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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCeCj5qu4K4
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!
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.
This month we have a historic slide show of photos from Russ Mason’s collection. Stream projects, float stockings, clean-ups and other chapter activities from the ’70’s and ’80’s. Learn about FTTU history or reminisce about the good old days, Russ took photos from almost the very beginnings of the chapter.
Have any old/vintage tackle? Bamboo fly rods, old reels or accessories? Bring your articles to the meeting for an evaluation. We’ll have reference materials and we’ll see if we can find some information or a value for your stuff!
Business meeting at 6:00 pm, slide show at 7:00 pm.
See You There!
Steelhead season is upon us and if you are planning a trip to the Lake Erie tributaries, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has an on-line tool to locate access points.
With funds from the lake Erie license stamp, the PAF&BC is always working on purchasing property or acquiring easements to improve angler access. The map tool is available HERE.
This is the most up-to-date resource showing public access on the Lake Erie tributaries.
Monthly water testing at the mouth of Rock Run was done on October 6.
pH came in at 6.5
Alkalinity was 4.2
Water temperature was 59 degrees F
Air temp was 64 degrees F
Linn Run gauge was at 2.23 and the discharge was 47 ft.³/sec
Conditions on Rock Run were high and clear
The by-laws of FTTU were amended at the October meeting. The chapter’s fiscal year has been changed from October 1 to September 30 to April 1 through March 31. The change was necessary to keep in step with TU national which initiated the change. Annual financial reports will be filed by November 15, 2018 as usual and will be followed by an 18 month fiscal year to adjust to the new schedule.
FTTU officers for 2018-19 were confirmed at the annual meeting on October 3. They are:
President – Larry Myers of Greensburg
Vice President – Denny Hess of Irwin
Treasurer – Monty Murty of Laughlintown
Secretary – Scott Minster of Derry Township
Additionally, past president Monty Murty has been elected Executive Vice President of the PA Council’s SW, NW and NC regions.