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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.

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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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!

PDF TU 2017 Poster (1)

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!

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