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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trout Tips: It starts with the grip

Trout Tips: It starts with the grip

It all starts with the grip. With the thumb on top, both casting and battling fish are easier.

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, by Kirk Deeter and Charlie Meyers.

In golf, nine of out 10 swing flaws can be traced to your hands and
how you hold the club. The same is true of the fly cast. It starts in
your grip. You want to be firm, without over-clutching the handle. The
line goes where the rod tip directs it to go, and your grip dictates the
direction of the rod tip. Because of this, line your hand up so that it
can control how the rod flexes. Hold your thumb on top of the grip,
then snap those casts. If you visualize looking "through" your casting
thumbnail, odds are that the line will unfurl right through that window.

— Kirk Deeter

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New culvert on Pa.'s Little Lyman Run opens up nearly 8 stream miles

By Amy Wolfe

In terms of fish passage, a certain culvert on Pennsylvania’s Little Lyman Run in Potter County was about a bad as it gets.

Only 1.9 percent of predicted flows would allow adult brook trout to make it through the culvert on the small tributary to Cross Fork Creek, according to a TU aquatic organism passage inventory.

That number is now 100 percent, thanks to a culvert replacement project completed this summer.

Replacing the undersized culvert not only opens up 7.8 stream miles of coldwater trout habitat, it also will result in reducing 3.6 tons of annual nonpoint sediment inputs. Managing erosion from undersized or failing culverts is often burdensome for local townships.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Drought takes toll on Lehigh Valley streams. Is emergency pending?

Drought takes toll on Lehigh Valley streams. Is emergency pending?

Andrew Wagaman
Contact ReporterOf The Morning Call
Two puddles of water were all that remained last week in an area of the Little Lehigh Creek designated for fly

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Congress should fund Delaware River program

 This year, Congress has a chance to take a major step in protecting one of the most important ecological resources on the East Coast. Lawmakers from both parties have long supported a new Delaware River Basin Restoration Program to coordinate conservation efforts in the watershed and set aside $5 million in competitive matching grants.
I greatly appreciate recent efforts by U.S. Rep. Dent, Sen. Casey and their congressional colleagues to advocate for this watershed, and I urge them to push for inclusion of this important program in the final version of the Water Resources Development Act. It's an opportunity not to be missed.
The basin provides drinking water for 5 percent of the American population. This legislation would support the sort of work Trout Unlimited volunteers do to protect, reconnect and restore cold-water streams. This work does not just improve fish habitat; it also promotes clean water, improves flood resiliency and strengthens local economies supported by millions of sportsmen's dollars.
This program would prioritize and help fund a multitude of programs like these. Now is the time to put the Delaware on par with other major U.S. watersheds receiving dedicated federal support, from the Great Lakes to the Chesapeake.

Erik Broesicke
The writer is president of the Monocacy Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

LINK to original printed in the Morning Call.

Friday, November 18, 2016

November Meeting Reminder

Trout Unlimited

Chapter Members:
The next Monocacy Chapter monthly meeting with be on Tuesday Nov. 22nd.  The meeting will begin at 7pm at ILLICK'S MILL Please note this is not our normal meeting location.  

This months meeting will be an inter- active discussion with Bighorn Angler Owner Steve Galletta (  Steve has been a supporter of our fly fishing film tour event for the past 2 years, generously donating a guided float trip.
If you are thinking about traveling out West to trout fish, this program is not to be missed.
Hope to see you there.

© 2011 Trout Unlimited | Monocacy Chapter | |

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Note to the TU Chris Wood

A Bristol Bay rainbow trout. 
by Chris Wood
This was an uncommon and rancorous election, but the outcome is not. As is the case every four years, many are excited about the prospects for the new administration, and many are afraid of what it means for things they care about. I want to take a moment to discuss what it means for our work at Trout Unlimited.
The change in Administration may make some campaigns, such as the effort to protect Bristol Bay, more challenging. The good news is that our campaigns are place-based and emanate from a strong need by local people to protect places they live and love. For example, the desire to protect Bristol Bay begins in dozens of small Alaska native villages in southwest Alaska, the spokes of which extend outward to the commercial fishing industry and to the state capital. It is a made-in-Alaska campaign that will be hard for any Administration to resist.
Policies such as the Clean Water rule will face increased scrutiny. It will be more vital than ever before that we engage our members and other anglers to help explain that protecting clean water is not a partisan issue.
Funding for restoration work could come under threat. And this is why it is so vital to help policymakers, legislators, state and federal agency partners, and private corporations understand the alchemic nature of our work. For every $1 of corporate or state/federal money invested in a TU project, we turn it into $10, and in the process provide high-paying, family wage jobs in communities all across the country.
We have always prided ourselves on our ability to work in a bipartisan manner. Since Trout Unlimited was founded in Michigan in 1959, the organization has existed—and grown—through 11 different presidential administrations (29 years Republican, and 28 years Democrat). For example, several clear opportunities exist for us in the new Congress and with the new Trump Administration; these include Good Samaritan legislation to help clean up abandoned mines, a higher priority on water infrastructure improvements, and public land renewable energy legislation.
Angling is a cultural, not a political issue. Whether it involves securing in-  stream flow legislation in Montana or Utah or passing laws such as the Wyoming Range Legacy Act, we know how to get people from across the political spectrum to work side-by-side toward common goals. This is who we are; it is what we do. The fact that we can cross political boundaries is what makes us so effective. It’s what makes us welcome at the negotiating table.
In the wake of a rancorous debate, many will want to walk around the battle-field and bayonet the wounded. Others will howl in the wind and talk of moving to Canada. Resist both urges. Our work, our entire approach to collaborative stewardship—is more vital—more needed in this country than ever before. The voices of sportsmen and women will be ever more central in the coming years. So few issues bring the country together today. Conservation—the notion that we can take specific actions today, to make the world a better place for our kids tomorrow—may be the one issue that can help to unite an otherwise divided nation.
Challenges lay ahead, but I also see great opportunity to play an even more prominent role in ensuring the future of trout and salmon in North America. Let’s get to work.
Chris Wood is the president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. He works from TU's headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TU team keeps finding wild trout in Pennsylvania

Trout Unlimited science staff member Shawn Rummel uses electrofishing gear to search for trout in a small Pennsylvania creek. TU is among the groups assisting with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Unassessed Waters Initiative. (Trout Unlimited photos.)
By Mark Taylor
A TU team has been busy once again in the wilds of Pennsylvania, using electroshocking gear to search for wild trout in waters where the presence of trout hasn’t been formally documented.
As the crew works, their previous efforts continue to pay off.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently voted to add 99 streams to its formal Wild Trout Waters list as a result of the agency's ongoing Unassessed Waters Initiative.
Many of these streams were identified as holding wild trout by TU’s field crew, headed by Kathleen Lavelle, field coordinator for TU’s Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Restoration Initiative based in Lock Haven, Pa.
Since 2011, TU specially trained field crews have sampled roughly 600 streams. In most years, approximately 40 percent of streams have held wild trout, with a predominance of brook trout (below).
TU and other field teams, such as crews from universities, pass the information along to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which then considers the streams for formal listing.
While the listing of a stream section as a wild trout water does not determine how the water is managed, the biological designation is among the factors that the commission relies on for management decisions. Often times, listed wild trout streams and their adjacent wetlands will be afforded special protection by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Some streams are identified as Class A Wild Trout Streams, a designation for the best of the best. Those streams, which must meet strict biomass and trout population criteria, usually are specially managed.
“With rare exceptions, the Commission manages these stream sections solely for the perpetuation of the wild trout fishery, with no stocking,” according to the Commission.
This summer, Lavelle and her crew have been concentrating efforts on streams in the headwaters of the West Branch Susquehanna River watershed, as well is in the Delaware River watershed. The team has been finding trout in many of the sampled waters.
Not long after the field work ends, the Fish and Boat Commission at a meeting in late September will vote on another block of proposed additions to the Wild Trout Stream listing.
Another 99 streams will be voted on for inclusion on the Wild Trout Streams list, with four streams to be considered for Class A designation.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Taking Down Dams and Letting the Fish Flow

A view of the Milford Dam. After the removal of two large dams downriver, the Milford Dam is now the first barrier fish face when ascending the Penobscot River. Credit Murray Carpenter
BANGOR, Me. — Joseph Zydlewski, a research biologist with the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit of the United States Geological Survey, drifted in a boat on the Penobscot River, listening to a crackling radio receiver. The staccato clicks told him that one of the shad that his team had outfitted with a transmitter was swimming somewhere below.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gill Lice on PA Brookies....

Gill lice on PA brookies and more outdoor news

Gill lice on finImage courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife
An up-close look at gill lice on a trout.
Gill lice have made an appearance in Pennsylvania.
The parasite – which attaches to the gills of brook trout – was discovered recently in Wolfe Run in Centre County. A subsequent investigation found evidence of them in nine other waters, too.
All had been stocked by the same cooperative nursery, said Brian Wisner, director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s bureau of hatcheries.
The commission euthanized all of the brookies the nursery had left and replaced them with rainbow trout, which seem resistant to the bugs.
What will become of those streams in the future is harder to say, though, apparently.
Jason Detar, chief of the commission’s division of fisheries management, said there’s been limited research done on gill lice. What is known, he said, is that they’re resistant to chemical treatments and hard to control.
“We’re concerned about this,” he added.
The parasites attach to the gills of individual fish, impacting their ability to process oxygen and causing stress. Some Wisconsin research suggests they show up most often in dry summers in warm water, and can impact survival of young of the year fish, thereby hurting populations, he added.
No one can say what the long-term implications of their presence might mean, though, he added.
Commissioner Bill Sabatose of Elk County said fish with the lice pose no threat to people, however.
“They are safe for human consumption. That’s a fact,” Sabatose said.

Friday, October 21, 2016

High Country Gems

Not fishing, but a great look at Native Trout.

High Country Gems from scumliner media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monthly Meeting Reminder

Trout Unlimited
Chapter Members:

The Monocacy Chapter monthly meeting with be on Tuesday October 25th.  The meeting will begin at 7pm at the DAR House (log cabin) on 8th Ave in Bethlehem.  For maps and directions please see
This months meeting will be our annual Elections for both the Board of Directors and Executive Board.  All positions are open for re- election.
If you are currently on our board, and would like to resign or if you are interested in a board position, please let me know.
Responsibilities of Board members include:
  • Attend monthly/ Board meetings (Sept. - May and 1 over the summer).
  • Be involved in Chapter events, and be willing to represent the Chapter if need be.
  • Be willing to provide input on important Chapter issues, and vote on action items.
One other important opening is program co-ordinator.  The program co- ordinator is responsible for planning the monthly programing for the Chapter, being a liaison to other Chapters to plan joint events, and keeping a working list of program ideas/ presenters.

This month we will also have a rod building seminar by Scott Belisle of Lehigh Fishing Co.  You can check out his website here:
Hope to see you there.

© 2011 Trout Unlimited | Monocacy Chapter

Monday, October 17, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Project tour @ Illick's Mill 10/20 4-5pm

Join Wildlands Conservancy Director of Ecological Restoration Kristie Fach on October 20th for a Conservation Project Tour of Monocacy Park Stream Restoration!
WHERE: Meet us under the pavilion at Monocacy Park – Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA
We will review project plans for the much anticipated stream restoration of this cherished natural space. Key issues to be addressed include erosion, habitat loss and stream side management. Construction is set to begin in 2017. Efforts will focus on enhancing the natural habitat and fishing opportunities.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Check out, which is a webpage dedicated to a research project on PA Brook Trout. The research is focusing on the effects of temperature change and the effects of stress related proteins.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Program Schedule now available

The program schedule is now available HERE!  We hope you can join us at one of our great events.