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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 25 meeting and presentation.

This month's meeting featured a program from the members of the Hokendauqua Chapter of TU. A discussion and presentation of images and stories from a trip west to Montana, detailing some of the trials, planning, and successes.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Terminal tackle, continued...Leaders.

Part two of our foray into terminal tackle brings us to the construction of a tapered, knotted, leader. In our first part, we discussed some of the plusses and minuses of materials available for use, and the general reasoning behind why one might make some of these choices.

In this part, we'll go into the discussion of what composes a tapered leader (versus a furled leader, which we'll address in the future), and the means in which we assemble one.

Read more.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Little Lehigh C&RFFO...Now with wading.

The PFBC has removed the no wading restriction at the former Heritage Trout Angling along Fish Hatchery Road.

As of January 1, 2011 the wading restrictions at Section 8 of the Little Lehigh Creek in Lehigh County have been lifted, permitting anglers to wade this section of stream.


Monocacy Chapter of TU Meeting and Program for January

 Program - Montana Trout - presented by Dale Ott - Hokendauqua TU Chapter...Join Dale, along with fellow chapter member, Dale Steventon and another angler as they spend nearly two weeks last summer trout fishing in Montana. Valuable info for any one planning a western trout fishing experience. �

Our meetings are held at the Daughters of the American Revolution House, along 8th Avenue, Bethlehem PA. Our meetings start at 7pm, and meetings are free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

On terminal tackle in fly fishing.

One of our members has a series of informational articles composed, and we will begin presenting them on a regular basis.  The lead-in set is on the layout and construction of a leader and tippet, the link between the fly line and the final piece, the fly itself.

Your arm provides energy for the casting stroke, which in turn is harnessed and stored by the rod. As a rod's energy is then transferred through the heavier fly line, it rolls forth and due to the taper of the line dissipates as it propels its payload, the fly towards the target. The leader is the final piece, where the fly line has tapered to its end, and the monofilament leader will begin to bleed off the final energy, turn over and present the fly. A well constructed leader, with tippet, will turn over just right, providing a skillful caster with a fly placed to target, with the appropriate amount of slack to assist in the drift.

Ergo, construction of the leader and understanding its components is of vital understanding in both the art and science of fly casting, and fishing.

Part one, Materials, after the jump...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Trout Unlimited action item: Protect PA Forest Lands from Further Gas Development

Pennsylvania's forest lands are home to sensitive trout spawning headwater streams, more than 2,500 miles of trails, and a variety of wildlife species from ruffed grouse to black bears. State forest lands provide significant opportunities to hunt and fish, from easily accessible hunting and fishing spots to more remote wilderness locations.

Pennsylvania's state forests play an important role in the economy, generating jobs and billions of dollars in revenue from the sustainable forest products industry and outdoor tourism. And Pennsylvania is home to the largest tract of certified forest in North America, meeting or exceeding the international gold standard for environmentally responsible stewardship.

Currently, 700,000 acres -- or one-third -- of Pennsylvania's 2.1 million acre state forest are available for natural gas extraction. In May 2010, PA's Department of Conservation and Natural Resource conducted an analysis that concluded that no additional leasing of state forest lands can occur without significantly altering the ecological integrity and wild character of the state's forest system. Toward the end of his term, Governor Rendell took a stand to protect the state's valuable forest assets by issuing an executive order banning further gas development on state lands.

Protecting Pennsylvania's remaining state forest land from further gas development is critical to ensuring the same recreational and economic opportunities for future generations. That's why it is imperative that you act today to tell Governor-elect Corbett to protect Pennsylvania's state forest legacy from further gas development.

(more after the jump)