January 2007 Report

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We are in the process of updating our Package Trip schedule for 2007. Check back for updates...and don't forget - if you have any questions - feel free to ask.

Be sure to mark your calendar for these FFPA '07 trips:
Penns Creek - May 5-6
(dates for this have been changed)

Of course we always have our Business Person's Specials and Evening Floats on the Lehigh

Happy New Year From FFPA!!
Here is to big fish and lots of backing in 2007! Check back on the flip side.

January 28, 2007 - Update/Fly-tying

Early season when fishing Penns, you hope to run into a grannom hatch. Anywhere from mid-to-late-April can find this caddis species hatching. Sometimes the trout will aggressively strike a dry, but the majority of the time will find fish keying-in on the emerging pupa. A wet fly tied with peacock, and a few wraps of partridge as a collar can be productive. If you are a traditionalist - the leadwing coachman is an effective pattern. The leadwing also effectively imitates the slate drake. Of course these do not hatch until late spring or early summer, but if you are looking for a really good multi-season, multi-species-imitating-pattern, the leadwing might take the cake! If you fish Penns, you need this fly. We are talking easy to tie. Great beginning fly tyer pattern. Brown hackle tail; peacock body; wire rib; brown hackle collar; matched goose wing.

The leadwing coachman

Be sure to check out our Penns Overnight - May 5-6!

January 13, 2007 - NJ Warmwater

Balmy air temps - lite winds - and an active bite made for a really nice weekend outing. The best set-up on this south Jersey sandy bottom lake was to work the 2-4' flats - heat of the day style. When the lite winds were puffing the drift was perfect. The lake is oriented north/south - and a southerly breeze - the south to north drift produced big time! Too many pickerel and perch to count. Brite colored crystal buggers seemed to produce the best. Slow retrieve and 1" strips. It looks as if the global-warming run of weather might have run its course. Not sure when we might get out again.


Corps to hold Francis E. Walter Dam Flow Management
Information Workshop and announce the 2007 plan

Send Comments To: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Projects/FEWalter/index.htm

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 04, 2007): The Corps of Engineers and its partners the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Delaware River Basin Commission, in their ongoing efforts to enhance recreation along the Lehigh River, will conduct a public information workshop to announce the 2007 Francis E. Walter Dam Flow Management Plan and discuss its implementation.

The public is invited to the workshop that will take place on Jan. 25, 2007 at the Mountain Laurel Resort, Route 940 West, Lake Harmony, Pa., from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will be facilitated by the Wildlands Conservancy.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 6:45 p.m. - Networking session for the public and agency personnel.
  • 7:00 p.m. - Presentation by the Corps and its partners addressing the implementation and results of the 2005 & 2006 Flow Management Plans and discussion of the 2007 plan.
  • 8:00 p.m. - Question and answer period. The public is invited to address their concerns about flow management and recreation along the Lehigh River. Comments or questions will be limited to 3 minutes to provide an opportunity for all who want to speak to do so. Additionally, the public is encouraged to provide their comments in writing so they can be incorporated into current and future flow management plans.
  • 8:30 p.m. - The Corps and its partners will form small breakout groups to discuss the new plan and address other recreational concerns individually.
  • 9:00 p.m. - Workshop ends.

Public interest is at the heart of the current and future flow management plans; therefore public needs will influence future decisions. The Corps and its partners will continue to encourage the public to participate in the process and provide us written comments throughout the year by mail or email.

For further information please contact Khaalid Walls, Philadelphia District, at Khaalid.H.Walls@nap02.usace.army.mil