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Posted in Trout In The Classrom

Trout in the Classroom Fingerlings Delivered to Classrooms

FTTU volunteers traveled to Benner Springs hatchery near Bellefonte PA to help with the 2nd phase of Trout in the Classroom fish packing. The 1st phase was the packing and shipping of trout eggs to TIC aquariums across Pennylvania which occurred in late October. This 2nd phase involved packing and shipping rainbow trout to those TIC aquariums that start with fish in the fingerling stage.
FTTU volunteers Ron Rodgers, Monty Murty and Denny Hess helped PAF&BC staff and TU’s Rachel Kester, the new Coldwater Heritage Partnership Director, with the work of packaging the fish. The fingerling trout were packed in double plastic bags along with a shot of oxygen and ice and shipped overnight to the schools.

Rainbow trout fingerlings ready to ship
L-R Ron Rodgers, Monty Murty, Denny Hess deliver fingerlings to Ligonier Valley Middle School













Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Water Tests January 2020

A new year of testing began at the mouth of Rock Run on January 5. The final numbers from 2019 showed an improvement in average alkalinity from 5.3 in 2018 to 6.2 in 2019.
The flow was moderately high and clear with some fresh snow on the ground.

Air Temperature: 27 degrees F
Water Temperature: 37.5 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge: 2.38
pH: 6.5
Alkalinity 3.1





Posted in Youth Education

Youth Group Set To Start

The 2020 Ligonier Valley Middle School Outdoors Club/FTTU Youth Group will get underway Wednesday, January 15. This year’s program will have 6 indoor sessions plus a hatchery tour and an on-stream casting lesson and fishing day.

The indoor sessions at the Ligonier Valley Middle School will run from 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm with set-up at 2:30. There will be two levels of instruction running concurrently; a beginner’s group and an advanced class comprised of kids who went through the beginner’s program last year. Last report has 20 kids signed up for 2020.

Here’s a look at the 2020 schedule
January 15
February 12, 26
March 11, 25
April 1, Hatchery Tour
April 8, On-Stream Casting/Fishing


Other Dates
April 11 – Mentored Youth Fishing Day
April 18 – General Opening Day for Trout


Posted in Fly Tying

Adults Fly Tying Group Forming

Several of our members get together on Thursday afternoons during the winter to tie flies. It’s a nice opportunity to share favorite patterns, learn new tricks and of course to build camaraderie. This year’s sessions will begin January 9th and be held on the second floor of the Tin Lizzy Restaurant in Youngstown, PA. Fly tying will begin around 1 pm. Those who are interested can join us for lunch first in the dining room at noon. Because of limited space, sign-ups will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact to register.



Posted in Events

PA Fly Fishing Museum Banquet

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 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.


Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Testing December 2019

Rock Run December 3, 2019

Beautiful but cold, would describe conditions at the mouth of Rock Run this month as a light coating of snow greeted the testers.

Air Temperature – 29 degrees F
Water Temperature – 35.5 degrees F
pH – 6.8
Alkalinity – 8.2
Linn Run Gauge Height – 1.88
Linn Run Discharge – 14.8





Posted in Fishing

FTTUers Experience Steelhead Success

FTTU member Milt Claney organized a trip to the Erie tribs for some steelhead action this November.
In the bottom right photo, Milt Claney poses with the owner of Folly’s campground, the rendezvous spot for the FTTU group. Folly’s has been good to us helping with our Youth Group outings for many years.
Milt participates in a PA Fish and Boat Commission study on steelhead and meticulously records data on his catches.


Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Water Sampling November 2019

Rock Run November 2019

Leaves are falling, the sun is low on the horizon, trout are on the move and taking up spawning positions. Here’s the numbers from Rock Run for November 2019.

Air Temperature – 46 degrees F
Water Temperature – 43.5 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge – 1.47
pH – 6.6
Alkalinity – 12.8

pH is steady, alkalinity is still good at 12.8.









Posted in Events Meetings

November Meeting

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.



Posted in Fishing

Steelhead Trip

It’s that time of year again! We are organizing a steelhead fishing trip for FTTU members to the Erie tribs in November.

Date: November 13-16
Rain date: November 20-23
Quality Inn Hotel, (814) 838-7647
6467 Sterrettania Rd., Fairview, PA 16415

Contact us if you plan to attend.
Or, better yet, come to our steelhead themed meeting on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 pm at the Nimick Family Education Center.

Everyone is responsible for their own accommodations and travel. We may meet at Folly’s End Fly and Tackle Shop for BYO lunches and/or get together somewhere local for dinners.

Directions to Quality Inn: PA Turnpike west to Cranberry exit, #28. Take I-79 north toward Erie. Take exit 174 toward McKean. Turn left onto West Road for 2.1 miles to intersection. Turn right onto PA-832/ Sterrettania Road for 0.5 miles. Keep left to stay on Pa-832/ Sterrettania Road 0.6 miles to hotel on right.

Directions to Folly’s Campground: PA Turnpike west to Cranberry exit, #28. Take I-79 north toward Erie. Take exit 166 off of I-79 then make a left (west) on route 6N and drive 3 miles to intersection. Make a right (north) on route 98. Go about 4 or 5 miles and watch for a large sigh on left at entrance to Folly’s. If you cross the bridge over Elk Creek, back up to the entrance to the campground.