Fall Chapter Meeting

Fishing San Juan River


Summer seems like it went by faster than usual, and the new program year for LLTU is already upon us. We hope you will be able to join us for our first meeting of the Fall on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM. As always, we will meet at Wildlands Conservancy's Educational Building (behind the barn) at 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA.


Our September meeting will feature guest speaker Mike Recine with a presentation about fishing on the San Juan River in New Mexico. Mike has been fishing the San Juan since 1995. Mike is currently Vice President of the Monocacy TU chapter in Bethlehem, and he also volunteers with the Monocacy Watershed Association. He is an avid fly fisherman and fly tier and has fished at National Parks around the country.


We hope to see you on September 6 to hear about our planned activities for the upcoming program year and to hear about fishing the San Juan River!

Youth Fly Fishing Camp


LLTU held a Fly Fishing Youth Camp on the Jordan Creek (a Little Lehigh tributary) on Saturday, June 3. Due to heavy rains early in the day, our attendance was lower than the number of youth who had signed up. 


Nonetheless, the youth who braved the rains learned about how fly fishing differs from other methods of fishing and then received hands-on instruction in knots & rigging, reading the water, entomology, fly casting, and fly tying. Fortunately, the weather cleared by lunchtime.

 

After lunch the kids had an opportunity to try out their new skills on the water with our members serving as guides. 

 

Thanks to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Safari Club International for a generous educational grant that we used to purchase lunch and beverages for the Youth Camp attendees and volunteers.
 

Little Lehigh Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project - Phase 2 is Complete

117 Trees & Shrubs Planted Along the Little Lehigh on Saturday, May 14, 2016

 

In April LLTU learned that we were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Rettew Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Rettew Associates, Inc. This grant was used to complete a second phase of our Riparian Buffer Restoration Project along the Little Lehigh adjacent to Spring Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township.  The Phase 2 area overlaps slightly with and extends about 500 feet up stream from our Phase 1 project locaiton that we completed in April as part of our Coldwater Heritage Partnership grant.  Clink on this link to see a MAP OF THE PROJECT LOCATION.

 

LLTU completed the Phase 2 field work on Saturday, May 14, planting 117 native trees and shrubs appropriate for a riparian environment. This work would not have been possible without the generous assistance of approximately 45 volunteers, including Girl Scout Troop 6937, Boy Scout Troop 131, Rettew employees, and some interested members of the community.   And thanks once again to Lower Macungie Township's Public Works Department for augering the planting holes for us in advance of the planting day.  We are looking forward to watching these trees and shrubs grow to maturity over the next several years so that they can intercept stormwater runoff and aid in protecting water quality in the Little Lehigh Creek.  Photos from this event can be found in our Photo Gallery.

 

Little Lehigh Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project - Phase 1 is Complete

164 Trees & Shrubs Planted Along the Little Lehigh on Saturday, April 9, 2016

As we announced previously, in February LLTU was awarded a $7,000 grant for a riparian buffer restoration project from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership. This entity is a partnership between the PA Council of TU, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. LLTU is proud to have had our riparian buffer project proposal selected for the maximum funding level from this grant opportunity.

 

We completed the field work for this project on Saturday, April 9 with the help of approximately 40 volunteers who braved the cold weather that developed into wet snow. For photos of the work, check out this link from the Morning Call.  Additional photos can be found at our Photo Gallery page for this event.

 

Our project location was on the north side of the Little Lehigh Creek in Lower Macungie Township. We planted a total of 164 native trees and shrubs along a 1,200-foot long section between the creek and Spring Creek Road. This section of the Little Lehigh is susceptible to stormwater runoff from Spring Creek Road and from the residential subdivision on the north side of the road. This section also has limited shade canopy to buffer the stream from the hot summer sun. These riparian plantings will help to mitigate stormwater effects on the creek in this area and will help to provide habitat for macroinvertebrates that spend part of their life cycles in the creek.

 

Thanks to Lower Macungie Township's Public Works Dept. for augering the planting holes ahead of time and for delivering mulch to the project site. Many thanks everyone who helped with the planting, including the scouts and parents of Boy Scout Troop 131 of Wescosville, members of LLTU, and several members of the community. And many thanks to the Coldwater Heritage Partnership for funding this important work.

 

 

Trout in the Classroom

Getting Ready to Recieve Trout Eggs!!

LLTU is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring an additional school this year in the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program.

 

We welcome Hillside School in Macungie to the fold. This makes a total of four TIC school that LLTU is sponsoring.

 

Our current schools are:
Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus
St. John Vianney Regional School, Allentown 
Willow Lane Elementary School, Lower Macungie
Hillside School, Lower Macungie

 

We're looking forward to each of our school receiving their shipment of brook trout eggs in early November.

 

LL Bean Donates to LLTU

Fly Rod Combos Donated for Youth Outreach

 

LLTU would like to thank LL Bean for their generous donation to our chapter in June of two complete fly rod outfits.  This is the second consecutive year that we have been the beneficiary of fly rod combos as part of LL Bean's educational outreach program.

 

LL Bean is a big supporter of TU nationally and often makes donations like this to TU chapters for use in youth or veteran outreach programs.  LLTU will be using these two outfits along with the two we received from them last year in our next Fly Fishing Youth Camp.  We run these Youth Camps every odd-numbered year.

 

If you are interested in volunteering to help instruct youth in fly fishing at this free event in the future, please email us at:  info@LLTU.org.  

 

Our Meetings

All meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month at the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA. (However, we do not meet in June, July, or August) If anyone has any suggestions on what sort of programs or guest speakers you would enjoy seeing, please email us at info@LLTU.org. Tight Lines!

 

"The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly."  ~ Author Unknown

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Little Lehigh Trout Unlimited

PO Box 51

East Texas, PA 18046

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