2015 Meeting speakers

Thursday, January 8th 2015 - Robert Vierck, President SCCTU

  • Bob will give an update of the Chapter activities over the past year and update us on activities for the upcoming years.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - Frank Nale "Spin Fishing For Trout"

  • It is about fishing metal spinners in streams for trout, with the emphasis on catching and releasing wild trout.   

  • My slideshow lasts 50 minutes and covers equipment, tactics, and why I like to fish for reasons other than catching trout.  Much of what I have to say applies to other methods of trout fishing, including fly fishing. 

  • I show around 156 photographs and use two projectors so that there is no dead space between photos.  At the conclusion of the slide portion of the presentation I do a brief casting demonstration followed by a question and answer period for as long as there are questions. 

  • I have a handout entitled "Spin Fishing For Wild Trout -- Tackle, Tips & Technique" for everyone.  I'll also have a handout detailing the recipe for making homemade spinners if anyone is interested.  I will have some of my homemade spinners available for sale, too.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Amy Wolf  "Eastern Abandoned Mine Program"

  • The Environmental Protection Agency cites abandoned mine drainage as the single largest threat to the Appalachian region. With over 8,000 miles of streams polluted from abandoned mines in Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone, the legacy of the coal mining industry remains. Brook trout, which used to thrive in these waters, no longer exist. Instead, many of these streams run bright orange, a glaring indication of what has happened

  • Amy, Director of TU’s Eastern Abandoned Mine Program and PA Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative will talk about how TU is working to bring life back to these rivers and streams and to make them once again places where brook trout can thrive—and where anglers can again cast to wild brookies that once were found in these waters.

  • Amy will also provide a brief overview of TU’s PA Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative and its focus on reconnecting brook trout habitat through addressing problem road culverts.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Mark Nale  "Hooking Mortality of Trout Caught in the Bald Eagle Creek Tournament"

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Jeff Skelding - Executive Director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River

Jeff Skelding

To say I feel fortunate for the opportunity to serve as the first Executive Director for the Friends of the Upper Delaware River would be a tremendous understatement. As an avid fly fisherman and a long time conservation professional, combining two of my life’s passion is more like a dream come true. It’s an added bonus that I have the privilege of working to protect and restore the river where I spent my entire childhood. My experiences growing up on the banks of the Delaware in southeast Pennsylvania played a vital role in shaping my views on conservation in future years. Little did I know then that someday I would have a chance to help lead a committed and dedicated organization comprised of people who love this river as much as I do. In the months leading up to accepting this position it became very clear to me that FUDR has established itself as a growing and effective advocacy voice for the river


Thursday, June 4, 2015  Henry Ramsay - Noted Author, Fly Tyer and Fisherman

Henry Ramsay

Henry Ramsay has been involved with fly fishing for forty years now, tying flies for trout and classic and artistic Atlantic Salmon flies. In 2011 his first book was published “Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout” by Stackpole / Headwater Books. His flies have appeared in a number of magazines including “Fly Fisherman”, the “Art of Angling Journal”, the “Game Journal” and the “Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide”. He is a custom fly tier, fly tying and fly fishing instructor and fly fishing photographer. He is on the Pro Staffs for Daiichi Hooks, Regal Vises and Scientific Anglers and is a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Thursday, September 3 2015 - George Daniel - Streamer Fishing

"Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics, Patterns for Streamers"

We are thrilled to have George Daniel introduce his latest work, a comprehensive book on tactics for streamers, including new approaches for trout, steelhead, muskie, and bass.

The book is due to be released September 1st and copies will be available at the meeting. Don't miss your chance to hear about it straight from the author.

George is a fly fishing educator and guide and the bestselling author of Dynamic Nymphing. He is a two time National Champion Fly Fisher, former coach of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, and special consultant to the US Fly Fishing Team.


Thursday, October 1st 2015 - Andrew Gutberlet - Manager of Engineering Services at Penn State

Andrew Guterlet

Andrew will be giving a presentation on Penn State’s water resources considering the entire water cycle from extraction, use, wastewater treatment and stormwater management.  This will not only give a snapshot of how Penn State currently uses and manages water resources but will discuss how far the University has come and will also explore future projects and initiatives that can do more to conserve. 


November 5, 2015 - Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan


On November 5th, come out to the Comfort Suites to hear Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and their students provide the latest update information on the Brown Trout Telemetry Study.

In April of this year, the Little Juniata River Association and Juniata College launched a program to determine where the wild trout in the river spend their time.  Mature wild brown trout were captured with hook and line.  Small radio transmitters were surgically implanted into the captured trout.  The transmitters are detectable up to a half mile distance.

A total of 24 transmitters will be followed for a period of about 14 months.  The knowledge gained will allow the LJRA to direct future fish habitat projects to those areas of the river used most by the brownies.