Monday, April 11, 2022

Need F3T Tickets? And forward to your buddy while you're at it!

Tickets for the 2022 F3T Movie at the Blasco Library on Friday, May 13th are now on sale!  Doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting at 6:30.  Cost will be $20 plus a small processing fee and are available by going to the F3T Website for puchase:

This has become our chapters primary source of income to fuel the projects that we do each year.  Please do you part and spread the word that the movies are back and we hope to see you that night!  And remember, it's at the Blasco Library this year and NOT the Tom Ridge Center.

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022


Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Program

Annual Report 2021



See what our National staff have been doing in Pennsylvania! 2021 was another busy field season for the Coldwater Habitat Program and resulted in another astonishing reduction in sediment and nutrients across PA’s waterways. In total, an estimated 360,062 pounds of sediment were reduced through the completion of 23 projects on nearly 13 miles of trout streams by the Coldwater Habitat Program crew.


Click here to view the Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Program Annual Report for 2021.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Dotyville Hill Forest Dedication


Officers and Board members of our chapter were invited to the Dedication Ceremony for the new purchase of 528 acres of woodland by the Foundation for Sustainable Forests on August 12.  

Labeled as the Dotyville Hill Forest, it now is part of the 1,200 acres of protected land known as the Caldwell Creek Watershed Conservation Project.  It includes significant frontage along Caldwell Creek’s delayed harvest section and will insure that this property will be open for public fishing, hunting, hiking and bird watching into perpetuity.  The project was made possible with a grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCNR) via the Keystone Fund and additional support from the John Nesbit Rees and Sarah Henne Rees Foundation, Trout Unlimited’s Northwest PA Chapter, Caldwell Creek Chapter and the Stec Family.  

Our Chapter was pleased and honored that we could help make this project possible with our letter of support and $1,000 donation assisting the Foundation secure their grant funding.  Attending from our Chapter for a walking tour and presentation by Foundation members were President Bill Eckert and Board Members Matt Kerr, Jack Bock and Rick Gilson. 

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 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:

In particular, the video at the following link and the graphic below have really resonated:

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 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