After a decade, the world’s worst idea, the Pebble Mine, is still alive. If it comes to a reality, the mine would be the largest open pit mine operation on the planet and would be located in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world – Bristol Bay Alaska. Untouched by development, the Bristol Bay watershed is a salmon factory, home to the largest run of sockeye salmon and one of the best king salmon runs in the world. It’s a 10,000 year old job creator and has fed and employed people for generations. Now, all that is at risk for the short term gain of the mine. In short, the mine would cause the dewatering of the Bristol Bay watershed and containment of toxic mine tailings in perpetuity – a recipe for disaster.
Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a 90 day comment period on the environmental impact study for the mine. Add your voice to the chorus opposing this disaster waiting to happen.
Click here for the comment link and here to learn more about the issue.
FTTU’s monthly meeting for April will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier. This month we have a special guest – Kylie Hogan.
Kylie is a recent graduate of Pitt Johnstown and is currently a science teacher at Conemaugh Valley Sr/Jr High Schools. She will be doing a slide show/video presentation on her experiences in TU’s 5 Rivers Odyssey. In this program she spent a month exploring southern Alaska fishing for five species of wild Pacific salmon and learning about conservation issues there.
Note that this meeting will be starting at 7:00 pm instead of 6:00.
See you there!
A Ladies Day fly tying crash course was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn in Greensburg. Nine ladies participated and we had enough FTTU volunteer mentors for one on one instruction.
All the basics that provide a good foundation in fly tying were covered. Thread control, materials, hooks, knots and the relationship between trout stream organisms and the flies that imitate them.
We also went over an intro to TU and our conservation mission and catch and release ethic.
In all we tied 6 different patterns from the entry level green weenie to the intermediate wooley bugger. All the ladies caught on quickly and did a great job on their flies.
The event was co-sponsored by FTTU and Miss Mayfly -fly fishing gear made exclusively for women – missmayfly.com
We are starting to acquire prizes for the raffle at our fund-raiser picnic.
The prize line-up so far includes:
Headwaters 7′ 6″ Bamboo Fly Rod & Reel
Orvis 9′ 6 weight fly rod
Regal Medallion Fly Tying Vise with Bronze Base
The picnic is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Kingston Sportsmen’s Club.
Members will be receiving a mailing with raffle tickets in May.
The Rivers Conservation Fly Fishing Youth Camp is now taking applications for the 2019 camp. The camp runs from June 16 to June 21 at Messiah College along Yellow Breeches Creek in Grantham Pennsylvania. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 14-17.
Classes include principles of ecology, hydrogeology, wetlands, trout stream entomology, aquatic invertebrates, hydrology, watersheds, the biology of pollution, reptiles and amphibians, trout behavior, and riparian corridors.
Instructors lead streamside programs to collect aquatic invertebrates, review angling history, electro fishing, and conducting field identification of riparian corridors. The Camp provides a balance of instructional material and hands-on learning.
And of course there is fishing every day.
See the Rivers Camp web site for more information and on how to apply.
FTTU will consider sponsoring a local youth who is accepted into the camp.
Don’t delay, applications are accepted through March 31, 2019!
Monthly water testing at the mouth of Rock Run was done on Saturday, March 2.
Air Temperature – 30 degrees F
Water Temperature – 35.5 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge – 1.94
Linn Run Discharge – 23.7
pH – 6.2
Alkalinity – 2.4
Flow/Conditions – Medium, Clear
FTTU’s March meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Nimick Family Education Center.
This month, representatives from the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Westmoreland County Conservation District, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will update us on ongoing and future projects in our area. This is a rare and unique opportunity to hear from all these major conservation groups at one time in one place!
FTTU business meeting starts at 6:00 pm, the program starts at 7:00.
See “Meeting Info” on the sidebar for directions to the NFEC.
You can help support FTTU’s Veterans Programs by buying and selling fund raiser buttons. The buttons are $5.00 and all proceeds will benefit our disabled vets fishing outing and any future events with veterans.
Contact us about obtaining a bag of buttons to sell to your fishing buddies, family and neighbors at email@example.com.
You can pick up some buttons to sell at our March meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
FTTU’s Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing is set for May 11, 2019 at the Foggy Mountain Lodge.