2021 Meeting Speakers

january 7, 2021  Dr. William Sharpe  "Post stocking movement of hatchery trout"

Dr. Bill Sharpe retired from Penn State after a 30 yr + award-winning career in natural resources research, teaching and extension primarily involving water resources problems especially fisheries and acid rain. Throughout his life he has been an avid fisherman and hunter and later in his career moved with his wife Carol and family to a property along Sinking Creek in Penn’s Valley which became a focus for some of his trout movement studies.

Dr. Sharpe’s presentation addresses an age-old problem related to fisheries in Pennsylvania: What happens to hatchery-raised trout after they are stocked each spring that sometimes makes them move and difficult to find and catch? Bill and colleagues conducted experiments with tagged and telemetered stocked trout in both Sinking Creek in Centre County and Rolling Rock Creek in Westmoreland County to study factors related to fish movements. They found fish movements occurred very soon after stocking, mostly downstream and at night, with some fish moving miles. Clearly fishing soon after stocking would improve fishing success. Data also suggested that fitness or condition factors of stocked trout was important, implying competition with wild trout affected movements. While species of stocked trout (Brook, Brown and Rainbow) did not appear to affect movements, limited trials in Sinking Creek showed promise with golden rainbow trout which tended to have higher residency rates. Unexpectedly, predation of stocked trout in Sinking Creek by great blue herons from a nearby rookery also affected fish loss. These studies helped shed light on factors affecting movements of hatchery trout after stocking to help guide future study and to improve fishing success.



February 4, 2021 State of the Chapter and annual meeting

This meeting will include the State of the Chapter presentation by President Jamie SanFillipo and the election of new board of director members.  It includes the nomination of the following:


Heather Sees

Heather was born and raised in a very small town (Kushequa) in Northwest Pennsylvania. Growing up she spent the summers with her family fishing the small creeks in the Allegheny National Forest. Heather’s passion/obsession for fly fishing developed shortly after moving to Colorado in 2011.  While living there she became very active with Colorado Trout Unlimited serving as the President of The Greenbacks and sitting on the board of Colorado Trout Unlimited.  As part of this role, she spent the majority of her time and focus on engaging, educating and empowering the younger generation to become our next conservation stewards.  In addition to her involvement in Trout Unlimited, back in 2017 Heather discovered The Mayfly Project and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tap into existing Trout Unlimited resources all while sharing her passion with a group of kids who may not have the opportunity to get out on the water.  Heather joined TMP as the Denver Lead Mentor and shortly after kicking off the Denver project joined Jess and Kaitlin on the national team as the National Project Liaison.  Heather moved back to her home state of Pennsylvania in 2018 and got involved with her local Trout Unlimited chapter along with helped to bring The Mayfly Project to her hometown.  Heather holds an Accounting degree from Penn State and works on the Finance team of an International technology organization.  In her free time, you can find her outdoors, whether it is exploring her new home waters and the neighboring states in search of fish, hunting or camping!!   

Betty Bloom

Betty has been fortunate to have lived and traveled to many areas of our beautiful country. She has also been able to experience an abundance of adventures on this spectacular journey. While living in the Southern California area, Betty purchased her first home, a 33 ft sailboat! When she was not working as an RN at the Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Betty spent her time sailing and racing on the waters of San Diego Harbor. After moving to the beautiful mountains of Central PA, Betty's husband introduced her to fly fishing. While raising their family, fly fishing was put on hold, however; they were able to introduce their two sons to fishing, hiking and outdoor activities that PA has to offer. Betty’s husband retired from DCNR 9 years ago and they returned to his hometown of State College (and PSU). Betty retired from Mt. Nittany Medical Center 2 years ago. About, 5 years ago, she was introduced to the Women Anglers Group and SCCTU by Jean Brenchley. Most recently, Betty was able to attend the SCCTU VSP Fly Fishing 101 and the Women’s Intro. to Fly Fishing course through the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Both programs as well as outings with the Women Anglers have complimented her fly fishing skills. Unfortunately, the trout haven’t been too impressed...yet! Betty would be honored to join the members of the SCCTU board as she is respectful of the philosophy and mission of conservation, fly fishing and community in hopes that our beautiful streams and all they support are here for future generations.