Public Meeting for proposed delayed harvest extension

The Pa Fish and Boat Commission will be holding a public meeting concerning the extension of the Delayed Harvest stretch on Pine Creek.  This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6 pm – 8 PM.  The meeting will be held at the DCNR Tiadaghton Resource Management Center, 10 Lower Pine Bottom Road, Waterville, PA.

Please come to support the extension and conservation of this great trout habitat and its trout-holding legacy for now, and for future generations.

A Passing of a Friend

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It is with great sadness that we have to say that we have lost a great friend and member of our family, Scott Rupert.  Scott died at his home and will be sadly missed by all. He was a member of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited and served as a Director since 2013 and was active with the Chapter always lending a hand when needed.

Our Prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends.  He will be missed by all.

Scott’s obituary that appeared in the Williamsport Sun Gazette on Wednesday May 28, 2014 is given below.

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Officers and Directors Elected for 2014 – 2015

At the April Chapter meeting, elections were held for all Officer and Director Positions for the 2014-2015 year. As a result of those present, the following were elected:

David Craig – President
Walt Nicholson – Vice President
Kevin McJunkin – Secretary
Bob Baker – Treasurer

Carey Entz-Rine – Director
Jim Latini – Director
Joe Radley – Director
Scott Rupert – Director
Bob Spencer – Director
Steve Szoke – Director

Congratulations to the above individuals and thank you all for stepping forward to serve YOUR Chapter. We are looking forward to another great year and as always, if you can help the Chapter in any way, please let us know. You do not have to commit to a large amount of time, but any time that you can give to the Chapter is appreciated. If you have any questions, or would like to help, please contact any of the individuals (contact information is on the About Us tab) or send email to susquehannatu@gmail.com.

Help Needed

Mentored Youth Fishing

The Statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day is going to be held on May 10, 2014 from 8 am – 7:30 pm.  In our area, Little Pine Lake has been designated for mentored youth fishing and will be closed to all others during the above times.  The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited with the PA Council of Trout Unlimited will be on hand at the lake to assist anyone who may need help.  If you are available for any part of the day to assist those who will be fishing, please call Dave Craig at 570-971-4744.  You can help for any amount of time that you can and any questions can also be directed to Dave.

Family Fishing Program

The Slate Run Tackle Shop is sponsoring a youth fishing day in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on May 17 at the old camp ground below Slate Run on Naval Run.  Amity Daniel will be the coordinator for the Commission. The tackle shop will purchase 200 youth fishing licenses and give them away to the first 200 youth who apply.  They will supply rods (fly or spinning as requested) along with tackle for the day.  They are soliciting fisherpersons to instruct both youth, their parents, and other new fisherpersons.  Adults must purchase their own license.  The event will be held at the old campground between noon and 5 P.M.  Both Slate Run Tackle and the Commission will be publicizing the event.  The Susquehanna Chapter has been asked to provide as many instructors as possible.  Please consider in helping in some way and if you can, please call Tom Finkbiner at Slate Run Tackle (570-753-8551) to let him know that you will help out.  Tom has been a great supporter of our chapter for decades, and here is a chance to support a great event he is sponsoring and to introduce and help kids learn this great sport.

Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association Meeting April 22

The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. April 22 at the fire hall in Barbours.

Corey Richmond, watershed specialist with the Sullivan County Conservation District, will present a program with some interesting visuals. A company called Little River Research and Design has developed physical models of meandering streams, then subjected the models to various “flood prevention improvements,” such as channel straightening, dredging and head cuts. The models are referred to as “fluvial morphology in a box.”

The program includes videos of the stream before, during and after the intervention, often with unanticipated results. The meeting also will provide updates on various LCWA projects.

This will be an interesting presentation on flooding and please consider going out to learn about this and to support this organization.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact them at loyal2thesock@gmail.com.

Lycoming Creek Watershed Association Meeting April 15

The LYCOMING CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday April 15 at 7 pm at the Trout Run Fire hall. The topic will be Historic maps and drawings of the watershed. There will also be discussions on a project up in the Roaring Branch Watershed Please consider going out and supporting them and getting involved in their projects, etc.

Good Luck Fishing

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“First Trout” by Christopher Leeper of Canfield, Ohio

2003 Fish Stamp competition – PA Fish and Boat Commission

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited would like to wish all of you the best of luck tomorrow and throughout the Trout Season.  This is a time that we all wait for and think about all winter long.  Remember, there is so much more to fishing than catching a trout.  It’s the memories, the time shared with family, friends or enjoying the solitude of being by ourselves, and being out in nature.

This fishing season, take a child or someone who doesn’t fish with you.  Share your love of the sport with them and let them experience what the great outdoors has to offer.  Every fish that is caught, or seen, is a trophy, no matter how big.

Take pictures of your adventures and send them in to the Chapter so that we can share them with others.  We are also looking for short articles or stories for our newsletter.  We are especially interested in stories and pictures involving kids.  Have the kids write a story and draw pictures of their experiences.

We must also remember that we are all stewards of the land and water.  Let us keep the land and streams we fish in better condition that the way we found it.  If there is trash, please pick it up and dispose of properly.

Good luck to all of you and hope to see you on the water.

50th Anniversary Celebration

 

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 Three of the founding members of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. From Left to right: Dick Leaver, Bill O’Connor, and Bob Rinn

     Everyone who attended the Anniversary Celebration Dinner at 33 East Restaurant had a great time and left with great memories and new friendships.  We were very fortunate to have had three of our founding members present as well as many long time members.  It was a great night meeting  new friends, sharing stories, and in sharing a great night with everyone.  There was a large memorabilia display highlighting some of the Chapter events and activities over the last 50 years; and a silent auction was held with items donated by Tom Finkbiner of the Slate Run Tackle Shop, Orvis, LL Bean, Steven Shaner, Ken Hunter, Dave Craig, Mike O’Brien, Truman McMullen, and Mark Susinno.

     We were very fortunate to have had many distinguished guests attend and they were: Bryan Moore, Vice President of Volunteer Operations for National Trout Unlimted; Brian Wagner, President of the PA Council of Trout Unlimited; Sherwin Albert, Vice President of the PA Council of Trout Unlimited; Ben Hayes, NorthCentral Region Vice President for the PA Council of Trout Unlimited; John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission; Bill Worobec, Commissioner for the PA Fish and Boat Commission and Chapter member; and Jeff Wheeland, Lycoming County Commissioner.

     We were entertained by Ken Hunter who gave us a very insightful and fun look into the life of an artist.  He had many slides to show and a great story behind each one.  He shared where his inspiration comes from to do the paintings he does and how his love of the outdoors allows him to do what he does.

     The entire evening was fun and memorable and I made many new friends and am looking forward to the future where we will be making new memories and more opportunities for getting together.

Project Healing Waters to be topic at April 9, 2014 meeting

Project-Healing-Waters     On April 9 at 7:30 p.m. the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a presentation on Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

All are invited to attend and learn about opportunities to serve our veterans through fishing-related programs. Charles Cutshall of the Valley Forge Chapter, leads that Chapters program and will be the speaker for the evening. The event will take place in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church, rear, 102 East Third Street , Williamsport.

Please come out and learn about this great program so that we can start a program in this area.

We will also be having Chapter elections on that night.  In the April issue of the Susquehanna Ripples, it was mistakenly said that we will be having elections on April 12.  This was incorrect and they will be held on April 9.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Just a reminder that our 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner is being held on April 5, 2014 at 33 East Restaurant in Williamsport and is fast approaching.  You still have time to send in your reservations and is only $35 per person.  This celebration is open to everyone, not just Chapter members.  We’ll be honoring our founders, recognize the Chapter’s 50 years of conservation work, and have a great evening of fellowship and good food. Please bring your fishing pals and pass along the attached information to everyone that you know that would be interested in coming.

Dinner Information and Reservations