January 26, 2005 - UPDATE
This past weekend took FFPA out to central PA for PA
TU's first quarter Executive Committee Meeting in Bellefonte.
Yup, that is right! We braved the 'Day After Tomorrow'
weather predictions. And so did a few other intrepid TU folks.
It was great meeting the many faces behind the scenes at PA
TU. It appears our presentation was well received and we have
the endorsement of TU. They are backing our efforts to get cold-water
releases from FEW.
Of course we cold not make a trip to the banks of Spring
Creek without making a few casts. I do not know which
was more exhausting - traipsing thru the snow or trying
to get my waders on over about 5-layers of fleece. Mobility
was not a priority. Obviously conditions were tough, but
we did have a few fish hit our flies - none of which were
landed. Small beadheads did the trick.
We would like to announce that we'll be giving our Lehigh
River Presentation at this year's TCO
Spring Party - March 19. We hope to see you there.
As we said before we have some really cool facts, figures,
maps, pics and handouts which back our ideas on how the
Lehigh can become one the best tailwaters in the East
- a 21st-Century trout stream. We think you will find
it quite informative.
Check back from time to time for more updates.
Spring Creek in the 'Gorge.'
January 17, 2005 - UPDATE
We are pleased to announce that according to the Army Corps
of Engineers there is to be a public forum meeting sometime
in February to discuss the future of the Lehigh. At this time
we do not know the date, but keep checking back for more. This
has been a long time coming, and it is about time the stakeholders
- you and I - can voice our concerns and vision for this river.
Also, on a related matter - Fly Fish PA, on behalf of the Lehigh
River Stocking Association - Watershed Committee, is giving
a power point presentation on the saga of the Lehigh to PA
TU at their first quarter Executive Committee Meeting out
in Bellfonte - Jan 22. We invite all to attend as we have some
really cool facts, figures, maps, pics and handouts which back
our ideas on how the Lehigh can become one the best tailwaters
in the East - a 21st-Century trout stream. As you may know,
this river has quite a history! It is also a relatively unknown
fishery, and has immense potential. Our goal for the presentation
is to provide awareness of this much-maligned fishery and as
a result of this meeting we hope to generate a solid flow-plan
that can be presented at the public forum...this plan will be
endorsed by TU and will strictly look at what is needed flow-wise
from FEW to create a fantastic wild-trout fishery extending
all the way thru the gorge and beyond. There are already some
great minds working on this....so it is just a matter of finalizing
Take a look and see what a Lehigh Float is all about!!
I tell you what! If these flows continue
like they've been - we just might have to bust out the
Clack on Penns this spring to fish it effectively!!! Relax...we
are just kidding, we would not do that...but if you have
any doubt about the amount of water currently in the ground
and streams - then take a look at the chart at right -
from Penns Creek, PA.
And now that we have some colder air moving
into the area for the forseeable future the higher than
normal flows ought to do a really good job at keeping
water temps somewhat more elevated than the flip-side
scenerio - low-flows. This just might keep the fish a
bit more active, incase we get that little window of nice
air temps and you decide to hit it.