On May 24, CRTU teamed with East End Community Center in Uniontown to offer a fishing experience to kids who had never gone fishing before.
Chestnut Ridge TU stocked a remote pond inside Ohiopyle State Park with trout raised in the organization’s nursery in the Yough Dam tailrace.
S&S Bait and Tackle of Chalk Hill offered kids’ rod-and-reel combos to CRTU at a discount for the East End Community event and future kids’ outings. Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitters of Ohiopyle provided life-jackets to the kids just in case someone took an unplanned dip in the pond.
Trout Unlimited volunteers Ben Moyer, John Gulya, Paul Gulya, Carol Gulya, Dennis Croft, and John Kreuzer strapped on the kids’ life-vests and spaced the youngsters around the pond to reduce the chance of tangles, which was somewhat successful. After a lot of patient coaching, every one of the 12 participating youngsters caught at least one trout.
On June 7, Twenty nine anglers joined us for CRTU Day at Beaver Creek. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was provided, and all enjoy the fishing and food.
All levels of fly fishermen and fisherwomen took part in the activities. Everyone shared flies and stories about their experiences fishing the Laurel Highlands, we even had a bear sighting.
CRTU has provided trout in support of several kids fishing event. Here are just a few of the events that we have supplied the trout for: Ohiopyle East End Community Day, Turkeyfoot Kids Derby, Izaak Walton's Fishing Derby, Whitsett Kids Fishing Day, and Mill Run Fishing Derby just to name a few. We always encourage new younger anglers to get involved.
Also, Turkeyfoot students and Rockwood students provided assistance with fish stockings thru out the spring.
Every April, CRTU conducts stream clean up on Dunbar Creek. This year 16 participants collected 45 bags of trash.
On March 23 at the Ramada Inn Uniontown, CRTU hosted it's 24th annual banquet. This annual banquet funds many projects for CRTU. Raffles including wildlife prints and well as great angler equipment is available. This year's banquet included honoring two past members of CRTU: Lou Giovanelli and Scott Hoffman.
On March 8, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce hosted the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at the Washington Elks Lodge. The Washington showing is the only one in western Pennsylvania. The event benefits the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Pa Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.