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 Betty Bloom and Heather Sees.

March 4, 2021 - PA Fish and Boat Comission and Staff

Fish and Boat Commission representatives will give an overview of statewide priorities and initiative and topics of local interest and answer any questions that attendees might have.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86150800860

Commissioner William C. Brock
Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director
Greg Kraynak – Waterways Conservation Officer
Jason Detar – Area 3 Fisheries Manager


About Tim Schaeffer: Tim Schaeffer began serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in November 2018. The Executive Director is appointed by the 10-member Board of Commissioners and is the agency’s chief executive officer and chief waterways conservation officer. In his role, he is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council, Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, and Wild Resource Conservation Board and an ex officio member of the agency’s Boating Advisory Board and the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Dr. Schaeffer is also a member of the National Fish Habitat Partnership Board, is Chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Legislative and Federal Budget Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Delaware River Watershed Conservation Collaborative. In addition to previously working as the Commission’s Director of Policy and Planning, he has served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Water Programs, Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Pennsylvania, Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Science and Policy Director at the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers. He has also served on a number of national, statewide, and local boards and advisory committees. He holds a Ph.D. from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College. He and his wife and twin teenage sons live in New Cumberland, Cumberland County. 

March 25, 2021 Tim FlAgler - Night Fishing  (April meeting rescheduled)

Thursday, March 25th at 7:30pm. Tim Flagler will be hosting a Zoom presentation titled: "Night Fishing".

Tim Flagler has been fly fishing and tying for more than 30 years. He founded Tightline Productions in 1998, a video production company that specializes in promotional and instructional video. He's known worldwide for his tying videos. Tim's also a presenter, instructor and guide.  Check out his website to learn more about him.

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May 6, 2021 - Josh Miller - Tips and Tricks


Josh Miller- Team USA Youth Fly Fishing Coach
Thursday, May 6th at 7:30pm

Josh Miller is the current coach for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team and is a USA Fly Fishing Team member. He will be sharing some tips and tricks on how to catch more Trout!



June 3, 2021 Meeting - Fly Tying Demonstration - Suphur Patterns


Tim (see bio above) will demonstrate three patterns including:

  1. SBR Suphur nympf

  2. Sulphur soft hackle emerger

  3. Sulphur "last chance" cripple

  4. Sulphur Klinkhammer

September 2 Meeting - Annual Winefest

Support the Chapter and Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery!
We would like to thank Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery for supporting the SCCTU. 10% of all Spring Creek Peach Wine purchases benefits local conservation. Be sure to pick up a bottle or several!

October General Meeting
Matt Reilly: Fly Fishing for Smallmouth & Musky in SW Virginia, and Chasing the Periodical Cicada Hatch
Thursday, October 7th at 7:30pm via Zoom
Matt Reilly is a full-time, independent fly fishing guide; freelance writer; and outdoor columnist based in southwest Virginia, where he specializes in float trips for smallmouth bass, musky, and wild trout, utilizing the world-class waters of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. His writing has appeared in several national and regional publications like Eastern Fly Fishing, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Southern Trout, Hatch Magazine, and Virginia Wildlife, and in The Daily Progress in the form of his weekly outdoor column, Adventures Afield, which has seen more than 350 editions. He is also an ambassador, adviser, and team member for Reilly Rod Crafters, a family-owned rod company building premium, American-made fly rods.

November General Meeting
Dr. Bob Carline: Trout Unlimited's Overview of Climate Change
Thursday, November 4th at 7:30pm via Zoom

This presentation was produced by Helen Neville, Senior Scientist, Trout Unlimited, located in Boise, Idaho. Topics covered include impacts of climate change, what scientists, the public, and TU members think about climate change, how TU can help, and what TU members can do.  

December 10 Annual Christmas Party

  - at the Pleasant Gap American Legion