FTTU’s meeting at the Lincoln Highway SupperMarket on June 3 has been canceled along with any chapter activity through the summer.
There will be no summer picnic fundraiser this year.
Our next scheduled event will be our monthly meeting on September 2nd. Check back for more details in August for a time and location.
The 2020 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp scheduled for June 21-26, 2020, has been canceled. The camp was to be held at Messiah College near Yellow Breeches Creek. Messiah has canceled all events at the college through the end of June. We had three students from FTTU’s region accepted into the 2020 camp. All those accepted to the 2020 camp are automatically accepted to the 2021 camp scheduled for June 20-25 provided they inform the camp of their intentions to attend.
FTTU has also canceled our annual stream-side clean up of Loyalhanna Creek in the Delayed Harvest section in Ligonier that was scheduled for May 6, 2020. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in collaboration with DEP and Penn DoT has postponed the statewide cleanup until fall. We will reschedule our litter cleanup of Loyalhanna Creek for sometime in September. As the pandemic situation improves, and the stay-at-home restrictions are relaxed, we will evaluate options for activities during the summer and early fall. Needless to say, the May meeting is also canceled.
Sad to report that our Veterans Outing scheduled for May 2 at the Kingston Sportsmen’s Club has been canceled and tentatively rescheduled for May, 1, 2021. The family outdoors event scheduled for May 31 at Keystone State Park has also been canceled.
We will not be having a May meeting, but we may go ahead with the litter pick-up on May 6 if Penn Dot will still haul away the trash. We would all have to keep spread out. For now all clean ups are on hold. Check back here for updates.
FTTU officers and directors will be keeping in touch with each other via emails and video conferencing and will continue to plan for the future.
Some good news, two of three area Trout in the Classroom programs have released their fish and the third has the school principal feeding the trout and the fish will be released soon.
Trout fishing is still on but members are encouraged to follow common sense social distancing protocol, travel to the stream in separate cars, and bring your own drinks and lunches. Of course, most of us prefer to get as much space to ourselves as we can on the stream so that’s helpful for proper stream etiquette. See the PAF&BC guidelines in the previous post.
So, until we meet again, be careful, stay healthy and stay informed on FTTU news with forbestrailtu.org.
Spring is almost here! Come celebrate with us at our March meeting where we will feature our popular “Slide Show n Tell”. Bring photos or video of your outdoors adventures and we’ll put them up on the big screen. Anyone can participate and topics from any locale from Loyalhanna Creek to Patagonia are welcome.
You can also learn about ongoing and future FTTU projects. Meeting begins at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Nimick Education Center in Ligonier.
The Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum will be holding a banquet on Saturday February 29th, 2020 to recognize the influence and contributions of Western Pennsylvania fly anglers. Did you know that the Elk Hair Caddis, used anywhere there are trout, was “invented” by a guy from Monessen named Al Troth? There are many more and the highlight of the evening will be the induction of Chauncy Lively to the museum.
Chauncy Lively was a well known fly tier and fisherman from Greentree, PA and wrote regular fly tying articles for Pennsylvania Angler Magazine. He fished often on Loyalhanna Creek and published a book of fly patterns called Chauncy’s Fly Box.
The banquet will be held the day before the Cabin Fever Show at the Mars Memorial Association, 331 Mars Valencia Road, Mars, Pa. 16046. Doors open at 3:30pm with a cash bar. Appetizers at 4:00pm and dinner at 5:30pm.
The buffet dinner will include: fried chicken, ham, and all the fixins’. The cash bar will be open until 8:30pm. The cost is $30.00 and the deadline for buying tickets is February 22nd, 2020. Tickets can be purchased through the website paflyfishing.org and on Face Book.
There will be fly tying demos, recognition of other WPa. Anglers, live and silent auctions, a museum presentation and the induction of Chauncy into the museum.
Come to the banquet and support the museum’s mission to preserve and celebrate the contributions of anglers from across the entire Keystone state.
FTTU’s November meeting will be held Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier.
The topic of our evening presentation will be a roundtable discussion on steelhead fishing in the Erie tributaries led by our own Milt Claney. Milt has a short video of the “Do’s and Don’ts” of steelhead fishing! If you have a favorite steelhead fly pattern, equipment or fishing technique you would like to share with the group, please come prepared. There will be a variety of “war stories” shared, and hopefully we’ll all gain a few tips to make us more successful on the stream!
We will also have updates and discussions regarding programs and activities planned for 2020 during our business meeting. Between in-school fly tying programs, school field days, a veterans’ fishing event and community outdoor programs, there are unlimited ways for you to get involved. We have already received a variety of requests for 2020 activities. You don’t need to be an expert fly-tier or fisher to get involved. There is something for everyone regardless of skill level. This is Forbes Trail’s opportunity to get involved with, and give back to, the communities where we live. You can make a difference in recruiting and training our next generation of coldwater conservationists! In the process, you can enjoy the camaraderie with your fellow Chapter members.
The 2019 picnic was a big success. Thanks to all of you who attended and to all who purchased raffle tickets. The response to our mailing was outstanding, we sold over 600 tickets through the mail again this year. We had more donations of prizes last year, but this year’s profits nearly equaled 2018. The chapter is in excellent financial standing for 2019-20.
Congratulations to the raffle winners
Headwaters Fly Rod with Reel and Line – Ticket #0046 – Jim Shusko – Slickville, PA
$460.00 Cash Jackpot – Ticket #4330 – Hunter Mohan – Greensburg, PA
Regal Vise – Ticket #4865 – Ed Barger – North Huntingdon, PA
Orvis Clearwater Rod – Ticket #4155 – R.P. Rost – Rector, PA
Umpqua Chest Pack – Ticket #1318 – Rod Cross – Acme, PA
Highest Bidder on Bamboo Walking Staff – Aaron Mitchell – Ohio
We are now on summer vacation. We will reconvene at our September meeting on Wednesday, the 4th at 6:00 pm at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn in Greensburg. The topic will be “All About Ticks & Mosquitoes”.
Check Your Mailbox!
The 2109 FTTU Picnic & Raffle is only a month away. Members should expect to receive an envelope in the mail with 10 raffle tickets, the latest issue of The Trails and a return envelope. If you wish to purchase raffle tickets, simply fill out the top halves with your name and phone number and send them in along with a check for $5.00/ticket using the return envelope provided. Keep the bottom half. There is an order form included in The Trails to fill out if you wish to purchase food tickets for the picnic and/or any additional raffle tickets.
New this year, kids picnic food tickets are available for kids 12 and under for only $5.00! There will be games, fishing and prizes for the kids.
We have an unbelievable line-up of prizes for the raffle including a 7′ 6″ Headwaters bamboo fly rod with bag, case, reel and line, a Regal Medallion vise with bronze base, a 9′ 6 weight Orvis fly rod and an Umpqua Overlook chest pack not to mention a $460.00 46th anniversary cash jackpot! Recently added – a TFO Bug Launcher fly rod.
We will also have as a special silent auction item a handcrafted split bamboo walking staff made by Gig Diorio of Ligonier. Gig spends many painstaking hours splitting, hand planing, gluing and finishing this one-of-a-kind heirloom quality item. You got to see it to believe it!
The picnic will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kingston Sportsmen’s Club in Kingston, PA – rain or shine.
Raffle winners will be drawn at the picnic. Picnic meal tickets are limited to 150 – first come first served. We will sell meal tickets at the door depending on availability and, of course, raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the picnic. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.
Please consider supporting FTTU by attending the picnic and purchasing some raffle tickets. If you cannot make it to the picnic, you can still buy some raffle tickets – winners do not need to be present, and you do not have to be an FTTU or TU member to participate.
For more information or answers to questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be smaller prizes added and other ticket buying locations announced, so check back here at forbestrailtu.org for updates and availability of tickets.
Click the link to download a picnic ticket order form Picnic Ticket Order Form.
See You There!
FTTU’s 2nd annual Disabled Vets Fishing Outing was a big success.
We had a great weather and a a good turn out of veterans and volunteers.
The fishing was good and everyone had a great time.
See the full report and a slide show on the Community Service Page.