Tungsten Torpedo Nymph – April 2014

Here’s a fly pattern from George Daniel’s book, Dynamic Nymphing.  Kevin Compton created it and, because of its fast sink characteristic, is a favorite pattern on the competition circuit.

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Opportunity for women

We Know Women Fly Fish…

That’s why Trout Unlimited is offering a free introductory membership for female anglers.

For the next year, you’ll receive all the benefits of a paid membership. You’ll also receive a less tangible benefit, the pleasure of knowing you’re part of a growing community of women who enjoy angling and want to keep America’s rivers cold, clean and fishable.

Together, we can make our trout and salmon fisheries healthier, for us and the next generation. Join us in this important work.

This $35 free membership offer is available to new trial members only. But, there is a special offer for those who already have female trial memberships; it can renew at the half price rate of $17.50.

It’s important to us that you join our chapter (Lackawanna Valley TU #414), so you should call Heidi at the number below. If you live in Lackawanna County you will be assigned to our chapter, so there is no need to call and you can use the enrollment form on the following site:
The trial membership renewal site is: https://gifts.tumembership.org/member/women-renew

For questions or to sign up for a chapter outside of your zip code area contact, Heidi Oberstadt, TU’s Women’s Membership Coordinator at 715.573.5104.

Hurry, this offer ends May 31, 2014.

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Fly fishing events

A couple of events, sponsored by our friends @ A&G Outfitters, are being held this coming weekend.

Event 1
Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6 pm

He speak on new and improved streamer flies & their presentation to the fish.
Mike is a guide, shop owner, tyer and expert on trout, steelhead, smallmouth and carp. Many of his flies are found on Orvis.com

Tickets are $20 if you RSVP, $25 at the door.
Food and refreshments provided.
Raffles and prizes.

$5 of every ticket sold will be donated to our chapter.
Contact A&G Outfitters at 570-489-1650 for details.

Event 2
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10 am

Author Henry Ramsay – Pennsylvania
Henry is an author (Matching Major Eastern Hatches), master entomologist and awesome fly tier.

Admission is free. Doors open at 9 am.
First 10 attendees through the door will receive a special prize!
$5 all-you-can-eat & drink.
Raffles, prizes and special pricing on in-store items.

Saturday only specials at A&G Outfitters

  • 20% off all rod/reel/line outfits (excluding Encounter & SF Glass outfits).
  • Test cast the new Superfine Glass rods and receive a $25 off a purchase of $50 or more coupon (good for Saturday only).
  • Test fit a pair of the new Silver Sonic Zipper, Guide or Convertible waders and receive a $25 off a purchase of $50 or more coupon (good for Saturday only).
  • Test cast a Helios 2 rod with a new Bank Shot line and you’ll have your name entered into an Orvis Destination Sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a free trip to an exotic Orvis Destination Lodge!






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Volunteers Needed

The chapter received this notification of a work project on the river this coming Saturday. We wholeheartedly support the project & hope many reading this can help out. If anyone at the event is taking attendance be sure to tell them you’re a member of LVTU or that you saw the announcement on our blog.

Volunteers are needed by the LRCA this Saturday!
April 5, 2014 from 9 AM until 1 PM.

The LRCA needs a LOT of help this Saturday. We are partnering with our affiliate, Lackawanna Valley Conservancy (LVC) and a group of University of Scranton Volunteers on a Clean Up project at Coxton Point in Duryea as part of The Great American Cleanup PA.

Coxton Point is a beautiful 33 acre river preserve that is owned by the LVC at the confluence of the Lackawanna and Susquehanna Rivers. It is located just off Main Street between Duryea and Pittston Junction. Turn off Main Street onto Coxton road, cross the Lackawanna River and take an immediate left turn at the end of the bridge on to the gravel roadway along the river. We will have LRCA placards to mark these turns.

We will work from 9 AM until 1 or 2PM. We will have gloves and trash bags available. But please wear sturdy foot ware and your very best River Clean-Up Attire and bring some refreshments. Volunteers with chest waders and pick-up trucks will be a big help as well.

You can call the LRCA office at 347-6311 for further details.

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Copper Zebra Midge – March 2014

Midges are available to trout year-round. This video not only shows the tying procedure for a midge, but offers many tips for tying diminutive patterns.

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What’s happening?

As I write this it’s already March 22nd and there have been no fishing reports. I’ve been out three times and have done absolutely nothing other than getting cold feet. Tuesday (3/18/2014) was an interesting day because I found two items in the river. One of them is pictured below–let us know if it’s yours. The other item was a small women’s purse crammed full of her personal items, like, her and her son’s birth certificate, their social security cards, her driver’s license, automobile title, debit card, loose change, and much more. I took it to the Scranton PD–I hope they find her and return it. Kevin showed up, but he was only walking his dog and scouting the river. He reported that he’d been out a few times, but hasn’t done anything either. I was out Thursday and about the only thing I can say about that outing was my observance of two BWOs–so maybe things are starting to heat up. Speaking of heat, we could use some–it’s been a long cold winter (>72″ of snow at my home).


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Meeting announcement

Chapter Meeting
March 18, 2014
Tripp Park Community Center
2000 Dorothy St, Scranton, PA

This month, Gary Smith, will be giving a short talk on book collecting. Gary has been collecting for over 25 years and has over 1200 different titles in his personal collection. He will give pointers on how to grade books, what flaws are critical to a book’s value, and how to build a collection. He will also bring his reference material if anyone wants to determine the value of their book(s). Please join us.

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We may be off the hook

A new study suggests that didymo diatoms may already be present in most waters, and that climate change, not human transport, is the primary factor in “rock snot” outbreaks. Read more here.

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Ovoviviparous mayfly species

This is very cool.

There is a characteristic in the animal world wherein the embryos develop inside eggs that are retained within the mother’s body until they are ready to hatch. This characteristic is called ovoviviparity. There are some mayflies in the US which show this characteristic, namely, Callibaetis and Cloeon. The following video shows the egg laying & subsequent hatch into nymphs.

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New strike indicator system for nymph fishing

Do you sometime use a strike indicator when fishing nymphs? There are many variations available to the fly fisher, like, balloon style, football shaped, stick-ons, and many others. But, there is something new to consider. It uses New Zealand wool as the indicator and a small piece of plastic tubing to fasten the wool to the leader. Because it lands softly on the water, it should be very useful under low-water conditions when trout are very spooky. Watch the video to see how it works. Or, go here to read more.

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