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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.



Posted in Trout In The Classrom

FTTU Volunteers Help With TIC Egg Packing

FTTU Volunteers from Left to right: Michelle Yocabet, David Hawk, Ron Rodgers, Bob Shusko, Larry Myers, Ron Miller, Monty Murty, Tom VanDyke and Denny Hess.

On Monday, October 7, FTTU member volunteers traveled to Benner Springs Hatchery to help pack and ship trout eggs to Trout in the Classroom schools all over Pennsylvania. There were 27 helpers from 5 different chapters assisting 26 PAF&BC employees. As you can see from the photo, FTTU was well represented! Trout eggs were placed in plastic bags along with some water and a shot of oxygen. The eggs packs were placed in styrofoam containers along with some trout food and ice then packaged in boxes and shipped overnight to TIC schools.
The eggs are “eyed” meaning a fish egg containing an embryo that has developed enough so that the black spot of the eyes are visible through the egg membrane. It indicates that the egg is less sensitive to movement and can be handled safely, e.g. for transportation.
Due to concerns over gill lice and competition with native fish, the PAF&BC has switched to rainbow trout for the TIC program and moved egg shipment up a month to October.

“Eyed” Trout Eggs
Ron Rodgers and David Hawk get bags ready for filling.



Posted in Chapter Business

FTTU Recognized with Best Website Award

Website designer and FTTU Secretary Scott Minster (left) and PA Council Vice President Monty Murty show off the PA Trout best website award.

Ever wonder what the top TU website in Pennsylvania looks like? Well, you’re looking at it! was given the PA Council of Trout Unlimited’s Best Website Award at the state meetings in Petersburg, PA on September 14.
The site is a complete volunteer effort with only about $100 of chapter funds spent annually on site hosting and domain registration.
If there is anything you would like to see featured on the site contact us at







Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Water Tests For October

Mouth of Rock Run October 2, 2019. There is indeed flowing water in two channels even though the stream appears dried up in the photo. We need rain to bring up the stream levels and to allow for trout movement to spawning habitat.

Here’s the numbers taken October 2, 2019

Air Temperature – 76 Degrees F
Water Temperature – 65.5 Degrees F
pH – 6.7
Alkalinity – 15.8
Linn Run Gauge – 1.35
Linn Run Discharge – 1.95

Alkalinity numbers have spiked upwards since limestone was added in August. Could it be from the limestone more than 2 miles upstream, or is it just from lack of rain and low flow, or maybe both?
This month’s flow was the lowest recorded in the 2 years we have been doing the monthly tests.
If you look at the monthly photos, you will notice more and more black rocks starting in July. These rocks were probably flipped over from high flow from heavy rain in June and July. Click the link RR PH and Alkalinity 2019 for the results from the past year.


Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Tests September 19

Flow goes down, alkalinity goes up. Here’s the Rock Run numbers for September 2109 (taken 8-31-19).
Lowest flow measured so far in 2019.

Air Temperature – 66 degrees F
Water Temperature – 61.5 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge – 1.44
Linn Run Discharge – 3.03
pH – 6.6
Alkalinity – 9.9
Flow – Low and Clear
Last Rain – 8-28-19




Posted in Rock Run

Rock Run Work Day Report

After two cancellations due to wet conditions, we were finally able to get the limestone sand into position in the headwaters of Rock Run. The high calcium limestone sand (26 tons, $1,500 – your raffle fundraiser dollars at work) was delivered back on May 6 but we had to wait for conditions up on Laurel Mountain to be right in order to move the sand to the banks of the east fork of Rock Run.
The sand will gradually be swept downstream with rain and runoff becoming a part of the stream bed – acting as a buffer for acid precipitation.
We owe Linn Run Park Manager Doug Finger and his staff a big thank you for their help. Doug was able to bring in some heavy equipment making the work even possible. Even with a front loader and dump bed pick-up, it was a lot of work with Doug making numerous trips with the truck himself.
Ralph Koscianski, Denny Hess and Larry Myers of FTTU were there to help out. With this load, we will be set for at least a couple of years.