Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Water Testing – February 2019

There’s a creek in there somewhere.
The mouth of Rock Run 2-2-19.

It was a beautiful winter day in Linn Run State Park with several inches of fresh snow.
Here are the results of water testing at the mouth of Rock Run recorded on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Air Temperature – 30 degrees F
Water Temperature – 30 degrees F
pH – 6.5
Alkalinity – 2.2
Linn Run Gauge – 1.82
Discharge – 16.9

We also collected some snow in the area, allowed it to melt, and tested that.
The snow melt had a pH of 5.8 and an alkalinity of 2.2.






Posted in Meetings

February Meeting Features “Slide Show n’ Tell”

Slideshow ScreenFTTU’s February meeting will feature our popular annual “Slide Show n’ Tell”. Members will have photos and/or video of their fishing or outdoors adventures to share with us. In the past we’ve had shows from Alaska to Patagonia and from the Blue Ridge to the Rocky Mountains. Our members get around! The show is open to all, just bring your media on a flash drive and we’ll put it up on the big screen. Your trip need not be from an exotic location, anything from Loyalhanna Creek and beyond is acceptable and of interest to us.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier (see “Meeting Info” in the sidebar for directions). Business meeting at 6:00, slide shows begin around 7:00. Come for the meeting and learn about FTTU’s exciting projects and activities for 2019.

Should we need to cancel due to inclement weather, a notice will be posted under “Announcements” on the homepage of by 4:30 pm the day of the meeting.

See you there!




Posted in Fly Tying Women's Involvement

Women’s Fly Tying Class

A one-day beginner’s fly tying class for women will be offered on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn in Greensburg.
This program is co-sponsored by FTTU and Miss May Fly. FTTU volunteers will be the instructors.
Here are the details.
Fly Tying Vise• Location: Westmoreland Conservation District Barn – 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg
• Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
• Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Lunch: Provided by FTTU (pizza, chips, water)
• Participants: Up to 20 Women on a First Come First Served Basis
• Cost: FREE No Fees or Charges
• Equipment, Tools and Materials will be Provided by FTTU
• Registration is handled by Miss Mayfly through Social Media. Click Here to Register.
Spots are filling up fast, so get registered today!


Posted in Youth Education

2019 Youth Group Underway

The 2019 FTTU/Ligonier Middle School Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation program got underway on Wednesday, January 9.  The first meeting covered an introduction to fly fishing and the kids tied their first fly – a green weenie.
This year, there is also an advanced class for kids who went through the beginners program last year. Both classes are held at the same time in separate rooms.
The classes run from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

There are 17 kids signed up for the beginners class and 4 in the advanced class.

See the Community Service page for a complete schedule for 2019.


Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Water Testing For January

Alkalinity Testing
Todd Griffith and Denny Hess measure alkalinity on Rock Run

Here are the results of Rock Run water testing for January, 2019.
Air Temperature: 36 degrees F
Water Temperature: 41 dgrees F
pH: 6.3
Alkalinity: 2.9
Linn Run Gauge: 2.1
Linn Run Discharge: 33.2

We also took samples on Linn Run above the mouth of Rock Run
Water Temperature: 39.5 degrees F
pH: 6.7
Alkalinity: 6.0


Posted in Trout In The Classrom Youth Education

Your Picnic and Raffle Dollars at Work

Thanks to the fantastic response from members to our 45th Anniversary fundraiser mailing, we were able to raise over $3,000! The money is being put to work in updating our Youth Group and Trout in the Classroom equipment. The chapter recently purchased a water filtration system and consumable supplies for a new TIC Aquarium being set up at the Ligonier Middle School.

We also purchased fly tying materials and 7 new Regal vises for the Youth Group. Thanks to Regal Engineering for a generous discount on the vises and Clearsource for an equally generous discount on the filtration system.

The TIC aquarium is in progress and the Youth Group will start up at the Ligonier Middle School in January. We plan to address other needs with the picnic earnings such as loaner waders for the kids in the near future.


Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Numbers For December

Here’s the data for this month’s water testing from the mouth of Rock Run.

Air Temperature: 37 degrees F
Water Temperature: 40 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge: 2.10
Linn Run Discharge: 33.2
pH: 6.5
Alkalinity: 3.2

Posted in Linn Run Youth Education

FTTU Assists with Leaf Pack Study

Leaf Pack Training
Becky Bell leads the leaf pack training. Leaf bags are visible on the table.

Volunteers from FTTU were on hand for an educational day on the stream with local junior high school students. Becky Bell, a retired biology teacher with the group Graceful Aging, conducted the session at the Adams Falls area of Linn Run State Park. The kids learned about macroinvertebrates and how to conduct a leaf pack study. Leaves from various species of trees surrounding the stream are placed in mesh bags and anchored in the stream. Macroinvertebrates, which feed on leaf litter, take up residence in the leaf packs. After a period of 3-4 weeks, the students will collect the bags and analyze their contents. We are interested in seeing if the summer flash floods which scoured Linn Run’s stream bed, had an effect on the macro populations. For more info on leaf packs see

Posted in In Memorium

In Memory of Chuck Kuchta

Chuck Kuchta (left) and Russ Mason working on an FTTU stream clean up project in the ’80’s.

We at FTTU were shocked and saddened to hear that Chuck Kuchta passed away while out hunting on Monday, November 12. Chuck was a long time member of FTTU whose involvement goes back decades. Chuck served on the Board of Directors for many years and also as chapter treasurer. He was instrumental in organizing many banquets and his booming voice could be heard calling out the winners in the raffles. Chuck also helped out with the Youth Group and other chapter projects going back to the ’70’s. He will be greatly missed for his knowledge and experience as well as his larger-than-life personality and friendship.

Chuck was an avid outdoorsman and was also a member of AFLOAT and the Kingston Sportsman’s Club.

On a personal note, when I first got involved with FTTU, I didn’t know anyone. Chuck and Russ Mason were the guys who were friendly and welcoming to me. Chuck gave me a hug when I agreed to take over the newsletter!
-Scott Minster


Posted in Trout In The Classrom

FTTU Volunteers Help With TIC Egg Distribution

Trout In The Classroom egg packing took place on Tuesday, November 6th at the PFBC’s Centre Regional Office in Bellefonte, PA. Participants from FTTU were Monty Murty, Denny Hess, Milt Claney and Larry Myers. They were among about 40 volunteers, from various TU chapters. Participants packed eggs in Styrofoam boxes along with ice and food suitable for three different age groups of fish from hatchlings to fingerling trout ready to be released. Over 390 containers were shipped via Fed Ex to schools across the state with expended delivery within two days. They had a two line assembly process that worked very smoothly. The entire process took less than four hours and finished up  with a pizza lunch provided by PFBC.

PFBC technicians sorted and weighed batches of eggs amounting to approximately 300 eggs per package. As in the wild, there is a high rate of attrition, students will be lucky to have a dozen fingerlings to release in the spring. It’s a tough life for a brook trout! It was quite a learning experience for those new to the process. PFBC was very well organized and the guys had a chance to meet and chat with fellow TU members from other chapters.