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Friday, October 15, 2021

Fall time is planting time!

The Monocacy Creek Watershed Association (MCWA) will be organizing 2 planting days on the creek this month and this is a great way to help our stream, and maybe check out some new fishing spots 😉.  Details below:

Saturday Oct. 23: around 3pm at the Quiet Core parking lot (1440 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18018)  Transport shrubs for planting Sunday.  Wear waders if you have them.

Sunday Oct. 24th: 9a to 12n. Meet at Quiet Core (1440 Schoenersville Rd. parking lot Bethlehem, PA 18018) by 9am. We plan to plant 20 shrubs along Monocacy Way. Bring gloves, a shovel, and Waders if you have them as we will be crossing the stream

 Monday, Oct. 25th: 9a to 12n. Meet at Gertrude Fox Conservation Area parking area (3410 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 18017). Bring gloves and a shovel. No Waders needed. 


Friday, September 24, 2021

Monthly Meetings are back! Sort of....

This Tuesday, Sept 28th, Monocacy TU will be holding a virtual presentation given by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions.

Meeting will be held via Zoom, and a link will be emailed to members on Tuesday.

Meeting starts promptly at 7pm.

While a virtual meeting lacks the things we enjoy about in person meetings,  it does make for a very accessible and still interactive presentation.  The Zoom platform works on your phone, iPad, tablet, laptop or desktop and is very easy to use. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please reach out to prior to Tuesday, and we can walk you through the steps to get up and running.

Tim's presentation:

Trout Spey

Trout Spey is nothing new, it’s just a more effective way to swing flies like streamers, soft-hackles and classic wets. Yes, you can use it for nymphing and dry fly fishing, but swinging and stripping is where trout spey works best. The real difference comes when you employ either single-hand or two-hand spey casting techniques. These make for no back casts to worry about, much longer casts, easy, fast changes of cast direction, more effective mending and generally more relaxing fishing. Presentation is largely video-based but includes an equipment show-and-tell at the end.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Forks TU Pig Roast Reminder...

 PLEASE RSVP to if you are going.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

It's Official: New World Record Brown Trout is Certified by the IGFA

It's Official: New World Record Brown Trout is Certified by the IGFA

by Tom Keer | Jul 2, 2021 | 6:28 AM

A new world record brown trout caught last fall in New Zealand has been certified by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Much has been reported about the 44.3-pound fish, but virtually nothing has been revealed about the angler.

In late October, 2020, a man who has asked to be known only as Seamus from Turgani had been sleeping in his camper-van near New Zealand’s Ohau Canal, a known big-fish hotspot that had already given up a world record brown in 2013. According to reports, the secretive angler was having difficulties sleeping, got up early, and not only went fishing—he went catching.

After landing the beast, the angler took it to be weighed on a certified scale. When measurements were noted, he took it to the Razza Bar and Bistro in Twizel where he told employee Sean Colenso that he wanted to donate his fish to the bar so the mount could hang next to two other locally caught beasts that were already on the establishment’s wall, a 38.9 and a 38.2 pounder. The fish was frozen and now is with O’Rourke Taxidermists. 

According to Colenso, “He did not stipulate whether it was Ohau Canal A, B, or C—he did not want to give too much away. I did not ask what he caught it on, either. He said he caught it about 7:30 a.m.”

A lot of big trout come from the New Zealand canals. Apparently, food drifting through the nets used by the region’s salmon farms continuously feed the brown trout. Colenso said, “They don’t move, they just stay in one spot and eat and eat.”

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bugs and Dogs Night June 9th


The Forks of the Delaware Chapter of TU has graciously invited us to join them at their annual Bugs and Dogs night.  Details below:



Where: Riverside Bar and Grill 5801 S Delaware Dr, Easton, PA 18040 


When: June 9th, 6pm -till ?

Details:  FOD TU will provide hot dogs and sides, drinks and other food can be purchased from Riverside.

If you are interested RSVP  by Friday May 28th.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Preserving Pennsylvania Streams: Monocacy Creek

 Check out Monocacy TU Board Member Jose DeJesus in this fantastic video by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. and check out the full story HERE

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stream Clean up in Bath PA

 Sorry for the short notice..

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Fly Fishing Show: Virtual Classes with the Experts

From the Fly Fishing Show & Tim Flagler:

*This is a Fly Fishing Show Program, not a TU event*

Experience a live and interactive learning experience with our top professionals in a limited attendance Zoom class.  Expect a similar experience to our live events!

Whether you are new to the sport of fly fishing, want to improve your time on the water, need a little refresher, or you just want to spend some one-on-one time with a celebrity, our Classes with the Experts will help you achieve your goals.  These classes will last 2-2.5 hours unless noted otherwise in the descriptions. To ensure quality instruction, class size is limited.  You must register in advance.

Enroll in a Virtual Class with one of the following Experts:

March 19, 7:00pm EST 
Tim Flagler:  Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although Tightline produces video programs over a wide range of topics, their speciality is fly fishing. Almost every week they produce a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on their Vimeo and YouTube channels but on MidCurrent and the Orvis fly tying blog as well. These videos often get picked up by other sites too, including Frankenfly, Chiwulff, The Limp Cobra, Globalflyfisher, Gink and Gasoline and Wideopenspaces, just to name a few. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.

Trout Spey with Tim Flagler: In conjunction with the Fly Fishing Show, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions will be giving a virtual class on the basics of Trout Spey including casting, tactics and flies.  Click here for more details and to register.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

American Zinc Recycling Corp. settles lawsuit

 American Zinc Recycling Corp. settles lawsuit over pollution at Palmerton facility

69 News  Feb 10, 2021 Updated Feb 10, 2021

 Report: people living near zinc recycling facility should be concerned


PALMERTON, Pa. -  American Zinc Recycling Corp. has settled a federal-state lawsuit over pollution from its Palmerton, Carbon County facility.

The lawsuit had cited violations of air, water and hazardous waste environmental laws at the facility, according to a news release from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA said the settlement will lead to environmental and public health benefits, including reduced lead dust exposure, for nearby residents. Lead exposure poses particular health risks to young children and pregnant women.

In settlement papers filed on January 19 in federal court, AZR agreed to carry out an estimated $4.3 million in measures to comply with federal and state environmental laws. The measures include improvements to monitoring of equipment, installing leak-detection equipment, implementing a dust control plan, and implementing a stormwater control plan, the EPA said.  The company will also pay a $3.3 million penalty, which will be divided equally between the U.S. and Pennsylvania.  This settlement is expected to result in substantial reductions of pollution from the AZR facility, including an estimated 47 million pounds of electric arc furnace dust over three years, according to the news release. The complaint and proposed consent decree were filed by the U.S. Justice Department, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The AZR facility in Palmerton is located on Aquashicola Creek, which flows into the Lehigh River. The facility reclaims zinc from electric arc furnace dust, a hazardous waste, the EPA said. The facility also generates waste kiln rubble, which includes hazardous lead and cadmium, according to the EPA. Aboveground oil tanks at the facility have an aggregate 61,000-gallon storage capacity.