Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit conservation organization of approximately 200 members located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
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FOCUS OF THE BRODHEAD CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit conservation organization of approximately 200 members located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the fabled Pocono Mountains. Our highly motivated adult and youth volunteers share common goals: the conservation and enhancement of the various Pocono watershed coldwater fisheries. The chapter focuses its conservation efforts on several fronts outlined below. Trout Unlimited uses science as a tool in its efforts to conserve, protect, restore and sustain Pocono coldwater fisheries and watersheds. Education is a key part of the efforts to prepare the next generation for leadership in conservation. More information on the chapter can be obtained at www.brodheadtu.org. OUR MISSION: To conserve, protect, restore, and sustain Pocono coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. OUR VISION: The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish continue to thrive or increase within their original Pocono range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters. OUR GOALS: The Brodhead Trout Unlimited Chapter has a number of major goals: Protect, Reconnect, Restore and Sustain the Pocono coldwater fisheries and watersheds in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. Increase membership in the chapter and to increase active participation and involvement in chapter activities and functions. Engage community, school and other local organizations in the vital role of the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited chapter and its projects and activities. Raise monies through various fund-raising activities to support the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited projects, activities and functions

Mission: To conserve, protect, restore, and sustain Pocono coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Operating as usual

10/25/2020

Next up in our "Meet the Officer/Board of directors" series is Don Miller! Don has been an advocate for the Pocono environment for almost 40 years! Outdoorsman,Fly fisherman and Naturalist,he also serves on the board for Pocono Heritage Land Trust as well as the Brodhead Watershed Association. He is well known for his nature hikes in Devils Hole and the Cranberry Bog!
We highly recommend going on one of his hikes! You will learn tons!
#brodheadtroutunlimited #troutunlimited
#coldwaterconservation #poconomountains

10/24/2020

Next up in our "Meet the officers/Board of Directors" series is Catherine Folio! She is also a board member for BWA and Pocono Heritage Land Trust and volunteers for the Nature conservancy,Cranberry bog committee,West end parks/rec and Penn States master well owner network!

Some positive news on the Bushkill from Forks of the Delaware.
10/22/2020

Some positive news on the Bushkill from Forks of the Delaware.

Sometimes you have to take the victories as they come.
After years of beating the drum PA DEP forced Buzzi Unicem to complete a dye (tracer) test on sink holes in the Bushkill Creek. A big “thank you” to everyone who made some noise and helped beat that drum!!
Some details:

Tracer dye was introduced July 7-8/2020 at the sinkholes under the Rt 33 bridge and just down stream at a sinkhole where the Bushkill St bridge once stood. (it was lost to a sink hole years ago)
This is language taken from the preliminary report:

"After the successful introduction of the two dyes, representatives of PADEP and PENNDOT left the site. Monitoring
crews were deployed to the quarry and downstream in Bushkill Creek where both observations and sampling were
conducted pursuant to the schedule in the February 27, 2020 work plan.
Hydrologic Tracer Study Results
The tracer study was successful in that tracer was detected1, and added to our overall understanding of groundwater
movement within the Bushkill corridor, which will be presented in the full report to PADEP, which we expect to complete
in September, 2020."

This is extremely significant because the Quarry has been denying for decades that any such connection between stream and pit could exist.

The approximate locations of the tracer test are marked in yellow in the attached photo the black dots are identified sinkholes

10/19/2020

Next up in our "Meet the officer/Board of directors" series is board member and "Trout in the classroom coordinator" Larry Ott!
#troutunlimited #brodheadtroutunlimited #coldwaterconservation #troutintheclassroom #poconomountains

10/19/2020

The Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an information meeting on Senate Bill 619 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 10 AM. It is likely that this bill will come to a floor vote as early as tomorrow, 10/20/2020.

Brodhead TU opposes this legislation because it:

1. propose changes in the definition of what pollution is,

2. transfers/eliminates reporting responsibilities for the polluter, and

3. marginalizes DEP and the PA Fish and Boat Commission

As such it can have serious, long-term and negative effects on the recharging groundwaters and clean, cold-water streams and resources of the greater Pocono region. Be advised the Senate has already passed this bill by a 26-24 vote.
Senate Bill 619 (Yaw-R- Lycoming) makes fundamental changes to the definition of water pollution under the state Clean Streams Law to require an individual or company who causes pollution to surface or groundwater to determine if it should be reported to DEP and whether it is pollution in the first place. Currently, it is the responsibility of the polluter to contact DEP of a spill and the PA Department of Environmental Protection makes the determination of environmental harm.
The law now says, “contamination of any waters of the Commonwealth such as will create or is likely to create a nuisance or to render such waters harmful, detrimental or injurious to public health, safety or welfare, or to domestic, municipal, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, or other legitimate beneficial uses, or to livestock, wild animals, birds, fish or other aquatic life.” and it is DEP that determines whether a discharge constitutes pollution. The bill shifts the responsibility to make the determination if a spill or discharge causes pollution to the person causing the spill.
"An accidental discharge, spill or release that does not cause a violation of any of the numeric water quality criteria under 25 Pa. Code Ch. 93 (relating to water quality standards) (relating to environmental protection) for the receiving water does not constitute pollution. " Be advised there are very few numeric water quality standards in DEP’s regulations.

A sad day for the Bushkill.
10/15/2020

A sad day for the Bushkill.

Today the pumps at Buzzi Unicem were shutdown for electrical repairs. Bushkill creek in Tatamy was at zero flow for several hours. Chapter representatives were on hand to document conditions.

10/15/2020

"Meet the officer/board of directors"series is Arie Vanwingerden. @arie.vanwingerden . Arie got his start in fly fishing early in life thanks to his grandfather and it jumpstarted a life long love of fly fishing. He found the Brodhead chapter of TU while studying environmental science at ESU and instantly became involved with our stream projects and conservation opportunities! #troutunlimited #brodheadtroutunlimited #coldwaterconservation #flyfishing #poconomountains

Next up in our "Meet the officers/board of directors"series is Ann Foster! @almkf14 .     Always keeping up on advocacy ...
10/12/2020

Next up in our "Meet the officers/board of directors"series is Ann Foster! @almkf14 .
Always keeping up on advocacy issues she's also our coordinator for women and diversity initiative as well as a board member on the Brodhead Watershed Association! @brodheadwatershedassociation
#troutunlimited #brodheadtroutunlimited #poconomountains

Monday Oct. 19th at 6pm! The Brodhead fly tyers at the Brodhead creek heritage center! For this months theme we will be ...
10/08/2020

Monday Oct. 19th at 6pm! The Brodhead fly tyers at the Brodhead creek heritage center!
For this months theme we will be doing classic and old world wet flies/streamers!
Masks required inside the heritage center and limited capacity to 25 people. #brodheadtroutunlimited #flytying

Something a little different to try for those picky feeders.
10/07/2020
Tying the Black and Tan jig | Trout Unlimited

Something a little different to try for those picky feeders.

Fall across North America generally means low and clear water, particularly on freestone trout streams where flows aren't manipulated by upstream dams.

Register Now for Brodhead Chapter Trout Unlimited Virtual Meeting on McMichaels Creek Habitat Improvement Project http:/...
10/06/2020

Register Now for Brodhead Chapter Trout Unlimited Virtual Meeting on McMichaels Creek Habitat Improvement Project http://ow.ly/ig1i102ozsU

Next up in our "Meet the officers/board of directors series! Newly elected members from the recent chapter elections. Ne...
10/06/2020

Next up in our "Meet the officers/board of directors series! Newly elected members from the recent chapter elections. New meeting coordinator/social media admin. Eric Gusztaw @egusztaw84 and Jim Houghton!
#troutunlimited #brodheadtroutunlimited #coldwaterconservation #flyfishing #poconomountains

Well it's graduation day for the students of our chapters "fly fishing:the next level" course! Over the past weekend the...
10/06/2020

Well it's graduation day for the students of our chapters
"fly fishing:the next level" course! Over the past weekend the students were each taken out for one on one guiding and instruction on different local creeks. A few of the students had never caught a Trout at all until this point! Only to take that first one on a dry or a small beadhead.
We hope all the students had a blast and continue to hone their skills and keep on fly fishing!
A few hours to learn the basics but a lifetime to master, and worth it every cast of the way!
#troutunlimited #brodheadtroutunlimited #flyfishingclass #coldwaterconservation #poconomountains

10/04/2020
Beginner's Lesson # 10 Snowshoe Quill Gordon Emerger

Another beginner's lesson from our own Shorty Bartholomew

Another versatile and easy to tie pattern in which we learn how to use Snowshoe rabbit foot for a wing and a stripped peacock quill for a body.

Next in our meet the officers/board of directors is one the the original charter members of the chapter. Don Baylor has ...
10/03/2020

Next in our meet the officers/board of directors is one the the original charter members of the chapter. Don Baylor has been there from the start of this chapter and has been preserving and protecting our cold water resources since then! Expert entomologist,stream biologist,artist and fly fisherman,if there is ever a thing you'd wanna know about Trout ,the places they live and how to preserve them....ask this guy!
#troutunlimited #brodheadtroutunlimited #flyfishing #poconomountains

...and finally some good news.
10/02/2020
ACE Act a big win for fish habitat | Trout Unlimited

...and finally some good news.

This week, anglers across the nation are celebrating the passage of a sprawling conservation bill, the American Conservation Enhancement Act (H.R. 925), or ACE Act for short. Earlier this month, the package was approved by the U.S. Senate, and on Wednesday, it passed in the House of Representatives....

Next in our meet the officers/board series is our secretary and former chapter president Todd Burns! @poconotrout #trout...
09/30/2020

Next in our meet the officers/board series is our secretary and former chapter president Todd Burns! @poconotrout
#troutunlimited
#flyfishing #brodheadtroutunlimited #coldwaterconservation

Please follow the link provided to see PA TU's position on SB 619.  At the bottom of the article is a link to a previous...
09/30/2020
Trout Unlimited Opposes Senate Bill 619 To Redefine Water Pollution In PA Saying It Will Harm Aquatic Life, Human Health

Please follow the link provided to see PA TU's position on SB 619. At the bottom of the article is a link to a previous article on the meeting. http://paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com/2020/09/trout-unlimited-opposes-senate-bill-619.html

On September 29, the PA Council Of Trout Unlimited and the national Trout Unlimited organizations submitted a letter to the House Environ...

Next in our meet the officers/board series is our newly elected Treasurer , Stephan VanDeloecht! @svdloecht With a gorge...
09/29/2020

Next in our meet the officers/board series is our newly elected Treasurer , Stephan VanDeloecht! @svdloecht With a gorgeous Brown Trout I might add! #troutunlimited #flyfishing #brodheadtroutunlimited #coldwaterconservation

The start to a little series were gonna do to introduce our current officers and board members. (Including some newcomer...
09/29/2020

The start to a little series were gonna do to introduce our current officers and board members. (Including some newcomers!) Only appropriate to start with the current commander in chief Eric Baird! President of the Brodhead Chapter TU! @ericrobertbaird . #troutunlimited #flyfishing #coldwaterconservation

An article from PA State Council on the importance of reconnecting streams......https://patrout.org/index.php/2020/06/11...
09/28/2020
Larger streams in NC PA are critical for wild brook trout conservation – PA Trout

An article from PA State Council on the importance of reconnecting streams...
...https://patrout.org/index.php/2020/06/11/larger-streams-in-nc-pa-are-critical-for-wild-brook-trout-conservation/

By Bob PennellJune 11, 2020 With few exceptions, brook trout are found now only in small mountain streams that stay cold enough year-round to meet their biological needs, below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Because these trout in the United States are threatened by a warming climate, many have assumed thos...

09/27/2020
Beginner's Lesson #9: Hare's Ear Para Emerger

A new beginners lesson from our own Shorty Bartholomew

This heinous, buggy looking concoction is one of my "go to" flies when the fish are being difficult. It is a variation on The Klinkhamer, one of the most eff...

09/26/2020
Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Happy National Public Lands Day! Established in 1994, NPLD celebrates the connection between our national public lands and the members of the general public who enjoy and care for them. Check out the video below to hear from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from the Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex and some of the wonderful youth from Groundwork Hudson Valley and Groundwork USA, who worked in tandem this summer on a project to restore sections of the Cherry Creek on the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge with support from the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

We hope you all go out and enjoy your nearest national public lands today and if you do, please take a selfie or picture and post it in the comments below! #CommunityintheWild

Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge
09/26/2020

Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Public Lands Week Begins Tomorrow!
Join our #CommunityintheWild and be part of the conversation!
Sept.26-27: For the Love of Public Lands
Show your love for public lands by joining a virtual or in-person event near you.
Sept.28: Nearby Nature
Nature is closer than you think. What’s your go-to nearby nature place? Share, post a pic, or comment.
Sept. 29: Nurture Your Nature
There is no right way to be in nature. We all have a unique connection with the outdoors that nurture us. Share yours. #YouBelongHereOutdoors
Sept. 30: Belonging in Nature
Stereotypes about outdoor experiences inhibit a sense of belonging. Share what makes for a true sense of belonging outdoors. #YouBelongHereOutdoors
Oct. 1-2: Feeling a Part of Nature
Share, post a pic or comment. Tell us what makes you feel welcomed outdoors – and what doesn’t. Use the hashtags #IBelongHere and #YouBelongHereOutdoors

Another pattern for our post spawn season
09/24/2020
Tying a simple baitfish pattern | Trout Unlimited

Another pattern for our post spawn season

'Tis the season for baitfish patterns. Not only is it about time for brown to start their annual migration, but baitfish, come fall, are important for

09/23/2020
Our Pocono Waters

Help Support Our Pocono Waters

Now more than ever, we need to defend the clean waterways of the Pocono Mountains region. Our communities rely on them. Our small businesses thrive on them. It's paramount that we protect them, now and into the future. Take a pledge to defend #OurPoconoWaters. Share why you want Exceptional Value streams to stay clean and protected, now and forever. http://www.ourpoconowaters.org

09/22/2020
Beginner's Lesson #8: The Parachute

A new beginner's fly tying video from our own Shorty Bartholomew

Almost identical to the Vis-A-Dun we did last time except for the manner in which we wrap the hackle. This is not a difficult pattern if you know a few tricks.

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Thank you for sponsoring my classroom. It was a great day and TIC is a great learning experience for the students!
The kids donated a total of 33 fish to the Pocono Wildlife & Rehabilitation Center!!! WTG to all the kiddos who joined us today!!
This one was caught after the 10am finish— but it was such a beautiful fish i just had to share!! It was 23& 1/2” and weighed in at 6lbs!!
A beautiful day on the H2O today. A perfect opening day!!
FLY FISHING FILM FESTIVAL Frank Banko, Bethlehem Tues-Wed March 20-21 Tics: $16 online, $20 door.
A huge thank you to Brodhead TU for their support of Project Healing Waters Flyfishing Kunkletown Program at the Flyfishing and Wingshooting Expo last weekend
Todd, and the rest of the enthusiastic and committed members of the Brodhead Chapter of TU, I wanted to thank you for the invite to the meeting earlier this week to learn about the Pocono Creek and Cherry Creek Projects as well introducing me to other members of the Chapter. The presentations were excellent and informative. You are all doing some great work to conserve, enhance, restore, and protect the coldwater resources of the Pocono Region along the tributaries to the Delaware. As always, should any of you have concerns for me to bring to PA Council of TU, I'm available! ~Bobby, NE Regional Vice President-PA Council of TU
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