope is that Penn State will allow meetings with the start of the school year. We also look forward to our weekly fly-tying roundtable starting in January. No word has been received if the DuBois Area Middle School will be holding their fly-fishing club or that the Environmental Day is going to be held. We will keep everyone posted as we progress into the fall season.

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Happy 2021 we hope it is better than 2020 was. We want to give an update to our members of all the happening since October. As stated in the last newsletter we held the October membership meeting outdoors at the Tannery Dam. All the officers were reelected, and Rich Ferrara and Steve Maleski were also reelected. Kelly Williams has been elected to Regional VP with State Council and gave an update of what was happening there. She stated that all the chapters as well as council have been negatively impacted by the corona virus and are finding ways to work around it. We did not receive a reply to the letter we wrote to Ole Bull State Park about the fish ladder, but we received word from a member that it has been removed and fish can move throughout the watershed. It was also decided that we would hold our annual organizational dinner at Hoss’s on November 5th.

No business was conducted at the dinner and our next board meeting would be in January.

1st Quarter Board Meeting

We held our 1st quarter board meeting on January 14th via zoom. As expected, the main topic was the Annual Fundraiser that is scheduled to be held April 10th. This fundraiser dinner has been CANCELED!

We felt that it would still be unsafe to host a large gathering at this time. It does present a problem though. We have been spending more than we have brought in and with donations that will be talked about later in this letter, along with just keeping the chapter up and running. Our cash flow has been nonexistent. Also, the move to a larger storage unit and purchasing shelves and totes to organize our supplies while within the budget still was more than what we raised in 2020. With this said, we are still holding our annual raffle. The prizes will be the same as last year, CASH! All our members will once again receive a book of tickets and it is hoped you can purchase them. if you can sell more, we really need the help since this is the only fundraiser, we are having this year.

We still have several projects that were not done this past year. We have a joint project with the PA Game Commission on Clover Run. We were asked to investigate some maintenance on habitat work we had done years ago on Big Run Creek, as well as the Coldwater Heritage Project on the same stream. We found that the Western PA Conservancy received funding for riparian work on the Clarion River at Clear Creek. We had done a planting to help stabilize the bank along this stretch with help from students at Brockway Area Schools two years ago, so this is welcome news. The Conservancy is also planning to do some habitat work in Clear Creek itself, so watch the website or future newsletters for updates and details.


Matt Marusiak asked for some help for trimming and general maintenance on Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Dr Colson Blakeslee Memorial Recreation Area property in Medix Run. This property is right along 555 just past the turn to Quehanna. A spring clean-up workday is scheduled for Monday April 26th at 10am in the parking area and we encourage a good turn-out. It is hoped that a couple of our members would then be willing to help regularly maintain the parking area and the area around Doc’s memorial to keep it from getting overgrown throughout the summer. It would be great to see some of our members that day and maybe even do a little fishing afterwards. If you are able to come, or need more details or directions, please reach out to Matt at mmarusiak@paconserve.org or 814-771-4136.

Other items voted on at the meeting.

As stated above this meeting was a zoom meeting that allows other to see each other and talk or to call in and participate. We decided to purchase a nonprofit license so we can use this platform for other meetings and events.

We are awarding the following nonprofits:

PATU- $500.00

Western PA Conservancy -$500 (Matt Marusiak recused himself)

Toby Creek Watershed for tree planting-$100.

Kettle Creek Watershed-$100

Headwaters RC&D Council-$100

Prior to the October meeting several members met at the McCracken Run Storage to move out all the items used by the chapter to our new unit in Rathmel. We found items that we forgot that we owned. Big Thanks goes out to Doug Wolfe and Rich Ferrara, they spent a Sunday going through and organizing the merchandise and putting them in new totes, as well as building the shelves. Anyone who ever seen the old shed would be amazed how nice it now looks. Once we moved in it was very clear that a larger unit then the one we had was needed. Thanks to A&R Storage for helping in securing a 10×10 unit. Again, thanks to Doug the move to the larger unit was accomplished with little issues.

We have some items still, at the old shed, if anyone is interested: 4×4 cork board; file cabinet; old projectors and cubical dividers. We will be cleaning out the balance of item near the end of February, there may be other items there as well. If interested email the chapter at amctu036@gmail.com by February 28th or it goes away forever.

We had many folks ask if we would be hosting our weekly flytying roundtable. Once again due to the virus we canceled this. There may be a chance the someone would like to host this virtually via zoom, then this may be the way we go.

Along with the banquet so were all school events canceled this year. Perhaps later this year the chapter can host a Family Fishing Event. Watch the website for updates on current events and cancelations.

We had a discussion on the removal of several dams on some of our small streams that are no longer used or in major need of repair. While some folks like to fish dams most dams on small streams do very little the help the watershed or the trout as they raise the temperature of the water downstream. No specifics were given just that the chapter would be looking to the best agency to help with the removal.

In case some do not know we now have new Waterways Conservation Officers in both Clearfield and Jefferson County. Justin Schillaci in Clearfield and Shania Painter in Jefferson. It would be great to host a virtual meeting between now and the “official” start of trout season. We may also have other virtual meetings if there is interest.

We have not talked to Terry at Jim’s Sports, but keep an eye out for his anniversary sell in March. We have been supporters of his sale, tying flies and selling raffle tickets and giving fishing tips. Hopefully, this event will be held in some fashion this spring.

As seen above we do have a chapter email. If everyone who receives our newsletter would send an email to the amctu036@gmail.com address, we would be able to easily send notices of thing the chapter is doing. We have used the email from National TU, but we notice that the # of members who wish to receive email through National keeps dropping. Newsletters are great but it seems like it becomes harder and harder to keep them coming out at least quarterly. We know that email is not the answer either, but by using all of them together, email, website, and newsletter, we should be able to provide everyone with what the chapter is doing.

The Chapter hopes that we soon can get together as we have in the past and we hope that everyone stays safe.

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The officers and directors met on August 20, 2020 at the pavilion at Tannery Dam in DuBois to discuss chapter activities and projects. As everyone knows, this has been a crazy year, and many events were canceled. For the first time since 1966, we did not have our Annual Banquet. We were still able to conduct our annual raffle – thank you all who purchased or sold your raffle tickets. The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize Rich Ferrera; 2nd prize Fred Griffith; and 3rd prize Dave Lazorchak. We netted $2459 from the raffle.

We are hoping to get more back to normal in 2021, and we have the Falls Creek Eagles reserved for the Annual Banquet on April 10, 2021. We also are discussing ways to hold the fly-tying round-table.

We still need to hold an annual meeting and election of officers. We have tried to find the best way to do this. After a lot of thought it was decided that we will hold the election outside at the pavilion at the Tannery Dam. We feel that this would be the best as we were going to do a call in, but the logistics just did not seem to fit for an election. Please join us at 6 pm on October 15, 2020 to vote for the officers and directors for the next year.

Nominations for officers are:
President: Codey Schlemmer
Vice President: Matt Marusiak
Secretary-Treasurer: George Kutskel

Please join the meeting if you can. If you have interest in any officer or director position or in making other nominations, please contact George Kutskel. Nominations also can be taken from the floor prior to the election.

We hope everyone stays sane and healthy through this crazy time and hope to see you all soon.

If you need more information, please contact George Kutskel at 814-371-9290 or maksak@comcast.net.

Check the website amctu.org or AMCTU facebook page for latest details on programs and events.

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Officers and Directors Report

The officers and directors met on August 13, 2019 to discuss chapter activities and projects. The fall chapter picnic will be September 3, 2019 at the Tannery Dam. Please bring a covered dish. We will start to eat at 6 pm. The annual chapter meeting and election of officers will be October 15, 2019. See below for more details. The 2020 Flyting Roundtable will start on January 2, 2020 at Penn State DuBois – Mary Smeal Building and will run each Thursday for six weeks.


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Officers and Directors Report

The officers and directors met on May 21, 2019 to discuss chapter activities and projects.  Updates were given to the many projects we had in May and final numbers were given for the annual fundraiser (see below).  Also the chapter wants to thank everyone who helped is some way in making this years event a great one.


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Officers and Directors Report

The officers and directors met on August 7, 2018 to discuss chapter activities and projects. No actions were taken.

Reports on the fishing programs for youth were received. All programs were successful; over 50 youth were helped to catch fish. Also the Environmental Day at Camp Mountain Run was a great success and a big THANK YOU to those who were able to help out.

Projects and Updates

Montgomery Run Riparian Planting
Tubes were placed on the trees other than the white pine. We still have some pine and elderberry to be planted when the weather cools down. We had two planting days. Thanks to chapter members, Penn State students, DCNR personal and volunteers who helped make this project a success. We will go to the splash dam in the fall to see how well the trees fared this summer.


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Officers and Directors Report

The officers and directors met on May 1, 2018 to discuss chapter activities and projects. The only action was to approve a $100 donation to North Fork Watershed Association.

Note that the Spring chapter picnic with Iron Furnace chapter will be Wednesday May 16, 2018 at Walter Dick Park in Brookville. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and a good appetite. Eating starts at 6 pm.

Arrangements are being finalized for the Summer chapter picnic with Jim Zwald Chapter to be held on Sunday July 22, 2018 at Bendigo State Park near Johnsonburg. This picnic will start at 1 pm. The chapters will provide the food and drink, and there may be a euro-nymphing demonstration. There is no cost, but please RSVP by July 10 to George Kutskel at 814-371-9290 or maksak@comcast.net so we can be sure to have enough food.


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