Special guest at October 21st chapter meeting

NOTICE

JOHN ARWAY

PENNSYLVANIA FISH & BOAT COMMISSION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Will speak at the Lackawanna Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Meeting

Date: October 21st 2014.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Tripp Park Community Center, 2000 Dorothy St., Scranton, Pa.

All meetings are free and open to the public. You are cordially invited to attend and hear the latest from the Fish and Boat Commission.

Directions can be found on our web site at: http://www.lackawannavalleytu.com

For more information, contact:
Gary Smith 570-262-0009 or Charles Charlesworth 570-954-5042

Refreshments will be available.

Come, bring your questions, and enjoy an evening with John Arway, Executive Director of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission.

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2013 Elections

This is the time of the year when your chapter is looking for candidates for the four (4) officer positions. But, this year, there are also four (4) director positions open. We have candidates for some of those positions, but anyone can add their name and run. The chapter needs new blood, especially from the younger ranks. Even if you have no desire to run for an office, you may want to join one of the committees or work groups, such as, river improvement or fund-raising. Won’t you consider joining the board or helping out in some other way?

The officer and director election will be at the November 18th chapter meeting. Send an email to the chapter address with your name and contact information if you’re interested or want more information.

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September 2014 river clean-up

On September 27, 2014 the chapter held its annual river clean-up, this time along the LHVA river trail in Taylor. With the help of our friends from the Lackawanna River Corridor Association (LRCA) and Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA), we removed over 75 tires and a lot of other trash. Since we had many participants, we broke it up into three distinct locations. We used boats to haul the trash to two locations and a truck to drag the tires up the embankment thereby making the trash accessible to the Taylor Public Works Department. The 3.5-hr activity was supported by the Taylor Borough who hauled away the accumulated trash.

It was a hot day, so we deeply thank the attendees involved and especially Taylor Borough for hauling away the trash without charge:

  • Kevin McNicholas – LVTU
  • Rich Clare – LVTU
  • Warren Halsey – LVTU
  • Leo Rouillard – LVTU
  • Barb Phillips – LHVA
  • Mike Jarosh – LHVA
  • Frank Staneski – LHVA
  • Ashley Dixon – LRCA
  • Vince Dixon – LRCA
  • Tabatha Blow – LRCA
  • Joe Holland – LRCA
  • Tanner Arthur – interested fisherman
  • Dave Bowman – interested fisherman
  • Chuck McKeel – Taylor Borough Councilman

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Boy, am I glad I wasn’t standing there!

During a recent river outing, I came across a felled tree. I’m glad that I nor anyone else was fishing there when it came down. Also, some scenes from the river.

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A denizen from the deep

Fishing has been pretty slow since my last report. The river is very low and clear, thereby making  conditions difficult. I was on the river August 29th and found a pretty good trico hatch, but no fish working the lower pool. Ah ha, the river has returned to its normalcy, i.e., very good hatch occurring, but no fish working. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that during a Lackawanna trico hatch. Anyway, I found one trout working in a fast rift, but only got it to rise once without a hookup.

Last week, I was a little luckier during one of my outings as I got three small browns, one of which was a measly 3″ long–a brown trout parr. At least it shows natural reproduction is occurring in the river.

Another outing last week was a little more eventful. I was further up river and landed seven browns including a 13″ and another 3″ parr. But, what was more exciting was seeing a huge denizen from the deep following one of my hooked trout. It turned away as I was about to land the trout.

Beautiful Brown Trout Parr

Beautiful Brown Trout Parr

 

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Tricos and a fisherman’s bad luck

Of course, you know that would happen.

THE major Lackawanna River hatch in a particular section of river I often fish is the trico mayfly. On many July and August mornings, the sky is filled with a cloud of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of the little buggers. On sunlit mornings, the sun light glistens off their wings making for an interesting photo (see below). However, I’ve found the trout are not very responsive to the spinner fall. Perhaps the trout are not used to seeing such an abundance of surface fare. Whatever the reason, this past week it was a little different. I arrived at the river rather late (10 am) and observed the cloud of tricos. I went down to the end of the pool and lo and behold, there were some trout rising, nothing big mind you, but trout never the less. Within 15-minutes I had my first trout on a trico spinner. What’s that I hear?! Voices, from up river. Sure enough here come a couple of guys in their kayaks. Great! That will put the trout down. Sure enough, it was almost an hour before the trout resumed rising and by that time the tricos were sparse. I did manage to catch three other small trout, but on a size 20, parachute ant.

 

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Fund raising raffle

Hurry, hurry, hurry. There is still time to purchase raffle tickets for our fund raising activity, but you need to be quick about it. The drawing will be September 16, 2014. The raffle is limited to 200 tickets, so your odds of winning one of the items is very good. Even if you already have enough equipment, you should still buy a ticket as you are donating to a worthy cause – the improvement of the Lackawanna River. And, you could always sell your winnings on Ebay. You can pick up tickets at A&G Outfitters or mail your $10 check per ticket as follows:

Lackawanna Valley TU Raffle
c/o A&G Outfitters
542 Boulevard Ave
Dickson City, PA 18519

It’s important to include “raffle” in the address, so it gets immediate attention. Make the check out to Lackawanna Valley TU and don’t forget to include your name, address, and phone number. Good luck.2014 Raffle

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A&G August Newsletter

Read what’s coming up at A&G Outfitters. Highlights include:

  • Musky seminar.
  • Steelhead trips.
  • Orvis Summer sale.
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Tying flies – a great reference book

So, now that you’ve decided to take the plunge and learn how to tie, “The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles” by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer is an excellent book which provides the neophyte and experienced angler alike the methods needed to tie flies. For example, there are 30 methods shown on the subject of fly tails. The book covers everything from preparing the feather barbs, stacking and aligning hair, tying the hollow-hair, tying a marabou tail and much more. Get it and the next time you come across a pattern calling for a woven body, you’ll know what that means and how to do it.

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Tying flies – how to start

Are you new to fly fishing? Has the art of tying flies appealed to you, but you didn’t know where to start? Here’s a good primer on how to get started, if you decide to give it a try.

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