PFBC proposes a policy change to stock in class-A water

We received notification from the state council about a proposed change under what conditions the PFBC will stock trout in Class-A water. They are asking all interested parties to comment on the proposed change. Here’s what the council sent us.

At the 2014 Fall Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) meeting (September 29 & 30, 2014), the Board of Commissioners voted to allow stocking of Class A wild trout streams. The policy change, documented at http://fishandboat.com/rulemakings/255finp.pdf allows the Executive Director, with approval from the Board of Commissioners, to designate Class A streams for stocking.

This is a major change to what was originally proposed to the Commission, which PATU did not oppose, that would have allowed some stocking in Class A sections where:

  • Angler use meets or exceeds the 75th percentile (number of anglers/ mile on Opening Day).
  • The water had been stocked the year preceding the Class A designation.
  • The stream does not contain a wild brook trout population or the trout species to be stocked are not the same species as the primary component of the wild trout population.
  • The stream was not identified as Class A prior to 2013.
  • After review of the above data, stocking could be approved by the Board of Commissioners and the Executive Director.

However, in its final consideration, the Board of Commissioners voted to remove all of the above criteria except the approval by the Commissioners and Executive Director (statement of policy 57.8a). Essentially, this change could allow for any Class A stream across the state to be stocked if approved by Board of Commissioners and the Executive Director.

 

Class A streams are considered some of the best and most pristine waters in Pennsylvania, and provide a wonderful recreational opportunity for all anglers. We believe that this amended policy leaves the door open for the PFBC to stock Class A streams across the state. Please take a few minutes to provide comment to the PFBC and ask them to please consider including the originally proposed criteria into policy 57.8a, so that our Class A streams can remain the pristine waters they are today. The comment period is open until December 15th. See below for how you can submit comments.

To provide input to statement of policy 57.8a, please submit comments in writing to Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 57000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, by December 15th. Comments may also be submitted electronically by completing the form at http://www.fishandboat.com/regcomments. If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.

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Orvis year end sale

Just in time for your Christmas list. Now through Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2014

Holiday Rod Sale

Helios 2 Outfits 20% OFF

Clearwater Outfits 20% OFF

Access Rods 25% OFF

Superfine Touch Rods 25% OFF

 

 

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Winter Fly Fishing: Leave the Cotton at Home

Good tip for the steelhead season.

Winter Fly Fishing: Leave the Cotton at Home

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Joan Wulff Fly Casting Instructional Videos

R.L. Winston Rod Co.  Presents Fly Casting Instructional Videos.

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How to Make a Downstream Dead Drift

How to Make a Downstream Dead Drift

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Tips to selecting good deer/elk hair

Five tips to selecting good deer/elk hair.

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All about bobbin holders from the folks at Global FlyFisher

Bobbin holders – Most people use a bobbin holder when they tie flies. In spite of being a simple tool there are some pretty advanced models out there. This is a look at the ins and outs of bobbin holders.

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Tippet or Leader Rings

Gary Borger on buying tippet or leader rings.

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Fly Tying Classes

Thursday nights all winter long A&G Outfitters will be open late tying flies!

November
6pm – Tying Steelhead Flies

  • Get ready for the steelhead season by learning a few proven patterns.

November thru March
7pm – Lackawanna River Fly Tyers Club

  • Break out of your cabin fever and get the boxes ready for spring.
  • We’ll be checking out the latest materials and tying up some, new and creative patterns.
  • Bring your own bobbin.

January & February
6pm – Basics of Fly Tying

  • Learn 8 essential patterns over 8 weeks.
  • All materials included.
  • Cost is $50.

Questions? – Contact Adam or Greg at the store at 570-489-1650.

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Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph – November 2014

It’s been awhile since we posted a new fly pattern. Here’s a useful Euro-style nymph. Give it a try.

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