Angler’s Alcove at the James V. Brown Library
A joint venture between the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the James V. Brown Library led to Angler’s Alcove opening at the library.
Originally located on the third floor, it was moved to the first floor rotunda next to the PA Wilds section. The Angler’s Alcove contains all things related to fishing: books, magazines, videos, and other resources. Books include topics like fly tying, casting instruction, fictional stories, saltwater fishing, fishing history, and much more. Many books are rare or limited editions and it also contains an impressive collection of Pennsylvania authors.
On October 23, 2004, the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the James V. Brown Library, and the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association joined together and opened the first PFFMA Satellite Exhibit. The display case was generously paid for by the Chapter. The previous exhibit was entitled From Revolution to Railroads – Pennsylvania Fly Fishing in the 1700s and 1800s highlights fly fishing in Pennsylvania during the 1700s. The current exhibit, Streams of Inspiration, features streams local to Williamsport and books they have inspired to be written.
PFFMA has, as one of its goals, to establish several satellite exhibits throughout the state.
Each year, the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited tries to purchase and / or donate books and other material to the Library to expand the collection.
We urge you to visit this great resource. The Chapter would like to thank Marci and David Finn for their gift of the Anglers Alcove Outdoor Center, Amanda Bassler – Emig and her father Louis M. Bassler for their 3 dimensional artwork that is the centerpiece of Anglers Alcove, the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association and the James V. Brown Library.
Handicap Fishing Platform at Trout Run Park
Chapter members worked with the Lewis Township Supervisors and the Lycoming Creek Watershed Assoc. to install a handicapped fishing platform at Trout Run Park in conjunction with the FGM stream improvement project designed by US Fish & Wildlife. Lewis Township and the Lycoming Creek Watershed will continue their work adding a walking / pathway to the platform and possible a railing. Their are big plans for Trout Run park and this handicap fishing platform is only a small part of what has been done and what will be done at the park . Stop by and take a look!
Fly Tying Class
Over 30 individuals participated in each of the fly tying class’s held in 2012 making the course a big success. The class was made up of all age groups and include families, kids, women and men, and individuals with no tying experience up through the experienced tyer. Everyone had a great time. We are fortunate to have had several experienced tiers who gave their time each week to help and assist the students learn to tie. We wanted to provide the best experiences and opportunities to anyone who shares our love for the outdoors and for fishing. Look for updates on the 2013 Fly Tying Class and we hope to make this an annual event
Fishing Equipment Recycling
In an effort to further help those in need and to reduce the amount items being sent to the landfill, the Chapter has started a recycling program for fishing equipment and accessories. We want your old line, hooks, lures, weights, waders, vests, poles, fly tying materials, and anything else related to fishing.
We all have items that are stored away in the back of a closet or in a box under the bed. These items may not be of any use to us anymore but we just haven’t thrown them away. We don’t want them to be thrown away. Give them to your Chapter and we will have them recycled appropriately or will see that they are reused if there is still life left in them. We will sell the items as a method of raising funds for the Chapter, donate items to groups who can use them (Project Healing Waters, Camp Victory, and the Boy Scouts are examples), use for Chapter programs, or to members who are in need of that item.
We had tremendous success in selling the items at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo at the Lycoming Mall in April 2013 and hope to continue this type of fundraising.
If you have anything that you would like to recycle, please contact Bob Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for pickup of that item. You can also bring items to any Chapter meeting.
The Chapter has monthly meetings and we attempt to have a guest speaker at each meeting. We have been very fortunate to have had some great speakers come to our meetings to share their knowledge and experience with us. We have had members speak to us about fishing for steelhead trout, local fishing, their fishing experiences around the country, and fishing in the past as compared to today. Some examples include:
John Arway – Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Don Bastian – Renowned fly tyer, speaker and author who has several DVD’s out on fly tying
Dwight Landis – Renowned author and fly fisherman. Author of “Trout Streams of Pennsylvania: An Anglers Guide”
Greg Hoover – Renowned fly fishing entomologist and Entomology Professor at Penn State University
Don Daughenbaugh – Renowned fishing guide, Author, and Fly Tyer
In January of each year, the Chapter holds its annual Watershed Summit. We invite all the Watershed Organizations in our area, as well as other groups who have an interest and part in preserving our watersheds, to this meeting and ask that they give short presentations on what they have been doing and their goals and projects for the upcoming year. This is always a well attended event and in 2012, we had 12 groups present. See the links page for contact information.
Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts Northwood’s District Fall Camporee
On October 16th, 2010 the chapter organized and participated in an outdoor educational program for the North Woods District camporee of the Susquehanna Council, BSA at Trout Run Park. Over 120 scouts and leaders attended hands-on sessions featuring Lycoming Creek habitat and restoration by US Fish & Wildlife, riparian buffers and invasive species by Lycoming Creek Watershed Association, water quality sampling and testing by Seewald Laboratories and Williamsport Municipal Water Authority, aquatic biological monitoring by Lycoming College Clean Water Institute, and fly casting instruction and contest by E. Hille and members of the SQTU Chapter.
Hosted Public Meeting with John Arway (PFBC) as Speaker
The Susquehanna Chapter (SQTU) hosted a public meeting at Lycoming College on September 22, 2010 at which John Arway, Exec. Director of the PaF&BC presented the challenges posed by the Marcellus shale gas development on fisheries protection and the manpower resources of the Commission. Representatives of over a dozen local watershed associations, conservancies, planning commissions, environmental groups, conservation district, and gas industry companies attended.
Marcellus Shale Education
Members of the SQTU chapter have been active in numerous activities related to educating the public and working with state and local agencies to proactively protect the region’s water resources as the Marcellus shale gas development ramps up. Members made presentations at the PA Fish and Boat Commission meeting held in Williamsport October 4, 2010 and have assisted in Waterdogs training courses for citizens interested in monitoring local streams and keeping an eye on gas development activities.
Casting for Recovery
Our Chapter has been involved with Casting for Recovery. This organization was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that cancer survivors deserve time — free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or workplace — to experience something new and challenging while enjoying beautiful surroundings within an intimate, safe, and nurturing structure. Casting for Recovery provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing, fly tying, and just as importantly, it offers an opportunity to meet new friends, network, exchange information, and have fun. Chapter members teach the ladies fly tying and then they go out and learn about fly fishing. Instruction is taught on all aspects of fly fishing and the ladies get to put everything they have learned together and use the flies they have tied and go fishing with our members. There has always been lots of fish caught and a great time is had by everyone.
Trout in the Classroom
The Chapter has been involved with Trout in the Classroom at Montoursville High School and Bishop Neuman (now St. John Neuman Academy). Our members provided education and assistance to those involved with this great program and had presentations made to us by the students who participated in the programs. Chapter members also accompanied the students to the streams when the fingerlings were released into the wild
Chapter members have assisted in various stream restoration projects throughout our region and will continue to assist in those very valuable and essential projects. Members also regularly participate in stream clean up projects and most recently jointed Clinton County Cleanscapes in cleaning up flood debris from Loyalsock Creek
Trout Kickoff and Outdoor Show
The Trout Kickoff was the primary fundraiser for the Chapter for 34 years. The money generated from this event gave us the funds to provide financial support to organizations in our area to help in their goals and projects as well as for the projects within our Chapter. The Trout Kickoff ended after the 2011 show due to a significant decrease in vendor participation and in attendance over the previous few years.