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Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing To Be Held May 12

Fly Fishing to Heal the Body and Soul

Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FTTU), in partnership with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., would like to welcome our military veterans to a day of fishing at Foggy Mountain Lodge in the beautiful Laurel Highlands.  This is our means of showing support for our veterans who proudly served their country.  The event is intended to introduce disabled veterans to the sport of fly fishing as a means of relaxation and healing.  Project Healing Waters has had extensive experience and success across the country teaching fly fishing and related activities to disabled veterans as part of their rehabilitation process.  It works!  To learn more about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing please visit or contact the Pittsburgh area Program Lead Amanda Thompson at . 
We at FTTU want to offer the same opportunity to our local veterans.
Visit to see how Trout Unlimited is already reaching out to veterans.

The event will be held at Foggy Mountain Lodge, 117 Foggy Mountain Lane, Stahlstown, PA 15687, from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  The event is open to any veteran with a disability rating from the Office of Veterans Affairs.  Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the event.  All fishing equipment, lunch, snacks and drinks will be free.  Expert mentors will provide one-on-one instructions and support.  Both the lake and restroom are ADA accessible.  Trout will be stocked, but there are also plenty of bass and panfish to be caught.  Boy Scout Troop 465 from Greensburg will be on hand to prepare and serve lunch as well as offer assistance as needed.  With a little luck, we may have grilled trout for lunch in addition to the standard lunch fare!

Please bring warm clothing and rain gear.  Hopefully we’ll need neither but best to be prepared.  Waterproof foot gear is recommended as well as a hat to serve as a sun screen.  Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.  Parking will be available next to the lake.

To register, please contact Larry Myers at (724) 454-9345 or  Because we have limited resources, and this is FTTU’s first event of this type, we are limiting participation to the first 12 registrants.  We want this to be a quality experience for everyone.   If we have more registrants than we can handle, we’ll keep the names of extras and prioritize them for future events.    

Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow veterans in the spring setting of a mountain lake is a therapeutic experience in itself.  Catching your own trout for lunch is a bonus!  Our goal is to make this a truly memorable event for our veterans.  Hopefully some will decide to continue on with the sport of fishing as a means to relax and join the ranks of stewards for our coldwater fisheries.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to make this experience more rewarding.     


Litter Clean-Up For May Meeting
Join us May 2nd at 6:00 pm at the swinging bridge area along Loyalhanna Creek in Ligonier (across Rt. 30 from Giant Eagle), and help us with a stream side clean up of the DHALO section - FTTU's original project area.
Bring gloves and boots or waders we will provide the garbage bags.
Arrive early (Someone will be there by 5:00 pm) and stay late for some fishing.

Save-The-Date FTTU 45th Anniversary Celebration July14
We are planning a 45th anniversary party and fundraiser for Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Kingston Sportsmen's Club near Latrobe.
There will be food, raffles and other activities. Stay tuned for more details.
Members will be receiving a mailing.

Russ Mason Memorial Library
The Russ Mason Memorial Library is now open at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier. The library is made up largely of books from long time FTTU member and Director Russ Mason's personal collection. Russ passed away in January 2016 and the books were generously donated to the chapter by Russ' brother Dave Mason.
The collection is supplemented by additional titles from the collection of Bill Meidel a longtime FTTU member from Latrobe who also passed away in 2016.

The books are housed in a beautful wooden bookcase handmade by member/director Hank Balles. The bookcase is situated near the entrance of the Nimick Family Education Center located in the refurbished barn near the Loyalhanna Watershed office in Ligonier.
See the Meetings page for directions.

The library is made up of over 150 books covering travel, conservation, entomology, fly tying, fly fishing, tackle craft and rod building, and stories and literature on trout fishing and the outdoor life. Many of the books are classics and hard to find titles. Authors are among the most famous and well read writers in the genre including Schwiebert, Gingrich, Marinaro, Geirach, Sparse Grey Hackle and more. There's also a lot of local info on PA streams and hatch information.

Check out the Russ Mason Memorial Library by coming to FTTU's September meeting on Wednesday, October 18th at the NFEC beginning at 8:00 p.m. and take out a book or two. You do not have to be a member to withdraw a book, just fill out the sign-out sheet and bring the book back in a couple of weeks. If you have any surplus books in your collection that will fit into the library's theme, you may donate them to the library.

Click here for a complete list of titles.



Hank Balles with the bookcase he built for the Russ Mason Memorial Library.