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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Little Lehigh Fly Shop closing.

Unfortunatly, Rod Rohrbach of the Little Lehigh Fly Shop is closing up his fly shop.

According to the information at his website,, Rod's reducing his business days to Friday through Monday, and as of December 20th will close permanently. The LLFS opened in 1993, and Rod and the store has been a part of the Heritage section of the Little Lehigh, and many flyfishers' lives since then.

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 23rd meeting followup.

Greg Malaska, the new NEPA regional vice president of Trout Unlimited was our guest. Mr. Malaska also holds the positions of PA Membership Chair and Western Pocono Chapter President.

Mr. Malaska went on to discuss some of the agenda put forth by State Council, including Leadership and Fundraising training opportunities. Interested parties should speak with chapter president Steve Vanya. He also discussed chapter participation in state council meetings and seminars. Additional discussions were held on a Monocacy Membership committee, and the involvement of local educational resources in our work, with the suggestion of trying to engage both Lehigh University and Moravian College.

Chapter business included discussion of the questions regarding State Council By Laws change announcements. It has been clarified that the intent was not to change local By Laws that are working, but help address new issues by some chapters.

Erik Brosike summarized the current state of dam removal on Monocacy Creek. It has been noted there are six dams between the mouth at the Lehigh River and the start of the Gertrude Fox Conservation Area. We have been working with the City of Bethlehem to address the removal of the dam in  historic section of Bethlehem. Also brought forth was the idea that TU is assisting in the placement of diesease-resistant elm trees, and that discussions with the city arborist would take place to help further enhance this section of stream and increase riparian buffer.

Jeff Schaffer is working on programs and presentations for the next year. He's currently organizing presenter swaps with other local chapters, in which one of our members will speak at their meeting and in return a reciprocal event would take place for our members. Events are being finalized, and should begin in the meetings for the new year.

Gary Fenstermacher presented the opening version of website for discussion. Possibilities for future use were discussed, with ideas put forth to help raise awareness of TU and the Monocacy Chapter's focus on conservation and preservation of the Monocacy watershed in addition to informative articles on the larger aspects of fishing and regional, and national, conservation. At This time, Mr. Fenstermacher will serve in the role of site administrator, and any articles, information, or calendar events should be forwarded through President Vanya, Vice President Burger, or Treasurer Diehl. A request for relevant information, photos, stories and input has been put forth to try and make this a website that will grow with our chapter.

Erik Brosike put forth a brief presentation on the use of Kool Aide drink mix to dye materials for fishing lure manufacture. Examples were shown of natural and synthetic materials died in such a way.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23rd meeting announced.

We will be meeting Tuesday, November 23rd at the Daughters of the American Revolution House on Eighth Avenue, Bethlehem, at 7pm.

Greg Malaska, PATU's newly appointed North Eastern Regional Vice President will be attending this month's meeting to familarize himself with our chapter, current projects and goals, and help foster a stronger partnership with State Council. Please do attend, and make your voices heard.


This is the first posted announcement to the Monocacy Creek Trout Unlimited website.
We hope to be able to facilitate and foster better communication between the very diverse membership, and encourage a voice to those who cannot normally attend the monthly meetings.

Please, take advantage of the comment section to provide feedback as to what services and information you'd like presented through this vehicle in the future. The desire to have an online prescence is to better serve the membership base, as not everyone is able to attend the monthly meetings.

Let us know if there's programs you'd like to see made, speakers or clinics that perhaps could be encouraged or perhaps you have an idea that you'd like to share with everyone. This blog is only the first step towards setting up an effective, and new, avenue of communication between the board, the membership, and even the public.

Please let us know what we can do to help you going forward. We'd like to transform ourselves into a dynamic, active club with a robust and active membership, and we'd like to help serve you while protecting the Monocacy Creek watershed and its unique resources.