After skipping April, the Citizens Scientists were out at the mouth of Rock Run on the first of May.
A cold and rainy April has kept the flow high and the alkalinity low.
Air Temperature – 47 degrees F
Water Temperature – 46 degrees F
Linn Run Flow – 43.7 cubic ft./sec
Linn Run Gauge – 2.2
pH – 6.7
Alkalinity – 2.2
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.
TU President and CEO Chris Wood offered free Trout Unlimited memberships to every essential employee in America last week as a “thank you” for putting themselves in harm’s way during the coronavirus outbreak.
In addition to offering free one-year memberships to essential workers, TU is also giving memberships to emergency personnel, first responders and those in the health care community that might benefit from becoming a member of the TU community.
On behalf of Trout Unlimited, thanks to all essential workers who continue to report to work, perform their duties and make life easier for the rest of us. If you’re an essential worker, please reach out directly to Chris, and he’ll hook you up with a complimentary membership.
In order to prevent opening day crowds, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has decided to open trout season early, so as of 8:00 am today, Tuesday, April 7, trout season began statewide in Pennsylvania. Size and creel limits, license requirements and normal regulations still apply. Mentored Youth Day originally scheduled for April 11 will not take place this year.
The PAF&BC will continue to stock streams this spring, but in order to prevent crowds, a stocking schedule will not be posted and the public will not be permitted to help with stocking.
Click HERE for the official announcement.
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.
In the age of COVID-19, you may have questions concerning trout fishing for the spring of 2020. The early season opener in southeastern Pennsylvania has been canceled, but the statewide opener on April 18th and Mentored Youth Day on April 11th are still on. Streams and lakes are still being stocked but the PAF&BC asks that you do not come out to help. For the official statement from the Fish Commission, click here.
A couple of us have received bogus emails from someone posing as an FTTU officer asking for assistance. Do not reply to this email or any email of which you do not recognize the sender’s email address. General membership should only receive emails with the official TU masthead.
Again, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, FTTU’s April meeting scheduled for Wednesday, the 1st, has been canceled. Check back here for more updates and schedule changes.
Also, the Thursday afternoon fly tying group meetings at the Tin Lizzy have been canceled until further notice.
This just in from the PA Fish & Boat Commission. In compliance with limits placed on public gatherings due to the COVID 19 outbreak, the Fish Commission has asked that volunteers do not come out to help with trout stocking this year. They are reassigning personnel to take care of the stockings as thoroughly and efficiently as possible but request that all helpers stay home this year.
From area WCO Dan Wilson, “I want to personally thank every volunteer that has come out and assisted with stockings within the county this year and every year in the past. Amid all of the other changes, I will ask that you note that due to restrictions, volunteers will not be permitted to assist with stocking activities for the 2020 season. I hope to get this information to all members within the county to make people aware of this restriction. I want to avoid having volunteers show up and being informed at the stockings that they will not be able to participate. I know that this will be a concern and disappoint many anglers within the state, but I am trying to do my part to inform as many participants as I can before anyone makes the trip. I also appreciate everyone’s understanding during this uncertain time. If anyone has any questions please let me know. Thank you and I hope everyone is well”
See the PAF&BC website for updates on the trout stocking schedules as they are subject to change.
Here is a link to the official statement from PAF&BC. https://www.fishandboat.com/Pages/covid-19.aspx
Due to the school shut downs, the March 25th and April 1st Youth Outdoor Club sessions have been canceled. The on-stream casting and fishing session is still on, but has been rescheduled for April 9th on Loyalhanna Creek’s DHALO section.