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Schedule for 2015
Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held at the Loyalhanna Watershed office in Ligonier.
This schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors.
The Forbes Trail First Cast Fly Fishing & Conservation Youth Group is now underway. This year, there are 9 kids and 4 adults enrolled. Our award winning program may be the most comprehensive one of its kind. Members learn fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing techniques. Trout biology and behavior and stream ecology are also covered. The kids also get to participate in an on-stream kick net macroinvertebrate study and an electro-fishing survey. There’s on-stream instruction, a fishing outing and FTTU mentors share their experience with fly fishing tackle, knots and trout catching tactics. We also organize a steelhead fishing trip to a Lake Erie tributary in the fall.
Fly tying vises and tools and complete fly rod and reel outfits are available for loan at no cost to those who don’t have their own.
On Stream
Fly Tying
Fly Tying
On-Stream Instruction
Fishing Outing
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Orientation - Intro to TU - Half Hitch and Green Weenie - LWA 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Stream Ecology - Knots - Wooley Bugger - LWA 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Tackle and Equipment - Safety - Walt's Worm - LWA 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Introduction to Fly Casting - Pheasant Tail Nymph & Hare's Ear Nymph - LWA 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Fly Tying Symposium, Lunch Provided (pizza) - LWA 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Cutter Bug Video, Stream Etiquette, Elk Hair Caddis and Caddis Larvae - LWA 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
On-Stream Fly Casting - 6:00 -8:00 p.m (weather permitting)
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tour of a Local Fish Hatchery
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Fishing Outing (Location T.B.D.)
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Macroinvertebrate Collection and Analysis - Meet at LWA office - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28, 2015
Electro-Fishing Survey with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (Must Have Waders)
Thursday, October 8, 2015 Steelhead Presentation - Glo Bug and Sucker Spawn
Saturday, October 31, 2015 Tentative Date for Steelhead Fishing Trip to a Lake Erie Tributary
Steelhead Trip
Stream Ecology
Ecology