Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tuesday September 17th Chapter Meeting Date!

Hard to believe summer is winding down already.  Talk of Walleye's will shift to Steelhead, trout will be looking to spawn, and the leaves will be falling.

At this months meeting, we will have an election for the new slate of

President:  Bill Eckert         Vice President:  Jim Head
Treasurer:  Erik Cronk       Secretary:  Bill Glecos
Directors:  Jack Bock, Ric Gilson, Matt Kerr 

Here's a report from Luke Bobnar from the Western PA Conservancy:  On September 9th, WPC and the PA Fish and Boat Commission will begin construction of a fish habitat improvement project on Caldwell Creek in Southwest Township, Warren County, PA. Our goal is to reduce erosion and sedimentation in the watershed, as well as improve angling opportunities. Thirty fish habitat structures are planned to be installed, including multi-log vanes, modified mudsills, rootwad deflectors, log-framed stone deflectors, and random boulders. Jobs volunteers would excel at include moving tools and materials, assisting with log, stone, and rebar placement, as well as seeding and mulching at the end of the project. We plan to come back in the fall for live-staking, and re-plant riparian trees in the heavy equipment disturbance areas in spring, 2020.

 We will be meeting at the red gate on Flat Road, approximately 0.34 miles southwest of the intersection of Flat and Selkirk roads, and
1.25 miles northeast of the intersection of Flat and Dotyville Hill roads near the town of Grand Valley, at 8:00 am on Septmber 9th.
Latitude and Longitude for the meeting location is:

We will proceed to the project site on Caldwell Creek via the private access road at the red gate.
 If you are interested in coming out to volunteer for us, please let me know. Bring a lunch, water, PPE (if you have it), any medications you might need, and anything else you need for a day streamside in moderate proximity to your vehicle.

Luke will also be present at our September 17th meeting to give a talk and more detail on this project.

See you on the 17th!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Stand up for PA's Class A Wild Trout Waters!!!!

For just the third time this decade, Pennsylvania is proposing to formally upgrade a package of 41 Class A streams to “High Quality,” or HQ, which ensures they receive special water quality protections. This is the culmination of a long process. Step 1 is electrofishing streams in search of naturally reproducing trout. Step 2 is pushing for PFBC to list them as wild trout streams; we do this advocacy each quarter. This is Step 3, formal listing as HQ in PA’s regulations.
TU has pushed for these upgrades for several years now, and we want to demonstrate our support by submitting comments in favor. Please follow this link to an Action Alert page for more information and to submit comments. The deadline is May 7.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Kids Fishing Day Slated for Saturday, April 27th

Our chapter is making a donation to help defray the costs of purchasing trout for this event.  Any chapter member who wishes to help participate that day, please email Erik Cronk at

Let's help make this a success!!!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Fly Fishing Film Tour Tickets Now on Sale!!!!

The Northwest PA Chapter of Trout Unlimited is proud to bring you the 2019 showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Erie, PA at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle on Saturday February 23rd.   The event will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Northwest PA Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Doors open at 6pm, with the movie starting promptly at 7pm.  Tickets will be $15 in advance and subject to availability at the door.  So buy them in advance!

If you are interested in tying some flies for the event (as giveaways), or have any items you feel would make good chinese auction or door prize items, please contact the chapter at

Please forward this to any of your fishing friends who may be interested.  Remember, as in years past there will be door prizes and chinese auctions so make sure you get there before the movie to participate.

The Ridge Center will have the concession stand open for soft drinks, popcorn and candy.

Please visit this website or our facebook page for the most up to date information.

See you then!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

11/20/2018 Meeting Notice

Just a reminder that this coming Tuesday is our next chapter meeting.

Eric Ozimek, whom the chapter sent to this past summers Rivers Conservation Camp, will be attending and speaking about his experience that week.  He'll also answer any questions the chapter members might have.

Discussion about hosting the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour again in February, along with taking nominations for a new board of directors will also be on the agenda.

We hope to see everyone there!  7pm at the Elks Lodge, Peninsula Drive Erie.

October Musky on the Allegheny

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/18/2018 Meeting Notice

Our next chapter meeting is Tuesday September 18th 7pm at the Erie Elks Lodge.  Meeting information can be found in the right hand margin of this web page.

Tyler Neimond, Stream Habitat Section Chief from the PA Fish and Boat Commission will be our featured speaker that evening.  He will be visiting Benson Run earlierr in the day with a delegation of Chapter Members to view the stream for a potential stream improvement project in the future.

It's been a while since this chapter has had a boots-in-the-much stream project and hopes are high this can come to fruition.  With your help and attendance at the meeting we hope to make it a reality.

Benson Run is a tributary of Lebouf Creek north of Waterford, and recognized by the PAFBC as a Class A Wild Brown Trout Stream.

See you at the meeting!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Loss of a Friend

Long time member and friend of the chapter Robert "Bob" Harris passed away yesterday.

Bob was one of the original board of directors when the chapter was first formed in 1966.  To say Bob was unique would be an understatement:  he was one of those guys who knew a little bit about everything and a whole lot more about a lot of things than most.  Personally, when I first started hanging out as teenager at chapter events he was one of those guys who was always willing to help you out with anything you needed when it came to fly fishing--or anything else for that matter.

He'd always smile.  He'd always be in the center of the conversation.  He looked 30 years younger than he really was (I want those genes!).  Recently, he spent a lot of time at the Peninsula working with the park on a variety of plant and animal projects.  And whatever he was talking about was always "on the thing".  You know what I'm talking about if you've ever spent time with Bob.

Bob was a cool guy.  I'll miss seeing him at Bob Evans on a weekend morning with my family.  I'll miss driving by his house and honking and having him wave back as he got in his car to go somewhere.

I feel blessed by the relationships I've had, and continue to have with chapter members like Bob.  Many of whom were decades older than me- - - but we shared that common bond of flyfishing or flytying so age really didn't matter much anyway.

I hope he finds that place where the trout will always rise, where there are never windknots in his leader and the water flows cool and clean forever.

Rest easy my friend.

Erik Cronk
Chapter President