Muddy Creek Trout Unlimited
WOODBINE ACCESS UPDATE
The Property below Woodbine currently Closed to fishing will be Open for the 2015 trout season to Fishermen Only on a trial basis. Please keep your activity there close to the stream and railbed. Lets show the property owner how respectful anglers can be as we welcome them to our community. Please be respectful of their wishes and of all landowners who open their property to fishing access.
Cabin Fever Saturday March 21st
Join us Saturday March 21st for a much needed day of camaraderie after this long cold winter. MCTU members and guests will get together at the Collinsville Fish and Game Club from 10am - 3pm. You can bring your fishing gear and shake off the cobwebs, organize your fly boxes, tie some flies or learn some new techniques from experienced members.
Weather permitting we will also be doing some lawn casting to sharpen our skills for the upcoming season. So this is a great opportunity to pick up a few pointers from some experienced fly fishers. And with the longer days now there may even be time to wet a line afterward at the C&R FFO area of Muddy Creek.
You are also encouraged to bring your unused/unwanted gear for a gear swap or donation to the Chapter for upcoming raffles. Rods, reels, vest, packs, flyboxes, etc. Maybe you will find something you are interested in from someone’s selection.
We will have our fishing caps, shirts, patches buttons, flys and other fundraising merchandise available for purchase to help fund future chapter activities.
We also ask that you bring a snack or your favorite hot dish like wings, chili or soup for a "Pot Luck" lunch while we enjoy the day. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Hope to see you there
From the President’s Vest
In addition to all the other Chapter activities elsewhere in this newsletter please take note of the Chapter elections to be conducted at our September Membership Meeting. If you have a desire to become more involved in this organization, this is your opportunity. New volunteers in these positions are strongly encouraged and welcomed. What better way to find out more about what this Chapter is all about? Every organization needs new ideas, fresh faces and new leadership from time to time. During the course of some meetings of the PA Trout Unlimited I’ve attended I’ve been introduced to some local Chapter Presidents that have been serving in that position for ten, twenty and more than twenty five continuous years. While I applaud their dedication and service I have to ask the question. “Could a volunteer organization be healthier with a change in leadership more often?” Changes in leadership give more volunteers experience. As someone else moves into a leadership position there is more experience then to support them from someone that moves out. The organization keeps building and does not remain stagnant. From my own experience I am most fortunate to have Past Presidents, Officers and Directors that have stayed involved and are a resource for me to learn and talk to. So please consider this opportunity to help the Chapter. Your level of experience to run for any office can range from just starting to become involved right now to a Past President.
We will once again be present in the watershed on the day of the trout opener with two food stands. As well as selling food and chapter merchandise this is always an excellent venue to promote our Chapter and educate people about conserving and protecting our streams. We will also host a fishing day for children, adults and families from ForSight Vision. If you have never helped on this day please consider it. You will come away feeling that these are very special people who appreciate their time spent with us. The Red Lion Street Fair is on tap for August, and an event is in the planning stages this fall.
Another great opportunity has presented itself as the York County Conservation Society has approached us to partner with them in a grant to improve the Bonham Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is in our watershed as “Spencer Run” passes through it. Spencer Run is a tributary to Muddy Creek that enters the main stem at the lower end of the FFO area. Some ideas that are floating around are trout egg incubators, Habitat improvement projects, riparian buffer plantings, self-guided sign tours and other educational programs. We are very excited that YCCS has asked us to partner and we are looking forward to having a good relationship with them for years to come.
During my short years of involvement I’ve found that this organization is very well respected by our local Communities. This came as a result of a lot of hard work by those who came before me. My thanks goes to all those who have and are supporting Muddy Creek TU in any way. Let’s continue to support this Chapter in any way we can with whatever time we can spare.
This Chapter continues to be a very productive, enthusiastic group preserving and conserving the Muddy Creek Watershed. Last year Chapter members participated in completing multiple projects. MCTU provided and planted over 300 shrubs and trees in the riparian buffer zone of Pine Run. 304 volunteer hours went into the Pine Run Project which is located at the intersection of Blouse and Brownton Roads. We stabilized an eroded section of stream bank along the main stem of Muddy Creek on Owad Road, seeded and stabilized repair sites along the North Branch, phase 1 project in Felton, planted trees, live stakes and branch packs along the North Branch, phase 2 project in Felton and conducted another successful streamside incubator project. As I've frequently stated, we are very fortunate to have talented, experienced members in this chapter who can organize and through their "hands on" work can see these types of projects through to completion.
Chapter elections were held at our membership meeting last October. Brita Runkle was elected Chapter Vice President. Beth Boyd and Fred Wilt were elected as Directors. Thanks to Brita, Beth and Fred for accepting these positions. Also thanks to Glenn Dasher for his past service as Director and to Billy Boyd for his long time service as Vice President. Both of these gentlemen continue to be very active in our Chapter.
Many projects and fundraisers are in the works for this year as noted elsewhere in this newsletter. This is an easy to get along with group. Please consider joining us in these activities. And bring a friend! New members are always