2016 Meeting Speakers

Thursday, January 7th 2016 - 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 4th, 2016 - Penn State Fly Fishing Club Demonstration



Fly tying


Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 - Ann M. Donovan - Watershed Specialist Centre County Conservation District



Ann serves as the Watershed Specialist and Education Coordinator for the Centre County Conservation District. She is responsible for the District’s environmental education programs and she acts as a support person for various nonprofit environmental organizations in Centre County. She also functions as a project coordinator for stream restoration projects in watersheds throughout the county and she assists other staff members in procuring funds for the implementation of Best Management Practices on county farms.



Thursday, April 7th, 2016 - Kevin Compton - Performance Flies

"Nymphs: Matching the Naturals with Attractor Patterns."

Kevin Compton

Kevin is a commercial tier, author, speaker, tying instructor, and a fly designer for Solitude Fly Co. and Holly Flies of Mt. Holly Springs, PA. His company, Performance Flies (www.performanceflies.com), an internet and retail shop in Spruce Creek, distributes premium tying materials, barbless hooks, and tools throughout North America, including the HANAK COMPETITION barbless hooks. Since 2006 he has tied flies for members of Team USA for their World Competitions, the National Championships, and the America’s Cup. In September of 2010 Kevin was the runner-up (to Charlie Craven) in the first annual Ironman Fly Tying Competition. He is also a Celebrity Fly Tier and Instructor at the International Fly Tying Symposium and on the Fly Fishing Show circuit. Kevin's flies have been featured in magazines such as Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and in collections such as Rick Takahashi's Modern Midges and George Daniel’s Dynamic Nymphing. He also is currently at work on two fly-tying projects with Stackpole Books, entitled “Tying ‘Czech’ Nymphs” and "Styles of European Fly Patterns”.



Thursday, May 5h - Greg Hoover - Professor of Entomology Penn State



Greg Hoover is widely acknowledged as North America’s most knowledgeable fly fishing entomologist. He has been tying flies and fly fishing for more than 50 years. Greg received his Master’s degree based on his thesis researching Penns Creek’s famous green drake hatch. Greg has conducted hundreds of seminars on the identification and imitation of trout stream insects and their relatives. He teaches the course titled,Freshwater Entomology, an undergraduate / graduate level course in the Department of Entomology at Penn State.  We should point out that Greg also knows terrestrial insects too!  He’s taught entomology for 27 years at the Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, where for the past 18 years, Greg has enjoyed his role as the faculty advisor to the Penn State Fly Fishing Club which has more than 100 student members. He was the recipient of the George Harvey Award for unselfishly promoting the sport of fly fishing through teaching of others. Greg was the 2012 Order of the Hat award recipient from the Fly Fisher’s Club of Harrisburg, an honor given to an individual for contributions to the conservation of natural resources and fly rod angling.












Sunday, June 12, 2016 Get Outdoors Family Picnic

Over three hundred attended this great event. Famlies, kids, volutnteers. fish, bait, bugs and more. Thanks to all of the volunteers who made it possible. 

Here are a few pictures from the event

jamie  kayak


September 1, 2016  Fishin' n fun: an evening on the stream

The Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited (SCCTU) hosted "Fishin' N Fun: An Evening on the Stream" as the chapter’s monthly meeting. Families and friends interested in learning more about fly fishing and the abundance of our natural resources attended. The event featured local fly fishing experts sharing stories of fly fishing in our region as well as tips and techniques for catching trout and other species using flies and lures. Flies tied by local members of the SCCTU will also be on display. We had so much fun than we plan to do it again in May.  So practice up on your casting, prepare to eat too much, and have way to much fun.

Power casting   dave

And a great fly casting competition! 


October 6, 2016 - Geology of the Spring Creek Watershed

Geology is literally the underlying reason we live in an area with abundant water resources and fertile soils. Understanding the relationship among geology, water resources, and land use is the key to ensuring that long-term sustainable management of the region’s natural resources occurs. We will look at the Spring Creek watershed’s fascinating geology through the lens of its history, structure, chemistry, and how this combination of factors created the setting we live in today. We can relate the water quality and flow data collected by the Water Resources Monitoring Project to the region’s geology to facilitate a better understanding of Spring Creek’s water resources and long-term conservation and stewardship.

David Yoxtheimer, P.G. is a hydrogeologist and extension associate with Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and serves as a liaison to advise stakeholders on key environmental issues. He earned his B.S. in Earth Science from Penn State, where he is currentlhttp://www.marcellus.psu.edu/images/Dave-pix1.jpgy completing his Ph.D. in Geosciences. Previous to joining MCOR he spent 18 years as a consulting hydrogeologist with expertise in water supply development, karst hydrogeology, geophysical surveying, environmental permitting, shale energy geology, and integrated water resource management. Dave is also a hydrogeology instructor at Penn State and was recently appointed by Governor Wolf to be a voting member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board.

Adrienne Gemberling joined ClearWater Conservancy in 2015 as the Water Resources Coordinator. She manages the Water Resources Monitoring Project within the Spring Creek Watershed, coordinates outreach and education for the local MS4 partnership, and assists with ClearWater Conservancy’s stream restoration projects. 

Adrienne holds a B.S. in Biology from Lebanon Valley College and an M.S. in Biology from Missouri State University with a concentration in limnology. While not at work, Adrienne enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing near her home in Mifflinburg.

November 3, 2016 Dr. Robert Carline - "Spawning Behavior of Trout in Streams and Lakes"


carline teaching

Dr. Carline demonstrating Redd Count techniques to the chapter volunteers at the 2015 Redd Count Survey