Tuesday, March 2, 2021

2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour Announced!

 The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour is here and tickets go on sale TODAY!!!

We are proud to have partnered with the F3T to bring you the tour virtually this year. This is a great opportunity to sit back with family and friends and enjoy the Fly-Fishing Film Tour on your own time. This year’s F3T has an incredible line up with everything from Arapaima in the Amazon basin, Bream and Tarpon in the same film, Smallies, Pike, Steelhead, some of the best trout footage ever captured! Did you know Dr.Martin Luther King JR had a special relationship with long time bonefish guide Ansil Saunders and the island of Bimini? All of these stories and more are part of the 2021 F3T streaming virtually March 10 and tickets are on sale now.

Click the link below to purchase tickets for this year’s Fly-Fishing Film Tour (F3T)

Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of TU Ticketing Link (MS Edge, Chrome, or Firefox)

As well as having access to the films you will be helping Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited! As part of our partnership this year, $2.00 of every ticket sold through our link will be given back to us! So, if you have friends or family that may be interested please share the link so we can work together to strengthen our fishing community. Remember the more tickets sold through the link the more money we raise!

What comes with my ticket?

Full access to the 2021 F3T, from March 10th at 6:00pm EST thru April 4

You can watch it as many times as you would like from the original device used to play the movies. (Only 1 device can be used per ticket)

RAFFLES!!!! A chance to enter the Trout Unlimited COSTA 5 Rivers Conservation Sweepstakes, found on the event page. All proceeds go to those chapters at college campuses nationwide, promoting the sport and conservation to the next generation of anglers.

F3T Grand Prize worth $85,000. Have the chance to win a trip to Australia, Mexico, Bahamas, Russia, and the Seychelles!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of TU Ticketing Link (MS Edge, Chrome, or Firefox)

Monday, December 21, 2020

U.S. Senate Vote Paves Way to Boost Great Lakes Funding


U.S. Senate Vote Paves Way to Boost Great Lakes Funding

Vote to reauthorize Great Lakes Restoration Initiative allows Congress to ramp up annual funding from $300 million to $475 million for successful program that protects Great Lakes, drinking water, public health, jobs.


ANN ARBOR, MICH. (December 21, 2020)—In a major victory for Great Lakes and clean water advocates, the U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019. The bill allows Congress to continue funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years, and increases the program’s annual funding from $300 million to $475 million by 2026. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill earlier this year by a vote of 373 to 45. The legislation heads to President Donald Trump for signature. Passage of the bill is a top priority for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.


Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, said:


“This is tremendous news for the more than 30 million people who rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, health, jobs, recreation, and quality of life. Over the past decade, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been producing results for communities across the region, but serious threats remain. This bill recognizes the work we have left to do, and allows Congress to boost funding to tackle these threats before they get worse and more expensive to solve.


“We thank U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for their leadership and determination to get this bill across the finish line. We also thank U.S. Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) for their leadership to rally support in the House, as well as the many Democrats and Republicans who worked in a spirit of bi-partisanship to make sure that Great Lakes restoration and protection continues to be a national priority. Clean water is a basic need, and we need to do everything we can to ensure that clean, safe and affordable drinking water is available to everyone.


“We look forward to working with federal elected officials to ensure that this successful program continues to meet ecological objectives while confronting environmental injustices that afflict the most vulnerable communities. We have the opportunity to lift up and help all communities – especially those that have borne the brunt of pollution and environmental harm.”


Support for the Great Lakes Restoration Act has produced strong bipartisan support in the Senate with 13 co-sponsors (in addition to lead sponsor Sen. Stabenow) and in the House with 49 co-sponsors (in addition to lead sponsor Rep. Joyce). The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative invests in local projects in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to clean up toxic pollution, fight invasive species, reduce runoff from cities and farms, and restore fish and wildlife habitat. The initiative has supported 5,449 projects that are helping to better the environment and economy.


Since 2004, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition has been harnessing the collective power of more than 160 groups representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Learn more at www.healthylakes.org or follow us on Twitter @healthylakes.

Monday, April 13, 2020

A Message from the PFBC

As the commission continues to drive home the social distancing message, we'd like to share the following information with you on our website:    www.fishandboat.com.

In particular, the video at the following link and the graphic below have really resonated:  https://youtu.be/NUtaY260DDA.

Thank you in advance for sharing the social distancing message far and wide.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 18th Meeting Approaching!

Please join us Tuesday February 18th at the Erie Elks Lodge at 2409 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16506 at 7:00 pm for our regular meeting.  It addition to regular business we will have a presentation from Chuck Keeports, the hydrologist of the Allegheny National Forest.   He will cover some findings from the water quality snapshots. I will give an overview of the main projects he is involved with, which include culverts designed for fish passage and large wood restoration in streams.  Many of these headwater streams have populations of wild brook trout plus some wild brown trout present.  A waitress is available for food or beverages for those who desire.

Several of our members have participated in as volunteers taking water samples for the snapshot days whereby the Forest Service and Penn State are able to gather much more data than would be possible in a day over the entirety of the ANF.  These snapshot days are held on a Tuesday in October and April meeting in Sheffield at the Lions Club.  Jake Lemon is currently asking for volunteers for would like to participate in the April 7th snapshot.  You can contact Jake at jlemon@tu.org or 814-779-3965.  Its a fun day as each party travels to 4-6 streams seeing a chunk of the forest with a member of the Forest Service or Western Pennsylvania Conservency. 

Bill Eckert

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


The Tom Ridge Center is not available this year, so we are actively working to find a new venue to host the event.  That's the reason you haven't heard anything from us so far, but please stay tuned to this page or our Facebook page for more information.  We are hoping to figure all this out within the next week.

If we pull things off, the film will be in March of this year.

Thank you for your understanding.

Monday, November 11, 2019

November 19th Meeting Date

Note:  Chapter Elections were held last month and we have a new chapter president!  So Please welcome Bill Eckert and here is his announcement for this months meeting:

Hi Everyone,

Put it on your calendar.   Our next meeting for the NWPA Chapter will be Tuesday November 19 at the Elks Lodge at 7:00 pm.  We will have a couple of guests.  Bob Hetz of 3CU will update us on what’s happening and give us a little history of how the organization got started.  Hopefully, everyone that doesn’t have a 3CU button for 2019 can pick one up and help support this vital organization, unless of course they have their 2020 buttons available. 

Our primary speaker will be our new regional fish commissioner, Dan Pastore.  Dan and Bob are both members of our chapter and Dan will be touching base with me shortly to let me know what he intends to talk about so we will get that out to you prior to the meeting.

Hope to see many of you there and bring a friend if you can.

Bill Eckert

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!