Watch us tonight at 6:30 on WNEP

Tonight on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life (6:30 pm on WNEP) there will be a segment on our Chapter getting ready for the Outdoor Life Expo at the Lycoming Mall. We met with Don Jacobs a week or so ago and episode was filmed as we were sorting the materials that we will be selling during the show.

Be sure to watch and we continue to look for items to sell.

If you have any fishing equipment or accessories that you would like to donate, please contact Dave Craig (davsalc@comcast.net) or Bob Baker (rlbaker@ earthlink.net) to arrange pickup or drop off.

We also need people to help man the table all day Thursday – Sunday. Any time you can give to help will be appreciated.

Chapter Has Booth At Lycoming Mall Outdoor Show

Susquehanna Chapter will have a 10′ x 20′ booth at the Lycoming Mall Sports Show, courtesy of Don Jacobs of WNEP Channel 16. The show will give us the opportunity to sell the huge collection of fishing equipment donated by long time member Don Neyhart along with other used and surplus items donated by chapter members and others. We met with Don Jacobs on March 22, when he interviewed us and made a video of the equipment which we were sorting. There will be a segment about the Chapter on the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Show on March 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm. He will be soliciting more donations on our behalf and the theme will be“Recycle your old fishing equipment”

This is a great opportunity for our chapter to establish a new way to raise funds. Six of us, Bob Baker, Bill O’Connor, Kevin McJunkin, Joe Radley, Scott Rupert and Dave Craig have already spent over 45 man-hours sorting and pricing the items we already have. We need more to sell. Please look through your equipment, and donate your surplus to the chapter. Don told me that they had traffic of over 100,000 people at the show last year, so we need lots of product. Email or call Bob Baker (rlbaker@earthlink.net)or Dave Craig (davsalc@comcast.net) to arrange to deliver whatever you have. Only saleable items, please. Sort it out, since we do not have time to do more of that work. We have lots of good stuff, including five good Sage rods, fly tying tools & equipment, books, lures, and much, much more, etc.

WE NEED LOTS OF HELP!!

We must man the booth from 10 A.M. To 9 P..M. On April 4,5,& 6, and from 11 A.M. To 5 P.M on the 7th of April. We should have at least four people on site at all times in order to handle the traffic and to provide security for the equipment. Please consider, and advise Bob Baker or Dave Craig when you can help. Email is greatly preferred for communicating this information. We must set up the booth on April 3, starting at 9 P.M., and will need help

Come See Us at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo

Come See Us at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo
April 4 – 7, 2013 at the Lycoming Mall

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This event will be the Chapters main fundraiser for this year as we will be selling fishing accessories that have been donated to the Chapter.  Please spread the word and come out and support us during this event.  Our booth will be located in the hallway between Center Court and the Bon Ton. We are in need of people to help man the booth and we are hoping for at least 3 people to be there at all times.  Our list of things that we will have for sale include:

Fishing Rods of all kinds

Fly Tying Supplies and tools

Rod Cases

Lure Making Equipment

Fishing Reels

Rod building materials and equipment

Lures

Books

And Much More!!!!

The event is free of charge and show hours are Thursday – Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.  We are still looking for items to sell so please consider donating to the Chapter.  Stock up on those fishing accessories at great prices. Please call Dave Craig (davsalc@comcast.net, Home:  570-326-1002, Cell:  570-971-4744) with any questions or if you can help out! Any amount of time you can give will be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unassessed Waters Initiative Pilot Program to be officially launched

We will be officially launching the Unassessed Waters Initiative pilot program at the April 10, 2013 Chapter meeting.  Under this program, anglers will go out and fish the streams that are currently unassessed by the fish and boat commission and report back on what they caught or observed using a form supplied by the PFBC.  This information will then be used by the PFBC to prioritize sampling efforts by their partners for the upcoming field season.  The PFBC will be bringing large paper maps of where all the unassessed waters are for Lycoming and Sullivan counties.  Joe Radley and Carey Entz have agreed to be the coordinators for the Chapter. The PFBC plans to launch the program state-wide in 2014.  The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited is only one of two organizations selected for this pilot program; the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of TU is the other.  We would like to invite all local trout fisherman, watershed groups, and others who would like to assist in this program to attend the meeting and consider helping out with this monumental effort to get wild trout streams protected.

 

Fish Outing and Campout

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a campout and fishing on Antes Creek for May 3 and 4.  Andy Lyons, President of the Nippenose Valley Watershed Association, has offered to let us use his property for this event.  This is open to members only and registration is required with a deadline of April 26, 2013.  No Registrations will be accepted after this date.

The times for this event are 12 noon on May 3 until 1 pm May 4.  Lunch is on your own Friday and Mr. Lyons will be hosting a pig roast Friday evening free of charge and camping is available on the property. You can come for any part of the event, or the entire event, and camping is not mandatory but registration is required.

There are accessible areas of Antes Creek available for those individuals who have mobility issues and there will be individuals available to assist in guiding and basic instruction into fly fishing.  This is a fly fishing only event and no bait is allowed.  Additionally we will be practicing catch and release only during this event.

We are working on plans for a breakfast on Saturday morning and there may be a small fee for this but more information about this, and the event, will be given in the future.

To register for this event, please call Joe Radley at 570-326-1851.  There is an answering machine on this phone line to leave a message if Joe is not available to take your call.

The Susquehanna Ripples mistakenly said Ed Lyons was the President of the Nippenose Valley Watershed Association and whose property will be used.  The correct person is Andy Lyons and I apologize for this mistake. .

Unassessed Waters Initiative to be discussed at March Meeting

The public and local Watershed Associations are invited to attend the monthly meeting of Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at E. Third and Mulberry Streets, Williamsport.  PA Fish & Boat Commission representatives will be outlining a pilot study for soliciting public participation in helping to determine prioritization of local streams to be monitored and assessed in this summer’s work by PF&BC staff and partnering colleges.  This could be a great opportunity to see some of your favorite unprotected fishing spots become protected through the PA-Unassessed Waters Program.  So far, the initiative has inventoried hundreds of high quality PA streams previously unclassified with a goal of monitoring hundreds more.  For more information, visit the PF&BC website at http://fishandboat.com/unassessedwaters.htm.

Fly Tying Class to Be Held

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again be holding a fly tying class starting on February 5, 2013 from 7pm until 8:30 pm.  The class is open to everyone (members and non members) and will be held once a week for 6 weeks.

Class’s will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church (102 East 3rd Street, Williamsport) and will feature beginner and advanced  instruction.  We are asking those students who will be taking the advanced tying, to submit their requests for what they would like to tie so that instructors have time to prepare to teach that particular fly. If you have your own tools and supplies, you are welcome to bring them but items will be available  for you to use at the class.  There is no charge for the class and we are looking forward to another great class. Instructors who have indicated they will participate include:  Walt Nicholson, Bill Bartlow, Don Daughenbaugh, Joe Radley, and Bob Spencer, and Ed Blackburn.

To register or for more information, please contact Ed Blackburn at 570-433-4489, or email esblackburn@comcast.net by February 3rd.