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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
The fly tying class originally scheduled for Tuesday March 25, 2014 has been rescheduled until Tuesday April 1, 2014. This change was made due to scheduling conflicts and will begin at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Williamsport. This will be the final class.
PATU is working on getting the Youth Committee re-energized and would like to hold a meeting on Sunday, April 13th at 11:00 AM in Pleasant Gap.
Anyone with an interest in helping with the Youth Committee is welcome to attend. We would really like to aim to have at least a member of each chapter be on this committee to help us come up with new ideas and suggestions going forward. If anyone has specific ideas they would like to see included on the agenda for this meeting, please send them to me.
Let me know if you or someone else from your chapter will be attending!
Sandy Sausser, Outreach Coordinator
Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited
PO Box 5148
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Our chapter now has new 50th Anniversary hats. They are embroidered, and feature a brook trout with the copy “50 years Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited”. The color is medium tan with dark green visors (both sides, of course) , and have velcro adjustment straps. They will be available at Chapter meetings and events. Price – only $15.00. We have only 6 dozen, so get yours soon!
Our fly tying class is another success. We have over 20 individuals (and we are thankful of their interest in dedication) taking the class and they are learning everything from basic tying techniques to tying advanced flies. The class continues to be free of charge for anyone who wants to take it and this has been made possible because of the generous donations (fly tying materials and equipment) that we have had over the last year. Everyone seems to be having a great time and learning something new. There are lots of stories being told and new friends being made. There are 5 kids taking the class and it is great to see this because they are the future of not only this organization, but also in speaking up and in protecting the waterways and fish populations. This class would not be possible without the dedication, commitment and skills of the instructors, and we would like to thank them for giving their time and sharing their craft with everyone: Burrows Boston, David Craig, Don Daughenbaugh, Jim Latini, Walt Nicholson, Bill O’Connor, and Joe Radley.
Plans have been made for the 50th Anniversary Celebration and dinner. We will be celebrating on Saturday April 5, 2014 from 6 pm – 10 pm. Please come to the website and click the tab for 50th Anniversary Dinner to get all the information.
The March issue of the Susquehanna Ripples will be going out in the next few days and all the information is included in that as well.
Please mark you calendar and plan on attending this celebration!!!