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Sunday, December 29, 2013

TU and Lafeyette's Skillman Library Present:

YE GODS AND LITTLE FISHES
Highlights from the Angling Collections
of Lafayette College’s Skillman Library

Friday, January 10, 2014
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In honor of the upcoming 2014 trout season, Skillman Library is pleased to offer up a catch of fine biblio-fish to all members of the Lehigh Valley Chapters of
Trout Unlimited .

These tasteful delights come from Skillman’s three named angling collections
the Conahay, Fox, and Tinsman Collections—as well as from recently acquired holdings. Please join us for a chance to see these exciting selections from our angling collections.

Highlights will include the magnificent etchings of D.R. Wakefield from his 1987 production, Some Trout , as well as examples of the most famous angling book of all time—Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler (first published in 1653), which is held by Skillman Library in more than 100 editions. Selections from the 500-volume Robert Tinsman Angling Collection will include classics of British and American angling and examples of some of the collection’s fine piscatorial bookbindings.

The Robert S. Conahay Jr. Collection (300 volumes) will be represented by notable works on Atlantic salmon, as well as examples of hand-tied salmon flies from Conahay’s collection of more than 700 flies tied in 470 different Atlantic salmon patterns. Titles from the collection of Lafayette alumnus and noted angler known as the “Dean of the Letort,” Charles K. Fox, Class of 1931, (200 volumes) will include his own works as well as others documenting the development of trout fly-fishing between 1930 and 1970. Other works will feature women anglers, angling literature, and fish-themed artists’ books.




Thursday, December 19, 2013

A win for local Zoning and the environement in Supreme Court Decision

As reported in numerous news outlets today, the sweeping reform that was Act 13, which was a major win for Gov. Corbett in 2012, had some of its more controversial parts struck down today.  The Sate Supreme Court ruled that many portions of the Act were unconstitutional.   The full story can details can be found here:

Full Story

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

LV Chapters to work together

There are 4 Trout Unlimited Chapters in the Lehigh Valley, and up until now, we have done very little to work together.  Hopefully that is changing.  A "task force" of members from each Chapter have been meeting to discuss ways we can work together more effectively and more often.  The benefit to our members will be a greater chance to get involved, and for our chapters it will provide a larger audience for events and projects. We all hope you are able to take advantage of these opportunities.  In light of that, we have put together a "master" calendar of events through March 2014 of all the events for the 4 Chapters.  As you will see it is quite full.  Please take note of the times and locations, as they will vary based on which Chapter is hosting the event. 

Link to calendar:  Calendar

A permanent LINK can also be found on the "Publications" Page

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Funding for Johnson Estate Conservancy needs support

From Vicky Bastidas, Monocacy TU Board member:

Hello All,

The Johnston Estate was the former country home of the first Mayor of Bethlehem and former Bethlehem Steel President, Archibald Johnston, and his descendants. This beautiful urban park contains not only a 23 room Mansion, but pathways connecting the nine different ecosystems and the Monocacy Creek. The Friends of Johnston have been providing free education for over 1000 students and environmental restoration with help from our friends in the community. After years of effort to protect the land from development, it is now on the verge of conservation! We need your help to secure the funding from Northampton County Council for acquisition of the Leckonby and Central Moravian Church lands to complete this iconic park for the benefit of our community. 

WHO IS INVOLVED? 
Natural Lands Trust, a highly skilled land conservation organization will own and manage the additional Leckonby and Central Moravian acreages.  NLT has applied to Northampton County Open Space Committee for funding for acquisition costs.

The Friends of Johnston is a group of citizens that have committed themselves to the preservation, restoration and sustainable reuse of this property for the good of all our community. 

WHAT IS THE VISION? The vision for the estate is that all of the parcels will function as one larger park even though they are under different ownership. That through collaboration with government agencies, businesses, schools and the community we will provide educational programming, stewardship, and fresh produce to the poor.

WHERE IS THE JOHNSTON ESTATE? The Johnston Estate is approximately 138 acres comprised of the 33 acre Archibald Johnston Conservation Area, the 55 acre Janet Johnston Housenick and William D. Housenick Memorial Park, the 26 acre Central Moravian Church Spiritual Center and the 18 acre Leckonby Farm. located between Christian Spring Road,Rte 191, Santee Mill, and Township line roads in Bethlehem.

WHY DOES THIS PARK BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY? The additional acreage will complete the park area,  and provide
          buffer to the park for recreation and peace of mind
          greater area for wildlife and recreational trails, 
          community garden space 
          storm water management
          eliminate the risk of development on the parcel
          Education- for all ages from preschool through college
          Programming- bird walks, history walks, gardening native plant walks 
HOW WILL WE PAY FOR THE LAND?  Northampton County Open Space is dedicated to preserving environmentally sensitive lands. The NorCo Open Space Committee has approved the funding of the projects at $520,000.00.  Understanding that the land owners have been offered much more for their properties by developers, Natural Lands Trust has made offers above the current guidelines. Therefore the County Council will have to approve a resolution in the Open Space Ordinance for this project. to increase the allocation to a total of $657,500.00  There is enough in the 2013  budget for this year to fund these projects.

WHEN:                      NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING
                                                6:00 pm,  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013
                                       NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COURT HOUSE
                                                                  EASTON, PA

HOW MUCH WILL THE PARK COST AFTER IT IS ACQUIRED? There will be no additional cost to the tax payers. Natural Lands Trust Preserves are free and open to the public and the Friends are committed to working diligently to raising funds

WE NEED YOUR HELP: 
           1) Get the word out- pass this email along 
           2) Write emails or call your council members and include the wording:
                     "I support the use of $657,500.00 of the Northampton County Open Space Funding for the 
                      acquisition of the Central Moravian Church and Leckonby Estate properties on the former 
                      Johnston Estate and request that the amendment to the Open Space Ordinance be passed at the 
                      December 5, 2013 Northampton County Council Meeting."

3) Come to the December 5, 2013 NorCo Council Meeting
4) COME OUT TO THE PARK!
4) Join the Friends of Johnston- share your time, talents or resources to help this worthy project!  

I attended the NorCo budget hearings yesterday and the council is attempting to cut the Open Space funding for 2014 by approximately $750,000.00 given that the county now receives Act 319 Marcellus Shale monies. The Council does not understand that DCNR monies are being cut and that the matching grants will not be available for acquisitions, nor do they understand that the environmental impacts of fracking effect the entire commonwealth.

Scam invoices sent for TROUT magazine

There is word being circulated that some TU members recently received a renewal invoice for TROUT magazine for about $80.  THIS IS NOT A LEGITIMATE INVOICE.  Trout magazine continues to be included as part of your yearly membership dues.  If you have any questions you can contact Bryan Moore at TU National :  bmoore@tu.org .

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wet fly fishermen rejoice!

At our November meeting WCO Lee Creyer gave a detailed report on some of the changes in regulations for 2014, and one of the ones that stood out was the lifting of the restriction on the number hooks that can be used on one line.  Prior to 2014, the limit was 3 hooks per line, but now there is no limit.  That's right, you can now use as many hooks as you want, so all you wet fly traditionalist can tie as many droppers as you can handle. ( For the author that is about 1 fly total).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Meeting reminder for 11/26

The monthly meeting for November will be held tonight @ 7pm at the DAR house on 8th Ave in Bethlehem.

Our guest speaker will be Lee Creyer, PFBC WCO.  Lee will give a brief update on local and State level issues and do his best to answer any questions.

A brief business meeting will follow.

Meeting is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Benefit movie to be shown @ ArtsQuest 12/17/13

NEWS RELEASE
CHARITABLE SCREENING AT ARTSQUEST CENTER DEC. 17 TO BENEFIT TROUT UNLIMITED
Showing of ‘Kiss the Water’ to Aid Lehigh Valley Streamside Habitat Improvement Project

BETHLEHEM, PA–ArtsQuest and the Lehigh Valley’s Trout Unlimited chapters are partnering to raise funds for streamside habitat improvement through a charitable screening of “Kiss the Water” at the ArtsQuest Center. The film, which portrays the life of Megan Boyd, a Scot famous for her Atlantic salmon flies, will be shown in the ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas Dec. 17, 7:15 p.m.

Tickets for Kiss the Water are $10 for the public; $8 for ages 60 and older and 12 and under; and $7.50 for ArtsQuest Members. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to TU’s four Lehigh Valley chapters - the Forks of the Delaware, Hokendauqua, Monocacy and Little Lehigh chapters - to be used for a tree planting or other streamside habitat improvement project in 2014. Guests are invited to arrive at the cinemas starting at 6 p.m. to see fly tying demonstrations by Trout Unlimited members, talk with fellow fly anglers and enjoy beverages from the ArtsQuest Center’s Mike & Ike Bistro (beverages not included with ticket price).

Trout Unlimited is thrilled to be able to partner with ArtsQuest to bring this acclaimed film to the Lehigh Valley to benefit habitat on our local trout streams,” says Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited President Brian Wagner. “When nonprofits partner together, it’s really a win-win for everyone involved.”

Kiss the Water, by filmmaker Eric Steel of the acclaimed documentary “The Bridge,” focuses on the life of Megan Boyd, a self-taught fly-maker who became an internationally renowned artisan and supplier to, among others, Prince Charles. In turn, Boyd’s flies have been collected as folk art pieces or, when used in the way Boyd intended, revered as some of the best salmon flies fishermen have ever cast.

Interviews with Boyd’s colorful friends and acquaintances, as well as animations by Em Cooper and views of the Scottish countryside, provide a meditative reflection on Boyd’s unlikely place in history. Kiss the Water was a 2013 Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.artsquest.org or call 610-332-3378.

Editor’s Note: Attached is an image of Kiss the Water.

CONTACT:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest
mdemko@artsquest.org or 610-332-1342

Brian Wagner, Trout Unlimited
bewagner482@gmail.com or 484-894-8289

Friday, November 1, 2013

TU Gear Liquidation

If you are in the market for new gear, or even looking for a gift for the Holiday's, please make sure you check out the TU Gear Liquidation website:  Gear Liquidation.  There are some really nice products available, and the money is used to support conservation project s across the Country.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fly Tying

International Fly Tying Symposium

Nov 23rd, 24th.

Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, NJ

http://www.internationalflytyingsymposium.com/

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The results are in....

Election results:

President : Erik Broesicke
VP:  Open
Treasurer: Dr. Ed Hart
Secretary: Bob Signorello

New Board Members:

Jose deJesus
Mike Recine
Mike Bradley

A big thank you to those of you accepting new leadership roles in the Chapter, and to everyone who attended the meeting.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Meeting reminder for Oct 22nd...Election day.

Just a reminder that this coming Tuesday October 22nd we will be having our annual elections.  If you have any interest in running for a position on either the executive board, or the board of directors, please plan on attending this meeting.  After the elections we will be discussing the development of a strategic plan to help guide the Chapter as we move forward.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

From TROUT magazine

A great article about handling fish for pictures or otherwise:

At What Price Glory?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Update on Lehigh River From LCFA

The latest Newsletter from the Lehigh Coldwater Fisheries Alliance.

CLICK ME




Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tell Pennsylvania Legislators to Protect Wild Trout

Please take a moment to let your legislator know that you, as a trout fisherman and TU member, are opposed to the passing of House Bills  HB1576/SB1047.  These Bills will severely limit the Fish and Game Commissions ability to operate in an independent manner.  It is very easy to send a message to your State Representatives, as TU has already drafted a letter and will send it to the appropriate place.  Just click the link below, fill out your info, and click send message, it's that easy:

LINK to LETTER OPPOSING HOUSE BILLS HB1576/SB1047

For more information on these Bill's click HERE for a brief overview provided by TU, and why they are not a good idea.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meetings resume...

Our monthly meetings will resume on Tuesday, September 24th @ 7pm. 

The agenda for this months meetings will be:
1.  Review of the City's removal of the dam at Johnson Park, including pictures and video.  Also overview of next potential project.
2.  Discussion of residential and commercial developments.
3.  Discussion of upcoming programing.
4.  Review of NE regional meeting.
5.  Chapter operations; financial, organizational , etc.
6.  Announcements/ opportunities/ questions etc.

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The dam is gone.

The Johnson dam was all but gone by Thursday of this past week, and the rest of the work will focus on distributing about 500 tons of rock to protect the stone walls.  There will also be a small amount of in- stream work  consisting of random boulders.  You can see a few of them below where the dam was in the following pictures.  The stream was also narrowed in this area to direct the channel more towards the center of the stream.




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Johnson Dam Breached...now with video!

At about 9:30am this morning, construction crews from Flyway Excavating began the job of dismantling the Johnson Park Dam in the City of Bethlehem.  The project is being overseen by CPS of Harrisburg.  In order to start the draw- down of water from behind the dam, an excavator with a pneumatic hammer was used to break through the top layer of concrete, creating a notch about 6' wide.  At this point the force of the water flowing through the breach moved many of the stacked stones on the lower level of the dam.  After the
water receded a few few feet,  the hammer was replaced with a bucket and the excavator moved around behind the dam where the operator made the hole larger still.  This process will continue, with the excavator making a pathway of sorts with crushed stone out into the stream, so he can reach the far side of the dam. (CLICK READ MORE BELOW FOR MORE PICTURES and a short video!)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Begining of the end....

Looks like he small dam @ Johnson Park ( where Musikfest flooded a few years ago) is finally coming down!  A source at the City Parks Department confirmed that all of the contracts were signed and that equipment should be arriving Friday the 30th for work to begin this Tuesday September 3rd.  Well the equipment is on site so hopefully the work can begin on Tuesday.  Stay tuned for any updates and pictures as the project progresses.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Northeast Regional Meeting Recap

In late July, President Erik Broesicke and Treasurer Dr. Ed Hart attended the TU Northeast Regional Meeting at the Windham Resort in New York.  The two day event included topics ranging from stream restoration to membership engagement.  All of the topics were extremely timely and relevant to issues our Chapter ( and all Chapters) are facing.  Some major points:

1.  TU will be pushing the recruitment of women on a national level, which will include a FREE membership for women. (LINK)  This will be a major push over the next few years, and represents a largely untapped demographic.  LINK to TU Women's Initiative presentation. 

2.  Building a cohesive unified message, while still maintaining the benefits of  a localized, grassroots organization.

3.  The importance of strengthening Chapters by recruiting new members, developing leaders and cultivating volunteers.    

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

TU Members help middle school students explore nature

Bob Signorello shows the proper technique
For 3 days at the end of May, East Hills Middle School students got a chance to explore the Housenick Memorial Park in Bethlehem Township.  The event was planned by member Vicky Bastidas, who not only did the planning but also funded the trip with grant money she received.
You can read more about the event from the Lehigh Valley Live Article  here: LINK
Monocacy TU members Erik Broesicke and Bob Signorello also volunteered on one of the days to help with the in-stream portion of the day.  Nets were used to sample a small riffle section, and the captured specimens were placed in containers for the students to identify and observe.  After a brief discussion about what was collected, the students were given the chance to do some sampling of their own.  The amount of life that was collected in one 30' riffle was rather astounding.  Some of what was found:

1.  LOTS of caddisfly larva, and some emerging caddisfly pupa
2.  Cranefly larva
3.  Several sculpins
4.  1 or two species of crayfish
Bucket full of stuff
5.  several species of mayfly nymphs
6.  a few salamanders
7.  isopods
8.  scuds
9.  small minnows
10.  Midge larva

This was a great event, and the students really enjoyed sampling the stream.  


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

May 28th "meeting" recap

On May 28th, a few hardy anglers gathered for the final "meeting" before we take a brake for summer.  The weather was rainy and overcast most of the day, but cleared up nicely as the group met around 6pm at Illick's Mill Park.  After swapping some stories and ideas about how to fish the evening hatch, we set out for the creek to see if the fish were interested in an evening snack.  By the time it was to dark to see our flies, we had all caught at least a few fish, and we left them rising as we made our way back to the parking lot.  A great ending to the spring portion of our programing schedule.  Enjoy your summer, hopefully we'll see you this fall.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fish the Evening Hatch. May 28th

Fish the evening hatch on the Monocacy Creek with fellow chapter members for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Meet at the main parking lot of Monocacy Park, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem around 6:00 p.m. or “on the river”.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Private Pond Outing

One of our last meetings of the season took place at the private pond of Dr. Bob and Nancy Saks.  Roughly a dozen Monocacy TU members joined to try their luck on the beautifully manicured and maintained property.   It didn't take long for everyone to appreciate what a special place this is, and what great hosts we had.  All of those that attended caught fish, and some even got their first fish on a fly rod.  It was a great day of fishing, food and camaraderie, and even the sudden afternoon downpour couldn't ruin the day.
Here Fishy Fishy







The "average" fish

The hungry fishermen

Another one for the net

I know you' re out there fish

splish splash

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dam removal project on Little Lehigh, Jordan seen as benefit

Wildlands Conservancy to remove nine dams from Little Lehigh and Jordan creeks.

 LINK TO FULL STORY FROM THE MORNING CALL:

LINK 

Monday, May 6, 2013

May 11th Fishing outing

Basic (Fly) Fishing Outing: (Fly) Fishing on a Private Pond
Hosted by Monocacy Board of Directors and property owner, Dr. Robert Saks at his private pond in Coopersburg, PA. Please RSVP for fly/spin catch & release trout fishing with barbless hooks in a beautiful setting in the Lehigh Valley. Morning & afternoon sessions are scheduled with a fixed number of people to ensure ample space and opportunity to catch large rainbow trout. Fly Fishing hints/tips will be available to help you with equipment setup, casting and fly fishing techniques to help optimize your success. A light lunch will be served in between a.m. and p.m. sessions. Outing is free to all members.
-Morning session: Fishing from 9am – noon, then lunch
-Afternoon session: Noon lunch, then fishing from 1pm – 4pm

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April Meeting reminder

The April monthly chapter meeting will be this Tuesday April 23rd.  The meeting for this month will be very informal and feature:

1.   A brief discussion by Jim Wilson of he Northampton County Conservation District regarding the renovation of Illick's Mill Park.  Jim will give an overview of the planned changes and discuss some educational outreach opportunities.

2.  A very informal fly tying "round table" - bring your vise and share that secret killer pattern with the group!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Programming Reminder

Just a few reminders/ updates about up coming programs and events:

Wednesday 4/17  6:30pm Chapter Member Bob Signorello will be at the Hokendaqua Chapter Meeting giving his Great Lakes Fishery Presentation.
INFO:

Great Lakes Fishery Presentation by Bob Signorello, Monocacy TU Chapter
Bob's program consists of 3 distinct parts. He will first give an overview of the Fisheries of the 5 Great Lakes.
Then, his presentation will zero-in on the rivers & fisheries along the United States side of Lake Ontario.
Bob will discuss in detail his view of, what he calls, "the 7 seasons of the Salmon RIver" in Pulaski, NY.
Lastly, Bob will also review the many fishing opportunities on the major natural and tailwater streams
along the Lake Ontario coast from Watertown to Buffalo, NY. Bob's experiences come from having lived
in Upstate NY for over 20 years. He has fished the Lake Ontario tributaries since the mid-1970s.

Hokey meeting at Catasaqua HS....2500 W.Bullshead Rd, 2nd floor, West Wing, last room on left (C219).

Saturday 4/20 

Annual Earth Day Event: Monocacy Creek Stream Clean Up for Earth Day
Meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts at the main parking lot of Monocacy Park, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. Cleanup starts at 9:00 a.m. after cleanup teams are formed and assigned stream sections. Please bring gloves and hip boots or waders.

Saturday 4/20 and Sunday 4/21
Earth Day on the Green Way: 

Don’t miss this family friendly festival taking place Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st on Bethlehem’s Southside Greenway between 3rd and 4th Streets.  This free event is open to the public and will be from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.  The goal of the event is to educate and inspire people to join together in taking positive, hands-on actions to address the challenges of climate change and to celebrate the many earth-friendly initiatives and organizations within our community.

Check out www.earthdaysonthegreenway.blogspot.com/ for more information. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission mulls charging industry for water‏

April 13, 2013

By John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To some 850,000 trout anglers expected to hit Pennsylvania's
lakes and streams for today's statewide opening of trout season, that's like asking the value of a day out fishing with your dad.
But for industries that extract Pennsylvania's most abundant natural resource from 83,000 miles of streams and rivers, nearly 4,000 lakes and an estimated 80 trillion gallons hidden underground, water is free. Billions of gallons per day are taken at no cost, much of it never to be returned to the citizens who own it.
With a $9 million budget shortfall threatening to hit the state Fish and Boat Commission in 2017, executive director John Arway said he's "searching high and low" for alternative funding to hold afloat an agency financed mostly by anglers and boaters. One idea with possible legal precedent and tentative=0 bipartisan support in Harrisburg is imposing a new fee for the "consumptive use" of water, with revenues going to Fish and Boat and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 26th Chapter Meeting; Fishing Labrador in Northern Canada

A presentation about two trips made to the Labrador area of northern Canada for giant brook trout, with northern pike, lake trout and arctic char as a side bonus. Topics to be covered include logistics to get there, costs, fly fishing techniques, what to expect, and questions to ask before you go. Both trips were to remote lakes and streams, but with very different terrain.
Presented by Tony Ballato, Candlewood Lake, CT TU chapter.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lehigh Valley Trout Unlimited Annual Spring Event March 16th

Hosted & sponsored jointly by the Lehigh Valley Chapters of Trout Unlimited with refreshments, presentations, raffles, fly tying demonstrations, etc.. Held at the Stockertown Rod and Gun Club…doors open at 9a.m, continental breakfast….program begins at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free and is open to the public.
The key note speaker will be Jack Fekula with his presentation “Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Volunteer Fly Fishing Program”.

Here is a link to the official flier :Spring Event Flier

Stockertown Rod and Gun Club
205 Le Fevre Rd, Stockertown, PA
(610) 759-9255 · stockertownrgc.com
 
 
 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Illick's Mill Trout/ Shad Disaply

"Wild about Trout and Mad for Shad- Brooks, Rainbows, Browns, Herrings and Bugs:  The connection between clean water, the art of fishing, healthy fish, and the food they love.”

On Display Thursday, March 7th – August 25th at the Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center at Illick's Mill, 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017

The Fox Center is Open Thursday – Sunday Noon-Five p.m.

Special  Fly-Tying Demonstrations:
Roger Ratushny, Delaware River Shad Fishermen's Association, 3-5 PM 3/7 & 3/14- Shad Darts and Shad Flies //

Tom Gyory, DRSFA and Lehigh River Stocking Association, 3-5 PM 3/8  & 3/15- Monocacy Hatches- Flies to Match//

Sam Vigorita, Main Line Flytyers, 1-3 PM 3/9, 3/10, 3/16, 3/17- Monocacy Hatches- Flies to Match

SKIPPY the SHAD and THOMAS the TROUT  (both mounted trophy catches) will also attend; educational displays and short films will be shown. Special angling books and gifts will be available for sale.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2/26 Meeting: Advanced subsurface tactics

Bob Signorello: Advanced subsurface tactics
Last nights meeting was a fantastic look at some styles of fly fishing that most of us may consider to be something to do to pass the time between hatches.  Although streamer and nymph fishing is experiencing a Renaissance of sorts, it is still an afterthought for most fisherman.  Last night we learned that very often, this is the way to catch more and BIGGER fish. (more after the break)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 26 Chapter Meeting; Advanced Subsurface Fly Fishing Techniques


Fly Fishing Workshop: Advanced Subsurface Fly Fishing Techniques
An overview of the teaching materials used from an NCC class covering advanced fly fishing techniques with nymph and streamer flies. Topics to be covered include “situational fishing”, equipment setup, reading the water, fly selection, and approach/presentation techniques with specialty casts. Demonstrations of fly tying nymphs & streamer flies will be performed, as well as knot & leader construction for this type of fly fishing.
Presented by Bob Signorello, chapter member / retired FF instructor.

Monocacy Creek Study

EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF LAND USE CHANGE ON STREAM FLOW OF MONOCACY CREEK, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PA , is a senior research study done by Angelo Lan. Please follow this LINK to read the full report.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Friendly reminder

It's a new year so you need a 2013 fishing license.  The WCO' s still patrol in January, especially when it's a nice warm day.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Schedule Change

At the request of the land owner, we will have to change the date for our private pond fishing day. The date will be moved to May 11th, with a rain date of May 12th. If you wish to join us please RSVP to monocacytu491@gmail.com.  There are plenty of spots available for both the a.m and p.m sessions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jan 22nd meeting presentation

The presentation from last nights meeting, "Fishing the Lower Chesapeake" will be available on the REPORTS page.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January 22nd Chapter meeting, Fishing the Lower Chesapeake Bay

January 22 – Monthly Meeting
Local Fishing Destination Program: Fishing the Lower Chesapeake Bay
An overview of the popular locations, species and techniques for fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay, with a focus on the Virginia Beach area. Topics to be covered include a discussion on ocean tactics for Striped Bass, locations for launching boats and kayaks, favorite places to eat and for overnight stays, and a description of the seasonal fisheries using both fly fishing and conventional tackle.
Presented by Erik Broesicke, Monocacy Chapter President.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Program Schedule

The Official 2013 program and meeting schedule has been published and can be seen on the "Articles" page.  Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month @ the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) log cabin on 8th Ave. in Bethlehem. Meetings start @ 7pm.  Special events and/or times will be noted for that particular day.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Somerset Fly Fishing Show

The Annual Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ is back.  Located at the Garden State Convention Center it runs January 25th- 27th.  Hours are: Friday 10am- 6pm, Saturday 8:30am- 6pm and Sunday 9am- 4:30pm.  All information can be found by clicking here : Fly Fishing Show.